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Even though President Robert Kelley announced impending renovations at the Chester Fritz Library during his State of the University address last month, the details of the project are still being developed. "There are a lot of moving pieces coming together, and I don't have a dollar amount or anything like that, but things are happening," Acting Library Director Julie Anderson said. But Kelley said he would be putting $7.8 million into the library for renovations, which has seen financial woes in the past. Director of Libraries Wilbur Stolt has been on developmental leave this school year lo
Fifty-four days. That's less than two months or eight weeks from Tuesday to May 1. Whatever the timeframe, UND's new 11-person nickname committee faces a time crunch from when it meets for the first time and submitting a "short list" of name possibilities in early May for the public to vote on. But some committee members aren't worried and Karl Goehring, the group's chairman, said he sees the deadline as more of a guideline. "It's always good to at least have a timeline in place to work toward," he said.
New information will be released Friday or Monday regarding the fatal collision of a train and school bus that killed two people, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The information will address what led up to a crash in which a BNSF train collided with a school bus carrying children outside of Larimore, N.D., in January.
About a week ago at a UND hockey game, sophomore Austin Emineth hung a banner with the words "Fire Kelley" on it in reference to his university's president. The display didn't last long and the banner was eventually confiscated, but Emineth said he simply wanted to convey some students are taking issue with some of President Robert Kelley's recent actions, including pushing for the cancellation of Springfest, supporting stricter alcohol ordinances and actively campaigning to choose a new nickname and logo. "I'd like to see students stand up," Emineth said.
A new nickname committee has been appointed at UND that will facilitate choosing a permanent nickname for the school as early as May. One of the new committee members, professor...
Nominations are being sought for UND health and wellness awards. The Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards recognize people and organizations that have worked to lower rates of...
Jail Administrator Bret Burkholder compared visiting the Grand Forks County Correctional Center to going through airport security. "There's a set process they have to go through," he told the Grand Forks County Commission at a meeting Tuesday. "There's a set process we have to go through. If we could do it faster, we would do it faster." Burkholder heatedly addressed several issues covered by local media outlets in recent weeks, including the Herald, involving accusations of an inadequate phone and video system used for prisoner visitation.
After much debate, the State Board of Higher Education voted in favor of asking the state Legislature to make several changes to a higher education funding bill. House Bill 1003 altered the funding system put in place during the last legislative session, so the board is requesting the original funding formula be used, along with putting money toward several building and maintenance projects that have become safety issues on their respective campuses. This includes $16 million in aircraft ramp repairs at the Grand Forks Airport for UND, a $14 million heating plant replacement for Valley City
The Grand Forks County Commission is requesting the Department of Transportation upgrade four railroad crossings in the county. County Engineer Nick West brought the issue before the commission Tuesday and said while he didn't expect more than one of the projects to be approved, the point was to get the crossings "on the radar" in light of a fatal train collision with a school bus near Larimore, N.D., this winter. The four crossings are located on gravel roads; County Road 16, County Road 20, County Road 22 and County Road 9. West said the County Road 16 crossing was the highest priority be
Grand Forks County is in need of an unmanned aerial vehicles testing and practice range, according to one study. On behalf of the Grand Forks Region Base Realignment Impact Committee, Tom Ford told the Grand Forks County Commission at a meeting Tuesday that preliminary interviews were finding many agencies would utilize a sensory development range for UAVs. The commission put $30,000 toward the $80,000 study to find out whether it would be prudent to have a test site near the recently finalized Grand Sky UAS Tech Park, which is a venture with Grand Forks Air Force Base. Ford said the Depart