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BISMARCK — A University of Mary student has been invited to a reception with Vice President Mike Pence prior to the nation's largest anti-abortion march on Friday, Jan. 19. Katrina Gallic, a marketing senior at the university, was invited to the reception before the March for Life last year, but she was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Instead, last year, Gallic gave a speech about the movement on behalf of the school, which had been selected to lead the march, near the Supreme Court and the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
BISMARCK — While watching the Vikings playoff game Sunday, Jan. 14, Clint Clendenen was overrun by emotion. When it appeared the Vikings might not win, he left the room and sat at his computer to see what people were talking about online. Clendenen, whose nickname is "Mr. Viking," is a mega-fan of the Minnesota football team. He drives a purple and gold 1981 Ford Courier pickup, equipped with steel horns.
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION, N.D. — The walls of Standing Rock Elementary School and Standing Rock Middle School are lined with artwork and the sound of music reverberates from the classrooms. For both of the schools' administrators and teachers, a real change has occurred in the past two school years. Morale among students and teachers has improved at the schools on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which faces challenges of poverty. Through the arts, self-confidence among students has been boosted, the middle school principal said.
BISMARCK—North Dakota hospitals are responding to a spike in flu-related visits in recent weeks, mirroring a current nationwide trend and in neighboring states. Despite the flu season ramping up to be one of the worst, the end may be in sight: On Friday, officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it may be at its peak. CDC officials, in a conference call with reporters, said the flu season appears to be peaking due to slower patient traffic in comparison to last month.
BISMARCK — Three people were arrested Friday with dozens of stolen credit and debit cards, checkbooks, banking account numbers and Social Security cards. Christina Lee Meyers, 31, and 36-year-old Brandon Allen Christian, both of Wisconsin, and 40-year-old Gerald Jermaine Adderley were arrested and each charged with 30 felony counts of theft of property and one misdemeanor count each of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
BISMARCK—Cheers from jubilant bowlers and the familiar sound of bowling pins crashing filled Midway Lanes in Mandan one Saturday earlier this month. Alex Burr, a senior at Bismarck High School, stood in a sea of students with a huge smile on her face. "I almost got a spare!" she proclaimed to her partner, who helps her with bowling.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday raised the level of flu activity in the state to widespread. There were 234 cases of influenza reported during the week that ended Dec. 16, according to the health department's weekly influenza summary. Since August, there have there have been 709 cases of the flu reported. Public health officials are reporting an unusually high number of influenza cases for this time of the year, and they are expected to continue to increase for the next several weeks at least.
BISMARCK — Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have fled devastated Puerto Rico for the continental United States since Hurricane Maria. Many have left the island for Bismarck and Mandan, where their families and friends reside. Their move to the Peace Garden State presents significant challenges, including learning a new language, securing housing and finding jobs. They are enrolling their children in school, which, for these students, means navigating an entirely new education system.
MANDAN, N.D. — A former Mandan student sentenced to eight years in state prison after driving drunk and killing three of his friends spoke to teens at Mandan High School on Tuesday, Nov. 21. "I want to stop you guys from making the same decision I did. I want you to learn from my mistake," said Taylor Berhow, 29. Berhow gave about a 40-minute presentation to a room packed with students, teachers, staff and administrators about his life and the events leading to Oct. 29, 2011, or what he described as "the day (his) life was turned upside down."
BISMARCK — Online education is a topic included in an interim legislative committee study, which will look at possible duplication of educational services in North Dakota. The goal is to determine whether some services could be consolidated to save money, said Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, who chairs the state's education policy committee. "There's a lens on everybody that offers education services that receives state dollars," Oban said. "That's just the reality of the budgets we're working with."