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FARGO — The late Katharine Graham, once publisher of the Washington Post, is becoming known to a new generation through Meryl Streep's portrayal of her in "The Post." The movie, which stars Streep as Graham and Tom Hanks as her swashbuckling editor, Ben Bradlee, opens in theaters Friday, Jan. 12. William C. Marcil, former longtime publisher of The Forum and chairman of Forum Communications Co., knew Graham as Kay. He found her somewhat reserved and "very businesslike" in her dealings, but said she became more open over time.
FARGO—North Dakota State University has made some inroads in curbing alcohol abuse among its student body in the decade since a group began fostering a healthy culture, but binge drinking remains a stubborn problem. University administrators credit the President's Council for Campus Well-Being, a group of about 35 faculty, students and staff created a decade ago, with encouraging social alternatives to drinking alcohol, including late-night, alcohol free campus activities.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed members to his task force to study North Dakota's higher education governance structure and help public colleges and universities better meet the state's "educational and workforce needs." The 14 task force members, announced Thursday, Dec. 21, were selected from a pool of more than 230 applicants, which Burgum said reflected "intense interest" and "demonstrates the passion North Dakotans feel toward their higher education system."
FARGO — Supporters of North Dakota's yet-to-be implemented medical marijuana law warned that voters will get a chance to negate restrictions imposed by legislators through a proposal to legalize recreational pot use. The warning, mixed with multiple expressions of frustration over delays in rolling out the program, came in a hearing Thursday, Dec. 14, to take public testimony on proposed administrative rules for the law, passed in November 2016 by almost 64 percent of voters.
BISMARCK—A female surveyor who worked in the North Dakota Oil Patch has filed a complaint against her former employer, claiming she was fired in retaliation for reporting discriminatory behavior by a colleague. The former employer denies her allegations. Sarah Gulenchyn, 40, said her co-worker regularly used racial slurs in her presence, including slurs about Native Americans. Gulenchyn, a native of Duluth, Minn., who is temporarily living in Dickinson, N.D., said she is Jewish and also has Lakota Sioux ancestry.
FARGO—More than 200 people, many with strong ties to public higher education, have applied for positions on Gov. Doug Burgum's task force to study governance of the North Dakota University System. The governor's office received 233 applications by the filing deadline, midnight on Thursday, Nov. 30, and now the governor's staff must review the applicants so the governor can name the 15-member task force.
BISMARCK — Roers Construction has filed a claim seeking $1.3 million from North Dakota State University for additional costs it incurred in meeting a deadline to finish a large science classroom building in time for a dedication ceremony. The claim, submitted in letters by the contractor presented to NDSU in June and July, concerns unforeseen costs for A. Glenn Hill Center, a $29.4 million classroom building for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — instruction.
FARGO — Higher education leaders are considering changing a policy that has generated almost $20 million in proceeds earned from innovations at North Dakota State University and has earned researchers $3.6 million over the past decade. The State Board of Higher Education will discuss the policy Thursday, Nov. 30. The policy, which dates back to the 1990s, allows researchers at North Dakota's colleges and universities to pocket up to 40 percent of licensing revenues yielded by their research.
FARGO—The push to deliver water from the Missouri River to the Red River Valley is gaining momentum and officials are optimistic that construction on the $1 billion project will start in 2019. So far, 35 community and rural water systems in central and eastern North Dakota have committed to the project, which aims to pipe water from the Missouri to the Sheyenne River, a tributary of the Red River. The project is the subject of a conference in Fargo Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Holiday Inn from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FARGO — Dwindling grassland remnants in the Great Plains continued their decline last year with the loss of 2.5 million acres consumed by expanding crop production. The reduction, which included a loss of 266,127 grassland acres in North Dakota, was tallied by a "Plowprint" report recently released by the World Wildlife Fund.