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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GRANDN FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota will begin a series of building demolitions Monday, starting with the Strinden Center. Mike Pieper, head of university facilities, said contractors will begin with the center before "working their way east" through the eight buildings scheduled to come down between this summer and the next.. "All the heavy truck traffic and stuff will be done before kids come back," Pieper said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A Minneapolis-area family is suing multiple high-ranking U.S. officials for civil rights violations after what they describe as an abusive detention in early 2015 at the Canada border.
GRAND FORKS — The national health care debate came home Wednesday afternoon at a roundtable with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Mars is famously known to be a red planet, but the UND rugby field just off Interstate 29 in Grand Forks is downright green. The difference wouldn't matter if it weren't for the Martian colony that's been growing like an odd assortment of mushrooms on a neighboring stretch of grass. The little village of five modules, each a white cylinder about 20 feet long and enclosed in a soft, inflatable casing, make up a newly expanded UND space studies test site created with NASA funding to conduct research that could one day guide astronauts settling on far-away worlds.
GRAND FORKS — Summer road trips are fine and well, but you haven't lived until you've raced across most of America in a light aircraft.
BISMARCK—State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, told the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Tuesday that the state could probably do with fewer campuses. Becker questioned the need for the current roster of 11 North Dakota University System schools in an opening address at the board's monthly meeting. He attributed the number of colleges solely to a drive for "parochialist economic development" at a time when North Dakota "had little white schoolhouses every couple miles."
GRAND FORKS—The stowaway snake in Alyssa Kennelly's SUV first appeared when it wriggled up onto her windshield from her engine block while driving down Interstate 29 in northeast North Dakota. It picked an inopportune moment to reveal itself. Kennelly of St. Thomas, N.D., was driving on the interstate and was, understandably, a bit shocked. Her first thought when she saw the scaly passenger?
UND is submitting to the State Board of Higher Education plans to raze a set of 39 apartment buildings occupied by upper-level students and a child care facility. The buildings are clustered in two groups known in the university housing system as the Northwestern Drive and 6 Plex apartments. They're located, respectively, in a horseshoe-shaped street of the same name and in rows along State Street and Stanford Road, both near the University Place student housing complex.
GRAND FORKS — High winds caused a train car to partially derail Tuesday, June 13, after pushing a string of 15 empty cars as far as a half-mile away from the North Dakota Mill on the north side of Grand Forks.
CRYSTAL, N.D. — The potato crop at Lyle Shephard's farm near Crystal was looking good. So good, in fact, that he took a picture of the young plants to send to his son, Thomas. "It was looking beautiful," Shephard said. But that was before last weekend's storms brought tornadoes, hailstones and scattered downpours across the region and "right in line" with Shephard's land. Though the standing water in his fields has receded, he said that at one point the potato plants shown in his photo were covered in water for about three hours.