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, N.D.—A University of North Dakota committee recommended Monday to keep all 20 sports programs and leave the final decision on their future to the school president. In its last scheduled meeting before the Nov. 1 deadline, the university's Intercollegiate Athletic Committee forwarded a recommendation to UND President Mark Kennedy to keep all the school's sports by increasing the athletics department's revenue.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Throughout her career, Sally Smith has done her best to both see and seize the opportunities presented to her. While it was seen as a lateral move at the time, Smith had the foresight to join a modest, regional chain of college bars that served spicy chicken wings, called Buffalo Wild Wings. Smith, a University of North Dakota graduate and Grand Forks native, saw that opportunity and seized it, leading the company as its CEO and president, positions she's held for two decades.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—When he came to the University of North Dakota, Dave St. Peter wasn't quite sure what he wanted to do. He had a passion for sports and a talent for communications, so he knocked on the door of Lee Bohnet, the longtime sports information director. Though Bohnet wasn't looking for help, St. Peter volunteered his time to hone his skills, and for three years worked on everything from cross-country meets to football games. Now, as president of the Minnesota Twins, he uses those same skills, just on a much larger scale.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Tears ran down the faces of several softball players as they watched their head coach Jordan Stevens fight to keep the UND softball program alive. When he took over the team in 2014, the program was in shambles, he told the university's Intercollegiate Athletic Committee on Tuesday. Now, they have become more successful, beating two Power 5 schools this past season. The future is bright for the program, Stevens said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy could barely hold back tears as he recalled the story of his parents saving up money to help him pay for a study abroad trip he took in college. International studies should be the norm, not the exception for students at UND, Kennedy said during his official inauguration Monday at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Two racially charged photos posted to social media in recent weeks don't violate the University of North Dakota's code of student life, officials announced Wednesday, Oct. 5. The investigation, which concluded Wednesday and was conducted by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, found the two photos were not violations because of "the constitutional protection of free speech." The investigation into the two incidents is now closed, according to a news release from the university.
GRAND FORKS - At least two sports are all but certain to be on the chopping block at UND and a list presented to the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee on Monday...
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Each Friday and Saturday night when the University of North Dakota men's hockey team plays a home game, a line of cars pack the interstate to make their way into Grand Forks. While those who come to town on hockey weekends are there to see the hockey game, they'll also have a significant economic impact on the city and the region.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—When Amina Chinnell-Mateen first saw the now viral photo of four people wearing blackface masks with the caption "Black lives matter," she was angry. She wanted to protect others who might not have been strong enough to handle the attention, so she shared that photo on Facebook and other social media. The photo was the second racially charged social media post to surface in less than 48 hours at the University of North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Black student leaders at the University of North Dakota want to provide students with a voice on issues of diversity and inclusion and have scheduled a rally Friday on campus to further those conversations. The rally, set for 2 p.m. in front of UND's Twamley Hall, will be "a gathering for justice, solidarity and support for students affected by racism on our campus," according to a poster for the event.