FARGO - There have already been six cases of influenza in North Dakota and the flu season hasn't even officially started. Last season was one of the worst for influenza in North Dakota over the past 20 years with nearly 8,500 cases reported. "We obviously experience epidemic every year during those winter months, you know that time we refer to as cold and flu season," Sanford Health Pediatrician Stephanie Hanson said. Though these cases are earlier than normal, the numbers are still far from being considered an outbreak or epidemic.
FARGO, N.D. - Students across the state are getting a taste of North Dakota during lunch. Fargo schools celebrated Pride of Dakota day with food that's locally grown, manufactured, and produced. Cloverdale hot dogs, Pan-O-Gold buns. Cass-Clay milk and french fries were on the menu. The day is used to make the connection from crops grown in the state to the food on students' trays during lunch time. Most schools use some local products everyday, so it was just a chance to highlight them all at once.
FARGO—The Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is celebrating what they say is another successful year. Hundreds celebrated business and volunteer accomplishments from the past year, like a member retention rate of 90-percent and dozens of successful events. Board Members looked ahead to the next fiscal year, and goals that grow on past successes. The Chamber also recognized a Legacy Leader. It's an award given out to someone who has played an important role in shaping and serving the community.
Fargo, N.D. - Three feet of rain, 32 dead, and flood waters that won't recede for weeks, Hurricane Florence left her mark. Now, North Carolina is asking for medical help from other states, North Dakota is one of them. Some of the 28 volunteers spent Tuesday morning, September 18, getting briefed and trained on what the next days will be like once they get to North Carolina. The two teams of the state's Emergency Preparedness and Response Section leave early Wednesday for the Hurricane rampaged east coast. Among them is William Franklund, an EMT from Fargo.
FARGO - Hundreds will be walking for a cure Thursday, Sept. 6th at Rheault Farm. The Hounds for HD Walk is set up for anyone affected by Huntington's Disease. It's a degenerative brain disease that causes people to slowly lose control over all mental and physical abilities. This is the first year the Huntington's Disease Society of America is putting on the walk to raise money for a cure. There will also be silent auction items for both dogs and people, memorial posts and a 'pin the vest on the dog' game.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Getting to school for Moorhead High Students may be a little difficult thanks to area construction. The underpass project has closed many routes including Fourth Avenue from 21st to 22nd Street. The only way into the school lot will be from Second Avenue. People are in the area say they're already dreading the congested traffic. "I'm just taking it a day at a time because it changes very often, and I think they're just kind of feeling their way along," said Barb Brasch, who lives in the area.
FARGO N.D.—In just a few short weeks athletes at Fargo South High School will set foot on their new turf football field. Construction started just two weeks ago, but you can already see the progress. Contractors say the project is on time, and should be ready for the game against Grand Forks Central on September 28th. As WDAY first told you in July, it's all thanks to a couple anonymous donors who put up nearly $1.2 million dollars for the project.
FARGO -The Fargo Public Schools District is investing in students safety from the time they step on the bus, until the moment they step off. Those few seconds to scan a card at the start and end of each school day is an extra level of safety for students, and an extra level of reassurance for parents. "Well I think it's a good idea, an added security measure to make sure they're getting on and off where they should be," said parent Jennifer Schafer.
SOUTH FARGO, N.D. - It was a sort of mystery from the sky for workers in a south Fargo Park where dozens of birds were founds dead. These geese are as much home to Urban Plains Park as the playground and walking paths, but lately there seems to be some trouble on the homefront. Two men who work in the park say, since mid-August, they found at least a dozen seagulls, three geese and three ducks dead. They believe the culprit are these power lines.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -The department currently has seven open jobs.