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 — A reshuffling of athletic training facilities on the University of North Dakota campus could open space for a science facility in what is now the Hyslop Sports Center. UND President Mark Kennedy said the new lab space, which would be dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics — STEM, for short — would repurpose an area of the Hyslop that currently houses weight room facilities.
GRAND FORKS—Longtime North Dakota legislator Byron John Langley died last week at the age of 91, according to an obituary published Wednesday, Jan. 17. Langley, who spent nearly all his life farming and ranching near Warwick, N.D., within the Spirit Lake Nation, died surrounded by family Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Carrington, N.D.
The names of two women killed Thursday morning in a head-on car crash outside Thompson, N.D., were released Friday by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The deceased -- both residents of the Hatton Prairie Village retirement and assisted living facility in Hatton, N.D. -- are Lynette Ysteboe, 59, and Alpha Flatten, 97. At the time of the crash, the women were being driven to doctors’ appointments in Grand Forks.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- Two people were killed and two injured in a two-vehicle crash between Thompson and Northwood, N.D., Thursday morning, Jan. 18.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The problems in Mark Hagerott's office began early on, according to the official who once worked as his right-hand employee. Hagerott is the chancellor of the North Dakota University System, an office that sits atop the 11 colleges and universities that make up the state landscape of public higher education. Until September, he oversaw that system with the help of Lisa Feldner, a longtime public sector employee hired as a vice chancellor by Hagerott's predecessor.
BISMARCK — A former vice chancellor has supported allegations that North Dakota higher ed leader Mark Hagerott created a hostile workplace for staff, though his office showed relatively little turnover during a period of major cuts.
National health care spending is on the rise. According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the sector hit $3.3 trillion in 2016, amounting to almost 18 percent of the national GDP for that year after an increase of about $100 billion from 2015.
GRAND FORKS —Mark Hagerott is very specific when he says he “categorically” denies a sexual discrimination charge recently made against him.
GRAND FORKS — Leaders of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education opened a Wednesday, Dec. 6, press release with quotes about truth to reinforce their stance on accusations made against the top executive of the state university system. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple," board Chair Don Morton and Vice Chair Greg Stemen wrote, drawing from playwright Oscar Wilde before introducing a joint statement of support for due process and system office staff.
GRAND FORKS — A North Dakota university president named in labor allegations made against the head of the state's higher education system has confirmed an accusation that involves her—but said she wasn't offended by the event in question.