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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WINNIPEG, Manitoba—The three men had walked similar routes to get to the homeless shelter in Winnipeg. But their road is a little different than many of those they now share residence with. That's because Ibrahim Dumfeh, Appiah Owsu and Majeed Haruna Agure—all originally from Ghana in West Africa—are trying to claim asylum status in Canada after walking over the border between Manitoba and North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS - The treasurer of the University of North Dakota Student Body has been arrested for alleged embezzlement from the coffers of his fraternity house. Chase Alexander Johnson, 23, was arrested Thursday afternoon, March 1, by UND Police and faces a Class B felony charge of theft.
Altru Health System will embark on its new hospital construction under new leadership. Altru announced Thursday that CEO Dave Molmen has announced his retirement and will be stepping down from his position at the end of this year. The board of directors of the health system already has chosen Molmen's replacement in Brad Wehe, who currently serves as Altru chief operating officer. Wehe's appointment to CEO will begin Jan. 1, 2019, according to an Altru press release.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—If you build it, they will come. The adage doesn't just apply to magic baseball diamonds in Kevin Costner movies. In the case of a newly minted state on the Great Plains, it also counted for colleges and universities.
GRAND FORKS — Recent University of North Dakota graduate Janelle Hakala is no stranger to chilling temperatures, having grown up in Ely, Minn., before coming to Grand Forks. But her current home may as well be in a different world of cold. That’s because Hakala, a student of UND’s atmospheric sciences program, has been living and working since last fall in Antarctica — specifically, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which Hakala says is one of three year-round installations maintained by the U.S.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Almost a year after a coverage mandate for autism therapy failed in the state Senate, North Dakota health insurers are beginning to roll out coverage of their own.
GRAND FORKS — With higher education in flux across the country, steady sources of funding are hardly guaranteed. The drawdown of state dollars for many institutions could make outside fundraising an even more attractive option than it is today. In North Dakota, as with most of the colleges and universities in the country, much of that fundraising goes toward building and growing an endowment, a pool of investment funds that grow over time and send gains back to campus.
GRAND FORKS—Bruno, a bearded dragon, started out his new life on the wrong foot. Considering he's missing one of his hind feet, that's really saying something. Bruno was one of a pair of lizards—the other being a fat-tailed gecko—abandoned in a Grand Forks apartment a few weeks ago. Bruno and his scaly friend ended up at the Circle of Friends Humane Society.
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.