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FARGO—North Dakota State University still is working to come into full compliance with fire safety codes following city inspections that found improper storage of hazardous chemicals in two laboratory buildings. University officials were notified of fire safety violations in early June, when Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson wrote a letter informing NDSU administrators that they had to take immediate action to come into compliance.
FARGO—Christina Reynolds woke up early with urgent news for her husband, Shaun: Their fourth child was going to arrive ahead of schedule. The Fargo couple knew that a premature birth was possible. They'd even joked that the child could be born in the new Sanford Medical Center. That's exactly what happened at 8:12 a.m., Tuesday, July 25. In fact, little Kadyn Reynolds has the distinction of being the first baby born at the medical center, which opened at 5 a.m., just hours before he was delivered.
FARGO—After years of planning and months of preparation, today is the day: the new Sanford Medical Center opens at 5225 23rd Ave. S. The $494 million, 1-million-square-foot center opened at 5 a.m. At the same time, the emergency department at Sanford Broadway Campus, 801 North Broadway, shut down. Sanford executives gathered the morning of Monday, July 24, to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new hospital.
FARGO — Richard Boulger immigrated from Ireland during a potato famine and found his way to the bustling prairie town of Fargo, where he became established in the hotel business. For years he ran the Hotel Boulger at 223 Broadway, the corner of Broadway and Third Avenue North, which previously was home to the Exchange Hotel, in the heart of a fledgling downtown. In the 1880s, when Boulger arrived, Fargo was brimming with opportunity, enjoying a growth spurt after its founding in the 1870s as a prairie village of tents and huts.
FARGO — The North Dakota State University Foundation and Alumni Association is launching its most ambitious fundraising campaign ever with a goal of raising between $300 million and $400 million over seven years. The group's executive governing board voted unanimously Friday, July 14, to embark on the campaign, with tentative plans to formally enter its public phase in 2019.
MOORHEAD — It's not too early to start thinking about back-to-school preparations, and the United Way of Cass-Clay is hoping people will once again give a helping hand to needy students by donating school supplies. The United Way launched its 19th school supply drive on Tuesday, July 11, and donations of backpacks, school supplies or money will be accepted until Friday, July 28.
FARGO—Much of eastern North Dakota has endured abnormally dry weather but has escaped drought conditions. That could change with sizzling temperatures in the 90s looming. Over the past 90 days, Fargo has received 52 percent of normal rainfall, according to the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network. Fargo received 4.3 inches of rain during the period. Lawns that are just starting to parch could quickly turn brown if the forecast, which calls for highs in the 90s later this week and little chance of rain, holds.
FARGO—The program to train nurse practitioners at North Dakota State University was awarded a $513,992 grant to help prepare family nurse practitioners to serve rural areas. The grant will help NDSU to promote clinical education in rural health care shortage areas. North Dakota has 55 health care shortage areas, according to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
FARGO -- Protesters lined up in front of the office of Sen. John Hoeven, R-.N.D., to urge him to reject a bill that detractors say would take health insurance away from thousands of North Dakota residents in exchange for tax cuts for the wealthy.
BISMARCK—North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani's contract was extended Tuesday in a vote that came without discussion, a contrast with the turbulence of last year, when his contract approval was delayed and board members gave him benchmarks for improvement. The State Board of Higher Education Tuesday approved a slate of contract extensions for campus presidents.