The Herald has been investigating Mayville State University — its campus climate, leadership and more — for months. In the course of that investigation, the Herald obtained a campus climate survey, administered in late 2019 in the course of a federal grant Mayville received. Herald correspondent Sam Easter reports that it showed good job satisfaction on average, but also that more than a quarter of Mayville State University employees were “likely” or “very likely” to leave in the next year. It also identified shortfalls in employees’ perception of campus communication and culture.

Thief River Falls businesses no exception to national labor shortages

Digi-Key, the biggest jobs competitor to Walmart in Thief River Falls, has been averaging approximately 90 applicants per week for its various position openings. Kevin Brown, advertising director, said issues with hiring are definitely present, but that the sky isn’t falling for the business, the Herald's Jacob Holley reports.

COVID-19 cases increase in North Dakota as delta strain spreads

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North Dakota has detected 25 cases of the variant, but the state only performs genome sequencing on a small percentage of positive tests, so it’s impossible to say how many residents have contracted the strain. Forum correspondent Jeremy Turley reports that state epidemiologist Grace Njau said earlier this week “it would not be a reach to assume that (delta) is or is soon to be the dominant strain in North Dakota.”

Amid grim discoveries in Canada, a Grand Forks woman is planning a vigil for boarding school victims

Boarding schools in the United States and Canada worked to forcibly assimilate American Indian children. The Herald's Joe Bowen reports that investigations in Canada and a growing number in the United States have uncovered the bodies of hundreds of boarding school students, prompting a Grand Forks woman to organize a vigil next weekend.

As search for Eric Reinbold continues, local advocates urge domestic violence awareness

It has been two weeks since Lissette Reinbold, 34, was found dead in her Oklee, Minn., home, and her killer has not yet been caught. The Herald's Hannah Shirley reports that authorities are seeking her husband, Eric Reinbold, who is considered the primary suspect in the homicide investigation. The investigation into her death remains ongoing, and so details are scant. However, a look at other women killed by intimate partners in North Dakota and Minnesota in recent years shows that many cases bear more similarities than differences.

Mike's Parcel in Pembina is still suffering as the Canadian border remains closed

Mason Peters and his wife, Vanessa, own Mike’s Parcel in Pembina, a storage warehouse housing “nonessenial” items that Canadian citizens purchased from America. The Herald's Jacob Holley reports that Canadian citizens can cross the border and pick up the items they had delivered to the warehouse and cross back over instead of paying exorbitant international shipping fees.

Smoky late summers are here to stay. Here's what you need to know

The severity and hazardousness of wildfire smoke in North Dakota and Minnesota this year has been unprecedented, but Minnesota Pollution Control Agency meteorologist Matt Taraldsen doesn't believe this summer will be considered unusual for very long. The Herald's Hannah Shirley reports that all trends point to suffocating late summer seasons becoming a fairly regular occurrence.

UND Aerospace students fly past longstanding record for hours in the air

Students at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences flew a total of 126,000 hours from July 1, 2020, to June 30, blowing well past the previous record of 110,000 hours set in 2013.

Grand Forks EDC spearheads effort to compete for funds to increase career and tech education

The 2021 North Dakota Legislature approved $70 million, a portion of federal CARES Act funding, for career and technical education, or CTE. The Herald's Pamela Knudson reports that communities may apply for a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $10 million, and must match that amount with cash or in-kind contributions from the private and public sectors.

Lifelong friends meet up in Northwood, N.D., for an old-fashioned reunion

The “Northwood Six” is a group made up of Priscilla (Sethre) Carlson, 81; Myrna (Johnson) Skalsky, 80; Becky (Bilden) Bowles, 82; Janice (Sandall) Daniel, 81; Ruth (Stamness) Thingelstad, 82; and Ruth Ann (Halverson) Bjerke; 81. The Herald's Ann Bailey reports that they came to town on Thursday, July 22, and planned to spend the weekend visiting and attending Northwood’s Old Fashioned Saturday summer celebration on July 24.