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FARGO — The planned rescue of up to 40 malnourished horses Saturday was thwarted when the horses’ owner apparently sold the animals before deputies could seize them and turn them over for adoption. The Barnes County Sheriff’s Office arranged for a horse rescue organization based in Mandan to pick up the horses Saturday, which were to be seized from the owner, Ginger Helland, who was charged Jan.
FARGO — Conservation advocates gathered Saturday to explore strategies to engage sportsmen in a broad coalition to protect North Dakota’s hunting heritage in the face of rapid energy development and the loss of conservation lands. The summit, hosted by the Protect Theodore Roosevelt National Park Coalition, was aimed at protecting wildlife habitat, which is being fragmented by oil drilling or lost to the conversion of conservation reserve acreage to cropland. Sportsmen so far have not organized to make the case for habitat conservation, but should think about the consequences of significant
FARGO – North Dakota’s ability to attract people to the state continues as the main driver of its population gains. The number of people migrating to North Dakota during a recent period was more than three times the number of births over deaths, new census figures show. Net migration from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2013, in North Dakota totaled 38,223, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
FARGO — North Dakota has made impressive gains in climbing up the ladder of millionaires per capita. A new report shows North Dakota jumped 14 slots — the biggest rise of any state — in the rankings for 2013 by Phoenix Marketing International. The Peace Garden State ranked 29th, a bit below the middle of the pack, in the ratio of millionaires to total households.
FARGO — Doctors now commonly use electronic tablet devices for patient charts and to have reference materials at their fingertips. But a new study by North Dakota researchers has found that those iPads and similar devices can transmit germs, including some that are resistant to antibiotics. Dr.
FARGO — Haze has become more noticeable in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and is the subject of increased monitoring and analysis. Researchers from the National Park Service and Colorado State University are in the midst of a two-year study to determine haze levels in the park’s North Unit, surrounded by intensive oil and gas development. Preliminary findings show a sharp rise in ammonium nitrate, a fine particle that produces haze, as well as fine particles from ammonium sulfate and soot. “Haze is a regional problem here, especially in the wintertime,” said Eileen Andes, chief of interpr
By Patrick Springer Forum News Service FARGO — Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota will not extend coverage for health insurance plans it will discontinue because of new standards under the Affordable Care Act. President Barack Obama decided two weeks ago to allow health insurers to extend coverage after many customers complained that they were losing coverage they wanted to maintain.
FARGO — North Dakota’s bulging budget surplus produced in part by the oil bonanza has sparked interest in ballot drives for spending initiatives or tax cuts. North Dakotans have never been bashful about taking their concerns to voters in the form of ballot measures, whether by initiative or referendum. A tally by the North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office shows voters have weighed more than 480 ballot measures since statehood in 1889. But legislators and some others are worried North Dakota policymakers could find themselves shackled if the state goes the way of states like California, wh
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Robert “Bob” Litherland dispensed countless Dilly Bar ice cream snacks from behind the counter of Moorhead’s Dairy Queen. But the man who helped popularize the Dilly Bar, and was present for its invention, didn’t especially like the ice cream treat he helped market to the masses. Litherland, who died Monday at age 91, established the Moorhead Dairy Queen in 1949 with his wife, Phyllis. It was among the early Dairy Queens, the first of which opened in Joliet, Ill., in 1940.
FARGO — Increasing demand for health care services and new provisions under the Affordable Care Act will combine to drive up insurance costs for many individuals and small groups next year. Beginning Jan. 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota has approval to increase premium rates for group plans.