Erin Baumann of Grand Forks is on a mission to stamp out use of the "R" word and replace it with another "R" word. She told her audience of about three dozen visitors and staff Monday at the Listen Day Services facility the word "respect" should come to mind, rather than "retarded," when talking to or about persons with intellectual disabilities. "All people deserve to feel special, and they deserve respect," said Baumann, a 37-year-old who has Downs syndrome. "It is not fair to bully anyone, just like it is not fair to an intellectually disabled person to use the 'R' word."
The East Grand Forks Arts and Craft Council may disband if it cannot attract a dozen new members to serve on its board, said Lorraine O'Shea, a board member. If the nonprofit organization disbands, the annual fall arts and crafts show, which is held at the VFW Arena and Civic Center in East Grand Forks, would cease, said O'Shea, show chairwoman. At the next board meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library, board members plan to make a decision concerning the council's future, O'Shea said.
INKSTER, N.D.—Faith Lutheran Church, a stately white church with its soaring belltower and quintessential sanctuary, has stood as a beacon for the faithful for 134 years, but now it is in danger of closing. Members recently launched a Go Fund Me website in hopes of raising $25,000 to make property improvements and keep the church open in Inkster, a village of about 50 residents located 40 miles northwest of Grand Forks.
The Food Network has picked up the show, "Girl Meets Farm," featuring local food blogger and best-selling cookbook author Molly Yeh, for a second season. "Girls Meets Farm" airs at 10 a.m. Sundays and 11: 30 a.m. Tuesdays. The second season started Nov. 11, according to the network. Yeh, who lives with her husband Nick Hagen on his family's farm north of East Grand Forks, also will appear as a judge on the Food Network show, "Holiday Gingerbread Showdown," which premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday with an episode titled "Naughty or Nice."
Billed as "a hilarious musical," the show "Scrooge in Rouge" opens today in the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. "This 'show within a show' will run for three weekends, which is new for us for our holiday production, including two matinees," said Mackenzie Teepen, director of operations at the Empire. In this raucous holiday treat, a troupe of 23 players set out to present a musical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" when 20 of them are stricken with food poisoning, leaving only three of them to put on the entire show, Teepen said.
The Moscow Ballet will present the "Great Russian Nutcracker" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks. A youth cast of 37 area children will perform alongside the professionals in the show, which is part of the ballet company's 2018 Dove of Peace Tour. The performance centers on the exclusive "Dove of Peace" role, in which two dancers in unison form a dove with a 20-foot wingspan in the "Land of Peace and Harmony" segment, according to a news release from the company.
The Santa Claus Girls, a local group with longtime ties to the community, aims to make Christmas a little merrier for needy families this holiday season. They've set a fundraising goal of $24,000, according to Anita Geffre, the Herald's business manager and one of six members of the Santa Claus Girls. The group was started by Grand Forks Herald employees more than 100 years ago, based on the idea that every child should have gifts to open at Christmastime. The Santa Claus Girls plan to deliver presents to the homes of about 1,200 children Dec. 14, Geffre said.
The Grand Forks Foundation for Education has awarded $9,972 in mini-grants for enrichment projects led by staff members in the Grand Forks School District. Among the award recipients are:
The Sertoma Club of Grand Forks is sponsoring a Freedom Week Essay Contest for fifth-grade students in the Grand Forks area. The students are invited to prepare an essay, 200 to 400 words in length, on the topic, "What freedom means to me." The essays, due Jan. 11, should be mailed to Laureen Hollifield, 2703 Oak St., Grand Forks, N.D. 58201, or dropped off by 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at Northern Roots Boutique, 801 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks. The submissions will be judged on formatting, content, clarity of expression and originality from the students' point of view.
The Salvation Army in Grand Forks has set a fundraising goal of $390,000 this holiday season, according to Lt. Matthew Beatty. Of that amount, Beatty hopes the Red Kettle campaign will bring in $210,000, he said. "The remainder will be mail-ins and random donations," he said. This year's goal is about the same as last year's, he said. "We lost Sears; that takes a big chunk out," he said. "And the year before that, we lost Macy's. Any time you lose stores at the mall, you have to adjust." A total of 14 kettles have been placed around the community, he said.