The Grand Forks Foundation for Education has awarded $9,972 in mini-grants for enrichment projects led by staff members in the Grand Forks School District. Among the award recipients are:
The Sertoma Club of Grand Forks is sponsoring a Freedom Week Essay Contest for fifth-grade students in the Grand Forks area. The students are invited to prepare an essay, 200 to 400 words in length, on the topic, "What freedom means to me." The essays, due Jan. 11, should be mailed to Laureen Hollifield, 2703 Oak St., Grand Forks, N.D. 58201, or dropped off by 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at Northern Roots Boutique, 801 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks. The submissions will be judged on formatting, content, clarity of expression and originality from the students' point of view.
The Salvation Army in Grand Forks has set a fundraising goal of $390,000 this holiday season, according to Lt. Matthew Beatty. Of that amount, Beatty hopes the Red Kettle campaign will bring in $210,000, he said. "The remainder will be mail-ins and random donations," he said. This year's goal is about the same as last year's, he said. "We lost Sears; that takes a big chunk out," he said. "And the year before that, we lost Macy's. Any time you lose stores at the mall, you have to adjust." A total of 14 kettles have been placed around the community, he said.
PISEK, N.D.—The Christmas candy-buying season is in full swing at the J-Mart store in Pisek, N.D. Nearly six tons of candy—or about 11,400 pounds—have been brought in to meet the demand of customers who crave the sweet treats this time of year, especially the old-time varieties like hard ribbon candy and chocolate creams that trigger warm holiday memories. The store carries 75 varieties of candies and nuts from six different companies, including brands such as Palmer, Brach and Georgia Nuts.
If you close your eyes, you might think you're on a beach in the Caribbean, so mellow are the mesmerizing sounds of steel pan drums that fill the band room at UND's Hughes Fine Arts Center. It's nearly impossible to not move with the rhythms that 13 students create with mallets on pans, sticks on the drum set, and hands on the shekere, a gourd-shaped instrument covered in a bead netting. Under the direction of Mike Blake, members of the UND Steel Pan Band are preparing for a concert which begins at 8 p.m. Monday at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
Featuring a 20-piece orchestra, "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" will light up the Alerus Center stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Strings, keyboard, percussion, brass, woodwinds and guitar players will present a program filled with traditional carols and Yuletide favorites that demonstrate the group's eclectic approach. Mannheim Steamroller, which released its first Christmas album in 1984, is known for blending "elements of classical, rock and pop music into something altogether unique," according to publicity materials.
Two school districts in northwestern Minnesota ranked among the top 10 safest school districts in the state, according to a report released by Niche.com. Thief River Falls third and Warroad ranked sixth among the safest school districts in the state, according to the report. They beat out 347 public and 349 private Minnesota schools. The Ada-Borup School District in Ada, Minn., ranked 22 in the report titled "2019 Safest School Districts in Minnesota."
The Altru Health Foundation has received a $625,000 federal grant to address and prevent youth substance use in Grand Forks. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will provide an annual payout of $125,000 for five years. The Grand Forks Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will use the funds to address the use of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs among youth in the city, said Bill Vasicek, a coalition member who is the community safety coordinator with Altru Health System.
Anna Walker of Grand Forks was 22 years old when she boarded a ship on Sept. 12, 1943, to England, where she was assigned to serve with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II. "I felt a little bit insecure," the 97-year-old woman said, "but I thought, well, we have a good chaplain, Father Kenneth Martin." It took six days to cross the Atlantic. "Our whole unit went together. We had aircraft coverage during the first three days of the trip," Walker said, as though she could see the planes flying overhead in her mind's eye.
Maria Chapparo may be a scientist by training, but she's become an artist, of sorts, by following her heart into the bakery business. Since opening her shop, Paola's Pastries at 110 N. Third St. in downtown Grand Forks in May 2017, she's been steadily building a loyal clientele who appreciate her talent for making familiar—and not-so-familiar—baked goods. Chapparo and her assistants, mostly family members, bake "loaf cakes, cupcakes and muffins every day—some savory, some sweet," she said.