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Fargo television host Chris Berg described the interview Wednesday with Grand Forks Superintendent Larry Nybladh as "tough and respectful" until after the broadcast, when he claimed Nybladh used a curse word to describe him.
Grand Forks Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nybladh issued an apology Thursday after a Fargo television host said the official used a curse word on the host after an interview. Nybladh said in a press release he regretted his choice of words. "I know the job of superintendent is 24/7 and I hold myself to a high standard," he said. "I was taken aback and frustrated with the style of journalism, especially when it turned to what I perceived to be an attack on our teachers and students.
Autumn Graber of Grand Forks had just tossed some markers in her cart at Target when her son, Aiden, 5, asked if they were finished yet. "No, we just got here," she laughed. Graber, like several parents at the store on Monday, toted small children as they participated in the annual hunt for school supplies. Standard items such as markers and crayons were included, but not just any kind -- the list requires Elmer's glue, No. 2 pencils, Sharpie markers. Such demands cause some parents to wonder why schools don't accept non-brand names.
A lack of summer rainfall and a greater number of sap-sucking aphids have produced the large volume of syrupy drops that have been falling from trees and covering Grand Forks area cars, sidewalks and streets, according to Mike Fugazzi, forestry operations manager with the Grand Forks Park District. Older American elms and American linden trees have been particularly thick with aphids.
After taxpayers recently criticized the Grand Forks School Board for a proposed 28.6 percent tax increase, school officials maintain the step is necessary to make up for its $5.4 million deficit. School Board member Tim Lamb has described last year's shortfall as "a perfect storm," saying the deficit was a combination of enrollment growth in 2011, additional compensation costs and federal and state reductions that couldn't be foreseen when the School Board was creating the budget in July. Some residents, including City Council members, expressed anger at last Monday's public tax hearing over
Grand Forks school officials say they are working on answers to questions raised Monday during a public hearing on a proposed property tax increase. Residents were upset the School Board didn't respond that night to their frustration over a potential 28.6 percent tax increase. That idea has met strong criticism in part because it follows a recent state-funded tax buydown of school district tax levies statewide. Superintendent Larry Nybladh said the board asked administrative staff to "answer every question and look at some of the scenarios that" residents asked about Monday night, he said.
Grand Forks resident James Swedberg said he found it hard to hear that he was going to get property tax relief from the state only to have the School Board take it away. Swedberg was one of at least 40 residents who packed the Mark Sanford Education Center on Monday for a public hearing over the School Board's proposal to increase the property tax levy by 28.6 percent, despite a recent state tax buydown. "I don't know if you know what an ordinary homeowner goes through," Swedberg said. One by one, residents rose to speak before the School Board, many openly angry over what they said was a l
Students in UND's Master of Public Health program are learning how to harness the medical experiences of millions of patients to tailor treatment for individual patients. Called "analytics," it's a technique taught at few other medical schools in the nation, and it promises to improve not just the treatment but also the prevention of diseases. For rural North Dakotans, this means a patient with a certain set of symptoms could walk into a hospital and, within a short time, have them compared with the symptoms of many others around the world.
Astronaut and UND alumna Karen Nyberg told graduates Friday that she wanted to give a speech that was "literally out of this world." Nyberg was orbiting some 230 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station when she recorded the brief message last week for the 2013 summer commencement. She praised her alma mater for the educational opportunities it offered herself and other graduates. "Global understanding is key to the survival of our planet," she said.