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.
FARGO—Two veterans are headed on our next Honor Flight, and children in metro area schools will get milk in their tummies, all thanks to an area teen. Once again 15-year-old Haley Dellaneva's "Milk Run" has raised $33,000 for students in area schools who are in the free or reduced meal program. The money comes from volunteer motorcycle fundraisers in our region. She started this six years ago and has raised more than $100,000. Her milk money donated to area school leaders Thursday will help nearly 10,000 students in the metro.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum said he and his wife Kathryn are preparing to host a "first-ever" addiction summit next week in Bismarck. It's called "Recovery Reinvented." And it's expected to not only spark a conversation about addiction, but start an action plan to fight it. The First Lady came to Fargo recently to share not only her story of addiction and recovery, but what is about to come for the state. A never before attempt in North Dakota to tackle the issue head on. Those whose addiction impacts, but those innovators, leaders and stakeholders.
MOORHEAD—More than 800 people gathered Monday at St. Joe's Catholic Church in Moorhead to say goodbye to Concordia student, Eli Johnson. Shortly after last night's prayer service, friends and family released sky lanterns in memory of Eli at Ellen Hopkins Elementary in south Moorhead, The former Moorhead High hockey and baseball player died last Monday. Close to 800 people attended a vigil at Concordia, just days later. St. Joseph's Church in Moorhead has reached out to area teens on how to deal with Eli's death, and ways to combat the stigma of suicide.
FARGO, N.D.—343 firefighters and 110 flights of stairs are just numbers, until you realize the connection to 9/11. On Monday, area firefighters found a unique way to remember those numbers and honor their fallen brothers and sisters. After a weekend, the gym crowd at Family Wellness laced up their shoes and hit the treadmills and workout machines. It was a pretty typical Monday, until they showed up. "Any time I can wear fire gear I am happy," said Jason Carriveau, West Fargo Firefighter.
FARGO—A Fargo orthopedic surgeon who has spent years traveling the world with America's best hockey players is now headed to the Olympics. Dr. Phil Johnson will be one of the team physicians on the Men's Olympic Hockey Team, and training camp is just weeks away. Dr. Phil Johnson of Fargo is used to seeing athletes in his office. Orthopedic injuries are his specialty. But Johnson's office is plastered with memories of high profile hockey games and players. "If you are having a bad day, just come in here," said Dr. Johnson.
A local high school grad dreamed of becoming an registered nurse. In fact, she was well on her way. However, an announcement this week out of Washington has changed everything for the 21-year-old. Graduating from West Fargo High school with perfect grades, Grace Nagben began her college dream journey: medicine and caring for others. "I want to get my nursing degree and continue on to get my Nurse Practitioner license so I can go back and start a hospital in Liberia," said Grace Nagbe, DACA recipient.
FARGO—For those in law enforcement, the Savanna Greywind case will now join the short list of memorable, tragic cases they have covered. Monday night, a longtime Cass County Chief Deputy is preparing for his last 48-hours on the force. He started in 1976. After four decades of patrolling county roads and investigating high profile crimes, Rick Majerus is stepping down. "We will talk extensively about the incident last night. Normally, we start out with the Bison game," said Rick Majerus, Cass County Chief Deputy.
FARGO -- There wasn't much on the front page of the newspaper today. And that's the point. The Forum joined 220 newspapers across Minnesota for a "Whiteout." Front pages on many of the papers statewide had "no news" today. The Minnesota Newspaper Association says for many communities the newspaper is the main source of local news. From local school board and city council meetings to small town sports coverage, the association says a newspaper is there to document history and inform people what's happening in their city.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—A rural Hillsboro man and his goose are sure turning heads. Adam Gettel is a bit of a "Bird Whisperer" and what started as a simple plan to help an orphaned goose left at a gas station there has turned into the talk of the town. Shortly after the fog began to burn off today, a quiet farmyard awakened with some summer barnyard chatter. Adam Gettel is hunter, avid outdoordsman. But lately, neighbors and friends have called on him to take care of some orphaned honkers.