FARGO — Diane Kroupa had travelled to 44 states in her years, but never to North Dakota. So the 78-year-old photographer from St. Louis, Missouri, and her husband decided to pack up and take a trip through South Dakota and North Dakota in late June. After visiting the Badlands and the southern part of North Dakota, the two headed off to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, hoping to find some beautiful views for Kroupa to capture.
MINNESOTA – A 21-year-old motorcyclist who went 155 mph while fleeing police was one of 16,850 motorists cited for speeding during two weeks of extra speed enforcement, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Thursday, Aug. 3, in a news release. The motorcyclist, Dustyn Lee Galbreath of Kindred, N.D., was pursued by multiple officers from the outskirts of Hawley into Moorhead, according to Clay County District Court documents.
FARGO — Sheila Tindall says her son's humor is what kept him going until the end. Even after three organ transplants and multiple surgeries, she said, "He took it in stride, doing it Josh's way." Her son, 25-year-old Josh Tindall, died Saturday, July 29, after a long journey that involved three liver transplants. While Sheila grieves as any mother would, she hopes that his story inspires those who might consider donating organs. "We wanted the full life expectancy ... but we know without the donations, we wouldn't have had the 25 years we got," Sheila said.
FARGO — When Taylor Schulte heard the judges announce first place, she didn't move. She didn't react. It wasn't until her model nudged her that she realized it was her name they had called. "I'm sure my smile is super cheesy in all the photos because it was a genuine ear-to-ear grin," Schulte said. "All my hard work finally paid off." The 24-year-old makeup artist from Wahpeton, N.D., traveled to Sydney, Australia, to compete in the Battle of the Brushes on July 22 after being selected a top-eight finalist by Make-Up Artist Magazine.
FARGO — After several confrontations between Muslim and non-Muslim people in the metro area the past half-year, some community members are calling for more straight-talk from leaders and laws that prohibit "hate crimes" and "hate speech." Hukun Abdullahi, executive director of the Afro American Development Association, said he will be at an Aug. 2 rally here hosted by North Dakota United Against Hate to take a stance against hate and encourage hate-crime legislation in North Dakota.
FARGO — The Casselton Haymakers are headed to this week's North Dakota Class A American Legion state baseball tournament, an accomplishment coach Tyler Schmidt doesn't believe would have been possible without the team's younger players. "We had some of our younger guys step up and I really think that's the difference in us making the state tournament," Schmidt said, adding that players who were striking out at the beginning of the season were "grinding it out on bats" in region play. "They were really productive," Schmidt said. "They did what they were supposed to do."
FARGO — Jon Landre lifts a blue bin full of recyclables into the trunk of his van at the Riviera Heights mobile home park in north Fargo, ready to drop them off at a nearby recycling center before work. He factors in extra time to make the stop and sort his recyclables there. "I'd rather not spend the time doing that, but it happens to be an easy drop off for me," Landre said. "(Other) people are going to start throwing their recycling away. They don't want to make that extra stop at the recycling facility."
FARGO — Each year, about 27 percent of all food produced in the U.S. never makes it to the dinner table. Simultaneously, thousands of people across North Dakota and western Minnesota struggle with hunger, according to the Great Plains Food Bank. To combat the issues of food waste and food insecurity, an old idea with a new name has been proposed by the Cass Clay Food Commission: gleaning.
MOORHEAD — When Newzad Brifki was 4 years old, he and his family were forced to flee Iraqi Kurdistan after it was attacked with chemical weapons while under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Brifki spent the next four years of his life in a refugee camp in Turkey, before coming to the U.S. in 1992. Brifki, now a Moorhead father and husband, has released a memoir about his struggles and triumphs, titled "My Journey to America: A Kurdish-American Story."
MOORHEAD — The nonprofit arts and culture industry in eight northwest Minnesota counties, including Clay County, generates over $22 million in economic activity annually, according to the 2017 Creative Minnesota report presented at the Rourke Art Museum on Tuesday, July 11. Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, said this number encompasses the money spent by artists, arts and culture organizations, and event attendees at 60 art and culture organizations in Clay, Becker, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties.