GRAND FORKS—The TV show, "American Pickers," is coming to North Dakota early this summer to film, and its producers are looking for people with unusual collections, a publicist for the show has announced. Hosts of the show are hoping to connect with people in the Grand Forks region who have interesting antique collections and want to share the stories behind them, said Evan Linden, in a news release. "American Pickers" is a documentary series that explores the world of antique "picking."
GRAND FORKS—They may never travel to the ancient Roman Colosseum or the Great Wall of China, but Grand Forks elementary students are seeing the wonders of the world without leaving their school. Sitting cross-legged on the floor of the library recently at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, about a dozen students in Heidi Muus' fourth-grade class put on Google Expedition goggles and listened as Megan Solberg talked about what they were seeing. "The first place we're going to is in India, to the Taj Mahal," Solberg said.
GRAND FORKS—Like any artist's studio, the bedroom in Luke Russell's apartment is cluttered with the raw materials, instruments and equipment he uses to create his art. Along one wall are pieces of leather, bolts of fake fur, fabric, costume accessories, a sewing machine and an assortment of tools—not to mention a host of lidded bins that keep a multitude of items under control.
GRAND FORKS -- Maia Jackson, 17, a senior at Grand Forks Central High School, and other high school students are organizing a walkout to promote gun safety, and to call on lawmakers to take action, in light of recent school shootings in other parts of the country. The walkout, part of a nationwide effort to mobilize students, is planned for 10 a.m. March 14 at Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools, Jackson said.
BISMARCK - Isaac Cramer, 35, the son of Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is hospitalized in an intensive care unit at Sanford Health in Bismarck, according to sources close to the family. Isaac’s condition is “not good; Isaac has kidney and liver failure,” said Facebook posts from family friends. Isaac had been living in Fargo for several years. The deterioration in Isaac Cramer’s health is due to on ongoing battle with alcoholism, according to a Facebook post from a family friend and Fargo conservative talk radio host Scott Hennen.
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.
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.