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FARGO — President Dean Bresciani delivered a pep talk to a North Dakota State University campus that is weathering steep budget cuts but has managed to accomplish "achievement despite adversity." In his eighth State of the University address, delivered on Friday, Sept. 29, as NDSU celebrates its homecoming, Bresciani focused on achievements by faculty and students, including top-tier research.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, barely escaped an attempt by some members of the State Board of Higher Education to scrutinize his contract at a time when his office is in turmoil. In a deadlocked 4-4 vote on Thursday, Sept. 28, the board rejected a motion to hold a special meeting to discuss Hagerott's contract in light of possible litigation. Hagerott, whose management style came under criticism in a review last year, has asked for an investigation, claiming the criticism was fallout from a political controversy.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education rejected a motion to conduct a special meeting to discuss Chancellor Mark Hagerott’s contract in light of possible litigation.
FARGO — Advocates representing a coalition of groups opposed to the latest Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act said the legislation would harm the most vulnerable North Dakotans by making health insurance too costly or impossible to obtain. The pleas to kill the measure came just hours before U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, decided to pull the legislation because it lacked the votes to pass. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., supported the legislation, while U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., opposed it.
FARGO—North Dakota's top election official is "puzzled" the state was targeted by hackers who tried to breach voting databases in more than 20 states. Al Jaeger, North Dakota's secretary of state, said the hacking attempt was unsuccessful. He credited security measures for thwarting it. "We understand that our election systems were targeted," Jaeger said Monday, Sept. 25. "They were not breached."
FARGO—Never mind that Fargo-Moorhead has a population well short of 1 million. Admittedly, the metro area couldn't immediately fill 50,000 open job positions. And coming up with 500,000 square feet of available space would be a challenge. But, undaunted by those requirements, local economic development leaders are entering the sweepstakes to become Amazon's second corporate headquarters city, commonly dubbed HQ2.
FARGO—Patients at Sanford's Roger Maris Cancer Center soon will be treated by a new linear accelerator to precisely deliver radiation therapy as part of an expansion project that also includes a bigger lobby. The new linear accelerator—the third at the cancer center—will go into service Monday, Oct. 2, and Sanford will host an open house for the expansion project on Monday, Sept. 18.
FARGO — A Senate panel unanimously voted to approve the nomination of U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The 20-0 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Sept. 14, means Erickson's nomination now is headed to the Senate floor, and a law professor who tracks federal judicial nominations expects Erickson will be approved soon. Erickson has served as a federal trial court judge in Fargo for 14 years and previously served almost 10 years as a county and state judge in Cass County.
FARGO—Two campsites used by prehistoric Indians for butchering animals lie in the path of the diversion channel designed to provide flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is well aware of the sites and is hiring a firm to conduct extensive archeological studies of the locations in consultation with area American Indian tribes.
FARGO—Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind joined a large and tragic group when she left her apartment and seemed to disappear—the legion of missing persons. Eight months pregnant and 22 years old, LaFontaine-Greywind was asked by a neighbor in her apartment building for help in fitting a wedding dress. The Fargo woman never returned to her apartment that day, Saturday, Aug. 19. By the next day, Fargo Police launched an investigation and search.