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FARGO — Troy Anderson found himself deeply troubled by the disappearance and death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. He felt a certain connection to the pregnant Fargo woman, who police say was killed in August by a pair of neighbors. LaFontaine-Greywind's infant was found in their apartment, and the 22-year-old's body was found days later in the Red River. Anderson knew one of LaFontaine-Greywind's aunts, and his mother had ties to North Dakota's Turtle Mountains, where LaFontaine-Greywind was from before she came to Fargo, where she worked as a nurse's aide.
FARGO — Marcella Alvarez-Clavijo was homeless when she enlisted in the Marine Corps not long after graduating from high school. Home for more than a year was a bench in a park or subway station or a friend's couch. "It was a rough life," she said. "It was very draining and very emotional." A hitch in the armed services seemed like a secure and dependable world. She chose the Marines, regarding it as the most difficult service branch, with the lowest rate of women, and therefore presenting an aspiring challenge.
FARGO—Two North Dakota health insurance companies will soon begin covering intensive therapy for children with autism under some of their health plans. The voluntary coverage, which starts Jan. 1, is being provided after legislators earlier this year rejected a bill to mandate the coverage for what is called applied behavioral analysis.
FARGO—The push to deliver water from the Missouri River to the Red River Valley is gaining momentum and officials are optimistic that construction on the $1 billion project will start in 2019. So far, 35 community and rural water systems in central and eastern North Dakota have committed to the project, which aims to pipe water from the Missouri to the Sheyenne River, a tributary of the Red River. The project is the subject of a conference in Fargo Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Holiday Inn from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FARGO—You might call it a clash of ideas pitting traditional brick-and-mortar campuses against an increasingly digital world. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani hold vastly different visions of the future of higher education in a time of head-spinning technological transformation. Both leaders presented their views Thursday, Nov. 2, during a meeting of an interim legislative committee that is studying the North Dakota University System.
FARGO — Dwindling grassland remnants in the Great Plains continued their decline last year with the loss of 2.5 million acres consumed by expanding crop production. The reduction, which included a loss of 266,127 grassland acres in North Dakota, was tallied by a "Plowprint" report recently released by the World Wildlife Fund.
FARGO—North Dakotans who receive health insurance from the federal marketplace face a shorter enrollment period, fewer options in many areas of the state, and will get less help in signing up as a result of Trump administration actions. Open enrollment for health coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, begins Thursday and ends Dec. 15, about two weeks shorter than the normal enrollment period.
FARGO—The immunization rates for North Dakota school children, which once lagged among the 10 lowest in the nation, have risen in recent years as officials have joined together to boost vaccinations. New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that North Dakota's immunization rate for measles, mumps and rubella has reached 93.8 percent, which almost matches the national median, 94 percent.
Barbara Johnson's life as she'd known it ceased to exist for a reason that she once tried desperately to hide. As happens to some older women, especially those who have given birth to children, she was plagued by incontinence. Her condition became so severe that she avoided venturing outside her home once she retired. "I was pretty much housebound," she said. "It was just a devastating and degrading situation in my life."
LAS VEGAS – Beau and Adrianne Flom and two other couples are devoted country music fans. All regularly attended WE Fest concerts together as a summer ritual. So it seemed natural that the three couples would travel together to attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day celebration of country music near Mandalay Bay casino on the strip in Las Vegas. “It was just a fun event,” Flom said, recalling their decision to attend.