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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Larry Nybladh, superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools, is heading into retirement. Nybladh announced his resignation effective June 30, 2018, in a letter to school board members included as part of their agenda packet for a regularly scheduled Monday meeting. In his letter, Nybladh wrote that the Grand Forks district "is an exceptional school system and one I have been honored to serve in a leadership capacity this past decade."
College freshmen are now a few weeks into their first year on campus at UND and other North Dakota colleges. On the other end of the spectrum, recent graduates who donned caps and gowns last spring are now a few months out—and likely considering the prospect of their first student loan payments.
Autumn might be closing in, but the Grand Forks Curling Club is gearing up for a summer spiel to break in its new digs. The club's freshly constructed, two-story building is opening Friday with a little pomp and circumstance—or at least a 7:30 p.m. first rock ceremony accompanied by a short bagpipe performance, said club member Dan Lindgren. "We're pretty happy," Lindgren said, describing the first rock as the curling equivalent to a ribbon cutting. "I'd say everyone is enjoying (the building) very much."
Grand Forks Police apprehended a man late Tuesday morning who could match a suspect description in Monday's double stabbing after he allegedly broke into the apartment where the stabbings occurred. Police Lt. Bill Macki said patrol officers received a call that a subject was breaking into the residence west of the UND campus near University Avenue and North 42nd Street. Officers flocked to the red and white apartment building at 4265 Fifth Ave. N. and detained the man shortly after.
The treasurer of the rural Fordville, N.D., ambulance service has been charged with felony embezzlement after allegedly stealing more than $20,000 intended for the Walsh County volunteer unit. According to a criminal affidavit, Jennifer Lynn Gemmill, 45, of Fordville, was also the appointed secretary for the Fordville Quick Service when she allegedly wrote "numerous" checks for cash amounting to more than $13,000 between January 2012 and June 2017.
As the academic year picks up steam, U.S. higher education could see a some overall reduction in its stream of international students as domestic politics translate abroad. It's too early to tell exactly how student numbers will be affected, said Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, but "there's been significant concern" in higher ed since the 2016 national elections that foreign students might decide against coming to the U.S.
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.