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FARGO — Work areas come in all varieties, but the spaces two men occupy on the Block 9 tower construction site downtown are wildly different than most. Jeff Jerde, 53, and Justin Beauchane, 41, operate the two large cranes being used to build the $117 million, 234-foot high-rise backed by the R.D. Offutt Co. and Gov. Doug Burgum’s Kilbourne Group. Their jobs are to move heavy equipment and materials from one spot to another at the site along Broadway and Second Avenue North.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — He rents “shop space” in a cold-storage building in this city’s industrial park, but isn’t using it for woodworking or any other hobby. Instead, “Homeless Dave,” as he calls himself, has turned the spot not meant for human habitation into his home. Boxes overflowing with household items cover the concrete floor. A bumper-pull camper parked inside is where he showers and sleeps. A makeshift office, where he uses his old computer, is shrouded in tarps and equipped with heat lamps to stave off the winter chill.
FARGO — At first sight, Sylvia Peach Leiviska doesn’t seem like someone who could take down a 600-pound blue wildebeest. But the 12-year-old Fargo girl, who’s 4-foot-8 and 75 pounds, has quite a story to tell about the animal she snagged on safari with her family in South Africa last summer. In photos, holding the crossbow and rifle she used, she’s dwarfed by the wildebeest’s massive body. “It was just crazy how big it was,” she said.
FARGO —The gums are often swollen and red. The teeth are cracked and decayed. Sometimes, they’re blackened or missing. Nursing supervisor Heidi McLean has seen a lot of mouth misery in her 19 years of working with inmates at the Cass County Jail. The worst is damage done by the use of drugs, including methamphetamine and heroin. “The teeth just rot down to become almost little nubs,” she said.
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.