Last week on June 27 the State Board of Higher Education voted 5-3 to allow North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman to pursue financial support for a further expansion of his campus into Fargo.

Why that Wahpeton-based institution needs to enlarge its presence Fargo where we already have North Dakota State University is beyond me. It’s a controversial proposal with a lot of opposition from lawmakers. In fact, that opposition gave the board pause.

My colleague Patrick Springer reports that board members “expressed reservations about whether it complied with legislative building directives.”

“I am fully supportive of the project,” Kathy Neset, the immediate past chair of the board, said at the meeting. “I am not prepared to vote on it yet,” she added.

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