Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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The decision to dissolve UND's School of Communication has caused plenty of angst among students. Much of it stems from how they found out. Faculty, staff and a few graduate teaching assistants were told at a Friday morning meeting that the school would be reorganized among different UND departments. Some students said they didn't find out until they watched or heard the evening news. "Contrary to some media reports, no programs are being eliminated or changed," UND Provost Greg Weisenstein told about 40 students and faculty members Monday night at a meeting in Gamble Hall.
A local project started in 2006 as a way to send thank-you cards to military personnel overseas has expanded into an outreach program. Eleven workers at Noridian Administrative Services in Grand Forks are volunteering their time to gather shipments of shoes, small toys and personal items for civilians and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The Noridian Military Outreach Project solicits names of military personnel monthly for recognition. Tristen Sandy, co-coordinator for the project, received word from her brother-in-law, Maj.
Former Polk County (Minn.) District Judge Richard Taylor died Friday at his Union Lake, Minn., home at age 66. A 1967 UND law school graduate, Taylor was appointed to the bench in Minnesota's 9th District in September 1998 by Gov. Arne Carlson. He replaced Russell Anderson, who went to the Minnesota Supreme Court. "A good judge should uphold the Constitution and even-handedly apply the law, without regard to who's appearing before them," Taylor said the day his appointment was announced. He retired from the bench Dec. 31, 2004.
Television meteorologists from time to time give you their "best guess." Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Grand Forks wouldn't refer to accurate weather forecasting as a guess. "We're not going to nail every forecast, but we're not going to miss the big events," said Senior Forecaster Dave Kellenbenz.
Todd Hanson, mosquito control supervisor for the Grand Forks Public Health Department, isn't freaked out by insects or spiders, no matter how big they are. Hanson leads a staff of two full-time and 35 seasonal workers in a spacious lab and garage at the new Public Safety Center. Their target is the Culex tarsalis mosquito, a common carrier of West Nile virus, which turned his job into a career. Q. How did you get in to this? A. It's weird. I got a degree in natural resource management from the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
An eastbound passenger train collides head-on with a westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train hauling six cars of hazardous materials. Fire crews spray down a tanker car leaking anhydrous ammonia. Firefighters and first responders tend to more than two dozen people with head and abdominal wounds. Police search UND campus for two people who jumped the train just before it collided. The incidents were all part of a disaster drill staged Tuesday morning at the BNSF roundhouse at DeMers Avenue and Washington Street in Grand Forks.
Not one, but two or more new refineries and more pipelines in North Dakota would ease the pain in the pocketbooks for drivers. That's part of the energy plan being proposed by North Dakota state Sen. Tim Mathern, Democratic candidate for governor. At a noon news conference Friday at Valley Dairy, 4701 S. Washington in Grand Forks, Mathern said a new refinery should be built within a triangle between Dickinson, Williston and Minot. "We should focus on the oil in the Bakken formation, refine it, and deliver it in North Dakota," Mathern said. Mathern says Gov.
It's not every day Grand Forks District 17 legislator Weezie Potter puts on a Kevlar helmet, oxygen mask, air pack and firefighting gear to go to work. "Gosh, I bet it took us a good 20 minutes," Potter said. "Forty-five minutes," said Jasper Schneider, North Dakota insurance commission candidate. Potter and Schneider were among about two dozen legislators, city officials, political candidates and Workforce Safety & Insurance personnel who took part in the first Fire Operations 101 Program on Thursday morning at the new Public Safety Center. "These people make decisions regarding our fundi
With polls still showing the presidential election in a dead heat, the Barack Obama campaign is targeting North Dakota's three electoral votes. "The campus vote is ground zero," Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., told about five dozen onlookers gathered outside UND's Wilkerson Hall during "BBQ for Barack," a Democratic campaign rally for North Dakota's District 42 candidates. North Dakota has not voted for a Democratic for president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. "The stakes are bigger than when, as a 19-year-old, I voted for George McGovern in 1972," Pomeroy said.
The sport of bocce is becoming more popular among North Dakota Special Olympic athletes. The organization's state games for bocce and soccer are set for Saturday and Sunday at Bringewatt Park in Grand Forks. There will be a dozen bocce courts, twice the number the games featured two years ago. "The number of athletes has more than doubled," said Kathy Meagher, president of the North Dakota Special Olympics. "Bocce is open to athletes 30 (years of age) and older.