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Fox frenzy THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 16/6 Details, 6B Fox numbers may be on the rise Life, 1C Snapped Ex-Bobcat ends Bismarck’s eight-game home streak Sports, 1D Serving the region since 1873 ■ 250-8210 to subscribe 75 cents ‘I believe we can be better’ Kalk eyeing Senate seat Republican exploring bid against Conrad By DALE WETZEL Associated Press North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk is setting up an exploratory committee to raise money for a possible campaign against Democratic U.S. S e n . Ke n t Conrad in 2012. T h e Republican told The Associated Press on Wednesday t h a t h e ’s Kalk received contributions from GOP activists who are eager for him to run against Conrad. The incumbent Democrat was first elected to the Senate in 1986. Kalk, 44, outlined his plans in an e-mail, which was sent to supporters Wednesday night and obtained by the AP. “This week, we have filed the necessary (Federal Election Commission) paperwork to set up the Kalk for Senate exploratory committee,” the e-mail says. Continued on 9A Associated Press President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at a memorial service for the victims of Saturday's shootings at McKale Center on the University of Arizona campus Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz. Obama calls for healing in a polarized nation By JULIE PACE and BEN FELLER Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. — Summoning the soul of a nation, President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored Americans to honor those slain and injured in the Arizona shootings by becoming better people, telling a polarized citizenry that it is time to talk with each other “in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” Following a hospital bedside visit with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the target of the assassination, he said: “She knows we’re here, and she knows we love her.” In a memorably dramatic INSIDE moment, the president said that ■ Accused Giffords, who on Saturday was killer fell shot point-blank in the head, had through the opened her eyes for the first time cracks, 9A shortly after his hospital visit. ■ Morning of First lady Michelle Obama held the Tucson hands with Giffords’ husband, rampage, 4A Mark Kelly, as the news brought soaring cheers throughout the arena. Speaking at a memorial at the University of Arizona, Obama bluntly conceded that there is no way to know what triggered the shooting rampage that left six people dead, 13 others wounded and the nation shaken. He tried instead to leave indelible memories of the people who were gunned down and to rally the country to use the moment as a reflection on the nation’s behavior and compassion. “I believe we can be better,” Obama said to a capacity crowd in the university’s basketball arena — and to countless others watching Continued on 9A Influenza claims life of N.D. child Second child death due to influenza nationwide By JENNY MICHAEL Bismarck Tribune A child younger than 10 years old has died from influenza in north central North Dakota, marking the first influenza death in the state and the second child death nationwide this season. The influenza season runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. State epidemiologist Tracy Miller said the child, whom she would not give more details about for privacy reasons, had underlying medical conditions. However, type A influenza was considered a factor in the child’s death, she said. “Even though we rarely see children dying from influenza in North Dakota, this should remind all of us that influenza can be a serious illness and that we should take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease,” Miller said. TOM STROMME/Tribune North Dakota state epidemiologist Tracy Miller, left, and Molly Sander, state immunization program manager, reported the death of a child younger than 10 years old from influenza at a press conference in Bismarck on Wednesday afternoon. “Even though we rarely see children dying from influenza in North Dakota, this should remind all of us that influenza can be a serious illness ...” State epidemiologist Tracy Miller, on the death of a child in North Dakota due to influenza The influenza season in North Dakota typically peaks between mid-January and early April, she said. So far this year, there have been 80 cases of influenza in the state. Miller said that’s a pretty normal number for this point in the season. In 2010, there were 3,235 cases reported by Jan. 16. However, the 2009-10 season was atypical because the H1N1 strain of influenza fueled an early peak and higher-than-normal numbers, Miller said. Two years ago, there had been 30 cases by this point, she said. Of the 80 cases this year, 76 have been some form of type A influenza while four have been type B. Miller said type A influenza typically is the more dangerous strain, but people with type B display the same symptoms. According to the Department of Health website, Burleigh and Morton counties have the most reported influenza cases in the state so far, with 24 and 18, respectively. The closest other county in number of cases was Cass County with nine. Miller said the number of cases can be misleading because some physicians treat people for influenza without testing for it after seeing cases in the community. The majority of counties in the state have not reported any influenza cases. Julie Skaret, a spokeswoman for St. Alexius Medical Center, said there have been some patients hospitalContinued on 9A ‘Postwar proportions’ In need of help Green Hornet Australia struggles to deal with impact of massive floods — 2A Oil impact weighing on western N.D.’s cities — 1B Seth Rogen takes on superhero role in film opening Friday Associated Press Haitian police lower the national flag in front of the damaged presidential palace on the first anniversary of the magnitude-7.0 earthquake, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday. Haiti mourns on quake anniversary By JONATHAN M. KATZ Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The air was choked with memory Wednesday in this city where everyone lost a brother, a child, a cousin or a friend. One year after the earthquake, Haitians marched down empty, rubble-lined streets singing hymns and climbed broken buildings to hang wreaths of flowers. Classified . . . . . . . . 5C Money . . . . . . . . . . 6D Crossword . . . . 8C, 9C Morning Briefing. . . 6A Deaths . . . . . . . 5A, 7A Movies . . . . . . . . . . 3B General info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-472-2273 Circulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250-8210 Classified. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258-6900 The landscape is much as the quake left it, thanks to a reconstruction effort that has yet to begin addressing the intense need. But the voices were filled with hope for having survived a year that seemed to get worse at every turn. “We’ve had an earthquake, hurricane, cholera, but we are still here, and we are still together,” said Charlemagne Sintia, 19, who Continued on 9A

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