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The Sanford Health medical center along Broadway in downtown Fargo. Forum file photo
The Sanford Health medical center along Broadway in downtown Fargo. Forum file photo


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FARGO — Sanford Health has added a third unit to treat patients with COVID-19 and is preparing to open more beds here as the delta variant surge continues to strain hospitals.

Recently during the pandemic, Sanford has been treating COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit and a medical-surgical unit at its Broadway Medical Center. Full story here.

Rural Minnesota hospitals struggle with COVID-19 surge

“There are no ICU beds to be had, and that's the scary part right now." Dr. Ulrika Wigert treats patients and helps run CentraCare’s hospital and clinic in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, less than an hour northwest of St. Cloud.
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“There are no ICU beds to be had, and that's the scary part right now." Dr. Ulrika Wigert treats patients and helps run CentraCare’s hospital and clinic in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, less than an hour northwest of St. Cloud. Mark Zdechlik / MPR News

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — The challenge of providing health care in many parts of Minnesota is simple but severe: Too many people remain unvaccinated, hospitals are short-staffed, and there is not enough space for those who are critically ill.

“There are no ICU beds to be had, and that's the scary part right now,“ said Dr. Ulrika Wigert, who helps run CentraCare’s hospital and clinic in Sauk Centre, less than an hour northwest of St. Cloud.

“We need help,” Wigert said, “and we need this surge to start coming down.” Full story here.

Liberian business owners address concerns with Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo officials

Liberian Community President Ebenezer Saye, left, addresses a summit with Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo offiicials and members of the Liberian business community on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at the Fargo Civic Center.   Leading part of the discussion were, in back, Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis.   Barry Amundson / The Forum
Liberian Community President Ebenezer Saye, left, addresses a summit with Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo offiicials and members of the Liberian business community on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at the Fargo Civic Center. Leading part of the discussion were, in back, Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis. Barry Amundson / The Forum

FARGO — If the group photo with smiles abounding at the end of an hourlong "summit" between metro city officials and the Liberian business community on Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Fargo Civic Center was any indication, progress was made.

About 25 immigrants from the West African country who run businesses ranging from hair salons to communications in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo met with the mayors from the three cities along with police chiefs and economic development officials to discuss concerns. Full story here.

Canadian firm announces $2.8B natural gas conversion plant in western North Dakota

Natural gas is flared at a well site north of Killdeer along North Dakota Highway 22. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune
Natural gas is flared at a well site north of Killdeer along North Dakota Highway 22. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK — A Canadian energy company announced Thursday, Oct. 14, plans for the development of a $2.8 billion natural gas plant in western North Dakota with a multimillion dollar investment from the state.

The development by the Alberta-based Cerilon Inc. would be the first of its kind in North Dakota, and state officials announced Thursday a $3 million initial loan through the Department of Commerce, with more state funding for the project likely down the line. Full story here.



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