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Disabled ND couple refused marriage by Catholic church

May 24, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Anna Bankes is wearing her engagement ring. She has bought her wedding dress and chosen her bridesmaids. Justin Neis has his tux and his four groomsmen picked out. They have a reception hall and a DJ on tap.

Come July 13, Anna Bankes and Justin Neis will become husband and wife. The wedding location has been settled: Mandan United Methodist Church. Continue Reading

GOP Rep. Kriesel of Cottage Grove featured in anti-marriage amendment ad (video)

November 2, 2012 in West Central Tribune

State Rep. John Kriesel’s dramatic speech in the Minnesota House opposing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is featured in a television commercial for amendment opponents Minnesotans United for All Families. Continue Reading

SD programs for disabled children get high rating

July 15, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) State officials say South Dakota has received the highest possible federal rating for education programs that help children with disabilities. Continue Reading

Report: U.S. schools use restraints on tens of thousands of students, most with disabilities

March 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Education Department report, compiled and made public for the first time by the department’s civil rights arm, shows that 70 percent of students subjected to the techniques have disabilities. There are no current federal standards on the use of the techniques in schools. Disability advocates hope that the report detailing the practice of “seclusion and restraint” will spur federal action to end it. Continue Reading

Lawyer: Philly basement suspect tired, lethargic

October 24, 2011 in West Central Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The suspected ringleader of an alleged Social Security fraud scheme in which police say mentally disabled people were held captive in a basement may not completely understand the seriousness of the charges against her, her lawyer said Monday. Continue Reading

Louisiana man decapitated 7-year-old disabled son, police say

August 15, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) A Louisiana man is accused of decapitating and dismembering his disabled 7-year-old son and leaving the boy’s head near the street so the child’s mother would see it a killing that brought seasoned police officers to tears, authorities said Monday.

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Golfers support disabled people

July 31, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

SHELDON, Iowa The heat didn’t stop 122 golfers from turning out July 18 at The Ridge Golf Club in Sioux Center, Iowa, for the 11th annual Village Northwest Unlimited Benefit Golf Tournament. Continue Reading

Researcher recalls conditions once reserved for North Dakota’s intellectually disabled

July 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Group and adult foster care homes and other options allow people with intellectual disabilities to live within a community, holding jobs and contributing as citizens. But it took a class-action lawsuit more than 30 years later to force the state of North Dakota to make changes before things got better. One researcher’s findings prompted the lawsuit that started it all. Continue Reading

Disabled lose out on employment boom

March 7, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota boasts the country’s lowest unemployment rate, but finding a job is still a major concern for people with disabilities. Continue Reading

Disabled veterans may register for turkey hunt starting Tuesday

January 15, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

The St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota National Guard, Camp Ripley will hold the 7th Annual Physically Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt April 19-21, 2011, at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Continue Reading