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FARGO—The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota wants to remind you that the IRS begins accepting tax returns on Jan. 29. This year they expect nearly 155 million individual tax returns to be filed. The IRS is accepting electronic and paper tax returns, however paper ones will only start processing in mid-February. The Better business Bureau suggests filing early to lower the risk of any tax refund frauds.
FARGO—Things are getting "frosty" in the metro for the 3rd annual "Frostival." Instead of hiding from the cold, people are celebrated it, in dozens of ways like the "North of Normal" cardboard races at Mickelson Park. Shredders hit the slopes with their own sled designs, as flight attendants and vikings raced to the bottom. "We may not have come first in the race, but we'll always be first in our hearts," said Eric Lillehaugen, Cardboard Racer. Even though there were some clear winners, the real fun was the journey.
FARGO—A book character came to life at Barnes and Noble Saturday. The Cat in the Hat stopped by and helped read "Green Eggs and Ham" to kids. Nearly 40 kids crowded the Junior's section to meet their favorite character. After the reading, the Cat gave out pictures with hugs and high-fives. The Cat says the best part of the readings is getting into character for the kids.
FARGO—The state's largest boat show is back at the Fargodome for the 26th year in a row. Friday through Sunday, everything from boats to boards will be on display. Even the kids can enjoy the fun with a live trout pond. Organizers say about 10,000 people visit the show every year. They say so many people come out because now is the season to buy.
FARGO—A class project came to life Friday afternoon with the "Living Wax Museum" at Lewis and Clark Elementary. For a few hours, 3rd through 5th graders became their favorite scientists, after months of research. Twenty-three students participated in the project. They came up with boards full of information, and made their own colorful costumes to show off. From Einstein to Goodall, a wide range of scientists were "displayed." Teachers said this project has helped inspire kids to become more interested in the field.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Heidi Heitkamp was a part of the Senate negotiations Monday. The senator was part of the bipartisan group made up of more than 20 lawmakers that pushed to end the gridlock. The group brokered a compromise that went through the Senate 81 to 18. Heitkamp said the Senate acted quickly to avoid a shutdown like the 16-day shutdown in 2013. "We have now a point of dialogue that is bipartisan, that can help frame the debate and discussion, and hopefully avoid this from happening in the future," said Senator Heidi Heitkamp, ND.
METRO—The government is back open, after the senate voted to end the shutdown. The House approved the measure Monday, keeping the government in business for at least three weeks. As the Senate discussed deals, government offices remained empty. However, places like the Post office had their doors open, but that didn't stop people from worrying about what kind of affect the shutdown would have on services. The postmaster says he got more than 10 calls within the first hour about the shutdown Monday.
FARGO—One woman is on a quest to help the homeless, one stitch at a time. Nicha spends her afternoons in a chair listening to her clock tick as she threads together balls of yarn. Hours turn into days, filled with needles, yarn and a purpose. "It feels very small, it feels like it's not that big of a deal, but it's something that I can do. I think we all have an opportunity to find something to do to help others. And this is just one little thing that I can do," said Nicha.
BARNESVILLE—A Barnesville woman is back home after suffering severe injuries to her spinal cord. In October Molly Greiff fell from a loft onto concrete, while visiting a friend's farm. Since the accident, she's been recovering from a fractured spine and head injuries at Craig Hospital in Colorado. This afternoon, Molly was back home for a Benefit Barrel Race in her honor. The NDSU Equestrian Center also held a petting zoo and silent auction. All of the money will go towards Molly's medical expenses.
FARGO—As we get closer to the Superbowl, Vikings fans are holding their breath for a home state appearance. Mark Berntson has spent more than a decade perfecting his West Fargo bedroom. "I think I have more daring decorating sense than most people, when I have an idea I just do it," said Mark. He started decorating in 2000 while his house was still under construction. "After I got the letters up, I still didn't think that was enough so I decided to paint the yellow in between the letters," said Mark.