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 — 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.
GRAND FORKS — A series of internal policy changes at the University of North Dakota are intended to boost student retention and completion rates through measures such as cutting the number of credits needed to graduate. Provost Tom DiLorenzo describes the eight revised policies as part of an ongoing process of "making it easier for students to break down barriers to get through school."
GRAND FORKS — Leadership in the office of the University of North Dakota provost is becoming increasingly spread among a widening group of campus leaders.
DUNN CENTER N.D. - One man was killed and another man injured in a dual motorcycle crash Friday night on a road a few miles north of Dunn Center, N.D.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy is a man on the move. In his first year in office, Kennedy has balanced an active travel schedule with his campus duties and appearances at university events. A breakdown of Kennedy's total travel record between July 1, 2016 and July 17 of this year has 54 ventures listed beyond Grand Forks, ranging from "Coffee with Kennedy" road trips along ND Highways 81 and 18 to a day-long diversion to Mexico City while on a separately funded trip to that country.