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METRO—MATBUS is making it easier to get in the passenger seat with a "Try MATBUS Week" special. Through Saturday, riders can use the bus for only $0.75 on weekdays and on the weekend, it's free. Riders can also register for prize drawings. MATBUS will giving away several $40 gift cards and one grand-prize winner will get a 6-month bus pass. Transit professionals say this is a chance for families to try out public transportation.
METRO -- Fargo-Moorhead locals are showing their love for the Red River by holding the first ever "Water Pageant". The Red River is home to many who enjoy water sports, but these canoers are showing their love by combining paddles and parades. About a dozen creative canoes were featured in the first-ever "Water Pageant", a canoe parade that made its way from Dike East Park to 13th Avenue. With any other parade, it doesn't matter how fast you're going, but how eye-catching your floats are.
FARGO—A Fargo family is left with questions after their car was vandalized early Saturday morning. Joseph Andrade spotted his car in the employee parking lot of the Scheels Arena covered in profane language and a swastika. Joseph was leaving work around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning when he saw the black spray paint from across the parking lot. This was the first time he had driven the car to work, normally walking from his apartment just two blocks away. Usually his daughter is the one behind the wheel.
WEST FARGO—The WDAY Honor Flight crew broke out crockpots at Hooligans in West Fargo for a chili cook-off. The crew made four different types of chili, all up for grabs with a free will donation and judging the cook-off was a familiar voice. Jay Thomas stopped by to taste test the bowls. He says, while the food is good, the cause is even better.
FARGO—More than 200 crafters and artists are showcasing their talents at an Arts and Craft Fair in the Fargodome. Each year, more than 8,000 people attend "The Big One." All of the vendors sell handmade items. Event organizers say the annual event helps get people check off their holiday shopping lists. A big part of the fair is getting to see the unique variety of goods, such as soups, jelly, and lotion.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—After 23 years of volunteering in Mayville, 83-year-old Marlys Hlavinka is awarded AARP's highest honor with the Andrus Award for Community Service. Every year, one North Dakotan is selected for their significant volunteer service. Marlys was presented with the award for creating "The Caring Club," a group of 40 people who convert used greeting cards into new ones. Over the years, the non-profit organization has raised over $100,000 for the Sanford hospital in Mayville. Marlys says volunteering in a community is something anyone can do.
METRO—Members of the WDAY team gave back to the community with the 26th annual United Way "Day of Caring." They cleaned gutters and raked leaves for 83-year-old Dorothy Storsved. Throughout the afternoon over 1,700 volunteers helped over 400 senior citizens living in the metro. Volunteers also pulled weeds, trimmed trees, and cleaned outside windows.
FARGO—9 Round is getting locals active and involved in breast cancer awareness with the annual "Kick Out Cancer" event. For each kick made at the gym, the club will donate one cent to breast cancer research. Last year the Fargo location did over 28,000 kicks. You don't have to be a gym member to take part, anybody can kick for the cause. 9 Round owners say the event helps a cause that hits close to home.
MOORHEAD—Congressman Tim Walz is already on the campaign trail for Minnesota Governor, stopping in Moorhead to meet the locals. Even though the vote is 393 days away, the democrat is looking to address issues with locals earlier in the campaign. Walz is also introducing his running mate, state representative Peggy Flanagan. The candidate says campaigning earlier on helps get the real issues down before coming up with a plan of action.
Minn.—As the weather gets colder, the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program is reminding people to start their applications for next year. The program helps more than 1,500 people in Minnesota each year with heat and electricity bills. Benefits are granted to households based on the last three months of income. Starting this year, the program is extending eligibility to include a larger income bracket. The application due date is May 31st. You can find information about heating assistance by clicking the link below: