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METRO—The National Home Builder's Association is asking homeowners to take a closer look at the House Republican tax reform bill. Both that association and the National Association of Realtors oppose it. Local Builder's Association employees say the bill will reduce the number of homeowners who can take advantage of mortgage interest and property tax incentives. "It's just a very dramatic change in what, as a consumer, we're used to getting as a tax benefit and it's very concerning for sure," said Bryce Johnson, CEO of FM Home Builder's Association.
FARGO—Gamers are uniting at Paradox with dice and controllers in hand for the annual 24-hour gaming marathon. Locals are leveling up at Paradox Comics-N-Cards with the 4th Annual "Extra Life Marathon." From the familiar Mario, to card and board games, everyone's got a seat for the fun. "You don't have to exercise, but you get to exercise your mind," said Dana Mikkelsen, Extra Life Guild. It's definitely not amateur hour; over 100 gamers will spend the next 24 hours playing, and they're not complaining.
FARGO—Locals are empowering women thousands of miles away with a fundraiser. On Saturday, the Begunahi Foundation will be selling Indian food and hosting a silent auction to raise money for women's education in India. Since opening four years ago, the foundation has helped over 1,000 underprivileged women in India pursue higher education.
FARGO—The Fargo Fire Department has grown. Five new firefighters were sworn in Friday morning. The recruits have gone through rigorous training for the past eight weeks. Exercises included search-and-rescue, and emergency medical operations. Recruits say the key to becoming a firefighter isn't just the training, but also the community service.
FARGO—The City of Fargo is inviting you to be a part of the 'Cans for Cash' Recycling Challenge. Through November, the City of Fargo is partnering with MinnKota Recycling to raise money for the "Got No Milk" program with Fargo schools. For every pound of aluminum cans donated, MinnKota Recycling will donate 1 cent. MinnKota managers say they've been doing the challenge for years, and it's important it continues the tradition.
FARGO—Local women are helping thousands of kids with United Way's 17th annual Women United Luncheon. Eight-hundred women crowded in the Delta by Marriott to raise money for United Way's School Supply Drive and childcare scholarships. While enjoying their meal, attendants got to listen to speakers who have benefited from the charity. The afternoon also included a raffle and silent auction, with all proceeds going to United Way. Employees say the event showcases how much women can impact their community.
FARGO—The Emergency Food Pantry is asking for donations as the shelves start emptying for the holidays. As we get closer to the holidays, pantry employees say more people need more food, and that's creating a shortage. Even though the shelves are full of boxes, a lot of them are empty. Employees say this is the lowest inventory they've seen in the past three years. They're asking for donations of canned meat, bags of rice, peanut butter and canned vegetables.
FARGO—If you're worried about your valuables while away on vacation, the City of Fargo is giving you access to a free program on its website. "My Property" is an online program that tracks your household goods through serial numbers and pictures. To gain access, you just have to login and enter serial numbers or pictures. The program helps you keep track of valuables and helps police recover property if they're stolen.
MOORHEAD—MSUM students can now further their education with the university's first doctoral program. Campus leaders announced the new Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program Monday afternoon. Twenty-one students are enrolled in the first group. The group is comprised of local teachers, administrators and corporate trainers. Students going into the program say one benefit is the flexibility of online classes offered with the program.
FARGO—NDSU art students are lighting up their projects with the kiln on campus, fired for the first time this school year. Monday morning, students and faculty raised a toast to the celebratory first lighting of the kiln. Over 1,000 clay projects will spend the next five days baking inside. All the materials used are sustainable. Students used clay from Hebron, North Dakota and the kiln burns wood scraps from local waste. Art professors say the kiln provides a hands-on experience you can't get anywhere else.