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 - UND employees received a buyout offer Wednesday to voluntarily resign their posts or "phase down" their workload. The university announced a series of limited-time voluntary separation programs aimed at reducing staffing costs in light of expected state funding cuts for higher education. Both faculty and staff members are included in the program offerings. The window for submitting an application for a buyout opened Jan. 18 and will close Feb. 15.
UND professor Vasyl Tkach can appreciate a good tapeworm. "They want you to have happy lives," said Tkach, using a set of forceps to prod at a mass of preserved white worms in a petri dish. His colleague, UND professor Jefferson Vaughan, can summarize the motivation of the common parasite in brief. "They don't want to kill you," said Vaughan. "They just want your nutrients."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Be sure to grab your four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet and horseshoes before heading out today—Friday the 13th is upon us. The ill-fated date has rolled around the calendar once again, leaving the more superstitious among us in a state of hypervigilance on the lookout for black cats and broken mirrors. For some, the fear of a day that has come to be associated with the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees has inspired a far more terrifying name—the unpronounceable paraskevidekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.
GRAND FORKS—A refueling mission will likely not be coming back to the Grand Forks Air Force Base at this time. According to media reports citing U.S. legislators on Thursday, Jan. 12, the U.S. Air Force has given the nod to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey as its top choice to host a fleet of its new KC-46A refueling tankers.
GRAND FORKS - Almost seven years after the last refueling tanker left Grand Forks Air Force Base, the military installation might see a return of the jet in upgraded form. The U.S. Air Force will announce Thursday the results of a decision on where to house its new KC-46A refueling tankers. Grand Forks Air Force Base is one of five finalist bases across the country awaiting word on the status of 24 to 36 of the Boeing-designed new jets and the refueling mission that will accompany them.
GRAND FORKS — Jim Edgar, 95, has a simple family motto. “Exercise or die,” Edgar says. In his home at Valley Memorial Homes senior residential center in Grand Forks, the words are something to live by, though for a nonagenarian, exercise takes on a quiet pace. Edgar starts his morning with simple calisthenics, a regimen he picks up later in the day as part of a group exercise class.
GRAND FORKS — Good news, everyone! The sky isn't falling—for now. NASA scientist Joseph Nuth noted recently at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union that Earth could now be "due" for an extinction-level asteroid or comet strike. Such major impacts tend to occur about 50 million to 60 million years apart, Nuth said, so the fact that the last catastrophic knock to our planet occurred 65 million years ago—and killed off the dinosaurs—could be grounds to expect another.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Alex Barta, 18, described himself as a "jack of all trades" as he manned the concessions and ticket counter Monday afternoon at River Cinema 15 in East Grand Forks. "You work the cash register, sell popcorn, sell tickets," Barta said, ticking through the duties of the job. "You clean theaters, so that's walking around and sweeping back there, you clean and mop everything over here and you switch things out when there's not a lot left."
GRAND FORKS — The sanctuary of Freedom Church in downtown Grand Forks was filled with song on a Tuesday night.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota senior Matt Sorenson recently sat among the expansive roll-down maps of a classroom in the the university's department of geography and geographic information science. The unfurled maps depicted the usual major landscapes — North Dakota, the U.S., the world at large — but Sorenson, a student of geography and economics, was more focused on the small maps before him which detailed an issue far closer to home.