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MNLARS In Danger Of Running Out of Money For Fixes

The Legislature provided $9.6 million in emergency funding earlier this year

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two state agencies may soon run out of money to fix Minnesota’s new driver registration platform. Minnesota’s Information Technology Services and the Department of Public Safety are tasked with fixing MNLARS. The computer system has struggled with bugs and errors since its launch last summer. The agencies told lawmakers in a report this week that the…

Kindergartners Learn from NDSU’s “Bug Man”

The Bug Man brought live bugs for the students to see

FARGO, N.D. —¬†Kids at Eagle Elementary wrapped up a week learning about bugs with a visit from Don Carey, or NDSU’s “Bug Man.” Carey works at NDSU’s entomology department. He brought live bugs for the kids to see, like a centipede and tarantula. Kindergartners have been learning about a new bug every day of the week by making bug crafts…

Getting Ready for Mosquitoes in the Red River Valley this Summer

In the 50 inspections Vector Control has done so far, they've only found about a dozen mosquitoes

FARGO, N.D. —¬†Winter’s late departure may also mean a slow season for bugs. Cass County’s Vector Control is counting on mosquitoes. They just don’t know how bad they’ll be. If you thought mosquitoes played an essential role in our ecosystem it turns out, that may not be the case. “That’s not necessarily true. They’re not a major food source for…

Early Case of West Nile Found in Fargo

Vector Control is taking extra measures to prevent more cases of the virus

FARGO, ND — Cass County officials say they have found a mosquito with the West Nile virus in one of the traps in Fargo. There were 21 confirmed cases of West Nile in Cass County last year and finding a sample this early is unusual. Mosquitoes are the pesky bugs we can’t seem to get away from. “I hate them,”…

Vector Control Spraying for Mosquitoes in Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead

Vector Control will be spraying areas in the metro to get rid of mosquitoes

WEST FARGO, ND — You might have noticed more pesky mosquitoes in your backyard. That’s why spraying is planned for tonight in the metro. According to Cass County Vector Control, there’s been an increase in nuisance mosquitoes over the last 48 hours. Starting at 8 p.m., there will be at least 27 pickups riding through Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and…

What You Need to Know as Tick Season Approaches

Ticks carrying Lyme disease can be more dangerous than you think

FARGO, ND — As the weather gets warmer, keep a watchful eye out for ticks. The tiny mites can carry Lyme disease. The CDC reports that 300,000 people get Lyme disease each year. It’s something that starts out as a bullseye-like rash and can end up infecting your tissues, joints, organs, brain and heart. Lyme Disease Support Group members say…