Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact Burleson by either phone or email, both of which are listed below, or on Twitter @AnnagatorB.
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After getting approval from the State Board of Higher Education last week, Lake Region State College's Technical Education Center will now be called the Bergstrom Technical Center in honor of a family that has left its mark on the college for years. The decision came after Renard and Candace Bergstrom and Anne-Marit Bergstrom donated at least at least $460,000 to the LRSC Foundation, school spokeswoman Erin Wood said in an email.
Grand Forks County Commissioner John Schmisek said the Grand Forks Air Force Base has signed the agreement to create an unmanned aerial systems tech park. The deal, which has been in the works since 2013, will be officially sealed once the agreement goes through the escrow agent, which Schmisek said should be very soon. At a meeting Tuesday, Commission Chairwoman Diane Knauf said it was wonderful to see the work of all of the agencies involved come to fruition. A commemorative ceremony in honor of the occasion is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at the Air Force Base.
Sheriff Bob Rost was awarded a pay raise at a Grand Forks County Commission meeting Tuesday. As of March 1, Rost will make $105,000 annually, which is $5, 916 more than what he was making before. The decision was made because after Rost was removed from the regular county pay scale in 2012, the county correctional center administrator was earning more than Rost. Commissioner Gary Malm said the salary of the juvenile detention center's administrator would also probably exceed Rost's former salary in the near future. Rost's increased salary amount was chosen by looking at the salaries of the
The Grand Forks County Commission decided Tuesday to request more information regarding how much it would cost to implement a different pay scale. The commission is considering a variety of suggested options from the consulting firm Fox Lawson, which is a division of Gallagher Benefit Services Inc., after a change they made in the county's pay increase scale resulted in backlash from employees in December. One of the recommendations suggested by Fox Lawson was to implement a pay scale based on performance that would be verified through performance reviews.
After several booze-soaked decades, the annual outdoor festival marking an unofficial end to UND 's spring semester, Springfest, has been canceled. The event's usual organizers aren't going to host it,...
Accreditors will be in Grand Forks for a site visit of UND's College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines this week. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education will be on campus Wednesday through Friday looking at the college's new Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program to award accreditation before its first class of students graduate in August. The program was implemented in the fall of 2013 and, according to the department's website, an inaugural class of seven students was admitted that semester. The visit follows the submission of a department self-study in December, Dean Gayle
Evan Pederson and his curling team lost a game Sunday afternoon, but you couldn't tell as the group laughed and joked around with each other. For them, curling is "a...
It looks like January's mild temperatures and minimal precipitation will continue into February. While the data for Jan. 31 wasn't in yet, meteorologist Brad Hopkins with the National Weather Service...
It all started when Pastor Chad Brucklacher noticed people saying disparaging things about Muslims who wanted to put a mosque near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "I was reflecting on some of the way in which the rhetoric was playing out in the media and I was disheartened by what I was hearing about these different cascading religious groups making pejorative statements about groups of people they really didn't know anything about," he said. That's when Brucklacher, the pastor at UND's Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, decided to take action and created Interfaith Week at UND.