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.
James Hess said he and other education leaders in Bemidji "learned an important lesson" a few years ago when a $13 million bond issue aimed at building a new K-5 elementary school to alleviate crowding was voted down by a three to one margin. The measure failed, he said, because "it did not address crowding in all schools; it just addressed crowding in one or two schools." Hess is the second superintendent finalist to be interviewed by the School Board. The interview and meetings with various stakeholder groups took place Tuesday.
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—Few homes in northeast North Dakota are built with the goal of achieving high energy efficiency and minimizing negative impact on the environment. Dexter and Betsy Perkins, of Grand Forks, would like to change that. For a couple of years, they've worked on plans for a home that meets those criteria. And it's now under construction in south Grand Forks. "(We) are building the greenest home ever built in this region," Dexter Perkins said.
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.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Ever since they were about 6 or 7 years old, the Adams children have helped their parents work on renovating older homes for resale — starting out with tasks like fetching tools or sweeping out debris and moving on to buying, remodeling and reselling homes as teenagers. Now, as experienced house-flippers, Precious, 19, and triplets Serenity, Kazmir and Roman, 20, may have a chance to show their stuff on a reality show on HGTV, the network dedicated to all things home and garden.
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.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — The "toolkit" to protect the rights of transgender students, which recently was distributed to Minnesota school superintendents, "was given to us as a guide" and is not legally binding, said East Grand Forks Superintendent Mike Kolness. "The Toolkit for Ensuring Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students" was approved last month by an advisory council of the Minnesota Department of Education.
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.