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DEVILS LAKE—The coordinator of substance abuse awareness with the Lake Region District Health Unit said Tuesday the organization will step up to cover compliance checks for alcohol server training if the city makes the training mandatory. "North Dakota is the No. 1 state in the country for binge drinking. We need to change that social norm, and this is one of the tools we can use to do that," said Liz Bonney, who manages the training program through Ramsey County Public Health.
As the spiritual counselor to a dozen U.S. presidents and a charismatic crusader who preached to millions around the globe, the span of the Rev. Billy Graham's influence seemed to reach the heavens. But in the days after the Flood of 1997, Graham's evangelistic message inspired and gave comfort to thousands of people much closer to home. Graham died Wednesday at 99. "He was one of my personal heroes," said the Rev. Paul Knight of Hope Evangelical Covenant Church in Grand Forks.
A water main break on Fourth Avenue South early Tuesday morning closed down the Grand Forks Senior Center. Public Relations Manager Jami Schumacher said the center did not have any water damage, but management decided to close after city crews said water to the building would need to be shut off most of the day to make repairs. Schumacher said employees first noticed water pooling in the street about 8:15 a.m., and guests already were eating breakfast in the center.
HALLOCK, Minn. — It was an improbable romance between faraway strangers in an even more faraway place. Nathan Younggren was a 25-year-old farmer who raised wheat, soybeans and beef cattle with his family near Hallock. Victoria "Tori" Allen was a 28-year-old former ski bum and advertising rep who lived in Colorado. He played rock music in a cover band, and she was a champion X Games rock climber.
DEVILS LAKE — It's 6 in the morning and a growling ground blizzard has frozen in place much of the state. Schools and buses here are running two hours late, but Vickie Borho won't be bothered by so little bluster. The chief "lunch lady" of Devils Lake Public Schools is expecting 300 guests for dinner. Storm or not, she needs to get cooking.
DEVILS LAKE — Organizers with the Downtown Devils Lake Initiative say the results of a recent communitywide survey show strong support for efforts to revitalize the city's core. Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Paula Vistad said the number of survey participants alone shows a high level of commitment.
Joan Mullen wore a paint-speckled apron as she recently weaved her way through the large room spiked by giant wooden easels. The lifelong artist and painting instructor paused as she showed one student the right color mix for perfect purple-tipped clouds and another pupil how to brush on subtle shades of red to bring her barn to life. It’s not paint-by-numbers, but Mullen insists oil painting is easy enough for beginners.
Joan Mullen wore a paint-speckled apron as she recently weaved her way through the large room spiked by giant wooden easels. The lifelong artist and painting instructor paused as she showed one student the right color mix for perfect purple-tipped clouds and another pupil how to brush on subtle shades of red to bring her barn to life. It's not paint-by-numbers, but Mullen insists oil painting is easy enough for beginners.
HILLSBORO, N.D. — This growing town of about 1,600 people could begin to see a much-needed housing boost as soon as this spring. Melissa Beach, executive director of the Traill County Economic Development Commission, said Tuesday that Fargo housing developer Jordahl Holdings purchased about 4 acres of land just outside city limits on the northwest side of town. She confirmed the company plans to build multifamily housing but said details are not yet available on the number of units or style of the dwellings.
CROOKSTON — The Crookston Public Library may get new carpeting and energy-efficient lighting sooner than later to go along with other renovations made possible by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust. The downtown library is one of 13 libraries in the consolidated Lake Agassiz Regional Library system, and it recently received a $125,000 grant to update its facility, furniture and equipment. Another $25,000 is possible if the community can raise its own $25,000 match.