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FARGO—Annika Perkins always had stomach troubles. It was just something she came to accept as normal for her. They largely receded from her thoughts and faded into the background. "Even as a small girl I always had stomach aches," she said. Then, after years of coping with digestive problems, she came to realize that she had a problem. "This isn't normal," she said, remembering the words of her fiance, now her husband. "You shouldn't have to live like this."
FARGO—Gov. Doug Burgum sees a jumble of disconnected "information silos" when he looks at the towering North Dakota Capitol—an obstacle to collaboration and efficiency he seeks to knock down as he begins to reshape state government through the budgeting process.
FARGO — Geronimo Energy plans to build a 200-megawatt solar project in rural Cass County that would span 1,600 acres and reduce carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road every year. The $320 million Harmony Solar Project would be built in Harmony Township, which is near the Bison substation west of Fargo, which in turn connects to the CapX2020 high-voltage transmission line that runs to St. Cloud, Minn.
FARGO — Jenni Monet climbed a hill overlooking the Cannonball River to shoot video of dozens of protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline who had put up a teepee village and stood with their arms locked in a gesture of determination. Monet was reporting on a police operation to clear the Last Child Camp, which was taken down hours after it was erected across from the main protest camp during the prolonged protests near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 2016 and early 2017.
FARGO — The Fargo Public School District has more room to grow on the city's booming south side thanks to a vote to buy a parcel of land for $1.85 million. The Fargo School Board voted unanimously to buy the land, 78 acres at 2038 76th Ave. S. on the city's extreme south side. The district is buying the parcel, which is south of Davies HIgh School, from the Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch Foundation.
FARGO — The governors of North Dakota and Minnesota have not been asked to send National Guard troops to patrol the border with Mexico, but both governors have consulted with their adjutants general about the possibility.
FARGO — A recently adopted higher threshold for reporting spills in North Dakota's Oil Patch, if applied to a recent five-year period, would mean 80 percent of oil spills and 68 percent of toxic saltwater spills would have gone unreported, an analysis by The Forum shows.
FARGO—The state of North Dakota finds itself back in court defending a law intended to protect consumers from astronomical air ambulance bills by carriers who are not participating providers in insurance networks. Guardian Flight, which formerly operated in North Dakota as Valley Med Flight, is suing to block a new law that sets reimbursement caps on out-of-network air ambulance services—a practice that stuck consumers with bills that averaged $60,000, according to state figures.
FARGO — North Dakota insurance regulators will examine whether the state's largest private health insurer is properly handling behavioral health and substance abuse claims.
FARGO—Cass County once again served as North Dakota's people magnet, gaining 3,162 residents in the latest yearly population estimates. The Census Bureau estimates, reflecting population changes from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, show that Cass County posted a net migration gain of 1,633, comprised of 847 domestic migrants and 786 international migrants. Natural population increase—births over deaths—accounted for a gain of another 1,529 residents in Cass County, to round out the estimated population gain for the year.