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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.
FARGO — There's a buzz at a federal facility at North Dakota State University, and it's not just coming from insects in the laboratory. Researchers here have been awarded a nearly $2.9 million federal grant to study how bees survive rough winters and emerge in the spring to reproduce. Julia Bowsher, associate professor of biological sciences and lead bee researcher at NDSU, said the work could help lessen the demise of bees worldwide and keep agriculture sustainable. "Everybody is concerned about the plight of the bees right now," she said.
FARGO — Law enforcement leaders here are laying out their opposition to a ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota, with just over two months until residents cast votes on it. Fargo Police Chief David Todd and Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney both say they have concerns about Measure 3. "There is going to be some societal costs to this if it goes into effect, and I'm concerned that people aren't hearing about those society costs," Todd said.
FARGO — When Sanford Health moved into its new hospital off Interstate 94 and Veterans Boulevard here in the summer of 2017, it was already on pace for a record number of births. Cyndy Skorick, Sanford Women's executive director, said that was one factor in the recent move to add certified nurse-midwives to the staff. The second factor: requests from patients. "We know that there are women really wanting that low-intervention birth," Skorick said. Sanford hired three certified nurse-midwives in March to focus on helping women through labor and delivery.
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—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.
FARGO—People involved in the local pageant community say the crowning of a woman from North Dakota as Miss America has been a long, long time coming. Cara Mund, a 23-year-old Bismarck native, became the first-ever Miss North Dakota to win the prestigious Miss America title at the pageant Sunday night, Sept. 10, in Atlantic City, N.J. North Dakota has sent contestants to the Miss America pageant for 70 years and only three have made it to the top 10, most recently Roxana Saberi in 1997.
FARGO — Newly released documents from the Richland County Sheriff's Office regarding the investigation of a priest contain references to him grabbing and shaking the alleged victims' breasts and touching them on the behind. The Fargo-Moorhead Forum received the documents Monday, Aug. 14, after requesting public records related to the sheriff office's investigation of Father Thomas Feltman, who was not criminally charged in the case.
FARGO — More than two months after his body was found under a blanket in a car outside Walmart in Dilworth, Minn., police still can't find anyone who knew 60-year-old Anthony Sabal. Not a family member, friend or even an acquaintance. It took weeks to identify the body — a task accomplished by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office in St. Paul through fingerprints. Locating Sabal's family has proven much more difficult.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead area has had three drownings on the Red River this summer. Such deaths are a factor in the public's sometimes conflicted view of the murky waterway that flows north. In the wake of the latest drowning, Fargo Police Officer Jessica Schindeldecker said the department isn't telling people not to go on the river, but to use common sense. "It's important to be aware of the hazards and be responsible, especially when consuming alcohol," she said. Police identified the man who drowned Monday, Aug. 7, as Hari Kumar Pradhan, 32, of Fargo.