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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A local fast food restaurant closed out the weekend with a Sunday night armed robbery. Grand Forks Police said in a media release that a man used a gun to rob the KFC at 706 S. Washington St. The man allegedly entered the restaurant a little before 9:47 p.m., after closing, showed a handgun and demanded money. Police are describing the suspected robber as a six-foot-tall white male weighing approximately 200 pounds. Investigators say he was wearing a black ski mask and a black hooded sweatshirt with "Mossy Oak" written on the front in camouflage lettering.
A UND investigation has begun to determine the security of student fee dollars after last week's arrest of the former student body treasurer. Chase Johnson was arrested by University Police and charged with Class B felony theft following accusations that he embezzled between $10,000 and $50,000 from his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He was fraternity treasurer at the time of the alleged theft. Johnson was immediately removed from Student Government following his arrest. A member of Phi Delta Theta said he was also stricken from the rolls of the fraternity earlier this week.
The University of Minnesota-Crookston is hosting a series of events for Women's History Month, which is March. A UMC press release says this year's theme for the month is "Nevertheless she persisted: Honoring women who fight all forms of discrimination against women."
UND President Mark Kennedy proved a somewhat polarizing candidate in the running to be next leader of the University of Central Florida. "He does not strike me as someone I'd enjoy having a beer with, so to speak," wrote an unnamed UCF faculty member. That was one comment made in a survey of a wide slice of the constituency of the Orlando institution of some 66,000 students.
UND President Mark Kennedy’s hunt for a new job has ended unsuccessfully. For now, he’ll be staying in Grand Forks.
The Mayville State University presidential search is down to three finalists. A search committee made up of a cross-section of MSU stakeholders met for the last time Thursday to quickly whittle down a list of four candidates, coming to prompt consensus to end their work for a search begun in November.
A UND professor soon will be leading one of the most prominent outlets in the country for Native American news. Journalism professor Mark Trahant said Wednesday he's "eager to start" his latest role as editor of Indian Country Today, an online publication with a national audience. Trahant currently is winding down a three-year term at the university as the Charles R. Johnson endowed professor of journalism, a position set to end with this academic year.
Sunday's and Monday's winter storm brought the whole gamut of weather to the Grand Forks area, flashing thunder and lightning over rain, hail and snow.
UND President Mark Kennedy could soon be shipping out of North Dakota if this week goes his way. The president, who took office in summer 2016, will appear Wednesday at the University of Central Florida for a final interview for a shot to serve as president of the southern campus of about 66,000 students. Kennedy has been clear that he'll accept the job at UCF if it's offered to him and, if not, he's said he'd happily continue his duties at UND. But now that he's dipped his toe in warmer waters, how effective can Kennedy be in leading the North Dakota campus?
WINNIPEG—The three men had walked similar routes to get to the homeless shelter in Winnipeg. But their road is a little different than many of those they now share residence with. That's because Ibrahim Dumfeh, Appiah Owsu and Majeed Haruna Agure—all originally from Ghana in West Africa—are trying to claim asylum status in Canada after walking over the border between Manitoba and North Dakota.