DRN Offers Free Internet and Telephone Service During COVID-19 Pandemic

The company is participating in the FCC's Keep America Connected Pledge.

ELLENDALE, N.D.–DRN ReadiTech, a southeastern North Dakota telecommunications provider, has announced it plans to provide free internet and phone service in April to support its rural cooperative territory. The company is also participating in the FCC’s Keep America Connected Pledge to not disconnect phone or broadband service and waive any late fees to any residential and small business customers. DRN…

Psychologist Gives Her Take After Children’s Video is Found With Suicide Instructions

She says it's important to talk to children about risky content on the internet

You may think platforms like YouTube Kids are safe for children, but you might want to think again. A Florida mother recently found a video of a cartoon, and in the middle, it shows a man telling kids how to slit their wrists. Therapists say kids have more access and spend more time with electronics, and depending on their developmental…

Gamers Raise Money for Autism Network

The event lasted for 12 hours straight

FARGO, N.D. — Gamers at Section 9 Cyber Café held a 12–hour gaming fundraiser, which raises money for the Red River Valley Asperger–Autism Network. Gamers earn coins when they play, and those are exchanged as donations for charity. One gamer says he feels a personal connection to the cause, because he has a family member with autism. “Whether you have a…

MN Senator Tina Smith introduces broadband bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tina Smith has introduced the Community Connect Grant Program Act to connect Minnesotans and Americans to one another. She says in order to do that everyone must have access to affordable and reliable broadband services. This bill would create access to facilities to deploy broadband service, modernize minimum speed and keep pace with 21st century needs….

Suspect Pulls out Weapon at Cell Phone Transaction at Cash Wise in Fargo

Police arrived to a report of an armed robbery Sunday night only to find the victim had the intention of selling a phone but the suspect had a different agenda

FARGO, N.D. — An in person cell phone transaction went wrong at the Cash Wise in Fargo off of 13th Avenue South. Police are warning the community on how to safely sell items to a stranger. Police arrived to a report of an armed robbery Sunday night only to find the victim had the intention of selling a phone but…

CenturyLink Ordered to Reform Billing Practices in Minnesota

A spokesman says the company is pleased it could work with Swanson's office to agree on the order

  MINNESOTA — CenturyLink has been ordered to reform its television and internet sales and billing practices. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit against the company in July for allegedly overbilling customers after quoting lower rates. A man from Blaine was quoted a base monthly rate of $39.97 for television service, but was charged a base rate of…

Microsoft Launches Techspark Initiative

North Dakota is one of six states the program will be

FARGO, ND — North Dakota is one of six states Microsoft is launching its initiative “Techspark.” It aims to drive economic development by providing broadband internet to the entire state within the next five years. They also plan to do so by creating more computer science programs in North Dakota high schools. There are currently only three high schools in the…

Bringing Everyone Up to Speed: Midco Breaks Ground on New Fargo Data Center

It's one of the first of its kind in the region

FARGO, ND — A $12 million Midco facility is coming to Fargo. It’s one of the first of its kind in the region. In a world where technology is constantly changing, there are still some people who don’t have access to high speed internet. Midco is working to change that. “With the way the world is working today, I don’t…

#drivebydunkchallenge Sweeping the Internet

You don't have to be a basketball player from Duke to participate

NATIONAL — Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Celebrities, politicians and ordinary people threw buckets of ice over themselves to raise money for charity. But the latest challenge sweeping the internet is a little more active…and you don’t have to be a basketball player from Duke to participate. The #drivebydunkchallenge has people driving around their neighborhoods and slam dunking a ball…

Uber Adds In-App Tipping Service

Tipping is the first of many changes in the "180 Days' of Change" Initiative to fix the driving experience

FARGO, ND — Riders can officially tip their Uber drivers. The ride sharing company launched its in-app tipping service nationwide. This is the first of many changes in Uber’s 180 Days of Change initiative to improve its experience for drivers after years of misconception. “I don’t know if it’s more people misunderstood or Uber misleading people thinking they weren’t supposed…