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FARGO — Plans for a $150 million Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum got a big boost from the bully pulpit in Bismarck when Gov. Doug Burgum proposed investing heavily in the project. Burgum advocates tapping the state's Legacy Fund earnings to contribute $50 million to jump-start what he calls “North Dakota’s Mount Rushmore,” a center that would be built near a revamped entrance in Medora to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
FARGO — Cameron Kiser took a tumble and landed face first on asphalt. The landing was painful, causing his entire face to throb. A few moments later, he discovered it was also damaging: His two front teeth were broken. The accident happened while Kiser was visiting friends in Grand Forks on a Friday night. The next day, back in Fargo, he made an emergency appointment to see his dentist. “I wanted to get it fixed as soon as possible,” he said. “It was very sensitive.”
FARGO — A less costly alternative to the EpiPen for severe allergic reactions — a treatment that can cost $400 to $800 per dose — is now available for North Dakota ambulance services. The North Dakota Department of Health is launching a training initiative that will enable emergency medical responders and emergency medical technicians to deliver epinephrine-adrenaline in injectable form, which is much less costly than the EpiPen auto-injector.
FARGO — North Dakota State University is offering buyouts to faculty and staff through early separation incentives in a cost-cutting move as the higher education system continues to grapple with lean budgets. The announcement of the “limited time” voluntary separation incentive program was made in an email sent the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 20. Eligible employees will receive incentive compensation based on their annual base salary and completed years of service.
FARGO — Tiffany Craigo hiked to a remote valley in the craggy badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to say her goodbyes to a stallion named Gray Ghost. Gray Ghost was admired by those who follow the wild horses at the park for his flowing tail and mane as well as the pale gray coat that inspired his name. “He was a fan favorite,” Craigo said. “I thought he was beautiful and I liked him and I was happy when I saw him.” But Gray Ghost had been looking sickly for the past year as he slowly lost weight.
FARGO — As a boy, Frank Bennett Fiske watched in awe from a trading store window as a wagon procession with a cavalry escort carried the disfigured body of Sitting Bull to Fort Yates. Fiske had been let out of school early that day because of the enormity of the event, which happened in 1890 when Dakota settlers feared the Sioux were preparing for an uprising.
FARGO — Joe Moran once spent three years living on the streets of Minneapolis. He began abusing alcohol as a teenager and later turned to methamphetamines. But his life descended into a much grimmer place when he found himself in the grip of opioids. His opioid addiction, which ultimately led him to street drugs including heroin, started with a prescription painkiller for an injured toe. “A sprained toe — I probably didn’t need an opiate,” he said. “That’s how my addiction started.”
FARGO—Higher education leaders voted to hire an independent audit firm to review complaints concerning finances, space utilization and a workforce training program at the North Dakota State College of Science. The three-member audit committee of the State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously to approve the independent audit in a special meeting on Friday, May 4. Members decided to hire an outside audit firm because of the workload facing internal audit and compliance staff and to have an independent examination of the concerns.
FARGO — Minnesota regulators have decided they must conduct a supplemental environmental review of the revised Fargo-Moorhead Diversion, and now local officials hope permit approval for the $2.4 billion project can come this fall. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which must grant a permit for a dam on the Red River in order for the project to proceed, notified the Diversion Authority that it needs more information about the impacts of the modified project under its permitting process.
FARGO—Concealed by his cowboy hat, the three-inch scar on Brady Jandreau's head serves as a reminder of the day his professional rodeo career came to an abrupt end—the day he almost died. Jandreau was thrown from a bronco during a rodeo inside the Fargodome on April 1, 2016. His foot got caught in the stirrup, tethering him to the horse, which stepped on the right side of his head. Jandreau remained conscious throughout the ordeal.