A community forum has been set for Nov. 28 to gather the public's input as part of the search process for the next Grand Forks school superintendent. At the forum, which begins at 7 p.m. at Red River High School, members of the public can voice their thoughts on the characteristics and skills they believe the next superintendent should possess. They will also be invited to share their views on the challenges, strengths and goals of the school district.
The Drayton, N.D., High School drama group placed first out of nine competing schools at the Region Three one-act play competition, held recently in Larimore, and will advance to the state competition this week in Jamestown. The students performed "Help Wanted," a one-act play by James Rayfield, under the direction of Wayne Stegman, drama director and a teacher and coach at Drayton High School. "The students did a really good job," Stegman said. "Their performance had a lot of zip, keeping the upbeat tempo and pace of the play throughout."
Members of the Grand Forks School Board's superintendent search committee, along with the president of the recruitment firm they've hired, mapped out a plan Friday for the process to select the next person to lead the school district. Superintendent Larry Nybladh, who is in his 10th year in that position, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2018.
Tristan Meadows is on a mission to save lives. The UND sophomore has been named campus leader for Students for Opioid Solutions, a grassroots movement to prevent deaths from opioid overdose on college campuses across the country.
The negotiating team representing about two dozen Grand Forks school principals reluctantly accepted the terms of a one-year contract offered by the Grand Forks School Board's negotiating team at a meeting Wednesday. The board's team has not offered a salary increase but has offered to add $500 to the 11th, and highest, step in the principals' salary schedule to help cover the employee portion of the increasing cost of health care insurance premiums, which was the same offer the teachers received in their negotiations this past summer.
It's shaping up to be a great weekend for those who love musical theatre productions. East Grand Forks Senior High School is presenting "Godspell," a musical by Stephen Schwartz that weaves a series of parables with modern music to illustrate events in the life of Christ. Sophomore Colton Dauksavage is playing Jesus; Kaleb Koho, a senior, is playing John the Baptist and Judas. Over the years, several cast albums have been produced—one of the songs, "Day by Day," reached 13th place on the "Billboard" pop singles chart in 1972.
The East Grand Forks School Board voted unanimously at its regular meeting Monday to purchase a payloader for $75,000 for the school district. The equipment will replace a military model that dates to 1964 and is worn out and unreliable, said Ron Heskin, director of buildings and grounds for the district. Members also voted to accept a $300 bid from Chad Thorson, of Thorson Farming of East Grand Forks, for a used bus—one of three the district plans to get rid of.
FISHER, Minn.—As a child, imprisoned with her brother and parents in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Nazi Germany during World War II, Marion Blumenthal Lazan invented a game to pass the time and give her hope. Each day, she told herself, if she found four pebbles—one for each member of her family—all of them would survive the ordeal. Speaking to an assembly of middle school students at Fisher School on Monday, Lazan shared her and her family's experiences in Germany before the war, in the concentration camp and after their liberation in April 1945.
The Christmas tree that will grace the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol during the holiday season will stop from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday at Town Square in downtown Grand Forks. The free event, dubbed the "U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Whistle Stop," will include a formal proclamation by Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown, a live remote feed by Leighton Broadcasting and free hot chocolate and doughnuts. Visitors can view the 70-foot Engelmann spruce and the truck that's hauling it, and sign the official Capitol Christmas tree banner.
For decades, Dave Hillebrand didn't realize some of the problems he had—anger, frustration, anxiety, depression—were caused by PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, which started after he left military service in Vietnam almost 50 years ago. "I had issues, but I didn't know why I had these issues," said Hillebrand of Grand Forks. About six years ago, while meeting with his veteran services officer concerning some other matters, Hillebrand became "very angry," he said. "I wasn't getting the answers I was looking for."