Robin Huebner / Forum News Service
CHUGIAK, ALASKA — Fargo native Jim Lanier came through mostly unscathed, suffering a gash to his face, bruised ribs and frostbite on his fingers, toes and nose in a grueling sled dog race. The most inconvenient mishap, however, was one that did not involve being pulled on a sled behind a pack of dogs. He lost a tooth when he stopped to eat at one of the race checkpoints. “It was 42 below zero, and I bit into a frozen cookie,” Lanier said with a laugh from his home here, where he’s recovering from the nearly two-week long trek.
FARGO — Children are taught to wear seat belts to stay safe in a vehicle, but when they board a large school bus there's no way for them to buckle up. While federal transportation safety agencies recommend lap-shoulder belts in all new school buses, most full-size school buses on the road don’t have them. So far, only eight states — none in the Midwest — have passed laws requiring bus seat belts. The reluctance may be due, in part, to a long, strong safety record of school buses.
FARGO — A traffic safety tool known to prevent nearly all of a certain type of deadly crash will begin to be installed for the first time on portions of North Dakota interstates this summer. Workers will start putting in high-tension cable median barriers along parts of Interstate 94 around Fargo and Bismarck, and Interstate 29 in the Grand Forks area.
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.
WEST FARGO—North Dakota pharmacists should be more active in prescribing the opioid antidote naloxone, according to instructors at a continuing education event here Friday, Sept. 29. During the North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy forum, two associate professors said pharmacists should consider prescribing naloxone to people at risk for opioid overdose, even if the patients don't ask. "You have the authority, the right and, I would argue, the obligation" to offer naloxone in those cases, said Elizabeth Skoy, associate pharmacy professor.
KINDRED, N.D.—During the last moments Bob Jostad had with his wife of 45 years, her lower body was pinned by the engine of a school bus. Cathy Jostad, 64, was driving the Kindred bus on a foggy morning near here Sept. 25, 2015, when a loaded farm truck pulled out in front of her from a gravel road onto Highway 46. Miraculously, no students were badly hurt when the bus slammed into the side of the trailer, but the impact crushed Cathy's legs. Three other farm trucks hit those vehicles soon after.
FARGO—A preliminary cause of death has been determined in the case of a teen found dead Sunday, Sept. 17, at a North Dakota State University residence hall, but institutions involved in the case are not releasing that information to the public. Ed Bina, a death investigator in the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office, said last week Devin Delaney's preliminary cause of death was released to a law enforcement agency, likely Fargo police. Cause-of-death reports are sent to the investigating police agency.
FARGO—A federal judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit against the city of Fargo, its former police chief and two officers that claimed police wrongfully accused a woman of possessing drug paraphernalia during her arrest for drunken driving. The judgment from U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson throws out the suit brought in early 2016 by Sarah Rhodes of Moorhead naming officers Jamey Gahner and David Cochran, and former Chief Keith Ternes.
FARGO — An older sister of the woman accused in what may be one of the most horrific crimes ever in the Fargo-Moorhead area said she can't believe her family member is involved. Dawn Dyer, of Star, N.C., is one of six siblings of Brooke Crews, who's charged along with her boyfriend William Hoehn of conspiring to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and conspiring to kidnap her unborn child to claim as their own. Dyer found out about the allegations when her mother messaged her a few days ago.
FARGO—The family hadn't even sat down at their table when the woman across the restaurant stood up from her meal and made a beeline to the baby girl with big brown eyes, dark skin and dark hair. Roxane Cartwright and her husband, Tim, had finalized the adoption of their Pacific Islander infant the day before. The woman approached, trembling, saying repeatedly, "She's exactly what I want," while motioning that she wanted to hold the baby. "Her eyes were huge, she was fixated on my daughter," Cartwright said.