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FARGO—Three weeks ago, Kay Jacoby-Hultman opened her bank statement to find nearly $2,000 in Amazon charges on her debit card, but she's never used Amazon. "When I was going back through my bank statements I was like, 'holy cow! what's Amazon on demand? I actually had to call my son and ask him," said Jacoby-Hultman. The charges started in October with $0.99 purchases for the movie streaming service, but then they escalated. Each day, there were multiple charges of up to $30.
FARGO—Teens geared up at the new Robotics Center. Thursday, more than 60 teens from Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead built robots at the facility. It's in a warehouse on 39th Street North. A company donated the space, and each school gets its own work area. They were getting ready for the regional competition in March. Rooms were filled with gears, wires and tools, all built by the kids. Organizers said this gave students the opportunity to work with professionals in the field.
METRO—It was a quiet Super Bowl Sunday for police around our region, despite the biggest game of the year being played a few hours away. Hours before the game started, Fargo police tweeted out reminders for football fans to drive sober. That reminder paid off, because they the game was pretty quiet for local PD's. West Fargo police said there were no DUI arrests made Sunday night and only a few traffic stops. Moorhead police had a similar night, with only about 10 traffic stops throughout the evening.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Students helped taxpayers file their returns, for free. Eleven Concordia students helped with the "Volunteer Income Tax Assistance." It's a national program sponsored by the IRS. Anyone with an income of $54,000 or less were able to get help with basic tax preparation for free. Professors say more than a hundred people go to Concordia every year for the program.
FARGO—The recovery center, ShareHouse, is welcoming more people after a living expansion. The "Recovery Living Program" started last June with just nine beds, split between two apartments. Now, the program is up to 35 beds, and is open to referrals from other treatment providers. Clients stay in apartment-style rooms for up to six months while in recovery. The expansion also included more furniture for each apartment. The ShareHouse President says the program helps people move on after recovery.
OTTER TAIL -- Some football fans went out in the freezing cold to watch the Super Bowl. The wind and ice didn't stop northerners from enjoying the great outdoors Sunday afternoon. Tailgaters pulled up to a tent in the middle of Otter Tail Lake to eat, drink and play their way up to the Super Bowl. Hot chocolate was passed around to keep the cold away, but the main attraction was the big screen for the big game.
FARGO—As the big game approaches, football fans are making plans for Sunday. Crowds are gathering in Minneapolis for the big game Sunday between the Eagles and Patriots. Here at home families and friends are deciding the best way to catch the game, others however are not all that excited about it. FM restaurants and bars are preparing for the crowds of people that will line their stools. Places like Wild Bill's Sports Saloon are getting servers prepared for hundred to walk through their front doors.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead Public Schools is reaching out to the community to find a new superintendent. Monday night, community members will give their opinion on what qualities a superintendent should have. These "listening sessions" start Monday night at 7:00 and will continue Tuesday and Thursday. The school board will be selecting finalists for interviews in March with a goal of hiring a superintendent by early April. To find a list of listening session locations, click here.
METRO—If you plan on watching the Super Bowl on a big screen, you might want to buy your TV now. Consumer Reports say this is one of the best times of the year to buy a TV right behind Black Friday. The average discount on TVs a week before the big game is about 20 percent. Managers from Karl's Appliance have seen a major upswing in TV purchases doubling sales since last year. It's not just the Super Bowl that helps sales, they say one reason for that might just the weather.
METRO—Despite the snow-covered ground, athletes in the metro hopped on their bikes. It was all for for the 8th annual "Border Battle Bike Race on the Red River," or the more appropriately named, "Brrr 10K." More than 100 cyclists hit the track at Wildflower Grove Park, and as some may expect, the grounds weren't smooth. The more than six-mile-route was packed snow and ice. Bikers had to ride down the embankment and cross the ice. Some hills were so steep, they had to get off the pedals and climb up.