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 day after his budget guidelines hinted at future cuts to higher education, Gov. Doug Burgum described part of his vision for the state university system as one of increasingly flexible campuses operating in a more decentralized environment. "There's lots of things happening in higher ed that require attention, in terms of the business models, the competition, roles of research," Burgum, a former tech executive who has promised to reinvent government, said Thursday, April 19.
GRAND FORKS—The governor's early budget guidelines could mean a higher education cut of more than $50 million, deepening reductions handed down last spring to the North Dakota University System. Tammy Dolan, NDUS chief financial officer and a vice chancellor, said the 10 percent cut recommended Wednesday, April 18, by Gov. Doug Burgum "will have a significant impact" on the state's 11 colleges and universities.
Almost half a year after claiming the Miss America crown, Cara Mund wears it well. The pageant winner and Bismarck native has been living on the road for more than six months now as she works through the year of service that comes with the title and its $50,000 scholarship prize. But for someone whose life is now packed into two suitcases, Mund, 23, was true to Miss America form Tuesday while delivering the keynote address at the Women for Philanthropy luncheon on the UND campus. In some respects, she was an ideal candidate to speak to the organization.
Winter just won't let up. Meteorologists currently are tracking storm activity into the the Red River Valley and expect the region to soon be on the receiving end of two possible weather events. Andrew Moore of the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service said the Valley could see another round of wintry conditions as early as Wednesday night before catching a heavier follow-up this weekend that could dump as much as several inches of snow.
GRAND FORKS—Ammonia might be something of an unsung hero when it comes to feeding the masses. The substance—a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen also known as NH3—is ubiquitous to agriculture, where it carries needed nitrogen to plants. Human-made, ammonia-based fertilizers have been a major contributor to increased crop yields over the past century and, in fact, the stuff is so prevalent that studies estimate as much of half the nitrogen in your body is originally from synthetic ammonia.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota higher education could take some cues from Arizona, said Gov. Doug Burgum Friday, April 6, at the University of North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS—The Fighting Hawk could soon be flying at UND events. Or, if not flying, at least maybe dancing and hamming it up on the sidelines. By the end of this semester, students will have a chance to vote on designs for a new mascot character to represent their school at sporting events and community gatherings. A 17-member design committee has been working since the start of the year to bring the Hawk to life.
GRAND FORKS—10 people, including a Grand Forks legislator and a former UND professor, have applied to fill two seats on the board that governs North Dakota's colleges and universities. The seats are those of incumbent members Kevin Melicher and Mike Ness, whose four-year terms on the State Board of Higher Education are due to expire June 30. Both men are voting members of the SBHE and were appointed by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
GRAND FORKS—An email exchange late last week between UND President Mark Kennedy and a state legislative leader reveals lingering frustration after last year's steep budgetary cuts to higher education. North Dakota Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, said he "felt the need to set the record straight" with Kennedy after the university leader made comments aimed at the Legislature on a March 20 radio program.
GRAND FORKS—Leaders long have tried to square their plans for the community with statistics indicating that poverty rates here are some of the worst among cities in North Dakota. But the basis of the comparisons also might need another look. "Sometimes, we overlook these basic demographic issues that are really important and really illustrative," Mark Schill, a vice president at Praxis Strategy Group in Grand Forks, said Thursday. "I think it's helpful to start with that and then unpack it to see what's going on."