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Friday's announcement that North Dakota State University will move to the big league of intercollegiate sports met with the kind of applause given to touchdowns. Many NDSU students and supporters appeared to agree with the administration's claim that membership in Division I athletics would give the university a much higher profile. "It doesn't change the degree that you get, but it makes the degree more recognizable in some respects," said Luke Brisk, a junior studying management information systems.
Six weeks of hot, sunny weather have brightened the harvest outlook at American Crystal Sugar -- and reduced by two-thirds the number of predicted plant layoffs. "We have downgraded our layoffs to around 100 employees," company spokesman Jeffrey Schweitzer said Tuesday. "Most of those layoffs were voluntary layoffs.
Aging baby boomers who feel too old for most night spots in Fargo-Moorhead have a champion in Allen Grandbois. He and several partners plan to open an upscale nightclub called Uptown Nites in Fargo that would cater to patrons who are older than the young adults targeted by most clubs. "We're trying to just give a new look, a different feel, go after a little bit different crowd," Grandbois said Thursday. If approved, the nightclub would be at 4325 13th Ave.
North Dakota, sometimes called the potential Saudi Arabia of wind power, is surrounded by a figurative wall blocking transmission of electricity to big out-of-state markets. Wind energy advocates met Tuesday with Sen.
North Dakota's climate won't ever rival sunny Florida's, but in 20 years it must sustain a higher proportion of seniors than the retirement mecca has today. By the year 2025, North Dakota will be part of an aging "gray belt" of upper Midwest states, legislators were told Monday by a leading demographer. North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa all are forecast to have populations with at least 21 percent of citizens aged 65 or older.
MOORHEAD - David Green used to joke that he majored in language arts because that discipline meshed with his sports schedule. The retired French professor, who was instrumental in establishing the Concordia Language Villages and overseas study programs at Concordia College, died Sunday at age 82.
FARGO - Lynn Gifford devoted herself energetically to a variety of roles in a life that blended advocacy and stage performances. Gifford, 62, died Tuesday at a Fargo nursing home after an illness.
MOORHEAD - The man many knew as Pastor Bob at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is remembered as a master preacher whose career spanned almost six decades. The Rev. Robert L. Anderson, who was the pastor at Good Shepherd from 1970 to 1985, died March 30 at the age of 85. After retiring from full-time ministry in 1995, he returned with his wife to Moorhead and rejoined the congregation at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. "He was an absolutely superb pastor, and I've served under some of the great ones over the years," said the Rev.
Rodney Webb was a judge who liked lawyers, liked the intellectual tug of war of the law, and especially liked presiding over the swearing-in of new citizens. The U.S. District Court judge, who died Sunday at age 74 after a battle with lung cancer, was remembered Monday for the warmth and compassion he displayed during his 21 years on the bench. Before he was named a federal judge, Webb served as U.S. attorney for North Dakota, from 1981 to 1987.