Sen. Tina Smith Creates Rural Economic Working Group

the goal of the group is to take innovative ideas from small communities and incorporate them to ones who need more help throughout the U.S.

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Taking innovative ideas from rural communities in Minnesota and incorporating them at the federal level. Senator Tina Smith says that’s what can really help some change places across the country need. She announced she is starting a bipartisan Senate “Rural Economic Working Group.” And she’s doing it alongside Republican South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds. “Our…

United Way Holds School Supply Drive Distribution Event

The organization hopes to help 6,000 students this year

FARGO, N.D. — Thousands of students get to head back to school with a new backpack and school supplies thanks to United Way. The organization held its annual school supply drive, and families gathered at the Fargodome for the distribution event. The goal is to help 6,000 students this year. “We really want to do everything we can to try…

STARTALK Chinese Summer Program Ends With Closing Performance

Four dozen students took part in the three week program

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. Four dozen students got to dive into the culture through the STARTALK Chinese Summer Program. Third to eighth graders showed off what they learned at a closing performance. There was everything from a ribbon dance to a skit about travel plans to children’s songs. Native Chinese teachers came…

Bennett Elementary Students Hold “Clap Out” to Honor Fifth Graders and Retiring Staff Members

The procession was led by retiring teacher Kelly Welle

FARGO, N.D. — School’s out for the year in Fargo and Bennett Elementary students are super excited. A “clap out” honors graduating fifth graders and retiring staff members. Parents walk with their fifth graders as they leave the building for the last time. The procession was led by retiring second grade teacher Kelly Welle who has taught in the district for…

Centennial Elementary Second Graders Go “Camping” Inside

They do activities like camp bingo and a scavenger hunt

FARGO, N.D. — Second graders at Centennial Elementary in Fargo are going camping… without the heat, bugs and sweat. Dozens of students at Camp Skeeter do activities in the classroom like camp bingo, stories, writing, crafts and a scavenger hunt. They also eat snacks like trail mix and s’mores. One teacher says the two–day camp leaves kids with memories that will…

850 Students Get Their Diplomas at MSUM Commencement

Many students say the connections they've made with other people will stick with them

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Students across the country are taking the next step in their lives as they get their diplomas. MSUM has the core values of grit, humility, and heart, and for the 850 students walking across the stage, that’s what they’ll be carrying with them for the rest of their lives. For Christopher Cook, there’s been a lot of grit….

Sen. Smith Introduces Mental Health Bill After Sharing Her Experience With Depression

The bill would help provide mental health resources to schools

FARGO, N.D. — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and experts say one in five Americans suffer from a mental health issue. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is introducing a bill to address it. She recently revealed she struggled with depression in her teens and late 30’s. “I’m really blessed that I was able to get the help I needed to…

Third Largest Class of UND Graduates Receive Their Diplomas

Sec. of Air Force Heather Wilson gave the commencement speech

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — It’s that time of year again… students across the country are taking the next step in their lives, but not before getting their diplomas. 2,064 students were eligible for graduation at UND;  this year saw the third largest class of graduates in the school’s history. But taking this step has some graduates on edge. “It’s growing up….

Fargo Teachers Shave Heads for Sarah Barnum, Colleague With Cancer in Remission

Barnum had breast cancer and is now in remission

FARGO, N.D. — A Discovery Middle School music teacher’s battle with breast cancer is nearing the end with her cancer now in remission. Students and other teachers are supporting her for the final push – one lock of hair at a time. Students are packing the gym inside Discovery Middle School, but not for an average assembly. Music teacher Sarah Barnum…

Ben Franklin Middle School Students Discover Mobile Jobs through Careers On Wheels

7th graders are learning some jobs don't require a desk

FARGO, N.D. — Seventh graders at Ben Franklin Middle School are discovering how jobs can be mobile. Students are talking with professionals whose careers are on-the-go through the Careers on Wheels event. Police officers, construction workers and truckers are taking students inside their vehicles and letting them use their equipment. Members of the school’s staff say it’s a great way for…