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FARGO — Board members have voted unanimously to accept all recommendations from a task force for a project to divert some flood waters around Fargo-Moorhead and will submit a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The expected vote by the Diversion Authority, which came Friday, March 16, followed months of talks by task force members, appointed by the governors of Minnesota and North Dakota, aimed at coming up with an acceptable plan that would obtain a permit from the Minnesota DNR.
FARGO — North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt has come out against a legislative proposal to tap the Legacy Fund to create a revolving loan fund to finance public works projects. The voter-approved Legacy Fund, which receives 30 percent of state petroleum revenues, has received deposits exceeding $4.25 billion since it began accumulating in 2011. Including investment earnings, the fund has a balance of more than $5.42 billion.
WEST FARGO—Sara Schmidt teaches special education classes at South Elementary School. She's attuned to signs that a pupil could be frustrated—crumpling an assignment sheet, for instance—and she tries to intervene before agitation can flare into something more serious. "The goal is to be proactive, to not be reactive," when a student's behavior turns potentially disruptive, she said. "These situations do happen." To defuse the student's anger, she might say: "I can see you're frustrated. Do you want to take a break?"
FARGO — A revised F-M diversion significantly reduces impacts in rural Minnesota but increases impacts in rural Cass County while allowing more water to flow through Fargo-Moorhead during severe floods estimated to occur once every 20 years. The FM Diversion Authority, eager to resume progress on the stalled project, will submit an application for the revised proposal to Minnesota regulators later this month.
FARGO—North Dakota legislators are proposing tapping the Legacy Fund to create a low-interest revolving loan fund that government subdivisions could use to build infrastructure projects. The Legacy Fund, approved by voters in 2010, receives 30 percent of North Dakota's petroleum revenues. The fund's balance now tops $4.256 billion, with monthly deposits this year averaging $48.3 million, up from last year's $35.3 million.
FARGO — The letter was written in aloof language that didn't even try to convey condolences to the grieving family of Herbert Fuller Chaffee, lost when the Titanic sank. "This is to certify that the name H.P. Chaffee appears on the first class passenger list of the S.S. 'Titanic' which sailed from Southampton and Cherbourg on April 10, 1912, but his name does not appear amongst the list of survivors furnished by the S.S. 'Carpathian,' a manager of the shipping firm, White Star Line, informed the family.
FARGO — The task force studying ways to improve governance of the North Dakota University System is wrestling with the balance between frank discussion of executive performance and a public body's obligation to maintain transparency. Two experts on governance addressed Gov. Doug Burgum's task force on higher education governance, which met Wednesday, Feb. 21, near the campus of North Dakota State University.
FARGO—North Dakota State University is seeking approval to hire a law firm to defend a lawsuit by a construction company to recover $1.3 million for what it said were extra costs incurred for an accelerated completion deadline for a classroom building. The dispute involves costs associated with the $29.4 million A. Glenn Hill Center, which houses classrooms and laboratories for teaching courses in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
FARGO — North Dakota University System students are overwhelmingly seeking a degree and most get the vast majority of their instruction in a traditional classroom. Almost three-quarters of undergraduate students in the state's 11 campuses are seeking a degree, and 86 percent of those students are enrolled in courses delivered face-to-face in the classroom, according to a report released Wednesday, Feb. 14.
FARGO—Airport Authority board members got their first glimpse of architectural drawings depicting an elevated walkway that would run through the middle of the parking area and connect with the terminal. The skyway, which has an estimated price tag of $13 million to $15 million, remains a proposal. Any decision about whether to proceed with the project would come only after bids are received, and that is months into the future.