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CASSELTON, N.D. — The first weekend of March, John Reichert will depart for an Alaskan adventure that perfectly ties together his professional career and a childhood obsession. For the 18th straight year, he'll volunteer his services at the grueling Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Reichert will be one of about two dozen volunteer veterinarians from all over the country staged at checkpoints along the 1,000-mile wilderness course that traverses two mountain ranges.
FARGO—Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking school, community and church bands and choirs across North Dakota to apply to be the Governor's Official State Band and Chorus for 2018. Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum will select the Governor's Band and Governor's Chorus from applications received based on musical talent, achievement and community involvement, according to a news release. The band and chorus are invited by the governor to perform at official state functions held throughout the year.
FARGO — Amid the Twin Cities Craigslist ads seeking food servers, drivers, T-shirt sellers and even ice skaters for Super Bowl events are a few vague, provocative posts. One seeks "female models" with bartending experience who "must be comfortable topless" to work a party for "wealthy clients in town." Another solicits exotic dancers for the "big game weekend." An entertainment company offers free tickets to "qualifying women" for Super Bowl concerts. Applicants must offer up their Instagram handle so the promoter can check their photos to decide who is "selected."
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Nine-year-old Samantha Velline looked ready for the beach, wearing sunglasses and sitting in a reclining lawn chair in the Clay County Family Service Center in Moorhead. However, she and brother R.J. were among eight patients to be seen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in a makeshift dental clinic set up in a conference room between tables and stacks of chairs. Dental therapist Teresa Bushnell went to work, plying Samantha's cheek with anesthetic before filling a cavity, while the child's aunt, Sarah Winbourn, looked on.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — When a deadly crash happens, family members and the public often want quick answers and justice. This may be especially true when it appears one driver is primarily at fault. In just the past week, three fatal crashes in Minnesota have people speculating on their causes and asking questions. Two-year-old Zaiden Engen died after the vehicle he was in was rear-ended on U.S. Highway 10 here on Saturday, Jan. 6.
FARGO—Police officers here were able to defuse a situation Sunday, Jan. 7, involving a suicidal woman who was believed to have a gun. Sgt. Jim VanLith said Fargo officers were called to assist West Fargo Police with a woman having a mental health issue who might have been armed. Discussion of the incident came across law enforcement radios around 7:20 p.m. A Fargo officer ended up talking by phone to the woman who was driving around, stating she would run cars off the road, VanLith said.
GRAND FORKS—Campus police here have charged a juvenile in an attempted sexual assault at a University of North Dakota residence hall. In a news release, UND Police Lt. Danny Weigel said officers arrested the 17-year-old male on Sunday, Jan. 7, one day after the crime occured. The 17-year-old, whose name won't be released because he is a juvenile, was taken to the Grand Forks County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of sexual assault, criminal trespass and burglary.
FARGO—When Jack Lubka set his sights on a career in medicine seven years ago, he aimed farther, and for a vastly different setting, than many of his peers. Born and raised in the sometimes frozen tundra of Fargo, Lubka took on tropical heat when he enrolled in medical school in Havana, Cuba, in 2010. Seven years later, he's earned his degree and is back home, applying for a residency. Lubka, 34, is the first North Dakotan to get a medical degree from the Communist Caribbean island nation.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Sen. John Hoeven assembled a group of people from the agriculture, technology and education sectors Wednesday, Dec. 27, to discuss how they may benefit from the tax reform plan approved by Congress this month. Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, said the legislation, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, brings broad relief to individuals and families and lowers tax burdens on small businesses, farmers and ranchers.
CASSELTON, N.D.—Judith Antoine began suffering from poor health a few years after moving into her home here nearly three decades ago, but nothing confounded her doctor and her family more than when she struggled to breathe and collapsed last summer. Family members knew of previous heart problems and serious infections but didn't recall any lung trouble, so when Judith was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, or scarring of the lungs, they were surprised. Most shocking was her chest X-ray.