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—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.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—The Dakota skipper butterfly has a sad, secretive story to tell. Once free to flit over millions of acres of unmolested prairie, the humble Dakota skipper's range has been drastically reduced over time. It was relatively easy in the 1970s for Robert Dana to find the Dakota skipper, a pollinator that clings to scattered remnants of native prairie that provide its habitat.
FARGO—Several injured workers told a legislative committee that the North Dakota workers' compensation program routinely fails to respond to their questions and accused the agency of falsifying information in their claim files. The allegations—disputed by the agency's head—came during public comments at a hearing Wednesday, June 22, when the North Dakota Legislature's Workers' Compensation Review Committee met to listen to suggestions for reforming the system from workers whose claims no longer are pending.
WASHINGTON -- Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl, a federal prosecutor in North Dakota who has been nominated to a seat on a federal appeals court, faced a generally friendly reception when she...
FARGO, N.D. -- A new study for tobacco control advocates in North Dakota suggests buying e-cigarette liquid can be like playing Russian Roulette in terms of nicotine levels that can...