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FARGO—Former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem "outsourced" health decisions for North Dakota residents by joining a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Stenehjem joined a legal challenge in federal court in Texas that seeks to declare the health care law unconstitutional. If the law is struck down, thousands of North Dakotans who get their health insurance through the marketplace or from expanded Medicaid will lose their coverage, Dorgan said on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
FARGO — Oil production in North Dakota's Bakken Formation is increasing steadily as technology advances, and a 2-million-barrel-per-day goal set a year ago no longer seems out of reach. That was the view of industry officials, gathered here for the annual conference of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, who stressed the importance of technological innovation in increasing efficiency and productivity in the Oil Patch.
FARGO — In the beginning, Aldevron was two guys with a lot of time on their hands and an idea that was both simple and bold: They would do a lot of the tedious preparation work that would service biotechnology labs. The year was 1998 when Michael Chambers and John Ballantyne met at North Dakota State University, where Chambers was graduating with degrees in microbiology, biotechnology and chemistry; Ballantyne was finishing his graduate work in pharmacy.
FARGO—Kerry Wahl sometimes gives people the impression that she's rude. In fact, because she's deaf, she isn't always aware when someone is talking to her. Christopher Peterson, who also is deaf, can encounter communication challenges at work. In certain situations, he has to arrange for an interpreter who knows sign language. "If I need an interpreter tomorrow, it's not going to happen," he said. "So I don't feel equal."
MOORHEAD — Amy Wieser Willson has suffered for years from chronic pain so severe that some days she couldn't get out of bed. On those days, even contact with her bed sheets was painful. Wieser Willson, whose ailments include fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, now can take a capsule of medical marijuana before bed and, most mornings, wakes up pain free. Occasionally, when she has a flare-up, she uses a vaporized form of the medication, which relieves her pain.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's rebounding sales tax collections continued in the second quarter with receipts that were almost 10 percent higher than the second quarter last year. Taxable sales and purchases for April, May and June reached almost $5.15 billion, almost 9.5 percent above last year's second quarter, according to figures from the Office of State Tax Commissioner released Monday, Sept. 17.
FARGO — The presidents of North Dakota's two flagship universities said the state's long history of economic peaks and valleys underscores the need for strategic investments in university research to help diversify an economy dependent on agriculture and oil. Dean Bresciani, president of North Dakota State University, and Mark Kennedy, president of the University of North Dakota, outlined their proposal for the state to invest $100 million in research at the two campuses over a four-year period.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — David Shulkin, a physician whom President Donald Trump tapped to head health care for veterans and later fired, will serve as Sanford Health's chief innovation officer. Shulkin's portfolio will put him in charge of Sanford's research, clinical genetic medicine, Profile weight loss and world clinic programs, according to an announcement made Tuesday, Sept. 11.
FARGO — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., briefed North Dakota auto dealers on federal efforts to resolve trade disputes during a meeting with The Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota on Monday, Sept. 10. Those dealers hope U.S. negotiations will achieve fair trade without having to impose tariffs on imported cars and trucks.
FARGO — The Spirit Lake Tribe is opposed to a proposed factory hog farm that would be built half a mile from the shore of Devils Lake and is urging state health officials to deny a permit for the project. The tribal council voted unanimously to pass a resolution against Grand Prairie Agriculture, a proposed operation that would have up to 2,499 hogs capable of producing thousands of piglets a year.