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FARGO—Sanford Health envisions a day when patients can walk into a primary care clinic and provide a blood sample that will reveal genetic susceptibility to certain diseases and help to guide treatment options. That day, as it turns out, is coming soon with the planned "mid-year" rollout of a laboratory test that uses a small blood sample to determine a patient's risk for certain diseases.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said a Republican push to expand work requirements for a food assistance program has brought farm bill negotiations to a standstill and endangers the sugar program and crop insurance. Republican members of the House Agriculture Committee are pressing for a work requirement for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that would apply to able-bodied people up to age 65. The program now has work requirements for recipients ages 18 to 49.
WEST FARGO—Sara Schmidt teaches special education classes at South Elementary School. She's attuned to signs that a pupil could be frustrated—crumpling an assignment sheet, for instance—and she tries to intervene before agitation can flare into something more serious. "The goal is to be proactive, to not be reactive," when a student's behavior turns potentially disruptive, she said. "These situations do happen." To defuse the student's anger, she might say: "I can see you're frustrated. Do you want to take a break?"
MOORHEAD — Salt applied to streets and roads to melt snow and ice is becoming a growing environmental concern in some areas of the country, including Minnesota, where 50 lakes are listed as impaired because of their salt levels. Street and highway maintenance supervisors are aware of the problems that can result from the salt their crews deposit on roads, and have adopted new methods in recent years that help to reduce salt runoff as well as their operating costs.
FARGO—Patients at Sanford's Roger Maris Cancer Center soon will be treated by a new linear accelerator to precisely deliver radiation therapy as part of an expansion project that also includes a bigger lobby. The new linear accelerator—the third at the cancer center—will go into service Monday, Oct. 2, and Sanford will host an open house for the expansion project on Monday, Sept. 18.
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.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Rylie Langer regrets that she turned down her brother's invitation on that fateful night. Now she wants something good to come of that regret. The siblings had just finished their customary Friday evening pizza when her older brother, Tyler, suggested they watch a movie. Rylie, weary from basketball practice that afternoon, opted instead to go home and turn in early.
The lightning strike that stunned a woman in her car Tuesday near the Bluestem Center for the Arts is a jolt to those who've assumed that you're safe in a...
The stars finally seemed to align for Melissa Dykes Willcoxon. She had just received word that she would receive a disability settlement, a sum that would allow her to travel to Florida to visit her family. A former waitress, Willcoxon had been disabled by knee and back injuries, and often used a walker to get around. At 49, she was a recent grandmother and looked forward to meeting her grandson—her first grandchild—for the first time.
MOORHEAD—The stars finally seemed to align for Melissa Dykes Willcoxon. She had just received word that she would receive a disability settlement, a sum that would allow her to travel...