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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GRAND FORKS—The Chester Fritz Auditorium is in its 40s and, like others around that age, it's had some work done. Betty Allan is the director of the concert hall on the University of North Dakota campus—the site of graduations and rock shows alike. Beyond some refurbishing here and there, she says, the aesthetic of the theater area is original to the hall's 1972 opening. Other elements, thankfully, are not.
GRAND FORKS—The loonie isn't stretching its wings quite like it used to. At least, that's part of the story told by statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and backed up by observers in Grand Forks who say border crossings from Canada have ebbed over recent years as a weak Canadian dollar—known by many in the north as the loonie—has kept Manitoban visitors home.
GRAND FORKS—After spending last week in the running to be president of a Florida university, Mark Kennedy wants to make something known about his job-hunting aspirations. "To be clear, I wasn't looking, and I'm not looking," the University of North Dakota president said Monday by phone from Washington, D.C. "For me, there's not many places I feel at home, and I feel at home in North Dakota."
GRAND FORKS—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.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy's hunt for a new job has ended unsuccessfully. For now, he'll be staying in Grand Forks. The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees voted Friday against nominating Kennedy to be their next president, instead choosing their internal candidate, current UCF Provost Dale Whittaker.
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.
GRAND FORKS—A University of North Dakota professor soon will be leading one of the most prominent outlets in the country for Native American news. Journalism professor Mark Trahant said Wednesday, March 7, 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 this academic year.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy could soon be shipping out of North Dakota if this week goes his way.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba—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.
GRAND FORKS - The treasurer of the University of North Dakota Student Body has been arrested for alleged embezzlement from the coffers of his fraternity house. Chase Alexander Johnson, 23, was arrested Thursday afternoon, March 1, by UND Police and faces a Class B felony charge of theft.