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 — Recent University of North Dakota graduate Janelle Hakala is no stranger to chilling temperatures, having grown up in Ely, Minn., before coming to Grand Forks. But her current home may as well be in a different world of cold. That’s because Hakala, a student of UND’s atmospheric sciences program, has been living and working since last fall in Antarctica — specifically, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which Hakala says is one of three year-round installations maintained by the U.S.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Almost a year after a coverage mandate for autism therapy failed in the state Senate, North Dakota health insurers are beginning to roll out coverage of their own.
GRAND FORKS — With higher education in flux across the country, steady sources of funding are hardly guaranteed. The drawdown of state dollars for many institutions could make outside fundraising an even more attractive option than it is today. In North Dakota, as with most of the colleges and universities in the country, much of that fundraising goes toward building and growing an endowment, a pool of investment funds that grow over time and send gains back to campus.
GRAND FORKS—Bruno, a bearded dragon, started out his new life on the wrong foot. Considering he's missing one of his hind feet, that's really saying something. Bruno was one of a pair of lizards—the other being a fat-tailed gecko—abandoned in a Grand Forks apartment a few weeks ago. Bruno and his scaly friend ended up at the Circle of Friends Humane Society.
GRAND FORKS — A reshuffling of athletic training facilities on the University of North Dakota campus could open space for a science facility in what is now the Hyslop Sports Center. UND President Mark Kennedy said the new lab space, which would be dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics — STEM, for short — would repurpose an area of the Hyslop that currently houses weight room facilities.
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.