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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As the soft light of evening mingled with the sweet smell of a late summer's field, voices raised in prayer and hymn as Father Brian Moen asked for God's blessings from a country church hardly bigger than its altar.
Friday morning started with fire. Flames broke out on a wooden buttress supporting the west side of the Grand Forks railroad bridge sometime in the early hours of dawn. By 6 a.m., the wooden structure was fully ablaze in a column of fire of black smoke. Firefighters had mostly extinguished the flames within an hour after that. The extent of the fire damage to the bridge is not yet clear.
The afternoon hours at the historical Heritage Village in East Grand Forks were quiet, filled mostly with sun and the chirping of insects as a handful of men made last-minute preparations for the incoming bustle of the city's annual Heritage Days celebration. The weekend activities launched at 7 p.m. with a parade from near downtown East Grand Forks and to a road lined with American flags leading to the village site near Northland Community and Technical College. After that, the weekend opens up to a series of events that highlight different facets of life in the Red River Valley.
Mary Holz-Clause, the freshly appointed chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Crookston, is well-versed in the perks and challenges of farming the Midwest. An Iowa native and alumna of Iowa State University, Holz-Clause balances her life in academic administration with the long-term ownership and operation of a cattle feedlot in her home state. Her background in agriculture education puts her in good company at the ag-heavy UMC, but her experience isn't limited to the waving Midwestern seas of corn, wheat and soybeans.
GRAND FORKS—Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Friday that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was too private in his Wednesday visit to North Dakota. Pruitt made three stops in Fargo and the Grand Forks area as part of his ongoing national tour to discuss efforts to roll back and rewrite environmental regulations advanced under President Barack Obama. He spent Wednesday meeting with political representatives and figures from the energy and agriculture industries in invitation-only meetings that were closed to media and other members of the public.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Friday that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was too private in his Wednesday visit to North Dakota. Pruitt made three stops in Fargo and the Grand Forks area as part of his ongoing national tour to discuss efforts to roll back and rewrite environmental regulations advanced under President Barack Obama. He spent Wednesday meeting with political representatives and figures from the energy and agriculture industries in invitation-only meetings that were closed to media and other members of the public.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt visited Grand Forks Wednesday as part of a series of closed meetings to discuss his agency's state-centric regulatory approach. Pruitt was on tour in the Red River Valley to meet with representatives of the ag and energy industries and talk with stakeholders about his efforts to rescind and rewrite portions of the Waters of the U.S. rule expanded under President Barack Obama.
Altru Health System has temporarily reduced its inpatient psychiatric services after an unannounced visit from an independent review board ended in a safety warning.
UND is enacting a series of internal policy changes intended to boost student retention and completion rates through measures such as cutting the number of credits needed to graduate. University Provost Tom DiLorenzo describes the eight revised policies as part of an ongoing process of "making it easier for students to break down barriers to get through school."
Dr. Mary Ann Sens has a quick description of the web of issues beneath the national opioid crisis. "It's the perfect storm right now with the factors that led to this," Sens said. "Now, we need to look to those factors for the way out." Sens is a UND professor and chair of the department of pathology in the university's School of Medicine and Health Sciences along with serving as coroner for several surrounding counties. On Wednesday afternoon, she sat on an expert panel before a public forum in UND's Memorial Union to field questions about opioids.