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Trump Administration Takes Back Sodium Restrictions for School Lunches

The new rule also allows schools to have sweetened milk and are not required to served grain-rich products

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Agriculture is putting off reducing the amount of sodium in school lunches. The Obama Administration set the reduced sodium targets to take place in 2018, but the White House now says they don’t have to change through 2019. The food and nutrition service of the Ag Department says allowing the targets to remain…

Minnesota Adding Conditions that Qualify for Medical Marijuana

The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be added

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota health officials are adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. The health commissioner says there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana can help people with severe autism or obstructive apnea. The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be added. Some of…

Moorhead Superintendent Ends Long Career in School District

She has worked for the district in a number of roles since the 1980's

MOORHEAD, Minn. — This was the last day of work for Moorhead Public Schools Superintendent Lynne Kovash. She was supposed to retire next June but she moved it up as she continues to battle pancreatic cancer. She has worked for the district in a number of roles since the 1980’s. Lynne wrote on her Caring Bridge page quote: “I am…

MPR Facing Backlash with Decision to Cut Ties with Garrison Keillor

Some say they will no longer support MPR

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Outraged Garrison Keillor fans are mad at Minnesota Public Radio. On Wednesday, MPR cut ties with Keillor, former host of the popular public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” over an allegation of workplace misconduct. Some say they will no longer support MPR, one of the nation’s largest public radio operations, which depends on financial…

Richland County: North Dakota Wildfires Under Control

U.S. Fish & Wildlife's Fire Service helped monitor the fire throughout the night

RICHLAND COUNTY, ND — Wildfires that burned about 800 acres in southeast North Dakota have been brought under control. Richland County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht says up to eight departments were called to assist with the fires, which spanned about 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. Crews from Hankinson, Mantador, Lidgerwood, Dwight, Great Bend, Fairmount, Breckenridge, Wahpeton, Mooreton and…

Pet Connection: Meet Lila

Baby, it's cold outside. But this dog will see to it your feet are nice and toasty.

Lila couldn’t have come into the studio at a better time. When all the forecasts are calling for a sudden drop back to normal from our record-setting warmth, one of Lila’s favorite activities is snuggling up with someone to keep them nice and warm. This beautiful 4-year-old mixed breed possibly has some Great Pyrenees in her background, which would explain…

Inspired by Miss Minnesota Contestant with Down Syndrome

Mikayla Holmgren made history in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant

FARGO, ND — Mikayla Holmgren made history as the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. One West Fargo family not only has a connection to the pageant world, but what it’s like to have a daughter with Down syndrome. “When I saw her on stage looking so poised and so radiant and so…

Fargo Public Arts Master Plan Will Bring More Art & Entertainment

it includes many temporary venues like "porch fests"

FARGO, ND —┬áMore public art and entertainment will be coming to Fargo-Moorhead. The Fargo Arts and Culture Commission has worked on a plan to do so for about a year and are now sharing their plan with people across the community. One of the first things Arlette Preston does when going to a new city is check out the art….

Minnesota Speaker of the House Talks to MSUM, Concordia Students

Kurt Daudt says he wanted to let college students know the important role they can take in politics

MOORHEAD, Minn. —┬áMinnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt is in town to talk with MSUM and Concordia students about why they should get involved in politics. Daudt says it’s important for him to let college students know the important role they can play in politics. He says he will help students get in touch with elected officials whether they…