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FARGO – The dangers of synthetic drugs weighed heavily on the mind of Debbie Bjerk on Tuesday, the day after a Fargo man was sentenced for concocting the drugs that killed her 18-year-old son in June 2012. Bjerk’s son, Christian, was at a house party in Grand Forks when he ate chocolate laced with synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and fatally overdosed. “He had no idea that he would be ingesting a drug that would kill him,” she sai
By Bryan Horwath / Dickinson Press DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson Trinity High School’s principal was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with a fire at the school Monday morning. Thomas J. Sander, 30, could face felony charges of arson and endangerment by fire after he was called in for questioning Tuesday morning.
By Emily Welker / The forum FARGO – A former drugstore employee here allegedly left his job with more than $3,200 worth of stolen prescription pills, and then tried to apologize to the store owner with a muffin basket after he was caught by Drug Enforcement Administration agents. Michael Gary Glessing, 29, of Fargo, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with one count of misapplication of entrusted property, a Class C felony. Court documents filed with the charges state that Chad Nelson, owner of Metro Drug in downtown Fargo, reported to the DEA on Oct.
Minnesota Public Radio Is marijuana an effective treatment for pain, illness and disease? It's a question many Minnesota physicians are pondering as the Legislature prepares to debate a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe some form of the drug. Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Michael Bostwick reviewed more than 100 medical studies and reports on the possible benefits and risks of marijuana. He published his findings in February 2012 in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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By Bryce Haugen / Wadena Pioneer Journal SEBEKA, Minn. - Sebeka police chief Eric Swenson is awaiting a court appearance after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. In his latest brush with the law, Swenson was pulled over about 11 p.m. Feb. 26, New York Mills police officer Bruce Wangsness said Monday. The incident report won’t be released to the public until Swenson appears in Otter Tail County District Court. No court date has been set for the driving while impaired case, said Heather Brandborg, assistant Otter Tail County attorney.
By Pamela Knudson and Averi Haugesag, Forum News Servic e GRAND FORKS — It was a Thursday night — better known among young drinkers as “Thirsty Thursday” — and the three young women, all students from the University of North Dakota, were getting ready to go out. Dressed in skin-tight jeans, a pink crop-top and high heels, a 20-year-old shoved a vodka bottle in her purse and reached for a second bottle — this time, out of the medicine cabinet.
By Bryce Haugen / Wadena Pioneer Journal ingle father and his two teenage children escaped a fire that destroyed their home along Highway 71 on the southern edge of Wadena Saturday morning. Jim Carter, 36, said he discovered the blaze behind a wall in his kitchen shortly after waking up to a popping sound. After failing to put it out himself, he called 911 at about 9:30 a.m. “I told both of my kids, just throw something on and let’s get out of the house,” Carter said in a phone interview Saturday evening.
FARGO – Reignited health care inflation is one factor driving an expected loss for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s health insurance operations for 2013. The year-end numbers still are being compiled, but Paul von Ebers, the Blues’ president and chief executive officer, said the loss from its insurance coverage is softened by investment gains. “Last year was better because of investment gains,” he said. Administrative cost increases associated with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act also contributed to the loss, von Ebers told The Forum Editorial Board. “So we did not h
You have been wondering and asking: How bad is this winter of 2013-14? A new winter misery index answers that this winter in the Midwest and East is one of the harshest winters of our lifetime, according to an Associated Press report. And it does not appear to be ending anytime soon. The National Weather Service shows below zero temperatures at least through the middle of the week. High winds and blizzard warnings earlier this week led for difficult travel conditions. Extreme cold doesn’t help.