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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.
FARGO — In her everyday life, Madison Juelfs is a college student hoping to become a U.S. Marine Corps officer. On the roller derby track as a member of the Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls, the local team preparing for their season opener this weekend, she is "Battle Royalle," a tenacious athlete with more immediate aspirations. At bouts, her objective is simple: to help her team earn as many points as possible.
FARGO – Former state Sen. Tim Flakoll will run for a spot on the Fargo City Commission, he announced Thursday, March 15.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A dryer fire destroyed a Wahpeton home late Monday, March 12, leaving little to salvage.
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.