Patrick Springer, Forum News Service
In the wake of Wednesday's oil train derailment near the small town of Heimdal, emergency responders say they're more prepared than in 2013.
A new book chronicles the nuclear era on the Great Plains.
FARGO - Sanford Medical Center and Essentia Health in Fargo both scored a “B” in a group’s evaluation of hospital safety performance based on measures of error rates. None of North Dakota’s top six hospitals earned an “A” in the latest evaluation by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that tracks and promotes hospital safety, ranking it at the bottom of states and the District of Columbia.
BISMARCK - The American Lung Association again gave North Dakota an "A" in its air quality report, but noted information was incomplete in one Oil Patch county. Air quality monitors are located in eight of North Dakota's 53 counties, including several in the Oil Patch, as well as in Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, and in Cass County, which includes Fargo.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - The deadly avian flu that has claimed or condemned an estimated 2.6 million turkeys in Minnesota alone poses a grim problem: how to kill large flocks of birds. In most cases, death is administered by asphyxiation, either from carbon dioxide gas or, in a method that is becoming increasingly common, by smothering the birds with firefighter’s foam.
FARGO - Experts expect the dry fall, winter and early spring that produced a moderate drought in the Red River Valley and beyond to continue through the spring and possibly into summer. The Climate Prediction Center forecasts the trend throughout eastern North Dakota and most of Minnesota will persist and possibly worsen through the end of June. One longtime Red River Valley weather observer believes the wet period that started in 1993 could be easing.
Sanford Health in Fargo and Bismarck have been designated North Dakota's Ebola treatment centers.
FARGO - Gov. Jack Dalrymple has yet to declare his intentions for the 2016 election, but Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is ready with a prediction: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., elected in 2012 by a slim margin, will run for governor -- if Dalrymple doesn't seek another term. "I think she's running," Cramer told The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead’s editorial board, then added the disclaimer that she wouldn't run if Dalrymple wants another term.
FARGO – Money to start construction sooner than later on a project designed to keep the taps running here in times of severe drought could be evaporating because of the plunge in oil prices. At the same time, a new plan to deliver water to a proposed fertilizer plant near Jamestown is gaining steam, and it is similar in many respects to the project designed to pipe water to the Red River Valley.
FARGO – North Dakota has the nation’s highest death rate from Alzheimer’s disease. The leading cause of dementia among the elderly is the third-leading cause of death in North Dakota, according to figures released Monday by the Alzheimer’s Association. By comparison, Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in Minnesota, which also happens to be the ranking nationally, according to the association.