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Rescuers seek survivors after NY building collapse; seven dead


By Chris Francescani And Vitoria Cavaliere NEW YORK Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:03am EDT (Reuters) – Search crews picked through still-smoldering rubble on Thursday, looking for survivors of a gas explosion that caused the collapse of two New York apartment buildings a day earlier, killing seven people and injuring about 60. Facing thick smoke and bitter cold, dozens of firemen, police officers and a ...

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Watford City, Stanley plan hospital upgrades


WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Hospitals are planning multimillion-dollar upgrades in two growing cities in western North Dakota’s oil patch. McKenzie County Healthcare Systems plans to replace its hospital in Watford City with a $58 million facility. The Mountrail County Health Center in Stanley is upgrading its hospital emergency room and nursing home and expanding its clinic in a $6.3 million ...

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Wanted: doctors in N.D.: Survey of hospitals also finds hospital finances among major concerns


By Kevin Bonham A shortage of health care workers — including doctors, specialists, nurses and other professionals — is a major concern in three-fourths of the 36 North Dakota communities surveyed in health needs assessments conducted over the past three years. Other top priorities include mental health issues, including substance abuse, as well as health care costs, obesity and financial viability ...

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Rural EMS bends under the strain


By Grand Forks Herald You know those problems about which people say, “It’ll take a disaster before anything gets done?” This is one of those problems. And if North Dakota and Minnesota could avoid the disaster — which likely will involve sick or injured North Dakotans and Minnesotans dying because ambulances can’t get to them in time — by being proactive, ...

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USDA Rural Development investing in the Bakken


By Jessica Holdman Housing, health care and the Bakken were the focus of U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in 2013. State Director Jasper Schneider said in many states growth happens in the major metropolitan areas. “It’s the opposite in North Dakota, with a lot of development happening in rural areas,” he said. Rural Development invested a total of $506 million ...

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North Dakota leads nation in health, well-being


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)— North Dakota leads the nation for well-being and South Dakota is second. That’s according to a survey of 178,000 Americans nationwide that takes a look at the physical and emotional health of the nation. North Dakota tops the 2013 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index with an overall score of 70.4 out of a possible 100. South Dakota scored an ...

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Former NDSU Alumni donates $2,500,000 to establish “The Empowerment Project”

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Innovative new organization designed to use “market based” concepts to address homelessness, childcare, transportation, mental health and other challenges. (Fargo, ND) Daniel Erickson, a Slayton, Minnesota native who attended North Dakota State University has donated $2,500,000 to establish The Empowerment Project. Erickson is a long time entrepreneur who started his business career in Fargo almost 20 years ago and now ...

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New Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic Now Open

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(Dickinson, N.D.) –The new Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic, which is replacing the existing Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic, is now open. The new clinic, located at 2615 Fairway St., is more than six times the size of the current clinic at 938 Second Ave. W. and can house more than 20 physicians, providing better patient access than ever before. “Sanford made ...

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Project Heat finds a home

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Eric Killelea, Williston Herald Project Heat began sheltering homeless people Monday, offering 10 beds in an effort to help the community solve its growing homelessness issue. Almost one month after the Williston City Commission approved a temporary emergency homeless shelter at the New Armory, an area church group decided to house homeless in an undisclosed crew camp instead. On Jan. ...

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