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MOORHEAD, Minn. — There are no textbooks, no lunch boxes, no backpacks on this school bus. "There are no children on the bus, just officers," says Lt. Deric Swenson with the Moorhead Police Department. The only thing on this bus is an effort to stop distracted driving. "We're looking for distracted drivers, people who are on their phones, manipulating their phones, checking their email, texting, occasionally we're getting people that are actually doing social media," says Lt. Swenson.
FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo Vietnam Veteran is trying to honor those who served with him. Dick Grant appeared on WDAY radio Friday, April 20, to share his story with the public. Grant is a Navy veteran of the Vietnam war. He was on the Frank E. Evans, a destroyer which went down in June of 1969. Seventy-four sailors lost their lives on the Evans, which was stationed just outside the war zone. None of their names appear on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.
FARGO—The pros are trying to educate people on the importance of building new, green homes. Larry Mayer, an energy engineer, is leading several classes teaching builders, appraisers and realtors on efficiency. He showed off efficiency technology, like special insulated windows, and a thermal camera meant to identify heat leaks. Mayer hopes to iron out misunderstandings between many professionals in the industry.
BOSTON, Mass. — A Fargo woman is back in town after finishing the greatest of her eight marathons: the Boston Marathon. Ellie Tupper, a 21-year-old pharmacy student at NDSU, finished the wet, hilly race Monday, April 16. She says the Boston course is tough to train for, since it's much hillier than Fargo. She's already finished marathons in Miami and Chicago, but says finishing the most storied race of all takes the cake.
FARGO—With fewer kids are strapping on the shoulder pads and helmet, the future of youth football doesn't look great. "We're drying up. No one is signing up," said Jeremy Ling, founder and CEO of TackleBar. "Youth football has had a major decline the last 5 years," he added. With a greater understanding of the effects of head injuries, medical experts say more players are being treated for concussions. "We're more cognizant about them, and diagnosing them more accurately," said Nicholas Smith, D.O. with Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
NORTH FARGO N.D.—Science students from Ben Franklin Middle School got an 'out of this world' field trip today. The students, who are learning about gravity and the solar system, strapped actual scuba gear to their backs. Jefri Jones, a teacher and SCUBA instructor, guided the students through the water as they tried assembling equipment. Instructors say this lesson not only teaches kids how to operate SCUBA systems, but also gives them an idea of how astronauts work in space.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — US Senator Tina Smith is trying to bring high-speed internet to rural communities in Minnesota and the rest of the nation. Smith is working to introduce the "Community Connect Grant Program Act of 2018." It would help fund infrastructure needed to connect rural homes to broadband. She says the disparity in Internet access between rural areas and metropolitan areas is alarming. Smith says quality of life and rural businesses are suffering from lack of high-speed connections.
MINNESOTA—Never been in a State Patrol car? Never heard of a POST exam? The Minnesota State Patrol wants to hire you. They come from all walks of life; Minnesota State Troopers. The traditional trooper has a background in law enforcement before going through an academy, but to help maintain a roster of more than 600 troopers, MSP is using the Law Enforcement Training Opportunity Program or "LETO." "What is the Minnesota State Patrol looking at, and that's respect, excellence, courage, honor and integrity," said Sgt. Jesse Grabow.
FARGO—The Fargo Park District is expecting to beef up security by this summer. The district is meeting on Tuesday night to approve the addition of a "Security Coordinator." The position would be filled by a Fargo Police Department employee. A uniformed officer will be in charge of security around Fargo Parks as well as helping on security related projects. District Director Joel Vettel says the position would help cut down on response times to incidents and make it easier to work with the police department.
MOORHEAD—Local experts on the opioid crisis are trying to educate the public. Dozens gathered at Christ the King Church in Moorhead to learn more addiction issues. The event was hosted by the Moorhead Police Chaplains. A narcotics officer talked about the forces contributing to the epidemic, and what's fueling it. Organizers say having police speak with the public offers a perspective many wouldn't otherwise get.