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—Terry Breedon finds solace during those suffocating moments when the world seems to collapse around her by picturing herself bathed in a soothing light. She has developed relaxation techniques, including peaceful imagery and mindfulness, to cope with a crushing diagnosis: advanced pancreatic cancer that has spread to her liver. Now, six months after learning of her terminal cancer, Breedon regards her regular sessions with a counselor as an important adjunct to the chemotherapy treatments she is getting to extend her life. "This cancer came on like a storm," she said
FARGO—North Dakota's struggle with its expanding waistline continued last year, when the state's 32.2 percent adult obesity rate ranked ninth highest in the nation. North Dakota's obesity rate has climbed steadily since 1990, when 11.6 percent of adults were considered obese, and crept up last year from 31 percent in 2013, new figures show. Minnesota, with an adult obesity rate of 27.6 percent, ranked 36th, according to The State of Obesity, a joint project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "We definitely still seem to be going up," Deanna A
FARGO--Cathy Lee will be a face in the crowd today in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., urging Congress to pass "common-sense gun legislation" to help stem the national epidemic of gun violence. Lee, who has a 7-year-old son, belongs to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a group whose members have pledged to do "whatever it takes" to pass stricter gun control laws.
BISMARCK—Lower oil prices mean less oil leaves North Dakota by rail and more oil departs by pipeline as producers have less incentive to seek better prices at coastal refineries. The unheralded shift has been dramatic, with the state's oil production plateauing with the sharp drop in prices. As of the end of June, the most recent figures available, shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota via rail and pipeline were essentially equal: 47 percent by rail, 46 percent by pipeline. "My estimation is rail shipments have gone down substantially since the peak in late 2014," said Jus
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FARGO—Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is widely viewed as one of about a dozen Democrats in the Senate whose votes could determine the fate of a proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. Heitkamp's comments on the proposal, which is pending congressional review, have been general and guarded, offering little hint as to her upcoming vote on the issue. But she has been a vocal proponent of lifting the export ban on U.S. oil, an issue she said would be of even greater benefit in the event the Iran agreement goes into effect.
REGENT, N.D.—Gary Greff hopes support from the Internet will help him erect an enormous spider web propped up by prairie wildflowers as the next addition to his "Enchanted Highway" collection of giant sculptures. With an assist from Fargo's Emerging Prairie, Greff, a retired educator-turned-scrap metal sculptor, has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $15,000 for the project. His gigantic spider web would be the eighth huge piece of art adorning a lonely stretch of highway in southwest North Dakota.