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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.
TOWER CITY, N.D. — A walk through Maple Valley Public School here reveals a shiny new addition, including a bright lunchroom and new elementary wing.
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 — Tears come easily to North Dakota first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum when talking about her recovery from alcohol addiction, a journey that began more than 16 years ago. "The emotion just comes through because I have so much gratitude," she said, adding, "I would not be here, if not for my recovery." Helgaas Burgum, 55, spoke with The Forum recently about her experiences and the second annual Recovery Reinvented gathering she's hosting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Fargo Civic Center.
FARGO — Most everyone knows eating fruits and vegetables daily is good for you, and it appears North Dakota schools have stepped up to the plate to make sure they’re available to all students. A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report lists North Dakota as leading all others when it comes to school salad bars. With 91 percent of its middle and high schools offering lunchtime salad bars, the state easily bested Vermont’s 86 percent, and Nebraska and South Dakota’s 85 percent.
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 someone dumps a bag of household garbage into a recycling bin at one of the city's drop-off sites, a little detective work begins. Either the recycling truck driver who's emptying the bins or Fargo Recycling Coordinator Jen Pickett herself will search through the waste for a mailing address. If they find one, she takes a photo of the garbage load and sends it, along with a reminder letter, to the offender, saying in essence: Don't put your garbage in the recycling bin.
HORACE, N.D. — The farmhouse on the outskirts of Horace, about 15 miles southwest of Fargo, is where Marty Johnson was baptized and where he and his wife raised their two children. It's also where Johnson's ancestors brought up their families, starting 122 years ago. Five generations in all have made the two-story house their home. But history ends with that generation, it appears, as the farmstead sits squarely in the path of a large channel planned for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.