GRAND FORKS — Becca Cruger could not have guessed the response she'd receive when she challenged her online card-making community to send her cards for victims of abusive relationships. The challenge "really resonated with people," she said. She has been inundated with hundreds of handmade cards from paper-crafters around the world who share her desire to raise awareness of domestic violence. "They came from all over the U.S.—the East Coast to down South to the West Coast. And from Australia, Finland, the United Kingdom and Canada."
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GRAND FORKS—Parents who are worried their children may be depressed or contemplating suicide should not hesitate to bring up the issue, local mental health experts say. "A really important step is to talk with the child," said Marilyn Ripplinger, a counselor at Red River High School in Grand Forks. "Ask that very question: 'I'm noticing that you're feeling sad. Is there something going on?' There's a myth that, if you talk about suicide, it's more likely (the person) is going to do it," Ripplinger said. "It's not true."
GRAND FORKS -- A North Dakota Supreme Court justice candidate who drew fire for speaking at a Republican convention in Mandan earlier, has now attended a Democratic convention too.
GRAND FORKS—More than $21,500 has been raised through an online fundraising account set up by a Colorado woman to benefit owners of a Somali coffee house in Grand Forks that was damaged in a fire set intentionally Dec.
GRAND FORKS—During the holidays, trying to find the "perfect" gifts for family and friends can be pretty perplexing, if not downright exhausting. It can be a lot simpler when you don't have to worry about things such as getting the right size, style or color. You can avoid such headaches altogether by hosting a white elephant gift exchange. Look around your home and closets for stuff you no longer have any use for, or shop your local dollar store (or the Internet) for one of those rare items that are funny (pickle lip balm) or memorably embarrassing ("double the fun" underpants for
GRAND FORKS -- Returning home recently after a one-year deployment in Afghanistan, Chris Powell said he is most proud of his work building schools for children there. He's also proud "to make it a year and come back to my family," he said. Powell, a U.S.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Sitting near a hospital bed at Altru Hospital, Leslie Saulsbury spreads the tools of her trade on the blanket in front of 7-year-old Josiah Green. The assorted music-making instruments include a portable keyboard, maracas, tambourine and a wooden stick with hinged, cup-shaped clappers that, when shaken, sound like horses' hooves on pavement. Josiah sits subdued and quiet next to the music therapist. "Would you like to play a song?" she asks gently, demonstrating the keyboard. He hesitates, then presses a few keys. "Should we write a Halloween song?" Saulsbury a
GRAND FORKS—A packed lunch from home can be a great way to make sure your child--and you, for that matter—have a healthy, nutritious meal at lunchtime. Not only does a balanced lunch provide the nutrients kids need to grow, it helps them learn better in school and sets the foundation for health benefits long into the future, according to John Crist, dietician with Altru Health System in Grand Forks. Children who don't eat a healthy lunch are more susceptible to viruses that are going around, Crist said. The U.S.
GRAND FORKS -- Although he wanted to, Paul Voth could not donate a kidney to his girlfriend, Tanya Knodle, whose health has been failing in recent years. Their blood types are not compatible. But they found another way that Knodle, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10, could receive the kidney she needed due to the diabetes-caused kidney disease she had. The Grand Forks couple agreed to be part of a "paired exchange" program.