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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UND President Mark Kennedy is a man on the move. In his first year in office, Kennedy has balanced an active travel schedule with his campus duties and appearances at university events. A breakdown of Kennedy’s total travel record between July 1, 2016 and July 17 of this year has 54 ventures listed beyond Grand Forks, ranging from “Coffee with Kennedy” road trips along ND Highways 81 and 18 to a day-long diversion to Mexico City while on a separately funded trip to that country.
A therapy used widely to treat symptoms of autism will now be accessible through North Dakota Medicaid after an unsuccessful legislative bid to mandate its coverage in the state's insurance markets.
A log-strewn outdoor classroom at UND could provide evidence that a connection to nature can help kids learn in school. UND educational researchers have been gathering data to examine the influence of the University Childhood Learning Center's outdoor classroom, a rugged play area complete with natural features like logs, stumps and and open patches of dirt.
Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., was grilled Friday by MSNBC hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle in a wide-ranging segment led by talk of the investigation of President Donald Trump's ties to Russia. Cramer described the media's interest in the investigation as rooted in "an unhealthy obsession with Russia," a point Velshi immediately challenged. Cramer stuck to that characterization on the assertion that "90 percent of a newscast" might focus on the alleged ties to Russia while ignoring a host of other issues. Velshi immediately fired back at the representative.
Some of the best distance learning opportunities in higher education might be within arm’s reach at nearby institutions, according to a recent national ranking.
Richie Wolfe is cycling across America for a cause—and also because he really likes to ride his bike. Wolfe, 26, pedaled out of Escondido, Calif., on April 1, set on a route that has taken him from Georgia to Maine, up through Canada and then, for a brief time earlier this week, to Grand Forks. By the time he's done, likely in mid-October, he'll have ridden a broad American loop about 7,000 miles long. That route could include a single-session westward crossing of North Dakota with an approximately 350-mile marathon along U.S. Highway 2.
The Strinden Center building on the UND campus was dripping with water when the excavator finally raised its arm and moved in with its jawed bucket.
Some of the best distance learning opportunities in higher education might be within arm's reach at nearby institutions, according to a recent national ranking. The University of Minnesota-Crookston came in first in a "Top 100 Best Online Colleges" list compiled by virtual higher ed guide Online College Plan. UND also made a strong showing with the sixth place rank in the national list.
UND will likely begin demolishing a set of campus buildings Wednesday, said a university facilities leader. Brian Larson, a UND project manager, said the Strinden Center at 3100 University Ave. and the former Center for Community Engagement at 317 Cambridge should be knocked down by midweek. Larson previously said the demolition of the Strinden Center could happen Monday morning, but crews from contractor Berger Enterprises are still disconnecting utilities and salvaging materials from the two buildings.
EMERADO, N.D.—A woman driving on a rough country road Monday afternoon south of Emerado was forced to abandon her car after it burst into flames. Emerado Police Chief Dan Lund said the early 2000s Ford Taurus was "fully engulfed" in fire when he responded to the incident about 3:30 p.m. at 1200 28th St. N.E., 7 miles south of Emerado. The driver, who declined comment to the press, was able to escape the car quickly and was unhurt in the blaze.