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FARGO—Commissioners here are mulling a major change in Cass County government: The auditor, treasurer and recorder could be appointed rather than elected by voters. Appointing the three positions was first suggested in a study a dozen years ago, and draft ordinances were prepared, but the idea was shelved. But the approaching retirements of Treasurer Charlotte Sandvik and Recorder Jewel Spies, who both will step down when their terms end in 2019, has rekindled the discussion.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State University Moorhead administrators will show legislators buildings in need of improvements as they walk through a $9.4 million campus upkeep wish list. Members of the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee will tour the campus the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 15, in preparation for next year's session. University officials are seeking $682,000 to design an extensive renovation of Weld Hall, built in 1914, a major classroom building for the liberal arts, including English, music, journalism and entertainment.
FARGO — Faculty resignations and retirements at North Dakota State University are rising, and some worry it could be an early sign of more departures to come in the face of steep budget cuts. This year 61 faculty members — including deans and department heads as well as professors and lecturers — are resigning or retiring, according to university figures. That compares to 53 resignations and retirements last year and 36 in both 2014 and 2015.
FARGO — North Dakota insurance regulators, responding to consumers who have complained about receiving bills averaging $55,341 for air ambulance flights not covered by their health insurance, are announcing steps to protect patients. As of Aug. 1, a new law requires health providers to give consumers a guide showing which air ambulance companies operating in North Dakota have contracts with the state's three major health insurers.
FARGO—Police, educators, paramedics and mental health professionals now have a new tool to help assess suicide risk in people and guide them to appropriate services. The widespread adoption of a survey, based on research and shown to help reduce suicides, is the result of the local ReThink Mental Health initiative, which has been working to fill gaps in behavioral health services.
FARGO—North Dakota State University still is working to come into full compliance with fire safety codes following city inspections that found improper storage of hazardous chemicals in two laboratory buildings. University officials were notified of fire safety violations in early June, when Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson wrote a letter informing NDSU administrators that they had to take immediate action to come into compliance.
FARGO—Christina Reynolds woke up early with urgent news for her husband, Shaun: Their fourth child was going to arrive ahead of schedule. The Fargo couple knew that a premature birth was possible. They'd even joked that the child could be born in the new Sanford Medical Center. That's exactly what happened at 8:12 a.m., Tuesday, July 25. In fact, little Kadyn Reynolds has the distinction of being the first baby born at the medical center, which opened at 5 a.m., just hours before he was delivered.
FARGO—After years of planning and months of preparation, today is the day: the new Sanford Medical Center opens at 5225 23rd Ave. S. The $494 million, 1-million-square-foot center opened at 5 a.m. At the same time, the emergency department at Sanford Broadway Campus, 801 North Broadway, shut down. Sanford executives gathered the morning of Monday, July 24, to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new hospital.
FARGO — Richard Boulger immigrated from Ireland during a potato famine and found his way to the bustling prairie town of Fargo, where he became established in the hotel business. For years he ran the Hotel Boulger at 223 Broadway, the corner of Broadway and Third Avenue North, which previously was home to the Exchange Hotel, in the heart of a fledgling downtown. In the 1880s, when Boulger arrived, Fargo was brimming with opportunity, enjoying a growth spurt after its founding in the 1870s as a prairie village of tents and huts.
FARGO — The North Dakota State University Foundation and Alumni Association is launching its most ambitious fundraising campaign ever with a goal of raising between $300 million and $400 million over seven years. The group's executive governing board voted unanimously Friday, July 14, to embark on the campaign, with tentative plans to formally enter its public phase in 2019.