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FARGO — As horse trainers go, Sharlene Reuer might be in a league of her own. The rural Jamestown woman is one of just a handful of women trainers preparing for the opening weekend of racing at the North Dakota Horse Park here Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15. Reuer, 57, is also believed to be the only one in the state who "does it all," from grooming and exercising, to spending countless hours learning what makes her horses tick. She owns and works exclusively with American Quarter Horses, which are the short-distance sprinters.
MOORHEAD — The racers line up near a series of white nylon flags, gates and cones — their eyes covered with strange goggles and their hands feverishly working a set of controls. They don't even have to look in the direction of the course, as their drones, or "quads," dip and zip through. With the help of their electronic goggles, the pilots are operating the little flying machines in "first-person view." "You're in the aircraft itself. It's like being a bird," said Gary Ferguson, a member of Quad Squad Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO — A recent CBS News investigation of lavish retreats where businesses and trade groups pay to talk with state attorneys general revealed North Dakota's top law enforcer recently attended one. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was at the retreat put on by the Republican Attorneys General Association, or RAGA, on Kiawah Island, S.C., in April.
FARGO — Brianna Cassady said she was 8 or 9 years old, growing up in a small town in Iowa, when she realized that despite her outward appearance as a boy, she was "a little girl." She continued to dress in a masculine way for years, she said, because she didn't want people to make fun of her. In her late 20s, however, the transgender woman decided to embrace her true self and begin a gender transition. Now 33, she recently completed the final step in doing so.
FARGO — When Sanford Health moved into its new hospital off Interstate 94 and Veterans Boulevard here in the summer of 2017, it was already on pace for a record number of births. Cyndy Skorick, Sanford Women's executive director, said that was one factor in the recent move to add certified nurse-midwives to the staff. The second factor: requests from patients. "We know that there are women really wanting that low-intervention birth," Skorick said. Sanford hired three certified nurse-midwives in March to focus on helping women through labor and delivery.
SEBEKA, Minn. — A central Minnesota couple is feeling a little like new parents after a rare birth on their farm. A cow gave birth to quadruplet calves on Chuck and Deb Beldo's beef cattle farm near Sebeka on May 24 — all tiny, but appearing to be healthy, so far. The couple is bottle-feeding the calves, two females and two males, almost around the clock. "We are looking for volunteers for that midnight feeding," Chuck Beldo joked, as the calves nestled into a makeshift shelter on the farmyard.
FARGO—Mike Kohler lined up with thousands of other runners inside the Fargodome here on Saturday, May 19, ready for his first half-marathon as part of the Sanford Fargo Marathon. It would be a big step for the 26-year-old plumber and pipefitter from West Fargo, who ran the 10K last year and the 5K the year before that. But a misstep, right from the start, put him on an even more difficult course. Nervous and tired from waking up earlier than usual, Kohler wasn't paying full attention.
FARGO—Three children recently died within a 60-mile radius of here, allegedly at the hands of caregivers who should have protected them. Linda Dorff, Cass County Social Services division manager, fears we'll see more deaths. "That worries me. Scares me," Dorff said. On April 9, 6-year-old Justis Burland died in Fergus Falls, Minn., after being repeatedly beaten, tortured and neglected for months. He had injuries from head to toe.
FARGO—Not a lot of good has happened to Meredith Jeter in the past 30 years or so. Growing up in Denton, Texas, she became addicted to meth at age 16 and got pregnant. She wanted to raise the baby on her own, but knew it really wasn't an option. "The thought of keeping it was more of a fantasy than it was ever going to be a reality," Jeter said recently from a sober-living residence in north Fargo. She decided adoption was the best path.
FARGO — Julie Bruce managed to pack senior year studies into her junior year in order to graduate a year early from Fargo North High School. On May 31, 1999, one day after graduation, a farmer checking his fields east of Casselton, N.D., found the 17-year-old lying on a gravel road in a pool of her own blood and vomit, the victim of a severe beating. Rick Majerus, then-chief investigator and now retired from the Cass County Sheriff's Office, first saw Bruce that night in her hospital room.