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."
Paul and Pam Stroklund of Minot are raising their four grandsons—ages 12, 9, 7 and 2—because the boys' mother, their daughter, can't. She is addicted to drugs, and is enrolled in a treatment program. About 12 years ago, her doctor prescribed an opioid, oxycodone, for a medical condition, Paul Stroklund said. "It was a lengthy prescription of oxy, and she was immediately hooked. She was on them for 39 days, and that just kind of started the process (of addiction).
In the dining room at St. Anne's Guest Home, a massive sign reads, "Welcome to Little Italy," and tables are draped with red-and-white checked cloths. Several residents are tying quilts with short pieces of yarn in preparation for the home's annual Autumn Extravaganza on Saturday. Paulla Solem, activities director at St. Anne's, moves from table to table, overseeing the final tasks to ready the last few quilts and other items for the craft sale. On the quilts, each piece of yarn needs two knots, she said. "Check 'em good. We don't want any of them left undone."
The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band will present a free, family-friendly Veterans Day-themed concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The program, "America's Heroes: A Salute to our Veterans," will include a variety of musical selections from Broadway and the Big Band era through today's popular artists. Tickets are available at the Fritz auditorium box office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or online at www.usafheartlandofamericaband.eventbrite.com .
A special event to raise funds for area veterans to participate in the Honor Flight is set for Saturday in East Grand Forks. The event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Club, will feature a silent auction, bake sale, gift baskets, gift cards, a 50-50 raffle and other activities. The Honor Flight program provides elderly veterans with an escorted, two-day tour of the nation's war memorials and other historic sites in Washington, D.C.
Two Republican incumbents who represent northwest Minnesota in the state Legislature will face challenges from two Democrats. In the District 1A House race, incumbent Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, is running against Stephen Moeller, a Democratic Thief River Falls attorney. The district includes Roseau, Kittson and Marshall counties and part of Pennington County. Fabian is seeking his fifth consecutive term in the House, while Moeller is launching his first bid to represent the district at the state level.
Area business, education, agriculture and labor union leaders discussed workforce issues in a roundtable discussion led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Monday at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks. It was part of the senator's two-day swing through northwest Minnesota that included stops in Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Thief River Falls and Crookston.
Officials of the Altru Health System plan to exhibit a model of its planned new hospital at a community forum Nov. 1 at the Gorecki Alumni Center at UND. Along with Altru leaders, employees of JLG Architects will be on hand to explain features and functions of the structure that will eventually replace Altru Hospital on South Columbia Road, Fisk said. "It's an event for the community and patients to learn about the work that's been done" in planning the hospital, she said. "We want to invite everyone."
The only artwork that hung on the walls of Walter Piehl's childhood home—other than a calendar—was the well-known picture of Christ praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Yet, over the course of an art career which spans more than 50 years, Piehl has become one of North Dakota's prominent artists, beloved and respected widely for his skill in capturing a blizzard of movement—like a cowboy atop a bucking bronco—on canvas with a paintbrush.
The annual district auditions for the Metropolitan Opera begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the UND Hughes Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public, the audition concert will feature 16 singers from this region who are hoping to advance to the Met's regional finals in January 2019 at St. Paul, said G. Paul Larson of Grand Forks, an organizer of the event.