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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.
WEST FARGO—Halloween can be an exciting time for children and families, but for some with autism, it can sometimes be overwhelming. We have a few tips to make Halloween a little more 'sensory friendly' for everybody. West Fargo mom Christina McNeal and her two kids are prepping for Halloween. Although it's still a few days away, they've got their candy out, and 4-year-old Lennon tried on his Pikachu costume. "Getting him into a Halloween costume, I started practicing about two months ago and hadn't had any success," said McNeal.
MOORHEAD—It's the chance to properly dispose of your unused prescriptions. As a part of Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Moorhead Police is partnering with Hornbachers. You can drop off your unused prescription drugs at two different locations. From 10 a.m. to noon, an officer will be collecting at the Main Avenue Hornbachers location then from noon to 2 p.m., they'll be at the Azool location in south Moorhead. Police say it's a free and anonymous way to get rid of the drugs.
METRO—Construction crews are battling Mother Nature. As you can see, multiple projects across the metro are still happening. Some of them are set to finish up in the next few weeks, but big projects like one in West Fargo on 13th Avenue and 9th Street aren't set to be done until next year. Meaning, they're finding ways to "winterize" until next season. As the iconic saying from Game of Thrones goes, winter is coming. While it doesn't come as a surprise it's still a tough time for those whose jobs are outside, like construction crews.
MOORHEAD—Volunteers are coming together to get down and dirty to improve recycling in Moorhead. 11 volunteers and Clay County Solid Waste worker spent the afternoon sorting recyclables from trash and collecting data from 100 area homes. Solid waste also did this back in June, when the city's single sort system started. Then, about 22-percent of the trash they found was recyclable. Organizers are hoping this time around, there will be less in the trash because of the no-sort program.
FARGO—One local contractor is trying to do his part to help those affected by the sudden closure of Studs to Rugs. Bryan Nesemeier of "Block 8 Home Improvements" took to social media extending an offer to help with any unfinished projects after Studs to Rugs closed this week. He says he'll work with customers to figure out the logistics. He says he doesn't want people left with unfinished projects, because of something that was out of their control.
MOORHEAD—With Halloween just one week away, multiple groups at MSUM want to send one last reminder to students to take a second look at what they're going to be for the holiday. Tuesday, the Office of Diversity, Women's Center and American Indian Student Association hosted the panel discussion: "Not Your Festival Wear: Fashion and Cultural Appropriation." Students talked about their experiences with appropriation and answered questions on why some of these costumes may be considered inappropriate.