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METRO -- Tides are rising on the Red River. As temperatures rise, so does the water in the Red River. Fargo is in a flood warning right now, but meteorologists say, it might not be as bad as you think.
FARGO—Culture and community come together Saturday afternoon to celebrate Native American heritage. All day, NDSU was filled with music, color and dancing. This year, more than 1,500 people gathered for the annual Powwow. 12 tribes from three different states and Canada were represented throughout the day. This years theme; "Celebrating Life. Creating Our Future," hoping to bring the community closer through culture.
FARGO—Students from Bennett Elementary have helped recycle nearly 700 pounds of plastic. They've been collecting plastic waste since November for a national 'Trex Recycling Challenge.' The goal is to keep thousands of pounds of unwanted waste out of the landfill. Today they got to count up the pounds. The school with the most recycled plastic will win a bench made from compost, but students say the real prize is getting to help animals.
FARGO—People are taking steps towards becoming 'recovery coaches' after a new class. Over the past week about 15 people have been taking lessons from the "Recovery Coach Academy" at Fargo Cass Public Health. Training will help people understand non-clinical recovery support. Many of the people in training are in recovery themselves, and want to help those just starting the journey. At the end they'll get a certificate for "peer recovery support services."
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Toward Zero Deaths is bringing together local law enforcement agencies to make the streets safer. Thursday afternoon, officials with the campaign held a workshop for traffic safety stakeholders on risk reduction. The discussion included lists of problem areas that need fixing, and what each agency can do to make it better. Since 2003, traffic-related deaths decreased around the state by 45% sitting at about 350 deaths per year. It's a number traffic stakeholders want to continue bringing down.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Creative Care for Reaching Independence is calling on all tailors and seamstresses for prom dresses. CCRI is asking for volunteers to help sew dresses for the prom in May. About 300 dresses have been donated to the non-profit for the annual event. There are still 20 gowns that need alterations. About 200 people plan on going to the prom, and coordinators say choosing the dress is the best part.
FARGO-MOORHEAD — Realtors here are helping build a home with Habitat for Humanity. The FM Area Association of Realtors is partnering with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity to raise money for a home. Their goal is to raise $125,000 by May. So far, they've raised a little more than $34,000. The home will be going to a single mom of four in West Fargo. If they meet the goal, this will be the first ever single sponsor funded Habitat for Humanity build.
WEST FARGO—If you've got some overdue books, now's the time to bring them in. The West Fargo Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a fine amnesty. Any late fees from overdue books or movies will be waived now through Saturday. About a dozen items have been returned so far, a number that librarians say is WAY higher than usual. Librarians say fines can accumulate over time, ranging from 10 cents for being late one day, to being...
MINN.,—Minnesota has a new deer management plan that includes a statewide harvest target and more community input. The new annual harvest target will be set at 200,000. Last year there were 197,000 deer harvested. With this target the Department of natural resources will measure and monitor deer populations each year and adjust regulations depending on the population. They're also planning to be more transparent on what programs money is going towards, especially when it comes to license revenue.
METRO—Distracted driving is up nationwide since last year and Minnesota is looking to crack down. The video above shows a distracted driver getting into a crash, but he's not texting, he's eating. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and The National Highway Safety Administration wants to remind drivers. There are plenty of ways to get distracted, phones and food are just two of the most common in the metro. There are three kinds of distractions behind the wheel, visual, manual and cognitive; eating takes up all three.