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FARGO — With a booming economy and low unemployment, the Fargo area needs more workers with associate degrees and certificates, particularly in the health, finance and IT fields, according to a North Dakota University System report. Echoing a national and statewide issue, some in the business community say rapid growth has led to a shortage of qualified job candidates for positions that don’t require a four-year degree. “Basically, the demand is outstripping the capabilities of our education partners,” said Jim Gartin, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. To co
FARGO — When Jane Schuh was a graduate student at North Dakota State University in the 1990s, she sometimes had to stop her research because the power had failed in her building. Schuh, now a professor and administrator at the university, said it’s hard to conduct lab work when the lights go out.
FARGO — A stellar concert season so far this year has led to big profits for the Fargodome. Officials at the city-owned arena expect it to net about $322,000 this year — more than three times what was budgeted. That’s due largely to a “very unusual” concert year, which has already seen a number of high-profile performers and is scheduled for more, said Susan Thompson, the Fargodome’s director of finance. The Pink concert in January drew about 21,700 people to the Fargodome.
FARGO — When Donovon Nelson’s back problems started causing him to fall down, his wife, Mary, knew where he could get help. She recommended Hospice of the Red River Valley, which eased her mother’s last weeks of life. Hospice staff members started visiting the Nelsons and did the same for Donovon, allowing him to stay out of the hospital or a nursing home. Mary still remembers the names of the nurse and assistant who helped take care of him. “He wanted to stay home, and that’s what we did.
FARGO — A former North Dakota attorney general found dead in his apartment in March died of natural causes, officials have ruled. Nicholas Spaeth, who served as attorney general from 1985 to 1992, died from a heart disease, according to a police report. He was 64. Police found Spaeth dead in his apartment March 16 after receiving a call that he might be suicidal.
WEST FARGO — Ask an unscientific random sample of fairgoers what they think the oldest midway ride is, and you’ll hear “Ferris wheel” a lot. Not quite. The two wheels were manufactured in the early 1990s, which puts them in the old-but-not-ancient category among the other rides there. And while one of the rides at the fair this year predates the foundation of tech giant Apple, nobody in the unscientific sample could guess its identity. That’s probably because fair workers inspect rides daily, making sure everything works properly.
FARGO — The state’s agriculture commissioner challenged gardeners across North Dakota on Tuesday to grow 250,000 pounds of produce for those in need. Doug Goehring said he wants the Hunger Free ND Garden Project, now in its fifth season, to surpass previous donation records and help curb food insecurity across the state. About one in 10 North Dakota residents go without a meal every day, Goehring said at a news conference in Fargo.
BISMARCK — North Dakota’s two biggest universities don’t do enough to make sure students accurately report their residency status, the State Auditor’s Office found. North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota, among other state schools, don’t require enough proof of in-state residency, the audit found, and they don’t independently review residency reports for anomalies. That lack of oversight could lead to out-of-state students paying in-state tuition, which would deprive the schools of a serious revenue stream, the audit said. For example, an undergraduate North Dakota
MOORETON — You can’t just fix tractors anymore. The machines Wayne Ward collects, the tractors from a bygone era — those could be repaired by hand. Today’s tractors, though, are packed with electronic equipment. Specialists need to hook them up to computers to diagnose problems. And they’re huge — five to six times larger than the ones in Ward’s collection. Like tractors, American farms are getting bigger – and North Dakota is leading the way. Thinning margins and expensive machinery have forced more and more farmers to go big or get out.
SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. — It felt like a bomb going off. Former North Dakota State University wide receiver Kole Heckendorf had just come home from a golf tournament Friday with his brother-in-law Jeff Hille, a former pitcher for the Bison baseball team. Hille and a friend left Heckendorf alone in the house around 8:15 p.m. The record-breaking wide receiver walked upstairs to his bedroom. About 15 minutes later, a small plane crashed into the house, knocking Heckendorf off his feet. At first, Heckendorf suspected some paint thinner he left in the garage had exploded.