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—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.
GRANDN FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota will begin a series of building demolitions Monday, starting with the Strinden Center. Mike Pieper, head of university facilities, said contractors will begin with the center before "working their way east" through the eight buildings scheduled to come down between this summer and the next.. "All the heavy truck traffic and stuff will be done before kids come back," Pieper said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A Minneapolis-area family is suing multiple high-ranking U.S. officials for civil rights violations after what they describe as an abusive detention in early 2015 at the Canada border.
GRAND FORKS — The national health care debate came home Wednesday afternoon at a roundtable with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Mars is famously known to be a red planet, but the UND rugby field just off Interstate 29 in Grand Forks is downright green. The difference wouldn't matter if it weren't for the Martian colony that's been growing like an odd assortment of mushrooms on a neighboring stretch of grass. The little village of five modules, each a white cylinder about 20 feet long and enclosed in a soft, inflatable casing, make up a newly expanded UND space studies test site created with NASA funding to conduct research that could one day guide astronauts settling on far-away worlds.