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The Grand Forks County Public Safety and Infrastructure Committee is recommending the County Commission complete four improvement projects this year. At a meeting Tuesday, the committee will recommend the county move forward with repairing the roof on a building the Sheriff's Department uses, installing new high-tech cameras at the County Correctional Center and upgrading the phone and network storage systems throughout county buildings. County Information Systems Director Dean Dahl said the phone systems are so outdated in some locations that it's hard to find replacement parts. All of the
Men in hard hats worked on noisy construction equipment around her, yet UND Law School Dean Kathryn Rand was all smiles as she walked into the space that used to be her old office. "Holy mackerel, this is so different," she said, pulling out her phone to take photos of the gutted room. It was only Rand's second time inside the Law School since an $11.4 million construction and renovation project began. It is slated to be completed and reopened for the 2015 fall semester.
The Grand Forks City Council Service/Safety Committee unanimously approved two ordinances aimed at eliminating high-risk alcohol consumption. At a well-attended meeting Tuesday, the group passed a social host ordinance that would hold many involved with alcohol consumption in their homes liable for the actions of underage drinkers. A second ordinance outlawing extreme drink specials and drinking games at bars, such as "three drinks for the price of one" and beer pong, was also passed.
David Martin has been appointed director of the North Dakota Small Business Development Center. The North Dakota SBDC is an outreach program that helps people start and manage businesses.
Rodney and Betty Webb were honored with a UND Booster Club Fan Salute in Fargo Tuesday. UND Alumni Association and Foundation spokesman Milo Smith said in an email that since 1981, the two supported UND with several donations, the largest of which being farmland near St. Thomas, N.D., worth $272,000 in 1995. Rodney Webb, who died in 2009, was a football letterwinner and graduated from the UND Law School in 1957. He was the first graduate from that school to serve as a federal district judge in North Dakota.
Steve Light told a group of instructors gathered Monday at UND to talk about the school's general education program that they could pass on suggestions for improving the program to him. "You're the people on the ground who know best, so let me know," said Light, UND's associate vice president for academic affairs. The open meeting was the second of two scheduled forums aiming to gather feedback on ways the general education program, called Essential Studies, can be enhanced after a November 2014 program review found it lacking. The revamped program has only had three graduating classes, but
Higher education officials are taking another look at the oath university employees have to sign that indicates they uphold North Dakota's constitution. In May 2014, UND's University Senate passed a motion that supported adding a "conscientious objection" to the document to address the state constitution's heterosexual definition of marriage, which not everyone agrees with.
UND President Robert Kelley is going to implement the plan that will be used to pick a new nickname and logo for the school. At the well-attended State of the University address Wednesday, Kelley said he would be moving forward with the recommendation of forming another committee that would, through a series of public votes, ultimately pick a new nickname.
After initially voicing concerns about a bill that would allow students to have an attorney represent them in campus disciplinary proceedings, the State Board of Higher Education is now "neutral" on the issue, providing amendments are made to the bill. Senate Bill 2150, which was introduced to the Legislature by Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, is the result of a UND student being accused of sexual assault in 2010 and banned from campus for three years.
The Community and Campus Committee on High-Risk Alcohol Use is going to start pushing for more stringent alcohol consumption laws next week. The CCC will request the implementation of a social party host ordinance, which would hold individuals responsible for underage drinking happening in their homes, and try to restrict "extreme drink specials" at bars, Grand Forks community relations officer Pete Haga said. The group, which consists of community members, city officials and UND representatives, will present to the Service Safety Committee on Tuesday and then at the next two City Council me