Federal regulators have signed off on a proposed merger between Sanford Health and Medcenter One in the Dakotas. The approval by the Federal Trade Commission means that the last remaining governmental review of the proposed merger rests with North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, The Forum newspaper reported.
Company to merge with Bismarck-based Medcenter One Sanford Health moved closer to extending its reach into the western part of the state Monday with the announcement it’s signed a letter of intent to merge with Bismarck-based Medcenter One.
Health care executive paychecks ample, but warranted, industry officials say Forum Communications looked at the five largest health care systems in the region, including Altru in Grand Forks, and that most of their spending — ranging from 58 percent to 63 percent — is on employee compensation.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is asking North Dakota regulators for a 14 percent increase in its electric rates. The request would raise a typical residential customer’s electric bills by about $90 annually.
Forum Communications/Associated Press
, April 25, 2010
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