Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill.
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GRAND FORKS—Michael Harvey's most lasting memory of the Flood of 1997 was the unwavering strength of Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens. Even when President Bill Clinton came to Grand Forks to see the damage left by the flood, Owens was the one to stand out on stage with the leader of the free world. "She was the shortest one there, but that lady just glows," Harvey said. "Back then, if you wanted to get beat up, you said something bad about Pat Owens."
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A group of researchers in Grand Forks can now fly unmanned aircraft to new lengths — beyond what their eyes can see. The Federal Aviation Administration has granted permission to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to conduct beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations at Grand Sky technology park on Grand Forks Air Force Base.
GRAND FORKS — Addiction can start with a fall, a car accident or a chance offer at a party. What begins as a way to relieve pain or forget about life's challenges becomes a need—one that can be fulfilled only with the drugs that drive it.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota University System is considering changing a policy to regulate the salary of tenured faculty who become administrators and then return to the faculty. The change, which was given a first reading at the board's meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Bismarck, would require an administrator who returns to the faculty be placed at a salary proportional to that of a similarly ranked employee. The policy is being considered because there is concern some administrators are returning to faculty status but retaining their administrative salaries.
GRAND FORKS — With technology advancing almost daily, the University of North Dakota is working to stay ahead of the curve. Representatives from Rockwell Collins, an Iowa company that provides avionics and information technology systems, were at UND Thursday, Nov. 10, for a collaboration workshop where they demonstrated two virtual technologies that can change the way students learn.
BISMARCK — Returns showed North Dakota voters overwhelmingly supported a statewide ballot measure requiring legislators to live in the district they represent. In complete but unofficial results, Measure 1 won...
UND officials said they are "disgusted" by a vulgar T-shirt depicting a Native American and the university's new Fighting Hawks logo in a sexual position. The shirt's graphic shows UND's new Fighting Hawks logo with male genitalia and what appears to be a Native American in close proximity to the genitalia. "We're disgusted by the actions depicted in the image," Peter Johnson, a UND spokesman, said Monday. "We're disgusted by the fact that anybody would depict an individual representing a group of people in the way they were used in the image."
CANNON BALL, N.D. — With protests continuing at the Dakota Access Pipeline and Election Day less than a week away, some in North Dakota are wondering if the protestors near Cannon Ball could vote in the elections. Since North Dakota has some of the loosest voter requirements in the country with no voter registration and someone only having to live in the state for 30 days, some are advocating for protesters who have been in North Dakota for more than a month to vote and try to influence the election.
GRAND FORKS — When North Dakota voters go to the polls Nov. 8, they will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment requiring state legislators to live in the districts they represent. Measure 1, a statewide ballot measure, would require a representative in the North Dakota Legislature to live in the district and would prohibit them from being seated if they do not live in the district.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The Intercollegiate Athletic Committee recommended a number of proposed changes to help sustain the University of North Dakota's athletics department, but at least one proposal may have to wait. The committee tasked with proposing changes to student fees will recommend not increasing student fees for athletics substantially for the 2018 fiscal year, said Brandon Beyer, the student body president.