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MOORHEAD—A service filled with music, a half millennium in the making, brought together hundreds of local Christians. The Ecumenical Worship Service was a shared service for several Christian denominations, Catholic and Protestant. Seats were hard to come by at the Concordia College hosted faith event. A painting pastor speed-painted a mural to recognize the event. The service also commemorates the 500th year since the Christian reformation.
FARGO—From a disgusting and deplorable act, comes one of kindness. After a Somali-American Fargo man found animal waste smeared in the back of his car, a local car detail shop is offering to make it right. The owner of Bailey's heard about the horrible vandalism to Yosef Mohamed's vehicle and offering to clean it all up, the only condition being Mohamed's permission. Filth is no stranger to the crew at Bailey's PDR in Fargo. Owner Kevin Bailey was appalled when he heard about animal waste, smeared inside Yosef Mohamed's car.
MOORHEAD—The top leader of the ELCA is helping Concordia celebrate the 500th year of reformation. Bishop Elizabeth Eaton oversees every ELCA church in the country. She spoke with students about how teachings from half a millennium ago still apply to modern Christians.
FARGO—Wednesday will mark three years to the day since NDSU freshman Tom Bearson's body was found in a Moorhead RV lot, the victim of a homicide. More than 1,000 days later, his family, police and the community have many unanswered questions. Three whole years after the fact, investigators say the Bearson case is still wide open. Details are scarce and no arrests have been made. But Moorhead Police say that doesn't mean progress isn't being made. It's the "no's" which sting most in the Tom Bearson case.
CASS COUNTY—Many around Cass County say they're upset after the county's newly approved budget comes with serious tax increases. Property owners in the county will see an increase in how much they pay despite tax rate decreases for most. While this is a complicated issue, many of these spikes can be blamed on one thing: higher assessments. With some constituents facing large increases in taxes, the Cass County Commission faced plenty of heat before approving its latest budget.
METRO—The Salvation Army is asking for your help keeping local families stay warm through the frigid winter. Boxes are set up at each Hornbacher's in the metro. The Salvation Army is asking people to donate new and gently used winter gear for families in need. It says clothing for kids ages 6 to 12 are especially needed. More than 1,500 coats were collected last year. "We'd hate to see people out in just sweatshirts or t-shirts. We want to make sure people are ready for the types of winters we have around here," said Julie Rivenes, Salvation Army.
FARGO—A high risk sex offender in Fargo is on the move and her current location is unknown. 38-year-old Carrie Berg registered her permanent address at the Econo-Lodge near West Acres this week. Police tell us Berg moved in on Monday. We're also told Econo-Lodge forced Berg to leave after learning of her high-risk status sometime Friday or Thursday. Her current location is not known. Sex offenders have three days to declare a new address after moving out of an old one.
FARGO—The Metro Flood Diversion Authority dropped its application for a permit on the Flood Diversion Project. A scrapped permit may be what the authority needs to get back to work on the flood protection project. The Diversion board hopes the change in plans will get the Minnesota DNR back on board with the diversion efforts. The DNR has denied the application for the current permit. By changing some details, the board hopes the DNR will approve a re-application.
FARGO—The Michael Kaspari Memorial Run for Recovery will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Lindenwood Park in Fargo. Kaspari, who co-founded First Step Recovery, died April 16 after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a fall. Race registration fees range from $10 to $25. Those wishing to participate can sign up at bit.ly/2017run4recovery. Proceeds from the event, which was renamed this year in honor of Kaspari, will help support First Step Recovery, which is a nonprofit addiction treatment center in Fargo.
FARGO—The Fargo Theatre got the hollywood treatment Wednesday night as Oscar nominee Sean Astin sat down for a Q&A session. Hundreds showed up to discuss films and hear stories from the "Lord of the Rings" and "Rudy" star. The silver-screen big shot discussed some of his favorite roles and stories from a lifetime in show business. Astin also took some time to share some lessons he's picked up about showing others they're important.