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ARNEGARD, N.D. — An Idaho woman was killed and three other people were injured early Friday afternoon when a vehicle spun out of control and struck another on icy roads near Arnegard.
WARSAW, N.D. — If little else remains in some of the tiny towns that dot the landscape of rural North Dakota, the churches still stand tall as a monument to the strong faith of the people who first settled there. The double steeples of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Warsaw seemed to reach for the clouds on a recent fall day as workers scaled the church to repair damages from a previous windstorm. The church is 116 years old and is on the National Historic Registry.
Dozens of tiny towns popped up on the prairies of North Dakota and Minnesota in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Just specks on the map and a dust cloud away from a gravel road or highway, remnants of the once bustling towns still stand. Some say if you blink you might miss them, but there is so much more than the eye can see. Faith, family, community spirit and creative commerce built them. More of the same keeps the heart of these tiny towns beating today.
GRAND FORKS — Harley is one lucky dog. Three short weeks ago, she was living in an animal shelter in hurricane-ravaged Texas. Today, she's sleeping on a pink Disney princess blanket, roughing up a plush husky toy and making friends with two indifferent cats named Tucker and Nala. Not a bad life for a dog who just escaped the short list for euthanasia.
HILLSBORO, N.D. — Work is moving forward with a plan to convert the city's longtime deer enclosure to an off-the-leash dog park. Hillsboro Park Board President Cody Harstad said grass could be planted as soon as this weekend, and he hoped the new park within Woodland Park would be open for barking business before winter.
GRAND FORKS — Lavonne wanted to look her best that day. She was expecting a lot of company, and she wanted her hair to be styled just so—not too curly, not too flat. She knew it was usually best to make an appointment, so she had talked to her hairdresser months in advance. And when the day arrived, her daughter made the call to Grand Forks hairstylist Kristi Skyberg. "Her daughter said she always loved the way I did her hair and the way it made her feel," Skyberg said. "She called and asked me if I would do it, and I said, 'Absolutely!' "
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A regional health unit is educating the community and collaborating with partners to develop a needle exchange program to help slow the spread of hepatitis C. Allen McKay, administrator of the Lake Region District Health Unit, said the plan was prompted by a 2016 community health needs assessment — conducted along with CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital — which found a high amount of drug and opioid abuse in the health district's four counties: Ramsey, Benson, Eddy and Pierce.
PARK RIVER, N.D. — Ordean Oen, 90, steps carefully through the hip-high grass, grabbing branches as he goes to steady his footing on the rough terrain hidden beneath the brush along the banks of the Park River. It's a hot August day and the chokecherries are nearly black, plump and prime for the picking. It's been a productive year for the native fruit, and Oen expects a good harvest. "A light frost will kill the juneberries," he says. "But the chokecherries thrive. The chokecherries, you can depend on them."
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — The first time 88-year-old Linnea Anderson saw it she was standing next to a Catholic priest aboard The Adventure in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The strangers knew why they were there and both expected something magnificent, but neither could imagine just how divine and heavenly the sight would be. It was getting darker and darker as the people crowding the upper deck craned their necks to look skyward. Soft whispers could be heard, then suddenly a hush, before a communion of "awes" as the giant halo glowed above them.
PETERSBURG, N.D. — One man was injured Friday evening when his vehicle rear-ended an RV camper being pulled by a pickup about 3 miles east of Petersburg. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported Garriet Gestson, 28, Lakota, N.D., was eastbound on U.S. Highway 2 in a 2005 Chevy Silverado shortly before 7 p.m. when he attempted to turn right onto the gravel road 124th Ave. N.E. with the camper in tow.