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Plain Talk: Responding to Some Letters to the Editor

Plain Talk: Responding to Some Letters to the Editor

On today’s episode of Plain Talk, former Grand Forks Herald publisher Mike Jacobs reacts to some of the recent controversies at the University of North Dakota. Also, some recent letters to the editor call me out over my criticism of socialism, how I make my money, and DUI statistics. I take some time to respond

In the lobby of the Ralph Engelstad Arena is a bronze statue of Ralph Engelstad, longtime donor and namesake of the arena. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Plain Talk: Engelstad Family Says They’ll Withhold Donations to UND, Calls for President Kennedy to Be Fired

“He’s getting no funds from us until somebody else is in there.” That’s what Kris Engelstad McGarry, a trustee of the Engelstad Foundation and spokesperson for the Engelstad family, said on this episode of Plain Talk referring to embattled President Mark Kennedy. The Engelstads have made hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gifts to

File photo of UND President Mark Kennedy (Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald)

It Is Absolutely the State Board of Higher Education’s Job to Weigh in When University Presidents Do Dumb Things

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been breaking news about some very unusual, very expensive personnel decisions being made on the University of North Dakota campus. The first was UND President Mark Kennedy’s personal assistant getting a promotion, a $30,000 per year raise, and a $25,000 per year travel allowance to commute from her

UND President Mark Kennedy presents his chief of staff, Angelique Foster, with a Presidential Medal, in 2018. Photo by Shawna Schill/UND Today.

UND Is Ending Controversial Employment Arrangement With Chief of Staff

Earlier this month I was the first to report that UND President Mark Kennedy’s personal assistant had received a promotion to chief of staff, a $30,000 per year raise, and a $25,000 yearly allowance to begin working remotely from Texas. Today the University of North Dakota announced that they would be moving on from that

UND President Mark Kennedy provided an update Tuesday morning of the university's progress in enacting its strategic plan. (Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)

Longtime Friend of UND President Got $17,250 Per Month Salary for Part-Time Job, Plus Expenses to Commute From Boston

Earlier this month we learned that UND employee Angelique Foster, who worked for campus President Mark Kennedy during his previous tenure at George Washington University, was given a promotion to chief of staff and a $30,000 per year raise before being allowed to begin commuting to work from Texas. UND will be paying for Foster’s

UND president Mark Kennedy, The Grand Forks Herald's person of the year for 2017, has been described as the "consummate professional" by Kathleen Neset who was the chair of the State Board of Higher Education when Kennedy was hired. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

UND Employee to Be Allowed to Work From Texas Got a Promotion and $30,000 Raise in November

Yesterday I broke news about an unusual employment arrangement granted to University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy’s chief of staff. Under the terms, Angelique Foster would be allowed to work from her new home in Texas while collecting all of her current $114,000 per year salary and enjoying up to $25,000 per year in

Angelique Foster receives the President’s Medal from UND President Mark Kennedy UND Photo

UND Plans to Spend up to $25,000 Per Year Letting Chief of Staff Work From Home…in Texas

UPDATE: This post originally indicated that Foster would be working from North Carolina, where she is from originally. That was based on previous information from UND indicating that Foster was resigning to be closer to family. I have since learned that Foster will be moving to Texas, and commuting from there to UND. I’ve updated

Signs opposing raising the amount of radioactive waste allowed in North Dakota sit on chairs as members of the public circulate with questions for experts at a health department hearing Tuesday in Williston. (Press Photo by Katherine Lymn)

Legislation Would End Local Government’s Ability to Block High-Level Radioactive Waste Projects

The issue of disposing of radioactive waste in North Dakota has been a hot button issue at the local level. In particular, there was a fight back in 2016 over a bore hole experiment the University of North Dakota wanted to conduct in Pierce County (Rugby). “The Deep Borehole Project stems from a U.S. Department

UND Provost Thomas DiLorenzo Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Read It: UND Aviation School Faculty Accuses Provost of Jeopardizing Flight Safety Among Other Problems

University of North Dakota Provost Thomas DiLorenzo, a controversial figure during his years at the school, finds himself mired in controversy yet again. In 2015 the student government at UND considered a resolution calling for DiLorenzo’s resignation (along with then-UND President Robert Kelley) over rather vicious verbal attacks from supporters of the administration (it was

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark R. Hagerott (Jesse Trelstad / Forum News Service)

North Dakota University Presidents Get “Reminder” About Policies Prohibiting Retaliation Against Whistle Blowers

Earlier today I wrote about a state lawmaker Emily O’Brien, a former University of North Dakota employee who feels she was treated unprofessionally by superiors there because of political biases. Specifically she says Provost Thomas DiLorenzo made disparaging comments about Republican lawmakers, generally, and was upset that O’Brien specifically defeated former lawmaker and North Dakota