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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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.
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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.
FARGO -- Doug Burgum has a message for those surprised by the magnitude of what's regarded as his upset victory over Wayne Stenehjem in the Republican gubernatorial primary: You should have paid closer attention to voters. The breadth of Burgum's 20-point margin of victory in the Tuesday primary is widely attributed to crossover votes of Democrats, an explanation Burgum dismissed as "speculation," since it's impossible to measure accurately because North Dakota lacks voter registration.
FARGO -- Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl, a federal prosecutor who has been nominated to a seat on the federal appeals court, will appear next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Puhl, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in January, is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday, June 21, to answer questions from committee members, a crucial step in the judicial nomination process. Both Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., support Puhl's nomination and will introduce her to the judiciary panel.
FARGO—Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem wants to shift money from incarceration to treatment to better address mental health and addiction problems and curb North Dakota's growing inmate population. Outlining the proposal while speaking here on Thursday, May 19, Stenehjem, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, said the core of his plan is to address what he calls an acute shortage of licensed treatment professionals to make treatment more available.
FARGO -- The cities of Fargo, West Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., last year continued to see steady growth, adding a total of 5,026 residents, according to new census estimates. Fargo led population growth with an estimated gain of 2,419, or 2.1 percent, bringing the city's population to 118,523 as of July 1, 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. West Fargo followed by adding 1,846 residents, or a gain of 5.8 percent, bringing its estimated total to 33,597--up from 25,830 counted in the 2010 census.