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FARGO — Troy Anderson found himself deeply troubled by the disappearance and death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind . He felt a certain connection to the pregnant Fargo woman, who police say was killed in August by a pair of neighbors. LaFontaine-Greywind's infant was found in their apartment, and the 22-year-old's body was found days later in the Red River.
FARGO — Marcella Alvarez-Clavijo was homeless when she enlisted in the Marine Corps not long after graduating from high school. Home for more than a year was a bench in a park or subway station or a friend's couch. "It was a rough life," she said. "It was very draining and very emotional." A hitch in the armed services seemed like a secure and dependable world. She chose the Marines, regarding it as the most difficult service branch, with the lowest rate of women, and therefore presenting an aspiring challenge.
FARGO—Two North Dakota health insurance companies will soon begin covering intensive therapy for children with autism under some of their health plans. The voluntary coverage, which starts Jan. 1, is being provided after legislators earlier this year rejected a bill to mandate the coverage for what is called applied behavioral analysis.
FARGO—The push to deliver water from the Missouri River to the Red River Valley is gaining momentum and officials are optimistic that construction on the $1 billion project will start in 2019. So far, 35 community and rural water systems in central and eastern North Dakota have committed to the project, which aims to pipe water from the Missouri to the Sheyenne River, a tributary of the Red River.
MOORHEAD—Tari Joyce spent decades on her feet working as a hairstylist, sometimes standing for hours in stylish high heels. The toll on her feet and joints caught up to her in a big and debilitating way. By the time she was 60, Joyce was disabled and unable to work. To make matters worse, her car, a 20-year-old Buick, was unreliable although she'd spent $600 to try to keep it running.
FARGO—You might call it a clash of ideas pitting traditional brick-and-mortar campuses against an increasingly digital world. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani hold vastly different visions of the future of higher education in a time of head-spinning technological transformation. Both leaders presented their views Thursday, Nov. 2, during a meeting of an interim legislative committee that is studying the North Dakota University System.
FARGO—Dwindling grassland remnants in the Great Plains continued their decline last year with the loss of 2.5 million acres consumed by expanding crop production. The reduction, which included a loss of 266,127 grassland acres in North Dakota, was tallied by a "Plowprint" report recently released by the World Wildlife Fund.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State University Moorhead is now offering a doctorate—the university's first—in education leadership. The new doctorate program has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has enrolled 21 students, or 60 percent of those who applied. The new program is an extension of a long history of teacher education at MSUM, established in 1888 as Moorhead Normal School, said President Anne Blackhurst, who announced the new doctoral program on Monday, Oct. 30.
FARGO—North Dakotans who receive health insurance from the federal marketplace face a shorter enrollment period, fewer options in many areas of the state, and will get less help in signing up as a result of Trump administration actions. Open enrollment for health coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, begins Thursday and ends Dec. 15, about two weeks shorter than the normal enrollment period.
FARGO — Faculty and staff at North Dakota State University have the opportunity in meetings this week to provide anonymous responses to a questionnaire to evaluate Kelly Rusch, vice president of research, whose management style has been criticized. Rusch is one of four vice presidents or vice provosts at NDSU who are in the midst of a comprehensive review, which allows subordinates to comment on the performance of administrators.