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WEST FARGO, N.D. — Patricia Muldoon spent years taking care of her disabled husband. As his condition deteriorated with age, she quit her job to be a round-the-clock caregiver so he could stay at home. She devoted the last 15 years of her husband's life — he died in July at age 77 — to caring for the man who asked her four times to be his wife before she gave a heartfelt yes. "All my life, I loved him to the moon and back," she said. "He was a lovely man."
FARGO—Leaders at North Dakota State University and other public campuses are preparing to testify in support of a recommendation to trim the higher education budget 15 percent—a stance that recognizes that even deeper cuts likely are coming. In his proposed budget for 2017-19, former Gov. Jack Dalrymple recommended that higher education spending be cut 15 percent. To soften the blow, the governor suggested campuses could increase tuition 2.5 percent each of the two years of the biennium.
FARGO — North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of medical marijuana, and lawmakers are grappling with launching the program. But patients are about to learn that legalization does not mean insurance will cover the cost. Major health insurers in North Dakota have said they will not provide coverage for medical marijuana, which voters approved in the November election by a margin of almost 64 percent, citing what they say is inadequate evidence of its effectiveness.
FARGO — Dean Bresciani, president of North Dakota State University since 2010, is one of four finalists for president of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The announcement was made Thursday, Jan. 5, by Ohio University. Bresciani sent a statement via campus email informing students, faculty, staff and others of the development.
FARGO—Brooke Feltman has done well in her nursing studies by taking advantage of the spectrum of support services available to students who want some help. She hasn't been bashful about seeking out her professors or teaching assistants for extra help to make sure she mastered the course material. The nursing program at North Dakota State University is competitive, she said, and she wanted to improve her chances of acceptance and success.
FARGO — North Dakota State University was awarded $200,000 to help upperclassmen at risk of not completing their studies overcome obstacles and enable them to graduate. The grant is targeted toward students in three high-demand majors — human development and family science, business administration or accounting as well as computer science or management information systems.
FARGO — Supporters of a water supply project for eastern — and now central — North Dakota hope to start construction on the $1 billion project in the next two years. What's still called the Red River Valley Water Supply has evolved into a proposal that could serve 35 municipal and rural water systems in central and eastern North Dakota during periods of prolonged drought.
BISMARCK — The state of North Dakota is suing the federal government to halt a stream protection rule that state officials say usurps their authority to regulate surface coal mining and threatens the industry's viability. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, Dec. 20 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is against the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. It seeks to block an Obama administration rule imposed in its final days.
FARGO—The Salvation Army's red kettle holiday fundraising campaign across Minnesota and North Dakota is lagging behind, possibly because frigid weather last week kept people at home. As of Tuesday, Dec. 20, donations in Fargo-Moorhead totaled $328,000 toward a goal of $500,000, said Julie Rivenes, the Salvation Army's volunteer and public relations manager here.
FARGO—North Dakota's population boom, an echo of the oil boom, faded significantly over the past year as the state saw more people leave than enter in search of jobs and opportunities. North Dakota gained 1,117 people in 2016, reaching a record population of 757,952, or a one-year increase of 0.15 percent, according to Census Bureau estimates released Tuesday, Dec. 20.