Author: Angela Shen

Periwinkle Marketplace in Ottertail Reopens After Fire Last Year

The store sells everything from clothes to decor to houseware

OTTERTAIL, Minn. — Last February, a major fire broke out that left nothing of Periwinkle Marketplace. The owner’s husband, Jason Dykhoff, says his son was doing some work on his pickup when a flame started. Before long, the whole market was up in flames. Ottertail Liquors, which is next to the market, was spared. Multiple fire departments had to help fight…

850 Students Get Their Diplomas at MSUM Commencement

Many students say the connections they've made with other people will stick with them

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Students across the country are taking the next step in their lives as they get their diplomas. MSUM has the core values of grit, humility, and heart, and for the 850 students walking across the stage, that’s what they’ll be carrying with them for the rest of their lives. For Christopher Cook, there’s been a lot of grit….

Local Businesses in the Spotlight at Chamber of Commerce’s ChamberChoice Awards

Winners were picked by a panel of independent judges

FARGO, N.D. — Local businesses are in the spotlight at the Chamber of Commerce’s ChamberChoice awards luncheon. The ceremony recognizes accomplishments in the business community. Winners are picked by a panel of independent judges, and evaluated based on growth, innovation and community involvement. Nearly 900 people were at the event, and stand–up comedian James Cunningham served as emcee. “We want to…

Moorhead Police Sergeant to Run Fargo Marathon in Uniform

He's doing it to honor those killed in the line of duty

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Thousands of people will be running in the Fargo Marathon, and everyone has their own reason for taking part. Moorhead Police Sergeant Scott Kostohryz says his favorite part of running marathons, other than the finish line, is hearing the stories about why people participate. “Everyone’s got a reason to run. Nobody wakes in the morning and says, ‘I’m…

Thousands of Kids Lace Up Their Sneakers for Youth Run

The Youth Run is just one event in the week of Fargo Marathon activities

FARGO, N.D. — Even though the big race is two days away, kids get their own version of the 15th Annual Fargo Marathon at the Youth Run. Thousands of kids take part in the run with the option to do a half mile or full mile. TNT led everyone through some warm up exercises and dance–off. After the run, each kid…

Sen. Smith Introduces Mental Health Bill After Sharing Her Experience With Depression

The bill would help provide mental health resources to schools

FARGO, N.D. — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and experts say one in five Americans suffer from a mental health issue. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is introducing a bill to address it. She recently revealed she struggled with depression in her teens and late 30’s. “I’m really blessed that I was able to get the help I needed to…

Survey Ranks Minnesotan Accent 48th Sexiest in the Country

Minnesota beat out New Jersey and Long Island accents

The Minnesotan accent was made famous in the movie Fargo, but dontcha know it’s ranked as the 48th sexiest accent in the country? Travel company Big Seven ranked 50 accents across the U.S. based on survey results from their 1.5 million social audience. Minnesota only beat out New Jersey and Long Island accents. People in downtown Fargo guessed the Minnesotan…

Another Construction Project Leaves Deer Creek Neighborhood With One Way Out

The drain improvement project will go on for three weeks

FARGO, N.D. — Road construction season is well underway, and neighbors in one South Fargo neighborhood are sure feeling the effects with yet another project. A drain improvement project on 63rd Street South starts May 15 and will go on for three weeks. For people in the Deer Creek neighborhood, there will only be one way out once the 52nd Avenue…

Muslims in F-M Area Observe Holy Month of Ramadan

Some fast for over 16 hours a day

FARGO, N.D. — It’s the second week of Ramadan, and many Muslims in the F–M area are observing the holy month. Muslims are encouraged to pray five times a day, and men and women pray separately. During the holiday, people fast from sunrise to sunset, which is often over 16 hours, to understand what it’s like for millions of starving people…

Stroke Survivor Uses Her Experience to Help Others Through Support Program

Five years ago, Sandi Gruhot was doing yard work when she started feeling a pain in the back of her neck and got nauseous

FARGO, N.D. — It’s something hundreds of thousands of people suffer from every year: stroke. One survivor is using her experience to support others going through the same thing. Five years ago, Sandi Gruhot was doing yard work when she started feeling a pain in the back of her neck and got nauseous. What she thought was pulled muscle was actually…