DETROIT LAKES, MINN. - Police responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident about 10:30 p.m. Friday on I-94, four miles west of Highway 59. The driver of a 2006 Dodge Caravan, Annabelle Rypa, 26, of St. Paul, Minn., lost control of the vehicle while driving in the eastbound lane of I-94 and rolled the vehicle into the median, said Sgt. Jesse Grabow in a news release.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—Officials at Digi-Key Electronics plan to begin construction next month on a new building that's triple the size of its current facility in Thief River Falls. The $300-plus million, four-story Product Distribution Center will provide an additional 2.2 million square feet of usable space, said Rick Trontvet, vice president of administration. The project will also add another $500 million in economic output, or the value of goods and services produced by the company in the state of Minnesota, he said.
WARREN, Minn.—The Marshall County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating Dawn Knoll, 54, of Warren in the far northwest corner of Minnesota. Knoll left the Warren area on or about Feb. 4 with Glenn Nelson of Warren, according to a news release from that office. Sources told the Marshall County Sheriff's Office that the two had planned to leave for an undetermined amount of time. Warren is about 30 miles northeast of Grand Forks, N.D.
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.