Author: Kathryn Gallo

Fargo South teacher named one of 10 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize

Leah Juelke is the only finalist from the U.S. The winner of the award will receive $1 million.

FARGO, N.D. — Teaching was not always the plan for Leah Juelke. The 2001 Fargo South graduate attended NDSU on a nursing scholarship. Two years into college, she joined the Army National Guard as a medic. It was there that she found her real calling. “Having to train up all these new soldiers that came in, I really found a…

Advocates continue to push for renaming Woodrow Wilson High School

Several speakers addressed the school board at Tuesday's meeting to urge them to change the name because of Wilson's racist history.

FARGO, N.D. — Changing the name of Woodrow Wilson High school seems like a no-brainer to many. “Wilson’s horrific record of segregating the federal government, firing African Americans, doing nothing to prevent racial violence and arresting hundreds of thousands of people for allegedly criticizing the government is clear,” said advocate Jim Shaw. Despite the clarity of Wilson’s racist past, the…

West Fargo man facing criminal charges from protest dies

Michael Griffin was arrested after the May 30th after the Black Lives Matter protest for aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. His family is hurt that he was dealing with these charges during the time of his death and wants his side of the story told.

FARGO, N.D. — A West Fargo man facing criminal charges for his actions during the May 30 Black Lives Matter protest has passed away. 47-year-old Michael Griffin was arrested for aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after he¬†allegedly struck a protester with his vehicle and drove three blocks with the man still on his car. Griffin’s family maintains his innocence and…

Mapleton, North Dakota man arrested for arson in bridge fire in Otter Tail County

Otter Tail County Sheriff's officer office arrested Ryan Johnson less than 24 hours after the fire occured.

DENT, Minn. — Those who live near Frank’s Memorial Bridge on Star Lake along County Highway 41 were in for a rude awakening in the early morning hours on Sunday. “If you have ever heard a pile of gas go up, there is a definite ‘WOOPH’ noise to it. That’s what we heard,” said Mike Linnertz who lives by the…

Gov. Tim Walz, health officials say Minnesota is reaching tipping point ahead of Labor Day Weekend

Walz says case numbers are not going down because people are continuing to gather socially.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota has remained largely consistent throughout most of the summer, but the department of health says the state should have been seeing a decrease during the warmer months. “We have been walking along the edge of a high plateau for quite some time. Since early July when we started seeing…

Construction on Main Avenue Makeover expected to be completed by the end of the week

This years phase of the Main Avenue Makeover has improved the corridor between University Drive and Broadway.

FARGO, N.D. — This year’s phase of the Main Avenue makeover is nearly complete in downtown Fargo. The project manager says the corridor of Main Avenue between University Drive and Broadway will be open to traffic by the end of this week. Construction is nearly finished. Crews are using the next couple of days to finish up landscaping and electrical…

Dorothy Dodds Elementary & Moorhead Public Schools Get Ready For Classes

Students in Moorhead will begin school on September 8th.

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The floors and walls of Dorothy Dodds Elementary School will look a little different this year. “We have to do a big shout out to the custodians. They did all the taping and the signage in the district so we know that each spot is six feet apart and students will learn to keep the distance,” said…

Fargo Cass Public Health shows parents what e-cigarettes to watch out for

The use of electronic cigarettes continues to rise among youth.

FARGO, N.D. –The use of electronic cigarettes continues to be on the rise among youth. According to the CDC, more than 27% of high school students reported using an e-cigarette in 2019. Fargo Cass Public Health say there’s a common product parents should be watching out for. “When parents don’t know what they Juul looks like, that is concerning,” said…

Sen. Tina Smith visits Moorhead to discuss COVID-19 effects

Smith also made stops in Detroit Lakes, at the White Earth Reservation and on the MSUM campus

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota Senator Tina Smith stopped by Junkyard Brewing to talk with local leaders about the effects of COVID-19. This was one stop on a day-long trip around northwest Minnesota. Smith was also in Detroit Lakes, White Earth Reservation and on the MSUM campus. She talked about COVID-19 effects on small businesses, on tribal communities and in rural…

Lewis and Clark kindergarten teacher prepares classroom for a socially-distant school year

Mona Heggedal will have just 9 kids in her classroom at one time as a result of Fargo Public School's hybrid learning model guidelines.

FARGO, N.D. — Mona Heggedal has been a kindergarten teacher for 34 years, but returning back to school this year is unlike anything she has experienced in her career before. “Just to have only nine students in the class, it is something I have never had,” said Heggedal. That small size is the result of guidelines set by Fargo Public…