Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522.
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Julie Fedorchak, a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, appeared Thursday in Fargo to promote the commission’s proposal to add a rail safety program to supplement federal inspections.
It appears the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe’s long wait for official recognition by the federal government will soon end.
Sanford Health is working with the government of Ghana to build 300 clinics in the African country by 2020 in the most ambitious project of its international clinic initiative.
The president of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is inviting Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to meet with local business leaders to hear about their support for the proposed Red River flood diversion.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota finished the last quarter with net income of $27 million, rebounding from a loss of $80.7 million at the end of last year. As of June 30, the North Dakota Blues’ capital and surplus totaled $219.6 million, up $20.5 million from Dec. 31, another sign of more favorable financial trends since the heavy losses last year that resulted in the ouster of the top executive in May.
Don and Cathy Heitkamp believe they’ve been battling a “phantom sprayer” in their quest to get to the bottom of a pesticide drift incident that damaged their crops.
A degree of uncertainty hangs over more than 237,000 consumers covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota whose policies were in effect before passage of the Affordable Care Act. The status of the North Dakota Blues’ so-called “grandfathered plans” – for those enrolled before March 23, 2010 – was left uncertain after a July 25 opinion by state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has encouraged Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to hear directly from local officials in his state about their position on the proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion.
Work continues on the $640 million CapX2020 high-voltage power line that will connect a new substation near Mapleton to the Twin Cities early next year.
Gov. Mark Dayton and his administration will “do everything to ensure that Minnesota’s best interests are not trampled” by the proposed diversion project to protect Fargo-Moorhead from severe Red River floods, a spokesman said.