Incumbent Dan Fabian of Roseau has succeeded in his bid to represent District 1A for a fifth consecutive term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. With all 154 precincts reporting, Fabian, a Republican, won 71 percent of the votes in a race against Stephen Moeller, a Democrat from Thief River Falls, in Tuesday’s election. Moeller drew 29 percent of the vote. Election results are preliminary and unofficial.
Incumbent Lonnie Laffen, a Republican, lost his North Dakota Senate seat Tuesday to JoNell Bakke, a Democrat, in the race to represent District 43. Bakke drew 53 percent of the vote, while Laffen attracted 47 percent. For the North Dakota House, Democrats Mary Adams and Matt Eidson defeated Republicans Ben Olson and incumbent Richard Becker. Adams captured 28 percent of the vote, while Eidson won 25 percent. Olson received 24 percent and Becker 23 percent. Election results are preliminary and unofficial. District 43 covers southwest Grand Forks.
Voters in District 17 chose to send Republican incumbents Ray Holmberg, Mark Sanford and Mark Owens back to the North Dakota Legislature in Tuesday's election. Election results are preliminary and unofficial. For the district's seat in the North Dakota Senate, Holmberg drew 59 percent of the vote, while his challenger, Phyllis Johnson, a Democrat, received 41 percent. For the district's two seats in the North Dakota House of Representatives, incumbents Sanford and Owens defeated Democrats Monte Gaukler and Angela Urlacher.
Since her story about growing and donating more than 3,700 pounds of vegetables for the needy appeared in the Grand Forks Herald last week, Donna Stumphf has received a few unexpected phone calls. Stumphf has been fielding requests from TV producers with "Good Morning, America" and "The Steve Harvey Show" and reps of the Mother Nature Network, she said. "My grandkids have called and said, 'Grandma, you've gone viral on Facebook,' " said Stumphf who turns 68 Tuesday, of Grand Forks.
In the six years since its founding, the robotics team at Greenbush Middle River Public School in Greenbush, Minn., has been collecting awards—while gaining valuable career and life lessons—in competitions that test their skills at engineering, computer programming and other disciplines. The team has won the annual Minnesota State High School League championship for three years straight.
The Fire Hall Theatre's production, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," explores women's relationships through the prism of the clothing that held special meaning at turning points in their lives. The play, which launches the theater's 71st season, is sure to resonate with females of any age who have ever had a dress, a purse or a pair of boots they couldn't forget or couldn't part with, because of the significant memory it conjures, said Kathy Coudle-King, the show's director.
The Grand Forks Chorales will present a special reunion concert, celebrating its 35th anniversary, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks. The concert will feature some of the most popular selections from the Chorales' past performances, the group's artistic director Dean Jilek said. Former members from around the area have been invited to participate in the reunion activities, which begin at 2 p.m. with rehearsal that day at the church. They will join current members in a portion of the evening performance.
Cathy Altepeter doesn't see ghosts when she visits Memorial Park Cemetery but, in a way, they do speak to her—and she wants to know and share their stories. For Altepeter, the cemetery is a living history book—each grave-marker a window into the past and the people who made their home here. "People think that cemeteries are morbid, but they're not," said Altepeter, of East Grand Forks. "They're filled with history—people who lived without running water, electricity, cars and iPhones and had a perfectly good life."
A 3-D model of Altru's proposed hospital will be on display at a community forum Thursday at UND's Gorecki Alumni Center. The event, set for 5 to 6:30 p.m., will feature interactive stations where residents can learn about and provide feedback on design aspects of the project and the 25-year master plan for Altru's Columbia Road campus. The model of the proposed hospital represents the most current design, said Kellee Fisk, Altru's chief people and strategy officer. February is the target date for the $250 million hospital's groundbreaking.
Donna Stumphf, of Grand Forks, has donated more than 1 ½ tons of vegetables for people in need this fall. Over the course of six to eight weeks, the 67-year-old provided the produce "mostly to the Salvation Army and some to the (Northlands Rescue) Mission," she said. "I decided to do something about the hunger problem," Stumphf said. "I had kids in mind, mainly, and parents who can't afford to buy fresh vegetables." When she started this project, "I thought, I have to give myself a goal," she said. "You know, go big or go home."