A show that takes kids' entertainment to a new level—and one that adults will enjoy, too—is coming next week to Grand Forks. Koo Koo Kanga Roo, a dance-along comedy show from Minneapolis, begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Empire Arts Center. Tickets are $15 each. A VIP ticket, for $40, includes a meet-and-greet, merchandise and early entry to the show. Described as an "interactive dance party duo," Koo Koo Kanga Roo's vocalists Bryan Atchison and Neil Olstad present a high-energy, colorful show that relies heavily on audience participation.
Gregory Holy Bull was remembered this week as a talented artist, teacher and someone who could effectively bridge the gap between the traditional Native American and contemporary worlds. Holy Bull, of Minnewaukan, N.D., died Dec. 29 on the Spirit Lake Reservation. He was 53. The cause of death is unknown at this time. Holy Bull earned a bachelor's degree in fine art at UND. He also taught the Lakota Sioux language for several years in the UND English Department.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday for the April 28 show by comedian Jo Koy, the Alerus Center has announced. The performance is part of the comedian's Break the Mold Tour. Koy has had two highly rated comedy specials on Comedy Central, "Don't Make Him Angry" and "Lights Out," according to an Alerus Center news release. He draws inspiration from his family, specifically his son, to create humor that appeals to everyone. In 2017, he released his third comedy special, "Jo Koy: Live from Seattle" as a Netflix Original.
Former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., shared her experiences and views on the current political landscape with a group of roughly 100 who gathered Saturday at Archives Coffee House at UND. The event, "Raise Your Cups to 2020," was sponsored by a local civics group, Equal Rights for All, with the theme "Show Up, Stand Up, Speak Up." Organizers said the event was intended as a tribute to Heitkamp for her years of service as a U.S. senator, and to encourage citizen participation in the political process.
In a world where children seem to be fixated on social media, the chance to build face-to-face relationships is the greatest benefit of being involved in All Star Cheer, Amanda Brandt said. She and her husband, Phillip, opened Cheer Tech gym in September in Grand Forks Industrial Park. They started the competitive cheer program after the former Red River Valley Gymnastics, now Red River Valley Athletics, abruptly discontinued its program last spring. At Cheer Tech, children can pursue a sport that helps them develop physical skills as well as other attributes, Brandt said.
A new book about the Bank of North Dakota, written by Mike Jacobs, former editor and publisher of the Grand Forks Herald, outlines the 100-year history of the nation's only state-owned bank. The large-format, coffee table-style book, "The Bank of North Dakota: From Surviving to Thriving" was released in early December. The publication of the 130-page book was celebrated at an event for the bank's staff last month in Bismarck, Jacobs said.
The sambusa—similar to a Hot Pocket—was getting rave reviews from students clustered around several serving tables at the second annual Culture Fair on Tuesday at Red River High School. Ramla Ali and Hibaq Mohamud, both seniors and natives of Somalia, offered samples of the fried pockets of meat—flavored with onion, cilantro and other spices—wrapped in dough. "You can use chicken or tuna and vegetables, if you want," Ali said.
It probably was inevitable that Einar Einarson would become a beloved music teacher and accomplished trumpet player. He was born into a family of musicians. Growing up on a farm near Upham in north-central North Dakota, Einarson was surrounded by kinfolk who loved to make music for their own and others' enjoyment. His career in music education and performance spanned more than four decades. Former students say his influence on musicians and music education in this area and beyond is remarkable.
When he moved from Utah to Grand Forks 11 years ago, Alexander "Blue" Weber never thought he'd be here long term, he said. He came "on a whim" to check out the place where his parents, also from Utah, had relocated to teach at UND. But things changed. "Within the first three years, I realized this was the land of opportunity," he said. Now, seven months into his job as executive director of the Downtown Development Association, Weber, 31, is buoyed by the opportunity to help shape the future of downtown Grand Forks.
Stop smoking. Lose weight. Eat healthier foods. It's pretty easy to make a resolution. The tough part is sticking with it, most would agree. But for those who want to be thinner or tobacco-free or achieve any goal in 2019, there are ways to up your chances of success. "So often, around New Year's, people make resolutions 'on the fly,'" said Wendelin Hume, a life coach in Reynolds, N.D., "but they don't really think about it deeply. People who make resolutions that way usually don't keep them too long. And a few days later they stop going to the gym."