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 -- Doug Burgum is taking his interest in downtown revitalization on the gubernatorial campaign trail with a new pitch he calls his Main Street Initiative. Burgum, the Republican nominee...
FARGO—More than 81 percent of faculty members at North Dakota State University voted in favor of a resolution supporting President Dean Bresciani, whose future is in limbo as the State Board of Higher Education decides whether to extend his contract. The votes favoring the resolution exceeded a 67 percent threshold of support that was in the resolution passed by the NDSU Faculty Senate. The resolution had the support of 457 of 562 faculty members, with 105 opposed. Results of the faculty vote, which took place online, were made public Wednesday, Oct. 19.
FARGO—Democratic-NPL candidates for the North Dakota Legislature called upon top Republicans to withdraw their support of Donald Trump as the party's presidential candidate in light of his boasts that he made unwanted sexual advances against women. The Democrats said North Dakota Republicans have been virtually silent about Trump's conduct and statements, days after the recorded comments prompted some Republicans to withdraw their support.
FARGO—Student senators at North Dakota State University gave embattled President Dean Bresciani a vote in support of extending his contract. The vote was 27 in support of a resolution supporting Bresciani, with no opposing votes but two senators abstaining. The vote was taken Sunday night, Oct. 16, and announced Monday.
FARGO—Leaders at North Dakota State University are pleading with students to stop cheering at Bison football games with a traditional—but derogatory—chant dating back to its rivalry with the University of North Dakota. Although UND retired its former Fighting Sioux nickname in 2012 and renamed it sports teams the Fighting Hawks last year, some NDSU students persist in shouting a recurring chant that has been condemned as "hateful." When NDSU make a first down, the students say "Sioux suck," ending the three-word phrase with an expletive.
FARGO—Katie Nicklay is in the habit of keeping the television on while she's working on her crafts and jewelry projects. Gradually, as the fall progressed, it dawned on her that something is missing: campaign ads. "I've noticed so much that there is less," she said.
FARGO—Optional curbside recycling that doesn't require customer sorting could be coming next year to households here at a monthly cost of $3. Staff presented Fargo city commissioners with a recommendation to offer the more convenient recycling service, with the suggestion of allowing those who don't want to participate to opt out. Commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal Monday, Oct. 24. Mayor Tim Mahoney said the proposal appears promising, with a projected cost much lower than once expected, based on early estimates.
FARGO—North Dakota appears to be bucking a national trend in skyrocketing rate increases for health insurance sold under the Affordable Care Act's marketplace. Individual purchasers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, the state's largest health insurer, will on average see a dip of 1.5 percent in their premiums, and small groups will see an average increase of 4.8 percent, according to company figures.
FARGO—Doug Burgum isn't backing away from saying North Dakota should consider legal action against the federal government so state and local officials can have a role in refugee resettlement, but the GOP gubernatorial candidate said the issue is not one of his priorities.
FARGO—North Dakota voters who lack a driver's license or official state identification are urged to line up some valid form of identification before heading to the polls on Nov. 8. Mike Montplaisir, Cass County auditor and the county's top election official, said voters shouldn't wait until the last minute to resolve identification documentation. He briefed a League of Women Voters luncheon Friday, Oct. 7, on North Dakota voter identification requirements. "You need to prepare," Montplaisir said. "You need to get your ID changed" in the event of a move, for example.