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—North Dakota's top leader in higher education has rejected accusations that he engaged in gender discrimination and fostered a hostile work environment in university system offices. "We strongly disagree with the former employee's characterization of events," stated Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, in a Monday press release. Though he didn't name her in his statement, Hagerott was referring to his former vice chancellor and chief of staff Lisa Feldner, whom he fired "without cause" earlier this fall.
Amid a year of jostling federal policy around refugees, those who work closely in bringing vetted people to North Dakota are expecting a continued decline in resettlements. The agency working with the federal government to resettle refugees in the state is Lutheran Social Services, a Fargo-based nonprofit. Shirley Dykshoorn manages that resettlement effort and, while she says the projected total of 352 people bound for resettlement in fiscal year 2018 is approximately in line with the LSS yearly average, the number represents a drop from the past few years.
GRAND FORKS — A North Dakota higher education leader fired earlier this fall is now calling for an investigation of alleged discriminatory practices in the state's university system office under Chancellor Mark Hagerott.
GRAND FORKS — A recent survey of North Dakota University System employees suggests office climate has improved from the contentious mood captured in a 2016 study released earlier this fall — even as a system leader fired in September has begun the process of filing a retaliation complaint. "There's definitely been a culture improvement," said Don Morton, chair of the State Board of Higher Education, which oversees the system. "I think there's more confidence in leadership now."
BISMARCK — A North Dakota faculty group has issued an official letter of concern about a plan to cut the monthly in-person meetings of the university system's governing board.
GRAND FORKS — The northern Plains are no stranger to fall snowflakes, but these past few weeks have delivered a heavy opening salvo that might signal a snowy winter ahead. Grand Forks streets and facilities manager Mark Aubol said the recent snowfall was one of the biggest autumn weather events he can remember over the past eight years or so. That's not to say he found it unusual.
Professor Mark Trahant is leaving the University of North Dakota at the end of the academic year — but not before hosting a spring conference devoted to exploring the ways in which the stories of the Standing Rock protests spread across the internet.
PORTAL, N.D.—A pair of of nationally known musicians were arrested on marijuana offenses earlier this year after their tour buses were stopped at the Canadian border crossing in Portal, N.D., and are facing court appearances in coming days. Grammy Award-winner Melissa Etheridge and rock musician Todd Rundgren were both stopped at the border on separate occasions while returning to the U.S. from engagements in Canada.
The University of North Dakota's total fall enrollment sits at one of its lowest points so far this decade, but a university admissions leader says there's more to the number than meets the eye.
BISMARCK—The governing body of North Dakota's public university system could be reducing its monthly in-person meeting schedule to a quarterly arrangement—a possibility that has "disappointed" the head of a state faculty organization.