1. Fargo VA to offer hyperbaric therapy for vets as part of pilot program

FARGO — The Fargo VA Health Care System has been given the green light to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy to veterans dealing with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, a therapy many veterans say has given them relief when nothing else would.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced at a roundtable discussion with veterans on Friday, Sept. 6, that the Fargo VA has been added to a short list of VA systems around the country where the Department of Veterans Affairs is studying the impact of hyperbarics. North Dakota joins locations in California, Texas, Oklahoma and Florida, Hoeven said.

Dr. Robert Bathurst of Fargo's Healing with Hyperbarics says he has seen veterans turn their lives around with the treatment, and for him, it is personal. Get full story here.



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2. No. 1-ranked Bison power past UND, cruise to home-opening victory

North Dakota State’s Noah Gindorff makes a touchdown run against North Dakota during their football game Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service
North Dakota State’s Noah Gindorff makes a touchdown run against North Dakota during their football game Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

FARGO — The final nonconference football game between North Dakota State and the University of North Dakota turned into a non-issue by the fourth quarter.

The No. 1-ranked Bison controlled play from the outset to earn a 38-7 victory over the Fighting Hawks in NCAA Division I FCS play before 18,923 fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

It was a methodical yet convincing win for the Bison (2-0) in front of the largest home crowd at the Fargodome since 2015. UND (1-1) is set to join the Missouri Valley Football Conference next season. The Fighting Hawks have two decisive losses against their old rival in the two division meetings.

The renewal of the rivalry didn't resonate with the Bison players. Read full story here.



3. Body of missing Wisconsin man found west of Jamestown

WINDSOR, N.D. — The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office has recovered the body of a Wisconsin man who was the subject of a search in the Windsor area since Labor Day, according to Sheriff Chad Kaiser.

The body of Gage Laper, 20, of Hudson, Wis., was found in a body of water in the search area Friday, Sept. 6. Read full story here.



4. Minnesota corrections officials consider alternatives to prison for pregnant women and mothers

Tasha Wilson smiles as she looks at pictures of her children in her cell at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee on Wednesday. Wilson, 36, who is serving a five-year sentence for identity theft, gave birth to her daughter Charlee in March. She also gave birth to her first daughter while locked up in Shakopee eight years ago, and says the girl has needed therapy to cope with their separation. Jean Pieri / St. Paul Pioneer Press
Tasha Wilson smiles as she looks at pictures of her children in her cell at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee on Wednesday. Wilson, 36, who is serving a five-year sentence for identity theft, gave birth to her daughter Charlee in March. She also gave birth to her first daughter while locked up in Shakopee eight years ago, and says the girl has needed therapy to cope with their separation. Jean Pieri / St. Paul Pioneer Press

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — In a span of three days, Sarah Schalker went from giving birth to cradling her baby to losing her altogether.

As one of the 15 women who gave birth while locked up in the Shakopee prison last year, Schalker knew she would have to hand her daughter off just days after she was born. That didn’t make the gut-wrenching goodbye any easier.

After a cesarean section and three days in the St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Schalker went back to prison and her daughter, Indigo, went home without her. The baby girl with sandy-blonde hair and blue eyes would not see her mother again for six weeks, until the Minnesota Department of Corrections could approve the infant as a visitor. Read full story here.



5. Deer with arrow through skull becomes local legend

Douglas Moan of Crosslake, Minn., took this photo of the town's legendary deer in August, nearly a year after a hunter shot this arrow in its forehead. Submitted photo
Douglas Moan of Crosslake, Minn., took this photo of the town's legendary deer in August, nearly a year after a hunter shot this arrow in its forehead. Submitted photo

CROSSLAKE, Minn. — An unusual deer has been sighted in the Crosslake area near Brainerd for nearly a year now.

Since the 2018 archery season, Crosslake residents have been spotting a six-point buck with an arrow sticking squarely out of its forehead. Mikinzie Fox and her fellow employees at Frandsen Bank and Trust spotted the animal last October.

“I looked out the window and there were a few deer here,” Fox said. “They come in every night and eat off of the crab apple tree. He was walking toward me and something looked funny. He turned his head and I saw the arrow sticking out of his face. I kind of watched him a little bit. It was crazy. I didn't think he was going to make it.” Read full story here.