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WILD: 1,000 NHL game next for homegrown center Matt Cullen

January 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Matt Cullen didn’t get to play for the high school, college and NHL teams of his squirt hockey dreams. Still, Cullen, 35, has won a Stanley Cup, put in 13-plus seasons in the National Hockey League and will become the seventh Minnesotan to play in 1,000 NHL games when the Wild play host to the San Jose Sharks at 6:30 tonight. Continue Reading

NDSU students design winter survival app for smartphones

January 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A computer engineering student from Virginia has helped design a smartphone application for winter travelers. The free app designed by 20-year-old Adam Koski and a fellow student at North Dakota State University helps motorists who are stranded in severe winter weather. It determines geographical location, calculates how long the vehicle’s engine will run on remaining fuel and provides emergency contact numbers, among other things. Continue Reading

Taconite mining plants on Minnesota’s Iron Range operated at close to capacity in 2011

January 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota’s taconite mining operations ran at or close to capacity in 2011. The Mesabi Daily News reports that the Iron Range produced an estimated 38.9 million tons of iron pellets last year. That’s 3.8 million tons more than in 2010, and much better than the 17.1 million in the downturn year of 2009.
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From WWI to Iraq, a family serves

November 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Schmitke family boasts long record of military service Carl Schmitke Sr., an immigrant from Ukraine, served during the Great War. His sons served in World War II. His grandchildren served in Vietnam and now Iraq. Irvin Schmitke, one of Carl’s sons, compiled the record. Continue Reading

Minnesota veterans project turns into monumental task

May 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The monument will be spectacular. Cast in bronze, weighing between 8 and 9 tons, it will be bigger than life, measuring 15 feet by 27 feet at its farthest points. Continue Reading