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Anniversary SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2011 10/-10 Details, 6B Local church celebrates its 50th Life, 1C Century Sweep Patriots girls, boys turn back Turtle Mountain Sports, 1D Serving the region since 1873 ■ 250-8210 to subscribe 75 cents Keeping the faith DONATIONS Renee Larson says donations can be made to the following organizations to help Haiti: ELCA Disaster Response ELCA Disaster Response 39330 Treasury Center Chicago, Ill. 60694-9300 ■ For monetary donations, write checks to ELCA Disaster Response with “Haiti Earthquake Relief” in the memo line, or visit the website for an online donation or more information: ELCA Disaster Response also sends health kits to Haiti, which are still needed more than ever. Visit the website to find out more about packaging health kits and getting them to the people in need. Heart River Lutheran Church — Haiti Project Heart River Lutheran Church Attn: Haiti Project 701 16th Ave S.W. Mandan, N.D. 58554 TOM STROMME/Tribune Renee Larson is a survivor of the Haitian earthquake in which her husband was killed. Pastor rebuilding life after losing husband in quake By DANIELLE REBEL Bismarck Tribune Just as Haiti has been rebuilding from the devastation of last year’s earthquake, the Rev. Renee Splichal Larson has been rebuilding her life in Mandan. Haiti still faces problems due to the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that shook the country, resulting in the deaths of more than 250,000. U.S. says use less fluoride May be causing splotchy teeth By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer ATLANTA — In a remarkable turnabout, federal health officials say many Americans are now getting too much fluoride because of its presence not just in drinking water but in toothpaste, mouthwash and other products, and it’s causing splotches on children’s teeth and perhaps more serious problems. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced plans Friday to Continued on 7A On the anniversary of the tragedy, Larson remembers the losses that Haitians faced — and the loss of her husband. Ben Larson, 25, was killed when the building he, Renee Larson and his cousin, Jonathan Larson, were staying in collapsed. While Renee and Jonathan managed to escape, Ben was trapped. Still, he was heard singing, “O Lamb of God you bear the sin of all the world away; eternal peace with God you made, God’s peace to us we pray.” Ben’s immense outpouring of faith in time of such fear has helped Larson through her grief. She and Ben were planning on ministering together, and she was uncertain whether or Continued on 7A Legislators may get more money for housing By DALE WETZEL Associated Press ■ For monetary donations, write checks to Heart River Lutheran Church with “Haiti Project” in the memo line, or visit this website for more information: Money raised will go toward the development of a “Global Village” through Lutheran World Federation in Haiti. Hearts With Haiti Hearts with Haiti 11503 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 ■ For monetary donations, write checks to Hearts with Haiti with “Rebuilding of St. Joseph’s” in the memo line, or visit this website for an online donation or more information: Continued on 7A Lodging expense increase sought North Dakota’s House Republican majority leader is seeking a raise for lawmakers’ housing allowance during the Legislature, saying the current $1,040 monthly limit forces some legislators to pay a share of their lodging costs. Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, said the oil boom in western North Dakota has prompted more demand for Bismarck hotel rooms. Many won’t agree to house lawmakers for $34.67 a day for a 30-day month, he said. “Right now their selection is pretty limited,” Carlson said of legislators seeking hotel rooms. “There’s a number of them paying more than they should have to pay out of their pocket. You don’t work here for the money, but I don’t believe you should go backwards because of that.” Carlson’s proposal would raise the monthly stipend to $1,228, an increase of 18 percent. The amount is determined by a formula that uses a percentage of the nightly North Dakota lodging rate set by the U.S. General Services Administration for traveling federal employees. The House’s Government and Veterans Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on the measure at 3 p.m. Thursday. The monthly amount is a maximum that taxpayers will pay for each legislator’s housing. If a lawmaker is staying in cheaper digs, he or she will be reimbursed only for what he or she pays. Mike Motschenbacher, president of the North Dakota Hospitality Association and assistant general manager of two Bismarck hotels, the Expressway Inn and the Expressway Inn & Suites, said he believed as many as half of Bismarck’s hotels would still decline to house lawmakers even with the proffered increase in reimbursement. A more realistic payment is $1,500 to $1,800, he said. The two Expressway hotels are owned by Rep. Mark Dosch, R-Bismarck. Motschenbacher said they limit the number of legislators they will house because of the low reimbursement. Fourteen legislators are staying at the hotels, which have 224 rooms between them. Customers who stay for months at a time can cost Continued on 7A More young people in nursing homes By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press SARASOTA, Fla. — Adam Martin doesn’t fit in here. No one else in this nursing home wears Air Jordans. No one else has stacks of music videos by 2Pac and Jay-Z. No one else is just 26. It’s no longer unusual to find a nursing home resident who is decades younger than his neighbor: About one in seven people now living in such facilities in the U.S. is under 65. But the growing phenomenon presents a host of challenges for nursing homes, while patients like Martin face staggering isolation. “It’s just a depressing place to live,” Martin says. “I’m stuck here. You don’t have no privacy at all. People die around you all the time. It starts to really get depressing because all you’re seeing is negative, negative, negative.” The number of under-65 nursing home residents has risen about 22 percent in the past eight years to about 203,000, according to an analysis of statistics from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That number has climbed as mental health facilities close and medical advances keep people alive after they’ve suffered traumatic injuries. Still, the overall percentage of nursing home residents 30 and younger is less than 1 percent. Martin was left a quadriplegic when he was accidentally shot in the neck last year by his stepbrother. He spent weeks hospitalized before being released to a different nursing home and eventually ended up in his current residence, the Sarasota Health and Rehabilitation Center. There are other residents who are well short of retirement age, but he is the youngest. The yellow calendar on the wall of Martin’s small end-of-the-hall room advertises activities such as arts and crafts. In the small common room down the hall, a worker draws a bingo ball and intones, “I-16. I-one-six.” As Martin maneuvers his motorized wheelchair Hitler-mocking dog Energy Division Sunday Dog mocks Hitler during World War II, enrages Nazis — 2A Dalrymple’s proposal predicted to be a “tough sell” — 1B Modern Machine Works celebrates 100 years Associated Press Quadriplegic Adam Martin, right, works with physical therapist Wes Bower on Dec. 13, at the Sarasota Health and Rehabilitation Center, the nursing home where he lives. through the hallway, most of those “It’s lonely here,” Martin says, as he passes have white hair and wrin- a single tear drips from his right eye. kled skin. 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