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The UND School of Medicine and Health Science is now one of 20 new medical schools receiving grants to join an American Medical Association group. The AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium aims to transform training for health care professionals, according to a news release. UND's medical school will receive $75,000 over the next three years to improve and advance physician training. The consortium was established in 2013 and has grown from 11 schools to 31.
The North Dakota University System will continue to support an open textbook initiative with the hopes of saving students money. Tanya Spilovoy, NDUS director of distance education and state authorization,...
North Dakota Supreme Court justices didn't hold back when four UND School of Law students argued a case in a mock trial Tuesday. "So you're arguing if you're entitled to have access to information, you're entitled to anything you want with it?" Justice Dale Sandstrom interjected early in the presentation. It didn't get any easier, but UND Law School Dean Kathryn Rand said arguing in front of a high court gives students an unparalleled experience. "They treat the students just like they treat real attorneys, so it really is a fantastic educational experience for students," she said. The ann
Schurkey Swanke is "trolling for idiots," as he puts it. Swanke lives in Grand Forks and qualifies to vote for UND's new nickname because he has donated money to the school, but he said he's so sick of hearing about it that he's selling his vote online. "UND is not an institution of hockey, and UND is not an institution of football," he said. "I enjoy hockey, but if there were any money savings that could be devoted to education, I'd cancel the hockey program in a heartbeat.
When Robin Thompson asked the people at Our Savior's Lutheran Church to stand if they had been attending for at least 30 years, almost the entire room got to its feet. "Yes, this church is a building, but the church is us," she said. Our Savior's first service was held in a VFW hall with only 56 people in 1947. The group grew until two years later a church was built on Third Avenue North in East Grand Forks.
October was warmer and drier than usual thanks to global weather patterns. Meteorologist Jeff Makowski at the National Weather Service in Grand Forks said the average temperature October was the 15th warmest on record at 48.8 degrees, which is about five degrees warmer than usual. "It was a mild month," he said. Makowski said those warmer-than-average temperatures should continue into the winter. "That's not necessarily because of what we've seen over the past month or two but rather the strong El Nino that's been developing since the summer," he said. El Nino is large-scale climate patte
An East Grand Forks teacher is telling his side in a controversy over the School District's decision to place him on temporary leave. High school social studies teacher Bryan Perkins was placed on paid administrative leave for two weeks after he sent an email questioning the way the district teaches English as a second language and the attendance records of some Somali students. Perkins said in an interview Sunday he decided to speak up now because the School District had been misleading and it was time to defend himself and his family. "I certainly did write an email that could be constr
Apparently, my childhood was wasted because until age 23, I had never played with B’Loonies. Fate took me through the CVS toy aisle on my way to the checkout with...
Mike Dobmeier didn't have much time to talk Saturday morning at the Disabled American Veterans pancake feed. "We've got two and a half hours to do this in, and it's a madhouse during that time," he said. The breakfast was held at the Grand Forks Buffalo Wild Wings, which also supplies the cooks while the DAV brings their own pancake mix, sausage and all the fixings.
UND student Landon Bahl said many of the students and alumni he has talked to, and even his own family members, are ready to just pick a new nickname and move on. "I just think people are ready for it to be done," he said.