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FARGO — They’ve been on the wish list at the Red River Zoo for years. The Eurasian lynx, native to a wide area stretching from north-central Europe to central Asia, seemed a perfect fit for North Dakota’s cold winters and warm summers. After years of fundraising through community partnerships, the zoo secured two of the big cats and will introduce them to the public during its spring kickoff this weekend.
FARGO — As a news reporter fresh out of college, former Fargoan Roxana Saberi covered stories about city government and the weather. However, she always had her sights set on something broader. “It was a little tough for me because I wanted to cover international news, but this was my first job, right, in Fargo?” Saberi said with a laugh during a recent Skype interview with The Forum from her apartment in England. Saberi, 41, has put in just over a year as a foreign correspondent for CBS News in London. Before that, she was a freelance reporter with CBS in New York.
FARGO — People close to Rachel Ellingson describe universally her kindness, sense of adventure and infectious laugh, as well as her caring and curious nature. The 33-year-old, a graduate of Shanley High School and the University of North Dakota, was tight with family and had a wide circle of friends. An attorney working in New York City and engaged to a British man, her longtime love, Ellingson was living her best life.
MOORHEAD — Spring is on the way, but transportation officials are still thinking about snow. The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to partner with more farmers and landowners through its snow fence program, which is proving to make roads safer during blustery winter weather. New statistics show the number of crashes and vehicles sliding off the road decreased this winter in a study area where structural snow fences and corn rows are in place along Interstate 94 between 34th Street South and Highway 336, east of Moorhead.
FARGO — It wasn't easy being back in their old Forest River neighborhood — the place they called home for 30 years. Richard Thomas had returned multiple times, but his wife Kathy purposely stayed away, even though the spot is not far from where they now live. “It was just too hard,” she said, referring to the sight of debris from the house they built themselves, being hauled away. Many homes in the neighborhood, located on the east side of Highway 81 just south of the city limits, took on water in the record flood of 2009.
WEST FARGO — A couple here recently expanded their family in a way that’s far from ordinary. Travis and Jamie Reimche “adopted” a frozen embryo — the product of another couple’s in vitro fertilization procedure. The embryo’s journey to life was a long time in the making. It was frozen, in cryopreservation, for more than five years before being thawed and transferred to Jamie Reimche’s womb in March 2018. The mother gave birth last November to the 6 lb., 13 oz. girl they named Liberty, who joined older sisters Madysen, 16, and Jenna, 14, at home.
FARGO — The claims are explosive: Mammograms subject women to ionizing radiation in amounts equal to 100 chest X-rays, and they actually cause breast cancer. A film showing Thursday, March 21, at the Fargo Theatre as part of the annual Fargo Film Festival takes direct aim at mammography, the gold standard in breast cancer detection in the U.S.
FARGO — One simple chair. She said that’s all she wanted. Tammy DeSautel takes her daughter Macy Stuart to all kinds of community events. Basketball games are their favorite, because Stuart loves to watch her cousin play the game. They went to see him in the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex, or SHAC, on the North Dakota State University campus on March 2. DeSautel asked for a chair so she could sit next to her daughter in her wheelchair. A staff member said he’d have to ask a supervisor.
FARGO — Liberians living in the Fargo-Moorhead area are on edge over fears they could be deported after the end of the month. Last year, President Donald Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Enforced Departure or DED program, effective March 31 of this year. The program has allowed natives of the war-torn, poverty stricken West African country to live and work in the U.S. since 2007. If the program ends, thousands of Liberians across the country who have DED status could be deported, including some of the estimated 3,500 to 4,000 living in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
FARGO — The envelopes can contain love letters sprayed with perfume or marked with a lipstick kiss. They may hold a colorful picture from a child, drawn in crayon. Or they may hold a simple handwritten letter, accidentally stained, perhaps by a coffee spill. All are examples of incoming mail that's not allowed into the inmate population of the Cass County Jail here.