Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522.
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FARGO—Enrollment appears steady at local college campuses as students return amid signs that a long dip in student numbers could be approaching its bottom before beginning a gradual rise. At North Dakota State University, preliminary figures indicate enrollment appears to be between 14,200 and 14,300, or about the same as last year, according to Provost Beth Ingram. "I don't see anything unusual in the number," she said.
HANKINSON—Dean Brandenburger was driving to church on a Saturday evening when a pinkish flat stone embedded in the gravel road that skirted his farmstead caught his eye. After returning from the service, Brandenburger grabbed a crowbar from his machine shed and returned to the stone, which had been freshly exposed by a road grader. He carefully dug around the edges of the square.
FARGO -- A longtime area pediatrician has agreed to “indefinitely suspend” his medical license for professional misconduct that included sending a text message describing an unnamed patient’s genitals. The North...
FARGO—Chancellor Mark Hagerott said he's "hoping it all works out" and Dean Bresciani remains president of North Dakota State University, but said the decision will be up to the State Board of Higher Education. "It's all definitely doable, at least that's what I've seen," he said, referring to areas of improvement higher education board members identified when moving to postpone Bresciani's contract renewal decision until November. "It's the state board's decision."
FARGO—The early start to summer caused many lakes and reservoirs to warm up and produced a rash of potentially dangerous blue-green algae blooms across North Dakota. The blue-green algae—which can be toxic to people, pets and livestock—thrive in warm, still water, health officials said. Because hot weather came early this spring and stayed, bodies of water have had more time to warm, creating ideal conditions for algae, said Mike Ell, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Department of Health.
WASHINGTON -- Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl took a step toward becoming a federal appeals court judge Thursday, July 14, when the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved her nomination. If approved...
FARGO -- Communities and rural water systems that want to tap a planned pipeline to carry Missouri River water to the east soon will have to pledge financial support and...
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The stars finally seemed to align for Melissa Dykes Willcoxon. She had just received word that she would receive a disability settlement, a sum that would allow...
FARGO—Marty Riske's platform is unconventional for a candidate seeking the North Dakota governor's office. He advocates legalizing marijuana and stopping civil forfeiture of property seized in criminal investigations. The Fargo businessman, whose only earlier run for political office was a bid years ago for the Grand Forks City Council, is running as a Libertarian Party candidate.
FARGO—Maggie Burke found herself as a newly minted college graduate facing student loan debt of $30,000 and paying interest rates ranging from 11 percent to 14 percent. That translated into monthly payments of about $780. Prospective school loan obligations that seemed unremarkable as a high school senior, when she was planning her college path, suddenly seemed like an overwhelming burden to carry when starting out on her career.