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FARGO—A water main break in West Fargo left around 40 people without water for nearly eight hours. A small leak, causing a lot frustration. "Trying to cook, trying to clean. Can't do any of it without the water," said Zainb Suufi, a West Fargo resident. Crews spent the day fixing a broken water main by the intersection of 9th Avenue and Sheyenne Street. "Alarms started going off for a 'high flow' but luckily the police were driving by, caught it and let our guys know," said Ryan James, Public Works assistant director.
METRO—Veterans with legal concerns had questions answered on Tuesday at the VA. Attorneys with 'Fredrikson & Byron' law firm and "the Minnesota Assistance counsel for Veterans" hosted their annual day-long legal advice clinic. The services were free for low-income veterans. Some of the topics discussed included housing, wills, benefits, and child support. "They've typically never have done this before, because they may perceive it to be too expensive. So we feel we're providing a service they may not otherwise have," said Bill Guy, Attorney.
FARGO—Ground is now broken for Midco's brand-new $12-million dollar data center set to be running next year. The building is a Tier III center, that means it can store more data than ever before. It will be used to host, store and monitor data services for customers across the region. This comes after Midco completed a $75-million dollar construction project aimed to bring top of the line infrastructure to Fargo. State officials say having a data center here will attract businesses from across the country to the metro.
MOORHEAD—It's estimated that 3.5 million people are likely to experience homelessness in any given year. Many places like Churches United are fighting to end that here in Fargo-Moorhead. Established in 1987, Churches United for the Homeless tries to address a growing need in our metro, providing shelter for those who have no home. "There is no organic reason for homelessness and poverty in the United States," said Pastor Sue Koesterman, Churches United, "there's no way we could do what we do without the support of the community of volunteer support."
FARGO—Preventative Care, like mammogram screenings and pap smears, saves lives. Yet millions of people aren't getting these services. Going to the doctor for a check up can be scary. But, it may be even more difficult for people in the LGBT community. "Want to fix any problems we're seeing that are brought up from our patients," said Dr. Shelby Terstriep, oncologist.
FARGO—One of the biggest concerns to get the doors open for the new Sanford Medical Center in South Fargo was staffing. Sanford needed to hire about 500 people to fill new and expanded positions at not only their new center, but their Broadway and South University campuses, too. After a few months of numerous job fairs the only jobs needed to be filled now are in the food and environment services. But Sanford reps say the need for more positions will increase as the community continues to grow.
METRO—For the rest of the month, one local TV station is trying to preserve the stories of The Vietnam War directly from the people involved. Prairie Public and the State Historical Society are teaming up and traveling across North Dakota and Minnesota for the project "Prairie Memories: The Vietnam War Years." People are encouraged to schedule times for interviews they will then run in conjunction with a national 10-part documentary starting in September. The goal is to shine light on the experiences of those whose lives were changed because of the war.
FARGO—It's become a summer staple here in Fargo, Food Trucks are popping up everywhere. For the past two years, Jason Halverson has made downtown Fargo a prime location for his business; Texas BBQ Food Truck. He's here at least two days a week, his spot even marked with the logo. Despite being one of the best known food trucks around, he's going to have to get use to having a couple of more neighbors. Thanks to Folkways, the spot at the Old Schumacher building will now be known as a "Food Truck Park."
FARGO -- A West Fargo mom is warning people to be extra cautious after a stranger tried to get her daughter in his car. It's a scary thought for any parent; someone your child doesn't know, trying to pick them up. Valerie Fiske of West Fargo posted on the NextDoor App about her 14 year old daughter, walking alone Tuesday afternoon.
(WDAY) -- Drug overdose deaths hit record highs between July and September of last year in the U.S. with over half of those connected to opioids. According to the National Center for Health Statistics newest report released on Tuesday, the overdose death rate in 2016 rose to 19.7 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 16.7 people the year before.