April Baumgarten, Forum News Service
PEMBINA, N.D.—A federal agency will revamp its strategy to defend the northern border after a bill sponsored by a senator from North Dakota required an analysis of threats and security at the Canadian border. The Department of Homeland Security will create a strategic plan to address "chronic and emerging issues along the northern border," according to a news release from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's office. The most recent strategy takes goals and tactical measures from plans issued in 2012 and 2014.
A Grand Forks group hopes to "rock the boat" with a concert that originally had the band playing on a pontoon as people watched from the Greenway. Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals will host a free concert from 6 to 9 p.m. July 27 on the Greenway near Town Square. The concert, dubbed Rock the Boat, will feature Moon Shines Red, a bluegrass band from Grand Forks.
LM Wind Power plans to renew a lease for continued operations in Grand Forks, but an opt-out clause in the agreement will allow the company to move out of its building if it relocates to a larger facility in the city.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Thief River Falls school principal will head Digi-Key Electronics' human resources department as the major distributor refocuses leadership responsibilities to accommodate a multi-million-dollar expansion. After serving Lincoln High School for eight years, Principal Shane Zutz will become the director of human resources at Digi-Key, the school announced last week. His last day is Aug. 4, he said Monday.
A Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. employee who oversees growth in the unmanned aircraft sector is resigning. Terry Sando, the EDC's director of UAS Development, will leave the organization Aug. 31 to "pursue an opportunity in the private sector," EDC President and CEO Keith Lund wrote in an email.
DEVILS LAKE -- Few details on why a federal regulator took over a Devils Lake-based credit union will be released, but financial reports reveal “red flags,” including a loss of almost $1 million last quarter and increased delinquent loans.
Ask Jonathon Lively about networking, and he'll say it's more than just exchanging business cards. The vice president of the Grand Connectors Chapter for Master Networks describes networking as a way to help businesses get acclimated into the community, help each other solve problems and work on presenting themselves to clients. "It's just a part of getting involved," he said. "It's showing the community that you care."
The landscape of Grand Forks' airport will change as it prepares to demolish buildings ahead of adding new, updated facilities. The Grand Forks International Airport Board voted Thursday to approve a $95,700 bid from Florian and Sons Excavating of Grand Forks to tear down three hangars and a storage garage north of the terminal. It's part of a plan to make way for newer, more efficient hangars and facilities used by businesses that store planes there.
An East Grand Forks restaurant will host a downtown festival that will feature music, an ametuer ribs contest and craft beer showcase. Up North Pizza Pub told the Herald this week the Happy Harry's Rockin' Up North Fest is a go for July 15. The one-day event will be held in the VFW parking lot across from the restaurant at 314 Fourth St. N.W., but organizers of the festival are seeking permission from the state of Minnesota to close off Fourth Street Northwest adjacent to the pizzeria.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Organizations in Devils Lake hope to collaborate on a plan to enhance its downtown area for the city of 7,300 residents. The city's Chamber of Commerce announced a downtown initiative that would include assessing downtown activity and recommending steps to improve it, according to a news release. It's a chance for community members, city organizations and the private sector to work together to form a vision for the downtown's future, said Chamber Board Chair Mike Dunn.