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FARGO—Sanford Health, which has pursued an aggressive growth strategy since merging with MeritCare, is poised to see its revenues more than double in less than a decade to almost $6 billion if it joins as planned with the Good Samaritan Society. When Sioux Falls-based Sanford and Fargo-based MeritCare merged in 2009, they had combined revenues exceeding $2.6 billion, more than 800 physicians and 17,000 employees. Today Sanford is a $4.5 billion enterprise, with more than 1,400 physicians and 28,000 employees in the Dakotas and seven other states.
FARGO — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., presumes the Russians will try to intervene in the hotly contested North Dakota Senate race on behalf of her opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. The possibility of Russian interference in the North Dakota race, which could help determine control of the Senate, was raised publicly in a newspaper column by Lloyd Omdahl, a retired political science professor at the University of North Dakota.
FARGO—Xcel Energy broke ground on the 150-megawatt Foxtail Wind project in southeastern North Dakota on Thursday, July 9. The project will have the capacity to provide electricity for 80,000 homes. The groundbreaking marked the start of a project that is part of a push by Xcel to grow its wind generation by 1,850 megawatts, which represents a 70-percent expansion of its wind portfolio. Foxtail, which is located near Ellendale, a 144 miles southeast of Fargo, will sprawl over 35,000 acres, 99 percent of which will remain available for farming, according to Xcel.
FARGO—A watchdog group is urging federal officials to investigate what it claims is a pattern at North Dakota State University of failing to report non-compliance with regulations to protect research animals. The letter seeking action from the National Institutes of Health, which funds more than $4 million of research at NDSU involving laboratory animals, is the latest from Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
FARGO—Economic activity edged up in North Dakota in July as the region continued a long expansionary run, but retaliatory trade tariffs threaten to erode farm exports and boost manufacturing costs. Almost two-thirds of firms surveyed for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index reported that recent tariffs or trade restrictions have had, or will have, a negative impact on their company. Similarly, 46.8 percent of supply managers indicated recent tariffs have increased the cost of buying from abroad.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A forensic investigation of the North Dakota State College of Science recommends "close monitoring" of an accounting system for the TrainND program because it does not mesh directly with the university system's computers. The recommendation, made in a report released Monday, July 30, said registration income figures from TrainND programs are inputted manually in the North Dakota University System's data system, PeopleSoft.
FARGO—Laurie Seifert Williams works long hours as a project manager for a firm that produces live events. Her work week ranges anywhere from 45 hours to 93 hours, depending on the number and intensity of events. "No, I am not kidding," she said. "In the live event industry, we have to work when there is work—there is no rescheduling our clients because we are too busy." This week, as it happens, has been a very busy week. The firm Seifert Williams works for, Livewire Entertainment Media Services, produced the TEDxFargo conference at the Civic Memorial Auditorium.
FARGO—Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider said North Dakota's participation in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act would hurt thousands of people whose medical conditions mean they can't get affordable health coverage.
FARGO — North Dakota State University is facing a possible enrollment drop "in the range of 300" students as it approaches the fall semester — a decline that could come with significant budgetary consequences. If enrollment, which last fall was 14,432, drops by 300 this fall, the associated revenue reduction would be $2.6 million, according to Bruce Bollinger, NDSU's vice president for finance and administration.
FARGO — Beth Ingram, the provost at North Dakota State University, will resign her position as the campus's No. 2 executive and take a faculty position in agribusiness and applied economics. President Dean Bresciani announced the move in a campus email the morning of Wednesday, July 25. Ingram joined the NDSU administration in 2014. Bresciani did not give a reason for Ingram's resignation, and Ingram's office declined to answer questions or provide a statement.