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 UND campus is back to bustling as students mark the end of their first full week of class. Activity never really ceased in the university's top offices and, even with a new academic year stretched across the horizon, much of the early work is carried over from months past. UND President Mark Kennedy said the school has yet to launch its "long-discussed" marketing campaign, a push that was initially expected to coincide with the new year.
With a clink of glasses and a round of drinks and laughter, Whitey's restaurant closed out its final week of business and went into the history books as an icon of East Grand Forks.
Part of a central road on the UND campus has been shut down to motorized traffic to create what campus leaders hope is a more pedestrian-friendly area.
Workers repairing part of the Grand Forks railroad bridge after the structure was engulfed in flames last week could be finished by the end of Thursday. Amy McBeth, a representative of BNSF Railway, the owner of the bridge, said construction crews finished driving new piles for the bridge Tuesday night and have been welding since then to bring the Red River crossing back online. The final step of rebuilding will have workers installing new track panels and, once that's done, the bridge will be ready for traffic to resume.
The UND Alumni Association and Foundation pulled in nearly $40 million in donor gifts in fiscal year 2017, according to foundation CEO DeAnna Carlson Zink. Carlson Zink shared highlights Tuesday from the organization's recent fundraising efforts during an annual address at the Gorecki Alumni Center. During that presentation, she likened the foundation, a nonprofit entity with the task of fundraising for the university, to the eternal flame displayed on the UND campus.
Q. Why is there no water in the water wheel at the downtown Town Square this summer? Visitors to the Town Square of downtown Grand Forks might have noticed something a little off—the square's iconic entrance, a paddlewheel sculpture that doubles as a water feature, has been dry all summer.
Grand Forks isn't expected to get the full solar eclipse Monday, but a group from UND might just find the best view of all in the farthest reaches of the earth's atmosphere.
A case against the city of Grand Forks over the development of Arbor Park has been thrown out. District Judge Steven Marquart has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of an election that allowed Arbor Park in downtown Grand Forks to be the site of a five-story condo building.
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.