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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:

Cass County's active COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed to a new record as omicron surges, and on Thursday, Jan. 13, North Dakota reached a pandemic high for the number of new cases reported in one day.
Jonathan Franklin was shocked when he discovered that parents of five students in a group of high school students in Harvey, North Dakota, had died by suicide. He and his wife, Nicole, decided to do something.
North Dakota's population abruptly dropped during 2021, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates, reversing a decade of robust population growth from 2010 to 2020.
More mental health screening in schools and expansion of telehealth services are among steps being taken to fill gaps in behavioral health for children in North Dakota.
O'Keefe, CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Library Foundation, always planned on donating a kidney to help his mother. He never suspected that his kidney would end up going to someone he's never met.
Forecast models have difficulty predicting the peak for a COVID-19 surge. But an ensemble forecast compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests North Dakota's delta peak could come in three or four weeks.
Ejaz Khan's photography of the horses in North Dakota blossomed into a film, "Vanishing Knowledge," that hopes to inspire a major benefactor to step forward to create a sustainable future for a herd of 300 horses supporters say are unique.
Louis L'Amour's comfortable childhood in Jamestown, in a house brimming with books and conversation, ended in financial distress, launching his life of travel and adventure that shaped the career of one America's most beloved Western writers.
The dismissal of the lawsuit immediately opens the way for the Central North Dakota Water Project, but also will be helpful later in establishing the legal authority to use federal infrastructure to divert Missouri River water to the Red River.
Sanford Health, which served as North Dakota's largest COVID-19 inpatient treatment center during last fall's surge, is girding for a spike in admissions from the delta coronavirus variant that has overwhelmed some hospitals in the South.