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BISMARCK—Sanford Health and the Mid Dakota Clinic here have taken a step closer to merging by signing an agreement and expect to combine their organizations soon. Now rivals, the two first announced their intent to merge in September 2016, and announced on Wednesday, June 21, that they intend to form their partnership soon. There will be no staff cuts as a result of the merger, Sanford and Mid Dakota said, and there will be no interruptions in patient care.
FARGO — Ashley Seykora learned she had advanced melanoma two weeks after her second child was born. She was 31 years old and was told her life expectancy was 12 to 18 months. "I remember being angry and thinking, 'No, no, no!'" Seykora said, recalling the grim diagnosis she received more than two years ago. After standard chemotherapy failed, she was able to get into a medical research trial at a hospital in Texas. Her employer-sponsored health care covered the research therapy, due to a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
MOORHEAD — A hacker was able to gain access to non-sensitive information concerning students and employees at Minnesota State University Moorhead in an attack possibly motivated by the Philando Castile case, in which a police officer was acquitted in Castile's shooting death. MSUM notified students, faculty and staff of the breach in an email sent to the campus community on Tuesday, June 20. The breach happened early June 5, was discovered later that day and corrective actions were taken, said MSUM spokesman David Wahlberg.
FARGO—The state-of-the-art Sanford Medical Center that will open here in about a month had an improbable origin stemming from a natural disaster.
FARGO — Safety concerns over the potential failure of a reservoir embankment have emerged as a new complication confronting a proposed pipeline to deliver Missouri River water to the Red River Valley during droughts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently informed state officials that they have determined the Snake Creek embankment — an earthen dam that's over 2 miles long — separating Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon could fail during times of severe drought in the Missouri River basin.
FARGO — Inspectors with the Fargo Fire Department have found significant fire code violations involving improper storage of hazardous chemicals at Ladd Hall and Dunbar Hall on the North Dakota State University campus. "Many of these violations are the result of careless and improper storage of hazardous materials. These violations shall be corrected immediately," Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson wrote in a letter dated Friday, June 9, to NDSU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
FARGO — Sanford Health and Essentia Health are notifying young patients and pregnant women who received lead-concentration blood tests that might have been falsely low because of faulty laboratory equipment. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration warned that common blood tests for lead in certain cases could produce understated readings. The tests in question are from equipment made by Magellan Diagnostics, which discovered as early as 2014 that its three-minute test, conducted in a doctor's office, could produce inaccurate results when using blood drawn from a vein.
FARGO—Ray Jensen had been keeping his trained eye on the increasingly ominous western sky for more than an hour when he saw a tornado descend from a wall cloud at the end of a line of thunderstorms. The tornado was about four miles west of Jensen's office at the National Weather Service at Fargo's Hector Airport. At it emerged, the twister was a sharply pointed black cone that rapidly dropped to the ground.
FARGO—North Dakota's Legacy Fund now stands at almost $4 billion and legislators will for the first time tap earnings from the fund to help balance the budget. Lawmakers voted to spend up to $200 million from the fund's earnings to help balance the 2017-19 budget, in a session in which legislators grappled with a severe retraction in state revenues from sagging oil and farm prices.
FARGO — A global security firm with ties to the government reportedly conducted extensive surveillance and infiltrated activist groups during the prolonged protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The firm, TigerSwan, used "military-style counterterrorism measures" and worked closely with law enforcement agencies in five states, including North Dakota and South Dakota, according to a report by The Intercept, an online publication.