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BISMARCK — Despite a bumpy start -- including losing the GOP nomination race to a challenger who later dropped out -- Al Jaeger held the lead in early voting in the three-way North Dakota secretary of state race.
FARGO — Joe Moran once spent three years living on the streets of Minneapolis. He began abusing alcohol as a teenager and later turned to methamphetamines. But his life descended into a much grimmer place when he found himself in the grip of opioids. His opioid addiction, which ultimately led him to street drugs including heroin, started with a prescription painkiller for an injured toe.
FARGO—North Dakota's secretary of state race in the Nov. 6 election has defied predictability. It features two Republican candidates running as independents and a Democratic challenger. The race took an unusual twist when the GOP nominee in the race, Will Gardner, dropped out after news reports of his arrest years earlier on a "peeping Tom" charge outside a woman's dormitory.
FARGO—Prairie Public Broadcasting has been buffeted by budget cuts, declining membership, and consumers' shifting habits in a media marketplace that is increasingly varied and fragmented. Prairie Public finished its 2017 fiscal year with a deficit of $315,818 and its radio service was $534,139 in the red. Similar numbers are expected for fiscal 2018, which ended Sept. 30, said John Harris, Prairie Public's president and chief executive officer.
FARGO — The largest herd of Nokota horses is being dispersed. The herd was the lifetime work of Leo Kuntz, a 69-year-old rancher near Linton, N.D., who died unexpectedly from injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle crash in August while checking on his horses. His family has begun selling horses from his herd of almost 200, the largest single herd of what is known as the Nokota horse, a hybrid of the Northern Plains that traces part of its ancestry back to Sitting Bull's ponies, confiscated when the Hunkpapa Lakota leader surrendered at Fort Buford in 1881.
FARGO — North Dakota bankers gathered in Fargo recently for a conference on agricultural lending, including a seminar on how to recognize distressed farm borrowers and how to mitigate their stress. The recent session for the conference of the North Dakota Bankers Association is a sign of the times as farmers carry out harvest for yet another crop year dominated by low prices, compounded by high input costs and the uncertainty caused by trade disputes.
FARGO — T. Denny Sanford has repeatedly said that he wants to "die broke" and has given away more than $1 billion of his fortune, most notably contributing to namesake Sanford Health. But he's still wealthy enough to land on Forbes' list of billionaires. Forbes estimates Sanford's net worth at $2.6 billion, up from $2.2 billion in March. He owns Premier Bank, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., which specializes in offering credit cards to high-risk borrowers, and is one of the biggest issuers of Visa and Mastercards.
FARGO — Cash Hatlen was a normal, bouncy baby for the first six weeks of his life. There was no hint that anything could go wrong. Except, in hindsight, there was one telltale sign. He spit up a lot. But all babies spit up, after all, and his mother saw nothing unusual about her fifth child. Nothing unusual until her cousin, who was visiting, abruptly noticed that something had gone very wrong. "Cash doesn't look right," the cousin said, with evident alarm in her voice. His mother, Kelly Hatlen, rushed to his crib and it was immediately clear that he was in danger.
FARGO—North Dakota insurance officials outlined a plan intended to allow consumers more options for health coverage they said would reduce premiums between 10 percent and 20 percent and would give insurers greater flexibility. Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread presented the proposal, which aims to increase health insurance affordability and competition, Wednesday, Sept. 26, to an interim legislative committee.
FARGO—Former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem "outsourced" health decisions for North Dakota residents by joining a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Stenehjem joined a legal challenge in federal court in Texas that seeks to declare the health care law unconstitutional. If the law is struck down, thousands of North Dakotans who get their health insurance through the marketplace or from expanded Medicaid will lose their coverage, Dorgan said on Tuesday, Sept. 25.