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FARGO—The Fargo VA auditorium was decked out in pink for a "Battling with Breast Cancer" awareness day. The event included stories from past survivors, and discussions from practitioners on what to do while going through cancer. Boards and presentations showed different options for those at the VA, and how to maintain good health after treatment. The event organizer says she has a personal connection to this cause, and understands the importance of awareness.
WEST FARGO—Young dancers are getting the chance to hit the big stage with the Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker." The North Dakota Academy of Dance in West Fargo held auditions Monday at 7 p.m. Kids between 6 and 18 with one year of dance experience were welcome show-up and show off their moves. They will pick up to 60 kids to perform with the professional ballerinas from the dance company. Dance instructors say the best advice they gave ahead of the auditions was to just have a good time.
FARGO—A Moorhead church is opening its doors in downtown Fargo, and getting involved in younger crowds. WDAY takes an inside look into the first service, and how the church plans on getting millennials interested. For many, Sunday is a spiritual day. If you walk around downtown Fargo, you can see crowds heading into the churches that line the streets. An area, once for business and shopping, is now seeing a growing religious presence. This fall, there is an additional place of worship as the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd opens its doors.
FARGO—Hope Inc. spent the afternoon raising awareness for handicapable locals in the second annual Hope 5K. Whether running or riding, dozens of locals participated in the event. All proceeds went towards Hope Inc. and its goal to provide recreational opportunities to those with mobility challenges. Organizers say the event helps get families active, while showing the community everyone can be active. Family members with handicapable participants say the event helps bring them closer together.
WAHPETON, N.D.—One woman in the town of Wahpeton is helping her hometown in Florida, thanks to a big truck and the generosity of others. It's only taken a week for Hollie Rivers to fill a shed full of supplies to help loved ones back home. "A lot of my friends and family got, not just damage, but literally lost everything," said Hollie Rivers, coordinator. Hollie Rivers has been organizing "Stuff the Truck" all by herself. "Seeing your friends post - 'can somebody bring me food?' - is overwhelming to say the least," said Rivers.
FARGO—Prairie Public is hosting a bookfair at Barnes and Noble to get more kids to read. For every purchase made at the store, a portion of the sale will be donated to Prairie Public. Proceeds will go to the annual "Share A Story" event that takes place in June where Prairie Public gives thousands of books to children around the metro. To help, you just have to mention bookfair while checking out. Coordinators say parents play a crucial role in a child's interest in reading.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead Police Department has three new recruits. Anastacia Hermes, Nathan Taylor and Paul Skoglund took the oath Friday afternoon at the Law Enforcement Center. Families and fellow officers were there to support their loved ones. Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams delivered the oath, after a few words from Chief David Ebinger. "I'm excited - it's great to see this kind of individual coming into a profession as I'm coming down into the waning years of it, it's good to know it's in good hands," said Ebinger.
FARGO, N.D.—North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani spoke to students and faculty at his annual State of the University Address. This year, Bresciani says the university will be focusing on two major projects: hiring new faculty to attract more students and continuing construction on campus. Part of the construction project includes the rededication of Churchill Hall which recently finished an $11 million renovation. Bresciani says it's harder to complete those tasks due to state budget cuts, but believes the university is up to the challenge.
FARGO—Fargo schools are celebrating local foods by serving students North Dakota products. The 16th annual "Pride of Dakota" stretched through cafeterias around Fargo, hosting North Dakota grown, produced and manufactured foods. At Longfellow Elementary students ate hot dogs from Pan-O-Gold served with Cavendish Farms french friends, and SunGold Foods honey roasted sunflower kernels. On Thursday, more than 500 companies participated in the program.
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.