BISMARCK - Isaac Cramer, 35, the son of Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is hospitalized in an intensive care unit at Sanford Health in Bismarck, according to sources close to the family. Isaac’s condition is “not good; Isaac has kidney and liver failure,” said Facebook posts from family friends. Isaac had been living in Fargo for several years. The deterioration in Isaac Cramer’s health is due to on ongoing battle with alcoholism, according to a Facebook post from a family friend and Fargo conservative talk radio host Scott Hennen.
The heavy metal band, Metallica, may be planning a performance in Grand Forks, if evidence on social media sites is any indication. The Alerus Center and the band shared the same image on their social media accounts recently. When he was reached for comment Friday, Feb. 23, Riley Simenson, marketing director at the Alerus Center, said, “I can’t confirm or deny that Metallica is going to come to Grand Forks.”
The Marshall County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating Dawn Knoll, 54, of Warren, Minn. Knoll left the Warren area on or about Feb. 4 with Glenn Nelson of Warren, according to a news release from that office. Sources told the Marshall County Sheriff's Office that the two had planned to leave for an undetermined amount of time. Knoll's family has become concerned that she has not made contact with anyone since she left the area.
Looking for something fun—and definitely different—to shake off the winter doldrums? Then don't miss the Grand Forks Master Chorale's "Bach and The Beatles" concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the HB Sound and Light Warehouse, 101 Eighth St., Grand Forks. Enjoy wine-tasting, courtesy of Helix Wine and Bites, as well as hors d'oeuvres. Each musical set will feature wines selected specifically to harmonize with Bach compositions, the music of The Beatles, and the "obnoxious and light" parodies of Bach, said Dean Jilek, the choir's artistic director.
The Grand Forks School Board voted to approve Terry Brenner to fill the position of superintendent of schools at its regular meeting Monday. The selection of Brenner, director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development for Grand Forks Public Schools, was approved by a vote of eight to one. Katie Dachtler voted against the motion to select Brenner, citing concerns about Brenner's response to her question, in his interview with the board Thursday, about how to achieve equity in the school district.
The Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair takes place Feb. 24 at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Members of the public are invited to view exhibits from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the Wellness Center and attend the awards ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Students in grades four through 12 participate in Minnesota Science Fairs. At Saturday's event, 20 projects will be selected to advance to state competition.
Kevin Ohnstad, principal of Phoenix Elementary School in Grand Forks, dressed in plenty of cold-weather gear when he went to work Friday—because he would be spending his workday on the school's roof, fulfilling a promise to students. He said if they racked up 7,500 "Proud Moments" points—which they earn for good behavior as part of the "Phoenix Pride" program—he'd spend a day on the roof. The students surpassed that goal, earning 8,000 points.
Rodney Carrington, stand-up comedian, actor and country music performer, brings his show to the Alerus Center on Sunday. The performance, which begins at 8 p.m., runs about 90 minutes. Carrington is promoting a new special on Netflix, called "Here Comes The Truth," and an album that's coming out on iTunes with the same title, he said. The Texas native, whose act combines stand-up comedy and original songs, writes all his own songs, he said. Carrington has released six studio albums and a "greatest hits" package through the Mercury and Capitol recording companies.
The Grand Forks School Board on Thursday decided to postpone discussion and a decision on whom to hire as the next superintendent until its next regular board meeting Monday. The decision followed comments by several board members who said they were not ready to make a selection and wanted more time to reflect on what they've learned in interviews with the three finalists this week.
Each of the three finalists for the Grand Forks superintendent position brings a different set of experiences to the interview process, and they represent school districts with differing characteristics. The Grand Forks School Board will interview the last of the finalists for school superintendent, Terry Brenner, an administrator with Grand Forks Public Schools, on Thursday. He is director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development for the district.