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 her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.
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Let's get the obvious one out of the way first. The Mount Rushmore State's most famous tourist attraction—Mount Rushmore—is one of several in the state's west that draw visitors from all over the world. It took sculptor Gutzon Borglum 14 years, 400 workers and a lot of dynamite to finish the monument which bears the faces of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Tim O'Keefe said he had no idea interim UND President Ed Schafer was going to make a public announcement about the creation of a bachelor's in innovation and entrepreneurship degree program. "I can show you the email I sent him afterward," O'Keefe said. "I said 'Oh my God, this is fantastic!' I'm very grateful for his show of support." Despite Schafer's support and O'Keefe's excitement, the program still has to go through curriculum development, receive committee approval and ultimately make its way up the ladder to the State Board of Higher Education.
Jay Mondry decided to donate money for UND scholarships because North Dakota is in his blood. A UND School of Law 1964 graduate, Mondry, his wife, Judy, and three of his children all earned degrees from UND. While practicing law in Minnesota, he would often tell people he was a "North Dakota resident on temporary assignment in Minnesota." The money Mondry gave for an endowed scholarship UND School of Law students qualified to be matched with dollars from the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund, meaning his gift grew substantially.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's public colleges and universities are working under a time crunch to complete budgetary and building project requests for the 2017 legislative session. Universities are working on both the annual budget and the 2017-19 biennium budget request, North Dakota University System Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan said at a Budget and Finance Committee meeting Wednesday. The biennium budget must go through the State Board of Higher Education and governor's office before going before the state Legislature.
BISMARCK—The State Board of Higher Education Audit Committee voted to change a policy allowing it more leverage to get university audits completed. A law passed during the 2015 Legislative Session made the State Auditor's Office responsible for external audits and left $300,000 for the North Dakota University System to fund internal audit positions.
North Dakota lawmakers, educators and community leaders are gathering Monday in Bismarck to talk about the future of higher education. Envision Higher Ed 2030 will feature Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and many others. It will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in the Brynhild Haugland Room of the State Capitol Building.
A UND administrator has been hired at another university. Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Reesor has been named vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at Indiana University Bloomington, according to a news release. Reesor will succeed Harold “Pete” Goldsmith, who will retire from IU June 30. Plans aren’t finalized, but Reesor said she expects to start work at IU in July.
Mary Johnson could barely get through a sentence without someone coming over to say hello Sunday afternoon. She and her husband Nathan, pastors at Freedom Church in downtown Grand Forks, held a picnic in Town Square in honor of some pastors leaving the church for other jobs. "We just thought we'd have a picnic for everybody and provide all the food," Nathan said. The event was free and open to the public. About 100 people mingled, waited in line or sat at tables with their lunch at 1 p.m. "We're just so glad the weather was nice," Mary said.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—Mayville State University Foundation Director John Klocke said the first I'm Thankful for Mayville State Day fundraising event was so surprisingly successful he hopes to do it again. The day-long phone call campaign and email blast conducted on April 28 resulted in $25,000 worth of donations matched by $11,620 from the foundation. "The phone just kept ringing all day long," Klocke said.
The Amazing Whip-It Laundry Stain Stick looks deceptively fun because it has a rubbery spiky tip on top. You squirt the stain remover through the spikes and rub it into the offending spot with the long, skinny nubbins, and I'm a sucker for anything with the word "amazing" in the name, so I bought it. In the past, I've used spray stain removal products when I do laundry because they're what I grew up on. Shout. Resolve. Kaboom. Pow, zing, pop or whatever. My rule of thumb has been to stick with verbs.