GRAND FORKS — For women in rural areas, having a baby has become more complicated than it used to be. For years, more rural hospitals have been shutting down maternity units, forcing expectant mothers in small rural and farming communities to travel longer distances to deliver their babies. It didn't used to be this way. "Virtually every rural hospital in North Dakota, probably 40 years ago, was doing obstetrics," said Brad Gibbens, deputy director, UND Center for Rural Health.
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, N.D.—Mental health professionals say patients they see engaging in cutting and other self-harm are resorting to the behavior to relieve the intense emotions they are unable to manage in a healthy way. Ajeng Puspitasari, a clinical psychologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said such behaviors are more prevalent "in younger populations—adolescents and young adults, but adults do engage in self-injurious behavior."
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.
WARREN, Minn.—The Marshall County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating Dawn Knoll, 54, of Warren in the far northwest corner of Minnesota. Knoll left the Warren area on or about Feb. 4 with Glenn Nelson of Warren, according to a news release from that office. Sources told the Marshall County Sheriff's Office that the two had planned to leave for an undetermined amount of time. Warren is about 30 miles northeast of Grand Forks, N.D.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — The Crookston School Board is revising its policy on yearbook photos following a controversy that erupted over a student's request that a photo of him holding his gun be published as his senior photo in the high school yearbook. Board members voted earlier this week to permit photos of the school's trap-shooting team members, posing with their guns, to be published on yearbook pages devoted to the team, amending a Jan. 8 decision to ban all photos that included guns.
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.