1. Report shines light on poorly performing nursing homes, including 6 in North Dakota.
FARGO — Five North Dakota nursing homes performed poorly in routine inspections and are among 435 facilities in the nation that federal officials have on a watch list that could place them under added scrutiny. Read story here
In part two of the story, one resident was denied visitors while dying; others were found outside in the cold. Read story here
2. From the archives: Mother forced to stand helplessly as Fargo twister kills seven children
FARGO — The words “tornado”, “Fargo” and “deadly” immediately conjure images of the 1957 twister that destroyed a north Fargo neighborhood and claimed 12 lives, six of them children in the Munson family alone.
Yet, that is not Fargo’s only tragic twister tale.
Nearly 70 years before that storm ripped through town, another deadly tornado snuffed out the lives of seven children in one family living on the north edge of Fargo. Read story here
3. New book on 'female desire' tells story of woman who accused West Fargo teacher of underage sex
WEST FARGO — A new book will feature a woman who accused her now-exonerated West Fargo teacher of having a sexual relationship with her while she was an underage teen more than a decade ago.
The book, “Three Women,” by journalist Lisa Taddeo is set to be released Tuesday, July 9, by Avid Reader Press, a division of publisher Simon and Schuster. Read story here
4. McFeely: 'Dear Mr. Peterson please be so kind and send me something to eat' and other heartbreaking letters from former POWs
MOORHEAD — The letters are at once unfailingly polite and heartbreaking. Some nibble around the edges of what the writer really is trying to say, and others get straight to the point. All paint the topsy-turvy picture of young men believing their time as prisoners of war in a foreign land was far better than their situation after they'd been released and returned home. Read story here
5. ‘I will be at the death’: This reporter died with Custer at the Little Bighorn — a story first told 143 years ago
BISMARCK — Mark Kellogg was an itinerant journalist and telegraph operator who followed the Northern Pacific Railway as it forged an iron path through the Dakota Territory frontier.
After stints in Lacrosse, Wis., and Brainerd, Minn., Kellogg arrived in rough and rowdy Bismarck not long after the railroad reached town. He worked as a reporter for the Bismarck Tribune, whose press came in on the first train to reach town. Read story here