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GRAFTON, N.D. -- Two gunshots rang out Thursday morning at Grafton High School, then one more. A hooded man, dressed in hiking boots and jeans, had pulled out an 8 mm pistol and shot blanks toward two students. The actor strode with determination around the school as he angrily jiggled locked door handles and banged on doors, with only his eyes visible above a black face mask. Less than two minutes after the first gunshot was fired, a simulated emergency message filled the loudspeakers: "Can I have your attention please in the building?
North Dakota winters don't guarantee drivers will be stranded in the ditch, but as many found out Monday, blizzards offer a good chance. Lt. Aaron Hummel of the North Dakota Highway Patrol said the biggest thing drivers fail to do is heed weather advisories. Unless a street closure is manned, "people will drive around that and lo and behold, they'll be stuck an hour later," he said. "Pay attention to the weather," he said. "In this neck of the woods, things can change quickly.
Grimacing from exertion as they worked out at UND's Wellness Center, the students lunged forward while swinging a long hollow tube, which can weigh up to 22 pounds. The twice-weekly workout centers on the philosophy of ViPR, which stands for vitality, performance and reconditioning.
Local seniors "rocked" away Valentine's Day morning to inspire fundraising for the Grand Forks Senior Center. Some seniors were invited to rock in rocking chairs for Giving Hearts Day, the annual 24-hour event that raises money for nonprofit groups in North Dakota and western Minnesota. The Rockin' Rock-A-Thon was intended to promote the center's involvement in the program and generate funding for its nutrition programs.
The full fleet of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks snowplows moved steadily through both towns Monday morning after Winter Storm Cooper dumped nearly 5 inches of snow in the area. A majority of streets were cleared and sanded by late afternoon, and most major thoroughfares were plowed by mid-morning, officials said.
UND broke its final spring enrollment record this semester for the sixth year in a row, while Mayville (N.D.) State University reported its highest-ever headcount this spring, the universities reported this week. UND had 14,378 students enrolled as of Feb. 5, an increase of 428 students, or 3.1 percent, from the previous record set in spring 2012. Spokesman Peter Johnson credits the growth to the university's increased efforts recruiting students.
BISMARCK -- UND medical school officials asked legislators Thursday for $55.7 million in addition to $68 million planned toward a new facility they say will help recruit more students and generate millions in savings. In a second round of testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, UND leaders pushed for the extra money through a separate bill.
When Alexander Azenkeng's pregnant wife was gravely ill last spring, he wasn't concerned about losing his job at UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center. One of the center's few international employees, Azenkeng said he was allowed to stay home for a full month with his wife and their newborn. Few places would offer this and still let him keep his job, he said. "Fortunately for me, I didn't have to think about whether it's my wife or my job," said Azenkeng, 40, a research scientist from Cameroon. "That's very, very critical.
UND sophomore Daryl Thom hopes the new Financial Wellness Services program on campus will help her stay debt-free.