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GRAND FORKS -- A thief who stole a popular white sauce from a popular Grand Forks restaurant has posted an apology online that has gone viral with 9,000 views as of Wednesday, Feb. 28. The video was the talk of the lunch rush at the restaurant. Customers said they don't blame the thief--they love the “white sauce,” too. "I'm really surprised that somebody brought it back,” said Red Pepper restaurant customer Shawn Bakken.
GRAND FORKS -- After a week of hints, it’s official -- Metallica is coming to the region. The band’s WorldWired Tour will play the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Sept. 8, according to a news release. It’s been almost 30 years since the band played in the city. The heavy metal rock band will also have shows in Minneapolis on Sept. 4, Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sept. 11 and Winnipeg on Sept. 13.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- 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.”
BISMARCK—The head of the North Dakota Association of Counties will retire at the end of March, the organization said Friday, Feb. 23. Mark Johnson has led the association for 35 years. Terry Traynor, its assistant director of policy and programs, will serve as interim executive director starting in April. Johnson lobbied for counties during legislative sessions and helped "create and protect funding mechanisms for local infrastructure and other county interests," the association said.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - A North Dakota family on vacation in Mexico had to be taken to a hospital after a ferry exploded. It happened Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The explosion injured at least 25 people. Among the people involved was Rebecca Lahlum and her 14-year-old son John Lahlum from Valley City, North Dakota. The family was waiting to board a ferry to Cozumel when another ferry next to them exploded.
FARGO — In 1987, the Rev. Billy Graham spent three days in Fargo as part of his "Peaks to the Plains" crusade. Almost 70,000 people attended the services at North Dakota State University's Dacotah Field. The crusade took Graham to North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. He was in Fargo June 19-21. The crowds were bigger than expected and his stop in North Dakota was a financial success. The three-day event came in nearly $46,000 under budget and took in $107,000 more than anticipated.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format of a ballot petition seeking personalized vehicle plates for volunteer emergency responders, his office said Wednesday, Feb. 21. Organizers have less than five months to get 13,452 valid signatures to have the initiated measure placed on the November ballot. The measure would add a new section to state law allowing volunteer emergency responders to apply for red personalized plates.
BISMARCK — The Greater North Dakota Chamber named Arik Spencer as its new president and CEO Tuesday, Feb. 20. Spencer, the executive vice president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, succeeds Andy Peterson, who resigned in September. Spencer will start his new job April 1. "GNDC has been the voice of business in North Dakota for over 90 years, and I am grateful for the opportunity lead this vital organization," he said in a statement.
CLASS B Team totals
CLASS A Team totals Bismarck 216, Minot 205, Valley City 140, Mandan 133.5, West Fargo 127, Turtle Mountain 123, Dickinson 110, Bismarck Century 104, Bismarck Legacy 83, Fargo Davies 68.5, Bismarck St. Mary's 64.5, Jamestown 59, Williston 50, Devils Lake 43, Grand Forks Central 41, Wahpeton 28.5, Fargo South 25, West Fargo Sheyenne 19.5, Fargo North 19, Grand Forks Red River 15. 106 pounds Championship: Armstrong, Min., dec. Thomas, South, 5-4. Third place: Johnsrud, Cent., dec. Fettig, Bis., 1-0.