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A Grand Forks woman has won a prestigious fellowship, awarded by the Bush Foundation, that will provide her with up to $100,000 over the next two years to learn and grow as a leader. Robin David, founder of the Global Friends Coalition and the associate director of UND's honors program, won the grant alongside 24 other recipients from North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota and their Native American nations, winnowed from a field of more than 750.
Grand Forks students can win up to $5,000 — plus other aid — to support community-boosting work through a new opportunity announced this week. Dubbed the "Main Street Grand Forks Challenge," the contest was announced by Evolve Grand Forks and UND, and offered cash and support — like campus housing, UND scholarships and a membership at a downtown Grand Forks coworking space — for students who pursue projects that "address social issues and spur civic engagement at a grassroots level," per the announcement.
A Marine Corps veteran and UND student is running for the North Dakota House of Representatives as a Democrat in District 43, which includes central, suburban portions of Grand Forks. Eidson, 30, graduated high school in Missouri in 2006 before serving in the Marine Corps from 2008 to 2015, touring Iraq Afghanistan, Japan and South Korea, leaving the armed forces as a sergeant. He will graduate with a bachelor's degree in English this year, and plans to pursue a master's degree in the same subject afterward.
UND's former vice president for research and economic development is seeking a District 17 state Senate seat. Phyllis Johnson, a chemist by training with a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from UND, announced she is running for state Senate this week as a member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. She is challenging incumbent state Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, who has served in the Legislature since the 1970s.
A year ago, big, brand-new housing projects might have made City Council President Dana Sande happy. But today, as he looks to Grand Forks' south end, he has a few reservations. Sande has long argued that Grand Forks needs more housing "at every price point" as home buyers feel the squeeze of an expensive market. The logic is simple supply-and-demand: more housing should eventually mean lower prices. But he's worried that, in a strange twist of market forces, some new city policy — meant to spur new development — has had the opposite effect.
Reporters who covered the Dakota Access Pipeline protests spoke at a panel on UND campus Thursday, providing some insight — and, at times, a defense — of their work with one of the biggest stories of 2017.
After more than a decade of playing professional hockey around the world, former UND star Brandon Bochenski moved back to Grand Forks, where he and his family built a sprawling home in one of the city's quietest neighborhoods. At least, that's where they thought they were.
Grand Forks City Council leaders gave their first approval Monday evening to an ordinance that makes it easier to paint murals on buildings around the city — a small change, but one that could spur the city towards a more colorful future.
With booming drumbeats and a solemn honor guard, four more flags made their way to the front of Grand Forks City Hall's council chambers on Monday night. City leaders held a flag-installation ceremony at the start of the evening's City Council meeting, which placed Native American tribal flags from around the state on the dais, alongside the American flag and others in perpetuity. The move comes ahead of the annual Time-Out and Wacipi at UND this week.
Former FBI Director James Comey's first major interview since his firing by President Donald Trump aired on Sunday night. The interview, in which Comey called Trump "morally unfit," has North Dakota and Minnesota leaders at odds — and it has Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., pressing to keep Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation open and independent.