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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FARGO -- The number of confirmed deaths in North Dakota caused by influenza spiked to 14 amid signs the peak season could be poised to taper. The North Dakota Department of Health reported the deaths Friday, double the seven deaths reported the previous week, although some of the newly reported deaths occurred earlier, an official said. "Because it's been a worse year than normal, I would expect to see more deaths," said Jill Baber, influenza surveillance coordinator for the Health Department. Ten flu deaths were reported in the two previous years, although Baber suspects flu deaths
FARGO — Jim Rohn, whose broadcasting career on the airwaves in North Dakota and Minnesota spanned almost seven decades, died Monday at age 88. Rohn got his start in 1946...
FARGO — So many thoughts galloped through Susan Bala's mind that she had trouble sleeping the night before her reunion with her sister. That day, March 8, 2009, she was called into a psychologist's office and told she was free to leave the place where she'd spent the past 17 months and four days — a women's prison camp near Peoria, Ill. Bala had been sentenced to serve 27 months for running an illegal gambling enterprise — a conviction appeals judges overturned, citing insufficient evidence. A friend picked her up the following day at a hotel in Peoria and drove Bala to
FARGO — Consumers shopping for health insurance through the online marketplace have more options but many also are likely to face higher premiums, according to surveys. In North Dakota, the three insurers selling through the marketplace — which is necessary to obtain tax credits for premium subsidies for those who are eligible — have increased the number of insurance plans from 21 last year to 30. Similarly, the numbers of participating insurers dropped in Minnesota from five to four, but consumers still have more insurance plans to choose from. Marketplace premium
FARGO — Judge Kermit Bye has served notice that he will assume senior status on the 8th U.S.
FARGO — The quest to deliver Missouri River water to the Red River Valley got a lift from Gov. Jack Dalrymple's proposal, which includes $150 million in state funds for the project. The money is included in the governor's recommendations for the 2015-17 budget, which will be decided when legislators convene in January. The session is shaping up to be an important one for Fargo flood control and water supply, as the rapidly growing area remains vulnerable to both "too much" and "too little" water. Under a proposal offered by Rep.
By Patrick Springer Forum News Service FARGO — Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota continues to operate in the black as it approaches year-end following last year’s financially bruising...
MOORHEAD — North Dakota lawmakers outlined legislative proposals Wednesday to begin filling serious gaps in the state's mental health services that are especially dire in the west. Three area legislators who have been active in interim studies to improve behavioral health care summarized proposals before an audience here of mental health and human services professionals at an event called "ReThink Mental Health." The proposals, drawn from input provided by more than 400 people across the state and from a consultants' review, address service gaps for children and adults. "The stakehold
FARGO — Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said Friday he's attending meetings at City Hall and feeling good as he continues to recover from kidney cancer treatments. Walaker posted on his Facebook page Friday to provide an update on his status. "I have been in the office attending some meetings over the past few weeks and am feeling good," Walker wrote. "Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I wish you all a very happy holiday with your loved ones." Walaker, 73, has received chemotherapy and radiation treatments for his renal cell carcinoma, a common form of kidney cancer.
FARGO — Those who want health insurance coverage next year through the new online marketplace should take note: The sign-up period begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15. But those who...