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MOORHEAD—Moorhead teens are taking to the stage with this year's musical, Aida. For the next two weekends, Moorhead High School will present its annual fall musical to a packed audience. Nearly 130 students will be either on stage or behind the scenes when the curtains go up for this play. It revolves around a love story in ancient Egyptian times. Musical directors say they chose this musical because of the powerful message it sends to the audience, and the actors.
FARGO—People twisted their way to Finals at the first-ever North Dakota Rubik's Cube Competition in Fargo. It was a race against the clock as these competitors tried to beat one of the most famous puzzles in the world. There were five rounds of tactical turning in which competitors hoped to get the lowest average time. "It's really great, there's a lot of noise and energy and stuff...it's definitely a lot," said Walker Welch, WCA Delegate. But it's not easy, there's a reason why this toy has stumped people since the early 1970's.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Signing and shopping, that's how people in Fergus Falls are fighting to keep the local Target open. "We're here, we love our store, and we don't want them to leave," said Mindy Christianson, petition creator. After an announcement early this week, Target in Fergus Falls is set to close early February, but locals are fighting to keep it open with a petition. Their hope is to keep the major box store in the community's economy and to save the jobs that go with it.
FARGO—One man's kiss is making a difference. Monte Jones spent his afternoon puckering up to farm animals at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. It was all to raise money for United Way. For $5, he kissed a chicken, for $10, a small mule, and for $15, the donkey. Monte said animals are out of his comfort zone, but he'd do anything to help this cause. "I've seen situations that the United Way has been beneficial to people I know, there isn't anybody in this community that the United Way hasn't touched in some fashion," said Monte Jones.
METRO—United Way volunteers are helping people transition out of shelters and into homes with "welcome home baskets" at the Dorothy Day Food Pantry. Over a dozen volunteers spent the afternoon packing laundry baskets filled with new home necessities, as part of United Way's "Live United T-Shirt Day." Everyone wore "Live United T-Shirts" to show their support while packing and sorting. Volunteers say it's the small things that can make the biggest difference when moving into a new home.
METRO—Hunters can be heroes by donating their extra meat to food banks. For the past 10 years, the "Sportsmen Against Hunger" program has supplied food pantries around North Dakota with fresh meat. Local hunters are able to bring their extra deer, goose or duck meat to processors who will distribute it to food pantries in need. Click the link below to find a list of processors in our area:
METRO—Organizations from the metro are helping children, one strike and spare at a time. This year, more than 150 people from 36 different groups took part in the 10th annual Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest "Big Bowl," at West Acres Bowl. Organizations pitch in over $600 each to bowl. All the proceeds go to support programs that teach kids how to be professional consumers. Junior Achievement directors say it's important teach kids finances, before they become independent.
MOORHEAD—MSUM students are fighting a stigma surrounding veterans, with cardboard cutouts. For the next week, 22 life sized cardboard cutouts will be sitting around the Union. Each one represents the 22 veterans who die by suicide every day. The organization "Students United" wants to raise awareness of suicide. Each cutout has information on crisis and helplines for veterans.
METRO—People in Fargo-Moorhead are getting a lesson in national politics, media and business with this year's Town Hall Series Lectures. Monday's speaker was NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten, who spoke on the ups and downs of a lifetime in media. He discussed topics such as NFL players kneeling in protest, President Trump, and the immigration policy. But his biggest message was the struggle of journalists staying unbiased in today's media.
FARGO—The Fargo Parks District is winterizing Dike East Park by removing the foot bridge across the river. In the next two days, the bridge will be moved out of the way before the water starts to freeze. If you want to get across you'll have to walk around from the bridge on Main Avenue or Gooseberry Park. The Parks Department does this every year before the winter freeze so the bridge doesn't get stuck in ice. It could be back as soon as April, depending on how long the snow stays.