When Jenny Duffy read a Herald report, earlier this spring, in which Grand Forks teachers said they feel underappreciated, it bothered her—so much so that she took action to publicly thank them. Duffy, the mother of two school-age children, said she read that teachers here "feel under-appreciated by the community, students, parents and the district." "I don't think teachers always get the recognition or appreciation they deserve," she said, so she set out to show them that "maybe their work doesn't always go unnoticed."
Celtic Woman is bringing a new live show, titled "Homecoming," to the Chester Fritz Auditorium on June 7, as part of a 90-city tour of the U.S. and Canada. The performance begins at 7 p.m. The Grammy-nominated group celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage in a production that offers an inspiring live experience, promoters say. Members of the classically and traditionally trained ensemble have produced 12 chart-topping albums, nine DVDs and nine public TV specials.
When she first read the script, Nicque Robinson was immediately taken by the play, "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence." "I fell in love with it right away," she said. "The theme was really cool." Robinson, who has acted in Empire Theatre Company productions for about two years, was asked to direct the play by Chris Berg, the company's artistic director. "I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan," said Robinson. "Watson" is the name of Holmes' assistant and three other characters, all played by Matthew Murry.
Parents of children in a competitive cheer program that was canceled at Red River Valley Gymnastics, now Red River Valley Athletics, are planning to start a new cheer program to train the team in a facility in south Grand Forks. Amanda and Philip Brandt have signed a five-year lease agreement to start "Cheer Tech" in a nearly 4,000-square-foot space at Copper Point, an 11,880-square-foot building to be located between TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby, on 32nd Avenue South.
Students from this area recently received awards during the State Class B Speech Tournament in Mandan, N.D. All of them qualified for the state competition by performing well at a regional or invitational tournaments during the season. The students are among top-place winners:
MAYVILLE, N.D.—Mark Heskin of New York City easily won the door prize for coming the farthest distance to be with his mom for the "Celebration of Women" event Friday at the Luther Memorial Home in Mayville. The Portland, N.D., native who makes his living as an actor in the Big Apple, returns every year in time to share this day with his mother, Dorothy. She and James Heskin raised four children here. He'll spend the summer, he said. "I split my time 50-50 between here and New York."
If this UND commencement day is anything like those of the past, there will be plenty of activity as graduates, faculty, staff and student volunteers rush around, preparing for the ceremony, donning mortarboard caps and gowns, and finding their proper places in line. Amid the controlled chaos in the back rooms of the Alerus Center, though, Fred Wittmann will be calm, cool and collected. "I'm sort of like that quote: 'Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath,' " he said with a laugh. "I have a picture of that saying in my office."
The Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge in Thief River Falls is celebrating Syttende Mai for nine days, as a tribute to everything Norwegian, but especially Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day. Norwegian Heritage Week begins with "Uff Da Day" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Village. "Everyone will enjoy our roster of events—it's not just for Norwegians," said Jan Strandlie, member of the Norwegian Heritage Committee.
It's not every day you get a chance to hear Dean Martin, Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash but they and other popular singers of the past graced the stage—at least in spirit—at St. Anne's Guest Home on Thursday. It was all part of an appreciation event for volunteers who give their time and talents, in various ways, at the home. About 25 volunteers, along with staff members, listened as six residents performed signature songs of famous singers, accompanied by electronic karaoke music equipment, operated by volunteer Larry Wheeler.
Expect to step into another world when you enter the Masonic Center for a performance of "Fiddler on the Roof," the classic tale of a Jewish father who tries to maintain religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach on their lives in Russia in 1905. The musical, directed and choreographed by Casey Paradies, with musical direction by Frank Sikich, explores universal themes that touch on the beliefs and customs which define a people and knit families together over generations.