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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.
MANDAN, N.D.—North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani has a renewed contract that runs to 2020 following action by the State Board of Higher Education. The state board, meeting on Thursday, June 28, gave contract extensions to six of the North Dakota University System's 11 campus presidents through June 30, 2020, following routine evaluations of their performance. The contract renewals did not come with salary increases, given the slumping revenues that have plagued state government for the past two years. Bresciani's annual salary remains $354,568.
FARGO—Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead bald eagles over a five-year permit period.
FARGO—Al Jaeger will be armed with a letter of support from the North Dakota Republican Party once he files petition signatures to get on the November ballot to run as an independent for secretary of state, the office he currently holds as a Republican. The North Dakota GOP's executive committee voted unanimously on Saturday, June 16, to give Jaeger the letter of support for his independent candidacy.
FARGO -- Will Gardner, the endorsed Republican candidate for secretary of state, drew 93 percent of the vote in unofficial returns in the GOP primary despite withdrawing from the race after news reports surfaced of his arrest years ago for window peeping. Republicans gave write-in candidates 7 percent of the vote in the North Dakota primary Tuesday, June 12, with 396 of 424 precincts reporting in unofficial, incomplete results.
FARGO—Sanford Health envisions a day when patients can walk into a primary care clinic and provide a blood sample that will reveal genetic susceptibility to certain diseases and help to guide treatment options. That day, as it turns out, is coming soon with the planned "mid-year" rollout of a laboratory test that uses a small blood sample to determine a patient's risk for certain diseases.
BISMARCK — North Dakota State University is proposing a slate of building projects and renovations, including a $60 million agricultural products development center and a $37.2 million multi-sport indoor practice facility. The projects, all given unanimous support on Tuesday, May 15, by the budget committee of the State Board of Higher Education, will require the approval of the full board and, in some cases, the North Dakota Legislature, to proceed. But Tuesday's recommendations, if adopted, mean private fundraising efforts for the projects can begin.
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.
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 — 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.