Author: Raya Quttaineh

City of Fargo Celebrates Completion of Phase One of Main Avenue Makeover

Built in the 1950's, Main Avenue is one of the oldest roads in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — The city of Fargo is celebrating a major change in what locals call the SoMa neighborhood. That’s the area South of Main Avenue. It was recently gutted and reconstructed as part one of the Main Avenue Makeover project. “The biggest improvements are the infrastructure improvements that the drainage — some of the original infrastructure underneath the road…

10-Year-Old Author Raising Money for Clean Water in Africa

Sawyer Anderson will soon be published on three different continents

WEST FARGO, N.D. — It all started with Sawyer Anderson selling cookies at her grandma’s garage sale to raise money for those in Africa with no clean drinking water. The 10–year–old West Fargo author wrote “Water Works”, a book about her mission to raise thousands of dollars to help bring clean water to Zambia. She was inspired to make a…

Fargo Police Addresses Public’s Concern Over New Headquarters Location

Some are worried there will no longer be a police presence downtown

FARGO, N.D. — The new Fargo Police Headquarters on 25th Street and 1st Avenue North is open. The Fargo Police locations in downtown and on 25th Street South are closed to the public. Some people are sharing their concerns online about the department’s move. One of the biggest worries is no longer having a police presence downtown. Fargo Police officials…

Fargo Police Opening New Headquarters to the Public

It's been under construction for the past few months

FARGO, N.D. — As the city of Fargo continues to grow, so does its police department. According to its 2018 Annual Report, Fargo Police hired 15 new officers just last year. But while they were out keeping trouble off the streets, the officers faced a different kind of problem back at the station. “We just outgrew the other building that…

Moorhead celebrates first-ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The city passed a resolution in July to mark it an official holiday

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The city of Moorhead celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an official holiday for the first time. The city council passed a resolution in July to mark the second Monday of every October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Moorhead Mayor Jonathan Judd says this is a celebration that “knows no geographical boundaries.” Events throughout the day like a prayer…

Local Group Proving EveryBODY Can Rock the Runway

Hope Inc. hosts 8th annual fashion show

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A local organization is proving that everybody can rock the runway. Hope Inc., a group dedicated to children and adults with mobility challenges, is hosting its 8th annual fashion show. About a hundred people filled up the Horizon Middle School auditorium as 90 models from the ages of 3 to 65 strutted their stuff. Each participant received…

FOSS Swim School Opens First North Dakota Location

Offering swimming lessons to nearly all ages

FARGO, N.D. — A tragedy years ago inspired Susan Foss and her husband Jon’s life’s work. “His mother’s brother drowned in North Dakota in a lake when he was 8. And so, Jon’s mom had a personal commitment through her life that her children would learn to swim not just well, but extra confidently,” Foss said. They’ve been passing that…

‘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…