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ROVERUD, Norway—George Melford Nygaard, 108, was born in 1910—just after Ford's Model T hit the streets, two years before the Titanic sailed and before Europe descended into World War I. Now approaching his 12th decade, the North Dakota native became Norway's oldest man late last year, just a few months behind a Norwegian woman who turned 108 in September. His own birthday was Jan. 12.
Donald Poochigian, UND philosophy professor and an outspoken champion of the liberal arts, died overnight on Thursday, Dec. 28, according to an announcement by his son. He was 74. Poochigian was described by those close to him as an intensely smart and sometimes demanding classroom figure who was, by turn, a big-hearted advocate for his students' education. Colleagues say he would always make time for pupils, reading drafts of their papers and fostering their success. And come what may from university leaders, he was a fierce advocate of the importance of a liberal arts education.
The Minnesota State Patrol announced a three-vehicle crash on Interstate-94 in Moorhead on Friday night that left no serious injuries among the vehicles’ occupants. According to an MSP report, a Chevrolet HHR with two occupants was westbound on the interstate when it collided with a Nissan Rogue containing only the driver. That vehicle, in turn, collided with a Free Spirit RV, which had two occupants.
GRAND FORKS—Devin Schaan, a single mother living in Grand Forks, never knew that her diabetes would shape so much of her budget. And she never expected that, as she balanced her needs against the health care bureaucracy, it could drive her so close to the edge of what she can afford. Schaan's troubles peaked earlier this year, when her insurance company's rates went up and she was left waiting to receive one of the Affordable Care Act's selection of insurance plans until January—the soonest the law would let her receive new insurance.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has been accused of sexual misconduct by a Los Angeles radio anchor, who said Franken kissed her roughly and groped her in 2006 without her consent. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Franken’s Democratic colleague from Minnesota, is calling for an ethics investigation into the allegations.
EMERSON, Manitoba—Forty people were caught illegally crossing the international border near Pembina between Tuesday and Friday this past week, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a Saturday statement. The announcement comes amid a recent uptick in refugees crossing the U.S.-Canada border. Information on the 40 people "intercepted" by Canadian authorities was not included in the release, and the statement said "no further details on age or countries of origin will be provided." Canadian officials did not immediately respond to messages requesting additional information.