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False rumors spread at the start of WE Fest weekend claiming that someone had removed and then ate their own eyeball during an acid trip. The online story has been taken down, but it was originally attached to a snapchat video depicting a young male who appears to have a severe eye socket wound.
It was a chilly start to this year's festival but the weather gave way to a picture perfect day at WE Fest, until thunderstorms began to roll in towards dusk. The ambiance was its usual festive tone of enthusiasm, but campgrounds were noticeably thinner from just a few years ago.
A recent report by WalletHub found that Minnesota is the third best state for summer road trips based on category rankings like safety and activities. Many of those activities are involving the plentiful forests and lakes that the state of Minnesota has to offer. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there are 66 state parks in Minnesota, as well as 25 state trails, 35 water trails, and 62 state forest campgrounds and day-use areas.
MOORHEAD — Pollinator projects are becoming more common in Fargo-Moorhead and across North Dakota to ensure that native pollinators have access to certain plants. Pollinator habitat projects and gardens, along with data gathered from studies, may prevent future endangered species listings. The non-profit conservation organization Pheasants Forever will begin planting Moorhead's next pollinator project in June along the Red River.
FARGO — Lincoln Elementary fourth-graders got to play reporter Tuesday afternoon, April 24, when Gov. Doug Burgum stopped by for a visit.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A candlelight vigil on Monday evening, April 16, is planned for a 6-year-old boy who died here after, police say, he was physically abused. The vigil for Justis Rae Burland will take place at 7 p.m. at Hilltop Celebration Church, 525 Minnesota Highway 210 in Fergus Falls. A Facebook page for the event says over 160 are interested in attending or planning to do so. There will be live music and an open mic, with snacks and refreshments provided. The first 100 children will receive a stuffed animal with a blue ribbon to honor victims of child abuse.
FARGO — The Fargo Park District is teaming up with the Fargo Police Department in a new effort to improve safety in the city's parks by having a police officer work as a park safety coordinator.
MOORHEAD — The principal of Ellen Hopkins Elementary School has decided not to rehire six teachers on three-year probationary status even though they're said to have received positive feedback in their evaluations and have no bad marks in their files. Concerned parents and teachers spoke at a standing-room-only school board meeting Monday, April 9, attended by nearly 100 people. One of the speakers, Matthew Peterson, is among the six probationary teachers. "I have not and will not give up on Moorhead Public Schools and hope that they will not give up on me," he said.
FARGO — Jessie Rock, a paleontologist and geology lecturer at North Dakota State University, loves rocks. She says there's a massive need for a natural science museum in the Fargo-Moorhead area and is leading an effort to start one. But for now, she's working with what she has, transporting a small fossil exhibit to local elementary schools in the trunk of her vehicle.
FARGO — A husband and wife from Sheldon, N.D., recently died within just a few days of each other. David Kaspari, 86, and Sally Kaspari, 81, were married for 58 years before passing away in their most recent home at Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo. Sally had a respiratory illness and wasn't doing well before David unexpectedly died last Friday morning. "After Dad passed, she didn't want to eat or drink anything. She wasn't making any progress toward recovery," said daughter Sarah. Sally died Monday, three days later.