The jail in Grand Forks will update how it keeps its medical records after the County Commission approved $74,000 for an electronic data system Tuesday evening. The Grand Forks County Correctional Center will contract with Guardian RFDI, a Minneapolis-based software company designed to control and keep track of correctional operations, Jail Administrator Bret Burkholder said. The software can increase accuracy to reduce medication errors and build administration reports, he said. Each inmate would get a bracelet with radio frequency identification (RFID) in it.
Kristi Magnuson Nelson has been named an industry leader. Nelson, CEO and president of Hugo's Family Marketplace, received the 2018 Top Women in Grocery award, the grocery chain announced Monday. Top Women in Grocery is hosted by Progressive Grocer, a national grocery publication, to recognize women who play a role in the retail food industry. Nelson was nominated by the National Grocers Association because of her leadership, achievements and impact on the independent supermarket industry, according to a release.
When Gary Malm decided to run for the Grand Forks County Commission almost 30 years ago, his wife, Carol's, only condition was that she would not campaign for him. Malm went on to be elected and re-elected seven times, totaling nearly 28 years of service. Each time, Carol held to that one condition. Malm's last meeting as a county commissioner is Tuesday. Gary and Carol met in Climax, Minn. Carol was married to farmer who was killed in a car crash shortly after Gary moved there.
Neighbors Bar and Campus Liquor soon will be under new ownership. Matt Kasper, owner of Sledster’s Food and Brew in downtown Grand Forks, is buying both. “I’m kind of operating Neighbors for the current owner now,” Kasper said. “So now it’s just officially changing hands.”
Rhombus Guys Pizza was named the best pizzeria in North Dakota by travel site TripAdvisor. A pizza place’s score is based on reviews from TripAdvisor users over the past year. Winning restaurants have a minimum score of four out of five and at least 100 reviews as of September of 2018.
Uniquely Yours crafts, antiques and jewelry is closing, said owner Kathy Duval. After 20 years, she said she needs to take a break from her store in downtown Hillsboro, N.D. “People just aren’t coming in like they used to; it’s all online now,” Duval said. “And I could get online and sell my stuff, but I don’t want to spend all that time on the computer.”
Members of the Grand Forks community reflected on how far the region has come since the Flood of 1997. The Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region Community Foundation celebrated 20 years with a dinner Thursday evening. The dinner consisted of three courses. During each course, there was a live performance from an area music group, a reflection from a community member and then an opportunity for those attending to participate in giving with the Community Foundation.
Day cares in Grand Forks are fearful of closing due to a piece of federal legislation that went into effect last month. Prior to Oct. 1, once newly hired staff at a day care provider were fingerprinted, they could begin working under supervision while they waited for their background check to be completed.
The Dollar Tree in East Grand Forks will close its doors in less than a month. The store at 224 Gateway Dr. will close Dec. 9, according to Dollar Tree's corporate office. Kayleigh Painter, manager of investor and media relations at Dollar Tree Inc., said the company closes stores for a variety of reasons, including sale of property and lease expiration. The discount store that sells items for a $1 or less has two locations in Grand Forks. Juanita Wilks, a regular at the East Grand Forks Dollar Tree, said she probably won't shop at the Grand Forks Dollar Tree.
Grand Forks County is looking at ways to fund the final phase of a three-part repair project for the historic grandstand. On Thursday, Nov. 8 the fairground grandstand committee met to discuss possible grants for a final phase of work on the historical grandstand after funding was approved by the Grand Forks County Commission earlier in the week for the second phase.