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Nicholas Spaeth, former ND attorney general, found dead in Fargo

FARGO – Nicholas Spaeth, a former North Dakota attorney general and gubernatorial candidate, died Sunday at the age of 64.


North Dakota workers’ comp doctor says opinions repeatedly bypassed

FARGO – The top doctor for North Dakota’s workers’ compensation program complained that “the legal process overrides medical opinions” in the review of injured workers’ claims.

ND abortion clinic drops lawsuit challenging law after reaching agreement with state

FARGO – A lawsuit challenging a law requiring doctors who perform abortions in North Dakota to have admitting privileges at a local hospital has been dismissed.

Those without health coverage after March 31 could face penalties

FARGO – Those without health coverage should bear in mind the consequences of the personal health insurance mandate as enrollment winds to a close March 31: financial penalties apply.

Cranes rising: Pace of construction picks up at site of new Sanford hospital

FARGO – The arrival of one of three tower cranes at the construction site of the new Sanford Medical Center is a sign the project is about to gain elevation.


Fargo-based Noridian has long ties with feuding firm

FARGO – Noridian Healthcare Solutions and EngagePoint for years enjoyed a cozy business relationship.

Altered sleep patterns of daylight savings time can bring health risks

FARGO – You might want to tread lightly Sunday while “springing forward” into daylight saving time.

Spring flood risk remains moderate on the Red River

FARGO – The lingering frigid temperatures yielding the winter blahs have one consolation: a rather tame prediction calling for moderate spring flooding on the Red River.

Fargo doctor faces possible disciplinary action

FARGO – Dr. Michael Gonzales, a pain management specialist, has agreed to stop seeing patients and prescribing medication pending an investigation by the North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners.


BCBS customers can expect big premium increases

FARGO – Reignited health care inflation is one factor driving an expected loss for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s health insurance operations for 2013.

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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.