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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.
FARGO — North Dakota insurance regulators will examine whether the state's largest private health insurer is properly handling behavioral health and substance abuse claims. Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread said the North Dakota Insurance Department will carry out a market conduct examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota's coverage practices involving mental health and substance abuse claims over a recent five-year period.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, said a partnership between Bismarck State College and an institute in Saudi Arabia that exclusively teaches male students would discriminate against women and asked whether it reflects the state university system's values. "The agreement must discriminate against women," Nelson told members of the State Board of Higher Education at their meeting Wednesday, March 28, at Mayville State University. "No woman can be hired."
MAYVILLE, N.D.—North Dakota State University has the OK to build an addition to Sudro Hall with a price tag up to $28 million to allow for much-needed expansion of its nursing program. The State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday, March 28, to grant NDSU permission to go ahead with the project, which will be entirely paid for by private donations. So far, $22 million has been raised, but the building can be trimmed if fundraising falls short of the goal.