Andrew Haffner covers county, health 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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UND could begin demolishing a set of eight campus buildings of varying historic interest by late summer, said a university facilities leader.
Fitness newbies often focus their efforts on exercises like the bench-press, but every real (fake) strongman knows the only moves that matter are the twig karate chop and the wicker basket stomp.
Though the North Dakota Board of Higher Education briefly paused midway through its Thursday meeting to celebrate the passage of the higher ed budget, the gathering was otherwise business as usual.
It had been more than a week since Marissa Hinrichs and Cory Stinar had last seen their dog, Orion, but the pair wasn't giving up hope. The husky, less than a year old, had gotten away from the Grand Forks couple two weeks ago while on a walk in Alvarado, Minn., sparking a campaign of flier-hanging, Facebook-posting and general worrying about the fate of the energetic dog Hinrichs describes as "technically still a puppy" but almost wolf-like in appearance.
Gerald VandeWalle, chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court, says there aren't many attorneys left in the field from his graduating law class at UND. "I was 1958," said the 83-year-old judge. "There are still two of us licensed in the state, I believe."
For the next several months, UND is exhibiting some of the highlights of its art collection at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. Arthur Jones, chair of the university's art department, said a chief purpose of the exhibition is to give the public a chance to view pieces they might not otherwise find in regional museums. The prominence of the collection, as well as its historic range, is captured in the exhibition's title—Art Across the Ages: A Selection of Treasured Works.
A dreary Monday in Grand Forks provided a solemn backdrop for two overlapping days of commemoration of massive loss of civilian lives. This year, Jewish and Armenian communities in the U.S. and abroad recognized genocide remembrance on the same date, a coincidental alignment of a floating and fixed day of collective mourning and reflection. Brian Urlacher, UND political science professor and leader of the UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, had thoughts both optimistic and somewhat less so when discussing the potential lessons of the day.
One of Grand Forks' largest cultural celebrations returned this week as the annual UND powwow kicked off Friday night in a whirl of color and rhythm.
The Flood of 1997 left the UND campus in a condition both challenging and advantageous. Though some of the buildings there had taken the full brunt of overland flooding and the rise of the English Coulee, much of the campus was left high and dry—or, at least what passed for that at the time—and was able to serve as a forward base for many city and emergency functions. Still, several key buildings and other campus assets were full of water, inundated in some places usually inaccessible, overlooked or unseen by the general public.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline even as the date nears for expected oil transportation, said Tribal Chair David Archambault on Tuesday at UND. "We're going to try to stop the oil from flowing," Archambault said. "We're going to build awareness about the investors, the lenders, the banks, the financial institutions who fund projects like this and who fund companies like Energy Transfer Partners."