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Patrick Springer

Patrick Springer first joined The Forum in 1985. He covers a wide range of subjects including health care, energy and population trends. Email address:

Sanford Health administrators stress that no agreement has been reached, and can't predict when pandemic conditions will allow them to accept Canadian patients.
The funding commitment completes the federal government's $750 million share of the $3.2 billion flood-control project to protect the Fargo-Moorhead metro area.
Cass County's active COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed to a new record as omicron surges, and on Thursday, Jan. 13, North Dakota reached a pandemic high for the number of new cases reported in one day.
Coronavirus infections in North Dakota are climbing and could peak in early February, according to a prominent forecasting model. Testing indicates the fast-spreading omicron variant now is dominant in the state.
Jonathan Franklin was shocked when he discovered that parents of five students in a group of high school students in Harvey, North Dakota, had died by suicide. He and his wife, Nicole, decided to do something.
North Dakota's population abruptly dropped during 2021, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates, reversing a decade of robust population growth from 2010 to 2020.
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The Germans from Russia brought distinctive Christmas customs to North Dakota when they immigrated in the 1890s and early 1900s. Some have faded away, but many traditional foods remain part of holiday celebrations.
More mental health screening in schools and expansion of telehealth services are among steps being taken to fill gaps in behavioral health for children in North Dakota.
O'Keefe, CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Library Foundation, always planned on donating a kidney to help his mother. He never suspected that his kidney would end up going to someone he's never met.
Forecast models have difficulty predicting the peak for a COVID-19 surge. But an ensemble forecast compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests North Dakota's delta peak could come in three or four weeks.