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FARGO — Meredith Staker's life depended in part on the accuracy of a face mask that vaguely resembles the type worn by hockey goalies. It had to be sculpted to the contours of her face in order to immobilize her head. She would have to lie perfectly still while a machine delivered multiple beams of radiation that would converge in the back of her brain, in the location that enables her to see, with great precision.
FARGO — Supporters of North Dakota's yet-to-be implemented medical marijuana law warned that voters will get a chance to negate restrictions imposed by legislators through a proposal to legalize recreational pot use. The warning, mixed with multiple expressions of frustration over delays in rolling out the program, came in a hearing Thursday, Dec. 14, to take public testimony on proposed administrative rules for the law, passed in November 2016 by almost 64 percent of voters.
FARGO — Brandon Medenwald grew annoyed by dismal office "in and out" boards — so annoyed that he decided to build a smartphone application to better track people as they came and went from the workplace. In collaboration with a couple of friends, he developed an app called Simple In/Out, which they made available free over the internet. Over time, users flocked to the app, and many were willing to pay for a version with more features.
FARGO — The Bank of North Dakota has accumulated a $131 million pool of money earmarked for a college saving program, but so far only a small share of residents are taking advantage of this option. The state-owned bank has a 529 higher education savings plan, called College SAVE, with earnings that grow free of state and federal income taxes.
BISMARCK—A female surveyor who worked in the North Dakota Oil Patch has filed a complaint against her former employer, claiming she was fired in retaliation for reporting discriminatory behavior by a colleague. The former employer denies her allegations. Sarah Gulenchyn, 40, said her co-worker regularly used racial slurs in her presence, including slurs about Native Americans. Gulenchyn, a native of Duluth, Minn., who is temporarily living in Dickinson, N.D., said she is Jewish and also has Lakota Sioux ancestry.
FARGO—More than 200 people, many with strong ties to public higher education, have applied for positions on Gov. Doug Burgum's task force to study governance of the North Dakota University System. The governor's office received 233 applications by the filing deadline, midnight on Thursday, Nov. 30, and now the governor's staff must review the applicants so the governor can name the 15-member task force.
BISMARCK — Roers Construction has filed a claim seeking $1.3 million from North Dakota State University for additional costs it incurred in meeting a deadline to finish a large science classroom building in time for a dedication ceremony. The claim, submitted in letters by the contractor presented to NDSU in June and July, concerns unforeseen costs for A. Glenn Hill Center, a $29.4 million classroom building for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — instruction.
BISMARCK — Leaders of the North Dakota higher education system passed a resolution asking Gov. Doug Burgum to allow them representation on the governor's task force that will study governance of public colleges and universities. The State Board of Higher Education on Thursday, Nov. 30, unanimously passed the resolution, which one member said would not necessarily mean voting representation on the 15-member task force, whose members Burgum has yet to name.
FARGO — Higher education leaders are considering changing a policy that has generated almost $20 million in proceeds earned from innovations at North Dakota State University and has earned researchers $3.6 million over the past decade. The State Board of Higher Education will discuss the policy Thursday, Nov. 30. The policy, which dates back to the 1990s, allows researchers at North Dakota's colleges and universities to pocket up to 40 percent of licensing revenues yielded by their research.
FARGO — Troy Anderson found himself deeply troubled by the disappearance and death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. He felt a certain connection to the pregnant Fargo woman, who police say was killed in August by a pair of neighbors. LaFontaine-Greywind's infant was found in their apartment, and the 22-year-old's body was found days later in the Red River. Anderson knew one of LaFontaine-Greywind's aunts, and his mother had ties to North Dakota's Turtle Mountains, where LaFontaine-Greywind was from before she came to Fargo, where she worked as a nurse's aide.