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FARGO—Kerry Wahl sometimes gives people the impression that she's rude. In fact, because she's deaf, she isn't always aware when someone is talking to her. Christopher Peterson, who also is deaf, can encounter communication challenges at work. In certain situations, he has to arrange for an interpreter who knows sign language. "If I need an interpreter tomorrow, it's not going to happen," he said. "So I don't feel equal."
MOORHEAD — Amy Wieser Willson has suffered for years from chronic pain so severe that some days she couldn't get out of bed. On those days, even contact with her bed sheets was painful. Wieser Willson, whose ailments include fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, now can take a capsule of medical marijuana before bed and, most mornings, wakes up pain free. Occasionally, when she has a flare-up, she uses a vaporized form of the medication, which relieves her pain.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's rebounding sales tax collections continued in the second quarter with receipts that were almost 10 percent higher than the second quarter last year. Taxable sales and purchases for April, May and June reached almost $5.15 billion, almost 9.5 percent above last year's second quarter, according to figures from the Office of State Tax Commissioner released Monday, Sept. 17.
FARGO — The health professions involve hands-on skills that can't be learned properly from a textbook or merely by watching. Yet much of health education takes place in traditional classrooms. But more hands-on learning opportunities will be available when a new health care simulation training center opens in space that formerly housed part of the children's hospital at Sanford Health's Broadway Medical Center.
FARGO — The presidents of North Dakota's two flagship universities said the state's long history of economic peaks and valleys underscores the need for strategic investments in university research to help diversify an economy dependent on agriculture and oil.
FARGO — North Dakota auto dealers hope negotiations will achieve fair trade without having to impose tariffs on imported cars and trucks. The Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota met with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., on Monday, Sept. 10, and the senator briefed dealers on issues including trade talks. The U.S. is in the midst of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly called NAFTA, and Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on cars from European Union nations.
FARGO — UnitedHealthcare, the nation's largest health insurer, has announced its plans to enter the small group market in the three-state region in a move North Dakota's insurance regulator said could increase competition. The entry in January into South Dakota and new parts of Minnesota, too, will add a major player in the health insurance market. In North Dakota, the market is now dominated by three companies: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, the Sanford Plan and Medica.
FARGO — The family of Leo Kuntz has launched an online fundraiser with the goal of collecting $50,000 to maintain the herd of almost 200 Nokota horses the Linton, N.D., rancher tended. Kuntz died Aug. 12 at age 69 from injuries suffered earlier in an all-terrain vehicle accident that happened when he was returning from checking on his herd of almost 200 horses. The horses are descended from horses that came from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Kuntz coined the term Nokota horse, which was named the honorary state horse in 1993.
FARGO—Ray Berry and his partners at OmniByte Technology have moved half a dozen times since launching a startup that provides customizable software service technicians use in the field. But their address has remained the same as the fledgling business moved to progressively larger office spaces in the business incubator at the Research and Technology Park at North Dakota State University.
FARGO — Drew Wrigley is on a path to reclaim a job he once held as the top federal prosecutor in North Dakota. President Donald Trump has nominated Wrigley to serve as U.S. attorney for North Dakota, a position Wrigley held from 2001 to 2009 during the President George W. Bush administration. More recently, from 2010 to 2016, Wrigley served as North Dakota’s lieutenant governor under former Gov. Jack Dalrymple.