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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

Damaging wind storms raked eastern South Dakota, with the top gust clocked at 107 mph in Tripp, south of Mitchell. Teams are assessing the damage.
Essentia Health in Fargo is among the first to use a robotic endoscopy apparatus that allows low-risk access to hard-to-reach lung nodules in early development.
Infectious disease specialists say individual health status and vaccination history are important considerations in whether and when to get a second booster dose.
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A site near Bowman, North Dakota, has fossils revealing the last moments of the dinosaurs, wiped out millions of years ago. More findings from the site will be coming out.
North Dakota is slightly above the national average in the number of people taking mental health prescriptions, and has seen a sharp rise during the pandemic. Minnesota and South Dakota are closely behind North Dakota.
More extreme rain and snowstorms are expected in Minnesota and North Dakota, among other changes that come with an increasingly volatile climate, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Sanford Health issued a statement disclosing that it has sustained an attempted "cyber security incident" but said it believes no personal or financial information has been compromised. An investigation continues.
Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are highly effective — more effective than many common drugs — yet a very small number of infections break through and, in very rare cases, result in deaths.
It’s been said that a newspaper is a community in conversation with itself. Reporting is the ultimate conversation starter.
The recent announcement that Sanford plans a partnership with the city of Williston, N.D., to build a clinic and hospital is an example of a growth strategy that will focus on the health system's existing service territory.