Archie Ingersoll, Forum News Service
WASHINGTON - -"Love can't wait" ... "Love is equal" ... "Love wins" .... These slogans were shouted out Tuesday morning by hundreds of people who gathered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court while justices heard arguments over whether gays and lesbians across the country should have the right to marry.
MENAHGA, Minn. - Sunbathing outside her house on a mild Tuesday, Judy Maaninga reclined with her back to a thin row of jack pines. Just beyond that, an expanse of sand stretched under blue sky. This was no lakeshore beach, rather a sandy farm field that was once a forest. Now, the sweeping arm of an irrigation system is all that rises above the bare land.
FARGO - Sanford Health Plan and Essentia Health have reached an agreement that lets Essentia keep providing in-network care to its patients in the 65,000-member North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System. The deal adds 1,500 Essentia Health providers to the NDPERS network, Essentia and Sanford said Tuesday in a joint news release.
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at preventing rape victims from having to endure lengthy waits for sexual assault exams. State Sen. Carolyn Nelson, the bill’s main sponsor, said a young woman in western North Dakota had to spend almost 24 hours in the clothes in which she was raped before she could receive a sexual assault exam. Such exams involve a specially trained nurse collecting physical evidence and assessing any injuries.
FARGO - Swarms of earthquakes have been rattling Oklahoma, Texas and other central states with a history of little or no seismic activity. The recent quakes, according to scientists, may be the fault of deep underground injections of wastewater left over from fracking. But in North Dakota, where wastewater injection wells are abundant, the ground has remained largely unshaken. So why are other oil-producing regions significantly more wobbly?
FARGO — At North Dakota State University, the position of provost is a demanding one. As the school’s second-in-command, the provost oversees other top administrators and carries out the president’s vision for the university. “That is a freaking hard job,” observed Dennis Cooley, a professor of philosophy and ethics. With the tough job of provost comes one of the highest salaries on most campuses.
FARGO — William C.
FARGO — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the Red River Basin as a region with dire conservation needs, which means local efforts to mitigate floods through water retention are eligible this year for a share of $400 million in federal money.
FARGO — As the muted light of a cloudy day filtered into her hospital room, 15-year-old Page Stearns sat cross-legged on a couch, ready to go home. She was looking forward to returning, as much as possible, to a regular life — something she hasn’t had since a .22-caliber bullet struck her in the face more than three weeks ago. “I think it will be better to be with my friends because then I won’t be thinking about it as much,” the ninth-grader said Tuesday. “They’ll be helping me through it.”
FARGO — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Minnesota law will be violated if construction of a ring dike around the North Dakota communities of Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke starts before the agency completes an environmental study of the proposed $1.8 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. But because the ring dike would be in North Dakota, the Minnesota DNR acknowledges it has no jurisdiction over the matter. The Minnesota DNR conveyed this in a letter sent Tuesday to the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority.