Patrick Springer

Patrick Springer first joined The Forum in 1985. He covers a wide range of subjects including health care, energy and population trends. Email address: pspringer@forumcomm.com

When the metro flood-control operates in extreme floods, up to 29,000 acres could temporarily store water, which could prevent planting or damage crops.
Howes Township failed to justify imposing a setback requirement for livestock feeding operations that is more stringent than the state requirement, a judge ruled.
American Crystal Sugar gave $530,000 to GOP members of Congress who refused to certify Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 election, the second-highest total, according to a report.
The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality will launch a pilot project to test paying landowners for results, as opposed to simply paying for conservation projects with the assumption they benefit water quality.
Red Trail Energy in Richardton injects carbon dioxide from fermenting ethanol more than a mile underground into the Broom Creek Formation — an achievement officials say shows North Dakota is blazing the trail for renewable energy's future.
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Ryan Richard built a new farmstead when the original plan for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion threatened his original farmstead. But the route of the revised diversion project now runs through his new farmstead, a setback he said will cost him millions of dollars.
Gene and Brenda Sauvageau argued that an expedited eminent domain process was unfair and illegal. They own almost 8 acres needed for the metro flood diversion project.
Many Casselton residents support the plant, but would prefer another location, and most who spoke critically want a shorter tax-exemption period for the $500 million project.
Fall rains and winter snows allowed some areas of the Red River Valley to escape drought, while others remain abnormally dry or in drought.
Ejaz Khan's photography of the horses in North Dakota blossomed into a film, "Vanishing Knowledge," that hopes to inspire a major benefactor to step forward to create a sustainable future for a herd of 300 horses supporters say are unique.