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 concept of the “world’s largest” something is a classic feature of greater Midwest, but between the largest fish statues and the biggest balls of twine, there’s one stop that’s become engrained in the cultural fabric of its region.
The North Dakota University System is in transition, but the rhythm of the messages around that depends on who you're listening to.
A hold on annual North Dakota state employee pay raises means workers at UND and other state schools won't be seeing their usual salary increase, said UND spokesman Peter Johnson. In the past several years, Johnson said, the North Dakota Legislature and the State Board of Higher Education have been "pretty consistent" in granting UND a pool of money in its appropriated two-year budget to be used for some annual percentage raise.
Recent UND graduate Joseph Aymond wore a skullcap to be fitted with dry electrodes as he prepared to have his thoughts read and displayed for all to see on the two computer monitors before him. Or, rather, he modeled the cap in a demonstration of what one might look like during testing in the university's biomedical engineering lab. The cap wasn't actually hooked up the machine, so Aymond's "thoughts" appeared as a yellow line squiggling across the glass of one monitor as the other presented groups of letters arranged in hexagonal patterns.
High winds caused a train car to partially derail Tuesday morning after pushing a string of 15 empty cars as far as a half-mile away from the State Mill on the north side of Grand Forks.
CRYSTAL, N.D.—The potato crop at Lyle Shephard's farm near Crystal was looking good. So good, in fact, that he took a picture of the young plants to send to his son, Thomas. "It was looking beautiful," Shephard said. But that was before last weekend's storms brought tornadoes, hailstones and scattered downpours across the region and "right in line" with Shephard's land. Though the standing water in his fields has receded, he said that at one point the potato plants shown in his photo were covered in water for about three hours.
They call it the Freezeway. The name gives you a fair idea about the project Nick Jensen is imagining for the Greenway, the grassy stretch along the Red River known for its natural feel and well-traveled paved paths. Jensen and a team of collaborators newly funded by a major grant intend to revamp those trails for winter use by converting them to seasonal ice-skating routes.
The finalization of a series of UND employee buyouts and phase-downs initially scheduled for an early May completion has been pushed back into next month. Pat Hanson, UND's director of human resources, said some faculty and staff who have already been approved to take voluntary or phased resignation plans now have an extended window to accept their offers through the end of the first week of July. Hanson said the decision to lengthen the decision period came "as soon as the legislative (session) closed and we got to taking a closer look at our budgets."
A longtime special education teacher and UND doctoral student has launched a mobile app to give teachers a data-based tool to encourage better behavior in the classroom. Matthew Myrold has worked with at-risk students for the past 14 years, winning the Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year award in 2015 and placing as a finalist a year later for North Dakota Teacher of the Year. Over the course of his career, Myrold stated in a UND news release, he's been steadily gathering data on the behavioral patterns of his students.
Residents of the northern Red River Valley took cover Wednesday afternoon as tornadoes whipped across rural areas in Grand Forks and Traill counties.