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Sanford Health has formed a strategic alliance with Benefis Health System to collaborate on clinical initiatives, physician recruitment and services, information technology, quality programs, research potentials and cost reduction. Benefis is based in Great Falls, Mont. With more than 2,800 employees and 500 volunteers, it serves a 15-county area in rural Montana.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. – The driver of a pickup truck was killed in a collision with a semitrailer Monday morning near Barnesville in western Minnesota, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The crash happened about 4:20 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94, the patrol said in a statement. The victim has been identified as Vincent O'Connor, 32, of Antigo, Wis. He died at the scene.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota’s incoming tax commissioner, Ryan Rauschenberger, announced Monday that budget analyst Joe Morrissette will serve as his deputy tax commissioner, a position Rauschenberger has held since 2009. Morrissette, a certified public accountant, has been a budget analyst with the state Office of Management and Budget for the past 12 years. Prior to that, he worked for the state Legislative Council.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks Central High School senior Ian Kelly won’t soon forget the day he was accepted to the University of North Dakota. In fact, he didn’t even realize that he’d been accepted. At first, he thought the packet was just another batch of information the university sent him about more deadlines. But once he started reading the letter out loud, his mind started racing, and his mother, Mary, who stood nearby, started to whoop. He jokingly chided her.
The videogame industry is fighting a proposal in Congress to study the links between real-life violence and videogames. The congressional initiative comes in the wake of mass shootings in which some of the shooters were obsessive videogame players. The Entertainment Software Association should be ashamed of itself, not only for opposing a congressional study, but also for working to scuttle state studies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Oklahoma.
FARGO -- Tests on the Fargo boy who had a successful double lung transplant six months ago show no signs that his body is rejecting his new lungs. But a new stumbling block is keeping 11-year-old Jordan Peterson from fully enjoying the new life his donor lungs have afforded him.
BISMARCK – Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has upgraded North Dakota’s credit rating from AA to AAA, making the state one of only 15 in the nation to hold the financial services company’s top credit rating, Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Friday. The major credit house also upgraded North Dakota’s appropriation debt rating and obligation debt rating to better reflect the state’s “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” the governor’s office stated in a news release.
FARGO — Two local police agencies are investigating a Valley News Live reporter after the television station aired a hidden camera report Wednesday night showing her walking inside three area elementary schools without anyone stopping her. The story, meant to reveal holes in school security, has received scrutiny from police and school officials who say the reporter broke city and state laws by entering the schools without permission. Moorhead, Minn., and West Fargo police say they are investigating the matter. Moorhead Lt.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — One of the thousands of trucks inspected at the Red River Weigh Station this year was a nondescript 18-wheeler driven by a bald, middle-aged man named Timothy Vafeades. A 19-year-old woman was traveling with him. The pair had been hauling freight through various states for six months, but it wasn’t until they stopped at a Moorhead weigh station on Interstate 94 that authorities learned Vafeades was allegedly holding the woman captive as a sex slave.
It happens every winter across the upper Midwest. The temperatures plunge below zero; but you grew up here and come from hardy stock, so you don’t think much of it. At first. Then you walk from the store to your car without wearing gloves. You keep the keys in your hand for that little stroll, too. And when you get to your car, your fingers don’t function, so your keys clatter to the pavement. Not every subzero eye-opener is that dramatic. Sometimes, it’s just the fact that your cheeks feel on fire from a two-minute exposure to the elements.