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—Tuition at the University of North Dakota is likely to increase as campus leaders eye a hefty deferred maintenance backlog. As permitted by the North Dakota Legislature, UND has delivered proposals to the State Board of Higher Education to lift its rates for the next academic year by 4 percent for both resident and nonresident undergraduate students, the former of which fall under caps set by state lawmakers.
GRAND FORKS — Bruce Gjovig, former leader of the entrepreneurship-focused University of North Dakota Center for Innovation, says his recent retirement from the organization wasn't entirely by choice. "I was told I was going to retire," Gjovig said.
GRAND FORKS – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum sees a future of disruption including -- but hardly limited to -- a reimagining of higher education in North Dakota. In meetings Wednesday, May 3, with the editorial boards of The Forum and the Grand Forks Herald, the governor reflected on his first legislative session and the initial 100-plus days of his term, which started in the waning period of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
GRAND FORKS — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline even as the date nears for expected oil transportation, Tribal Chair David Archambault said Tuesday, April 18, at the University of North Dakota. "We're going to try to stop the oil from flowing," Archambault said. "We're going to build awareness about the investors, the lenders, the banks, the financial institutions who fund projects like this and who fund companies like Energy Transfer Partners."
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota University Senate will consider a draft resolution issued by its counterpart at North Dakota State University expressing a "crisis of confidence" in the leadership of North Dakota higher education, said the senate's elected head. Dana Harsell, chair of the UND campus senate, said the body's executive committee will discuss the proclamation in good faith at its Wednesday meeting to "get some consensus if this body would support it or not."
GRAND FORKS—Rabbi Benjamin Papermaster was disappointed upon his arrival in Fargo, not long before the Jewish festival of Passover. The year was 1890, and Papermaster had just finished the long journey from New York City to the vast spaces of the Northern Plains only to find a Jewish population too small to sustain his religious services. Dejected, he considered returning home to his native land of Lithuania before being prompted to look north to Grand Forks.
The risk for millennials to develop one of the most common cancers is on the rise, even as overall rates are declining. The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed in 2017 with colorectal cancer, a combined category of colon and rectal cancers. That's the fourth-most-prevalent cancer diagnosis expected for the year and one the NCI predicts ultimately will cause the deaths of 50,000 Americans.
GRAND FORKS — A state-funded program intended to spur private donations for schools in the North Dakota University System could be defunded through budget reductions for higher education. The legislative framework for the Higher Education Challenge Fund, a matching grant initiative that provides $1 of state money for every $2 of private donations within a per-campus limit, remains intact. However, the funding for the grants themselves was eliminated in House amendments to Senate Bill 2003, which sets the 2017-19 budget appropriations for the NDUS.
GRAND FORKS — The biggest planet in the solar system will shine even brighter in the night sky on Friday, April 7. Friday marks the point of the year when the orbits of Jupiter and Earth draw the planets as close together as their tracks allow. Of course, in space, close is a relative term. Even when Jupiter draws near to us on the same side of the sun, the stormy planet is about 365 million miles away.
BISMARCK — A pair of North Dakota bills connected to higher education are winding to a close in the ongoing legislative session. The two proposals — Senate Bill 2193 and House Bill 1329, dealing respectively with campus police departments and freedom of speech — have very different fates, with the former heading to the governor for final signature into law and the latter sent to its defeat by the Legislature.