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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:

Damaging wind storms raked eastern South Dakota, with the top gust clocked at 107 mph in Tripp, south of Mitchell. Teams are assessing the damage.
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.
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.
More mental health screening in schools and expansion of telehealth services are among steps being taken to fill gaps in behavioral health for children in 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.
Laws passed by North Dakota to regulate the activities of middlemen involved in prescription drug transactions between insurers, patients and pharmacies are the focus of a national legal battle between state regulators and pharmacy benefit managers.
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is building a $26 million greenhouse complex that will use natural gas now being flared to heat the complex and provide carbon dioxide, which plants need to grow. The tribe hopes this will be the first of several massive greenhouses.
The Waltons purchased the ranch to preserve, and it will continue to be grazed, according to a statement released on behalf of the couple.
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