Author: Raya Quttaineh

Flu Season Off to Unusual Start

Season kicking off with Influenza B rather than typical A-strain

FARGO, N.D. — The CDC estimates that at least 1,300 people nationwide have died from the flu this year. While this number doesn’t surprise one North Dakota epidemiologist, the type of flu affecting people in our region does. “It is a little unusual, if you look back at prior seasons, the A-string is predominant early in the season, and then…

Hornbacher’s and Cloverdale Donate Hams to Local Organizations

The hams are given to 3 local nonprofits for people in need this holiday season

FARGO, N.D. — Hornbacher’s is teaming up with Cloverdale Foods to provide more than $20,000 worth of hams to local nonprofits. They are going to the Emergency Food Shelter, Dorothy Day Food Pantry, and The Salvation Army in Fargo. The Salvation Army is receiving more than 400 hams, which will be included in their free Christmas food boxes, given to…

Red River Valley Hosts 25th Annual Cops and Kids Shopping Event

The event is a collaboration between local law enforcement agencies to make the holidays brighter for kids in need

FARGO, N.D. — For most 11-year-old’s, a 200 dollar shopping spree at Walmart would probably mean a lot of video games, toys and candy. But for James Hedine, it’s a chance to give back to those who mean the most to him. “I thought maybe instead of doing stuff for myself and just getting a whole bunch of stuff for…

Pediatric Partners Hosts Annual “Pajama Party with Santa Claus”

The event is targeted toward kids with developmental delays

FARGO, N.D. — The Early Intervention team at Pediatric Partners wants to make sure all kids can participate in the full holiday experience. The group is hosting its annual “Pajama Party with Santa Claus” for kids with developmental delays and who are a part of the organization’s Early Intervention program. The event is complete with kid-friendly activities like a sensory…

Fargo police officers won’t be disciplined after blinding man with pepperball gun

His mother says she's not surprised by the investigation outcome

FARGO, N.D. — A 13-page internal investigation says Fargo Police officers acted appropriately back in October, when they shot 27-year-old Tyler Patel with a pepperball gun and blinded him in one eye. “There’s definitely some pieces here that are not coming together in a way that they should, let’s put it that way. It’s like adding two plus two and…

Lutheran Social Service opens new Moorhead location

The organization has been in the process of moving for a year

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota will be serving the F-M community from a new location in Moorhead. The social services organization is no longer running out of the Family Service Center of Clay County building on 11th Street. Its new location is at 3101 South Frontage Road near Target. Six services will be located in the new…

Fargo shelter asks for community’s help in finding cats their forever homes

Cats Cradle says it will never euthanize its adoptable animals

FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo cat shelter is assuring the community it will never euthanize adoptable animals after a local news outlet incorrectly reported it was considering it. Cats Cradle co-founder Jill Frederick says no one from the shelter was interviewed by the news outlet for that story. The shelter has been asking for community support and fosters as its…

10-Year-Old West Fargo Girl Collects Food Donations For Birthday

Instead of asking for birthday gifts, Gowri Pillai asks for nonperishable items to donate to the Great Plains Food Bank

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Most kids Gowri Pillai’s age get excited for their birthday. But she gets excited for a different reason than most. “My birthday’s around the time of giving, so we decided it was also a really good time for that,” she says. Gowri turns 11 just two days before Christmas, but she’s not looking for any gifts….

Health Concerns Regarding Frigid Temperatures

Medical professionals say it's possible to get frostbite after 5 minutes of being outside in this cold weather

FARGO, N.D. — The frigid temperatures we’ll be experiencing over the next couple of days are accompanied with health concerns. Those at Sanford say frostbite is the number one concern when it comes to negative temperatures. Family nurse practitioner Autumn Nelson says dressing in layers and minimizing any exposed skin is key. The first signs of frostbite include redness, tingling…

Local Radio Host Shares Her Story With “Silent Disease”

Endometriosis impacts one in 10 women, but it's rarely talked about

SABIN, Minn. — She’s the familiar voice on WAVE 104.1, but there’s something about Natalie Burbeck that many listeners can’t hear. Burbeck knew from a young age her body was experiencing something different from other girls. “I mean, you would talk with girlfriends about things and you find out, okay, they have these symptoms and you feel like yours are…