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METRO—A few hours on a snowy morning will turn into thousands of meals for children across the state. Helping out has been a passion for Don Bentz for as long as he can remember. "When I heard about how many kids are starving around the world, it really was a no brainer," said Don Bentz, Started Packing Event. His love of children and volunteerism is what sparked the idea to bring "Kids Against Hunger" here to Jamestown. "He said, we have to do this, he was passionate about it," said Janna Bergstedt, Event Co-Chair.
MOORHEAD -- A local woman whose last wish was to see Christmas lights has passed away overnight, November 4th.
MINNESOTA—Roundabouts in Minnesota are reducing serious injuries and fatal crashes by over 80-percent according to a new study from MNdot. The two part study found that there hasn't been a multi-vehicle fatality in a roundabout in Minnesota. Although the number of overall crashes didn't decrease the severity of the impact did. The study found an over 80-percent decrease in fatal and serious injury accidents. MNdot says one of the reasons is the direction cars are traveling in roundabouts.
FARGO—It was a joyful reunion Friday for area first responders and new parents. On Friday at FM Ambulance two EMT's along with two West Fargo Police Officers were reunited with the baby boy they helped deliver two weeks ago. On October 20th the crews responded to a call of a woman in labor. When they arrived they found Niki Welk in her bathroom, but she was already crowning and crews knew she wouldn't make it to the hospital. Beckham Welk was born six minutes later. The EMT who delivered Beckham calls the moment the highlight of her career.
METRO—Police Departments in the metro are going to look a little scruffier this month. As a part of No-Shave November, Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and NDSU Police are raising money for former officer Fred Lassonde. Fargo Officer Lassonde suffered a traumatic brain injury earlier this year, which forced him into early retirement. For a donation, officers can grow out their facial hair for the entire month. The departments said it's a part of helping out a brother in blue.
FARGO—A local woman, who's been fighting a terminal liver disease for the past four years, is now on hospice care. One of her favorite things is to see the Christmas lights. As you look around the neighborhood, you'll likely notice the leftovers of Halloween. But now, there is a request to replace these Jack O' Lanterns with Christmas Lights, for 55-year-old Debi Berger.
METRO—As we turn the calendar to November, snow isn't the only thing you'll need to worry about on our roads. It's the number one time of the year, for car deer collisions. Winter can get pretty busy.. Owner Dave Olson says they see an increase in accident repairs around this time of year. Some of those accidents are cars versus deer. "We've had a few years where it was just all winter long," said Dave Olson, Collision Expert.
FARGO—Public Works spent Wednesday morning deicing the streets of Fargo. This is the second time crews have had to be out this season. Public Works says this is the first time they've had to use the equipment to this extent this early in the year since 1996. The department has had the equipment ready since October 1st in case we were surprised by winter weather. "Could happen at any time, we have to be prepared, but hopefully it won't stick around," said Ben Dow, Public Works.
FARGO—When your child is in the hospital homework may be the last thing anyone thinks of. It's math time for 5-year old Lillian Boyko, she's learning how to count, but if you ask her there are other topics she'd prefer. "I like doing the readings and circling the readings," said Lillian. While her "classroom" isn't your typical setting, it's actually something that brings a sense of normalcy to her day. "For her, she's excited you know she gets a break from her bed and her room," said Jennifer Boyko, Lillian's mother.
MOORHEAD—Across the metro, people are doing their part to try and help bring funding into the public library. The "Friends of the Moorhead Library" hosted a book sale Saturday afternoon. People could come in and dig for their favorite genres, from fiction to biographies. The money raised will go towards other library events. The group says they want to give back because there's a lack of state funding for libraries across the state.