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FARGO – Nationally, the number of students defaulting on government education loans is up for the sixth consecutive year. The national student loan default rate climbed to 10 percent for students who began paying back their federal student loans in fiscal year 2011 – up from 9.1 percent in 2010, according to data released by the Department of Education this week. Loan default rates are lower than average for graduates of schools in Minnesota and North Dakota. While North Dakota students leave school with an average $27,425 in debt, very few actually enter default.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn.
GRAND FORKS - One of the great college hockey rivalries won’t be dormant for long. North Dakota and Minnesota have verbally agreed to renew the rivalry series in 2016-17, a source confirmed to the Grand Forks Herald. Contracts are in the process of being drawn up. When they are completed and signed, an announcement is expected. The agreement is for the teams to play a pair of two-game series. The first one, in 2016-17, will be played in Minneapolis.
Five UND students were part of the Capitol lockdown Thursday afternoon. The group was visiting with lawmakers as part of the four-day American Student Government Association summit. Forum News Service spoke with those five students 15 minutes after the first reports came out about shots fired outside the Capitol. The group said they were safe but were confused when they heard they were on lockdown. The group was waiting to go on a tour of the Capitol at about 2:30 eastern time when they heard reports of shots fired.
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man accused of causing a shop fire by not following fire code regulations – a fire that sent a volunteer firefighter to the hospital with a heart attack – has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges linked to the fire. Bradley Harold Littlefield, 59, is set for a plea hearing next week in Clay County District Court, the county prosecutor’s office confirmed. Littlefield was charged April 24 with two counts of causing fires causing bodily harm.
MOORHEAD - A Moorhead man charged in the death of his infant daughter after leaving her in a hot car for several hours last summer has agreed to plead guilty in the case. Andrew Sandstrom's public defender said Thursday the terms of the plea deal struck with Clay County prosecutors will allow his client to avoid prison time. Sandstrom was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the June 11 death of his 5-month-o
MOORHEAD - If Mark Lindquist had picked a career at the age of 19, when he was a freshman at Concordia College, he’d be an elementary school teacher today. If he had to decide at 24, when he took classes at the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, he’d be putting a political science degree to use. Instead, the 32-year-old is a military veteran, actor, businessman, leader of a new nonprofit organization and a theater arts junior at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Lindquist said he discovered his passion for performing at the age of 30, when his s
HENDRUM, Minn. – A cougar was spotted near here over the weekend. A trail cam caught the animal moving through the area. The cat was also reportedly spotted in a different area west of Hendrum. A family that owns chickens nearby told WDAY-TV they are on the lookout. but so far have not seen the cougar since the weekend. The Norman County Sheriff's Office said it is aware of the sighting, but there have been no reports of injuries to livestock. Authorities said there’s a good chance the cougar was just passing through.
ST. PAUL - MNsure officials say their second day online went very smoothly. By 2 p.m. Wednesday, nearly a day after the online health purchasing Web site went live, Minnesotans had created more than 2,500 accounts. How-ever, MNsure officials could not say how many policies were purchased. An average of 2,000 to 3,000 people were online at any one time. The health care exchange launched Tuesday afternoon.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.