Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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Q. Why is there no water in the water wheel at the downtown Town Square this summer? Visitors to the Town Square of downtown Grand Forks might have noticed something a little off—the square's iconic entrance, a paddlewheel sculpture that doubles as a water feature, has been dry all summer.
Grand Forks isn't expected to get the full solar eclipse Monday, but a group from UND might just find the best view of all in the farthest reaches of the earth's atmosphere.
A case against the city of Grand Forks over the development of Arbor Park has been thrown out. District Judge Steven Marquart has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of an election that allowed Arbor Park in downtown Grand Forks to be the site of a five-story condo building.
As the soft light of evening mingled with the sweet smell of a late summer's field, voices raised in prayer and hymn as Father Brian Moen asked for God's blessings from a country church hardly bigger than its altar.
Friday morning started with fire. Flames broke out on a wooden buttress supporting the west side of the Grand Forks railroad bridge sometime in the early hours of dawn. By 6 a.m., the wooden structure was fully ablaze in a column of fire of black smoke. Firefighters had mostly extinguished the flames within an hour after that. The extent of the fire damage to the bridge is not yet clear.
The afternoon hours at the historical Heritage Village in East Grand Forks were quiet, filled mostly with sun and the chirping of insects as a handful of men made last-minute preparations for the incoming bustle of the city's annual Heritage Days celebration. The weekend activities launched at 7 p.m. with a parade from near downtown East Grand Forks and to a road lined with American flags leading to the village site near Northland Community and Technical College. After that, the weekend opens up to a series of events that highlight different facets of life in the Red River Valley.
Mary Holz-Clause, the freshly appointed chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Crookston, is well-versed in the perks and challenges of farming the Midwest. An Iowa native and alumna of Iowa State University, Holz-Clause balances her life in academic administration with the long-term ownership and operation of a cattle feedlot in her home state. Her background in agriculture education puts her in good company at the ag-heavy UMC, but her experience isn't limited to the waving Midwestern seas of corn, wheat and soybeans.
GRAND FORKS—Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Friday that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was too private in his Wednesday visit to North Dakota. Pruitt made three stops in Fargo and the Grand Forks area as part of his ongoing national tour to discuss efforts to roll back and rewrite environmental regulations advanced under President Barack Obama. He spent Wednesday meeting with political representatives and figures from the energy and agriculture industries in invitation-only meetings that were closed to media and other members of the public.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Friday that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was too private in his Wednesday visit to North Dakota. Pruitt made three stops in Fargo and the Grand Forks area as part of his ongoing national tour to discuss efforts to roll back and rewrite environmental regulations advanced under President Barack Obama. He spent Wednesday meeting with political representatives and figures from the energy and agriculture industries in invitation-only meetings that were closed to media and other members of the public.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt visited Grand Forks Wednesday as part of a series of closed meetings to discuss his agency's state-centric regulatory approach. Pruitt was on tour in the Red River Valley to meet with representatives of the ag and energy industries and talk with stakeholders about his efforts to rescind and rewrite portions of the Waters of the U.S. rule expanded under President Barack Obama.