VOSS, N.D. — The Voss Pumpkin Patch is a family affair, with members of the Lutovsky family pitching in to make tiny Voss, N.D., located northwest of Grand Forks, a favorite destination for pumpkin purchasers. This year, they opened the pumpkin patch Sept. 22, and will continue to sell pumpkins, squash and gourds to customers through Halloween, said Becky Cote. "Or, for as long as we have pumpkins." Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
GRAND FORKS — For women in rural areas, having a baby has become more complicated than it used to be. For years, more rural hospitals have been shutting down maternity units, forcing expectant mothers in small rural and farming communities to travel longer distances to deliver their babies. It didn't used to be this way. "Virtually every rural hospital in North Dakota, probably 40 years ago, was doing obstetrics," said Brad Gibbens, deputy director, UND Center for Rural Health.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Mental health professionals say patients they see engaging in cutting and other self-harm are resorting to the behavior to relieve the intense emotions they are unable to manage in a healthy way. Ajeng Puspitasari, a clinical psychologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said such behaviors are more prevalent "in younger populations—adolescents and young adults, but adults do engage in self-injurious behavior."
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.
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.
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.
The public is invited to an open forum Tuesday to provide input on the skills and characteristics the next Grand Forks superintendent of schools should possess. The forum, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Red River High School, will be conducted by representatives of School Exec Connect, the search firm that has contracted with the Grand Forks School Board to recruit the person who will replace Superintendent Larry Nybladh who is resigning effective June 30, 2018.
The Grand Forks School Board announced Monday that applications will be accepted through Sept. 6 to fill a vacancy left by Dane Ferguson, who resigned as of July 31. Ferguson's term expires next June. School Board members will select Ferguson's replacement at its next regular meeting Sept. 11. Residents will select a candidate to fill the regular four-year term at the June 12 School Board election. Ferguson, who was elected to the School Board in 2014, served three years on the board. He and his family have moved to Mandan, N.D.
GRAFTON, N.D.—Friends of William "Bill" Gorder remembered him Tuesday as a man of high moral integrity who had a passion for issues affecting Walsh County, which he represented for eight terms in the North Dakota House. Gorder, who also served two terms as Walsh County commissioner, died Thursday in Grafton. He was 88. Sen. Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, remembered him as "a good friend and someone we're going to miss."
GRAND FORKS — Telling student to embrace, not fear, technology, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy addressed graduates Saturday, May 13, at Alerus Center in Grand Forks. More than 1,800 UND students were eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies Saturday. For the first time, UND added a commencement ceremony, held in the morning, for more than 500 students who earned graduate degrees. A commencement ceremony for about 1,330 undergraduate students, who have earned baccalaureate degrees, was held in the afternoon.