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FARGO, N.D.—It was a blaze of light and a bang that woke homeowner Laurie Tupper up from sleep. "It was a really loud noise, like a gun shot in our bedroom," she said. A strike of lightning shook neighbors awake early this morning. Tupper said she woke up to the boom around 2 this morning. It took her a few minutes of searching, but Laurie said she started to smell something strange - and that's when she called the fire department.
A recent study has found for the first time, there are more job openings than there are eligible skilled workers to fill them. In the U-S there are more than 6 million skilled labor job openings. Darren Watson is the owner of Heartland Labor - he says he's been seeing a steady increase of employers looking for basic skilled workers. And he has a theory about why... "It's gotten to be where everybody thinks they need to go to a 4-year college and get a degree in something and pursue that career, and the trades kind of got lost in the shuffle," said Watson.
FARGO — An Indiana couple is in Fargo helping out local non-profits in a year-long journey to volunteer in every state.
FARGO, N.D.—Dan Parker - owner of "Any Lab Test now" conducts about 15- drug tests every day. With the new school year, Dan is seeing a few more tests - jumping to about 20 a day. Most of them are the standard urine test - But some of the tests use other parts of the body. That's right - drugs aren't just left behind in your toilet, but also in your nails...and your hair. And while testing for those is still pretty rare - it's slowly becoming more common. And those tests can trace back farther than the usual 90 days.
FARGO, N.D.—A musical flare in the metro as hundreds are filling Newman Outdoor, not for baseball but for the Blues! Blues Fest kicked off . People started setting up their chairs for the "Early Bird" special of the festival. To avoid any street congestion with move-in weekend, the festival is also allowing people to park in the south parking lot of the Fargodome. Last year, more than 3,000 people were at the festival throughout the two days - organizers are expecting more this year.
It's Minnesota primary day, each polling site in Moorhead has seen about 300 voters since 7 Tuesday morning. WDAY spoke to a political science professor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, about what the numbers mean. She told WDAY, primary elections see less than half of regular fall elections. But when it comes down to that check mark, voters say it comes down to one of two things: a specific candidate or a specific issue.
FARGO, N.D.—A $25,000 ride is the latest addition to the Fargo VA. It has four doors, three rows of seats, and will be serving the state by helping those who served the country. Monday afternoon, August 13, the Disabled American Veterans of North Dakota handed over the keys to a brand-new 2019 Ford Flex. The van will be part of the "Volunteer Transportation Network" fleet that helps veterans get to and from appointments. Veteran Warren Tobin says, it may seem like a small task, but it's a critical one for many veterans.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—5-year old Arianna Walch doesn't say much when she sees her playground from the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the first time, but the excitement is written on her face as she heads straight for the swing. It's a wish come true for her, her mother, and her five siblings. In April, Arianna was diagnosed with Batten's disease, a genetic disorder so rare only 40 people in the United States are currently being treated for it. Arianna's mom, Stephanie, describes the disease like Parkinson's or Alzheimer's, it slowly gets worse over time.
AMOR, Minn. —Bells, drums and chimes are just one small part of God's Acres' 30 acres of gardens, walking paths, and playground equipment.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—A West Fargo baseball team is hitting it big as it gets ready to head to the World Series. The Rattlers won the 14 and under Regional Championship last Tuesday, and are now heading to Eagle Pass, Texas. There, the team of 13 will be facing-off with other teams from across the nation. They're representing the Midwest as the "Midwest Plains Champions." This is the first time the team has gone to the World Series. First baseman Jaden Grefsrud says they had a slow start to the season, but he thinks they're peaking at the right time.