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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.
FARGO—Kevin Hart is bringing laughs to the Fargodome Friday night with his "Irresponsible" tour. If you're going, remember, you can't bring your phone. The comedian was last in Fargo for his "What Now" tour in the fall of 2015, and about 9,000 people attended the show. This time, Fargodome managers aren't expecting the lot to fill as quickly. The "no cell phone rule" can be a problem since you can't bring them in the arena during comedy tours.
FARGO—The results are in for the Red Kettle Campaign at the Salvation Army. Between November 28th and December 24th, the campaign raised $856,000. This is less than last year, which raised $904,000. Salvation Army members said a factor for the decline was the cold temps around Christmas, which kept people indoors. Despite the decrease, members are grateful for the support they've seen from the community.
FARGO—Hungry crowds fill Chick-fil-A after the restaurant officially opened Thursday morning. Despite public outrage after a woman breastfeeding was asked to leave during the soft opening, cars filled the parking lot opening day. Thursday was the first day Chick-fil-A was open in Fargo. Employees said they've seen hundreds of people walk through the doors. There were so many cars, security directed traffic around the lot. Customers said they were counting down the days to this opening.
METRO—Drivers were forced to drive slowly and carefully, as they made their way across the metro. First responders don't always have that luxury. The lack of visibility created obstacles for those on the streets Monday. As people made their way around the metro, they had to compete with 10 below temps and gusts reaching up to 43 miles per hour. Cars crawled down busy roads to avoid crashing, and out in the rural areas, drivers avoided going out at all.
(WDAY)—Before Super Bowl 52 kicks off close to home, winter events are getting fans in the football spirit. In just three weeks, Super Bowl 52 take over the Twin Cities, construction has started on the 198 food "Birkie Bridge" on Nicollett Mall. It's one of the many places hosting events during the 10-day Super Bowl countdown. "This is a way for everyone to get involved, for families to come to the Twin Cities and really get a feel for what the Super Bowl experience is all about," said Katie Clark Sieben, MN Super Bowl Spokesperson.
MOORHEAD—Customers are scrambling to get last minute deals before the Moorhead Sam's Club shuts its doors permanently. On Saturday, shoppers are making a mad dash to the Sam's Club in Moorhead. Crowds lined up outside front doors waiting in the cold for up to 15 minutes to get inside, but it's now or never as the store gets ready to permanently close its doors. "We hate it because the Sam's is closing, but we thought with these big deals around, might as well go ahead and stock up on a few things," said Rene Schroeder, Shopper.