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FARGO — Sanford Health has granted hospital admitting privileges to licensed physicians who perform abortions at a Fargo women’s clinic, the first area hospital to allow abortion doctors to satisfy a new state requirement. The law that establishes the credential mandate was suspended from taking effect when a judge granted an injunction last July pending the outcome of a legal challenge. In court filings, the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo — the only abortion provider in North Dakota — said it tried to comply with the law requiring hospital privileges for abortion doctors, but concluded t
FARGO — Doug Goehring, who faces a challenger for the Republican endorsement to keep his job as North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner, will run for the GOP nomination in a primary if necessary. Goehring said Wednesday that he will seek the Republican endorsement for a second term as agriculture commissioner, and hopes to be the party’s choice in its upcoming convention. But if that bid fails, he plans to seek the Republican nomination in a primary, the route Rep.
FARGO – Call it the second Battle of Killdeer Mountain – a clash between growing power needs associated with the oil boom and preservation of what one historian calls the Gettysburg of the Plains. It’s a clash the power company, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, tried to avoid by purposefully ignoring the historic significance of a portion of the path of a proposed new electric transmission line, according to a Fargo history professor who has a grant to study the area. “I think omissions were made knowingly.
FARGO — Biologists are concerned that a proposed power transmission line that would skirt the southern Killdeer Mountains in western North Dakota could disrupt nesting habitat for protected golden eagles. A research biologist said the eagles around the Killdeer Mountains are of special concern because they exhibit rare paired hunting and group hunting behavior, never before documented in golden eagles. Marguerite Coyle, an assistant biology professor at the University of Jamestown who has studied the golden eagles since 2002, said placement and construction of the power line could disturb ne
FARGO — Herman Stern was a driving force at Straus Clothing for decades, founded the Greater North Dakota Association and spearheaded the North Dakota Winter Show. Stern, who emigrated from Germany to Casselton at the age of 16, was named posthumously Wednesday as the 40th recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. “When you think of a leader and visionary whose contributions have impacted generations of North Dakotans, Herman Stern rises to the top,” Gov.
FARGO — A key issue to decide whether the state joins local governments in a partnership to pipe Missouri River water to the Red River Valley: splitting the cost, estimated to range from $800 million to $1.1 billion. Backers of the proposed Red River Valley Water Supply Project on Tuesday outlined the pros and cons of two possible routes for a pipeline to carry Missouri River water to supplement supplies in times of drought. The presentations were made to an interim committee of the state Legislature, which project proponents hope will decide next year to support the project that has languis
By Patrick Springer Forum News Service FARGO — Anne Roberts considers herself a breast cancer “previvor.” After learning that she inherited a gene that placed her at very high risk — and knowing her family history was riddled with cancer — she opted for preventive surgery, a double mastectomy. “My surgeon explained to me it wasn’t a matter of if,” she said. “I was going to get cancer.
FARGO — A key to solving North Dakota’s chronic gas flaring problem will be to overcome landowner objections to allowing collection lines on their property. A petroleum industry task force is proposing policies and legislation to enhance right-of-way access for gathering lines and transmission pipelines for natural gas. Time spent obtaining right-of-way access, which can take up to 180 days, is the biggest cause of delay in connecting wells to natural gas collection systems, said Eric Dillé, government relations director for EOG Resources, based in Denver, and a member of the industry task f
FARGO — The longstanding goal of diverting Missouri River water to supplement water supplies in the Red River Valley is gaining momentum as a state and local initiative. Backers of the Red River Water Supply Project will brief legislators in Fargo next week on route possibilities for a pipeline that could be built without significant federal involvement. “We think we can do this as a state and local partnership,” Dave Koland, manager of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, which is spearheading the project, said Wednesday. The idea of a state and local water project with a price tag
FARGO — The planned rescue of up to 40 malnourished horses Saturday was thwarted when the horses’ owner apparently sold the animals before deputies could seize them and turn them over for adoption. The Barnes County Sheriff’s Office arranged for a horse rescue organization based in Mandan to pick up the horses Saturday, which were to be seized from the owner, Ginger Helland, who was charged Jan.