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FARGO — Renae Reinardy is still getting used to being called ‘America’s Mom,’ after winning the 2019 National Mother of the Year award last month in Washington, D.C. The Fargo psychologist earned the title from American Mothers, Inc., a nonpartisan, national advocacy group with a history dating back to the 1930s. At its annual convention, the group chose Reinardy for her work in the home, for making contributions to her community and for inspiring other moms to do the same.
FARGO — As a news reporter fresh out of college, former Fargoan Roxana Saberi covered stories about city government and the weather. However, she always had her sights set on something broader. “It was a little tough for me because I wanted to cover international news, but this was my first job, right, in Fargo?” Saberi said with a laugh during a recent Skype interview from her apartment in England. Saberi, 41, has put in just over a year as a foreign correspondent for CBS News in London. Before that, she was a freelance reporter with CBS in New York.
FARGO — The claims are explosive: Mammograms subject women to ionizing radiation in amounts equal to 100 chest X-rays, and they actually cause breast cancer. A film showing Thursday, March 21, at the Fargo Theatre as part of the annual Fargo Film Festival takes direct aim at mammography, the gold standard in breast cancer detection in the U.S.
CHUGIAK, ALASKA — Fargo native Jim Lanier came through mostly unscathed, suffering a gash to his face, bruised ribs and frostbite on his fingers, toes and nose in a grueling sled dog race. The most inconvenient mishap, however, was one that did not involve being pulled on a sled behind a pack of dogs. He lost a tooth when he stopped to eat at one of the race checkpoints. “It was 42 below zero, and I bit into a frozen cookie,” Lanier said with a laugh from his home here, where he’s recovering from the nearly two-week long trek.
FARGO — Children are taught to wear seat belts to stay safe in a vehicle, but when they board a large school bus there's no way for them to buckle up. While federal transportation safety agencies recommend lap-shoulder belts in all new school buses, most full-size school buses on the road don’t have them. So far, only eight states — none in the Midwest — have passed laws requiring bus seat belts. The reluctance may be due, in part, to a long, strong safety record of school buses.
KINDRED, N.D.—During the last moments Bob Jostad had with his wife of 45 years, her lower body was pinned by the engine of a school bus. Cathy Jostad, 64, was driving the Kindred bus on a foggy morning near here Sept. 25, 2015, when a loaded farm truck pulled out in front of her from a gravel road onto Highway 46. Miraculously, no students were badly hurt when the bus slammed into the side of the trailer, but the impact crushed Cathy's legs. Three other farm trucks hit those vehicles soon after.
FARGO—A preliminary cause of death has been determined in the case of a teen found dead Sunday, Sept. 17, at a North Dakota State University residence hall, but institutions involved in the case are not releasing that information to the public. Ed Bina, a death investigator in the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office, said last week Devin Delaney's preliminary cause of death was released to a law enforcement agency, likely Fargo police. Cause-of-death reports are sent to the investigating police agency.
FARGO—A federal judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit against the city of Fargo, its former police chief and two officers that claimed police wrongfully accused a woman of possessing drug paraphernalia during her arrest for drunken driving. The judgment from U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson throws out the suit brought in early 2016 by Sarah Rhodes of Moorhead naming officers Jamey Gahner and David Cochran, and former Chief Keith Ternes.
FARGO — An older sister of the woman accused in what may be one of the most horrific crimes ever in the Fargo-Moorhead area said she can't believe her family member is involved. Dawn Dyer, of Star, N.C., is one of six siblings of Brooke Crews, who's charged along with her boyfriend William Hoehn of conspiring to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and conspiring to kidnap her unborn child to claim as their own. Dyer found out about the allegations when her mother messaged her a few days ago.
FARGO—The family hadn't even sat down at their table when the woman across the restaurant stood up from her meal and made a beeline to the baby girl with big brown eyes, dark skin and dark hair. Roxane Cartwright and her husband, Tim, had finalized the adoption of their Pacific Islander infant the day before. The woman approached, trembling, saying repeatedly, "She's exactly what I want," while motioning that she wanted to hold the baby. "Her eyes were huge, she was fixated on my daughter," Cartwright said.