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FARGO—While students took the day off, Fargo school teachers got to stay in the classroom with a Professional Development Day. Over 600 teachers around Fargo gathered here at Davies High School and Discovery Middle School to learn the latest in classroom technology and teaching strategies. The sessions were broken out into subject areas giving teachers the opportunity to compare notes and lesson plans. Fargo Public Schools say days like this are important, because there's not enough time during school hours.
METRO—Local veterans are stretching their limits, and soothing their PTSD, with Yoga Warriors. For the past year, the Vet Center has offered yoga sessions for veterans and their families. The class is for beginners and focuses on gentle stretching with relaxation techniques. Facilitators say having a nurturing space helps those who've been through war calm down and feel safe. The class instructor says it wasn't difficult getting people interested.
METRO—Four Moorhead homeless shelters are freshly cleaned after a massive volunteer effort from local Lutheran churches. Churches United for the Homeless is getting a makeover as over 100 volunteers line up with paint brushes and brooms. Painting, cutting and taping, the homeless shelter is being completely revitalized and it's all thanks to five Moorhead churches banning together for one day of "God's Work, Our Hands." This isn't a small task, there are over 85 beds here in nine family and guest rooms.
FARGO—The Bison football games bring fans to tailgating at the Fargodome, but it's not just the sport that brings the crowds. Hundreds of Bison fans crowd into the Fargodome parking lot to celebrate the team they love, some are die hard fans of the sport. "We've been tailgating for about 10 years," said Laurie and Scott, tailgaters. And some are just here for the fun and entertainment. This week there's a musical addition as the band Unleashed takes center parking lot to serenade fans as they get ready for the game.
FARGO—NDSU is partnering with other local universities to celebrate collaboration by raising a community flag. The 6th annual flag raising sees fine institutions join together to celebrate cooperation: NDSU, MSUM, Concordia, M-State and NDSCS. Students from any of the colleges can take classes at the others without raised tuition. The partnership has been in place for the past 40 years, but it wasn't until 2015 that tech schools were included.
FARGO—The 119th Wing at the Fargo Air Base is getting a new home. Airmen and state officials cut the red ribbon Friday at the new Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group building. The building is consolidating three other buildings on the base. It will provide over 200 individuals with space to train and conduct operations. The Wing Commander says the structure is a much-needed addition to the mission.
FARGO—NDSU fraternities and sororities banded together to celebrate the last day of National Hazing Prevention Week. The week began right after Greek Life recruitment, a reminder to treat pledges nicely. To show their commitment to the school's no-hazing policy, fraternities and sororities are posting pictures of members with the phrase: "These Hands Don't Haze." Fraternity members say the week is important because hazing isn't a joke.
GWINNER, N.D.—Natural gas will soon be in Gwinner, N.D. Montana-Dakota Utilities is launching its new pipeline for the Dooson Bobcat manufacturing facility. "I promise to you, it will be well-worth the investment," said Rich Goldsbury, Doosan Bobcat president. Doosan Bobcat is partnering with Montana-Dakota Utilities to make the change to natural gas with a 21-mile pipeline that will run from Milnor to southwest of Gwinner.
ENDERLIN, N.D.—A small-town library is struggling after a series of thefts. Enderlin Municipal Library has had more than 20 thefts in the past year. Computers, laptops and small amounts of cash have been regularly taken in overnight break-ins. The library director said the thefts have happened so often, she's spent more than $2,000 to replace broken locks, along with replacing two sets of damaged and stolen security cameras. As the investigation continues, she hopes the thieves will realize stealing is unnecessary.
FARGO—The Fargo public school district is $25,000 dollars richer Monday night, thanks to CNH Industrial. Engineers from the company and it's brands CASE I-H Agriculture and CASE Construction delivered the check to students at Carl Ben and let them check out some equipment. The money will be distributed throughout Fargo elementary, middle, and high schools to promote STEM education. Educators hope this grant will help younger kids pursue careers in engineering and math.