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FARGO — A committee has narrowed the field of candidates as they help search for the next North Dakota State University president, but it did not disclose the number of applicants or how many were invited for the first round of interviews.

After discussing the applicants during a closed meeting for roughly four hours, the NDSU presidential search committee chose prospects to interview Jan. 5 through 7 in Minneapolis. Those interviews will also be held in executive session.

Top candidates are slated to be chosen at the end of the interviews in Minneapolis. They then will be invited for campus visits to meet with internal and external stakeholders next month and in early February, according to the tentative timeline. Full story here.

Amid complaints of sluggishness, North Dakota board overseeing in-state Legacy Fund investment replaces chairman

North Dakota Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, speaks during a meeting of the Legacy and Budget Stabilization Fund Advisory Board on Nov. 11, 2021. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

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BISMARCK — A board tasked with forming a procedure for investing part of the state's oil tax savings account in local companies has picked a new chairman.

The Legacy and Budget Stabilization Fund Advisory Board elected Fessenden Republican Sen. Jerry Klein as chairman Wednesday, Dec. 8, demoting longtime chairman Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, to second in command.

Under Kempenich's direction, the board and the state Retirement and Investment Office drew criticism for perceived delays in the rollout of an in-state investment program using the voter-approved Legacy Fund. Full story here.

Minnesota, North Dakota educators unions shine light on substitute teacher shortage

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht and North Dakota United President Nick Archuleta at a joint news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 at the Courtyard by Marriott.jpg
Education Minnesota President Denise Specht and North Dakota United President Nick Archuleta at a joint news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Moorhead. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

FARGO — Minnesota and North Dakota educators unions are calling for federal dollars to invest in public school substitute teachers, who were difficult to recruit and retain even before the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated the situation.

The North Dakota educators union joined the Minnesota campaign called “At a breaking point: Educating during COVID-19,” because issues cross state borders, said Nick Archuleta, president of North Dakota United.

Both states' educators unions held a joint news conference Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Moorhead to bring attention to the issue. And on Tuesday, the unions met with The Forum’s editorial board to point out that the lack of substitute teachers is putting too much pressure on full-time and retired teachers, who often work as substitutes, to the point where many are walking away from the profession. Full story here.

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