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FARGO—Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind joined a large and tragic group when she left her apartment and seemed to disappear—the legion of missing persons. Eight months pregnant and 22 years old, LaFontaine-Greywind was asked by a neighbor in her apartment building for help in fitting a wedding dress. The Fargo woman never returned to her apartment that day, Saturday, Aug. 19. By the next day, Fargo Police launched an investigation and search.
FARGO — The Federal Trade Commission is aiming to block the proposed merger of Sanford Health and the Mid Dakota Clinic in Bismarck on grounds that it would reduce competition in the healthcare market. The North Dakota Attorney General's Office will join with the FTC in seeking federal court action to block the deal, arguing that it would violate federal antitrust law. The agencies announced Thursday, June 22, that they will seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop the deal pending an administrative trial, scheduled to begin Nov. 28.
BISMARCK—Sanford Health and the Mid Dakota Clinic here have taken a step closer to merging by signing an agreement and expect to combine their organizations soon. Now rivals, the two first announced their intent to merge in September 2016, and announced on Wednesday, June 21, that they intend to form their partnership soon. There will be no staff cuts as a result of the merger, Sanford and Mid Dakota said, and there will be no interruptions in patient care.
FARGO — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced that President Trump has nominated U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson to a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Erickson was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2003 to the U.S. District Court here, the trial court level in the federal judicial system. Erickson previously served as a state district judge for the East Central Judicial District in Cass County.
FARGO—Barb Swegarden felt a pop in her back while exercising at a fitness club. She suspected a pulled muscle. Then pleurisy was implicated as the cause of her pain. But the chronic pain persisted, unalleviated by removal of her gallbladder. Finally, at the Mayo Clinic, doctors found the cause: cancer in her spine. It turned out the cancer had spread from her breast, where the tumor began, then lodged in her spine. "They called it a rogue cell," Swegarden said. Then she faced a gauntlet of treatments: radiation to her spine, a breast lumpectomy, chemotherapy.
FARGO—Sanford Health is celebrating the grand opening of its new medical center with a concert for employees and their guests that will feature Fergie and Lionel Richie, with special guests including Carson Wentz.
FARGO—Dr. Fadel Nammour was warned against coming to North Dakota to begin his career as a gastroenterologist. After attending medical school in his native Lebanon, Nammour came to the United States, where he received six years of training in Baltimore and Camden, N.J. On the East Coast, he encountered bleak stereotypes about what life in North Dakota would be like. "They don't have roads," he was warned. "It's gravel. They have the Badlands there. What are you getting yourself into?"
MOORHEAD— The Minnesota State University Moorhead School of Communication and Journalism dedicated its Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism on Wednesday, May 3, with thank yous from administrators and students. The Marcil Center, a collaboration between Forum Communications and MSUM, was established in 2013 with a $1 million gift from Forum Communications to support scholarships, internships, research and residencies by communications professionals.
FARGO—Norman B. Black took time in his busy life to write his brother a short letter with exciting news: He bought The Fargo Forum and Daily Republican. "I believe I have picked up the best newspaper property in the United States for the money invested," Black wrote April 27, 1917. "We paid $100,000.00 cash for the plant." That $100,000 investment 100 years ago is equivalent to $2.1 million today, according to inflation calculators.
FARGO—Sanford Health Plan is suing the federal government for almost $9 million for what it says is a reneged promise to pay to cushion the insurer against hard-to-predict losses from providing coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act, the health reform law often called Obamacare, required qualified health plans that sold health insurance in the government's online marketplace to meet certain standings, including providing essential benefits.