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…

Fargo Middle School Teacher, Coach Named District’s 2019 Teacher of the Year

Travis Hoeg joined the school in 2006

FARGO, N.D. — Many students are honored at Ben Franklin Middle School’s assembly, but just one teacher got quite the surprise at the event. Travis Hoeg is named Fargo Public Schools 2019 Teacher of the Year. Students describe him as “the best teacher ever” and their “favorite teacher.” Hoeg teaches science and English and coaches basketball, volleyball, and track. Superintendent Rupak…

Sheyenne Red River Rodeo Draws Hundreds of Student Competitors Across the Region

Students from North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Montana are taking part

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Get your cowboy hat and spurs on and get ready for a tradition that’s been going on for more than 40 years. The Sheyenne Red River Rodeo is hosting their 44th annual high school rodeo. They’ve been doing a junior high rodeo for 14 years as well. About 500 horses are involved with the event. Over 300…

NDSU Theatre Students Put on Performances of “Tuck Everlasting”

They've been rehearsing since February

FARGO, N.D. — NDSU theatre students are putting on four performances of the musical Tuck Everlasting. The musical, which is based on the classic children’s novel, tells the story of Winnie Foster who comes across the Tuck family that stumbled upon the secret of eternal life. Winnie has to protect the Tucks from those who would do anything to live forever….

Students Learn Traditions at Native American Youth Leadership Day

They're making medicine bags and learning about Native American culture

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Students at Community High School in West Fargo are getting a unique opportunity to learn skills from Native Americans. More than 40 students in sixth through eighth grade are participating in Native American Youth Leadership Day. The students are learning Native American practices such as making medicine bags. Event organizers say they want these kids to learn a…

Educators Learn About Improving Students’ Well-Being at Healthy Schools Summit

There were activities that help educators understand the emotions students go through

FARGO, N.D. — Being healthy is about so much more than just the physical. At the Healthy Schools Summit, educators learn about improving students’ well–being. The theme of the summit is “Head to Toe, Inside and Out: Educating the Whole Child.” Educators learn about everything from grant writing to vaping to physical activity. “We have had an increase in vaping and getting…

F-M Area Students Lend a Hand During Flood Fight 2019

Students of all ages filled sandbags in both Moorhead and Fargo to help the cities reach their goals

FARGO-MOORHEAD– Volunteers are critical to preparing for flooding. Students in the F–M area are joining in to do their part. “It feels good just to help people out with what they are struggling with or just so that they do not have a fear their home being gone,” Carl Ben Eielson Middle School student Landon Docken said. Eighth graders from Carl…