GRAND FORKS — Not halfway into October and cases of the flu are already occurring around the state, but that isn't a sign we're in for a tough flu season, said an official with the North Dakota Department of Health this week. "We're seeing clusters of cases popping up here and there," said Jill Baber, epidemiologist with the department's Division of Disease Control. "That is normal for this time of year. It doesn't necessarily mean we're going to have a bad season. We could see this little bump and it could go away. Unfortunately, it's very unpredictable."
Growing up on a farm near Wyndmere, N.D., Chuck Klosterman never pictured himself becoming a successful writer or author. "No, I didn't really think like that," said Klosterman. "The idea of being a writer didn't even seem plausible, because I had never met a writer in my life." Yet the farm kid from the Red River Valley built a career, writing for media outlets including the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal; ESPN; Spin, GQ and Esquire magazines; The New York Times; and The Washington Post.
GRAND FORKS - Charges are pending against Zachary Lamarca, 31, for discharge of a firearm within the city limits, the Grand Forks Police Department said in a news release Saturday. Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of First Avenue North at about 8 a.m. Saturday for a report of a discharge of a firearm within a residence, police said. Lamarca said he was inside the home, checking his handgun, when it accidentally was discharged.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—The Food Network show "Girl Meets Farm," featuring Molly Yeh, local food blogger and cookbook author, premieres at 10 a.m. June 24.
GRAND FORKS—The TV show, "American Pickers," is coming to North Dakota early this summer to film, and its producers are looking for people with unusual collections, a publicist for the show has announced. Hosts of the show are hoping to connect with people in the Grand Forks region who have interesting antique collections and want to share the stories behind them, said Evan Linden, in a news release. "American Pickers" is a documentary series that explores the world of antique "picking."
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.
GRAND FORKS—They may never travel to the ancient Roman Colosseum or the Great Wall of China, but Grand Forks elementary students are seeing the wonders of the world without leaving their school. Sitting cross-legged on the floor of the library recently at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, about a dozen students in Heidi Muus' fourth-grade class put on Google Expedition goggles and listened as Megan Solberg talked about what they were seeing. "The first place we're going to is in India, to the Taj Mahal," Solberg said.
DOWNER, Minn.—A 49-year-old woman was injured in a traffic accident about 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, near Downer. Nathan Vogel, 16, of Excelsior, Minn., was driving a 2009 Acura traveling west on I-94 and exited at Clay County Road 10. Vogel stopped at the intersection of the exit, according to a news release, before the Acura pulled out in front of a 2005 Chevy Impala, driven by Ethan Renner, 17, of Dilworth, Minn., that was traveling east on County Road 10. The resulting collision sent the Acura off the road and into the ditch.
GRAND FORKS -- Maia Jackson, 17, a senior at Grand Forks Central High School, and other high school students are organizing a walkout to promote gun safety, and to call on lawmakers to take action, in light of recent school shootings in other parts of the country. The walkout, part of a nationwide effort to mobilize students, is planned for 10 a.m. March 14 at Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools, Jackson said.
BISMARCK - Isaac Cramer, 35, the son of Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is hospitalized in an intensive care unit at Sanford Health in Bismarck, according to sources close to the family. Isaac’s condition is “not good; Isaac has kidney and liver failure,” said Facebook posts from family friends. Isaac had been living in Fargo for several years. The deterioration in Isaac Cramer’s health is due to on ongoing battle with alcoholism, according to a Facebook post from a family friend and Fargo conservative talk radio host Scott Hennen.