Grand Forks Montessori Academy students visit the Herald

Elementary students from Grand Forks Montessori Academy, along with their teacher Miss Jenny, visited the Grand Forks Herald downtown office today. The students had the opportunity to talk with employees from both the advertising department and the newsroom. Thanks for coming to see us – we enjoyed your visit!



July 1 is Canada Day

Canada Day is celebrated every year on July 1 in honor of the formation of the Canadian federal government on July 1, 1867 (the British North America Act). If it falls on a Sunday, the next day is considered a legal holiday. This holiday was called Dominion Day until 1982.

Canada Day is celebrated much like our Independence Day, with picnics, parades, festivals, and of course fireworks.

To learn more about Canada download the NIE tab “O Canada” from the NIE Institute by clicking here

Note:  if you are going to print this pdf, make sure to adjust your print setting to “fit on page”.  The pdf is bigger than 8.5 x 11 (normal print size.)

July 4th Word Search, History Quiz and more!

Here are a few activities for you to enjoy this 4th of July holiday. Check out the word search you can download and print. Also be sure to test your knowledge with an American History Quiz from American Profile Magazine.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!

Download the word search puzzle by clicking HERE


How much do you know about American History? 

Take the quiz from American Profile by clicking here.  

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Summer Solstice

Summer officially arrives on June 21, the summer solstice. It’s considered the longest day of the year because it has the most daylight hours between sunrise and sunset.

In the summer, the North Pole tilts toward the sun, so the Northern Hemisphere gets more sunlight. On the solstice, the North Pole is tilted the closest to the sun. On this day, the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. (Information from TNS) 

Newspaper Activity: Look at the newspaper’s weather report for different symbols used to illustrate weather. Then design your own symbols for these weather conditions: sunny, cloudy, partly cloudy, showers, thundershowers, and snow.

Grand Forks Central students visit Herald production plant

20150616_093503rBeth Carlson and her summer students, along with para Ruth Turner, from Grand Forks Central High School toured the Herald production plant on Thursday, June 16.  The students enjoyed seeing the giant rolls of paper, the enormous ink tanks and the printing press. They participate in the Grand Forks Herald’s Newspapers in Education program.

Sunday is Father’s Day

Father’s Day, a holiday which honors fathers worldwide, is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June. It originated in the United States in 1910, a few years after the country began celebrating Mother’s Day. Father’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1972. (Information is from

ACTIVITY (From the NIE guide, “A Plan for All Seasons” from the NIE Institute) Use your newspaper to search for ways to have a special celebration for Father’s Day.  Look for examples of ways that this day can be celebrated other than giving gifts. Try to come up with at least three unique ideas that your family has never tried before.

WORD SEARCH (TNS)Click here to download Father’s Day word search

Meet the 2015 Awesome Authors

20150610_110454 rThese students (who will be entering grades 1-3 in the next school year) are participating in a summer creative writing class taught by Laura Knox, kindergarten teacher at Viking Elementary in Grand Forks. The students came to the Herald to learn about writing and reporting the news. They will be writing children’s book reviews which will be published in the Grand Forks Herald later this summer. You can also check out their blog by clicking on the following link: Awesome Authors.


Bianca Bina, of the Herald special sections team shows the kids pages she is working on.

Kari Lucin shows the kids the online version of the Herald.

Kari Lucin shows the kids the online version of the Herald.

Flag Day – June 14

Flag Day
In memory of the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States, the president proclaims June 14 as Flag Day every year. Americans respond by displaying the flag and holding other patriotic demonstrations.

The most widely known symbol of a nation is its flag – a piece of cloth with a picture or design that represents something special about that nation. In the United States, that flag, of course, is the Stars and Stripes.

Every part of the flag’s design represents an American ideal. The red, white, and blue colors are symbolic of the American spirit – red for hardiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, and blue for perseverance and justice. The 13 red and white stripes stand for the original 13 colonies. And the stars represent the 50 states.

For more than 200 years, the Stars and Stripes has flown over the United States in good times and in bad. Created during the Revolutionary War, the flag has changed as the nation has changed, but the ideals for which it stands have not.

Honoring the Stars and Stripes 

In 1942, Congress adopted the Flag Code – a set of rules governing the use and treatment of the U.S. flag. The code is based on the principle that the flag should be honored and respected as a symbol of the nation it represents. Here are just a few of the rules to give you an idea of how we are to treat our national flag:

Flag Etiquette

The U.S. flag should be displayed every day except when weather conditions might damage it. It is customarily displayed from sunrise to sunset but can be flown 24 hours a day. It should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously.

When flown with a group of flags other than national flags on separate staffs, the U.S. flag must be in the center and higher than the others.

If there are other national flags being displayed, they should be flown on separate staffs of the same height and of the same size as the U.S. flag.

During times of mourning, raise the flag to its peak then lower it to half-mast. Raise it to peak again before lowering it at the end of the day.

When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

At no time should the U.S. flag touch the ground, the floor, or anything beneath it.

The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.

The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.

The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

Discarding the flag

When a flag is no longer usable, the most dignified way to destroy it is to burn it. But burning a flag that is still fit for display is considered a sign of political protest. It’s also the subject of much debate. Research the issue of flag-burning. Then write a newspaper opinion piece, editorial, letter to the editor, editorial cartoon, column that summarizes your thoughts about this issue.

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Information and activities are from KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide and Patriotism tab distributed by the NIE Institute.