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‘Safe room’ tornado shelters booming across the United States

April 30, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Manufacturers can barely keep up with demand, and some states are offering grants and other financial incentives to help pay for the added protection and peace of mind.
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Despite mild winter, Northlands Rescue Mission busier than ever

January 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks homeless shelter appealing for donations to cover food, lodging costs in 2012Around 120 people, mostly men, are staying in the shelter each night. That’s up from around 115 last winter.
But the shelter’s executive director says it’s not completely unexpected because of influx of people from other states moving to North Dakota to look for a job or start a new life. Continue Reading

No more room at the inn: Oil boom causes homeless to grow

December 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Betsy Kelley tries to tell people not to move to Williston unless they have a plan, but it doesn’t always work. Continue Reading

Five new homeless shelters opening in rural Minnesota

August 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The state Department of Human Services has awarded grants to open shelters in Cass Lake, Pine County, Mankato, Faribault and Marshall. At the same time, the department is cutting funding for several Twin Cities programs, including a drop-in center for homeless adults in St. Paul. Continue Reading

Circle of Friends animal shelter to host annual dinner, auction fundraiser

May 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Circle of Friends Humane Society is asking Grand Forks residents to “raise their paws” to benefit homeless and unwanted pets at a dinner and auction fundraiser this week. Continue Reading

Minnesota House passes contentious public safety bill

April 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A budget bill that would maintain funding for courts and public defenders but would cut spending for prisons, women’s shelters and human-rights programs cleared the Minnesota House on Thursday. Continue Reading

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