Robin Huebner / Forum News Service
FARGO — They’ve been on the wish list at the Red River Zoo for years. The Eurasian lynx, native to a wide area stretching from north-central Europe to central Asia, seemed a perfect fit for North Dakota’s cold winters and warm summers. After years of fundraising through community partnerships, the zoo secured two of the big cats and will introduce them to the public during its spring kickoff this weekend.
FARGO — As a news reporter fresh out of college, former Fargoan Roxana Saberi covered stories about city government and the weather. However, she always had her sights set on something broader. “It was a little tough for me because I wanted to cover international news, but this was my first job, right, in Fargo?” Saberi said with a laugh during a recent Skype interview from her apartment in England. Saberi, 41, has put in just over a year as a foreign correspondent for CBS News in London. Before that, she was a freelance reporter with CBS in New York.
ADRIAN, N.D. — The young newspaper reporter was on a mission. Nebraska native Katie Ryan was working for The Jamestown Sun, covering a historic flood in the spring of 2009 in the James River Valley, in LaMoure County, N.D. She’d learned of high water threatening homes in and around the tiny town of Adrian, about 30 miles southeast of Jamestown. Checking in at the local grain elevator, she heard about a man named Levi Anderson who’d become a key figure in the local flood fight.
FARGO — The claims are explosive: Mammograms subject women to ionizing radiation in amounts equal to 100 chest X-rays, and they actually cause breast cancer. A film showing Thursday, March 21, at the Fargo Theatre as part of the annual Fargo Film Festival takes direct aim at mammography, the gold standard in breast cancer detection in the U.S.
FARGO — One simple chair. She said that’s all she wanted. Tammy DeSautel takes her daughter Macy Stuart to all kinds of community events. Basketball games are their favorite, because Stuart loves to watch her cousin play. They went to see him in the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex, or SHAC, on the North Dakota State University campus on March 2. DeSautel asked for a chair so she could sit next to her daughter in her wheelchair. A staff member said he’d have to ask a supervisor.
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.