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An early morning fire in East Grand Forks completely destroyed a house and injured two firefighters. Engineer Merle Hoverson of the East Grand Forks Fire Department said firefighters were called to 1519 21st St. N.W. shortly after 4 a.m. "The house is a total loss," Hoverson said. By the time he arrived on the scene, which Hoverson said was before 4:30 a.m., people who had been inside the home when the fire began had evacuated the building, though he didn't know how many there were or their identities.
The list applicants who applied to be UND's next president reflects a wide range of experience, though some have already dropped out of consideration. Forty applied for the position, though...
THIEF RIVER FALLS—Northland Community and Technical College students will have a new educational aerospace building at the Thief River Falls airport by fall. Dean of Workforce and Economic Development Jim Retka said the project, which has been in the works for four years, is slated to be about 90 percent complete by March and completed in June, so students will be able to use the facility at the beginning of the fall semester.
Officials at UND and North Dakota State University are downplaying new rankings showing the two schools on the same level for research activity, saying the data is irrelevant or is not a good a measure of research.
Thirty-eight candidates have applied to be UND's next president. Applications were due Monday, and Presidential Search Committee co-chairmen Hesham El-Rewini said committee members would independently be given access to the list Thursday evening. Committee members will now view the list individually with the aim of narrowing the pool at the upcoming Jan. 20 meeting. Off-campus interviews are scheduled to take place Feb. 1 and 2, with campus visits following from mid-February into early March.
A UND dean who resigned after claims he created an "atmosphere of fear" said he did the best he could for his college and that he is not a racist dictator.
The list of applicants for the UND president position will be released by the State Board of Higher Education office Friday. SBHE spokeswoman Billie Jo Lorius said both on the phone and in emails Wednesday morning the North Dakota University System office was in the process of receiving the applications from AGB Search, the consulting firm working with the UND Presidential Search Committee. Applications were due Monday for best consideration. The Herald submitted an open records request for the list Tuesday morning.
Forty area high school teams will compete in a robotics competition hosted by Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls this weekend. The "Dream It Do It" Northwest Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the NCTC gym and is free and open for the public to watch teams use robots to gather and launch foam balls into a net.
When Arne Hjelmstad, 89, died Saturday night, his adult children decided to wait until the morning to tell his wife and their mother, Donna. Rynette Burckhard, their daughter, said a nurse at Souris Valley Care Center in Velva, N.D., checked in on Donna's room in the early hours of Sunday morning, when Donna mentioned that Arne had been there.
While no daily temperature records were broken, it was the eleventh warmest December on record at the Grand Forks National Weather Service station. NWS meteorologist Pete Speicher said December was about eight degrees warmer than average. The average high for this December was 27.5 degrees, while the average low was 12.4, according to NWS. That's compared to the 25-year normal high of 20 degrees and low of 2. "This is my eleventh New Years in North Dakota, and I don't' remember it ever being this warm on New Year's (Eve)," he said. "My kids were wanting to go out sledding."