High schoolers try new dance moves following 'grinding' ban


With prom less than a month away, students at Fargo's North High School are looking to teachers for new moves after "grinding," a popular dance style, was banned last fall.

"You can move to the groove, but keep in mind, no grind" is the policy North and surrounding schools have endorsed.

As seen on television and in music videos, grinding is an up-close-and-personal dance style where a boy stands behind a girl and thrusts to imitate a sex act, the Fargo Forum reports.

The school says grinding is overly sexual and makes younger students feel uncomfortable.

To expand students' dancing repertoire, Latin Teacher Dave Volk and his wife, Mary, have been holding an impromptu dance academy where participants can learn the two-step, polka, swing and waltz.

The newspaper reports a couple dozen kids have showed up in that past few weeks. However, it might prove difficult for high schoolers to pull off a ballroom classic to the tune of Beyonce.

In Andover, students took a "Footloose" approach to their winter dance after administrators said grinding would not be allowed. The Star Tribune said more than 250 kids attended an event off school grounds to keep their right to grind.

Next Up

Marijuana, cannabis

Minnesota adds 2 more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

There will be 17 conditions that qualify people to obtain medical marijuana in Minnesota.

Matt Birk

Ex-Viking Matt Birk confirms interest in future run for governor

The next gubernatorial election in Minnesota is Nov. 8, 2022.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 10.59.59 AM

Handsome Hog in St. Paul to close temporarily

Executive chef Justin Sutherland cited inaction by state and federal leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dept. of Education adding more gender options when collecting student data

The public can comment on the implementation of the nonbinary gender options until Dec. 13.

police tape, crime scene

Police ID couple found dead in home, murder-suicide suspected

The bodies were found in St. Louis County after the pair failed to show for work.

State Capitol

Minnesota's budget forecast improves, shows $641M surplus for 2020-21

"Higher general fund revenues and lower expected spending result in a projected surplus," MMB said.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Brooklyn Park shooting leaves 2 injured

Two victims sustained non-life threatening injuries during the Monday evening incident.

Screen Shot 2019-10-14 at 10.38.01 PM

Worthington settles police brutality lawsuit for $590,000, agrees to reforms

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kelvin Francisco Rodriguez, who spent five days in the ICU after being arrested.

Michael Munoz

Rochester superintendent admits he plagiarized letter to staff

Med City Beat broke the story, prompting the superintendent to apologize.

police tape, crime scene

Man and woman, aged 55 and 62, found dead in their home

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


North Dakota oil town considers new ban on campers

A new law being discussed would make it illegal to live in an RV within the city of Williston. However, housing is a major issue throughout western North Dakota because of a surge of temporary workers in the oil rich area. The Fargo Forum reports there are up to 400 campers throughout the community that would be in violation of the proposed city ordinance.