FARGO — Opioids have dominated the discussion of how to confront the addiction crisis, but behavioral health and recovery professionals offer the sobering reminder that alcohol claims three times as many lives as narcotics in Cass County. That ratio, documented in a recent Cass County coroner’s analysis, was cited by panelists in a discussion held Friday, Sept. 14, as speakers noted that alcohol abuse remains the area’s most persistent and engrained substance abuse problem.
FARGO — UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, has announced its plans to enter the small group market in North Dakota in a move the state’s insurance regulator said could increase competition. The entry in January will add a major player in the state’s health insurance market, which now is dominated by three companies: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, the Sanford Plan and Medica.
FARGO -- Xcel Energy broke ground on the 150-megawatt Foxtail Wind project in southwestern North Dakota, which will have the capacity to provide electricity for 80,000 homes. The groundbreaking ceremony, on Thursday, Aug. 9, marked the start of a project that is part of a push by Xcel to grow its wind generation by 1,850 megawatts, which represents a 70-percent expansion of its wind portfolio.
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 -- Eleven lambs died when they were packed into a holding pen this spring at North Dakota State University in a manner that they were “essentially crushed to death,” according to animal rights advocates. The lamb deaths and the deaths of three hogs that died from dehydration, also this spring, were the latest in a series of animal deaths at NDSU, which last year included the deaths of 22 bats that were kept for research.
FARGO -- Island Park, established in 1910, is the city’s oldest. Lindenwood Campground followed 11 years later, evolving in time to become Lindenwood Park. Now the two leafy parks, jewels in the crown, could be in store for a makeover. Or at least they will be the subject of extensive planning and surveying of residents to determine what, if any, changes would help the parks better serve the growing city’s recreational needs.
FARGO -- The tick associated with triggering a rare allergy to red meat in humans has been found in at least two North Dakota counties, but no cases of the allergy are known to state health officials. The lone star tick was found last year in Dunn County in western North Dakota and in Dickey county in the eastern part of the state, said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist for the state Department of Health.
MEDORA, N.D. -- It was a gorgeous day for a hike in the Badlands. Not too hot, with some moody clouds that made the sky interesting and the sun less intense. Everything was perfect until my dog yelped. Zooey, my yellow Labrador retriever, whimpered and held up her front left paw, which she started licking furiously. I immediately suspected that she’d stepped on a prickly cactus, which were all around us. I crouched down and inspected her paw, which had begun to swell.
FARGO – Will Gardner has made it official: The endorsed Republican candidate in the North Dakota secretary of state race filed notice that he’s withdrawing from the field.
FARGO -- Three Fargo City Commission candidates -- including incumbent Tony Gehrig -- have been fined $100 for missing a deadline in filing their campaign finance disclosures.