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FARGO N.D.—The Red River Zoo is asking for help in naming its newest addition. They have a new female baby camel. Zookeepers have picked out 3 names, and all you have to do is just drop a coin down whatever name you want. You can choose from Khatun, Cloudlet, and Khulan. The baby camel was born last month, but she's just started making public appearances. Zookeepers say when she was first born she wouldn't nurse. It took a few days of bottling feeding before the calf figured it out.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—As Amber Simonson's family recovers from that terrifying afternoon, they're giving special thanks to one man whom they barely know. Jared Nordick took a touching video moments after leaving the Simonson family. In the past two days, it's had 16,000 views and nearly 300 shares on Facebook. People are calling Jared a hero after he came to the aid of the Simonson family, a family he only knew through social media. Jared had seen a post about Amber on Facebook, and he knew he needed to help.
METRO —You might see some Navy crews wandering around Fargo this week for Navy Week. Fargo has been chosen to host Navy Week. It's one of 14 cities around the nation chosen this year. The Navy will be participating in several events - including the airshow this weekend. Monday afternoon, the Mayor of Fargo and Moorhead sat down with Navy officials to talk about the events and how the Navy will be represented. Mayor Tim Mahoney says despite how landlocked we are, the Navy wants to show just how much they rely on the Valley for recruitment.
FARGO, N.D. -- Thousands of people walked through downtown for the last day of the 43rd annual Street Fair. This year, visitors had to walk a few more blocks to get their cheese curds and knick-knacks. For the first time in 40 years - the street fair layout changed. It used to start at the train tracks and head North towards 7th avenue. This year - it was pushed back to 3rd avenue, and branched down 4th. Organizer Melissa Rademacher say a lot went into the decision, including sympathy for store owners.
FARGO, N.D.—For the past 8 years Rene Omlid has been knee-deep in baskets. Straw and grass are just part of the business now - but they started off as tools to help Rene cope. In 2006, she lost her husband. To cope with the grief, Rene travelled to Ghana. There, she met a group of women in a small village who spent their free time weaving baskets, they were also widows.
FARGO N.D.—The Jeremiah Project will be starting a "Technology Fund" after getting a grant from Microsoft. The company presented a $10,000 check to the charity at Rasmussen College. The money will go towards computers for young Jeremiah mothers who are working while trying to complete their college educations. This is part of the project's new "Technology Empowerment Initiative Fund." WDAY spoke to the Jeremiah program director who says they're starting this fund because most of the people in the program don't have access to that necessary portable tech.
FARGO—If you're heading to the street fair this year, you'll notice a new layout. The street fair will be on Broadway, from 3rd to 7th Avenue North. It'll also branch out down 4th Avenue. Organizers say they changed the layout to allow more cars down Broadway and to give businesses a little space. Volunteers are already setting up yard signs and cleaning up flower beds. They are already closing off streets and bringing in vendors as of Tuesday night. Organizer Melissa Rademacher say it's a lot of work, but it should be worth it.
METRO—Some are questioning North Dakota license age requirements after the crash in Hankinson involved a 15-year old driver. We're working to find out if he was permitted or licensed. In North Dakota, the minimum age to get a permit is 14, for a restricted driver's license it's 15. That's one of the youngest age requirements in the nation. But just across the border, the drivers are older. And some are saying that age gap makes all the difference. Brock Carlson teaches driver's education in Minnesota, but lives in North Dakota.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—Paving will soon start on Sheyenne Street, after bad weather pushed construction back. Starting Tuesday, Sheyenne will be closed from Beaton Drive to 13th avenue. It was supposed to start last Friday, but was rescheduled because of the rain. You won't be able to get on the street tomorrow between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., so if you live on Sheyenne, you have to flag down a crew member. Officials say you will just have to tell them your address and they'll let you through.
The Behavior Health Council is calling for a new mental health plan with a letter to the Governor. In then next few weeks the council will be sending a letter asking the Governor for more strategic health planning. WDAY spoke to a council member who says the state is struggling with access to mental health experts. This is because the state is so rural, it can be hard for people to get to where they need to go. The council is hoping this letter will bring more attention to this issue, and put a plan in place.