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Spotlight on criticism of flood diversion project

FARGO – A little more than 2,000 additional acres of land under water as a result of the flood diversion to protect Fargo-Moorhead. That’s the total area in Richland and Wilkin counties that would be submerged in the event of a 100-year flood because of the diversion, beyond the area that already would be under water regardless of the project, according to officials.

Medicare payment numbers show Fargo ophthalmologist received more than $4 million in 2012

FARGO – An ophthalmologist topped local medical providers in Medicare payments received in 2012, when he was paid more than $4 million among the $33.4 million paid to the top 200 providers here.


Fargo man chronicles life and death on the Northern Plains in 'Dakota Death Trip'

FARGO – Derek Dahlsad finds himself drawn to reminders of a time when life on the Dakota prairie could be capriciously cruel in surprising ways.


ND considering changes to policies on funding water projects; revisions could benefit Fargo

FARGO – North Dakota officials are taking a fresh look at the policy for the state’s share of water projects at a time when coffers are flush and needs are massive.

Spirit Lake lifts Indian hiring preference in hopes of filling four social worker posts

FARGO – The Spirit Lake social service program still has vacancies for social workers filled by personnel brought in to serve temporary stints. Social service programs at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation were taken over by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Oct. 1, 2012, but the agency has yet to fill four social work slots, said Russell McDonald, the tribe’s chairman.

Pelican Rapids man back on the family farm after pioneering surgery at Sanford

FARGO – Donald L. Johnson’s medical odyssey began when he had a heart attack a little more than a year ago.


Researchers seek volunteers for clinical trials of vaccine for deadly 'superbug'

FARGO – Researchers here are recruiting participants for clinical trials of a vaccine to prevent infections from a sometimes deadly “superbug” resistant to antibiotics.


North Dakota Democrats call for balance in government; nominate Sinner for Congress

FARGO – George B. Sinner and Kevin Cramer both grew up in Cass County but took divergent career paths that now are colliding in the race for North Dakota’s lone seat in Congress.


ND hospitals use all available tools to fill high demand for nurses; need expected to grow

FARGO – Kelly Robinson found that the shortcut to launching her nursing career involved moving 3,800 miles from Honolulu to here.


Taylor promises to be a voice for ND farmers after accepting endorsement at Democratic-NPL convention

FARGO – Ryan Taylor promised Friday to be a voice for farmers and other North Dakotans instead of a “rubber stamp” for runaway energy development as he accepted the Democratic endorsement for agriculture commissioner.


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Cobbers push to playoffs

The Concordia men’s basketball team is making a serious push for the playoffs. Only a year removed from a 4-21 season, the Cobbers have clawed their way into the top tier of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

UND nickname is hot topic

After years of heated debate and legal wrangling, the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname issue finally received an expiration date in 2007.

Dragons’ Garland a legend

In the 1960s, Moorhead State wrestling coach Bill Garland made his team king of the campus. Hundreds of fans packed into the fieldhouse to watch the NAIA Dragons take on the NCAA Division I elite.

NSIC’s limits revisited

The rumor floating around Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schools is that new members Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State-Mankato, Augustana and St. Cloud State have already started lobbying for increased scholarship limits.

Cobbers flattered as No. 1

Concordia volleyball coach Tim Mosser expected to be ranked as low as fourth in the preseason Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coaches poll this season.

More Cobbers deserve Hall honor

Legendary Concordia coach Jim Christopherson became the first player or coach from Concordia to be elected into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Guida plays role in landing recruits

Buffalo High School boys basketball coach and former Concordia guard Nick Guida doesn’t meddle in his players’ collegiate courtship. But he’s not above making a suggestion.

Cobber savoring his tennis

Concordia senior Jordy Kamerling is proof that sports can be more than just recreation.

Siverson finally has his day at Augusta

It might have been the worst day in Duane Siverson’s recreational life.

NSIC’s future still murky

As expected, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference voted to accept Augustana, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State Mankato and Minnesota-Duluth this week.