Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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FORT TOTTEN, N.D. -- A 3-D printer quietly churned in a lab at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, spinning a plastic model using instructions provided by pre-engineering student Dane Allapowa.
At about $110 million, the Ralph Engelstad Arena was the single-largest private contribution in UND's history. It stands to reason then that the infrastructure to keep the place open would be built on a similar scale. Tax filings and other documents obtained by the Herald outline some of the institutional organization that keeps the lights on and the ice cold in the monumental hockey stadium and athletics center, including the network of entities that work together to keep the project intact.
The two people involved in a fatal shooting Thursday were mother and son, police say. Officers responded about 11:30 a.m. to a home on the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue South after a report of a gun discharge in an apartment. Once there, police found an injured woman and a deceased man, both whom appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds.
UND research chief Grant McGimpsey will be leaving the university at the end of this year. According to a UND news release, McGimpsey announced his retirement to staff this week at the campus Division of Research and Economic Development, where he has served as vice president since September 2015. Since 2016, he has also served as dean of the UND School of Graduate Studies.
A campaign to save historic buildings on the UND campus could end with demolitions by the close of this month. UND graduate and amateur historian Alexis Varvel has been on a mission to save Corwin/Larimore and Robertson/Sayre halls, which are the last physical remnants of Wesley College. The private Methodist school, founded in Grand Forks in 1905 in partnership with UND to provide religious and music education, operated independently until it was bought out by UND in 1965.
Kris Engelstad McGarry, daughter of UND alumnus and mega-donor Ralph Engelstad, caused a stir Wednesday in Grand Forks when she told the Herald that relations had become strained between her family's foundation and her father's alma mater.
The Rev. John Golv, of Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, had a solemn task to carry out. Though funerals come with the job for a minister, Golv had arrived Thursday at Hope Church in Grand Forks to conduct a memorial ceremony for three children who died in unsettling circumstances. Police have concluded Arianna Talmage, 6, Aidan Talmage, 10, and Tyler Talmage, 14, were killed by their mother, Astra Volk, 35, who then killed herself. Investigators are still trying to figure out why, but Golv didn't spend much time wrestling with hindsight.
The daughter of Ralph Engelstad, a trustee of the Engelstad Family Foundation, said Wednesday that her working relationship with UND President Mark Kennedy has deteriorated, possibly resulting in fewer Engelstad Foundation dollars donated to the university. Kris Engelstad McGarry said in the two years since she first met Kennedy their relations have been marked by the university's "veiled threats" of litigation over the Ralph Engelstad Arena contract. Communications have been "very passive aggressive."
UND administrators have appointed an interim leader to run the state's only law school when its current dean steps down this summer. Brad Myers, UND School of Law associate dean, will move into the temporary role Aug. 1 upon the resignation of current law Dean Kathryn Rand, who announced earlier this year her intent to leave administration and return to teaching after nearly a decade of overseeing the school. Myers has served in his current role since 2012 and was appointed to the interim deanship by UND Provost Thomas DiLorenzo, according to a Tuesday news release.