Dozens of people stood in a cold north wind on the Veterans Memorial Bridge between Fargo and Moorhead to show solidarity for the people of war-torn Ukraine.
The crowd of nearly 60 gathered on the bridge Wednesday, March 2, carrying signs with sayings that included, “We stand with Ukraine” and “Stop Putin, Stop War.”
Many waved blue and yellow banners or flags, along with American flags, and passing motorists continually honked horns as they passed by.
Among the group was Oleksandr Likhavhov, who came to the U.S. from eastern Ukraine in 2016.

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From the St. Paul Pioneer Press via Forum News Service.
Insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has filed a federal lawsuit against a COVID-19 testing lab alleging price inflation and fraudulent billing.
In a statement, Blue Cross claims GS Labs inflated the price of its most common test up to five times the market value. The insurer also alleges GS Labs, which is headquartered in Omaha, administered additional tests just to drive up billing to Blue Cross.

“It is our claim that GS Labs intentionally disregarded and misinterpreted federal guidelines for the sole purpose of maximizing profits during a public health emergency,” Scott Lynch, Blue Cross Minnesota senior vice president of pharmacy and chief legal officer, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.

In response, David Leibowitz, a spokesman for GS Labs, said the lawsuit amounted to “strong-arm gamesmanship” by a big insurance company during ongoing negotiations. He added that Blue Cross owes GS Labs more than a $1 million for tens of thousands of tests it is required to pay for under federal law.

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Continental Resources, which helped drive a resurgence in North Dakota’s oil industry, is investing in what is being billed as the largest carbon capture project in the world — taking greenhouse gas emissions from ethanol plants and storing it underground in North Dakota.
Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions on Wednesday, March 2, announced a $250 million investment from Continental Resources, which also will contribute it’s expertise in North Dakota’s geology.

In an interview, Harold Hamm, the founder of Continental Resources said the storage area in Mercer and Oliver counties west of Bismarck, is an “ideal place” for carbon storage, a key component of North Dakota’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“We believe that this is the right thing to do for the right reasons, for the environment, for ag, for industry, for the country, and that’s why we’re here,” Hamm said.

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Attendance tumbled at North Dakota State football games in the fall to the point athletic department honchos could no longer shrug it off as they have in the recent past. So they started asking questions.
But are they the right questions? And are they directed at the right people?

The athletic department, after a series of committee meetings following the Bison season, sent an online survey to ticket buyers asking a couple of dozen questions about their experiences at football games.

“As you see the attendance go down, you have to ask: What are the reasons why?” NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen said.

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When 20-year-old Jens Olaf Kittlesrud arrived in England with a few thousand other American troops to fight in World War I, he was handed a letter from the King of England.
Heady stuff for the son of a Norwegian immigrant from Barnesville, Minn.
It was signed by King George V and dated April 1918.
Basically, the king was giving an enthusiastic shoutout and thank you to the Americans joining the fight.

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