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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EMERSON, Man.—Canadian authorities intercepted 21 people crossing into Manitoba from northern North Dakota and Minnesota this weekend, continuing a trend of foreign nationals seeking refugee status in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Patrol said it intercepted two groups of people crossing into Canada near Emerson directly north of Grand Forks on the Red River. The first group of five people was discovered Friday. A second group of 16 individuals was intercepted Saturday morning.
GRAND FORKS—Budget cut recommendations submitted last week to the UND president's office by campus leaders have been returned for further editing. A UND news release stated the president's office would not be issuing reduction targets to college deans and department heads Friday, Feb. 10, as earlier announced. Further, the office has given campus leadership another week to rewrite their proposals with an eye to more structural reductions as opposed to one-time cuts.
BISMARCK — A bill introduced Tuesday in the state Legislature could pull North Dakota University System sexual discrimination cases from the public record.
GRAND FORKS — A strategic planning committee is honing goals for the future of the University of North Dakota even as the institution draws closer to an estimated $16 million budget cut, UND President Mark Kennedy said. The group is "largely on track" for a late spring completion of a roster of goals for university improvement, Kennedy said Tuesday, Jan. 31. The conclusion of the plan would roughly coincide with the state Legislature's finalization of its own duties of setting budget appropriations for higher education institutions in the North Dakota University System.
BISMARCK — A bill set for debate by House legislators Tuesday, Jan. 24, could reject the concept of "safe spaces" in North Dakota higher education by bolstering protections for speech and expression. Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, sponsor of House Bill 1329, said the proposed chapter is responding primarily to conversations about free speech in higher education occurring beyond the North Dakota University System.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Higher education leaders in northeast North Dakota are searching their budgets for any fiscal slack as they look to likely reductions in state funding. Alice Brekke, University of North Dakota vice president for finance and operations, said UND is in the midst of an internal planning process to determine the best means to handle the prospect of future budget cuts.
GRAND FORKS - UND employees received a buyout offer Wednesday to voluntarily resign their posts or "phase down" their workload. The university announced a series of limited-time voluntary separation programs aimed at reducing staffing costs in light of expected state funding cuts for higher education. Both faculty and staff members are included in the program offerings. The window for submitting an application for a buyout opened Jan. 18 and will close Feb. 15.
UND professor Vasyl Tkach can appreciate a good tapeworm. "They want you to have happy lives," said Tkach, using a set of forceps to prod at a mass of preserved white worms in a petri dish. His colleague, UND professor Jefferson Vaughan, can summarize the motivation of the common parasite in brief. "They don't want to kill you," said Vaughan. "They just want your nutrients."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Be sure to grab your four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet and horseshoes before heading out today—Friday the 13th is upon us. The ill-fated date has rolled around the calendar once again, leaving the more superstitious among us in a state of hypervigilance on the lookout for black cats and broken mirrors. For some, the fear of a day that has come to be associated with the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees has inspired a far more terrifying name—the unpronounceable paraskevidekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.
GRAND FORKS—A refueling mission will likely not be coming back to the Grand Forks Air Force Base at this time. According to media reports citing U.S. legislators on Thursday, Jan. 12, the U.S. Air Force has given the nod to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey as its top choice to host a fleet of its new KC-46A refueling tankers.