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FERGUS FALLS—The divisive debate over what to do with the historic state hospital in Fergus Falls may soon reach a resolution. For over a decade, the city of Fergus Falls has tossed around ideas on what to do with the historic Kirkbride building, but now city leaders have agreed to seek almost $9 million from the state for demolition after a seven to zero vote, Tuesday. Mayor Ben Schierer says the state funds would demolish everything, but the iconic tower, which will likely begin this spring.
BARNESVILLE—As the winter Olympics in South Korea heat up one local elementary school is bringing the competition to its own backyard. The torch is lit at Atkinson Elementary for a day of games. The day was inspired by the kid's gym teacher, Jon Hodge and his Olympian fiance Erin Hamlin, who's competing in the luge. Nearly 400 students took part in indoor curling, skiing and a variety of obstacle courses and games. Organizers wanted to do something extra special with the Barnesville connection to Pyeongchang.
FARGO — The teenager accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school is being ordered to be held without bond. Nikolas Cruz made his first court appearance Thursday; he's facing 17 counts of pre-meditated murder. His court appointed attorney said that Cruz is a broken human being and is, "sad, remorseful and fully aware of what's going on." While he's admitted to the attack, his motive remains unclear.
MOORHEAD—A newly formed nonprofit is hoping to promote downtown Moorhead for future business. Thursday, Derrick LaPoint was introduced as the first president and CEO of Downtown Moorhead Inc. The organization is dedicated to improving and developing downtown Moorhead. It will be working closely with the city. Being the "inaugural" President, LaPoint said it's a position he's excited to dive into.
FARGO — Over one hundred people marched downtown Fargo, wearing a sea of red, to raise awareness for the region's Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women's Day, Wednesday afternoon. It was all part of the Fargo Native American Commission's "Remember the Hearts of Our Women," event, featuring speakers from city and tribal leaders. Armed with posters and prayers, the group shared a unified message to remember and seek justice for lost loved ones and those who disappear without report. In 2016, North Dakota received 125 cases of missing Native American women.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Some consider it no more than a bunch of clicking and noise, but to thousands of others, it's how they make a living. And a rich one, at that. The growing world of "E-Sports," or electronic sports is where hundreds of thousands of video game players livestream their hobby to a global audience of over 1.1 billion people. Money coming in from donations, subscriptions, followers, sponsorships. Ultimately, people are paying to watch others play video games.
FARGO — The Valentine's Day love bug is expected to bite a $19.6 billion dollar dent into America's pocketbook, according to the National Retail Federation. Whether you love it or loathe it, over half of Americans are expected to indulge in Valentine's spending, averaging about $143.56 each, the retail federal said. Shotwell Floral in Fargo said Feb. 13 and 14 are its busiest days of the year; it's a grand event that it begins preparing for right after Christmas.
FARGO—Essentia Health says old-school methods to prevent the flu are tried and true, which is why it's taking the time to promote hand washing. Studies show 95% of us do not properly wash our hands. Essemtia is now giving away free hand-washing posters to the public. Infectious disease doctors say just 20 seconds, or two rounds of "Happy Birthday" can help prevent 30% of diseases from spreading.
FARGO -- A South Fargo staple may soon open its doors once again. The Fargo Parks District has been long time tenants in the Rose Creek golf shop below the restaurant, and Joel Vettel said it may soon make a move to purchase the building as a whole. "Through some conversations, we're trying to build a model on how we're going to move forward with this restaurant and this building," said Joel Vettel, Fargo Parks District.
FARGO—If you got up early Thursday morning, you may have seen the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. One local man not only was up, but was there to support his soon-to-be-wife as she carried the flag, representing the U.S.A. "For her to lead out, 250 plus Olympians was definitely a surreal moment," said Jonathan Hodge, Erin Hamlin's Fiance. Barnesville native Jonathan Hodge watched from the stands as his fiance, Erin Hamlin, carried the U.S. flag in the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.