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—The University of North Dakota's fall enrollment numbers are in, showing a decline in total undergraduates balanced by a rise in first-year students. Overall undergraduate enrollment stands at 14,406, a drop of 1.7 percent from last fall. However, even as that number has fallen, the flow of incoming students has increased. Enrollments of new freshmen picked up by about 1 percent, resulting in a population of 1,939 students.
GRAND FORKS—The structurally damaged Main Clinic at Altru Health System in Grand Forks is on track to be demolished before year's end. Ken Vein, Altru administrative director of plant and facilities, stood Monday, Sept. 18, outside a fenced perimeter at the rear of the clinic. Within the cordoned area, demolition crews already were at work disconnecting the building's water lines.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota oil boom turned black gold into green for public and private interests over its high-flying run. But now, leaders in Oil Patch cities that invested hundreds of millions of dollars to cope with the crush of boom activity are focused on answering questions about how to pay off the red ink of high municipal debts while anticipating future spending needs.
GRAND FORKS — After a brief standoff that shut down a length of a city street, Grand Forks police arrested two young men now accused of armed robbery. Joe Melvin, 19, and Fahad Hussein, 18, face initial charges of robbery and terrorizing for an incident that started in the middle of a warm, placid Sunday, Sept. 10, in a neighborhood on the western edge of Grand Forks and ended at an apartment building not far from UND campus. A news release from the Grand Forks Police Department lays out a dangerous encounter.
GRAND FORKS — Larry Nybladh, superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools, is heading into retirement. Nybladh announced his resignation effective June 30, 2018, in a letter to school board members included as part of their agenda packet for a regularly scheduled Monday, Sept. 11, meeting. In his letter, Nybladh wrote that the Grand Forks district "is an exceptional school system and one I have been honored to serve in a leadership capacity this past decade."
GRAND FORKS — College freshmen are now a few weeks into their first year on campus at North Dakota colleges. On the other end of the spectrum, recent graduates who donned caps and gowns last spring are now a few months out — and likely considering the prospect of their first student loan payments.
Grand Forks Police apprehended a man late Tuesday morning, Sept. 5 who could match a suspect description in Monday's double stabbing after he allegedly broke into the apartment where the stabbings occurred. Police Lt. Bill Macki said patrol officers received a call that a subject was breaking into the residence west of the UND campus near University Avenue and North 42nd Street. Officers flocked to the red and white apartment building at 4265 Fifth Ave. N. and detained the man shortly after.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—As the academic year picks up steam, U.S. higher education could see a some overall reduction in its stream of international students as domestic politics translate abroad. It's too early to tell exactly how student numbers will be affected, said Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, but "there's been significant concern" in higher ed since the 2016 national elections that foreign students might decide against coming to the U.S.
GRAND FORKS—Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Friday that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was too private in his Wednesday visit to North Dakota. Pruitt made three stops in Fargo and the Grand Forks area as part of his ongoing national tour to discuss efforts to roll back and rewrite environmental regulations advanced under President Barack Obama. He spent Wednesday meeting with political representatives and figures from the energy and agriculture industries in invitation-only meetings that were closed to media and other members of the public.
GRAND FORKS—Altru Health System has temporarily reduced its inpatient psychiatric services after an unannounced visit from an independent review board ended in a safety warning. The nonprofit Joint Commission accrediting organization found performance concerns during a survey in late June that could pose "an immediate threat to the health or safety of patients or the public" in Altru's hospital and home care programs.