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FARGO — The governors of North Dakota and Minnesota have not been asked to send National Guard troops to patrol the border with Mexico, but both governors have consulted with their adjutants general about the possibility.
FARGO — A recently adopted higher threshold for reporting spills in North Dakota's Oil Patch, if applied to a recent five-year period, would mean 80 percent of oil spills and 68 percent of toxic saltwater spills would have gone unreported, an analysis by The Forum shows.
FARGO—The state of North Dakota finds itself back in court defending a law intended to protect consumers from astronomical air ambulance bills by carriers who are not participating providers in insurance networks. Guardian Flight, which formerly operated in North Dakota as Valley Med Flight, is suing to block a new law that sets reimbursement caps on out-of-network air ambulance services—a practice that stuck consumers with bills that averaged $60,000, according to state figures.
FARGO — Soaring patient demand has set new records since the new Sanford Medical Center opened last year, prompting the addition soon of 16 more hospital beds earlier than expected and driving the need to increase the number of physicians in the region from 588 to 800 by 2025.
FARGO — North Dakota insurance regulators will examine whether the state's largest private health insurer is properly handling behavioral health and substance abuse claims.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, said a partnership between Bismarck State College and an institute in Saudi Arabia that exclusively teaches male students would discriminate against women and asked whether it reflects the state university system's values. "The agreement must discriminate against women," Nelson told members of the State Board of Higher Education at their meeting Wednesday, March 28, at Mayville State University. "No woman can be hired."
FARGO—Plans for an expansion and remodeling of Discovery Middle School took a step forward with acceptance of a $1.2 million bid to start construction this spring with foundation work. The Fargo School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday, March 27, to accept a bid package for initial work on the project, expected to be built over a couple of years. The estimated price of the bid was more than $1.6 million.
FARGO—Cass County once again served as North Dakota's people magnet, gaining 3,162 residents in the latest yearly population estimates. The Census Bureau estimates, reflecting population changes from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, show that Cass County posted a net migration gain of 1,633, comprised of 847 domestic migrants and 786 international migrants. Natural population increase—births over deaths—accounted for a gain of another 1,529 residents in Cass County, to round out the estimated population gain for the year.
FARGO – The next superintendent of schools in Fargo is multilingual, once worked as a special education teacher and now serves as an assistant superintendent of a Colorado district that is almost identical in size to the one he soon will lead. Rupak Gandhi, 32, emerged as the clear choice among three finalists to take over July 1 as the top administrator of Fargo Public Schools. He currently is assistant superintendent of research data and accountability for a school district in Colorado Springs, Colo.
FARGO—Sanford Health and the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute have announced their intent to join together to create what will be called a Biobehavioral Center of Excellence, a step toward establishing a major research program. The Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, or NRI, was established in 1955 and has worked closely with Sanford and its predecessor, MeritCare, since 1961. NRI is located downtown across from Island Park.