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VALLEY CITY—A Valley City police lieutenant who resigned in July in the face of a second internal investigation against him was accused of having sex in a squad car and in the department's evidence room, authorities say. The allegations against Lt. David Swenson couldn't be proven or disproven, Police Chief Fred Thompson said in a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 5. "This is a 'he said/she said' situation and neither party wants to cooperate," Thompson said. "It is unfortunate that there cannot be a definitive conclusion to this case."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—North Dakota University System officials were warned to brace for cuts in the next two-year budget that likely will go deeper than the 10 percent reduction they're now planning to handle. State agencies were told to plan budgets for 2017-19 that are 10 percent lower than appropriations for the current biennium—reductions that are combined with 6.55 percent cuts in the current budget.
FARGO—The annual Green and Gold Game offers a chance for the Bison football team to give young players field time and dedicated fans a sneak preview of the upcoming season. Last April, the traditional spring game also provided an early test of something new: restricted access for media outlets not holding broadcast contracts for Bison games.
FARGO—Administrators at North Dakota State University are considering axing the university studies program as part of their budget paring under plans taking shape for 2017-19. The possible elimination of the university studies program, which would mean transferring students to other programs or departments, is among the list of possible academic program eliminations that have been presented to the North Dakota University System.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Mallary Allen doesn't flinch from discussing sensitive topics in the classroom. But the assistant sociology professor, who also teaches women's and gender studies, realizes that a discussion on domestic violence can be painfully real for some students. Because of that, she alerts her students when a reading assignment or classroom discussion could strike a sensitive nerve, given some students' past experiences.
FARGO—Bob Morlock finds himself driving farther afield to tend his scattered beehives. He travels a circuit of several counties in southeastern North Dakota and Minnesota. The reason for his farflung bee colonies: It's getting more difficult to find suitable locations—near fields with blossoming plants that provide pollen and nectar for his bees—because of changes in farming.
FARGO—A Kansas lawyer has been selected to conduct an independent investigation into North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani's handling of a controversial new media policy for covering Bison athletics. The chancellor's office of the North Dakota University System announced on Thursday, Sept. 1, that it has hired Kathy Perkins, a lawyer in Lawrence, Kan., whose legal practice focuses largely on workplace and employment law, investigations and mediation.
BUFFALO, N.D.—Residents who oppose the Rolling Green Family Farms are heading to court to block the planned $15 million factory farm that can house up to 9,000 hogs and piglets. Liane Stout, one of the residents and a member of Concerned Citizens of Buffalo, about 40 miles west of Fargo, said they will file a lawsuit in Burleigh County District Court in Bismarck by Friday, Sept. 2, seeking to block the hog farm. The suit seeks to overturn a water quality permit issued by state health officials.
FARGO—Enrollment appears steady at local college campuses as students return amid signs that a long dip in student numbers could be approaching its bottom before beginning a gradual rise. At North Dakota State University, preliminary figures indicate enrollment appears to be between 14,200 and 14,300, or about the same as last year, according to Provost Beth Ingram. "I don't see anything unusual in the number," she said.
HANKINSON—Dean Brandenburger was driving to church on a Saturday evening when a pinkish flat stone embedded in the gravel road that skirted his farmstead caught his eye. After returning from the service, Brandenburger grabbed a crowbar from his machine shed and returned to the stone, which had been freshly exposed by a road grader. He carefully dug around the edges of the square.