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ROVERUD, Norway—George Melford Nygaard, 108, was born in 1910—just after Ford's Model T hit the streets, two years before the Titanic sailed and before Europe descended into World War I. Now approaching his 12th decade, the North Dakota native became Norway's oldest man late last year, just a few months behind a Norwegian woman who turned 108 in September. His own birthday was Jan. 12.
GRAND FORKS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, invoked her own family history in rebuking President Donald Trump's reported remarks on Haitian and Nigerian immigrants, calling them "unfair generalizations." Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., also expressed concerns, though the offices of multiple other Minnesota and North Dakota leaders either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
GRAND FORKS—Devin Schaan, a single mother living in Grand Forks, never knew that her diabetes would shape so much of her budget. And she never expected that, as she balanced her needs against the health care bureaucracy, it could drive her so close to the edge of what she can afford. Schaan's troubles peaked earlier this year, when her insurance company's rates went up and she was left waiting to receive one of the Affordable Care Act's selection of insurance plans until January—the soonest the law would let her receive new insurance.
GRAND FORKS—President Donald Trump drew wide criticism this week for racially charged comments and Twitter activity, drawing mixed responses from North Dakota and Minnesota leaders.
GRAND FORKS — When Hurricane Harvey blew through Texas and Irma and Maria tore up the Caribbean, they left thousands reeling, wondering when power would return or even when they'd get their next drink of clean water. Across the U.S., donors and volunteers leapt into action. Pat Berger, who leads Grand Forks' United Way, knows all about it.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has been accused of sexual misconduct by a Los Angeles radio anchor, who said Franken kissed her roughly and groped her in 2006 without her consent. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Franken’s Democratic colleague from Minnesota, is calling for an ethics investigation into the allegations.
GRAND FORKS — The smell of fresh almonds and the click-clack of hockey practice filled the halls at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Thursday, Oct. 19, tokens of a mountain of preparation snapping into place for the University of North Dakota's big hockey series this weekend.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — An East Grand Forks, Minn., assistant hockey coach is accused of groping a teenage girl, according to court documents charging him with gross sexual imposition. According to a district court complaint, Philip Jason Hartwig, 46, was arrested in connection with a Sept. 3 incident in Ramsey County in which he groped the chest of a girl "under the age of 15," despite the girl's multiple requests that he stop. The document does not state the time, address or further circumstances of the incident.
Reaction from the region's congressional delegations was mixed on President Donald Trump's decision to end a program that protects thousands of immigrants in North Dakota and Minnesota from deportation.
Anna Akinboro, the wife of the Grand Forks man who died on a Minnesota lake last week, said she was watching him ride a Jet-Ski—until she wasn't. Peter Akinboro, 40, was far enough across the lake that at times, Anna could only see the waves the watercraft had thrown. When she couldn't see them anymore, Anna asked her sister-in-law to go look on another Jet-Ski to find him. But on a blustery day, all Anna's relative found was the Jet-Ski and a life jacket.