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Because of You, I Lived: Organ Donors, Recipients Honored in the Valley

Sanford Health put up a Wall of Donor Heroes at their downtown Fargo location

FARGO, N.D. — Organ donors and recipients throughout the Valley are being honored. Sanford Health put up a Wall of Donor Heroes at their downtown Fargo location. “I’m just happy to start looking forward to life again,” said Jeff Ficek, who was the recipient of an organ donation. Ficek was diagnosed with an arthritic condition at the age of 17….

Things to Remember Before Hiring a Contractor

The BBB wants you to remember these tips to avoid losing money when hiring someone to fix your home

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Police are taking to Facebook to remind us how to avoid scammers when it comes to home remodeling. They shared the Better Business Bureau’s “10 Things To Do When Hiring A Contractor” list. “There’s a lot of handymans out here that’s not too handy,” said David McCrakin, who owns J & J Repairs and Roofing LLC….

Students Encourage their Peers to “Listen to the Environment”

Fargo North students sold miniature cacti to raise awareness for the environment ahead of Earth Day

FARGO, N.D. — Earth Day is this Saturday and students at Fargo North High School are getting a jump start on the event. The school’s environment club is selling miniature succulent plants and cacti and entering students into a drawing to win a pair of Beats headphones. It’s all a part of the club’s message to help students to listen…

Student Musicians Show their Stuff at the Big Floody

Student bands from three Fargo middle schools performed in front of professional music judges

FARGO, N.D. — Discovery Middle School in Fargo hosted a district–wide band contest. The Big Floody brought together general and jazz bands from all three Fargo middle schools. The event provided the bands to play in front of two professional clinicians in an performance atmosphere. The judges rated the students’ performances and gave immediate feedback. The Big Floody is about…

Minnesota Author, Illustrator Visits with Eagles Elementary Students

Anderson has illustrated more than 20 children's books and wrote 7 of his own

FARGO, N.D. — Imagine getting paid to make things up for a living. That’s what author and illustrator Derek Anderson says is the best part of his job. Students at Eagles Elementary School in Fargo heard how the Minneapolis based author turned his creativity into a career. Anderson has illustrated more than 20 children’s books and wrote seven of his…

Homeward Animal Shelter Celebrates Annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Lunch

More than 300 people showed up to Homeward Animal Shelter's third annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Lunch at the Holiday Inn in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — Spaghetti without meatballs? A local animal shelter served this to encourage others to spay and neuter their pets. More than 300 people showed up to Homeward Animal Shelter’s third annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Lunch at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. Bell, a pointer mix with three legs greeted visitors. Shelter staff also brought Chester, a Shepherd/Rottweiler…

Lutherans and Catholics Discuss How to Unite Churches

The 50 Year Conversation of Unification Between Churches Continues in Western Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — The 50 year discussion continues on ways to unite Lutherans and Catholics. Four spiritual leaders who represent more than 200,000 Lutherans and Catholics in Western Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota talked about the progress they have made in unification. The leaders shared the five commitments they developed together, which include not focusing on their division, but instead looking at…

Firefighter Has Minor Injuries After Fire at J.R. Simplot Plant in Grand Forks

The cause of the fire is under investigation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A fire and explosion in a piece of equipment at J.R. Simplot in Grand Forks slightly injured a firefighter this morning. “Crews were able to extinguish it rather quickly,” said Captain Darren Schimke. “In the process of that there was a minor explosion. No injuries were caused from that explosion. Some of the fire did spread…

Organ Donors Honored on Sanford Health’s Wall of Donor Heroes in Fargo

Sanford's Wall of Donor Heroes honors these heroes, recipients and families who made it through potential tragedies

FARGO, N.D. — Organ donors of the Red River Valley are being honored for helping others survive. Sanford Health put up a Wall of Donor Heroes at the downtown Fargo location. You’re looking at the faces of locals who helped others survive by donating organs. Sanford’s Wall of Donor Heroes honors these heroes, recipients and families who made it through…

High Risk Sex Offender Moves to Grafton

He was convicted of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy in 1999

  GRAFTON, N.D. — Police in Grafton want people to know about a high-risk sex offender living in town. Nathan McNelis, 29, is living at 728 Manvel Avenue. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy in 1999. McNelis has been deemed a level III offender, which is defined as a high risk to re-offend. Categories: Community, Crime, Local…