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U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's first Twitter town hall on Thursday morning only lasted about 20 minutes because she had to make a vote, she told followers. Heitkamp, D-N.D., answered a few of the initial 11 questions and comments posed to her, including one from state Rep. Kylie Oversen, D-Grand Forks.
Kristine Andersen, 18, of Sarpsborg, Norway, said her first taste of Grand Forks felt "just like the movies." Andersen has been hop scotching all over Sarpsborg's sister city this past month to check out the city's most notable offerings -- UND, Ralph Engelstad Arena, Rhombus Guys -- to get a sense of what her pen pal Mikayla Nies, 17, has been experiencing. For more than six years, the teens have been exchanging emails, texts and Christmas gifts after being paired as pen pals when Nies was attending Kelly Elementary School.
A crowd of UND graduate students shielded their eyes Wednesday morning as they watched a weather balloon soar high into the sunshine on its way to an anticipated landing about 100 miles away somewhere in Minnesota. Brandon Bigelbach, a graduate student who set up the launch, said they're not going to chase it down later. "We're not going to look for them, we're not going to chase them, we're just going to let them go," he said. Graduate students in UND's Department of Atmospheric Sciences were attempting their first launch of a weather balloon to capture a "snapshot" of the atmosphere and o
North Dakotans can ask U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp about education issues at 10:45 a.m. Thursday during her Twitter town hall meeting. Heitkamp, who recently helped pass a bipartisan student loan bill allowing students to take advantage of low interest rates, said this town hall is an opportunity for her to hear directly from state residents about what can be done to improve education. "I hope to hear from as many North Dakotans as possible," she said.
The newest student member of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education said he never imagined he'd wind up in politics on campus, let alone the state board. Devin Hoffarth of Devils Lake said he initially couldn't see himself becoming the student senate president at Lake Region State College, where he served for one year while sitting on several other student committees and volunteering with flood recovery efforts in Minot. "It ended up where I went to school here and I really wanted to get involved," he said.
The dean of UND's College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines has been moved to a new role in the provost's office months after faculty and staff questioned her leadership abilities. Provost Thomas DiLorenzo announced Friday at a faculty meeting that Denise Korniewicz will take a one-year appointment as dean of research, working within the provost's office and the research division. Her new title was created to cover the university as a whole, and the position will not create a new budget line for UND, according to spokesman Peter Johnson. Steve Light, associate vice president for acade
Grace Sproule, a recent graduate of Grand Forks Red River High School, is competing today and Saturday for the title of Miss Teen International in Chicago, according to North Dakota International Pageants. Sproule, who is up against 44 other teens from around the globe, will participate in the interview, fitness wear, fun fashion and evening gown competitions. She is the daughter of Paul and Susie Sproule. Most of the contestants' scores will hinge on their interview, which will revolve around the cause they're promoting, said Kathy Yohe, a state director for North Dakota International Page
Cpl. Jenny Lammers of the Grand Forks Police Department said she's seen young children's lives saved in crashes because their car seats were properly installed, and that's just part of the reason she's involved with Safe Kids Grand Forks. "Safe Kids is one of the reasons I wanted children," said Lammers, who helps install car seats for the coalition. "I did foster care for awhile because I love kids.
When UND biologist Rebecca Simmons first glimpsed some colorful moths from Florida at age 21, she was engrossed -- not grossed out. "I know this sounds insane, but they were gorgeous," she said. "They didn't look like moths around here, they looked like wasps -- black and red and blue and shiny -- they were just drop-dead gorgeous." This kind of enthusiasm isn't unusual, at least among the moth experts behind the unofficial "Moth Month," a series of events in Grand Forks that hopes to shed some light on the famous summer insect.
The average ACT composite score of high school juniors in Grand Forks has exceeded or stayed on par with the state and national average since 2005, according to the district's annual report. Students annually scored one to two points higher than the U.S. average on their scores for the college entrance exam, usually 22 compared to 20 or 21 nationwide.