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NORTHWOOD, N.D.—Not even a day after an early morning fire consumed semi and farm trucks whole and left just a smoldering shell of the longtime Korsmo Brothers Farms and Trucking business, a makeshift office opened and the deliveries rolled on. "We have an incredible crew. As far as trucking, I don't think we're going to skip a beat with our customers," said Paul Korsmo, who has owned the business for decades along with brothers David and Dan. A third brother and partner, Steve, died in 2013.
DRAYTON, N.D. — Tom Grzadzieleski is a fighter who's not afraid to twist an arm or throw a few 42-pound rocks to get his point across. The longtime curler and president of the Drayton Curling Club says with a wry smile: "Sometimes people just need a little abrasive encouragement. We already know 90 percent of the people who come in these doors and try it are going to be hooked. They never say, 'No, I'm never going to do that again.'"
GRAND FORKS — People who did not get a flu vaccination last fall might have a fighting chance yet against catching the severe strain now circulating the nation. Public health officials for Grand Forks County and the North Dakota Department of Public Health say it's better late than never to get a flu shot. "No vaccine is 100 percent effective," said Carolyn Kaltenberg, a nurse and immunization program manager with Grand Forks Public Health. "But if you do get vaccinated and get influenza, hopefully, your symptoms will be less severe."
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — "This is a terrible business idea." Marie Strinden Jensen has heard the harsh words more than once about her Fighting Sawks storefront in downtown Grand Forks. This isn't New York City, they might say. Or, Grand Forks isn't big enough to support a store that sells just socks.
GRAND FORKS — Mathilda Engstad wrote in "The White Kid Glove Era" about the elite Grand Forks pioneers who lived in the grand homes along Reeves Drive and Belmont Road:
GRAND FORKS — The Rev. William Sherman says the perfect sermon is a short one — eight minutes to be exact. "At St. Michael's, I had all my notes written out and, if on the way out, the ushers were pointing (to their watches), I knew I had talked too long," Sherman said with a chuckle. And so it goes with other things. After a morning visit with the longtime Grand Forks priest, he breaks in: "That's enough now, isn't it? People don't want to read about me." Short and sweet, we leave you with one of Sherman's favorite prayers ...
... The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of joy that will be for all the people. "For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord." Luke 2: 10-11 GRAND FORKS — Today is Christmas Eve, and the Rev. William Sherman will begin this day much the same as the dozens of Christmas Eve days before it — with prayer and adoration.
GRAND FORKS—Many people recognize today, Dec. 21, as one of only a few days left to wrap up their holiday shopping, but scientists and historians say the date is significant for another reason. This day marks the annual winter solstice, the time Earth's axial tilt of 23.4 degrees is farthest from the sun. It's that slant, some say, that is both the reason for the season and the reason for the seasons.
BUXTON, N.D.—Gitta Goeser says she's always had a heart for the elderly and veterans, so when a client came into her Grand Forks salon a few years back she was touched by her story. The woman had collected 900 pairs of pajamas for needy children in the community. "She made 900 people smile, and that's just one person," Goeser said. "I thought 'Oh, my gosh, I want to make people smile.' So, I wondered what can I do. I came home and prayed about it, and bama-lama, it took off."
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—As bitter 70-mph winds whipped up an early season snow squall, Darrell Nilep sat comfortably in a clinic examining room in his jeans and a black sweatshirt.