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By Garrett Richie Forum News Service LAKOTA — Victor Camacho’s face was only a few inches from that of a Holstein heifer. Camacho, holding a bottle in the mouth of the heifer’s slick newborn calf, nodded at the mother as she walked in tight circles around her newborn. As Camacho tickled the calf’s back to stimulate its shaky leg muscles, more Holsteins wandered over from feed piles to peer over the gate at the newborn. “They all want to mother that baby,” said Kent Swenson, who runs Dusty Willow Dairy with his wife, Laurel, and their 24-year-old son Cameron. The newborn
GRAND FORKS — While Easter might pale in comparison to Christmas in a commercial sense, the holiday still holds more religious significance to Christians, as the Resurrection is the cornerstone on which the whole faith rests. According to scripture, Jesus was crucified and died as the ultimate payment for mankind's sin so that all who believed in him could be forgiven and spend eternity in heaven. But without the Resurrection, there is no Christianity: Jesus is crucified, buried, doesn't come back, and the disciples disperse or adhere to Judaism or give up faith completely. Either way, the
GRAND FORKS -- Elizabeth Smart didn’t think people would want to listen to her when she first considered public speaking. But she couldn’t have been more wrong. More than a...
FARGO — Scheels Arena might as well have been Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Thursday morning. With 150 highly desired NCAA Division I men’s hockey West Regional tickets going for sale at 9 a.m.
CASSELTON -- GMOs -- or Genetically Modified Organisms -- first hit U.S. grocery shelves in 1994. They have been hotly debated in the two decades since, being denounced as unstable, unhealthy "frankenfoods" by some while being touted as a solution to feeding a growing global population by others. "Farmers are obviously not out to harm their buyers," said Scott Sinner, who grows both GMO and non-GMO crops. "Why would they be? It doesn't make any sense."
BISMARCK — Students of all grade levels in North Dakota public schools could see new requirements for how well they can run, jump and serve a volleyball, if new state standards are passed. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction formed a committee of physical educational professionals in June to review and update the state’s current Physical Education Content and Achievement Standards, which were last updated in 2008. Gail Schauer, the assistant director for safe and healthy schools in the Department of Public Instruction, said the changes are intended to help integrate more activi
GRAND FORKS — Although influenza cases in North Dakota began to slow in the final week of January, the disease is still geographically widespread in both states and health officials are advising people to continue taking proper precautions. People are also urged to be on the lookout for any possible cases of measles, which is making a resurgence in parts of the United States. “We’re not out of flu season yet,” said Shannon Hansen, infections control coordinator with Altru Health System in Grand Forks.
By Garrett Richie Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — In the two-week lull leading up to any Super Bowl, journalists work hard to dramatize sideline stories: Richard Sherman might miss the Super Bowl if his son is born; Marshawn Lynch won’t talk to the media; Tom Brady has the sniffles. But the main show this month for the National Football League is “Deflategate,” the moniker given to the 11 underinflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in this year’s AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts. While no verdict has been reached regarding Deflategate, some commentators ha
GRAND FORKS — The signs are everywhere. From empty seats in school classrooms to fewer handshakes in church, flu season is in full swing. Since this season’s count began Sept. 1, nearly 3,000 cases of the flu have been reported in North Dakota, including 99 hospitalizations and seven deaths (all seven deaths were people 65 or older). In Grand Forks County, there have been 194 cases. With numbers still growing into January (there were nearly 800 cases in the state the week of Jan.
WALHALLA — Orville Inglis has a thing for numbers. Inglis, who lives in North Border Estates in Walhalla knows that it takes 17 laps around the senior apartment complex to walk a mile. “When he first moved in here (15 years ago), he measured the hallway to know how many times he’d have to walk it,” said his son, Dale Inglis. Orville Inglis, who turns 100 on Dec. 17, also has a thing for biking.