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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The downtown parking ramp might not come to mind as a particularly glamorous place, but on Thursday night it was the most fashionable spot in town. Instead of the usual crowd of cars, the structure's roof played host to 220 models wearing outfits, hairstyles and makeup from 11 local boutiques — all walking a custom-made red carpet as part of The Fashion Affair.
The rumble of sugar beet trucks is back as area farmers wind down an early pre-pile harvest to help bring sugar factories back online. Despite high moisture levels hurting the crop throughout some parts of the Red River Valley, industry experts say this year's full stockpile harvest of sugar beets, which begins Oct. 1, could match early projections if current conditions hold up. The pre-pile harvest is a practice in which growers harvest a portion of their crop early to cut back on sugar beet storage requirements and allow sugar processors to avoid staying idle.
Grand Forks city and county representatives held a joint meeting Tuesday at City Hall to hear a status briefing about Grand Forks Air Force Base from both the base's commander and a strategic consulting group. Col. Rodney Lewis told members of the City Council and County Commission the base is doing well in terms of both infrastructure and programming, especially in regard to its work in unmanned aerial systems and the Grand Sky business park.
Energy providers have officially partnered with a division of UND to develop updated carbon capture technology aimed at reducing coal-fired power plant emissions. Leaders from Allete Clean Energy, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., BNI Energy and UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center gathered Monday at the EERC building on campus to sign a memorandum of understanding outlining their cooperative agreement to work together to submit a bid for a competitive proposal that would be put forth by the U.S. Department of Energy.
It's been a busy season for Grand Forks mosquito control efforts and, while the program is still within its budget, it's expected to draw from its carryover cash balance by the end of the year. Program manager Todd Hanson said that, as of the end of July, his office has expended about 56 percent of its total 2016 budget of about $969,000 as it approaches the end of what is typically its heaviest spending months.
GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE—After more than half a century away, retired U.S. Air Force Capt. Bill Robinson returned Thursday to Grand Forks Air Force Base. Robinson, who was stationed in North Dakota for about five months before deploying in 1965 to serve in the Vietnam War, holds an undesirable distinction. After spending more than seven years as a prisoner of war—2,703 days, to be exact—Robinson is now known as the longest-held enlisted POW in U.S. history.
The hiker rescued by the Dickinson Fire Department Saturday in Theodore Roosevelt National Park was a 32-year-old man who injured his ankle while traversing a butte off the park’s Jones...
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK—The Dickinson Fire Department assisted Theodore Roosevelt National Park rangers in rescuing an injured hiker Saturday. Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak said the hiker was located on...
MANNING—A judge has issued a bench warrant for a Killdeer man accused of multiple crimes ranging from child neglect and drug possession to illegally owning a pet rattlesnake. John James...
BISMARCK—A Richardton man was issued a cease-and-desist order by the North Dakota Securities Department on Tuesday for allegedly selling a $40,000 fraudulent investment contract in a hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal...