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CASSELTON, N.D.—The first weekend of March, John Reichert will depart for an Alaskan adventure that perfectly ties together his professional career and a childhood obsession. For the 18th straight year, he'll volunteer his services at the grueling Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Reichert will be one of about two dozen volunteer veterinarians from all over the country staged at checkpoints along the 1,000-mile wilderness course that traverses two mountain ranges.
CASSELTON, N.D. — The first weekend of March, John Reichert will depart for an Alaskan adventure that perfectly ties together his professional career and a childhood obsession. For the 18th straight year, he'll volunteer his services at the grueling Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Reichert will be one of about two dozen volunteer veterinarians from all over the country staged at checkpoints along the 1,000-mile wilderness course that traverses two mountain ranges.
FARGO—Two boys who've been friends for almost 15 years and involved in multiple activities together are sharing one more accomplishment before they graduate high school. Rylee Lindemann, 18, and Page Schoer, 18, both seniors at Fargo Davies High School, became Eagle Scouts and celebrated their Court of Honor together on Sunday, Feb. 11. Among family and friends who came to celebrate at the Jon L. Wanzek Center for Scouting in southwest Fargo was a special guest.
FARGO—Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking school, community and church bands and choirs across North Dakota to apply to be the Governor's Official State Band and Chorus for 2018. Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum will select the Governor's Band and Governor's Chorus from applications received based on musical talent, achievement and community involvement, according to a news release. The band and chorus are invited by the governor to perform at official state functions held throughout the year.
FARGO — If you've noticed a recent change in tap water in Fargo and West Fargo, it's not your imagination. Troy Hall, Fargo's water utility director, has received some calls wondering why the water seems "off." "It's not like it's ringing off the hook. From one, to maybe four or five (calls) a day," Hall said. The city of West Fargo is in the same boat, as it buys drinking water from Fargo.
FARGO—The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota urges fans to use every precaution possible to ensure Super Bowl tickets they buy are legitimate. Minneapolis is hosting Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles playing at U.S. Bank Stadium. With demand high and ticket prices for the big game starting around $3,500 before fees, the stakes are raised.
FARGO—The city of Fargo put out a notice that its drinking water failed to conform to EPA standards for bromate concentration over a nine-day period last month. The standard average is 0.010 milligrams per liter, while Fargo's sample was 0.088 mg/L, the city announced in a news release on Thursday, Jan. 25. Bromate forms when ozone, used to disinfect drinking water, reacts with naturally-occurring bromide found in source water, it said.
MOORHEAD — Nine-year-old Samantha Velline looked ready for the beach, wearing sunglasses and sitting in a reclining lawn chair in the Clay County Family Service Center here. However, she and brother R.J. were among eight patients to be seen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in a makeshift dental clinic set up in a conference room between tables and stacks of chairs. Dental therapist Teresa Bushnell went to work, plying Samantha's cheek with anesthetic before filling a cavity, while the child's aunt, Sarah Winbourn, looked on.
MOORHEAD — When a deadly crash happens, family members and the public often want quick answers and justice. This may be especially true when it appears one driver is primarily at fault. In just the past week, three fatal crashes in Minnesota have people speculating on their causes and asking questions. Two-year-old Zaiden Engen died after the vehicle he was in was rear-ended on U.S. Highway 10 here on Saturday, Jan. 6.
FARGO—Irma Ciber experienced déjà vu while volunteering with co-workers at the United Way's 19th annual school supply drive here last August. She did the math in her head and realized she and her sister, a middle-schooler and kindergartner, respectively, and new to the country at the time, were recipients at the first backpack event put on by the non-profit in 1998. "I remember going with our social worker. I remember helping out and receiving a backpack at the same time," Ciber said.