AP-North Dakota stories for May 19 and May 21. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 701-223-8450.

For use Saturday, May 19, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-ADOPTEE-SURGERY

BISMARCK, N.D. —A Bismarck woman says her adopted son, who was born without thumbs, is recovering after undergoing a fourth surgery. The 6-year-old was born with a condition called bilateral dysplasia, or congenital radial longitudinal deficiency, which caused him to be born without thumbs or a radius in either arm. Karrie Bauman says her son, JJ, has a great attitude and is doing great. By Blair Emerson, Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 693 words.

For use Monday, May 21, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-HONORARY FIREFIGHTER

BISMARCK, N.D. —The Bismarck Fire Department recently granted a teen's wish, making him an honorary firefighter. Seventeen-year-old Logan Triepke has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which causes his muscles to get progressively weaker. He was diagnosed with the disorder when he was an infant. Firefighters surprised the teen in the lunch room at Bismarck High School. By Blair Emerson, Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 436 words.