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Library director misused credit card

December 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

WILLMAR — While serving as director of the Plum Creek Library System in southwest Minnesota, Mark Ranum is alleged to have used the regional library system’s credit card for unauthorized personal purchases totaling $21,697.84 during a 14-month pe…continue reading on

Dickinson teacher contract talks at halt again

July 24, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

The Dickinson Public School Board and Dickinson Education Association have failed to come to an agreement, leaving the DPS Board with the unilateral authority to issue contracts based on its final offer. Continue Reading

Dickinson officials debate best way to hire help

June 25, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

It will cost Dickinson an estimated $38,000 to hire the help it needs to oversee the construction of a public works building, a cost associated with contracting an employee of Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson rather than hiring another city staff position. Continue Reading

Chancellor buyout to cost $925,000

June 4, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Monday’s vote by the State Board of Higher Education to buy out Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s contract will cost the state more than $925,000. Continue Reading

Higher ed board to discuss Shirvani’s contract in private

May 31, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

MEDORA The State Board of Higher Education will meet here behind closed doors Monday to discuss the contract of Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. But North Dakota University System spokeswoman Linda Donlin said that executive session is a regular part of the board’s two-day annual retreat, which this year also will include two training sessions. Continue Reading

Back to work, but not to normal for American Crystal and union

April 20, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Twenty months after locking out its 1,300 union workers, American Crystal Sugar is better positioned for the future with a new workforce, according to management. Continue Reading

What they asked for: Shirvani’s style rankles legislators, but board continues to support him

February 6, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Chancellor Hamid Shirvani has told certain legislators that five of the 11 college presidents are unqualified or insubordinate and will probably be relieved, an example of the overbearing style of leadership that has some lawmakers pushing for his removal, a Bismarck legislator said Wednesday. Continue Reading

Chancellor buyout could cost more than $830,000

February 5, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO The hiring of Hamid Shirvani as North Dakota University System chancellor carried a hefty price tag about $100,000 more than the previous chancellor’s pay and buying out his contract wouldn’t be cheap either. Continue Reading

Crystal Sugar workers reject contract for 4th time

December 1, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO Their ranks thinned by a 16-month lockout, American Crystal Sugar Co. workers on Saturday rejected a contract for the fourth time. Continue Reading

Gravel miner pays hefty fine for tardy contract completion

June 29, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE The state Transportation Commission concluded Thursday it lacked legal authority to give contractor Bob Bak the $25,000 break he came seeking.
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