Patrick Springer

Patrick Springer first joined The Forum in 1985. He covers a wide range of subjects including health care, energy and population trends. Email address: pspringer@forumcomm.com

North Dakota legislators have been studying ways to close gaps in mental health services, including a new state hospital integrated with better local treatment options
The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, which will open in 2026, will feature immersive, hands-on learning experiences for visitors.
In 2013, a proposed merger between Sanford and Fairview derailed after Minnesota officials expressed concerns.
Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer cited concerns about infringement of religious freedom in their votes against enshrining gay marriage rights in federal law.
The foundation will decide how to invest the gift, with one likely use to provide mental health services for youth.
Sanford Health and Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services are pursuing a merger planned for completion by the end of 2023 that would combine the nation's largest rural health provider with a major Twin Cities health system.
Mark Schneider, who was co-founder of the Schneider Law Firm in Fargo and once served as chairman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, became a right-to-die advocate as a terminal cancer patient.
Incumbent Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., seeking his third Senate term, faced challenges from independent Rick Becker on the right and Democrat Katrina Christiansen on the left.
A site in Mercer County in North Dakota coal country came out at the top of a list of 18 potential sites for a Talon Metals plant to process ore into battery-grade materials.
Signs point to the worst flu season in recent years, while new coronavirus variants continue to appear and RSV respiratory infections are on the rise.