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—Sanford in Fargo is adjusting the size of many of its units and streamlining the way it handles inpatients to gain efficiencies in order to admit more hospital patients until its new medical center opens next year. The steps, which began in July and will continue through the end of the year, are intended as a bridge to handle an increased patient load until the new center opens in July 2017, said Ellen Cooke, Sanford's vice president for operations. "We just have to do things differently, more efficiently," she said.
BUFFALO, N.D.—Residents who oppose the Rolling Green Family Farms are heading to court to block the planned $15 million factory farm that can house up to 9,000 hogs and piglets. Liane Stout, one of the residents and a member of Concerned Citizens of Buffalo, about 40 miles west of Fargo, said they will file a lawsuit in Burleigh County District Court in Bismarck by Friday, Sept. 2, seeking to block the hog farm. The suit seeks to overturn a water quality permit issued by state health officials.
FARGO—Enrollment appears steady at local college campuses as students return amid signs that a long dip in student numbers could be approaching its bottom before beginning a gradual rise. At North Dakota State University, preliminary figures indicate enrollment appears to be between 14,200 and 14,300, or about the same as last year, according to Provost Beth Ingram. "I don't see anything unusual in the number," she said.
HANKINSON, N.D.—Dean Brandenburger was driving to church on a Saturday evening when a pinkish flat stone embedded in the gravel road that skirted his farmstead caught his eye. After returning from the service, Brandenburger grabbed a crowbar from his machine shed and returned to the stone, which had been freshly exposed by a road grader. He carefully dug around the edges of the square.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The floor of the Concordia College Memorial Auditorium will blossom into a 100-chair dental clinic to treat needy patients from a wide radius of both Minnesota and...
FARGO—Communities and rural water systems that want to tap a planned pipeline to carry Missouri River water to the east soon will have to pledge financial support and predict future water demand. The Lake Agassiz Water Authority, a consortium of local governments in the Red River Valley that joined to supplement water supplies during droughts, has set an Oct. 1 deadline for participating communities and rural water systems.
A police lieutenant under investigation for possible violations of a “serious nature” has resigned, the police chief announced Friday. Lt. David Swenson submitted his resignation Thursday afternoon, just hours after...
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The stars finally seemed to align for Melissa Dykes Willcoxon. She had just received word that she would receive a disability settlement, a sum that would allow...
MOORHEAD, Minn.—The Dakota skipper butterfly has a sad, secretive story to tell. Once free to flit over millions of acres of unmolested prairie, the humble Dakota skipper's range has been drastically reduced over time. It was relatively easy in the 1970s for Robert Dana to find the Dakota skipper, a pollinator that clings to scattered remnants of native prairie that provide its habitat.
WASHINGTON -- Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl, a federal prosecutor in North Dakota who has been nominated to a seat on a federal appeals court, faced a generally friendly reception when she appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Puhl, an assistant U.S. attorney in Fargo, appeared Tuesday, June 21, before the committee, presided over by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who congratulated her on her testimony. "You did an excellent job and I look forward to moving you through the process," said Graham at the close of the 45-minute hearing.