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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- The loon could retreat into Canada, leaving Minnesota for good by 2080, if climate change continues to deteriorate the bird’s habitat in the state. Tamarac wildlife biologist Wayne Brininger says climate change has happened gradually for millions of years, and plants and animals have been able to adapt to the slow changes. The problem is, habitats are beginning to change faster as climate change happens faster, and the flora and fauna can’t keep up.
COTTON LAKE, Minn. -- Ryan Anderson let out a heavy sigh of both overwhelm and relief when asked to recall how his son came into the world a few weeks ago. He and his wife, Sarah, may laugh about the birth of their third child now, but they both say the events of the morning of Jan. 3 were serious — and nothing short of shocking. At 39 weeks pregnant, Sarah says she started having contractions, “but nothing regular.” She knew if she went in before her contractions were about five minutes apart, she’d most likely just get sent home and told to wait it out.
When tragedy strikes a family member or friend, it's not always easy to know how to reach out, to know what to say or do, but for Sophia Strand, a fourth grader at Frazee Elementary School, the answer came in the form of a cupcake. In first grade, Sophia found out her teacher had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and she felt compelled to do something about it.
Just after 1 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 29, Walmart in Detroit Lakes received a phone call that, according to reports, alleged a bomb threat. Walmart management directed an evacuation, according to protocol. Staff then contacted local authorities, who responded, placing the building on lockdown to conduct a thorough search.
Class of '96 Frazee High School graduate Mike Riewer was a sleeping passenger when the Chevy Blazer he was travelling in began sliding off Interstate 2 and into Devils Lake. On his way back from helping his coworker, Kelsey Rubbert, move to Bottineau, North Dakota, Riewer took a nap in the passenger seat after gassing up the vehicle in Rugby, and Rubbert drove them through the night, heading to Grand Forks to return the U-haul.
Pregnancy, even of the "normal" variety, is no easy task. Forty weeks of mood swings, strange cravings and swollen feet being just a few of the more common inconveniences, but Kelsey Zitzow received a more disheartening shock around the 21 week mark when doctors told her and her husband Greg (Goob) Zitzow that their child's arms and legs were growing shorter than normal. "When they told us (it was probably) a form of skeletal dysplasia, it was like 'Ok, we'll deal with that'," said Kelsey.
Forty four days after a car-pedestrian accident Christmas morning left 18-year-old mother-to-be Kitti McLaughlin dead and her boyfriend, Mauricio Guerra, fighting for his life in a Fargo hospital, Guerra took his first steps. "It was so painful. I felt each one (step)," said Guerra, adding that he was glad to be out of his wheelchair and able to use a walker to get around, slowly but surely.
What do Beyoncé and the stretch of Highway 10 between Lake Park and Frazee have in common? They're both dangerously curvy. The stretch of highway has totaled cars and even claimed lives, but is there a pattern to these accidents? Are more areas riskier than others? And, if so, what can be done about it?