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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Outrage can be exhilarating, but is it productive? An arts and humanities summit at UND on Thursday will bring together academics from across the state's higher education landscape to examine the concept of outrage now and through the ages — to probe at the heart of how heated dialogue can be a force for change.
CROOKSTON — As presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stood at their podiums, a group of University of Minnesota Crookston students sat around on campus residence hall couches to watch the debate. Many of the students who watched in a lobby area in Centennial Hall showed up in attire supportive of the Republican Trump—though Kamron Matejcek, Brocket, N.D., said he wore his red Trump hat as "half a joke." Matejcek, a junior, said he didn't think the country has had presidential candidates as polarized as Trump and Democratic opponent Clinton.
Election Day isn't until Nov. 8, but the local electorate can cast ballots sooner than that. Absentee ballots will be available by application on Sept. 29 and early voting will begin Oct. 31. Grand Forks County residents can visit polling booths at the Alerus Center from the end of October through Nov. 4, County Auditor Debbie Nelson said.
Before today's Fifth annual Wild Hog Marathon, runners hit the streets of Grand Forks Friday evening for a slightly shorter footrace. Competitors and spectators alike braved the drizzle to gather near Choice Health and Fitness for the Wild Hog 5K Family Fun Run. The 5K was the night's main event, but was just one of a few wildly different races held—earlier contests featured fully costumed mascots and racing piglets chasing Oreo cookies.
The Herald would like to know what's on your mind. Do you have a question that begs an answer? In a new column, the Herald will seek answers to what you want to know. Area residents should have a few more weeks to stop and smell the flowers—at least those in public parks.
Flu vaccination season is officially open. Carolyn Kaltenberg, an immunization program manager with the Grand Forks Health Department, said nursing staff began administering flu immunizations to the public on a walk-in basis Monday in the department's offices on the third floor of the Grand Forks County Building.
A woman accused of stealing donations from a GoFundMe campaign she started to benefit the families of three men who drowned last year in Lake of the Woods pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony theft charge. Retina Rayellen LaValla, 29, was charged with two counts of felony theft Feb. 9, a little more than four months after Justin Kelly Haugtvedt, 22, Cody Joseph Ostendorf, 24, and Keith Ayers, 28, were reported missing after their boat was found capsized Oct. 3 on Lake of the Woods, just south of the Canadian border.
A pair of vehicles had windows broken in an apparent theft Wednesday night at 2 N. Third St. in downtown Grand Forks. Grand Forks Police Sgt. Kevin Kallinen said it appeared that somebody had attempted to remove a stereo faceplate from one of the cars but had not been successful. Nothing was stolen from that vehicle. The other vehicle had a small amount of money reported missing after the break-in. That same car also had its left rear tire slashed in addition to the shattered window.
Authorities from three different agencies converged on the ground, air and water Wednesday night to search for a fugitive in north Grand Forks. Grand Forks Police Sgt. Duane Simon said officers were dispatched to the vicinity of the Valley Ho trailer park at 1823 N. Washington St. after receiving information that Cody Suedel, 30, who had arrest warrants on probation and drug violations, was in the area.
A section of road along an eroding bank of the Turtle River near Manvel, N.D., will be buttressed by more than 5,300 tons of concrete to keep the street out of the water. Grand Forks County Engineer Nick West said the south shoulder of County Road 33, also known as 28th Avenue Northeast, has been "dropping and sliding" off the edge of the road and into the adjacent river since the beginning of June.