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FARGO—Laurie Seifert Williams works long hours as a project manager for a firm that produces live events. Her work week ranges anywhere from 45 hours to 93 hours, depending on the number and intensity of events. "No, I am not kidding," she said. "In the live event industry, we have to work when there is work—there is no rescheduling our clients because we are too busy." This week, as it happens, has been a very busy week. The firm Seifert Williams works for, Livewire Entertainment Media Services, produced the TEDxFargo conference at the Civic Memorial Auditorium.
FARGO—Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider said North Dakota's participation in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act would hurt thousands of people whose medical conditions mean they can't get affordable health coverage.
FARGO — North Dakota State University is facing a possible enrollment drop "in the range of 300" students as it approaches the fall semester — a decline that could come with significant budgetary consequences. If enrollment, which last fall was 14,432, drops by 300 this fall, the associated revenue reduction would be $2.6 million, according to Bruce Bollinger, NDSU's vice president for finance and administration.
FARGO — Beth Ingram, the provost at North Dakota State University, will resign her position as the campus's No. 2 executive and take a faculty position in agribusiness and applied economics. President Dean Bresciani announced the move in a campus email the morning of Wednesday, July 25. Ingram joined the NDSU administration in 2014. Bresciani did not give a reason for Ingram's resignation, and Ingram's office declined to answer questions or provide a statement.
FARGO — Sanford plans a new heart and vascular health center to be built adjacent to its recently opened medical center in Fargo as part of a slate of $200 million in investments over the next decade to expand services for a growing patient base. The announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of the opening of the $594 million Sanford Medical Center, where patient volumes are exceeding projections, according Nate White, Sanford's chief operating officer and executive vice president of Sanford Fargo.
FARGO — Animal rights advocates have filed a new complaint concerning animal deaths at North Dakota State University including six cows, a horse, a sheep, a vole and a bat. The amended complaint, filed on Tuesday, July 24, alleges violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act in the deaths of the animals. The complaint was filed by Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, an advocacy group that earlier this month filed a complaint alleging 11 violations concerning animal deaths at NDSU.
FARGO — Imagine if, over the next 30 years, every motorist in Cass County, N.D., drove an electric car and every resident used electricity generated by renewable sources, such as the sun and the wind. Actually, John Bagu has done that thought experiment for you, and he crunched a lot of numbers to estimate costs and benefits. He calculates the conversion to electric vehicles and renewable energy in Cass County would cost $15 billion over the next 30 years, create more than 2,000 new jobs and save every county resident $1,600 a year.
FARGO — Dean Hulse wouldn't mind paying more for his electricity if every kilowatt was generated from clean energy sources like the sun and the wind. He's prodding city officials to work with Xcel Energy to bring its Renewable Connect program here, a program that derives all of its power from renewable energy sources. The program has been popular in Minnesota—so popular that all of its capacity, 50 megawatts of wind generation and 25 megawatts of solar energy—is being used by customers.
FARGO—Elena Vazquez and others who knew and loved Flor Avila and her 5-year-old daughter are haunted by a belief that a barrier between opposing lanes of interstate traffic could have spared two families from grieving three deaths.
FARGO—Ken Koehler has been a regular presence among picketers outside the Red River Women's Clinic and its predecessor for more than 35 years in his enduring crusade to end abortion. Along with his like-minded counterparts, he has had the occasional satisfaction of persuading a woman not to enter the clinic to end her pregnancy. Koehler admits, however, that those triumphs are sporadic, often months apart.