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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The former home of the Era Belle Thompson Multicultural Center at UND was cold and empty, save for some assorted office supplies and small decorations left behind by its last occupants. The center's operations moved out in December 2014, migrating across the street to a space in Memorial Union. Since then, the house, which was built in 1940, has been unoccupied. The heat in the house has been shut off, so the breath of UND spokesman Peter Johnson was visible as he discussed the future of the building during an early January tour of the property.
UND President Mark Kennedy and other university leaders made their strongest case for higher education Tuesday before members of the North Dakota Senate Appropriations Committee. During his presentation, Kennedy highlighted the role of UND as a job creation engine for the state, pitching the university’s research capabilities as a high-yield investment for state funding. According to a post on the UND blog, every $1 in state-provided research funding attracted $6 more from external sources over the course of 2016.
A few weeks after the announced closure of retail giant Macy’s location in Columbia Mall, Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown sees the store’s departure as a “done deal.” “I haven’t talked to Macy’s yet, but I do see it as a foregone business conclusion,” said Brown. “They don’t take these decisions lightly.”
A trio of local leaders are finalists for a Knight Cities Challenge grant with project ideas ranging from a Greenway ice-skating path to a community engagement center for new Americans. Of an applicant pool of more than 4,500 project submissions aimed at improving local communities, the Grand Forks applicants whose ideas will now advance include
In the face of continued budget reductions across the North Dakota University System, UND President Mark Kennedy said he will continue to promote UND while working to accommodate state funding cuts. "We're going to keep making our case with the Senate, House and governor as best we can between now and April as to the value we can deliver to the state and its citizens," he said.
UND professor Vasyl Tkach can appreciate a good tapeworm. "They want you to have happy lives," said Tkach, using a set of forceps to prod at a mass of preserved white worms in a petri dish. His colleague, UND professor Jefferson Vaughan, can summarize the motivation of the common parasite in brief. "They don't want to kill you," said Vaughan. "They just want your nutrients."
It isn't hard to imagine downtown Grand Forks as it was at the start of the last century, said Peg O'Leary, outgoing coordinator of the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission. A stroll down Third Street could give you a pretty good idea. "When people came to Grand Forks, they built it to keep, they weren't cutting corners," O'Leary said, ticking off the various important buildings of the neighborhood. "They built it to last. They built it not with an eye towards tearing it down in 20 years, but to be here forever."
KENNEDY, Minn.—Residents of Kennedy in Kittson County experienced a brief water outage around midnight Friday due to a freeze-up in their water tower. Kennedy Mayor Todd Truedson said the town has been able to pull water from the North Kittson Rural Water system to make up for the gap in service from the offline tower. Workers from the rural water system and the city's maintenance crew were inspecting the tower before noon Friday to determine the extent of the freeze.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Be sure to grab your four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet and horseshoes before heading out today—Friday the 13th is upon us. The ill-fated date has rolled around the calendar once again, leaving the more superstitious among us in a state of hypervigilance on the lookout for black cats and broken mirrors. For some, the fear of a day that has come to be associated with the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees has inspired a far more terrifying name—the unpronounceable paraskevidekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.
Be sure to grab your four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet and horseshoes before heading out today—Friday the 13th is upon us. The ill-fated date has rolled around the calendar once again, leaving the more superstitious among us in a state of hypervigilance on the lookout for black cats and broken mirrors. For some, the fear of a day that has come to be associated with the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees has inspired a far more terrifying name—the unpronounceable paraskevidekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.