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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--The search for the next superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools moves into high gear this week. It's a big week for the Grand Forks School Board as six finalists will interview this week trying to become the next superintendent. The job won't be easy. School consolidation has many across the district upset.
POLICE DEPARTMENT LOOKING FOR DONATIONS EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ)--The East Grand Forks Police Department is inching it's way closer to its goal of 35-thousand dollars for a K-9 unit. So far, the department has raised 15 thousand dollars, and has been promised another 15 grand from various donors.
(WDAY / WDAZ)—Millions of Americans are glued to the TV this Super Bowl Sunday, but come Monday, millions more will be calling in sick to work. It's not just any Sunday at the Ground Round bar and grill in Grand Forks. "Lots of take out orders! We've got about 2000 wings that have been ordered for super bowl parties at home that will be going out for carry-out and delivery," said Matt Walkowiak. With all of those take-out orders, Walkowiak's restaurant needs to remain fully staffed, but it's also a day that many employees want off.
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ)--Better for businesses or creating more clutter on busy roads? The city of Crookston is considering a new project to revamp their downtown, but as WDAZ"s Scott Cook explained, it could come at the cost of drivers sanity.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--As people descend upon Minneapolis for the Super Bowl, they are impacting travel patterns in the surrounding area. It’s officially Super Bowl week and thousands of fans are making their way to the Minneapolis area for the big game. And all of those fans are causing traffic including in the skies. The added airline traffic is impacting where students here at the University of North Dakota's flight program can fly to.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Dozens of literature-lovers gathered at the Grand Forks Public Library Sunday, to learn more about authors who are coming to visit the area soon. It was the first of a series of weekly discussions led by UND faculty that explores the works of authors and artists who will be present at UND's Writers Conference in March. Sunday's meeting was centered around the award-winning Vietnamese poet, Ocean Vuong.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A new study says North Dakota is one of the worst states for protecting animals. The study, conducted by the Animal Legal Defense Fund or ALDF, ranked states based on their animal cruelty laws. North Dakota ranked 46th. The study says the state will not issue felonies for neglect, abandonment, or sexual assault of animals. North Dakota police officers are also not required to write a citation or misdemeanor for animal protection violations.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—It wasn't any ordinary open-house for a school in East Grand Forks. Hundreds of people showed up Sunday to Riverside Christian school to tour the facility, eat breakfast, and raise money for a very special student. Fifth-grader Jacob Records is undergoing chemotherapy for a tumor in his arm. Saturday morning's breakfast and musical performance was dedicated to Jacob. Dozens of volunteers cooked breakfast for the crowd, and all the proceeds went to the Records family to help with medical expenses.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Thousands of anglers made their way to Devils Lake, and battled frigid conditions to be part of one of the biggest ice fishing tournaments in the country. It's a 34-year-old tradition that keeps growing and growing each year. Over 5,000 people hit the ice at Sixmile Bay in Devils Lake Saturday for the 34th Annual Ice Fishing tournament hosted by the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department. "Young, old, we've got a lot of kids out here. We've had young kids win major prizes before, so that's pretty super," said Jim Moe, Devils Lake Fire Chief.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A group in Grand Forks is showing support to dreamers, by marching through town. The march coincides with the opening weekend for the Democratic Party Conventions in North Dakota. Saturday morning, a small group, lead by State Senate Candidate Dustin Peyer, marched down 32nd Avenue in Grand Forks. Their goal to raise awareness for Dreamers after the program has been on the chopping block for months.