He had an internship, physical therapy and online classes during the day. Weekends often were spent at the lake.

Hunter Pinke’s summer was a blur of activity.

Now the senior mechanical engineering student is back on campus at UND, carrying 17 credits this semester and working for the UND Alumni Association.

ROSEAU RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, Minn. – The contrast told the story.

Part of the wall of cattails on the eastern edge of this massive wildlife management area had been sprayed by helicopter a few weeks earlier, with the goal of restoring wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife; part of it hadn’t been treated.

The difference was striking.

Enrollment is up slightly in the East Grand Forks Public School District, with about 10% of students registered for online-only classes as of Friday morning, Sept. 4.

Classes in the district begin Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Several businesses in Grand Forks have received funds from the North Dakota Department of Commerce through a program aimed at helping private businesses and organizations mitigate the impact of coronavirus and restore consumer confidence.

The funds come through the Economic Resiliency Grant program, which has been a qualified success. More than 2,700 North Dakota businesses have applied for the grants, totaling more than $96 million.

A statistic from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control about Americans with no underlying medical conditions who’ve died from COVID-19 has become a major talking point on social media for people who claim the danger of the virus is being overplayed.

Dr. Paul Carson, an infectious disease specialist here, calls that “muddled thinking.”

For the past 45 years, the Grand Forks Herald has published thousands of box scores, which are a staple of a newspaper sports section.

Also during the past four-and-a-half decades, the Herald has covered thousands of high school football, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and hockey games, not to mention a steady stream of game previews, features and notebooks.

The owners of Red River Biorefinery — the Grand Forks ethanol and alcohol plant near Gateway Drive — are locked in a legal fight with a contractor.

The case begins with a contract between North American Energy Services, a Washington state-based plant operator, and the owners of Red River Biorefinery. In May, Red River sent a terse letter claiming a long list of issues with NAES services, including failing to quickly hire permanent, qualified staff and to show expertise in the facility’s operation. Red River sued over the matter in June, seeking damages and a quick transition to a new operator.

For 5 Questions this week, the Herald speaks with Jackie Nelson, who owns The Olive Barrel in Grand Forks, at 2100 S. Columbia Road.

As many colleges across the country are reprimanding students for partying off campus without masks, UND President Andrew Armacost said that isn’t an option at UND.

Last month, Purdue University in Indiana suspended 36 for attending an off-campus party, which violated the college’s social distancing rules. Purdue said students who violate the requirements of its COVID protection plan may be disciplined.

Many restaurants and large event venues in North Dakota’s COVID-19 hot spots are adapting to new state-issued recommendations on how many patrons to serve.

Gov. Doug Burgum announced Thursday, Sept. 3, that his office is raising the official COVID-19 risk level for eight North Dakota counties with high rates of infection, including those that encompass the Bismarck, Grand Forks and Dickinson metro areas. Cass County, which includes Fargo, is not among those going up in risk level.

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