GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Grand Forks School Board voted to approve Terry Brenner to fill the position of superintendent of schools at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 19. 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.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — The Crookston School Board is revising its policy on yearbook photos following a controversy that erupted over a student's request that a photo of him holding his gun be published as his senior photo in the high school yearbook. Board members voted earlier this week to permit photos of the school's trap-shooting team members, posing with their guns, to be published on yearbook pages devoted to the team, amending a Jan. 8 decision to ban all photos that included guns.
While much attention has been given to steering kids away from using social media to bully others, a recent study has found that some teens are anonymously posting hurtful messages about themselves online. It's called "digital self-harm," and its rates are similar to traditional means of self-harm, such as cutting or burning, researchers say. The study, led by Justin Patchin, professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, found that 6 percent of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 engage in digital self-harm.
GRAND FORKS — A project that will foster connections between the young and old, to the benefit of both, is in the works at 4000 Valley Square, an assisted living facility in Grand Forks. The facility is remodeling space for a playground and two Head Start classrooms for 3- and 4-year-olds as part of its $10.8 million addition and renovation project, said administrator Mindy Marcus.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Because of the way it's structured, the nation's health care system may be more accurately labeled a "disease care system." But wellness advocates point to growing recognition that health promotion and wellness play an important part in preventing disease and reducing medical costs. "If you think about our whole medical care system, it evolved as a 'disease-treatment model,' " said Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Healthy Living Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
GRAND FORKS — Tristan Meadows is on a mission to save lives. The University of North Dakota sophomore has been named campus leader for Students for Opioid Solutions, a grassroots movement to prevent deaths from opioid overdose on college campuses across the country.
GRAND FORKS — Tucked away in the basement of a downtown warehouse, much of the 2,045 artworks that make up the permanent collection of the North Dakota Museum of Art—paintings, sculptures and more—is stored in a safe, climate-controlled setting. From floor to ceiling, stacks of boxed, wrapped and labeled pieces of art form tunnel-like walkways through the maze. "The art is wrapped and cushioned and protected," said Laurel Reuter, NDMOA director and chief curator. "It's not just stuck in boxes."
Red Fawn Fallis, the woman accused of discharging a firearm during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest a year ago has been moved to Fargo to await trial. Chad Jackson, an administrator at the Stutsman County Correctional Center in Jamestown, N.D., confirmed a transport order from U.S. Marshals was completed Friday. Red Fawn Fallis was arrested for disorderly conduct on Oct. 27, 2016, when she allegedly fired a handgun.
GRAFTON, N.D.—Friends of William "Bill" Gorder remembered him Tuesday as a man of high moral integrity who had a passion for issues affecting Walsh County, which he represented for eight terms in the North Dakota House. Gorder, who also served two terms as Walsh County commissioner, died Thursday in Grafton. He was 88. Sen. Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, remembered him as "a good friend and someone we're going to miss."
GRAND FORKS—Cases of dog flu in central and eastern Minnesota have put veterinarians on alert for possible signs of the disease in the Red River Valley. The virus has been reported in Crow Wing, Kandiyohi, Ramsey, Sherburne and Wright counties in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health website. The virus, which is "extremely contagious," is spread through coughing, sneezing and direct contact between dogs or contaminated surfaces, said Dr. Stacy Lord, veterinarian at Petcetera Animal Clinic in Grand Forks.