Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522.
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FARGO -- President Dean Bresciani said fundraising by the North Dakota State University Foundation and Alumni Association has totaled almost $60 million over the past year, and donor support has...
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota University System officials were warned to brace for cuts in the next two-year budget that likely will go deeper than the 10 percent reduction they're now planning to handle. State agencies were told to plan budgets for 2017-19 that are 10 percent lower than appropriations for the current biennium—reductions that are combined with 6.55 percent cuts in the current budget.
MOORHEAD—Concordia College will allow students who are 21 years old to drink "limited quantities" of alcohol in private living areas on campus, ending a 125-year prohibition for students who can drink legally. The new campus alcohol policy, still being drafted with student input, was approved this summer by the Concordia Board of Regents and will take effect Jan. 1. Drinking by underage students will remain prohibited.
MOORHEAD—Brandon Qual is fighting a cold he picked up on a trip to Toronto where he played in a video game tournament. It's an occupational hazard. Stress, fatigue and jet lag go along with his job. Qual is a professional gamer, one of the world's top contestants in StarCraft. He commutes from here to compete in tournaments around the world.
FARGO—The annual Green and Gold Game offers a chance for the Bison football team to give young players field time and dedicated fans a sneak preview of the upcoming season. Last April, the traditional spring game also provided an early test of something new: restricted access for media outlets not holding broadcast contracts for Bison games.
FARGO -- Administrators at North Dakota State University expect to trim the budget for 2017-19 by $15.7 million to meet a 10-percent reduction target without resorting to layoffs. The university...
MOORHEAD—Mallary Allen doesn't flinch from discussing sensitive topics in the classroom. But the assistant sociology professor, who also teaches women's and gender studies, realizes that a discussion on domestic violence can be painfully real for some students. Because of that, she alerts her students when a reading assignment or classroom discussion could strike a sensitive nerve, given some students' past experiences.
FARGO—Bob Morlock finds himself driving farther afield to tend his scattered beehives. He travels a circuit of several counties in southeastern North Dakota and Minnesota. The reason for his farflung bee colonies: It's getting more difficult to find suitable locations—near fields with blossoming plants that provide pollen and nectar for his bees—because of changes in farming.
FARGO—Sanford is adjusting the size of many of its units and streamlining the way it handles inpatients to gain efficiencies in order to admit more hospital patients until its new medical center opens next year. The steps, which began in July and will continue through the end of the year, are intended as a bridge to handle an increased patient load until the new center opens in July 2017, said Ellen Cooke, Sanford's vice president for operations. "We just have to do things differently, more efficiently," she said.
FARGO—Airport leaders who have flinched at the cost of building a parking ramp at Hector International Airport continue to study what they consider the next best option: a skywalk. The preliminary estimate of an enclosed, elevated walkway is about $12 million or $13 million, far less than the $22 million to $25 million estimated to build a parking ramp, airport officials said.