MINOT, N.D. — Paul and Pam Stroklund of Minot are raising their four grandsons -- ages 12, 9, 7 and 2 -- because the boys’ mother, their daughter, can’t. She is addicted to drugs, and is enrolled in a treatment program. About 12 years ago, her doctor prescribed an opioid, oxycodone, for a medical condition, Paul Stroklund said.
GRAND FORKS — Alexandra Tweten, who grew up in Climax, Minn., has turned a blog — where women could share the horrors of digital dating apps — into a book. "Bye Felipe," published by Running Press, based in Philadelphia, was released Tuesday, Aug. 21. Tweten, who lives in Los Angeles, said she wrote it to help women navigate the perils of online dating and provide practical advice on how to overcome the harassment that is rampant in the world of dating apps.
GRAND FORKS—The suicide rate in North Dakota between 1999 and 2016 is the highest in the country, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With a 57.6 percent increase, the state's suicide rate is "a much steeper increase than the national average rate," said Alison Traynor, director of the North Dakota Suicide Prevention program in the state health department. "The next highest state is Vermont, at 10 points less," she said. "It's deeply concerning."
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—Jonathan Sundby takes his role as a father seriously. So seriously, he joined a local group, All Pro Dad, that meets regularly to teach and inspire fathers to better love and lead their families. "I believe it's important for fathers to be involved in their children's lives," Sundby said. He and his wife, Melanie, are raising pre-teenage children at their home nestled in a grove of trees in the farmland southeast of East Grand Forks.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—The Food Network show "Girl Meets Farm," featuring Molly Yeh, local food blogger and cookbook author, premieres at 10 a.m. June 24.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—Officials at Digi-Key Electronics plan to begin construction next month on a new building that's triple the size of its current facility in Thief River Falls. The $300-plus million, four-story Product Distribution Center will provide an additional 2.2 million square feet of usable space, said Rick Trontvet, vice president of administration. The project will also add another $500 million in economic output, or the value of goods and services produced by the company in the state of Minnesota, he said.
While much attention has been given to steering kids away from using social media to bully others, a recent study has found that some teens are anonymously posting hurtful messages about themselves online. It's called "digital self-harm," and its rates are similar to traditional means of self-harm, such as cutting or burning, researchers say. The study, led by Justin Patchin, professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, found that 6 percent of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 engage in digital self-harm.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Because of the way it's structured, the nation's health care system may be more accurately labeled a "disease care system." But wellness advocates point to growing recognition that health promotion and wellness play an important part in preventing disease and reducing medical costs. "If you think about our whole medical care system, it evolved as a 'disease-treatment model,' " said Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Healthy Living Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Ever since they were about 6 or 7 years old, the Adams children have helped their parents work on renovating older homes for resale — starting out with tasks like fetching tools or sweeping out debris and moving on to buying, remodeling and reselling homes as teenagers. Now, as experienced house-flippers, Precious, 19, and triplets Serenity, Kazmir and Roman, 20, may have a chance to show their stuff on a reality show on HGTV, the network dedicated to all things home and garden.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — The "toolkit" to protect the rights of transgender students, which recently was distributed to Minnesota school superintendents, "was given to us as a guide" and is not legally binding, said East Grand Forks Superintendent Mike Kolness. "The Toolkit for Ensuring Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students" was approved last month by an advisory council of the Minnesota Department of Education.