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MINNESOTA — Governor Mark Dayton is willing to spend $21 million to improve school safety in Minnesota.. Dayton's "Safe and Secure Schools Act" includes building improvements and more resource officers for schools across the state, but administrators say the real security enhancement will be the money going towards mental health — an issue that closely follows school violence. The proposal would provide nearly $16 million to "enhance safety," and another $5 million for school-based mental health grants.
FARGO, N.D. — Nearly 300 people took a lesson about scams from the AARP Wednesday afternoon. The crowd gathered at the Fargodome, where AARP representatives held a "Lunch and Learn." The seminar featured ways to watch out scams, and what to do if you see one. People from the North Dakota Attorney General's office spoke, along with local law enforcement. AARP representatives say the best way to avoid scams is to just listen to your gut.
FARGO—As the storm rages on, homeless shelters in the metro are trying to get as many people out of the elements as they can. "For 12 years this has been where I come to for safety, or help to get me to where I need to go," said Tammy Kail, Shelter Resident. Shelter residents are packing in tight, trying to get out of the winter storm. Churches United employees say all seven shelters are full Sunday night, which is taking up about 350 beds. Show shelters will even go beyond the mattress.
FARGO—Josef's School of Hair Design is moving into the same location as Straus for Men, as they prepare to close. After 57 years, Josef's School of Hair Design is leaving downtown Fargo; it's a bittersweet move for some. "We've been here since 1960, so I was picking up hair clips when I was 4 years old," said Mario Olivieri, School Founder. Olivieri has been there since the beginning. For him, this move is tough, but necessary.
FARGO—Some of us at WDAY hit the ice on Friday for the 5th annual Hope Sled Hockey Tournament. Our team was dressed in green and played against parents from the non-profit Hope Inc. You can see Cassie Rohlfing, Nick Broadway and even Kerstin skating down the rink in the video above. The tournament is held every year to raise money, and awareness, for people with mobility challenges. Hope Inc. directors say the tournament helps people understand sled hockey is just as challenging, maybe more, than traditional hockey.
FARGO—After 57-years Josef's School of Hair Design is leaving downtown Fargo. The school is combining its two Fargo campuses into a single location. Its new home will be on 13th Avenue South where Straus Clothing used to be. School directors say they've been thinking about the move for several years. In the past, they say parking has been an issue and the new campus will bring all students under one roof. While the relocation is drumming up emotion, the people behind the school are ready for the change.
MOORHEAD—Students are stepping into history with the annual "History Day Projects" at MSUM. Nearly 200 Minnesota students between 6th and 12th grade filled Comstock Union with windows into the past. This year's theme is "Conflict and Compromise in History." Over the past month, students researched a topic of their choice and then put together a project exhibit. Students say they've learned valuable lessons while working on the project.
NORTH DAKOTA—Blue Cross Blue Shield is partnering with ND Cares to bring aid to veterans. Thursday morning, Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Tim Huckle signed on to become an ND Care business. ND Cares is an organization that supports veterans through local businesses. The company is agreeing to provide cultural training for leaders, recognize service members and conduct service member hiring events. Local veterans say this initiative not only helps veterans, but their loved ones as well.
FARGO—A new blanket of six inches of snow on the ground has some concerned about spring flooding. Others are hoping it eases drought conditions. Climatologists say the 2017 drought left most of the state so dry, the six inches we got over the weekend is just making up for that lack of moisture. Nothing more.
FARGO—Athletes raced against the clock in the first ever mock combine at the NDSU Wellness Center. Sunday afternoon, the courts were set up with the same kind of obstacles the NFL Combine has. Athletes had to jump, dash, and lift their way through each one, and it wasn't easy. "I was definitely trying my hardest. The bench press was the worst," said Ray Hathaway, athlete. Each athlete was timed and compared to scores from the NFL combine last year. They went through each drill three times and saved their best score.