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FARGO — The letter was written in aloof language that didn't even try to convey condolences to the grieving family of Herbert Fuller Chaffee, lost when the Titanic sank. "This is to certify that the name H.P. Chaffee appears on the first class passenger list of the S.S. 'Titanic' which sailed from Southampton and Cherbourg on April 10, 1912, but his name does not appear amongst the list of survivors furnished by the S.S. 'Carpathian,' a manager of the shipping firm, White Star Line, informed the family.
FARGO — The task force studying ways to improve governance of the North Dakota University System is wrestling with the balance between frank discussion of executive performance and a public body's obligation to maintain transparency. Two experts on governance addressed Gov. Doug Burgum's task force on higher education governance, which met Wednesday, Feb. 21, near the campus of North Dakota State University.
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.