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A judge has dismissed several claims in a lawsuit filed by a former student against UND, its president, Law School deans and professors. Garet Bradford, 46, filed a complaint in May claiming UND had breached a contract, inflicted emotional distress, defamed him and violated the North Dakota Human Rights Act and state constitution when he was dismissed from UND's law school via email May 13. Judge Alice Senechal filed an order Aug.
UND's revamped Student Veterans Lounge is reopening Thursday. An informal event in the lounge's new home at the UND Student Success Center on the third floor of the Memorial Union will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Grand Forks County Commission unanimously approved during a Tuesday meeting the 2016 preliminary budget, which includes pay increases for employees and a mill decrease. The approval means there will now be a budget hearing Sept. 15, when the decision could be finalized. The budget includes a 2.7 percent cost-of-living pay increase for county employees, a recommendation made by the Payroll Committee.
Grand Forks law enforcement agencies are still working with UND University Police Department to figure out where jurisdiction stops and starts. In early July, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled North Dakota State University police do not have the authority to make arrests off campus. At that point, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reported officials in the North Dakota University System office were gathering agreements from campuses around the state with their local law enforcement agencies to determine what the next step would be. At a Grand Forks County Commission meeting Tuesday, State's At
The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department is going to be trained to view crime scenes in a three-dimensional way. At a meeting Tuesday the Grand Forks County Commission approved spending $4,725 that was already in the department's budget to buy computer equipment and software that simulates a crime scene. The money will also go toward hiring a professional from Colorado to train deputies. "This is paramount if we're going to conduct these investigations," Sheriff Bob Rost said.
Grand Forks County Coroner Mary Ann Sens took the oath of office once again at a County Commission meeting Tuesday. Sens has served in the position since 2004. She is also the chairwoman of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences pathology department.
Jail administrator Bret Burkholder will look at different options for providing phone and video communication services for inmates at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center. In the spring, the Herald reported several issues with phone and video services at the facility not working. Burkholder later told the Grand Forks County Commission in March those issues were either exaggerated or false. The phone and video services are provided to the jail through two separate contracts.
AGB Search has been hired to assist the UND Presidential Search Committee. UND President Robert Kelley will retire in January, and a 12-person group of university and community representatives will work with Washington, D.C.-based AGB Search to find his replacement. AGB Search will hold listening sessions Sept. 17.
UND Student Senate passed a resolution Sunday in favor of including UND/North Dakota in a public vote on the school’s new nickname despite President Robert Kelley announcing two days earlier...
The UND Police Department swore in two new officers Thursday. Officers Jake Schiller and Heather Hopkins brought the UND police force up to 17 full-time and two part-time officers, up five from 2012. Chief Eric Plummer said he would actually like to have much more due to the size of the student body and number of buildings on campus, though the budget restricts that for now. "We proactively police, so we're very visible, very interactive with our community," Plummer said.