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 — It's still an applicant's market when it comes to jobs in North Dakota. Despite continued challenges to the state's leading energy and agricultural commodities, the unemployment rate was about 2.7 percent as of April, according to Job Service North Dakota. The jobs data, which coincides with spring thawing, might hold some answers for more than just job-hunters. Unemployment rates are being closely watched by economists tracking the fortunes of North Dakota, looking for signs of recession or growth.
GRAND FORKS—Ray Richards Golf Course isn't as well manicured as it used to be. The University of North Dakota-owned property shut down at the end of last season as the university chose to divest from the public-use, nine-hole golf course in Grand Forks. The course's greens won't be up to par for a game of golf this season, but UND facilities leader Mike Pieper said the course won't look like a prairie either.
GRAND FORKS — For a time on UND's campus, one or more unknown people were chalking sidewalks with an oft-quoted statement—Black Lives Matter. The full motto didn't last long, according to student Lauren Chapple. "A day or so after, simply the word "black" had been crossed out," said Chapple, who is the outgoing president of the University of North Dakota's Black Student Association. For her, the erasure is symbolic of a wider trend on campus in which people of color go unseen and unheard.
GRAND FORKS — Easternwings Airlines Flight 576 departed recently from Sioux Falls, S.D., much as it always has, bound for Grand Forks International Airport. It didn't make it—not in one piece, anyway. The plane is very real, but the flight is a work of fiction. Even the airline is fake, a dreamed-up carrier that only operates a route from Sioux Falls to Grand Forks.
DEVILS LAKES, N.D.—The Tuesday spill of hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel into Devils Lake is not expected to seriously harm the lake and its fishery, said a representative of the North Dakota Department of Health. Karl Rockeman, director of the health department's division of water quality, said Thursday that about 500 gallons of diesel fuel seems to have dissipated after leaking into the water from a faulty pump at a North Dakota Army National Guard station.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has approved allowing Mayville State University to renovate a residence hall to the tune of $777,000 to fix damages caused by improper design and construction.
A public program to entice private donations to North Dakota higher education will be funded at a reduced level in the upcoming two-year budget after initially losing its state dollars.
GRAND FORKS — What does identity mean for an institution in flux? And, more specifically, how do you pinpoint what it means to be a part of a university?
GRAND FORKS—Tuition at the University of North Dakota is likely to increase as campus leaders eye a hefty deferred maintenance backlog. As permitted by the North Dakota Legislature, UND has delivered proposals to the State Board of Higher Education to lift its rates for the next academic year by 4 percent for both resident and nonresident undergraduate students, the former of which fall under caps set by state lawmakers.
GRAND FORKS — After more than 40 years at the University of North Dakota, Leigh Jeanotte, director of American Indian Student Services, is retiring at the end of June. As he considers the end of his career at the university, Jeanotte reflected last week on the beginning.