down syndrome

South Dakota law banning Down syndrome abortions goes into effect

PIERRE, S.D. (KVRR) – A new law goes into effect in South Dakota Thursday which bans abortions when tests indicate a fetus may have Down syndrome. “Several pro-life bills that I signed are becoming law in South Dakota TODAY, including a ban on abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis” Gov. Kristi Noem said on social media Thursday.  “We’re protecting…

South Fargo family who lost their home in murder-suicide fire launches GoFundMe

Juanita and her family had been living in the twin home since 2005.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A family who lost their home in a south Fargo fire is speaking out after the couple in the next door twin house died in a murder suicide. A GoFundMe page has been created to help get them back on their feet. “It was horrible,” Juanita Kreider who lost her home says. Juanita Kreider was sleeping…

Gigi’s Playhouse hosts virtual walk to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome

Walk goes online this year to support social distancing

WEST FARGO, N.D.– Gigi’s Playhouse walks every year to celebrate their loved ones with Down syndrome. Because of COVID-19, this year looks a little different. Sydney Brantl’s family is walking a mile in their neighborhood to celebrate her and to raise money for Gigi’s Playhouse– an organization that they say means so much to them. “It’s just a great place…

GiGi’s Playhouse Hosts 7th Annual Walk & Fest

The event is in celebration of National Syndrome Awareness Month

MOORHEAD, Minn. — This army is a little different than most. Its youngest member is only 19 months old. “We’re here walking for Cohen. Our son, who has Down syndrome,” said Cohen’s mom and participant in the walk, Sarah Nordin. Cohen’s Army includes nearly 60 family members and friends supporting him and others in the community with Down syndrome. “We…

GiGi’s Playhouse Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

  FARGO, N.D. — About 200 people were at the grand re–opening of GiGi’s Playhouse in Fargo. It’s North Dakota’s only achievement center for people with Down syndrome. The facility originally opened 16 years ago. Now, it’s celebrating its growth over the years with the addition of new programs and a building renovation. The expansion project is going by the…

“Leaps and Bounds” Program Helps Kids Develop Skills

Each week focuses on a different letter of the alphabet

FARGO, N.D. — Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome achievement center, has a fun way to help preschool kids learn skills. Their Leaps and Bounds program focuses on a different letter from the alphabet each week. Today’s letter was “S,” so kids learned about things ranging from safety to being silly to singing songs. Kids’ siblings can also join in on the…

Gigi’s Playhouse Encouraging Public to Sign Happiness Wall

It's part of their celebration for the International day of happiness

  FARGO, N.D. — Tomorrow is the International Day of Happiness. To celebrate, Gigi’s Playhouse in Fargo is doing a wall of happiness. You are invited to write something you do to make other people smile or be happy. The wall will be up all week long. If you can’t make it in, you can also post on social media, along…

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…

Buddy Walk Brings Awareness to Down Syndrome

Alerus Center in Grand Forks Will Be Hosting the Annual Buddy Walk

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — We told you in April about the two babies from Grand Forks with a following on Facebook.  Clara and Cutler both have Down Syndrome. Their mothers use the social media platform to bring awareness and acceptance to Down syndrome in a fun way. Clara and Cutler have not only stolen their family’s hearts, but also the…

GiGi’s Playhouse Raises Money to Support Those with Down Syndrome

The event at Scheels Arena raised $55,000, which is enough to keep the non-profit staffed for the entire year

FARGO, N.D. — She said it was like a bomb dropped when she and her husband discovered their son, Owen, had Down Syndrome. “As a parent, you go through all of the emotions and it’s actually a grieving process until you realize and meet other families and realize your life is going to be okay,” Shelly Peterson said. “He’s been the…