Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.
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GRAND FORKS -- The auditorium on the first floor of UND’s new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building was just a pit of mud one year ago but as of Friday it was really coming together.
MAYVILLE -- Earlier this month, Mayville State University President Gary Hagen told the North Dakota Board of Higher Education that the fire suppression sprinkler system in Old Main urgently needs repairs. Chairwoman Kathleen Neset asked if it was an immediate safety concern. "It's hard to say," Hagen said. "You start with a 126-year-old building but the sprinkler thing just now intensified what I was going to say today."
GRAND FORKS -- It started with a vegetable garden in Florida. William Sheridan, who goes by Bill, started a small victory garden at his childhood home in central Florida in 1944. His interest in growing things blossomed as he taught himself how to graft plants by cutting the stems and inserting them into each other. It wasn't long before his mother's pink hibiscus plant was showing signs of his work.
GRAND FORKS -- From the time interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer announced a hiring freeze of sorts and the time he finalized the budget reductions, 34 people were hired at the university. In a campuswide message Feb. 9, Schafer said vice presidents would continue to have hiring authority in their respective areas but "any searches or recruitment efforts now in process are frozen until they can be reviewed to ensure they align with key priorities."
By Anna Burleson Forum News Service GRAND FORKS -- Curtis J. Phillips couldn't figure out why the women he saw in Wal-Mart were donating carts full of merchandise to the community of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
BISMARCK-- The University of North Dakota will move forward with campus renovation projects regardless of whether the North Dakota Legislature funds them. Interim UND President Ed Schafer requested $20 million...
GRAND FORKS -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund is supporting health care officials, educators and community leaders in Grand Forks who will work to address the risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer by creating an education program for children.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota's public colleges and universities are working under a time crunch to complete budgetary and building project requests for the 2017 legislative session. Universities are working on both the annual budget and the 2017-19 biennium budget request, North Dakota University System Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan said at a Budget and Finance Committee meeting Wednesday.
BISMARCK -- The State Board of Higher Education Audit Committee voted to change a policy allowing it more leverage to get university audits completed. A law passed during the 2015 Legislative Session made the State Auditor's Office responsible for external audits and left $300,000 for the North Dakota University System to fund internal audit positions.
MAYVILLE -- Mayville State University Foundation Director John Klocke said the first I'm Thankful for Mayville State Day fundraising event was so surprisingly successful he hopes to do it again. The day-long phone call campaign and email blast conducted on April 28 resulted in $25,000 worth of donations matched by $11,620 from the foundation. "The phone just kept ringing all day long," Klocke said.