Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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GRAND FORKS—The Rev. John Golv, of Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, had a solemn task to carry out. Though funerals come with the job for a minister, Golv had arrived Thursday at Hope Church in Grand Forks to conduct a memorial ceremony for three children who died in unsettling circumstances.
GRAND FORKS—Authorities confirmed Monday, May 7, that three children found dead last week were killed by their mother, who then committed suicide. Astra Volk, 35, and her children Arianna Talmage, 6, Aidan Talmage, 10, and Tyler Talmage, 14, were found dead Thursday morning by a school resource officer dispatched on a welfare check when the children didn't arrive at school in the morning. Police said the family members appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.
GRAND FORKS — The deaths of four people in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday, May 3, has left a community wondering if more could have been done. Longtime social services and domestic violence experts Kate Kenna and Kristi Hall-Jiran weighed in this week on what individuals can do to spot potential crises early on. The insight comes after the bodies of Astra Volk, 35, and three of her children—Adrianna Talmage, 6, Aidan Talmage, 10, and Tyler Talmage, 14—were found dead in their home on the 1000 block of South 12th Street.
GRAND FORKS -- Police have opened a homicide case -- but aren’t currently seeking any suspects -- after a Grand Forks woman and her three children were found dead in their home Thursday morning. The bodies of Astra Volk, 35, and her children Arianna Talmage, 6, Aidan Talmage, 10, and Tyler Talmage, 14, were found in their home on the 1000 block of South 12th Street during a welfare check requested by Lewis and Clark Elementary School, where the two younger children were students.
GRAND FORKS — The internet can be a strange place. For a world with no physical substance, seemingly populated entirely by cat videos, contentious politics and endless social media preening—and griping—our online interactions have a way of raising some strong emotions in people. At times, our blood boils online in ways seldom seen in the "real" world. Even worse, sometimes we find ourselves getting mean in the comments. Why is that?
GRAND FORKS—Terrorists. Child-killers. Bloody-handed puppeteers. The National Rifle Association and its members have been called unflattering names in the months after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting as proponents of gun control have leveled their sights on the nation's most prominent Second Amendment advocacy group. Across the region, members of the NRA say it's unfair and misguided. Phillip Lee, a young father from McIntosh, Minn., takes issue when people believe the NRA advocates violence.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—Almost one year after starting her tenure at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause was inaugurated in a Friday, April 6, ceremony that drew attendees from across the region and nation.
GRAND FORKS—The loonie isn't stretching its wings quite like it used to. At least, that's part of the story told by statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and backed up by observers in Grand Forks who say border crossings from Canada have ebbed over recent years as a weak Canadian dollar—known by many in the north as the loonie—has kept Manitoban visitors home.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba—The three men had walked similar routes to get to the homeless shelter in Winnipeg. But their road is a little different than many of those they now share residence with. That's because Ibrahim Dumfeh, Appiah Owsu and Majeed Haruna Agure—all originally from Ghana in West Africa—are trying to claim asylum status in Canada after walking over the border between Manitoba and North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS—Cold and dark as it might get here, the upper Midwest has enjoyed some time in the sun with relatively strong economic fortunes and population growth.