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Patrick Springer

Patrick Springer first joined The Forum in 1985. He covers a wide range of subjects including health care, energy and population trends. Email address: pspringer@forumcomm.com

Sanford Health administrators stress that no agreement has been reached, and can't predict when pandemic conditions will allow them to accept Canadian patients.
The funding commitment completes the federal government's $750 million share of the $3.2 billion flood-control project to protect the Fargo-Moorhead metro area.
A program in North Dakota to provide in-home and community-based support services for people with addictions and severe mental illness was hampered by strict eligibility criteria, which now have been eased.
A new federal law, the No Surprises Act, protects consumers from surprise billing, large bills incurred when patients need care outside their insurance's provider network.
Skepticism of the risks of COVID-19 in North Dakota is near the top, vaccinations near the bottom, which help explain why North Dakota has one of the highest infection rates.
Cass County's active COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed to a new record as omicron surges, and on Thursday, Jan. 13, North Dakota reached a pandemic high for the number of new cases reported in one day.
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The Fargo region, already struggling to fill almost 7,000 job vacancies, will have to draw workers from far and wide to construct its massive flood protection project.
Coronavirus infections in North Dakota are climbing and could peak in early February, according to a prominent forecasting model. Testing indicates the fast-spreading omicron variant now is dominant in the state.
The omicron variant is now showing up in more than half of samples chosen for genetic analysis at the North Dakota state health laboratory. Testing volume is rising.
Jonathan Franklin was shocked when he discovered that parents of five students in a group of high school students in Harvey, North Dakota, had died by suicide. He and his wife, Nicole, decided to do something.