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FARGO — Sanford Health plans a major expansion of its Roger Maris Cancer Center, including the addition of bone marrow transplant and immunotherapy programs, in a bid to make it a "destination" for cancer treatment.
FARGO — The chief of the Army Corps of Engineers told the Metro Diversion Authority board that the flood-control project is a top national priority, and federal funding is in place to begin major construction this spring. Lt. Gen.
FARGO — Members of a State Board of Higher Education oversight committee are withholding comment on an audit of the North Dakota State College of Science that found that a vice president was “directly involved” in hiring a consulting firm without disclosing that his wife works as an executive in the company.
FARGO — State auditors found that an administrator at the North Dakota State College of Science was directly involved in hiring a consulting firm that employed his wife, a link that college managers tried to hide from investigators. Tony Grindberg, the college’s vice president of workforce affairs, was involved in hiring Flint Group, where his wife, Karen Grindberg, is chief financial officer, to promote a career workforce academy the college is working to establish, according to state auditors.
FARGO — Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said it’s premature to cut interest rates based on one disappointing job growth figure — but if two or three sputtering job reports pile up, it might be appropriate to reconsider. Kashkari has consistently been a dissenting voice on the interest rate-setting Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank, and did not support many of the multiple incremental rate hikes over the past couple of years.
BOWMAN, N.D. — Robert DePalma was heading to a known fossil bed when he got a tip that persuaded him to take a detour to a cattle ranch near this southwestern North Dakota community where he would make a stunning scientific discovery. DePalma, a doctoral student in paleontology, surveyed the site, which recently had been abandoned by a private fossil collector who found some fish fossils that crumble easily, an unpromising site for salable specimens.
FARGO — Favorable melting conditions have caused Fargo leaders to drop their flood protection levels by two feet and plan to build emergency levees capable of holding back a crest of 39 feet on the Red River. The announcement on Friday, March 29, followed a flood outlook briefing by the National Weather Service that said the gradual melt that is helping to subdue flood levels along the river should continue. "It's fantastic news," Mayor Tim Mahoney said. "It's a perfect melt. I don't know how that happened."
FARGO — Diversion Authority officials admittedly are taking a multimillion-dollar gamble with tax money by pressing in court to resume construction even while a permit approving the flood project faces administrative review. But the bet is calculated: Officials acknowledge the risk in seeking to build inlets and related diversion features at a cost of $46 million, but emphasized in court filings that the price of inaction is even higher.
FARGO — Officials jotted their signatures to a deal that adds $300 million in federal support to a project partnership agreement that is a crucial document for the $2.75 billion flood diversion project. The ceremony on Tuesday, March 19, at City Hall came as officials keep a wary eye on forecasts showing that Fargo-Moorhead faces a 10-percent chance of fighting a Red River flood comparable to the record 2009 crest, 40.84 feet.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health is launching an initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide free genetic testing to veterans, with a focus on avoiding adverse reactions to medications. The effort, which will begin this year as a pilot project in Durham, N.C., is supported by a $25 million donation by T. Denny Sanford, the namesake benefactor of Sanford Health, as well as matching fundraising from Sanford Health.