Author: Raya Quttaineh

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota offers members free mental health help

Learn to Live is available for free to members on most BCBSND plans throughout 2020

FARGO, N.D. — The coronavirus pandemic has brought on added stress, depression and anxiety for a lot of people, and North Dakotans are no exception. To make mental health help more accessible, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is offering free access to its online therapy service for members through the rest of the year. Learn to Live provides…

Menahga woman celebrates 100th birthday: “It feels great!”

Turning 100 years old is a milestone fewer than 1% of Americans get to pass, according to the 2010 Census

MENAHGA, Minn. — It’s a day not many get to see in their lifetimes. “I turned 100 today,” Lorraine Madsen of Menagha, Minnesota says with a smile. She may have just turned 100, but Lorraine says she doesn’t feel a day over 75. “It feels great. It feels great!” She adds, “I feel honored and special, and all my kids and…

President Trump signs Savanna’s Act into law

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed Savanna’s Act into law Saturday. The Act seeks to combat violence against the most vulnerable members of the Native American community. It directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols to address missing or murdered Native Americans. Savanna’s Act is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind from North Dakota…

FM Raise Your Spirits 4th Annual Gala to go on in-person

Around 200 guests are expected

FARGO, N.D. — Running a nonprofit can be challenging all on its own, but throw in a pandemic and the obstacles become that much bigger. “Just plain and simple is the ability not to be able to fundraise,” says FM Raise Your Spirits Chairman Bob Stromberg. “Pandemic or no pandemic, they need the money.” Getting the charities that money is…

Fix It Forward Auto Care to open second location in November

To utilize services at Fix It Forward Ministry, you must be referred by a social services agency in town

FARGO, N.D. — An auto care shop with a mission bigger than just fixing cars is expanding across the metro. Fix It Forward Auto Care is in the process of opening its second shop on 53rd Avenue South in Fargo. With many businesses closing their doors amid the pandemic, those at the business say they feel lucky to be expanding….

Community rallies behind Fargo man who suffered life-changing injury

People across the metro say Oak Reile is an institution in the community

FARGO, N.D. — As the former assistant principal at Ben Franklin Middle School for over 20 years, there’s no question that Oak Reile touched the lives of many. “Oak Reile could fill the Dome with the number of people he’s impacted,” says Ben Franklin principal Shane Martin. “This is the kind of person who would go to Scheels and buy…

Family remembers Wadena woman hit by car and killed: “It hasn’t quite sunk in”

The investigation into the incident that killed 27-year-old Amber Gorentz is still open

WADENA, Minn. — Saying goodbye was always difficult for Amber Gorentz and her siblings. “I swear we’d tell each other we loved each other twenty times before we left,” recalls Amber’s brother Ashton Gorentz. “I don’t know how many hugs before we left each time.” They never anticipated the last hug they shared with Amber would be their final one….