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The Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks is getting a computer lab. The Kickstart lab, made possible by a man's anonymous donation to honor his late wife, will provide mission clients with their first opportunity to access internet inside the mission. Until now, clients have relied on nearby libraries in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks for their computer needs. Now, they can apply for jobs and connect with family online downstairs from where they sleep.
The city of Grand Forks is doing something about its most beat-up roads, with two significant mill and overlay projects this summer and a new pavement condition analysis in motion. By mid-August, drivers will see smoother rides down portions of Washington and Cherry streets, two of the most pothole-ridden streets in Grand Forks. The city will repave Cherry Street from Fourth Avenue South to 11th Avenue, according to project engineer Shane Duchscher. The project has an Aug. 17 deadline and will likely take two weeks whenever construction begins.
The Grand Forks City Council voted Monday night to extend a water agreement with Northern Plains Nitrogen as the search for funding of its plant continues. The facility, slowly creeping toward completion since its start in 2013, still lacks adequate investment, despite its economic potential. The council has extended an agreement to provide the plant with water "probably several times" since 2013, City Administrator Todd Feland said in an interview before the meeting. "This would be ... approximately the fifth time."
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., might join several other Republican senators on a trip to Moscow organized by U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman. Hoeven's office emphasized plans are only in the early stages. A statement from his office Monday afternoon said the senator "may" travel to Russia, adding "the details are still being worked out." Huntsman is also considering Sens. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., and John Neely Kennedy, R-La., according to the Washington Post.
Regional politicians are taking to social media to speak up on the separation of immigrant families attempting to cross the U.S. border, as legislators across the country go against party lines with their opinions. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., still hasn't taken a direct stance.
They city of Grand Forks is seeking public input on its downtown development plan, with an online visual survey. It’s just a series of things you might find downtown, according to Deputy Director of Community Development Meredith Richards, and the images aren’t even from Grand Forks. Survey-takers can react to the images in a multiple-choice fashion, with options to “love it,” “like it,” or “no thanks.”
Only a couple hours south of Winnipeg, Grand Forks prides itself a prime destination for Canadian tourists. In 2017, the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau spent $130,000 on advertising and social media line items, most of which Executive Director Julie Rygg said was directed at Manitoba. Canadian tourism is a big deal for the rest of the state, too. North Dakota’s tourism department said it ranks 11th in Canadian visitorship.
Austin Langley is a grain farmer and cattle rancher in Warwick, N.D., about 95 miles west of Grand Forks. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in Agricultural Economics, Langley and his wife started a farm. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency, the Langleys are “beginning farmers” with less than five crop years, meaning they don’t qualify for average crop insurance rates yet.
When Gov. Doug Burgum visited Grand Forks earlier this year, he had a question for local leaders and organizations. Instead of training students to pursue leadership opportunities out-of-state, why not ask what changes will make them stay? Fast forward to Wednesday, when Executive Director Collin T. Hanson from Evolve Grand Forks, a nonprofit for entrepreneurship, announced nine winning proposals from Grand Forks students to enhance their community.
Katie Dachtler won the Grand Forks City Council election in Ward 2, beating her opponent Mark Rustad with 59.16 percent of the vote Tuesday, according to unofficial, preliminary results. Dachtler will be the newest addition to the Council, joining the re-elected ― and unopposed ― Dana Sande in Ward 6 and Jeannie Mock in Ward 4. Dachtler is an eligibility worker for the Grand Forks County Department of Social Services, where she determines who qualifies for which government assistance programs based on need. She's also a Grand Forks School Board member.