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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—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.
FARGO — Oil production in North Dakota's Bakken Formation is increasing steadily as technology advances, and a 2-million-barrel-per-day goal set a year ago no longer seems out of reach. That was the view of industry officials, gathered here for the annual conference of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, who stressed the importance of technological innovation in increasing efficiency and productivity in the Oil Patch.
FARGO — The presidents of North Dakota's two flagship universities said the state's long history of economic peaks and valleys underscores the need for strategic investments in university research to help diversify an economy dependent on agriculture and oil. Dean Bresciani, president of North Dakota State University, and Mark Kennedy, president of the University of North Dakota, outlined their proposal for the state to invest $100 million in research at the two campuses over a four-year period.
FARGO — The family of Leo Kuntz has launched an online fundraiser with the goal of collecting $50,000 to maintain the herd of almost 200 Nokota horses the Linton, N.D., rancher tended. Kuntz died Aug. 12 at age 69 from injuries suffered earlier in an all-terrain vehicle accident that happened when he was returning from checking on his horses. The horses are descended from horses that came from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Kuntz coined the term Nokota horse, which was named the honorary state horse in 1993.
FARGO—The Sanford Medical Center has won designation as a top-level trauma center, becoming the first to earn the recognition in caring for the most severely injured patients for a broad region in the upper Midwest. Sanford has cleared its final hurdle to be verified as a Level I Adult Trauma Center, a designation awarded by the American College of Surgeons. The achievement makes Fargo the only city with a Level I Adult Trauma Center between Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver and Omaha, according to Sanford.
FARGO — Drew Wrigley is on a path to reclaim a job he once held as the top federal prosecutor in North Dakota. President Donald Trump has nominated Wrigley to serve as U.S. attorney for North Dakota, a position Wrigley held from 2001 to 2009 during the President George W. Bush administration. More recently, from 2010 to 2016, Wrigley served as North Dakota’s lieutenant governor under former Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
LINTON, N.D. —Leo Kuntz was a lifelong bachelor. He lived alone on the family ranch in Emmons County and tended a large herd of horses whose very existence was his greatest achievement. The horses came to be called Nokotas, a name Leo coined to signify the North Dakota horse, which was named the honorary state equine in 1993. Kuntz scraped by, never spending money on himself, saving every penny to care for a herd of Nokota horses that grew over the years to number more than 200 on his ramshackle ranch.
FARGO — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., presumes the Russians will try to intervene in the hotly contested North Dakota Senate race on behalf of her opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. The possibility of Russian interference in the North Dakota race, which could help determine control of the Senate, was raised publicly in a newspaper column by Lloyd Omdahl, a retired political science professor at the University of North Dakota.
FARGO—A watchdog group is urging federal officials to investigate what it claims is a pattern at North Dakota State University of failing to report non-compliance with regulations to protect research animals. The letter seeking action from the National Institutes of Health, which funds more than $4 million of research at NDSU involving laboratory animals, is the latest from Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!