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MANVEL, N.D. — Hunting trips for Chris and Susan Felege are a bit more complicated than they used to be, and the two wouldn’t have it any other way. Along with camouflage gear, guns and ammunition, they’re packing pacifiers, snacks, baby toys and diapers. The couple from rural Manvel has brought daughter Kaylee along for every outdoor adventure they’ve had since her birth in late January.
FARGO — On his recent, grueling journey through the Alaskan bush, Dan Binde ate foods that were low in variety but high in practicality. He lived on ramen noodles, instant potatoes and dehydrated meat that he carried by backpack, stopping at villages every 200 miles or so to replenish the supplies from packages he shipped in advance.
KINDRED, N.D. — A deployment of military members overseas almost always means a period of separation for them and their families. But for a mother and daughter from Kindred, 30 miles southwest of Fargo, it actually means more togetherness.
GEORGETOWN, Minn. — In 1948, at age 18, Herb Dahlsad got his first taste of the sugar beet harvest while helping a neighbor near his family's farmstead here. Now 88, he's marking year 70 of the tradition, as he helps his son, Rodney Dahlsad, 60, bring in this year's crop. Turns out, he wouldn't have it any other way. "I don't know, I've got to do something," the elder Dahlsad said, standing in his son's farmyard on a cool, sunny October morning.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Every year around this time, retired military man Tom Krabbenhoft starts feeling even more anxious than usual. On Oct. 11, 1992, he and 16 other servicemen cheated death when the Chinook CH-47 helicopter they were in crashed in the Alaskan wilderness. Krabbenhoft was a 26-year-old North Dakota Army National Guard soldier at the time, anxious to get home after wrapping up a week-long air defense drill.
FARGO — A runner for 10-plus years, James Botnen of Kindred is often training for the next big triathlon or marathon. But since last December, he's also focused on shorter, equally important distances. In a play on numbers, Botnen pledged on his 31st birthday to run 3.1 miles, equivalent to a 5K, every single day for a year. His preference is to run outdoors, but when the weather is bad or time is short, he's inside, on a treadmill. The total number of miles he faced wasn't the issue.
FARGO — Michele Elsenpeter gets upset when people ask why she's still looking for answers to what happened to her brother, Kevin Mahoney, 25 years ago. Her family, and police, think foul play was involved when he disappeared Oct. 2, 1993, after a house party here. "He's my brother and you just don't give up on family," Elsenpeter said.
FARGO — Carol Schlossman is on a mission to make downtown Fargo safer and more livable by holding bars and restaurants more accountable for over-serving alcohol. A business consultant and vice chair of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Schlossman lives in a condo along Broadway. She says the association views alcohol consumption three ways: those who drink responsibly, those who drink due to addiction, and binge drinkers, most often college students.
FARGO — As former North Dakota State University students and longtime Bison fans, Ashley and Thomas Ritteman saw more than they were expecting at her recent ultrasound appointment. The couple wanted to learn the gender of their baby, due in early December, and their families anxiously awaited the news. Seeing their first child on 3D ultrasound, Ashley began to cry. But through tears, she saw an unmistakable image. "I was kind of overwhelmed at the moment, so I just giggled a little bit," she said.
FARGO—Post-traumatic stress disorder began to rear its ugly head in the life of U.S. Army Capt. Garrett Ruud during a second deployment to Afghanistan. He took early retirement in late 2017 due to PTSD and returned to his native Fargo to try to cope. At times, Ruud wouldn't leave his house. "There's a lot of anxiety that comes from it, a lot of sense of not being secure. Social anxiety as well, being around large crowds, noises, those sorts of things," he said.