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MOORHEAD — Nine-year-old Samantha Velline looked ready for the beach, wearing sunglasses and sitting in a reclining lawn chair in the Clay County Family Service Center here. However, she and brother R.J. were among eight patients to be seen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in a makeshift dental clinic set up in a conference room between tables and stacks of chairs. Dental therapist Teresa Bushnell went to work, plying Samantha's cheek with anesthetic before filling a cavity, while the child's aunt, Sarah Winbourn, looked on.
ERSKINE, MINN. — What started as an effort to feed senior citizens one heated-up frozen meal a day has turned into a network of kitchens across Minnesota offering home-cooked fare. Monica Douglas began working for the Senior Nutrition Program at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in the late 1970s. At the time, the job involved only four nutrition sites.
MOORHEAD — When a deadly crash happens, family members and the public often want quick answers and justice. This may be especially true when it appears one driver is primarily at fault. In just the past week, three fatal crashes in Minnesota have people speculating on their causes and asking questions. Two-year-old Zaiden Engen died after the vehicle he was in was rear-ended on U.S. Highway 10 here on Saturday, Jan. 6.
FARGO—Irma Ciber experienced déjà vu while volunteering with co-workers at the United Way's 19th annual school supply drive here last August. She did the math in her head and realized she and her sister, a middle-schooler and kindergartner, respectively, and new to the country at the time, were recipients at the first backpack event put on by the non-profit in 1998. "I remember going with our social worker. I remember helping out and receiving a backpack at the same time," Ciber said.
FARGO—Police officers here were able to defuse a situation Sunday, Jan. 7, involving a suicidal woman who was believed to have a gun. Sgt. Jim VanLith said Fargo officers were called to assist West Fargo Police with a woman having a mental health issue who might have been armed. Discussion of the incident came across law enforcement radios around 7:20 p.m. A Fargo officer ended up talking by phone to the woman who was driving around, stating she would run cars off the road, VanLith said.
FARGO—Power has been restored to customers of Cass County Electric Cooperative who were in the dark due to a second evening of outages in south Fargo. Just before 7:00 p.m., it announced power had been restored to all of those customers.
GRAND FORKS—Campus police here have charged a juvenile in an attempted sexual assault at a University of North Dakota residence hall. In a news release, UND Police Lt. Danny Weigel said officers arrested the 17-year-old male on Sunday, Jan. 7, one day after the crime occured. The 17-year-old, whose name won't be released because he is a juvenile, was taken to the Grand Forks County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of sexual assault, criminal trespass and burglary.
WEST FARGO—Police arrested a man on multiple drug-related and fleeing charges following a pursuit here on Sunday, Jan. 7. According to a news release, West Fargo police tried to pull over a suspected stolen vehicle in the 1600 block of 9th St. E. just after 1:30 a.m., but the driver did not stop and fled. Police pursued the vehicle north of the city into the 1300 block of 19th Ave. N.W., where they disabled it with a tire deflation device.
PELICAN RAPIDS, MINN.—Residents and businesses in the southern half of this city are under a boil water advisory until further notice due to a water main break. Customers south of 1st Ave. No. in Pelican Rapids were without water Saturday, Jan. 6, while repairs were being made. City administrator Don Solga said once service is restored, customers should boil any water they plan to consume for a 48 hour period. "Without water pressure, you get the opportunity for bacteria to build in the system so when it comes back on, they must boil," Solga said.
FARGO—An estimated 361 customers of Cass County Electric Cooperative were without power following an outage on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 6. According to a news release, the outage area is between 42nd St. and 45th St. and 13th Ave. S. and I-94. The cause of the outage isn't known at this time. A spokesperson said crews are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.