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—Longtime North Dakota legislator Byron John Langley died last week at the age of 91, according to an obituary published Wednesday, Jan. 17. Langley, who spent nearly all his life farming and ranching near Warwick, N.D., within the Spirit Lake Nation, died surrounded by family Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Carrington, N.D.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The problems in Mark Hagerott's office began early on, according to the official who once worked as his right-hand employee. Hagerott is the chancellor of the North Dakota University System, an office that sits atop the 11 colleges and universities that make up the state landscape of public higher education. Until September, he oversaw that system with the help of Lisa Feldner, a longtime public sector employee hired as a vice chancellor by Hagerott's predecessor.
A former leader of the North Dakota University System has signed off on an official allegation that her September termination was a retaliatory action by the system chancellor. Lisa Feldner, a vice chancellor who also served as chief of staff to NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott, signed on Dec. 19 an official complaint prepared by the state Department of Labor and Human Rights to further her charge that Hagerott had unjustly fired her for reporting what she "believed to be violations of rule, policy, and/or law by Chancellor Hagerott."
BISMARCK — A former vice chancellor has supported allegations that North Dakota higher ed leader Mark Hagerott created a hostile workplace for staff, though his office showed relatively little turnover during a period of major cuts.
BISMARCK—A labor complaint made against North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott is set to be investigated by a federal agency.
As budgets have contracted across the North Dakota University System, so too have the numbers of people employed at state institutions of higher education. Retiring UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the university takes an employment snapshot as of Nov. 1 each fiscal year. The university has shed about 600 workers since fiscal year 2014, when the university had a headcount of 6,321 employees. This November, at the start of fiscal year 2018, the university had a count of 5,713 employees.
GRAND FORKS—In the era of WebMD and Dr. Google, the average person is more empowered than ever to make a slightly educated guess at determining his or her health.
National health care spending is on the rise. According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the sector hit $3.3 trillion in 2016, amounting to almost 18 percent of the national GDP for that year after an increase of about $100 billion from 2015.
GRAND FORKS —Mark Hagerott is very specific when he says he “categorically” denies a sexual discrimination charge recently made against him.
GRAND FORKS — Leaders of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education opened a Wednesday, Dec. 6, press release with quotes about truth to reinforce their stance on accusations made against the top executive of the state university system. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple," board Chair Don Morton and Vice Chair Greg Stemen wrote, drawing from playwright Oscar Wilde before introducing a joint statement of support for due process and system office staff.