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Diners at the Wild Hog restaurant got a special surprise Saturday when coordinators for the annual Grand Forks Half Marathon presented donations to two local groups. The YMCA and Grand Forks Public Schools both received $5,000 donations to support youth-oriented athletic and physical activity programs. Executive Director Emilia Hodgson, of the Grand Forks Foundation for Education, accepted the donation for the school system and said it will benefit a large number of students who aren't able to afford equipment or travel to games. "This will make a huge difference," she said. The marathon,
The Grand Forks Police Department is currently looking for an 18-year-old girl who was reported missing three days ago. Jenna Stai was last seen at her residence in Grand Forks...
Terry Hjelmstad has been appointed chairman of the State Board of Higher Education after the former head stepped down earlier this month. Hjelmstad, a retired administrator at Minot Public Schools, currently resides in Minot and has served on the board since 2011. He has been serving as the interim chair since former Chairwoman Kirsten Diederich stepped down earlier this month.
An upper level official with the North Dakota University System who was placed on administrative leave has signed a release agreement and resigned. Timothy Carlson, the chief auditor for the system, was placed on paid leave in November after an investigation accused him of misleading the board and lying about his past work experience. With legislation on the table that could eliminate the system's auditor position altogether and replace it with someone from the Office of the State Auditor, the State Board of Higher Education decided to move forward with looking for a temporary employee -- ei
Erin O'Leary has been named the associate director for business and operations at UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center. O'Leary formerly served as the deputy associate director for business, and she will now oversee the financial and operational activities at the EERC. "It is a pleasure to accept this new role, serving on the outstanding management team in place at the EERC and leading a highly dedicated and hardworking staff of business and operations professionals," O'Leary said in a news release.
The plan UND could use to pick a new nickname will be in the hands of the university's president by the end of the day Friday, after the school's nickname...
UND has three new twin-engine airplanes. Piper Aircraft, which provides training and aircraft for the university's aerospace students, delivered the three Piper Seminole high-tech planes to UND earlier this month. John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Director of Extensions Programs Don Dubuque said the school purchased them after selling one older plane. "When you look at the panels, instead of round gauges you see big glass panels," he said. "Newer airlines have them.
UND's general education program is falling short of its goals to teach students communication and critical thinking skills, a problem which needs fixing, according to a November 2014 program review. The program was reworked and given the title of Essential Studies in 2008, when it also won an Improvement in General Education Award from the Association of General and Liberal Studies. Even though the program's set goals stated on its website are communication, diversity, information literacy and thinking and reasoning, the review states the program is lacking in vigor and students, along with
David Jones has been offered the job of Grand Forks County State's Attorney. Jones, an assistant state's attorney with about 35 years of experience in the field, will replace Peter...
The Grand Forks County Commission has approved creating a Human Resources Department for county employees. The decision is part of an ongoing effort to address issues with compression -- when less experienced employees are paid as much as those with more experience -- in the county's pay scale. Managing Director James Fox of St. Paul's Fox Lawson and Associates consulting firm presented creating an HR department as part of that solution at a meeting Friday.