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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A well-travelled North Dakota Army National Guard unit with numerous recent deployments Overseas could embark on a yearlong mission in the nation's capitol. The 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment—a Grand Forks unit with detachments in Fargo and Bismarck—has been alerted of a possible mobilization that would send more than 200 air defense soldiers to Washington, D.C., in March.
Altru Health System administrators are making a strong pitch for an insurance plan that focuses on preventative medicine and will be implemented for the Grand Forks health care provider's employees Jan. 1. Altru CEO Dave Molmen said the insurance plan, an accountable care organization (ACO) model called Altru & You, would direct resources toward encouraging customers to take measures to protect their health through activities such as exercise, smoking cessation and regular checkups with a doctor.
Curling season might get off to a late start in Grand Forks, but the stones will be sliding soon enough under a new roof. After building and fundraising through the summer, the Grand Forks Curling Club is now in sight of completing its $1.1 million, two-story building Dec. 1 for a new era of play.
A major philanthropist who contributed to local aid efforts after the flood of 1997 will be honored with a commemorative parkway not far from the Red River. East Grand Forks City Council members at their regular Tuesday meeting affirmed approval to rename a section of Fourth Street in East Grand Forks to memorialize Joan Kroc, who donated $15 million to assist flood victims on both sides of the river that divides Minnesota and North Dakota.
Art Culver, manager of Altru Health System's ambulance services, reflected last Friday on some of the various titles used for emergency medical services personnel. Some of the nuances that differentiate EMS roles can be lost on the public, which in turn can lead to mix-ups. But while EMT is not synonymous with paramedic, there was one name that stood above the others as a true misnomer. "Just don't call us ambulance drivers," Culver said with a smile.
ARVILLA—Racers hit the trails Sunday at Turtle River State Park for a long run with a name to match—the Extreme North Dakota Terrifying Run Amongst Innumerable Lost Souls. Rather than aim for a single finishing line, participants instead ran a 6.3-mile course through the hills of the forested park as many times as they could manage in the span of a 12-hour window.
As the leaves fall and the days grow shorter, there's still a little time left to tee off at UND-owned Ray Richards Golf Course in Grand Forks before it shuts down for good. The course originally was scheduled to close for the season and wrap up its operations Tuesday but, in the expectation of decent weather, the course now will stay open until Thursday. For the golfers who braved a blustery Sunday afternoon to hit the links in advance of the final day, the round served to say goodbye to a place many of them had patronized for years. "I'm going to miss the place tremendously," said local g
Sometimes, love hurts. Though North Dakota recently experienced a year-over-year dip in the recorded rates of some sexually transmitted diseases, the state is otherwise very much a part of a national growth trend in diagnoses of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis reported to the Centers for Disease Control. According to the CDC, infections of those three STDS hit a record high in 2015.
GILBY, N.D.—Residents of the Gilby area gathered Thursday at the town restaurant, Cliff's Lounge, for a going-away luncheon. The subject of the event wasn't present, at least not in the traditional way, but stood right next door throughout all the festivities. The people of rural Gilby were saying goodbye to their town bank. Bremer Bank announced the closure of the Gilby branch in late July and hosted the Thursday event as a way to thank the community for its long-running support. When the bank shuts its doors today, it'll be for the last time.
GRAFTON, N.D.—Walsh County Commissioner Luther Meberg stood beside Sharon Lipsh, the county's highway superintendent, Tuesday afternoon on a raised bank of the Park River's south branch. Before them, the jagged remains of a collapsed bridge sprawled into the water. "A little after harvest started, we closed this one," Meberg began. Lipsh finished the thought. "It fell down just a few weeks later," she said.