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 - Almost seven years after the last refueling tanker left Grand Forks Air Force Base, the military installation might see a return of the jet in upgraded form. The U.S. Air Force will announce Thursday the results of a decision on where to house its new KC-46A refueling tankers. Grand Forks Air Force Base is one of five finalist bases across the country awaiting word on the status of 24 to 36 of the Boeing-designed new jets and the refueling mission that will accompany them.
GRAND FORKS — Jim Edgar, 95, has a simple family motto. “Exercise or die,” Edgar says. In his home at Valley Memorial Homes senior residential center in Grand Forks, the words are something to live by, though for a nonagenarian, exercise takes on a quiet pace. Edgar starts his morning with simple calisthenics, a regimen he picks up later in the day as part of a group exercise class.
GRAND FORKS — Good news, everyone! The sky isn't falling—for now. NASA scientist Joseph Nuth noted recently at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union that Earth could now be "due" for an extinction-level asteroid or comet strike. Such major impacts tend to occur about 50 million to 60 million years apart, Nuth said, so the fact that the last catastrophic knock to our planet occurred 65 million years ago—and killed off the dinosaurs—could be grounds to expect another.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Alex Barta, 18, described himself as a "jack of all trades" as he manned the concessions and ticket counter Monday afternoon at River Cinema 15 in East Grand Forks. "You work the cash register, sell popcorn, sell tickets," Barta said, ticking through the duties of the job. "You clean theaters, so that's walking around and sweeping back there, you clean and mop everything over here and you switch things out when there's not a lot left."
GRAND FORKS — The sanctuary of Freedom Church in downtown Grand Forks was filled with song on a Tuesday night.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota senior Matt Sorenson recently sat among the expansive roll-down maps of a classroom in the the university's department of geography and geographic information science. The unfurled maps depicted the usual major landscapes — North Dakota, the U.S., the world at large — but Sorenson, a student of geography and economics, was more focused on the small maps before him which detailed an issue far closer to home.
STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION—The Prairie Knights Casino and Resort on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is serving as a refuge for a growing number of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters seeking shelter through an ongoing winter storm. Rooms in the casino's hotel filled rapidly. By Monday evening, a front desk attendant said the waiting list for a room had grown too long to justify adding any more names. In many cases, several protesters shared a single room, but those left without made alternative arrangements.
STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION—As blizzard conditions mounted, a representative of the protest camps just south of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction zone issued a clear message Monday, Dec. 5. "As water protectors, we have a responsibility to be stewards of the water," said John Bigelow, head of the camp's media committee and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux. "We declare here today, we are not going anywhere."
CANNON BALL, N.D.—The mood in the pipeline resistance encampments just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation was celebratory Sunday night, but protesters expressed no intention of leaving the site. Paula Devlin, a member of the White Bear First Nation from southern Saskatchewan, said she was excited yet "cautiously optimistic" to hear of the denial of the Dakota Access Pipeline easement earlier that day.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A five-year study underway at the University of North Dakota is attempting to figure out how addictive tendencies could pass from one generation to the next.