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FARGO — Troy Anderson found himself deeply troubled by the disappearance and death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. He felt a certain connection to the pregnant Fargo woman, who police say was killed in August by a pair of neighbors. LaFontaine-Greywind's infant was found in their apartment, and the 22-year-old's body was found days later in the Red River. Anderson knew one of LaFontaine-Greywind's aunts, and his mother had ties to North Dakota's Turtle Mountains, where LaFontaine-Greywind was from before she came to Fargo, where she worked as a nurse's aide.
FARGO — Dwindling grassland remnants in the Great Plains continued their decline last year with the loss of 2.5 million acres consumed by expanding crop production. The reduction, which included a loss of 266,127 grassland acres in North Dakota, was tallied by a "Plowprint" report recently released by the World Wildlife Fund.
Barbara Johnson's life as she'd known it ceased to exist for a reason that she once tried desperately to hide. As happens to some older women, especially those who have given birth to children, she was plagued by incontinence. Her condition became so severe that she avoided venturing outside her home once she retired. "I was pretty much housebound," she said. "It was just a devastating and degrading situation in my life."
FARGO—Two campsites used by prehistoric Indians for butchering animals lie in the path of the diversion channel designed to provide flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is well aware of the sites and is hiring a firm to conduct extensive archeological studies of the locations in consultation with area American Indian tribes.
FARGO—Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind joined a large and tragic group when she left her apartment and seemed to disappear—the legion of missing persons. Eight months pregnant and 22 years old, LaFontaine-Greywind was asked by a neighbor in her apartment building for help in fitting a wedding dress. The Fargo woman never returned to her apartment that day, Saturday, Aug. 19. By the next day, Fargo Police launched an investigation and search.
FARGO — The Federal Trade Commission is aiming to block the proposed merger of Sanford Health and the Mid Dakota Clinic in Bismarck on grounds that it would reduce competition in the healthcare market. The North Dakota Attorney General's Office will join with the FTC in seeking federal court action to block the deal, arguing that it would violate federal antitrust law. The agencies announced Thursday, June 22, that they will seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop the deal pending an administrative trial, scheduled to begin Nov. 28.
FARGO — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced that President Trump has nominated U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson to a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Erickson was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2003 to the U.S. District Court here, the trial court level in the federal judicial system. Erickson previously served as a state district judge for the East Central Judicial District in Cass County.
FARGO—Barb Swegarden felt a pop in her back while exercising at a fitness club. She suspected a pulled muscle. Then pleurisy was implicated as the cause of her pain. But the chronic pain persisted, unalleviated by removal of her gallbladder. Finally, at the Mayo Clinic, doctors found the cause: cancer in her spine. It turned out the cancer had spread from her breast, where the tumor began, then lodged in her spine. "They called it a rogue cell," Swegarden said. Then she faced a gauntlet of treatments: radiation to her spine, a breast lumpectomy, chemotherapy.
FARGO—Sanford Health is celebrating the grand opening of its new medical center with a concert for employees and their guests that will feature Fergie and Lionel Richie, with special guests including Carson Wentz.
FARGO—Dr. Fadel Nammour was warned against coming to North Dakota to begin his career as a gastroenterologist. After attending medical school in his native Lebanon, Nammour came to the United States, where he received six years of training in Baltimore and Camden, N.J. On the East Coast, he encountered bleak stereotypes about what life in North Dakota would be like. "They don't have roads," he was warned. "It's gravel. They have the Badlands there. What are you getting yourself into?"