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FARGO — Children in this area are certainly among the toughest in the country for enduring frigid weather during school recess, but they do have some stiff competition. Fargo and West Fargo public schools send elementary-age children outside for recess every day unless the wind chill or “feels like” index is 15 degrees below zero or lower. That means kids play outside when the wind chill is minus 14 or above. An online search found even colder thresholds in place in a few other school districts.
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.
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.
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.
GLYNDON, Minn. — Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges in connection with a 9-year-old Moorhead girl's drowning at a swimming hole packed with nearly 180 kids on a June day. The prosecutors' memo declining charges and a 60-page report on the drowning investigation were released by Clay County authorities Monday, Oct. 1, as a result of a public records request by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — One hundred years ago, rules of combat said women serving as nurses in World War I were to be nowhere near the front lines. The rules were broken by Clay County nurse Rose Clark and other women, who went to where they were most needed. Some 10,000 trained nurses were sent with the Army Nurse Corps and the Red Cross to serve stateside or in Europe, as the U.S. joined the war effort in April 1917. Clark, of Barnesville, Minn., worked at a field hospital in France that came under fire in 1918 during the war's turning point.
FARGO — Jasmyne Cardinal had the oil changed on her vehicle just before a long road trip with four friends and already has another one booked soon, for good reason. The group left Fargo early Thursday, July 26, on an epic excursion — hitting every Applebee's restaurant in North Dakota in a single day. "I'm a little nervous. I really hope she's going to make the trip," Cardinal said of her 2007 minivan.