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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.
FARGO — Cass County officials are worried that the county’s sandbag-filling operation will be overshadowed by Fargo’s Sandbag Central. Cass County is gearing up its flood-fighting preparations and is asking for volunteers to fill 300,000 sandbags starting Wednesday, March 27. Sandbag Central in Fargo, which opens Tuesday, is aiming to make 1 million sandbags. County officials are hoping for at least 60 volunteers at a time to keep the county’s sandbag-filling “spider” machine operating at full capacity.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health is launching an initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide free genetic testing to veterans, with a focus on avoiding adverse reactions to medications. The effort, which will begin this year as a pilot project in Durham, N.C., is supported by a $25 million donation by T. Denny Sanford, the namesake benefactor of Sanford Health, as well as matching fundraising from Sanford Health.
FARGO — The federal government has committed another $300 million toward the $2.75 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood protection project, raising the federal share of support for the diversion to $750 million. The announcement of the commitment from the Army Corps of Engineers was made Tuesday, March 5, by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The Corps' Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, R.D. James, approved the renegotiation of what's called the project partnership agreement for comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Higher flows caused by increased precipitation have elevated runoff of pollutants contaminating the Red River, according to a report by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The agency, in what officials call the first comprehensive look at the Red River’s entire 400-mile course as it flows through the United States, found that flooding has increased the river’s sediment load, bacteria and nutrients that feed algal blooms.