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LINTON, N.D. —Leo Kuntz was a lifelong bachelor. He lived alone on the family ranch in Emmons County and tended a large herd of horses whose very existence was his greatest achievement. The horses came to be called Nokotas, a name Leo coined to signify the North Dakota horse, which was named the honorary state equine in 1993. Kuntz scraped by, never spending money on himself, saving every penny to care for a herd of Nokota horses that grew over the years to number more than 200 on his ramshackle ranch.
FARGO—Sanford Health, which has pursued an aggressive growth strategy since merging with MeritCare, is poised to see its revenues more than double in less than a decade to almost $6 billion if it joins as planned with the Good Samaritan Society. When Sanford and Fargo-based MeritCare merged in 2009, they had combined revenues exceeding $2.6 billion, more than 800 physicians and 17,000 employees. Today Sanford is a $4.5 billion enterprise, with more than 1,400 physicians and 28,000 employees in the Dakotas and seven other states.
FARGO — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., presumes the Russians will try to intervene in the hotly contested North Dakota Senate race in which she is opposed b, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. The possibility of Russian interference in the North Dakota race, which could help determine control of the Senate, was raised publicly in a newspaper column by Lloyd Omdahl, a retired political science professor at the University of North Dakota.
FARGO—A watchdog group is urging federal officials to investigate what it claims is a pattern at North Dakota State University of failing to report non-compliance with regulations to protect research animals.
FARGO — Prairie St. John's, now occupying a building that dates back more than a century, will build a new psychiatric hospital in a project that could begin construction next spring. Plans call for a project that is in the range of $40 million to $42 million and a facility with 128 beds as well as space for residential and partial hospitalization care.
FARGO—Economic activity edged up in North Dakota in July as the region continued a long expansionary run, but retaliatory trade tariffs threaten to erode farm exports and boost manufacturing costs. Almost two-thirds of firms surveyed for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index reported that recent tariffs or trade restrictions have had, or will have, a negative impact on their company. Similarly, 46.8 percent of supply managers indicated recent tariffs have increased the cost of buying from abroad.
MOORHEAD—Motorists might find themselves doing a double-take when seeking a higher power to solve their automotive dilemmas. Not one but two Moorhead establishments catering to car care invoke a higher power in their names: Higher Power Automotive Ministries, 2620 Second Ave. N., and Higher Power Automotive and Diagnostics, 1420 25th St. S. The similarity in names has caused some confusion—and revved some engines on Facebook.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A forensic investigation of the North Dakota State College of Science recommends "close monitoring" of an accounting system for the TrainND program because it does not mesh directly with the university system's computers.
FARGO—Laurie Seifert Williams works long hours as a project manager for a firm that produces live events. Her work week ranges anywhere from 45 hours to 93 hours, depending on the number and intensity of events. "No, I am not kidding," she said. "In the live event industry, we have to work when there is work—there is no rescheduling our clients because we are too busy." This week, as it happens, has been a very busy week. The firm Seifert Williams works for, Livewire Entertainment Media Services, produced the TEDxFargo conference at the Civic Memorial Auditorium.
FARGO—Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider said North Dakota's participation in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act would hurt thousands of people whose medical conditions mean they can't get affordable health coverage.