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VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- A Valley City police lieutenant who resigned in July in the face of a second internal investigation against him was accused of having sex in a...
FARGO—It appears people will be getting reacquainted with their down parkas this winter. After a string of mild and often dry winters in recent years, the Red River Valley appears headed for a winter that will be colder than normal, with normal snowfall, according to an outlook from a veteran forecaster. Mark Ewen, a meteorologist with 32 years of experience with the National Weather Service in Fargo and Grand Forks, released his winter outlook on Friday, Sept. 30, based on an analysis of weather trends.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—North Dakota University System officials were warned to brace for cuts in the next two-year budget that likely will go deeper than the 10 percent reduction they're now planning to handle. State agencies were told to plan budgets for 2017-19 that are 10 percent lower than appropriations for the current biennium—reductions that are combined with 6.55 percent cuts in the current budget.
MOORHEAD—Concordia College will allow students who are 21 years old to drink "limited quantities" of alcohol in private living areas on campus, ending a 125-year prohibition for students who can drink legally. The new campus alcohol policy, still being drafted with student input, was approved this summer by the Concordia Board of Regents and will take effect Jan. 1. Drinking by underage students will remain prohibited.
FARGO—Administrators at North Dakota State University are considering axing the university studies program as part of their budget paring under plans taking shape for 2017-19. The possible elimination of the university studies program, which would mean transferring students to other programs or departments, is among the list of possible academic program eliminations that have been presented to the North Dakota University System.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Mallary Allen doesn't flinch from discussing sensitive topics in the classroom. But the assistant sociology professor, who also teaches women's and gender studies, realizes that a discussion on domestic violence can be painfully real for some students. Because of that, she alerts her students when a reading assignment or classroom discussion could strike a sensitive nerve, given some students' past experiences.
FARGO—Bob Morlock finds himself driving farther afield to tend his scattered beehives. He travels a circuit of several counties in southeastern North Dakota and Minnesota. The reason for his farflung bee colonies: It's getting more difficult to find suitable locations—near fields with blossoming plants that provide pollen and nectar for his bees—because of changes in farming.
FARGO—Sanford in Fargo is adjusting the size of many of its units and streamlining the way it handles inpatients to gain efficiencies in order to admit more hospital patients until its new medical center opens next year. The steps, which began in July and will continue through the end of the year, are intended as a bridge to handle an increased patient load until the new center opens in July 2017, said Ellen Cooke, Sanford's vice president for operations. "We just have to do things differently, more efficiently," she said.
FARGO—A Kansas lawyer has been selected to conduct an independent investigation into North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani's handling of a controversial new media policy for covering Bison athletics. The chancellor's office of the North Dakota University System announced on Thursday, Sept. 1, that it has hired Kathy Perkins, a lawyer in Lawrence, Kan., whose legal practice focuses largely on workplace and employment law, investigations and mediation.
FARGO—Enrollment appears steady at local college campuses as students return amid signs that a long dip in student numbers could be approaching its bottom before beginning a gradual rise. At North Dakota State University, preliminary figures indicate enrollment appears to be between 14,200 and 14,300, or about the same as last year, according to Provost Beth Ingram. "I don't see anything unusual in the number," she said.