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FARGO — Every day, Mark Uselman records the precipitation that lands in his backyard. The north Fargo resident has made observing the weather part of his daily routine for over five years now. He wakes up at 6:30 a.m., does the crossword, has coffee with his wife then goes outside to check the rain or snow gauge, and she goes to teach elementary school. "I measure the precipitation, snowfall, and the cumulative snowfall that's left on the ground as it sets," Uselman said. "I catch the snow, bring it inside to melt, then measure the liquid form."
WALCOTT, N.D. — The lives of about 30,000 turkeys were at risk east of here because of a barn fire that threatened their source of food and water. The fire was reported about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, and fire crews from Walcott, Colfax and Christine responded. None of the turkeys were housed at the Lelm Turkey Farm building that caught fire, but all of the equipment to sustain them was inside. The turkeys are kept in two separate buildings.
ODESSA, M.N. — A head-on crash Saturday, March 3, seriously injured the drivers of both vehicles. Dean James Serna, 52, of Fergus Falls, Minn., suffered life-threatening injuries and is being treated at Sanford hospital in Fargo. Saturday's crash occurred on Highway 7, east of Odessa in Big Stone County at 10:16 p.m. Clark Jay Berghuis, 28, was driving west in a Pontiac Bonneville on Highway 7 when Serna, driving an Infiniti I35, traveling east, veered into the westbound lane, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
FARGO —The Red River Valley is in for an unpredictable storm to start off the work week that will likely involve rain, snow, thunder, fog and strong wind speeds. Winter storm watches have now been expanded into eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota starting Sunday night, March 4, lasting until early Tuesday morning, March 6. Visibility under half a mile, icy roads, and blowing snow drifts may cause dangerous travel conditions.
FARGO — Activist Lenny Tweeden announced his candidacy for city commission on Saturday, March 3, for the upcoming election on June 12, 2018. Tweeden ran for mayor in 2010 unsuccessfully but is once again seeking political office. He is one of several potential candidates to run for city commissioner looking to fill one of the two available slots, currently held by Dave Piepkorn and Tony Gehrig.
FARGO — North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers could soon have space at public schools in the state that lack a law enforcement presence under a proposal that's now being finalized. Lt. Michael Roark, a safety and education officer, said it would be a win-win situation because state troopers now spend about 20 percent of their time doing paperwork in their vehicles. If the proposal happens, that time could instead be spent in a rural school where their presence might be needed.
MOORHEAD — Some students here are planning to take part in a nationwide school walkout next month to raise awareness about student safety and encourage political action in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. A group of Moorhead High School students met Friday, Feb. 23, to start organizing their local version of the walkout set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14.
WEST FARGO — Ashlen Wright transferred to Sheyenne High School two years ago to take more advanced classes, but she also gained a close friend through the transfer. The former Shanley High School student said Justin Olien was her "saving grace," with the star student, athlete and musician quickly taking her under his wing. That's why Wright, now 18 and a senior, said Olien's death by suicide on May 18, 2016, at the age of 17 just hours after they last spoke was so shocking and unexpected.
MOORHEAD – City Council member Brenda Elmer made it official on Tuesday, Feb. 13, when she announced she’ll run for mayor here.
MOORHEAD — Chris Mortenson's great-great-grandparents came to South Dakota from Norway in 1882 in search of better economic opportunity. Mortensen hiked that 66-mile last leg of their journey last summer as a way to transcend time, connect to his roots and make art.