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FARGO — A social service agency that’s housed orphans, facilitated adoptions, provided disaster relief and been the center of sometimes controversial refugee resettlement is marking a major milestone. Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is celebrating 100 years of helping people in need. Children have been its focus since day one. CEO Jessica Thomasson said the organization was founded by immigrants, many of whom were Lutheran. “They looked around and saw kids and families in need and came together,” Thomasson said.
FARGO — A smartphone app could someday take the place of the plastic driver’s license card most adults carry in their wallets and purses. But how soon that happens may depend on where they live. A bill under consideration in the North Dakota Legislature would establish electronic or digital driver’s licenses in the state, at a projected cost of $3.5 million. It received a "do not pass" recommendation from the House Transportation Committee, and co-sponsor Sen. Scott Meyer, a Republican from Grand Forks, isn’t optimistic about its chances.
FARGO — Children in this area are certainly among the toughest in the country for enduring frigid weather during school recess, but they do have some stiff competition. Fargo and West Fargo public schools send elementary-age children outside for recess every day unless the wind chill or “feels like” index is 15 degrees below zero or lower. That means kids play outside when the wind chill is minus 14 or above. An online search found even colder thresholds in place in a few other school districts.
FARGO — Work areas come in all varieties, but the spaces two men occupy on the Block 9 tower construction site downtown are wildly different than most. Jeff Jerde, 53, and Justin Beauchane, 41, operate the two large cranes being used to build the $117 million, 234-foot high-rise backed by the R.D. Offutt Co. and Gov. Doug Burgum’s Kilbourne Group. Their jobs are to move heavy equipment and materials from one spot to another at the site along Broadway and Second Avenue North.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — He rents “shop space” in a cold-storage building in this city’s industrial park, but isn’t using it for woodworking or any other hobby. Instead, “Homeless Dave,” as he calls himself, has turned the spot not meant for human habitation into his home. Boxes overflowing with household items cover the concrete floor. A bumper-pull camper parked inside is where he showers and sleeps. A makeshift office, where he uses his old computer, is shrouded in tarps and equipped with heat lamps to stave off the winter chill.
FARGO — At first sight, Sylvia Peach Leiviska doesn’t seem like someone who could take down a 600-pound blue wildebeest. But the 12-year-old Fargo girl, who’s 4-foot-8 and 75 pounds, has quite a story to tell about the animal she snagged on safari with her family in South Africa last summer. In photos, holding the crossbow and rifle she used, she’s dwarfed by the wildebeest’s massive body. “It was just crazy how big it was,” she said.
FARGO —The gums are often swollen and red. The teeth are cracked and decayed. Sometimes, they’re blackened or missing. Nursing supervisor Heidi McLean has seen a lot of mouth misery in her 19 years of working with inmates at the Cass County Jail. The worst is damage done by the use of drugs, including methamphetamine and heroin. “The teeth just rot down to become almost little nubs,” she said.
MANVEL, N.D. — Hunting trips for Chris and Susan Felege are a bit more complicated than they used to be, and the two wouldn’t have it any other way. Along with camouflage gear, guns and ammunition, they’re packing pacifiers, snacks, baby toys and diapers. The couple from rural Manvel has brought daughter Kaylee along for every outdoor adventure they’ve had since her birth in late January.
FARGO — On his recent, grueling journey through the Alaskan bush, Dan Binde ate foods that were low in variety but high in practicality. He lived on ramen noodles, instant potatoes and dehydrated meat that he carried by backpack, stopping at villages every 200 miles or so to replenish the supplies from packages he shipped in advance.
KINDRED, N.D. — A deployment of military members overseas almost always means a period of separation for them and their families. But for a mother and daughter from Kindred, 30 miles southwest of Fargo, it actually means more togetherness.