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Patrick Springer

Patrick Springer first joined The Forum in 1985. He covers a wide range of subjects including health care, energy and population trends. Email address: pspringer@forumcomm.com

A consultant's report to close behavioral service gaps in North Dakota recommends that rural hospitals be able to assess, stabilize and transfer unstable psychiatric patients. But hospital representatives say they face significant challenges.
Local and state officials and others met to coordinate planning to meet infrastructure and other needs that will come from increased visitorship to Medora when the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library opens in 2026.
Justice Lisa Fair McEvers said high caseloads are delaying decisions that are important for children and families, and could be alleviated by hiring several more judges.
Sanford Health has added what it says is North Dakota's only pediatric kidney dialysis program at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation calls the state's claim "contrary to the legal and historical record" and vows to fight to protect its rights to ancestral lands and waters.
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David Cook, NDSU's 15th president, confronts enrollment and budgetary challenges. He will deliver his first state of the university address on Sept. 30.
North Dakota is half-way toward its goal of eliminating human-caused sources of haze by 2064. Additional controls wouldn't make a perceptible difference or justify the cost, officials said.
Sen. Tracy Potter, D-Bismarck, said his plan addresses taxpayers' major complaint, the burden of the property tax. Individual state income taxes are of minor concern to most taxpapyers, he said.
The use of artificial intelligence, which enables computers to learn, has been hampered by a lack of clinical data. Sanford Health has joined with Dandelion Health and Sharp HealthCare to try to solve that problem.
The judge's findings of fact found "credible facts" supporting Secretary of State Al Jaeger's determination to toss out thousands of petition signatures, including some violating a pay-per-signature ban.