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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

A warmup is coming in June, but conflicting forces make it impossible to predict whether the summer will be hot and dry or hot and wet.
Essentia Health in Fargo is among the first to use a robotic endoscopy apparatus that allows low-risk access to hard-to-reach lung nodules in early development.
Infectious disease specialists say individual health status and vaccination history are important considerations in whether and when to get a second booster dose.
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A site near Bowman, North Dakota, has fossils revealing the last moments of the dinosaurs, wiped out millions of years ago. More findings from the site will be coming out.
North Dakota is slightly above the national average in the number of people taking mental health prescriptions, and has seen a sharp rise during the pandemic. Minnesota and South Dakota are closely behind North Dakota.
Sanford Health issued a statement disclosing that it has sustained an attempted "cyber security incident" but said it believes no personal or financial information has been compromised. An investigation continues.
Inflation resulting from delays caused by legal challenges have increased the project's cost from $2.75 billion to $3.2 billion, but officials say approximately $830 million in savings will come from low-cost financing and efficiencies through a novel private-public partnership
Permit applications to irrigate 300 acres of former timberland in Minnesota's fragile Pineland Sands region have sparked a legal dispute over whether the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources adequately reviewed the project. Land in the dispute was formerly owned by R.D. Offutt Co.
Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are highly effective — more effective than many common drugs — yet a very small number of infections break through and, in very rare cases, result in deaths.
It’s been said that a newspaper is a community in conversation with itself. Reporting is the ultimate conversation starter.