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FARGO - When Kelly and Dave Hatlen's son, Cash, turns 1 on May 5, he will have spent 11 months of his life in the hospital. By all appearances, Cash was a healthy baby until he stopped breathing sometime the morning of June 10. He was eventually diagnosed with a condition called laryngomalacia, which in simple terms means he had a floppy airway. While many babies grow out of it, Cash's case was so severe it completely blocked his airway that morning. He has been hospitalized ever since, first at Essentia Health in Fargo and eventually at the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
FARGO - Mike Sonju did not always envision himself as a jail chaplain. As a matter of fact, being a claustrophobic afraid of public speaking, such a career seemed highly unlikely. But Sonju said God had another plan. After a battle with alcoholism, Sonju saw the light and became a licensed minister in 1998. In 2007, he left his job of 25 years as a boiler house fireman to serve as full-time chaplain at the Cass County Jail. Q. What is a typical day like? I come in mornings and usually hold Bible study. I'll also talk one on one with people.
FARGO - Area diners will soon have something new to smile about. A new Smiling Moose Deli is expected to open in early May in the Kilbourne Building at 102 Broadway. The deli will be the second Smiling Moose in Fargo owned by Williston native Nathan Everson. The first opened last summer at 2877 45th St. S. He decided to open an additional location in response to feedback from people who lived and worked in downtown Fargo and Moorhead. "It was really customer demand," Everson said.
FARGO - Jerret Thiseth has combined his compassion for elderly and disabled individuals with a love for physical education to start his own business, Active at Home Helpers. Thiseth describes the business as providing personalized, activity-focused caregiving. Q. What made you interested in doing this type of work? When I was studying physical education at North Dakota State University, I got a job at Access of the Red River Valley in Moorhead. As a caregiver, I worked with disabled individuals. It was there that I realized how fulfilling it is to help people.
FARGO - Hotel development in Fargo and North Dakota, like in the rest of the country, is seeing an upward swing. Charley Johnson, president and CEO of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, says increased hotel construction appears to be running parallel to the area's overall economic growth. "The recession hit here back in '08, but not nearly as hard as a lot of other places," Johnson said. "We've obviously recovered from that, and things are going nice and smoothly here.
MSUM NEWS: The following area students have been awarded academic scholarships from Minnesota State University Moorhead: Danielle Corcoran, child of Dean and Bev Corcoran, West Fargo, $4,000 University Scholarship; Makayla Swenson, child of David and Lori Swenson, Fargo, $5,000 Achievement Scholarship; and Erica Clark, child of Michael and Michelle Clark, Dilworth, $5,000 Achievement Scholarship. NDSCS NEWS: Four North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, students recently qualified to attend the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., by placing
FARGO - It takes an army of employees to put on an event like Saturday's Kid Rock and Bob Seger concert at the Fargodome. One of the generals overseeing that army is Bernie Larson, director of event services at the Dome. Larson oversees three full-time employees as well as a troop of 175 to 200 part-timers who work in areas such as parking, event staff and security. Q. How did you get into this line of work? I started here 20 years ago as a parking lot attendant as a fun side job. With it being a new building, they didn't have a lot of seasoned staff here.
HIGH HONORS: Britten Croves, a senior at Central Cass High School in Casselton, N.D., has been named a candidate in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Candidates were selected based on performance I the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Further consideration is based on students' essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts. Semifinalists will be announced in early April.
FARGO - The area's newest ethnic grocery store, Himalayan Grocery, opened its doors Feb. 18 at 1000 45th St.
FARGO - Not only is Elaine Ista an experienced phlebotomist at United Blood Services in Fargo, she could also easily serve as a spokeswoman for the organization. Ista recently talked about the rewards of her job and the impor-tance of donating blood. Q. How did you become a phlebotomist? When I was applying for jobs, I kept leaning towards medical fields. I had been a donor myself since high school. I knew the procedures here, and I thought 'I could do that.' So I applied and got the job right away. I have loved it ever since. What made you start giving blood?