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BISMARCK — Richard Landsberger’s job at a dairy required him to repeatedly lift and stack milk crates. Decades of hefting 40-pound milk cases in a refrigerated storeroom took a toll on his body. He suffered debilitating injuries to both shoulders, both arms, both knees and his back. After more than a decade of struggling to meet the physical demands of his job, Landsberger was let go by his Bismarck employer in August because he no longer met the requirements for a job he’d held for 38 years.
BISMARCK — Burleigh County health providers are by far the heaviest prescribers of narcotic painkillers for injured workers covered by the North Dakota workers’ compensation program. Prescribers in the county, which includes Bismarck, have accounted for half or more of all opioid prescriptions paid for by Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) for more than a decade, far surpassing the amounts for other counties, according to reviews of the agency that examined narcotic use.
FARGO — North Dakota’s estimated population climbed to a record 760,077 residents in 2018 — a gain of 4,901 that reversed a dip in population last year. Gov. Doug Burgum ballyhooed the latest estimate from the Census Bureau, issued Wednesday, Dec. 19, as a sign the state’s economy is on the upswing. “We’re excited to see more people moving into North Dakota, and for good reason,” the governor said in a statement. “Our economy is strong, our jobs are abundant and our quality of life is second to none.”
FARGO — Plans for a $150 million Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum got a big boost from the bully pulpit in Bismarck when Gov. Doug Burgum proposed investing heavily in the project. Burgum advocates tapping the state's Legacy Fund earnings to contribute $50 million to jump-start what he calls “North Dakota’s Mount Rushmore,” a center that would be built near a revamped entrance in Medora to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
FARGO — Cameron Kiser took a tumble and landed face first on asphalt. The landing was painful, causing his entire face to throb. A few moments later, he discovered it was also damaging: His two front teeth were broken. The accident happened while Kiser was visiting friends in Grand Forks on a Friday night. The next day, back in Fargo, he made an emergency appointment to see his dentist.
FARGO — The dance hall near the Porcupine River on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation stirred with activity as preparations were made for a ritual that the tribes had last celebrated on the evening after the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. It was early in the afternoon of Nov. 30, 1918, a Saturday. The celebration had been postponed because the deadly influenza epidemic was still a public health concern.
FARGO — A less costly alternative to the EpiPen for severe allergic reactions — a treatment that can cost $400 to $800 per dose — is now available for North Dakota ambulance services. The North Dakota Department of Health is launching a training initiative that will enable emergency medical responders and emergency medical technicians to deliver epinephrine-adrenaline in injectable form, which is much less costly than the EpiPen auto-injector.
FARGO — North Dakota State University is offering buyouts to faculty and staff through early separation incentives in a cost-cutting move as the higher education system continues to grapple with lean budgets. The announcement of the “limited time” voluntary separation incentive program was made in an email sent the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 20.
FARGO — Tiffany Craigo hiked to a remote valley in the craggy badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to say her goodbyes to a stallion named Gray Ghost. Gray Ghost was admired by those who follow the wild horses at the park for his flowing tail and mane as well as the pale gray coat that inspired his name. “He was a fan favorite,” Craigo said. “I thought he was beautiful and I liked him and I was happy when I saw him.”
FARGO — As a boy, Frank Bennett Fiske watched in awe from a trading store window as a wagon procession with a cavalry escort carried the disfigured body of Sitting Bull to Fort Yates. Fiske had been let out of school early that day because of the enormity of the event, which happened in 1890 when Dakota settlers feared the Sioux were preparing for an uprising.