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FARGO — Mike O’Connell shifted uneasily in his chair as he talked about the opioid addiction that gripped him for more than five years. He used to take up to 12 prescription drugs daily for back pain and severe anxiety, and as his tolerance increased, he ramped up the doses to keep the pain and withdrawal symptoms away. Now 8 months clean from pharmaceuticals, O’Connell said he’s found “new freedom” in medical cannabis. “It’s the best thing ever, it is. And not to be sick, you know, is the best feeling ever too,” he said.
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 — Children are taught to wear seat belts to stay safe in a vehicle, but when they board a large school bus there's no way for them to buckle up. While federal transportation safety agencies recommend lap-shoulder belts in all new school buses, most full-size school buses on the road don’t have them. So far, only eight states — none in the Midwest — have passed laws requiring bus seat belts. The reluctance may be due, in part, to a long, strong safety record of school buses.
FARGO—A week before Mark Yaggie died in a crash of his vintage military plane just outside Moorhead, thoughts rolled through fellow pilot Casey Odegaard's mind about previous aircraft accidents. In 2012, his father and veteran pilot Bob Odegaard died when the restored warbird he was flying crashed during practice for an air show in Valley City. In 2007, renowned warbird restorer Gerry Beck was killed in a crash at an air show in Wisconsin. "I was just thinking about that five-year cycle, just the possibility," Odegaard said.