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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There's never a good moment to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but Stacy Polley might have come as close as one can get. Polley had previously determined she carried a gene which made her highly susceptible to developing breast cancer. As part of that discovery, she planned for a bilateral mastectomy to remove her breast tissue before it could become cancerous. It was after that decision was already made that Polley was diagnosed with cancer. "It was perfect timing," she said.
North Dakota higher education representatives spoke out Thursday against a proposed policy change which would cut back the required notice period for eliminating tenured faculty. The proposed State Board of Higher Education policy shift was introduced in the Jan. 17 meeting of the SBHE Budget and Finance Committee. As written, the change would reduce the current 12-month notice to a span of at least 90 days before the termination of a tenured position.
For the mild-mannered Midwest, the Red River Valley can experience some downright volatility when it comes to temperature. So far this winter, the Grand Forks area has experienced at least two warming swings of about 50 degrees in less than a week's time. Temperatures rose from the chilly depths of more than 20 degrees below zero to crest to the low 30s. Besides making it more of a challenge to dress for the weather, the extreme fluctuations can make for a bumpy road when doing upkeep on local infrastructure.
UND has officially begun the state-mandated process of approving the demolition of eight campus buildings. Those buildings are: • 2912 University • 314 Cambridge (formerly Conflict Resolution) • 317 Cambridge (formerly Center for Community Engagement) • Chandler Hall • Era Bell Thompson Center • International Center • Strinden Center • Women's Center
A bill introduced to legislators Wednesday could reinstate the ability of police employed through the North Dakota University System to make off-campus arrests. Sen. Curt Kreun, R-Grand Forks, sponsor of Senate Bill 2193, said the proposal was written in consideration of a 2015 decision of the North Dakota Supreme Court that ruled that officers employed through NDUS could not extend their jurisdiction beyond campus boundaries.
Diversity and social justice leader the Rev. Jamie Washington will come to UND for the second installment in the Eye of the Hawk Lecture Series. Washington's presentation, "Diversity and Inclusion in 2017: Our Next Round of Work," is described in a news release as an interactive discussion to encourage conversation about race dynamics and the personal effects of racial intolerance, as well as the healing process that follows such intolerance.
A bill set for debate by House legislators Tuesday could reject the concept of "safe spaces" in North Dakota higher education by bolstering protections for speech and expression. Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, sponsor of House Bill 1329, said the proposed chapter is responding primarily to conversations about free speech in higher education occurring beyond the North Dakota University System.
Higher education leaders in northeast North Dakota are searching their budgets for any fiscal slack as they look to likely reductions in state funding. Alice Brekke, UND vice president for finance and operations, said the university is in the midst of an internal planning process to determine the best means to handle the prospect of future budget cuts.
The Chester Fritz Auditorium was filled with the rise and swell of orchestral music Friday as the annual Honor Band, Choir and Strings Festival opened on the UND campus. The festival brought about 400 high school musicians to campus from North Dakota and Minnesota to rehearse, attend master classes in their musical areas and perform in a concert setting.
EMERADO, N.D.—Eight people, including a family of two adults and five children, were displaced by a Thursday morning home fire which destroyed their duplex in Emerado, N.D. Emerado Police Chief Dan Lund said the family of seven escaped their unit uninjured before first responders arrived at the scene on the 200 block of Sixth Street. "Everybody was safe," Lund said.