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FARGO—Gov. Doug Burgum sees a jumble of disconnected "information silos" when he looks at the towering North Dakota Capitol—an obstacle to collaboration and efficiency he seeks to knock down as he begins to reshape state government through the budgeting process.
FARGO — Geronimo Energy plans to build a 200-megawatt solar project in rural Cass County that would span 1,600 acres and reduce carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road every year. The $320 million Harmony Solar Project would be built in Harmony Township, which is near the Bison substation west of Fargo, which in turn connects to the CapX2020 high-voltage transmission line that runs to St. Cloud, Minn.
FARGO — A federal judge has dismissed complaints from four Muslim inmates at the Cass County Jail who contended they were fed pork, in violation of their religious beliefs, and sought millions of dollars in damages.
FARGO — Jenni Monet climbed a hill overlooking the Cannonball River to shoot video of dozens of protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline who had put up a teepee village and stood with their arms locked in a gesture of determination. Monet was reporting on a police operation to clear the Last Child Camp, which was taken down hours after it was erected across from the main protest camp during the prolonged protests near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 2016 and early 2017.
WEST FARGO — What began as a dispute at a Fargo strip club ended in a police pursuit and arrest of a man in West Fargo. At about 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, Fargo officers responded to reports of gunfire at The Northern Gentlemen's Club. At the scene, police were told that Pedro Dagdag III, a 47-year-old West Fargo resident, was asked to leave the bar, according to police.
FARGO — Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said a Republican push to expand work requirements for a food assistance program has brought farm bill negotiations to a standstill and endangers the sugar program and crop insurance. Republican members of the House Agriculture Committee are pressing for a work requirement for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that would apply to able-bodied people up to age 65. The program now has work requirements for recipients ages 18 to 49.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Clay County Attorney's Office announced that two officers involved in separate nonfatal shootings — a Clay County sheriff's deputy and a Minnesota state trooper — have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in their use of deadly force. Both shootings were reviewed by the Otter Tail County Attorney's Office at the request of Clay County prosecutors, and the findings were released on Wednesday, April 4.
FARGO — A recently adopted higher threshold for reporting spills in North Dakota's Oil Patch, if applied to a recent five-year period, would mean 80 percent of oil spills and 68 percent of toxic saltwater spills would have gone unreported, an analysis by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead shows.
FARGO—The state of North Dakota finds itself back in court defending a law intended to protect consumers from astronomical air ambulance bills by carriers who are not participating providers in insurance networks. Guardian Flight, which formerly operated in North Dakota as Valley Med Flight, is suing to block a new law that sets reimbursement caps on out-of-network air ambulance services—a practice that stuck consumers with bills that averaged $60,000, according to state figures.
FARGO — Soaring patient demand has set new records since the new Sanford Medical Center opened last year, prompting the addition soon of 16 more hospital beds earlier than expected and driving the need to increase the number of physicians in the region from 588 to 800 by 2025. Since the new medical center opened last July, patient volumes have set records, including a peak hospital census of 495 inpatients at its three Fargo campuses on Feb. 15. The average daily census last year was 400.