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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: pspringer@forumcomm.com

In 2013, a proposed merger between Sanford and Fairview derailed after Minnesota officials expressed concerns.
The foundation will decide how to invest the gift, with one likely use to provide mental health services for youth.
Sanford Health and Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services are pursuing a merger planned for completion by the end of 2023 that would combine the nation's largest rural health provider with a major Twin Cities health system.
Signs point to the worst flu season in recent years, while new coronavirus variants continue to appear and RSV respiratory infections are on the rise.
Sanford Health has added what it says is North Dakota's only pediatric kidney dialysis program at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.
The use of artificial intelligence, which enables computers to learn, has been hampered by a lack of clinical data. Sanford Health has joined with Dandelion Health and Sharp HealthCare to try to solve that problem.
Bison that lived 3,000 years ago were 37% larger than those living today because of a warming climate — a trend that will accelerate, with bison projected to become 46% smaller by the end of the century. Bison are shaggy sentinels of climate change on the prairie.
Studies at the Sanford Center for Biobehavioral Research are looking at how inadequate sleep is related to binge eating and how some people process images of food and body type relate to binge eating. Both studies are recruiting participants.
Suspect made threats involving "Second Life" game players from outside of Minnesota, according to police.
A warmup is coming in June, but conflicting forces make it impossible to predict whether the summer will be hot and dry or hot and wet.