Morning headlines: ND officials claim victory over companies accused of making billions of illegal robocalls

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BISMARCK — State officials have announced a victory in a case against a business accused of making millions of robocalls to North Dakotans.

Federal judgments have forced Texas-based Rising Eagle Capital Group and JSquared Telecom, as well as Rising Eagle Capital Group–Cayman, to stop the robocalls, according to the office of North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley. Full story here.

Summit buzzsaw: Hot ORU blasts Bison men for league title

The 2023 Men’s Summit League Basketball Championship
North Dakota State Bison Andrew Morgan, left, and Josh Streit watch in disappointment against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in the Summit League men's basketball championship Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and Sioux Falls, S.D.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — North Dakota State didn’t run out of gas Tuesday night in the Summit League tournament championship game. The Bison forgot to fill up, left driving a beat-up pickup against a sports car known as Oral Roberts.


It was over early at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, a resounding thud for the Bison after two exhilarating victories to reach the title game. The Golden Eagles threw an overwhelming first half at the Bison and went on to take a 92-58 men’s basketball win to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Full story here .

Ex-governors say Sanford shouldn't get university hospitals in merger deal

Former Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, testifies on the Sanford Health-Fairview Health Services merger before the Senate Health and Human Services committee Tuesday night, March 7. Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who also testified on the merger, watches in the background in a maroon University of Minnesota pull-over.
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ST. PAUL — Former Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a DFLer, and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican testified to a senate committee Tuesday night on the proposed multibillion-dollar merger of Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services.

In what Dayton said was their first time speaking together on an issue publicly, the ex-governors said the state should do everything it can to hold on to the University of Minnesota’s academic health assets in the merger, including the school’s teaching hospital, where the vast majority of the state’s doctors receive their training. Fairview currently controls university hospitals. Full story here .

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