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."
The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals are hosting a big bash to ring in 2019. And, as usual, in planning the event, the desire to help others was top of mind, organizers say. The fourth annual New Year's Eve Charity Gala, titled "Midnight in Wonderland," is a black-tie celebration that's open to the public. Anyone, 18 or older, is welcome, said Katelyn Blackburn, GGFYP community involvement chair. It's set for 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. New Year's Eve at the Gorecki Alumni Center on the UND campus.
The old Cathedral in Crookston, vacant for almost 30 years, is one step closer to reopening with a different mission, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society. The Prairie Skyline Foundation of Crookston has received $206,608 to turn the old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception into a youth arts center called "The Young at Heart Center," said Kay Hegge, who heads the foundation's board. The funds, from the society's Legacy Fund to preserve Minnesota's historical properties, will be used to replace the roof of the building, she said.
CROOKSTON—It may be the sense of peace enveloping a visitor to Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Crookston that makes time spent there feel so special. In a society that seems relentlessly focused on "having and doing" and too little on "just being," as Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York said in a recent TV interview, an environment of pervasive quiet is rare. This is such a place. "People who come here say, 'It's so peaceful here,'" said Sister Shawn Carruth, prioress of the monastery. "I think that's a moment of recognition of what's not common."
Almost every workday—no matter the weather—Tom Eastman suits up to ride his bicycle nearly 4 miles to his job at UND. Only a blizzard forces him to abandon the bike and drive to work, "and that's only because I'm more concerned about cars hitting me," said Eastman, who's 55. His cold-weather gear includes an insulated coat and pants, boots, a facemask, goggles and "of course, a helmet," he said. "And I've never gotten cold. "For the first couple of blocks maybe it's a little cool, but by then I'm working and building up heat, and it's good."
A tree like no other is going up at the North Dakota Museum of Art. It's called a "solstice tree," and it's made up of a couple thousand white paper plates, folded and colored by about 1,300 students in classrooms throughout Grand Forks. At 18 feet high, the floor-to-rafters paper sculpture, in a Christmas-tree shape, is undergirded by a "trunk" of stacked paper-plate spheres.
A Belgian couple is seeking to make contact with relatives of Martin Severin Tressing, a soldier from Walsh County, N.D., who died in Europe during World War I. Francky Denorme and Nancy de Snoeck of leper, Belgium, "adopted" this soldier in response to the American Legion Flanders Field project that encourages people to remember and honor soldiers who served and died during the war. The couple, who knows very little about Tressing, have learned that he was born in Adams, N.D., and was the son of Halvor and Christine Tressing, Denorme said in an email to the Herald.