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.
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.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Grand Forks School Board voted to approve Terry Brenner to fill the position of superintendent of schools at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 19. The selection of Brenner, director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development for Grand Forks Public Schools, was approved by a vote of eight to one. Katie Dachtler voted against the motion to select Brenner, citing concerns about Brenner's response to her question, in his interview with the board Thursday, about how to achieve equity in the school district.
James Hess said he and other education leaders in Bemidji "learned an important lesson" a few years ago when a $13 million bond issue aimed at building a new K-5 elementary school to alleviate crowding was voted down by a three to one margin. The measure failed, he said, because "it did not address crowding in all schools; it just addressed crowding in one or two schools." Hess is the second superintendent finalist to be interviewed by the School Board. The interview and meetings with various stakeholder groups took place Tuesday.