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FARGO —The gums are often swollen and red. The teeth are cracked and decayed. Sometimes, they’re blackened or missing. Nursing supervisor Heidi McLean has seen a lot of mouth misery in her 19 years of working with inmates at the Cass County Jail. The worst is damage done by the use of drugs, including methamphetamine and heroin. “The teeth just rot down to become almost little nubs,” she said.
MANVEL, N.D. — Hunting trips for Chris and Susan Felege are a bit more complicated than they used to be, and the two wouldn’t have it any other way. Along with camouflage gear, guns and ammunition, they’re packing pacifiers, snacks, baby toys and diapers. The couple from rural Manvel has brought daughter Kaylee along for every outdoor adventure they’ve had since her birth in late January.
FARGO — On his recent, grueling journey through the Alaskan bush, Dan Binde ate foods that were low in variety but high in practicality. He lived on ramen noodles, instant potatoes and dehydrated meat that he carried by backpack, stopping at villages every 200 miles or so to replenish the supplies from packages he shipped in advance.
KINDRED, N.D. — A deployment of military members overseas almost always means a period of separation for them and their families. But for a mother and daughter from Kindred, 30 miles southwest of Fargo, it actually means more togetherness.
GEORGETOWN, Minn. — In 1948, at age 18, Herb Dahlsad got his first taste of the sugar beet harvest while helping a neighbor near his family's farmstead here. Now 88, he's marking year 70 of the tradition, as he helps his son, Rodney Dahlsad, 60, bring in this year's crop. Turns out, he wouldn't have it any other way. "I don't know, I've got to do something," the elder Dahlsad said, standing in his son's farmyard on a cool, sunny October morning.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Every year around this time, retired military man Tom Krabbenhoft starts feeling even more anxious than usual. On Oct. 11, 1992, he and 16 other servicemen cheated death when the Chinook CH-47 helicopter they were in crashed in the Alaskan wilderness. Krabbenhoft was a 26-year-old North Dakota Army National Guard soldier at the time, anxious to get home after wrapping up a week-long air defense drill.
FARGO — A runner for 10-plus years, James Botnen of Kindred is often training for the next big triathlon or marathon. But since last December, he's also focused on shorter, equally important distances. In a play on numbers, Botnen pledged on his 31st birthday to run 3.1 miles, equivalent to a 5K, every single day for a year. His preference is to run outdoors, but when the weather is bad or time is short, he's inside, on a treadmill. The total number of miles he faced wasn't the issue.
GLYNDON, Minn. — Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges in connection with a 9-year-old Moorhead girl's drowning at a swimming hole packed with nearly 180 kids on a June day. The prosecutors' memo declining charges and a 60-page report on the drowning investigation were released by Clay County authorities Monday, Oct. 1, as a result of a public records request by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO — Michele Elsenpeter gets upset when people ask why she's still looking for answers to what happened to her brother, Kevin Mahoney, 25 years ago. Her family, and police, think foul play was involved when he disappeared Oct. 2, 1993, after a house party here. "He's my brother and you just don't give up on family," Elsenpeter said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — One hundred years ago, rules of combat said women serving as nurses in World War I were to be nowhere near the front lines. The rules were broken by Clay County nurse Rose Clark and other women, who went to where they were most needed. Some 10,000 trained nurses were sent with the Army Nurse Corps and the Red Cross to serve stateside or in Europe, as the U.S. joined the war effort in April 1917. Clark, of Barnesville, Minn., worked at a field hospital in France that came under fire in 1918 during the war's turning point.