DETROIT LAKES Minn.,—Typically this time of year, boats are out of storage, and local resorts are getting ready for the opener. Instead the wait continues, and so does talk of cold and snow. On area lakes ice-thickness certainly doesn't make things look promising, but some are simply making the best of it. Eric Osberg of the Outdoor Report brought us the bad news from Otter Tail County lakes country "We cut this chunk, we wanted to see how thick it was and the quality. That is some hard core ice, really really thick," said Osberg.
FARGO, N.D. — Anyone who has lived it knows the challenge. Veterans, back from war, who deal with the emotions and trauma of their experience. Recently, there have been many programs to help veterans deal with PTSD. This weekend, FM Opera is hosting a production unlike any other. It's called "Soldier Songs." The show explores the lives of men in war as they transition back into life at home, as a civilian. David Hamilton of FM Opera says the one-hour show is life-changing for many.
WAHPETON—The Chahinkapa Zoo will soon be getting two "Southern White Rhinos." The only zoos in this part of the country with them are Omaha and Seattle. The Zebras at Chahinkapa Zoo are just as anxious to see winter leave, as the rest of us. But the animals inside the African Habitat building are about to get a couple of roommates. "I was pretty stoked, this was a dream come true. We always said this would be a great animal. I always said when we get rhinos, I can retire," said Tom Schmaltz, Chahinkapa Zoo curator.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — You won't have to show Moorhead's new school superintendent where the break-room and parking lots are. He already knows. Brandon Lunak, 45, has been the interim superintendent, and the school board has selected him to lead the district following the retirement of Lynne Kovash. Lunak takes over as some challenges and changes lay ahead. Like West Fargo's recent selection, Lunak was an internal candidate, familiar with the staff, parents and board in the district.
FARGO, N.D. — When 3,200 people arrive at the Fargodome Wednesday night for the "Cinderella" musical, a few things will greet them in the lobby. More than two dozen new metal detectors. It will be a time-saver if you know what not to bring into the dome. Fargodome general manager Rob Sobolik says it is a sign of the times. Many entertainers and traveling shows now demand venues be equipped with metal detectors. So, here they are, at all dome entrances. The 30 detectors will operate much like those the TSA uses at airports.
HORACE, N.D. — A Horace, North Dakota man is helping pioneer the use of the "bionic eye." Allan Peterson lost his sight 30 years ago from a degenerative eye disease. Peterson is one of a few in the country to receive the Argus II, a high-tech marvel that will help him see shapes and outlines. In the comfort of his own home, Allan Peterson is "in training."
FARGO, N.D. — When the voice for farmers in Washington comes to Fargo, work on the ranches and farms stops. There are so many "front-burner" issues facing them all right now, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue needed to hear all about them. The Pollination Nation program is an NDSU undergraduate's first experience with hands on research. In some of the USDA's most secretive — yet fascinating — labs on campus, Ag Secretary Perdue learned how right here in Fargo, there is bee research going on that could have impacts worldwide.
LANGDON, N.D. — Later this week in the high school gymnasium here, the community will say goodbye to John Freer. He was just nine years old, but he was a warrior. He battled cancer most of his young life, and while he leaves behind an incredible family and group of friends, one boy from Fergus Falls has an incredible story of friendship because of what they shared. Nine-year-old Isaiah Lawson has stored away some cherished memories of his best friend. "We just kind of had the same personalities," says Isaiah. "We were together since we knew each other."
FARGO—A challenge in any elementary classroom is "managing behavior." But now a unique project is being introduced in schools right here in the metro. It's called Yoga Calm. Shortly before math or reading at Jefferson elementary in Fargo, fourth graders get their minds, bodies and heart, ready for a day of learning. They practice Yoga Calm to get there. Fargo School Counselor Laura Sokolofsky is one of several educators in our area, now trained in this program.
ERHARD, Minn.—Tough weather on Thursday, but outside of Erhard, Minnesota, the wind and cold couldn't stop "the party." It's what country living, friendship and compassion are all about. In the heart of hill country in Otter Tail County, an 1898 country school house turned restaurant is getting ready for the noon lunch crowd. With talk of stormy weather, Windy Ferm couldn't use his 4-wheeler to drive to the cafe, so owner Bryan Stetz, picked him up. "He has people around who look out for him. He knows who they are," said Stetz.