Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522.
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FARGO - Signs of progress for Christopher Dewey came Thursday through the gesture of an upraised thumb and the squeeze of his wife's hand on command. The 26-year-old deputy's doctors were "cautiously optimistic" about his prognosis the day after surgery to remove bullet fragments from his brain and to repair a torn liver. Dewey, of the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department, suffered both bullet wounds Wednesday morning while investigating a report of gunshots in the town of Mahnomen. Dewey remains under sedation much of the time at Fargo's MeritCare Hospital, where he remains in critical but