Roxane B. Salonen
FARGO — Sandy's Donuts on Broadway may be famous for pastries, but there's more to this little downtown eatery than its glorious glaze.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — For 50 long years, Huntington's disease has followed Terry Fore around. It began with her first date with her first husband, Darrell, who died from the disease in 2007.
WEST FARGO — When the call came the evening of June 28, Sarah Fisher was sleeping in bed. Her cellphone — the only number her son had for her in his contacts — sat quietly in its charger. While emergency workers rushed to the crash site, felt for Cameron Bolton's pulse and gently lifted the broken body of her son into the ambulance, Fisher rested, unaware her life had changed. "The accident took place at 8:47; I didn't get the call until like 11:10," Fisher says.
Like many parents, Merideth Sorenson and her husband, Troy, began thinking of names for their youngest child well before the due date. But the girl name she favored ended up shelved — along with other plans — when, in April, pains Sorenson had been experiencing in her stomach became unbearable.
WEST FARGO — When Willie Gartner retired after 43 years as a food broker, he finally had time to read, deciding to focus on Western and religious books. But during a trip to Arizona, he ran out of both. At a book fair, he happened upon a series that intrigued him. The author was signing the books, so he bought the first one. Gartner couldn't put "Pewter Angels" down.
FARGO — For almost a year, the group of 17 Oak Grove School students and nine adults had been excitedly preparing for their mission trip to Antigua and Chimaltenango, Guatemala. The journey looked to be one of the schools' best missions yet, says Bob Noel, mission trip director, given the students' genuine hearts for service. "We just felt like God was going to do profound things."
FARGO — Their courtship had only begun when Kevin and Bonnie Spies learned of their mutual dream of adopting disadvantaged boys.
FARGO — It's been nearly 15 years since the Rev. Lyle Kath learned his swollen glands indicated he had esophageal cancer. Though the necessary treatment changed his life dramatically — he can no longer eat food except through a tube inserted into his stomach, can't drink and no longer speaks — it's also brought many fruits, including five published books and a profusion of preaching, albeit unconventional.
FARGO — Along with their labor, many of the teens involved in the Project Serve event last weekend shared loads of lightness and laughter as they helped the community.
FARGO — Immaculee Ilibagiza's personal spin on the "Eat, Pray, Love," theme would likely be, "Pray, Dance and Bring Flowers."