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MOORHEAD — Retirement didn't agree with Marijo Vik. Days after retiring at age 70 she decided to resume college studies that she'd set aside years earlier because of work. When Vik first attended what now is Minnesota State University Moorhead, in 1990, she was pursuing a degree in business. By the time retirement gave her the chance to return, her interests had changed. She wanted to develop her writing skills, so opted to study journalism. Now, at age 72, Vik will be among the almost 900 students who will graduate from MSUM on Friday, May 11, in Nemzek Fieldhouse.
MOORHEAD—Mackenzie Hedge aims for a nursing career in an intensive care unit or an emergency department. Regardless of the setting, nursing has always been her intended life's work. "I want to help the patients who are in the most need," she said. Hedge doesn't have to wait long to get the opportunity. She will graduate with a degree in nursing and Spanish from Concordia College on Sunday, May 6. Concordia expects to confer about 432 bachelor's degrees and eight Master of Education degrees.
FARGO — Higher education leaders voted to hire an independent audit firm to review complaints concerning finances, space utilization and a workforce training program at the North Dakota State College of Science. The three-member audit committee of the State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously to approve the independent audit in a special meeting on Friday, May 4. Members decided to hire an outside audit firm because of the workload facing internal audit and compliance staff and to have an independent examination of the concerns.
FARGO — Minnesota regulators have decided they must conduct a supplemental environmental review of the revised Fargo-Moorhead Diversion and now local officials hope permit approval for the $2.4 billion project can come this fall. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which must grant a permit for a dam on the Red River in order for the project to proceed, notified the Diversion Authority that it needs more information about the impacts of the modified project under its permitting process.
FARGO — Concealed by his cowboy hat, the three-inch scar on Brady Jandreau's head serves as a reminder of the day his professional rodeo career came to an abrupt end. The day he almost died. Jandreau was thrown from a bronco during a rodeo on April 1, 2016, inside the Fargodome. His foot got caught in the stirrup, tethering him to the horse, which stepped on the right side of his head. Jandreau remained conscious throughout the ordeal.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead School Board — despite downcast members saying it was a difficult decision — voted 6 to 1 to terminate 20 probationary teachers' contracts. The action, at a meeting Monday, April 23, came after the board delayed a decision when teachers and concerned parents packed an earlier meeting to plead to renew the teachers' contracts.
FARGO—Annika Perkins always had stomach troubles. It was just something she came to accept as normal for her. They largely receded from her thoughts and faded into the background. "Even as a small girl I always had stomach aches," she said. Then, after years of coping with digestive problems, she came to realize that she had a problem. "This isn't normal," she said, remembering the words of her fiance, now her husband. "You shouldn't have to live like this."
FARGO—Gov. Doug Burgum sees a jumble of disconnected "information silos" when he looks at the towering North Dakota Capitol—an obstacle to collaboration and efficiency he seeks to knock down as he begins to reshape state government through the budgeting process.
FARGO — Geronimo Energy plans to build a 200-megawatt solar project in rural Cass County that would span 1,600 acres and reduce carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road every year. The $320 million Harmony Solar Project would be built in Harmony Township, which is near the Bison substation west of Fargo, which in turn connects to the CapX2020 high-voltage transmission line that runs to St. Cloud, Minn.
FARGO — Jenni Monet climbed a hill overlooking the Cannonball River to shoot video of dozens of protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline who had put up a teepee village and stood with their arms locked in a gesture of determination. Monet was reporting on a police operation to clear the Last Child Camp, which was taken down hours after it was erected across from the main protest camp during the prolonged protests near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 2016 and early 2017.