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Jerry Kram

Jerry Kram has lived in most parts of North Dakota at one time or another, and some of them twice. Since 1995, he has worked for newspapers in Devils Lake, Minot, Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Beulah, and has been the editor of the newspapers in New Town and Parshall since 2011. When he isn't typing his fingers to the bone, he does photography for fun and sings with the Minot Chamber Chorale.

JERRY KRAM: Birds Of Spring

I caught some early spring residents (actually, some of them tough it out all winter) while I was wandering around Mercer (N.D.) County one pleasant Saturday afternoon. They include a horned lark, meadowlark, ring-billed gull and Canada goose.

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SPORTS: New Town’s Grady Signs With UND

It’s no secret that University of North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert likes to recruit North Dakota kids.

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Elijah Grady, surrounded by his parents Wayne and Jennifer Fox, and grandfather, Tommy Mandan, signs a national letter of intent to play football for the University of North Dakota.

That was no more than evident at Wedneday’s press conference announcing the signings of 28 new players to the school’s program on National Signing Day.

Schweigert, who played nine-man football at Zeeland, N.D., was extremely excited about the signing of Elijah Grady of New Town, N.D., who officially committed to the university and its football team. Grady was one of six N.D. recruits.

“He’s a really fine young person,” Schweigert said of Grady, a 6-foot-5, 295-pounder who was recruited as an offensive lineman.

“We like his ability. He played on a state-contending basketball team last year” that’s doing well again this year. “He is really balanced and has good feet.”

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UND adds 28 to roster on National Signing Day

Grady, the son of Jennifer and Wayne Fox, is currently a senior at New Town High School. Over the past four years, besides playing football and basketball, he has competed in track and baseball.

Among his accomplishments, he was  named to the All-State football team in 2014 and All-Region team 2011-2014. He also was All-District and All-Region in basketball and won a track state championship in discus and had several other state finishes. He also boxed competitively at the national level winning numerous awards.

Academically, Grady has done very well, making the honor roll throughout high school.

Grady was recruited by a number of colleges but ultimately decided on UND. When asked about it, he said that he “has always wanted to go to UND.” His father, Wayne Fox, attended the school. Grady hopes to pursue a degree in nursing with an emphasis on physical therapy.