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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It was dusty on the Odra LLC manufacturing floor Wednesday afternoon. But, given the mission of the place, that was kind of fitting. Odra, a U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian firm and named after a Polish river, builds street sweepers in a shop not far from the Canad Inns and waterpark in Grand Forks. Despite the complexity that becomes apparent when standing next to a sweeper, a bulk of hydraulic lifts, flexible brushes and operator controls, the vehicles don't often get a spotlight—Odra managers say they're doing their jobs best when they go unnoticed.
Almost half a year after claiming the Miss America crown, Cara Mund wears it well. The pageant winner and Bismarck native has been living on the road for more than six months now as she works through the year of service that comes with the title and its $50,000 scholarship prize. But for someone whose life is now packed into two suitcases, Mund, 23, was true to Miss America form Tuesday while delivering the keynote address at the Women for Philanthropy luncheon on the UND campus. In some respects, she was an ideal candidate to speak to the organization.
Winter just won't let up. Meteorologists currently are tracking storm activity into the the Red River Valley and expect the region to soon be on the receiving end of two possible weather events. Andrew Moore of the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service said the Valley could see another round of wintry conditions as early as Wednesday night before catching a heavier follow-up this weekend that could dump as much as several inches of snow.
Ammonia might be something of an unsung hero when it comes to feeding the masses. The substance—a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen also known as NH3—is ubiquitous to agriculture, where it carries needed nitrogen to plants. Human-made, ammonia-based fertilizers have been a major contributor to increased crop yields over the past century and, in fact, the stuff is so prevalent that studies estimate as much of half the nitrogen in your body is originally from synthetic ammonia.
UND is winding down its search to replace its longtime spokesman Peter Johnson—or not, depending on how a new hire fits the role. After an initial misfire, the university is preparing once again this week to host finalists for the position of vice president for university relations. The candidates now scheduled to come to campus April 9-19 are Tom Hutton, Joe Brennan and Lisa Van Riper. Each will sit for two days of interviews as well as an open forum scheduled for their own respective day in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
North Dakota higher education could take some cues from Arizona, said Gov. Doug Burgum Friday at UND. Burgum said he and a group from North Dakota State University have met with Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, to learn how the large public university has adapted in a national higher education landscape of limited state funding and a more tenuous pool of traditional 18-24-year-old students. Much of what the governor described of the ASU meeting was based in where and how that institution draws its revenue.
Almost one year after starting her tenure at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause was inaugurated in a Friday ceremony that drew attendees from across the region and nation.
The Fighting Hawk could soon be flying at UND events. Or, if not flying, at least maybe dancing and hamming it up on the sidelines. By the end of this semester, students will have a chance to vote on designs for a new mascot character to represent their school at sporting events and community gatherings. A 17-member design committee has been working since the start of the year to bring the Hawk to life.
After nearly one year with no permanent dean, the UND College of Business and Public Affairs could soon get its next leader.
A set of 10 people, including a Grand Forks legislator and a former UND professor, have applied to fill two seats on the board that governs North Dakota's colleges and universities. The seats are those of incumbent members Kevin Melicher and Mike Ness, whose four-year terms on the State Board of Higher Education are due to expire June 30. Both men are voting members of the SBHE and were appointed by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple.