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FARGO—North Dakota State University is seeking approval to hire a law firm to defend a lawsuit by a construction company to recover $1.3 million for what it said were extra costs incurred for an accelerated completion deadline for a classroom building. The dispute involves costs associated with the $29.4 million A. Glenn Hill Center, which houses classrooms and laboratories for teaching courses in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
FARGO — North Dakota University System students are overwhelmingly seeking a degree and most get the vast majority of their instruction in a traditional classroom. Almost three-quarters of undergraduate students in the state's 11 campuses are seeking a degree, and 86 percent of those students are enrolled in courses delivered face-to-face in the classroom, according to a report released Wednesday, Feb. 14.
FARGO—Airport Authority board members got their first glimpse of architectural drawings depicting an elevated walkway that would run through the middle of the parking area and connect with the terminal. The skyway, which has an estimated price tag of $13 million to $15 million, remains a proposal. Any decision about whether to proceed with the project would come only after bids are received, and that is months into the future.
FARGO—Faculty senators at North Dakota State University rejected a resolution that would have urged the president and provost to remove the outgoing vice president for research by the end of February instead of allowing her to stay on until her replacement is named.
FARGO — The lack of snowfall this winter is contributing to drought conditions that have persisted throughout most of North Dakota—conditions the state climatologist warns could continue into spring. More than 60 percent of North Dakota is in moderate drought, and most of the rest of the state, including the central and southern Red River Valley, is considered abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
FARGO—Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's young life ended violently when she was on the brink of motherhood. Now her abduction and murder must serve to raise awareness of Native American women who all too often are victims of violence, and to help prevent future tragedies.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will be rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots when he attends the Super Bowl. Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum will be attending the game at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as guests of Xcel Energy, which leases a suite at the venue, Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki said. "So they are not paying for their tickets," he said. The game is Sunday, Feb. 4.
FARGO—North Dakota is embarking upon an ambitious social experiment. If successful, the effort will allow the state to stop expanding jails and prisons by providing more community support for those at risk of incarceration. The effort is called Free Through Recovery and involves a partnership steered by human services and corrections officials working through a web of social service, mental health, religious and cultural organizations throughout North Dakota.
FARGO—North Dakota, bucking a national trend of continued declining imprisonment rates, saw its imprisonment rate climb 3 percent and its crime rate soar 13 percent in 2016. The numbers come from a Pew Charitable Trusts study, which noted ongoing reductions nationally in both the imprisonment and crime rates.
FARGO—Xcel Energy crews will fly to Puerto Rico to join efforts to restore power on an island devastated by Hurricane Maria. About 70 Xcel employees, including two from Fargo, will depart Monday, Jan. 29, for the island, where hundreds of thousands of people still lack electricity four months after the hurricane. "We asked for volunteers, and we got 'em," said Matt Lindstrom, an Xcel spokesman.