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“It’s Time:” Effort to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in ND Underway

They think it has a good chance after seeing the success a 2016 medicinal marijuana bill had at the ballot box

FARGO, ND — An effort to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota is underway. The campaign manager for the bill said they have at least 30 sponsors. Voters in 2018 could decide if North Dakota becomes the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. “Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol, it doesn’t work for this,” said Josh Dryer, campaign…

McKinley Elementary Students Sing for Local Veterans

It's a Veterans Day tradition the school has carried out for years

FARGO, ND — More than 160 students from kindergarten to 5th grade sang for our local veterans. The nearly hour-long performance at McKinley Elementary paid tribute to veterans across the country. About 30 veterans sat in as honored guests along with least 100 parents and family members. This Veterans Day Program is a school tradition which goes back at least…

Law Enforcement Encouraging People to Participate in Active Shooter Training

The sheriff says he and his staff have done about 70 presentations and he wants the number one takeaway for people to be "react, don't freeze." KMSP Fox 9 reporter Paul Blume reports from Barron County, Wisconsin

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. — A Wisconsin sheriff is encouraging active shooter training after Sunday’s massacre at a Texas church. The shooting took the lives of 25 people and an unborn child. “If the shooter is not by you, you should always run,” said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, who is with Barron County in Wisconsin. “Run is what we teach.” Sheriff Fitzgerald…

Minnesota Struggling with Largest Outbreak of Tuberculosis in the Nation

Department of Health officials say the strain is drug-resistant, which is not only making it harder to fight, it's much more expensive. KMSP Fox 9's Iris Perez reports from Ramsey County

RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. — It’s the largest outbreak of tuberculosis in the nation and it’s happening in Minnesota. Department of Health officials say the strain is drug-resistant, which is not only making it harder to fight, it’s much more expensive. “We’ve put a lot of resources into responding to this situation,” said Kris Ehresmann, who is the Director of Infectious…

Moorhead School District Votes for School Board Candidates

The person elected will serve just one year on the board

MOORHEAD, Minn. — If you live in Moorhead, it’s time to cast your ballot and vote. The Moorhead School District is holding a special election for an open seat on the school board. Thirteen candidates are vying for the position. The person elected will serve just one year on the board. The seat was vacated by Laurie Johnson in late…

Popular HBO Show Host Takes on Fargo’s City Commission

A city of about 120,000 was thrust into the national spotlight on HBO

FARGO, ND — A popular HBO show host decided to poke fun at Fargo last night. In an episode about economic development, John Oliver used Fargo as an example, but he wasn’t exactly flattering. A city of about 120,000 was thrust into the national spotlight on HBO. “Take a look at Fargo, North Dakota,” Oliver said in the segment.  As…

Golden Drive Homeless Kids Launches Holiday Donation Event

They're also accepting non-perishable food items, home supplies and other everyday items

FARGO, ND — Local businesses are teaming up with Golden Drive Homeless Kids to help give presents to kids in need in the valley. Places like Culver’s, Bell State Bank and KVRR are putting out donation boxes to encourage people to donate toys. They’re also accepting non-perishable food items, home supplies and other everyday items. Sue Baron, the leader of…

Concordia College Works to End the Mental Health Stigma

Intramural volleyball players began a week of events for Mental Health Awareness Week

MOORHEAD, Minn — Students at Concordia College are serving up a week of ways to end the stigma of mental health. Their intramural volleyball teams kicked off the schools series of events for Mental Health Awareness Week. Leaders of the initiative said this and tomorrow’s yoga classes are ways to discuss how mental and physical health intertwine. They said they’re…

Week of Events Celebrating Native American Culture

Library staff felt the first culture in America more than deserved this attention

FARGO, ND — An entire weeklong celebration of Native-American culture is underway at the Fargo Public Library. People eager to learn stopped by the community room to make art and hear Bob Shimok talk about the White Earth land recovery project. The library will have movie screenings about wild rice harvesting in Minnesota and about Native-American Vietnam veterans on Tuesday…

Petitioners On Track to Adding Blue Law Repeal to the 2018 Ballot

Many shoppers signed the petition while waiting for Walmart to open on Sunday morning

FARGO, ND — Petitioners are making progress in allowing voters to decide if North Dakota will keep Blue Laws in the 2018 election. The state laws do not allow businesses to open before noon on Sundays. At 11:30 Sunday morning, cars drove by the dark entrance of Walmart on 13th Avenue South in Fargo to run weekend errands. But like…