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FARGO — The task force studying ways to improve governance of the North Dakota University System is wrestling with the balance between frank discussion of executive performance and a public body's obligation to maintain transparency. Two experts on governance addressed Gov. Doug Burgum's task force on higher education governance, which met Wednesday, Feb. 21, near the campus of North Dakota State University.
FARGO—North Dakota State University is seeking approval to hire a law firm to defend a lawsuit by a construction company to recover $1.3 million for what it said were extra costs incurred for an accelerated completion deadline for a classroom building. The dispute involves costs associated with the $29.4 million A. Glenn Hill Center, which houses classrooms and laboratories for teaching courses in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
FARGO — North Dakota University System students are overwhelmingly seeking a degree and most get the vast majority of their instruction in a traditional classroom, according to a new report.
FARGO—Airport Authority board members got their first glimpse of architectural drawings depicting an elevated walkway that would run through the middle of the parking area and connect with the terminal. The skyway, which has an estimated price tag of $13 million to $15 million, remains a proposal. Any decision about whether to proceed with the project would come only after bids are received, and that is months into the future.
FARGO — Faculty senators at North Dakota State University rejected a resolution that would have urged the president and provost to remove the outgoing vice president for research by the end of February instead of allowing her to stay on until her replacement is named.
FARGO — Continuing residential growth on Fargo's south side is prompting school officials to start planning for how to accommodate enrollment growth over the next five years and more.
MOORHEAD — The recent announcement that Bill Bergquist won't seek re-election as Clay County sheriff has triggered interest from at least four in his office who might seek the top job.
FARGO — Anyone hoping to attend this week's public meetings of the executive governing board of the North Dakota State University Foundation and Alumni Association will need to travel over 1,900 miles. The board is gathering Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8 and 9, in Florida for a retreat that will include strategic planning sessions and a meeting to address regular business. The retreat is being held at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.
FARGO — The lack of snowfall this winter is contributing to drought conditions that have persisted throughout most of North Dakota — conditions the state climatologist warns could continue into spring. More than 60 percent of North Dakota is in moderate drought, and most of the rest of the state, including the central and southern Red River Valley, is considered abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
MOORHEAD — Salt applied to streets and roads to melt snow and ice is becoming a growing environmental concern in some areas of the country, including Minnesota, where 50 lakes are listed as impaired because of their salt levels. Street and highway maintenance supervisors are aware of the problems that can result from the salt their crews deposit on roads, and have adopted new methods in recent years that help to reduce salt runoff as well as their operating costs.