GRAND FORKS — If you've noticed that it's getting harder to focus on things up close as you've gotten older, you're not alone. With aging comes inevitable changes in vision, a local eye specialist said, but there are steps you can take to protect your eye health and possibly slow deterioration. The most common vision problem in older adults is "presbyopia" which affects the eye's ability to focus on near objects, said Dr. Mark Sczepanski, an ophthalmologist at the North Dakota Eye Clinic in Grand Forks. This is because "the lens gets larger and less pliable."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Sandy Gessler never imagined herself as a beauty pageant contestant. But, at age 60, she's entering the Ms. Veteran America contest to focus attention on the plight of homeless veterans—something she has experienced. The Grand Forks woman plans to compete in the Ms. Veteran America regional pageant May 27 in Las Vegas. If she's one of the 25 contestants who wins there, she'll go on to the final competition in October in Washington, D.C.
A 27-year-old Bismarck woman died as the result of a vehicle rollover accident north of Bismarck on Saturday. Rebecca Leigh Gerenz was driving north on North Dakota Highway 1804 from her Bismarck residence when, on a curve near mile marker 92.5, her vehicle left the road, entered the west ditch, vaulted off an approach and overturned in a pasture, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
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."
THIS IS A SEPARATE PULLOUT: How to get help: The North Dakota Family Caregivers Support Program provides support to unpaid caregivers of older adults, as well as grandparents and relative-caregivers who are caring for children or an adult child with a disability. For more information, call the Northeast Human Services, a division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services, at (888) 256-6742 or (701) 795-3000. THIS IS A SIDEBAR: Learn more about dementia
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.