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FARGO — Insurance regulators have fined Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota $125,000 for improperly denying some mental health and substance abuse claims as well as failing to report suspected fraud cases. The actions, announced by North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, follow a 15-month long examination of the state's leading private health insurer, which covers 65 percent of the state’s group market and 86 percent of the individual market.
FARGO — The chairwoman of the Metro Diversion Authority will urge her fellow board members to vote to appeal the denial of a permit that’s required to enable the $2.75 billion flood-control project to proceed. Mary Scherling, a Cass County commissioner and chairwoman of the diversion board, said she will seek approval to appeal the permit denial by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District when the diversion board meets Thursday, June 27. At a meeting Monday, June 24, the Buffalo-Red board deadlocked 3 to 3 in a vote to approve the permit.
FARGO — Prairie St. John’s will begin work on a new $47 million hospital this fall with the start of demolition of a nearby building, signaling the end of a hospital that has been in service for more than a century. The new psychiatric hospital will have 128 beds, up from the current 110, with space for residential and partial hospitalization care. Demolition of the nearby building is expected to begin in October, with construction of the new hospital planned to start next spring. The new hospital, which will be located near the existing Prairie St.
FARGO — Drew Wrigley, reprising his role as U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota, has named a management team that is topped by Nicholas Chase, who has prosecuted major financial fraud and identity theft cases among other crimes. Wrigley made the announcement Wednesday, May 29, almost six weeks after he was confirmed by the Senate. He has named Jennifer Klemetsrud-Puhl as his criminal enforcement chief, and Kent Rockstad as his civil litigation chief.
FARGO — Aldevron has announced a significant expansion of its ability to produce proteins and enzymes to meet the demands of the booming biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The Fargo-based company now has a fermentation capacity of 1,000 liters and plans to “significantly increase” its manufacturing capability in Madison, Wis. “What’s driving this is the cell and gene therapy market,” said Tom Foti, a vice president and general manager who heads Aldevron’s operations in Madison. “A new class of proteins is getting good results.”
FARGO — Sanford Health plans a major expansion of its Roger Maris Cancer Center, including the addition of bone marrow transplant and immunotherapy programs, in a bid to make it a "destination" for cancer treatment.
FARGO — The chief of the Army Corps of Engineers told the Metro Diversion Authority board that the flood-control project is a top national priority, and federal funding is in place to begin major construction this spring. Lt. Gen.
FARGO — Members of a State Board of Higher Education oversight committee are withholding comment on an audit of the North Dakota State College of Science that found that a vice president was “directly involved” in hiring a consulting firm without disclosing that his wife works as an executive in the company.
BOWMAN, N.D. — Robert DePalma was heading to a known fossil bed when he got a tip that persuaded him to take a detour to a cattle ranch near this southwestern North Dakota community where he would make a stunning scientific discovery. DePalma, a doctoral student in paleontology, surveyed the site, which recently had been abandoned by a private fossil collector who found some fish fossils that crumble easily, an unpromising site for salable specimens.
FARGO — The coincidence of gearing up for a potential major flood fight as Fargo-Moorhead is about to observe the 10th anniversary of its record flood invites inevitable comparisons: Will the 2019 flood-in-the-making be in the same category as the record flood, which crested on March 28, 2009, with a Red River level of 40.84 feet? Unlikely, according to North Dakota’s state climatologist.