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FARGO—Prairie Public Broadcasting has been buffeted by budget cuts, declining membership, and consumers' shifting habits in a media marketplace that is increasingly varied and fragmented. Prairie Public finished its 2017 fiscal year with a deficit of $315,818 and its radio service was $534,139 in the red. Similar numbers are expected for fiscal 2018, which ended Sept. 30, said John Harris, Prairie Public's president and chief executive officer.
FARGO—North Dakota insurance officials outlined a plan intended to allow consumers more options for health coverage they said would reduce premiums between 10 percent and 20 percent and would give insurers greater flexibility. Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread presented the proposal, which aims to increase health insurance affordability and competition, Wednesday, Sept. 26, to an interim legislative committee.
FARGO — Oil production in North Dakota's Bakken Formation is increasing steadily as technology advances, and a 2-million-barrel-per-day goal set a year ago no longer seems out of reach. That was the view of industry officials, gathered here for the annual conference of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, who stressed the importance of technological innovation in increasing efficiency and productivity in the Oil Patch.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's rebounding sales tax collections continued in the second quarter with receipts that were almost 10 percent higher than the second quarter last year. Taxable sales and purchases for April, May and June reached almost $5.15 billion, almost 9.5 percent above last year's second quarter, according to figures from the Office of State Tax Commissioner released Monday, Sept. 17.
FARGO — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., briefed North Dakota auto dealers on federal efforts to resolve trade disputes during a meeting with The Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota on Monday, Sept. 10. Those dealers hope U.S. negotiations will achieve fair trade without having to impose tariffs on imported cars and trucks.
FARGO—A watchdog group is urging federal officials to investigate what it claims is a pattern at North Dakota State University of failing to report non-compliance with regulations to protect research animals. The letter seeking action from the National Institutes of Health, which funds more than $4 million of research at NDSU involving laboratory animals, is the latest from Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
FARGO—Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider said North Dakota's participation in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act would hurt thousands of people whose medical conditions mean they can't get affordable health coverage.
FARGO — North Dakota State University is facing a possible enrollment drop "in the range of 300" students as it approaches the fall semester — a decline that could come with significant budgetary consequences. If enrollment, which last fall was 14,432, drops by 300 this fall, the associated revenue reduction would be $2.6 million, according to Bruce Bollinger, NDSU's vice president for finance and administration.
FARGO — Sanford plans a new heart and vascular health center to be built adjacent to its recently opened medical center in Fargo as part of a slate of $200 million in investments over the next decade to expand services for a growing patient base. The announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of the opening of the $594 million Sanford Medical Center, where patient volumes are exceeding projections, according Nate White, Sanford's chief operating officer and executive vice president of Sanford Fargo.
FARGO—Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead bald eagles over a five-year permit period.