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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Republican incumbent Doug Goehring commands a strong lead over Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor in the closely watched North Dakota agriculture commissioner race, a new poll shows. Still, many voters – 28 percent – remained undecided in a contest that could alter the makeup of the three-member North Dakota Industrial Commission, which plays a key role in regulating oil and gas development. Goehring drew support from 45 percent of respondents, compared to 27 percent for Taylor, according to a poll commissioned by Forum Communications Co. and conducted by the University of North Dakota College of Business Administration and Public Affairs.
Emergency responders in Fargo will train on a special rail tanker car equipped with valves and fittings to help them better deal with derailments involving hazardous cargoes.
Western Minnesota’s congressman has asked engineers to take a fresh look at a version of a flood control diversion for Fargo-Moorhead that would avoid creating a floodwater retention area that has sparked fierce upstream opposition.
Partnerships involving the Spirit Lake Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs and others are credited with helping to rebuild child protection programs on the reservation. Wednesday will mark the two-year anniversary of the handover of child protection and foster care services from the Spirit Lake Tribe to the BIA. The switch, made at the prodding of the North Dakota congressional delegation, came in the midst of major gaps in the safety net for children on the reservation. Among other problems, Spirit Lake children were being placed in unsafe foster homes, and suspected abuse and neglect cases were not always investigated and followed up.
FARGO, N.D. – Partnerships involving the Spirit Lake Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs and others are credited with helping to rebuild child protection programs on the reservation. Wednesday will mark...
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.