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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Candidates for North Dakota agriculture commissioner clashed Thursday over their positions on affordable housing and differed in their approaches to balancing agriculture and energy.
Joanna Slominski sometimes thinks she fell into her chosen field of construction management. She’s landed at the top of Fargo-Moorhead’s biggest construction project, the million-square-foot, $494 million new Sanford Medical Center that will rise 11 stories above the intersection of Interstate 94 and Veterans Boulevard.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton welcomes concessions offered by the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority chairman but said future actions will speak louder than words in settling differences over the project. Dayton wrote his letter Monday in response to a letter last Tuesday from Darrell Vanyo, chairman of the diversion board, offering to limit construction on a ring dike pending Minnesota’s environmental review of the diversion project. Vanyo also expressed a willingness to add an upstream opponent to the diversion board, and said he wanted to speed up resolution of a lawsuit over the dispute pending in federal court.
Some might wonder if the much ballyhooed love affair between Theodore Roosevelt and North Dakota was a tourism promoter’s overheated exaggeration. That’s a dim view old Four Eyes himself would likely reject, according to Clay Jenkinson, a Theodore Roosevelt scholar.
The virus behind a wave of serious respiratory illnesses among children in the Midwest has not been confirmed by public health officials in North Dakota or Minnesota. Cases of children hospitalized with serious respiratory illness have been reported in Minnesota and North Dakota. As of Thursday afternoon, no cases have been confirmed as caused by the D68 strain of the enterovirus, though some are being tested, officials said. A few children have been hospitalized at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo with respiratory symptoms, including wheezing or difficulty breathing, that could be enterovirus, said Dr. Scott Stephens, a pediatric hospitalist. They are being treated with hospital and asthma medications.
North Dakota faces the prospect of having to significantly expand its electricity generation at the same time the nation’s utilities are grappling with looming regulations to restrict coal-fired sources. Utility representatives and regulators Wednesday expressed concerns about maintaining the reliability of the electricity supply as power reserves dwindle and a wave of coal plant retirements looms. The crunch is apt to be most severe over the next five or six years as utilities prepare to meet new Environmental Protection Agency regulations calling for a 30 percent reduction in power plant carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.
The chairman of the Flood Diversion Authority has written Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to offer what he called his “commitments” to address Minnesota’s concerns about the project. Those commitments, which have not been officially approved by the diversion board, include a proposal to limit future construction on a controversial ring dike in North Dakota that would protect several communities against a 100-year flood, instead of a 500-year flood. Dayton said in a meeting last week in Breckenridge, Minn., that the Diversion Authority should not “kick sand in the face of Minnesota,” but later told an audience in Moorhead, “We have to work this out.”
FARGO – The scheme involved dozens of mailboxes for phantom medical clinics around the country and phony bills for health services never provided. Several co-conspirators in the sophisticated fraud ring,...
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.