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GRAND FORKS — Managers of some thrift and resale stores are noticing an uptick in donations they say may be due to Marie Kondo’s popular Netflix program on decluttering and organizing the home. The show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” is part of Kondo’s latest effort to “organize the world.” In each episode, Kondo helps a family, couple or individual with a clutter situation. Her strategy involves reducing items by category, rather than by room, and only keeping items that “spark joy.”
GRAND FORKS — Almost every workday — no matter the weather — Tom Eastman suits up to ride his bicycle nearly four miles to his job at the University of North Dakota. Only a blizzard forces him to abandon the bike and drive to work, “and that’s only because I’m more concerned about cars hitting me,” said Eastman, 55. His cold-weather gear includes an insulated coat and pants, boots, a facemask, goggles and “of course, a helmet,” he said. “And I’ve never gotten cold.”
GRAND FORKS -- Since her story about growing and donating more than 3,700 pounds of vegetables for the needy appeared in the Grand Forks Herald last week, Donna Stumphf has received a few unexpected phone calls. Stumphf of Grand Forks has been fielding requests from TV producers with “Good Morning, America” and “The Steve Harvey Show” and reps of the Mother Nature Network, she said.
GRAND FORKS -- The Grand Forks School Board's superintendent search committee selected three finalists for the position, without public discussion, in a brief meeting Thursday night. They are Terry Brenner, director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development for Grand Forks Public Schools; Dennis Goodwin, superintendent of Camp Verde Unified Public Schools, Camp Verde, Ariz., and James Hess, superintendent of Bemidji Area Schools.
GRAND FORKS — Leon Osborne, well-known teacher and researcher in atmospheric sciences at the University of North Dakota, is being remembered for his wide-ranging impact on the field of meteorology and influence on his students. The UND Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences died from cancer at his home Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Grand Forks. He was 63. Osborne "affected a lot of people in a lot of different ways," said Mike Poellet, chairman of UND's atmospheric sciences department. "He was a visionary, but also a very practical individual."
GRAND FORKS — Dylan Weber of Grand Forks doesn't let her two young children watch violent shows on TV, but after she saw the brutal fighting between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., recently, she felt the need to talk with them about it. "It was a hard conversation to have," she said. When she witnessed the turmoil, she said, "I felt angry, helpless and scared—and I wanted to do something with my children."
GRAND FORKS — A few weeks ago, when Nancy Pasley received a large, official-looking envelope in the mail, "My initial thought was, 'Uh oh, what did I do now?' " But the contents were anything but ominous. In the envelope, Pasley, of Grand Forks, found a letter and photos from Kari Yang, a young woman who received a kidney from Pasley's daughter, Jane, upon her death in 2013. One photo showed Yang dressed in her graduation cap and gown, holding a framed diploma representing her master's degree. Other photos reveal close-ups of her newborn daughter.
GRAFTON, N.D.—Dr. Joshua Omotunde was remembered for his kindness, compassion and devotion to his patients by those who worked with him for years. Omotunde, who practiced family medicine in Grafton for 21 years, died Monday, Aug. 7, at his home in Grafton, N.D. He was 61. His death "was quite a shock," said Alan O'Neil, CEO of Unity Medical Center, Grafton. "It's quite a loss to the community. We are very shocked and devastated." Omotunde "was held in high regard by those who knew him. His dedication to his patients, staff and family were top notch."
GRAND FORKS — In the coming decades, as the "huge wave" of baby boomers starts to reach their 70s, 80s and older, jobs in health care and senior housing will explode, said Phil Gisi, president and CEO of Grand Forks-based Edgewood Management Group. But young people may not be fully aware of the "great opportunities" that await them in this sector of the job market, said Gisi, whose company owns and operates senior living facilities across the Upper Midwest.