GRAND FORKS — Growing up on a farm near Wyndmere, N.D., Chuck Klosterman never pictured himself becoming a successful writer or author. "No, I didn't really think like that," said Klosterman. "The idea of being a writer didn't even seem plausible, because I had never met a writer in my life." Yet the farm kid from the Red River Valley built a career, writing for media outlets including the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal; ESPN; Spin, GQ and Esquire magazines; The New York Times; and The Washington Post.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Mental health professionals say patients they see engaging in cutting and other self-harm are resorting to the behavior to relieve the intense emotions they are unable to manage in a healthy way. Ajeng Puspitasari, a clinical psychologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said such behaviors are more prevalent "in younger populations—adolescents and young adults, but adults do engage in self-injurious behavior."
MOUNTAIN, N.D.—From the back seat of a red convertible, Her Excellency Katrin Jakobsdottir, prime minister of Iceland, waved to hundreds of excited onlookers who lined the parade route Saturday at the August the Deuce celebration in Mountain, N.D. The prime minister was the honored guest at the four-day event and keynote speaker at the August the Deuce Heritage Program, led by Curtis Olafson, of Mountain, president of the Icelandic Communities Association.
GRAND FORKS—The suicide rate in North Dakota between 1999 and 2016 is the highest in the country, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With a 57.6 percent increase, the state's suicide rate is "a much steeper increase than the national average rate," said Alison Traynor, director of the North Dakota Suicide Prevention program in the state health department. "The next highest state is Vermont, at 10 points less," she said. "It's deeply concerning."
GRAND FORKS—About 40 people marched, chanted and held signs in protest of Vice President Mike Pence's record on civil rights Wednesday afternoon in Grand Forks. The demonstration began at the Alerus Center and continued north to a grassy area, monitored by local police, just south of Hilton Garden Inn where some of the protesters spoke.
GRAND FORKS—Mosquitoes may not seem especially bothersome right now, but this is no time to let your guard down against the insects that could carry the West Nile virus, said Todd Hanson, head of the mosquito control program of the Grand Forks Public Health Department. Hanson and his colleagues are taking "aggressive" action to counter what "we consider to be an elevated threat of West Nile virus," he said. "We are finding mosquitoes and birds that are positive for West Nile virus on a weekly basis," Hanson said.
GRAND FORKS — Talking to Mark Lindquist is a little like trying to take a sip from a firehose. The energetic, 37-year-old is passionate about inspiring others to "dream big and take a chance" in life, he said. That passion "has led to a career speaking to the largest crowds in America," he said. Lindquist, of Fargo, is a motivational speaker and professional singer, familiar in Grand Forks for his work at UND sports events. He hopes those who hear his talks "walk out of the room and step up their game," he said. "I want them to gain motivation or hope.
GRAND FORKS—Adam Durrani, 18, didn't know a word of English when he arrived in this country, at age 6, with his parents from Pakistan. He learned the language of his new homeland "mainly by watching movies and YouTube videos," he said, "and as an ELL (English Language Learner) student." Durrani has come a long way since then. The recent Red River High School graduate will attend, as a delegate representing North Dakota, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this week in Boston.
GRAND FORKS—Mike Redlin needed only three words to recapture the attention of five energetic elementary students back to the task at hand: reading. "Let's focus, guys," said Redlin, sitting at a U-shaped table with students seated in a half-circle around him in his classroom at Nelson J. Kelly Elementary School. Like well-trained military recruits, the boys all bent over their books as they responded to his questions and word prompting.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—Jonathan Sundby takes his role as a father seriously. So seriously, he joined a local group, All Pro Dad, that meets regularly to teach and inspire fathers to better love and lead their families. "I believe it's important for fathers to be involved in their children's lives," Sundby said. He and his wife, Melanie, are raising pre-teenage children at their home nestled in a grove of trees in the farmland southeast of East Grand Forks.