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No severance package for ousted North Dakota Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO

FARGO – Paul von Ebers, fired last week as chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota after the insurer reported multimillion-dollar losses, has not received a severance payout.


Board recommends route for proposed Red River Water Supply Project

FARGO – The board behind the proposed Red River Valley Water Supply Project once again endorsed a pipeline route that follows a corridor that already has much of the right of way secured.


Air and ground search turns up no sign of missing Wahpeton college student

WAHPETON, N.D. – A search by foot patrols and airplanes failed Sunday to find any sign of a North Dakota State College of Science student who vanished early Thursday morning.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND reports $72.9 million loss

FARGO – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota recently completed a bruising year that saw its financial bottom line drop by $72.9 million from a loss on a troubled subsidiary and higher-than-expected medical claims.

Retired professor David Green, who helped found Concordia Language Villages, dies at age 82

MOORHEAD – David Green used to joke that he majored in language arts because that discipline meshed with his sports schedule. The retired French professor, who was instrumental in establishing the Concordia Language Villages and overseas study programs at Concordia College, died Sunday at age 82. He retired in 1997.

Persistent rains bring forecast for moderate F-M flood of 28.5 feet by Saturday

FARGO – Goodbye dry winter and early spring, hello surging rivers and soggy fields. The advent of rainy weather, which took hold Thursday in the Red River Valley, is causing rivers and streams to rise.


How dry is it?

FARGO – The Red River stayed within its banks after the spring melt, dust devils are back, and a passing train recently left a wake of grass fires stretching over 20 miles. It’s been a dry spring so far in the southern Red River Valley. In an area where the weather often swings abruptly from one extreme to another, some wonder if this might portend a drought.


Tornado danger often underestimated in Red River Valley

FARGO - The long forgotten “Tornado Belt” once ran smack through Fargo-Moorhead. The arbitrary designation coincided with the Northern Pacific Railroad, extending from Duluth, Minn., to the Puget Sound, and supposedly marked the northern limit of tornadoes.


ND insurance commissioner meets with Obama about health care reform

FARGO – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm was among state regulators who met Thursday with President Barack Obama and his top advisers about their shared roles in implementing health reform.


Water retention authority claims gradual progress

FARGO – The Red River Retention Authority was formed in 2010 to pursue water retention projects throughout the basin to reduce the impacts of flooding. Now, almost four years later, the Red River Retention Authority still is working on compiling a list of proposed retention projects in the basin.

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NSIC goes to new heights

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference is quickly becoming Big Man Central.

Driven Dvorak

Fanatical Concordia golfer eyes nationals
Drew Dvorak had his mind made up to attend Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference golf power St. John’s.


Berry revisits Mayville

Dean Berry had his career all mapped out. The Mayville State graduate and former Comets baseball player and assistant was prepared to stick around Mayville, N.D., for good.

Wrestling gets new look at JC

Jamestown wrestling coach Cisco Cole at one point didn’t support the idea of women competing in his sport.

Cobbers to remain in D-III

Concordia earned a significant victory last week. The decision was made to end discussion of creating a new division or subdivision to deal with the steady growth of NCAA Division III.

Siverson enjoyed tenure

Duane Siverson couldn’t contain his emotions Tuesday as he walked to the bench after his Concordia men’s basketball team’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-round playoff loss at Memorial Auditorium. Siverson had been preparing for this moment since he announced in January that he would retire at the end of the season, but the finality of the situation was overwhelming.

Bortke paved way for Mary athletics

When athletic director Al Bortke arrived at the University of Mary in Bismarck in 1973, the Marauders offered just one sport (men’s basketball) and had no major national affiliation with the NAIA or NCAA.

Jimmies back in the hunt

Jeff Trumbauer’s first season as head coach of the Jamestown College men’s basketball team could have been considered a disappointment.

Tomeo puts on mileage

Minnesota State University Moorhead football coach Damon Tomeo jokingly started a competition with his staff this season to see who could log the most miles while recruiting.

Dragons making waves

The Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s swimming and diving team has made another leap in its effort to become one of the elite NCAA Division II programs in the country.