Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Disruption is in the air for the entrepreneurs of UND. The university is coming near to launching its search for a new leader — or leaders — to head up its startup-minded University of North Dakota Center for Innovation and its academic School of Entrepreneurship. Such leaders would likely take the helm in a transitional period for both organizations.
BISMARCK — North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott has called for a formal investigation of what he describes as a political attempt to influence his office in the most recent gubernatorial election as well as a subsequent campaign to “discredit my office and myself.”
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota oil boom turned black gold into green for public and private interests over its high-flying run. But now, leaders in Oil Patch cities that invested hundreds of millions of dollars to cope with the crush of boom activity are focused on answering questions about how to pay off the red ink of high municipal debts while anticipating future spending needs.
GRAND FORKS — After a brief standoff that shut down a length of a city street, Grand Forks police arrested two young men now accused of armed robbery. Joe Melvin, 19, and Fahad Hussein, 18, face initial charges of robbery and terrorizing for an incident that started in the middle of a warm, placid Sunday, Sept. 10, in a neighborhood on the western edge of Grand Forks and ended at an apartment building not far from UND campus. A news release from the Grand Forks Police Department lays out a dangerous encounter.
GRAND FORKS — College freshmen are now a few weeks into their first year on campus at North Dakota colleges. On the other end of the spectrum, recent graduates who donned caps and gowns last spring are now a few months out — and likely considering the prospect of their first student loan payments.
Grand Forks Police apprehended a man late Tuesday morning, Sept. 5 who could match a suspect description in Monday's double stabbing after he allegedly broke into the apartment where the stabbings occurred. Police Lt. Bill Macki said patrol officers received a call that a subject was breaking into the residence west of the UND campus near University Avenue and North 42nd Street. Officers flocked to the red and white apartment building at 4265 Fifth Ave. N. and detained the man shortly after.
A case against the city of Grand Forks over the development of Arbor Park has been thrown out. District Judge Steven Marquart has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of an election that allowed Arbor Park in downtown Grand Forks to be the site of a five-story condo building.
GRAND FORKS—Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Friday that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was too private in his Wednesday visit to North Dakota. Pruitt made three stops in Fargo and the Grand Forks area as part of his ongoing national tour to discuss efforts to roll back and rewrite environmental regulations advanced under President Barack Obama. He spent Wednesday meeting with political representatives and figures from the energy and agriculture industries in invitation-only meetings that were closed to media and other members of the public.
GRAND FORKS — A series of internal policy changes at the University of North Dakota are intended to boost student retention and completion rates through measures such as cutting the number of credits needed to graduate. Provost Tom DiLorenzo describes the eight revised policies as part of an ongoing process of "making it easier for students to break down barriers to get through school."
GRAND FORKS — Leadership in the office of the University of North Dakota provost is becoming increasingly spread among a widening group of campus leaders.