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Gigi’s Playhouse finishing reconstruction

The reconstruction era for North Dakota's only down syndrome achievement center is nearing its end

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Gigi’s Playhouse is planning its grand re-opening later this summer one year after a fire destroyed it. One year after a fire severely damaged the building, the playhouse is adding new services for people with special needs and their families across the F-M area who use the space as a second home. “We watched from across…

Fargo strip mall fire was intentionally set

FARGO (KVRR) – A fire that gutted a large portion of a Fargo strip mall last month was intentionally set. The May 11 fire at 3242 20th St. South tore through Bodyworks Physical Therapy and GiGi’s Playhouse. No one was seriously injured.  One firefighter had minor injuries. Fargo Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson says Fargo Police are conducting a criminal investigation….

Fargo strip mall fire caused $1.25 million in damage

FARGO (KVRR) – A fire that gutted a portion of a south Fargo strip mall earlier this month caused an estimated $1.25 million in damages. The fire at 3242 20th St. S. tore through Bodyworks Physical Therapy and GiGi’s Playhouse in the Southpointe Business Park. No one was seriously injured in the May 11 fire.  One firefighter sustained minor injuries….

‘We are so optimistic’: GiGi’s Playhouse plans on forging ahead after fire

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Business owners in a South Fargo strip mall are piecing together how to move forward after a fire ripped through the building Tuesday. Below a charred roof at the strip mall, three words hang tough: educate, inspire and believe. Those three words embody the mission behind GiGi’s Playhouse: North Dakota’s first and only Down syndrome achievement…

Drone helped fight Fargo strip mall fire

Red River UAS Unit uses a device that uses thermal imaging to help fight the South Fargo fire.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Fire officials are still piecing together the cause of a South Fargo strip mall fire. Businesses are left ruined after a fire tore through the Southpointe Business Park strip mall. Flames destroying Bodyworks Physical Therapy and Gigi’s Playhouse. Our drone capturing the roof of Gigi’s Playhouse completely charred. Most of the building’s roof left destroyed. Workers…

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 keeps members connected through virtual programs

Gigi's at Home offers Daily classes designed to keep members engaged throughout the period of social isolation

FARGO, N.D. –Gigi’s Playhouse is committed to continuing to provide for it’s community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is not a time for us to hit pause, it is a time for us to hit play and continue to serve our families,” says the Fargo organizations site manager, Heather Lorenzen. The organization, which offers free educational and therapeutic programs to…

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…