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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.
METRO—Limits were tested at the 2nd annual "FargoMania" competition at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex at NDSU. From burpees to bear crawls, these athletes were sweating up a storm. But cones weren't the only obstacles they had to get over. "It's really good for your soul to see all these people overcome their disabilities and become athletes," said Barb Eltz, athlete parent. FargoMania is an adaptive cross-fit competition designed for people with all abilities.
MOORHEAD—Vikings fans were able to cheer on their favorite team and chow down on breakfast. Speakeasy in Moorhead opened its doors a bit earlier than normal Sunday, to serve breakfast at 8 a.m. for the game in London, as the Vikings took on the Cleveland Browns. The 5 hour time difference didn't stop the biggest fanatics. The bar was packed with fans wearing their gear. Restaurant managers say true fans don't mind opening early, as long as their favorite team is playing.
HICKSON, N.D.—A controlled burn got out of hand, damaging a shed in Hickson, North Dakota. According to the Horace Fire Department, it took fire crews an hour to contain the flames around 2:45 p.m. Sunday. Embers from the controlled burn lit a nearby woodpile on a different property, then a shed. The back of the shed has minimal damage, along with a lawn mower. Fire crews say you should always be prepared if you're doing a controlled burn.
FARGO—Prairie Roots Food Co-op celebrated Halloween with its first family-friendly Oktoberfest. Saturday afternoon, families got to craft in their costumes while walking around the store. The event was accompanied by drinks from Fargo Brewing Company, and live music from the Cropdusters. Those in costume got their picture taken with the winner announced at closing. Co-op employees said events like this help bring people in the community together.
METRO—Minnesotan Freemasons are helping local kids eat better, thanks to backpacks and tacos. Tacos in two ways, that's how a Moorhead masonic chapter was serving charity Saturday afternoon. The Order of the Eastern Star dished out tacos-in-a-bag, along with a silent auction, to raise money for the Great Plains Food Bank "Backpack Program." It's a cause that organizers feel personally connected to. "Kids are very important to me, I've got 16 grandkids and six great grandkids. I hate to see kids be hungry," said Pat Nelson, fundraiser coordinator.
MOORHEAD—Book worms and bargain hunters are supporting local women with the 59th annual American Association of University Women Used Book Sale. More than 6,000 donated books will be sold throughout the weekend at the Moorhead Center Mall. Proceeds will go towards scholarships for women through the association. It's goal is to encourage women to go into STEM careers. Committee members say the book sale is a good way to get community collaboration.
FARGO—The Fargo Police Department is reminding people to secure their homes before leaving for the winter or going on vacation. Police say they get the most burglary reports of the year in the spring. So, you might be wondering why we're telling you now. They say the many of those crimes actually take place months before, and it's people returning to their homes for the first time in the season. Officers want to remind homeowners to have their house regularly checked while they're gone.
FARGO—Janie Hulett is being honored after helping more than a thousand people at NDSCS. Hulett started the Skills Development Project in 2002. She's helped students break into manufacturing and certified nursing assistant careers. After 16 years, community members and former students came to say goodbye and good luck on her retirement. "When you have the confidence, and you know something good can come through your efforts you don't give up. And I haven't given up," said Hulett.
FARGO—An investigation is coming to a close, after police suspect two juveniles are responsible for the swastika vandalism found on a vehicle in the Scheel's Arena parking lot. Two weeks ago, Joseph Andrade found his car covered in black paint after a late night working at the Scheel's Arena. A swastika had been painted on the side, along with lewd words and drawings. The case has been sent to the state attorney's office and juvenile court. Police are still determining if the vandalism was a hate crime.