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FERGUS FALLS, MINN. -- It took 3 years, 3,000 hours and some spare change for one man to map out his money and make his dreams come true. WDAY News reporter Bailey Vertin tells the story of Rick Nickel and his nickels; and yes, that really is his name. On Saturday afternoon, Rick Nickel welcomed guests into his home and his newly rennovated man cave. It's got the usual - beer cans, a dart board, shot glasses, but Rick took his surname to the next level and put a lot of money into his flooring.
MOORHEAD — Lottery tickets aren't golden, but they might as well be. The M&H gas station in Moorhead has been doling them out by the hundreds each hour. Employees said they've had lines at the registers all day.
FARGO, N.D.—It's teens versus tech at the annual "Best Robotics Competition" at NDSU. High school students from around the region started setting up their booths for the competition. This year's theme is ocean clean-up. The "best" robot will be determined by how much plastic they're able to pick up off of platforms. Students have to build the robot, design their own website and marketing campaign. Student Olivia Ebertowski said this competition is more than just about fancy tech, it's a way to make friends.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—The Budweiser plant here celebrated its 40th anniversary with games, food, and of course, beer. Thursday afternoon, a crowd gathered under the big Budweiser sign to celebrate the anniversary. Plant employees played games, ate food, and sampled some of the plant's drinks. A few of the employees talked about their time at the plant, and how it's changed over the years. Employee Allan Slater says they're more worried about the future, and how competitive the beer industry can be.
FARGO, N.D.—With flu season here, nurses are preparing for nervous children with a few new tricks. WDAY News spoke to a Child Life Specialist at Sanford who says they give out about 300- shots a day. With so many children, nurse have developed a few tricks to keeping them calm. They've got things like spinners, toys, and even an iPad to keep them occupied while getting a shot. But the Child Life Specialist, Lane Pereboon says their best advice to parents is to let their children know they're getting a shot, don't make it a surprise.
FARGO - Over the past 125 years, Sears has risen to become a staple for millions of American shoppers. Now it's facing bankruptcy and more closures amid billions in debt. WDAY News talked to NDSU's Associate Dean for the College of Business, Dr. John Bitzan, for some perspective on how a business like Sears could fail. He said it all comes down to shopping trends and the internet.
FARGO, N.D.—NDSU is also remembering Matthew Shepard with a concert based on his life. The concert is called "Considering Matthew Shepard." It includes 30 singers and a few string instruments. The composer, Craig Hella Johnson, is hoping to capture how difficult life can be for those in the LGBT community, and how important respecting others is. "My personal hope is that everything we do, especially a musical piece like this, helps us remember who we are and how to love each other better," said Johnson.
FARGO, N.D.—"It's one of those things we never forget, and it just kind of really resonates throughout the entire community," said Kyle Anderson. WDAY News spoke to members of the LGBT community about the anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death. Anderson and Eric Hamley said they remember it very clearly, because it was so impactful. It's been 20-years since Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and tied up in Laramie, Wyoming. He was a gay 21-year-old college student, killed because of his sexual orientation.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—Through the mud and mist, crews are working fast as they try to finish up Sheyenne construction. The original completion date was Oct. 15, but now Chris Brungardt from Public Works is estimating to be done around Nov. 1. The three week delay has all been because of rain. "Everyday we get rain it probably slows down the construction project by a day or two. It just takes a little while for things to dry out," said Brungardt. There's no hard and fast date when contractors have to be done.
A new study finds a third of North Dakota's roads are in poor condition. The National Transportation Research Group, TRIP, presented research findings Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Delta by Marriott. Presenters said the state is facing a $2.5 billion shortfall in transportation funding needed to improve roads and bridges. And the ones who are paying for those deficiencies are motorists. The research found the poor conditions are costing drivers up to 400 dollars annually on vehicle repair.