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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PORTAL, N.D.—A pair of of nationally known musicians were arrested on marijuana offenses earlier this year after their tour buses were stopped at the Canadian border crossing in Portal, N.D., and are facing court appearances in coming days. Grammy Award-winner Melissa Etheridge and rock musician Todd Rundgren were both stopped at the border on separate occasions while returning to the U.S. from engagements in Canada.
BISMARCK—The governing body of North Dakota's public university system could be reducing its monthly in-person meeting schedule to a quarterly arrangement—a possibility that has "disappointed" the head of a state faculty organization.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Disruption is in the air for the entrepreneurs of UND. The university is coming near to launching its search for a new leader — or leaders — to head up its startup-minded University of North Dakota Center for Innovation and its academic School of Entrepreneurship. Such leaders would likely take the helm in a transitional period for both organizations.
GRAND FORKS—Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, made an appearance Monday in Grand Forks as part of a tour of his Midwestern district. Kashkari spent much of the day touring the city with local leaders, making visits in an itinerary that included a talking session with public health experts to discuss the opioid crisis and a walk-about of downtown Grand Forks to discuss recovery after the flood of 1997.
BISMARCK — North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott has called for a formal investigation of what he describes as a political attempt to influence his office in the most recent gubernatorial election as well as a subsequent campaign to “discredit my office and myself.”
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota's fall enrollment numbers are in, showing a decline in total undergraduates balanced by a rise in first-year students. Overall undergraduate enrollment stands at 14,406, a drop of 1.7 percent from last fall. However, even as that number has fallen, the flow of incoming students has increased. Enrollments of new freshmen picked up by about 1 percent, resulting in a population of 1,939 students.
GRAND FORKS—The structurally damaged Main Clinic at Altru Health System in Grand Forks is on track to be demolished before year's end. Ken Vein, Altru administrative director of plant and facilities, stood Monday, Sept. 18, outside a fenced perimeter at the rear of the clinic. Within the cordoned area, demolition crews already were at work disconnecting the building's water lines.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota oil boom turned black gold into green for public and private interests over its high-flying run. But now, leaders in Oil Patch cities that invested hundreds of millions of dollars to cope with the crush of boom activity are focused on answering questions about how to pay off the red ink of high municipal debts while anticipating future spending needs.
GRAND FORKS — After a brief standoff that shut down a length of a city street, Grand Forks police arrested two young men now accused of armed robbery. Joe Melvin, 19, and Fahad Hussein, 18, face initial charges of robbery and terrorizing for an incident that started in the middle of a warm, placid Sunday, Sept. 10, in a neighborhood on the western edge of Grand Forks and ended at an apartment building not far from UND campus. A news release from the Grand Forks Police Department lays out a dangerous encounter.
GRAND FORKS — Larry Nybladh, superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools, is heading into retirement. Nybladh announced his resignation effective June 30, 2018, in a letter to school board members included as part of their agenda packet for a regularly scheduled Monday, Sept. 11, meeting. In his letter, Nybladh wrote that the Grand Forks district "is an exceptional school system and one I have been honored to serve in a leadership capacity this past decade."