GRAND FORKS — Tucked in the corner of a busy kitchen in First Presbyterian Church in Grand Forks, a team of white-clad “lutefisk chefs” led by Carrol Juven hover around steaming vats of the traditional Norwegian fish. Like a well-oiled machine, the chefs are calm and collected as they carefully lower metal baskets of filets into hot saltwater, surrounded by workers making mashed potatoes, slicing lefse and delivering platters of food to the serving table.
IEPER, Belgium — A Belgian couple is seeking to make contact with relatives of Martin Severin Tressing, a soldier from Walsh County, N.D., who died in Europe during World War I. Francky Denorme and Nancy de Snoeck of leper, Belgium, “adopted” this soldier in response to the American Legion Flanders Field project that encourages people to remember and honor soldiers who served and died during the war.
INKSTER, N.D. — Faith Lutheran Church, a stately white church with a soaring belltower and quintessential sanctuary, has stood as a beacon for the faithful for 134 years, but now it is in danger of closing. Members recently launched a GoFundMe website in hopes of raising $25,000 to make property improvements and keep the church open in Inkster, a village of about 50 residents located 40 miles northwest of Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS — Anna Walker 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.
GRAND FORKS — Donna Stumphf, of Grand Forks, has donated more than 1½ tons of vegetables for people in need this fall. Over the course of six to eight weeks, the 67-year-old provided the produce “mostly to the Salvation Army and some to the (Northlands Rescue) Mission,” she said. “I decided to do something about the hunger problem,” Stumphf said. “I had kids in mind, mainly, and parents who can’t afford to buy fresh vegetables.”
MINOT, N.D. — Paul and Pam Stroklund of Minot are raising their four grandsons -- ages 12, 9, 7 and 2 -- because the boys’ mother, their daughter, can’t. She is addicted to drugs, and is enrolled in a treatment program. About 12 years ago, her doctor prescribed an opioid, oxycodone, for a medical condition, Paul Stroklund said.
GRAND FORKS — Not halfway into October and cases of the flu are already occurring around the state, but that isn't a sign we're in for a tough flu season, said an official with the North Dakota Department of Health this week. "We're seeing clusters of cases popping up here and there," said Jill Baber, epidemiologist with the department's Division of Disease Control. "That is normal for this time of year. It doesn't necessarily mean we're going to have a bad season. We could see this little bump and it could go away. Unfortunately, it's very unpredictable."
BISMARCK — Three North Dakota schools, Central Valley School in rural Buxton, Freedom Elementary in West Fargo and Richland Elementary in Abercrombie, have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018, state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday, Oct. 1. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes select schools across the country as Blue Ribbon Schools, but not every state is represented, Baesler said in a news release. Selection is based on evidence of students achieving high learning standards or making substantial improvements in learning.
GRAND FORKS — For women in rural areas, having a baby has become more complicated than it used to be. For years, more rural hospitals have been shutting down maternity units, forcing expectant mothers in small rural and farming communities to travel longer distances to deliver their babies. It didn't used to be this way. "Virtually every rural hospital in North Dakota, probably 40 years ago, was doing obstetrics," said Brad Gibbens, deputy director, UND Center for Rural Health.
GRAND FORKS — Cirque du Soleil is bringing an entirely new show to Ralph Engelstad Arena next week — one that introduces an ice rink into the equation. In the aptly named production, "Crystal," the company's 43 gymnasts and skaters explore the artistic limits of performing on ice for the first time in its 34-year history, said Julie Desmarais, publicist for Cirque du Soleil. The performances run from Wednesday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 30.