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WEST FARGO—Sara Schmidt teaches special education classes at South Elementary School. She's attuned to signs that a pupil could be frustrated—crumpling an assignment sheet, for instance—and she tries to intervene before agitation can flare into something more serious. "The goal is to be proactive, to not be reactive," when a student's behavior turns potentially disruptive, she said. "These situations do happen." To defuse the student's anger, she might say: "I can see you're frustrated. Do you want to take a break?"
MOORHEAD — Salt applied to streets and roads to melt snow and ice is becoming a growing environmental concern in some areas of the country, including Minnesota, where 50 lakes are listed as impaired because of their salt levels. Street and highway maintenance supervisors are aware of the problems that can result from the salt their crews deposit on roads, and have adopted new methods in recent years that help to reduce salt runoff as well as their operating costs.
FARGO—Patients at Sanford's Roger Maris Cancer Center soon will be treated by a new linear accelerator to precisely deliver radiation therapy as part of an expansion project that also includes a bigger lobby. The new linear accelerator—the third at the cancer center—will go into service Monday, Oct. 2, and Sanford will host an open house for the expansion project on Monday, Sept. 18.
FARGO—Sanford Health Plan is suing the federal government for almost $9 million for what it says is a reneged promise to pay to cushion the insurer against hard-to-predict losses from providing coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act, the health reform law often called Obamacare, required qualified health plans that sold health insurance in the government's online marketplace to meet certain standings, including providing essential benefits.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Rylie Langer regrets that she turned down her brother's invitation on that fateful night. Now she wants something good to come of that regret. The siblings had just finished their customary Friday evening pizza when her older brother, Tyler, suggested they watch a movie. Rylie, weary from basketball practice that afternoon, opted instead to go home and turn in early.
The lightning strike that stunned a woman in her car Tuesday near the Bluestem Center for the Arts is a jolt to those who've assumed that you're safe in a...
The stars finally seemed to align for Melissa Dykes Willcoxon. She had just received word that she would receive a disability settlement, a sum that would allow her to travel to Florida to visit her family. A former waitress, Willcoxon had been disabled by knee and back injuries, and often used a walker to get around. At 49, she was a recent grandmother and looked forward to meeting her grandson—her first grandchild—for the first time.
MOORHEAD—The stars finally seemed to align for Melissa Dykes Willcoxon. She had just received word that she would receive a disability settlement, a sum that would allow her to travel...
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said he would vote for Bernie Sanders if he attends the Democratic National Convention as a superdelegate. Sanders was the favorite in Peterson’s 7th District during...
Some children have such bad associations with food that they develop what’s called a feeding disorder. That’s a revulsion to food that goes far beyond the fussiness and fickle food preferences that many children exhibit. It’s a serious problem that means a child refuses to eat, resulting in weight loss. Other symptoms can include coughing or gagging during meal times and an inability to eat age-appropriate foods.