April Baumgarten / Forum News Service
FARGO — Colleges and universities in the Upper Midwest are becoming more diverse, and if high school projections hold up, the region could see continued, significant growth for minorities in the coming years. Women also are attending college at a higher rate than men, following a decades-long national trend. The percentage of non-white higher education students has increased as the white population drops.
SPITZER LAKE, Minn. — Joe Stoi hoped he could pass his retirement home at Spitzer Lake to his grandson. But the Oakdale man’s plan is starting to sink, literally. The land Stoi has owned for 45 years is nearly all underwater, his 20-year-old mobile home surrounded by water and flooding. He doesn’t know if he’ll be able to save it. “I worked my butt off on that sucker,” he said. “I did a lot of work up there for my retirement.”
BISMARCK — The state's university system may keep a closer eye on North Dakota State College of Science management after a state audit found problems with how the school handled business regarding its planned career academy.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Local business leaders and student senators have written letters of support for the North Dakota State College of Science president ahead of meetings on a state audit that accused the school of acting inappropriately in conducting business related to a planned career workforce academy .
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead will close its clinic, pharmacy and medical lab next month after leaders determined they would be too expensive to keep open.
FARGO — Six years ago, North Dakota tested the boundaries of Roe v. Wade by passing a law that would ban abortions if a heartbeat could be detected — the first of its kind in the country.
FARGO — The Red River inched closer toward its crest this weekend, but Fargo city staff who worked to make sure it was smooth sailing amid rising tides had a mostly quiet weekend. That’s how City Engineer Brenda Derring described it Sunday, April 7, noting there weren’t any big problems that popped up as the Red River inched toward its estimated crest of 35 feet. “At these levels, we don’t need to do any sandbagging,” she said.
FARGO — Cass County and Fargo are expecting to fight potential flooding on different fronts, but local leaders plan to work together to win the battle, officials said Monday, March 25. In a roundtable-style meeting, the city hosted county leaders and an array of officials from local and state entities, including the North Dakota Army National Guard and law enforcement, to discuss the roles of everyone involved. Cass County and Fargo will have different locations for filling sandbags, but the two entities will help each other if needed, Mayor Tim Mahoney said.
FARGO — The Red River, still ice-covered in stretches, likely won’t fully break open here this week as freezing temperatures continue to delay a spring thaw that has the potential to cause flooding, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. Fargo could see warmer temperatures by midweek, from a Monday high of 35 to almost 50 degrees Wednesday, the weather service said. Lows may begin to rise above freezing, according to the forecast.
FARGO — Cities and states around the U.S. are offering incentives — including cold, hard cash — to prospective residents in an effort to attract employees in a tight workforce, but North Dakota's constitution may keep the state from doing that. There are more jobs available than there are unemployed people to fill them in the U.S. and North Dakota, a rare phenomenon for the country, Gov. Doug Burgum said.