Author: Raya Quttaineh

‘Preparing for the Worst, Hoping for the Best’ Grand Forks Gets Ready for Snow

A hardware store owner had to quadruple his inventory to keep up with customer demand

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The owner of this Grand Forks hardware store wasn’t too surprised at how his day started. “We sold one right — first transaction this morning was a snow blower, so that’s nice,” said Brandon Buckalew. With the first snowfall of winter trickling down, business at Hardware Hank has been anything but slow. “It’s not a browsing…

Clothesline Project Spreads Sexual Violence Awareness

The event has been at UND for more than 15 years

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Survivors of sexual abuse and violence are using t–shirts to share their experiences. 200 t–shirts, decorated by survivors or in honor of someone who has experienced sexual violence, are hung up on a clothesline. Each shirt color represents a different incident or type of violence. The event is followed by the Take Back the Night Rally,…

City of Fargo Clears Up Parking Confusion

The city has added a total of 74 on–street parking spots between Broadway and 2nd Street this year

FARGO, N.D. — City officials describe the Main Avenue reconstruction project as a gateway into a safe and accessible corridor through the heart of Fargo. But that safety was put in limbo for a short while. It started back in August when a stretch of road on the corner of Broadway and Main Avenue caused a mix–up for drivers. “The…

Fargo Fire Department Wants Community to Participate in Fire Prevention Week

The fire prevention awareness efforts will continue until October 12

FARGO, N.D. — Fire Prevention Week is back to remind the community of how to be safe in case of a fire emergency. All seven Fargo Fire Department stations are participating in this year’s national campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” The effort is put on by the National Fire Protection Association. They say…

GiGi’s Playhouse Hosts 7th Annual Walk & Fest

The event is in celebration of National Syndrome Awareness Month

MOORHEAD, Minn. — This army is a little different than most. Its youngest member is only 19 months old. “We’re here walking for Cohen. Our son, who has Down syndrome,” said Cohen’s mom and participant in the walk, Sarah Nordin. Cohen’s Army includes nearly 60 family members and friends supporting him and others in the community with Down syndrome. “We…

Community Supports Local Woman’s Battle With Cancer

Dr. Kate Schulz was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

FARGO, N.D. — Dozens of people across the Fargo–Moorhead area are coming together to support a local family through a silent auction. Dr. Kate Schulz of Prairie Winds Veterinary Center in Fargo lost her son in April due to pregnancy complications. A few months after, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Now, coworkers, family, friends and even strangers are at…

Fifth Graders Embark on a “Bike to Books” Journey

The field trip is meant to prepare them for the next phase of their lives: middle school

FARGO, N.D. — They say knowledge is power, and these fifth graders are brushing up on theirs with both books and bikes. “It’s super fun because, like, you get to check out books and you get to bike, and I love to bike,” said 5th grader Bella Tesch. The idea of combining the two came to one Centennial Elementary School…

Salvation Army Preps for Coats Distribution

Volunteers will be handing out winter gear Friday and Saturday to those in need

FARGO, N.D. — Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to bring out your coats, gloves and scarves. The Salvation Army, with the help of dozens of volunteers, is giving away more than 1,100 pounds of winter apparel to people in need. The coats were collected at various locations and washed at Sanford. Volunteers will be giving…

Community Celebrates National Child Health Day

Nearly 300 community members gathered at Family Voices of North Dakota's "Luncheon for Littles" event

FARGO, N.D. — Twenty six years ago, Tammy DeSautel brought home her own bundle of joy. Right away, she knew she’d be facing a different set of challenges than most mothers do. Her daughter was born with Cerebral Palsy. “26 years ago, we didn’t have the internet and we didn’t have the social media that we have now. And I…

“Boost with Facebook” Teaches Local Businesses How to Grow Online

More than 230 local business owners gathered at the Avalon Events Center

FARGO, N.D. — Amanda Rydell has co–owned her vintage rental business for a couple of years. But her two business partners aren’t lifelong friends or former colleagues. “We were friends on Instagram, and then we just realized how much of a passion we have for the same thing, and then all connected and put our business plan together and started…