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Books, and people, can make a difference

January 1, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

Ann Porter enjoys telling the story of a William Kamkwamba, a young teenager who grew up in poverty, his family barely able to survive on their farm during a famine in his native country of Malawi in southeast Africa. Continue Reading

For Gilman Beck, volunteering is just a way of life

January 1, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

In retirement, Gilman Beck has been busier than he ever was during a 40-year career managing grain elevators. He’s on call as a trained EMT on the ambulance crew at Northwood Deaconess Hospital, volunteer work he’s done for nearly 40 years starting in Warren, Minn. Continue Reading

Raising funds, cleaning stands, Sacred Heart booster does it all

December 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

For more than 20 years, Tom Senger has been one of the first to arrive at East Grand Forks Sacred Heart High School football games. Senger spends the first half of games in the ticket booth, collecting the gate fees. After, he’s in the stands doing clean-up. Continue Reading

East Grand Forks nurse supports those with disease, starting with family

December 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A nurse of 30 years and an avid shopper, Terry Fore, 59, considers herself a typical person. Though she spends her days healing the bodies of those who are hurting, Fore also helps heal the hearts of those affected by Huntington’s disease including people in her own family. Continue Reading

Devoted Grafton mother pushes back the veil of autism

December 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When her son, Ethan, was diagnosed with autism at age 2 in fall 2005, Jalene Suda devoted herself completely to his recovery. She quit a good job to stay home and marshal every available resource to free her son from this complex, isolating brain disorder. Continue Reading

Santa for a month, giving all year long

December 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It begins with the one-year-olds, wide-eyed, bewildered and soon wailing in chorus at the sight of a strange, red-suited, white-bearded man. Next up are kids from the Toddler 1 classroom, who provide a better reception but present their own challenges for a veteran Santa. Continue Reading

Grand Forks toddler performs random acts of kindness

December 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Maddie DeLong played an angel in her church’s recent Christmas program. It was art imitating life. Off-stage, Maddie is a Ben Franklin Elementary kindergartener busy completing “random acts of kindness” in hopes others might be inspired to do the same. Continue Reading