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—Jane Olson remembers vividly the day she got to meet Sen. John McCain in the fall of 2012. The Arizona Republican was visiting North Dakota, along with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in support of Rick Berg's ultimately unsuccessful campaign against Heidi Heitkamp for the U.S. Senate. On the same trip he toured UND's aviation facility at the Grand Forks airport. Meeting McCain "was the highlight of my life," said Olson, of Grand Forks. "It was very emotional for me."
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.
GRAND FORKS - A man made off with an undisclosed amount of money from Wells Fargo Bank at 33 S. Third St. on Friday. Police officers were called to the bank shortly before 5 p.m. in response to the robbery which had just occurred. Police were told by witnesses that the man had walked into the bank and displayed a note to an employee.
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.
DETROIT LAKES, MINN. - Police responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident about 10:30 p.m. Friday on I-94, four miles west of Highway 59. The driver of a 2006 Dodge Caravan, Annabelle Rypa, 26, of St. Paul, Minn., lost control of the vehicle while driving in the eastbound lane of I-94 and rolled the vehicle into the median, said Sgt. Jesse Grabow in a news release.
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.