Questions raised over auditor’s ties to board members, accuser
FARGO – North Dakota’s state Board of Higher Education voted Thursday to reject an auditor’s report that cleared Chancellor Hamid Shirvani of a fraud allegation after the auditor’s emails with the original accuser and several board members, including the newly elected president, was called into question.
FARGO – Limits on tuition hikes at public universities and colleges in North Dakota will be even lower next year – less than 4 percent at both of the state’s two large universities.
FARGO – A local advertising agency is suing two North Dakota natives for allegedly stealing one of its characters and turning it into a popular YouTube and Cartoon Network series, “The Annoying Orange.”RELATED CONTENT
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FARGO – Shivering through a few frigid winters sounded better than sweating through the muggy summers of Mississippi. At least that’s how Frank “Ed” LeGrand made his big decision in 1959, when the Oklahoma native packed up his belongings and drove his wife and four kids to Fargo to begin studies as an agronomy doctoral student at North Dakota State University.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS – The state Board of Higher Education has dissolved its three committees and will operate only as a full board, a move meant to avoid more open meeting violations following Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s findings of “pervasive” noncompliance with the laws.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS – Students at North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities could face tuition increases as high as 6.6 percent next fall, even after an “unprecedented” increase in state funding for the university system approved by legislators in the recently completed session.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – North Dakota State University officials considered filing a formal complaint last fall against the University of North Dakota – or asking Gov. Jack Dalrymple to quietly intervene – when a UND employee’s mistake jeopardized a federal grant shared by entrepreneurial offshoots of the two universities.
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BISMARCK – The state Board of Higher Education’s violations of open meeting laws are “pervasive,” and board members must complete training to avoid future problems with the law, says Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. His written opinion released Friday found two more board meetings that violated state laws in addition to one cited in an April 18 opinion, and several other instances that broke open meeting laws when a quorum of members discussed official business through email.