Nice news of the day – September 11, 2018

Lisa Bjergaard honored with prestigious Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators Award (MyNDNow)

Lisa Bjergaard, Director of the North Dakota Division of Youth Services, has been presented with the 2018 Edward J. Loughran Outstanding Administrator Award, a national award given to leaders who advocate compassionately for youth, staff, and families.

From the CJCA:

CJCA presents the Edward J. Loughran Outstanding Administrator Award each year to an individual or individuals for their extraordinary leadership of CJCA and the field and their commitment to improving the lives of youths. There is no better recognition for an administrator than to be given this award in recognition of their work by their peers.

Click here for a recent Fargo Forum article on the Division of Juvenile Services’ approach to move from punishment to counseling for youth offenders.

Grand Forks Head Start moves into 4000 Valley Square assisted living facility (Grand Forks Herald)

Twenty-eight children are the newest “residents” of 4000 Valley Square in an unique set-up that offers intergenerational programming to benefit young and old.  The Grand Forks Head Start has opened two new classrooms and a playground (with a rubberized surface that is safe for children and seniors, even those in wheelchairs) connected to the assisted living center.

North Dakota a nice place for early retirement (Haven Life)

Life insurance company Haven Life thinks that North Dakota – and specifically, Grand Forks – is the 4th best place to retire early in the United States.  The study took into considering well-being, cost of living, and health care.  From Haven Life:

North Dakota

  • Well-being rank: 11
  • Cost of living rank: 24
  • Health care quality rank: 3
  • City with the greatest influx of retirees: Grand Forks, ND

At first glance, North Dakota might seem like an unlikely choice for retirees, but the state offers many benefits, including terrific health care, low crime rates, and low income and property taxes. Additionally, despite its small population of 755,393, North Dakota is ranked ninth for access to entertainment and recreational activities. Grand Forks is North Dakota’s third-largest city with a population of around 55,000, and is a top choice among retirees. Grand Forks offers its residents a vibrant arts scene, miles of recreational trails for walking and cycling, as well as a lively downtown.

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