Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill.
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If you have several hundred thousand dollars laying around, the cafe in the new UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences could have your name on it. Have $1 million? That can get you the naming rights to the grand staircase in the lobby. Have $100 million? Then the building itself can include your name. As construction on the new medical school wraps up — it's 99 percent complete with some classes beginning Monday — UND is in the process of selling naming opportunities to donors.
Three days of searching for a man who entered the Red River haven't yielded much in terms of his whereabouts. Because of this and the lack of a missing person report, Grand Forks area rescue crews suspended the search Monday for a swimmer reported to have been swept away in the river early Friday morning. Throughout the weekend, police received a couple of calls about people who could not be located, but officers were able to find them and check on their welfare, said Lt. Bill Macki of the Grand Forks Police Department.
Many people struggle to lose weight, but one Altru program is having success helping people reach their goals. The goal of Altru's Weight Management Program is simple — to have people lose weight in a healthy way. Altru has designed the program to help reduce obesity and encourage people to eat healthy and stay fit.
Two separate searches Friday for a swimmer reported to have been swept away in the Red River yielded few answers for law enforcement. Rescue crews have been searching an area between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks from the Sorlie Bridge to just north of the Kennedy Bridge after police received a call at 1:13 a.m. about a man who was in the river north of the Sorlie Bridge and struggling to stay above water. Police were unable to locate the man or make any new discoveries after both an early morning and midday search of the area.
Neighbors living near Donald Masse's house in Grand Forks are fed up that nothing is being done to clean his property. A year after being ordered by the Grand Forks Board of Health to have his property cleaned, Masse's yard looks similar to how it did before the order, with hundreds of items scattered across his backyard. Rachel Salberg, who lives next door to Masse, said the city has done very little since that order was issued nearly a year ago. Since cleaning it, the problem has not gotten better, and Masse has continued to bring more items to his property.
THIEF RIVER FALLS — A 14-year-old boy died after being hit by a vehicle Monday evening in Thief River Falls. Gannon Allen Hejlik, 14, was riding his bicycle through an intersection when he was fatally struck by a truck driven by Tammy Martha Johnson, 52, Thief River Falls, according to a news release from the Thief River Falls Police Department.
With speakers from 27 different countries, arguably the most important meeting of its type is happening in Grand Forks this week. The International Society for Theoretical Chemical Physics, hosted by UND and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, began Sunday and runs through Friday at the Alerus Center. The international conference will bring about 300 scientists who strive to develop and apply new methodologies in the field of chemical physics, said Mark Hoffmann, UND Chester Fritz distinguished professor of chemistry.
One of the most important issues the 2016 presidential election cycle has been affordable tuition at colleges and universities, but those in the state are unsure how a free tuition model proposed by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton would impact the state of North Dakota. Earlier this month, Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, released a plan to allow free tuition for a majority of the nation's students.
For thousands who will attend the two Summer Performing Arts shows this month in Grand Forks, that performance is all they see. But for those involved, it's so much more than that. Since its inception 29 years ago, SPA has aimed to provide as many kids as possible with a quality arts education during the summer. Now closing in on three decades, the summer program offers curriculum for just about everybody they can think of.
Some nationally and internationally known figures in their respective fields may soon be coming to UND's campus. In a Thursday meeting with the Herald's editorial board, new UND President Mark Kennedy said he hopes to launch a new lecture series soon, titled "Eye of the Hawk," which aims to bring one prominent speaker a year to give a lecture to each of UND's eight specific schools.