GRAFTON, N.D.—Friends of William "Bill" Gorder remembered him Tuesday as a man of high moral integrity who had a passion for issues affecting Walsh County, which he represented for eight terms in the North Dakota House. Gorder, who also served two terms as Walsh County commissioner, died Thursday in Grafton. He was 88. Sen. Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, remembered him as "a good friend and someone we're going to miss."
GRAND FORKS — Michael Johnson, an executive with Grand Forks-based Edgewood Management Group, and his colleagues set out in 2013 to determine what they could do to reduce the number of falls in the company's senior living facilities. They wanted to find out if the medications residents were on might be contributing to the incidence of those falls. The Edgewood company owns and operates about 60 senior living facilities—including independent and assisted living and memory care facilities—in seven states throughout the Upper Midwest.
GRAND FORKS — Telling student to embrace, not fear, technology, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy addressed graduates Saturday, May 13, at Alerus Center in Grand Forks. More than 1,800 UND students were eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies Saturday. For the first time, UND added a commencement ceremony, held in the morning, for more than 500 students who earned graduate degrees. A commencement ceremony for about 1,330 undergraduate students, who have earned baccalaureate degrees, was held in the afternoon.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—On April 6, 2007, Good Friday, Ben Hylden, 16, was running late for an appointment in Park River, so he took the shorter but more dangerous route from his farm home, a gravel backroad, rather than the highway. A half-mile from home he lost control of his car on the icy road and drove into a ditch where he struck an approach, causing the car to flip end-over-end into a field. With no seatbelt on, Ben was tossed around "like a ragdoll" in the car, he said. When the passenger door ripped off he was ejected and thrown face first into the frozen soil.
GRAND FORKS — As Laminda Murach settles into a comfy recliner in a small room at the Cancer Center of North Dakota in Grand Forks, she's smiling, talkative and cheerful. The Buxton, N.D., woman is ready for an immunotherapy treatment for metastatic lung cancer, a diagnosis she received four years ago. "I feel good," she says. "I don't let cancer get me down." She's a motivated grandmother. "I've got little grandkids and great-grandkids," Murach said. "I'd like to see them grow."
GRAND FORKS — If you've noticed that it's getting harder to focus on things up close as you've gotten older, you're not alone. With aging comes inevitable changes in vision, a local eye specialist said, but there are steps you can take to protect your eye health and possibly slow deterioration. The most common vision problem in older adults is "presbyopia" which affects the eye's ability to focus on near objects, said Dr. Mark Sczepanski, an ophthalmologist at the North Dakota Eye Clinic in Grand Forks. This is because "the lens gets larger and less pliable."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Sandy Gessler never imagined herself as a beauty pageant contestant. But, at age 60, she's entering the Ms. Veteran America contest to focus attention on the plight of homeless veterans—something she has experienced. The Grand Forks woman plans to compete in the Ms. Veteran America regional pageant May 27 in Las Vegas. If she's one of the 25 contestants who wins there, she'll go on to the final competition in October in Washington, D.C.
GRAND FORKS — Her pregnancy was progressing well when Cassie Marka headed to the clinic for a 20-week ultrasound procedure in the spring of 2013. She and her husband, William, were excited about the pending birth of their first child. "We went in to learn just the gender," Cassie Marka said. But they learned much more. "They said something was wrong with her heart but we'll wait and take a closer look later," she said. The weeks between hearing something was wrong and learning exactly what was wrong were "pretty awful."
GRAND FORKS — Becca Cruger could not have guessed the response she'd receive when she challenged her online card-making community to send her cards for victims of abusive relationships. The challenge "really resonated with people," she said. She has been inundated with hundreds of handmade cards from paper-crafters around the world who share her desire to raise awareness of domestic violence. "They came from all over the U.S.—the East Coast to down South to the West Coast. And from Australia, Finland, the United Kingdom and Canada."
Martha Geery was surrounded by family members, some from California, who helped her celebrate her 105th birthday Thursday. "I didn't expect any of this," she said at Wheatland Terrace assisted living facility in Grand Forks as she looked over the floral bouquets and a large sheet cake decorated with hot pink and orange flowers. Geery is the oldest person living in an assisted living facility in North Dakota, according to Shelly Peterson, president of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association.