FARGO — A toy-lending program is kicking off in Fargo. It's called "Lekotek." The concept comes from Sweden. It means "play library." The new program through the Anne Carlsen Center sets up one-hour play sessions with families. Then they get to take home the toys they played with for a month.
FARGO — Suicide rates are climbing in the United States especially among teens. At the Fargo Holiday Inn, mental health professionals from across the state and country are meeting this week to talk about issues facing adolescents and children. One of those issues, suicide. In North Dakota, it's the third-leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 14. A new Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why," tackles teen bullying and suicide following the story of Hannah Baker, who kills herself after more than a year of social abuse at school.
FARGO — Longtime members of the American Legion got a pat on the back for their dedication to service on Tuesday night. Several veterans were recognized for 50-, 60-, and 70-year milestones with the Fargo-based Post 2. Vernon Useldinger of Fargo was honored for his seven decades with the Legion. The World War II and Korean War veteran is not only a member but he worked there for much of his life.
FARGO — Communities across the United States are deeply divided these days, but people came together in Fargo on Tuesday night in an effort to bridge those gaps. An International Potluck at Olivet Lutheran Church combined cuisines from countries like Germany, Sweden, and Sudan. The celebration followed a meeting of the minds hosted by the ELCA to address the polarization facing our communities. Representatives from education, government and churches mulled over how we can come together on issues like diversity and refugee resettlement.
Drivers in the metro will be seeing more orange in their future. Fargo's construction season kicked off with the 32nd Avenue project, but work is also scheduled on Broadway, Main Avenue, and 25th Street. In West Fargo the "urbanizing" of 12th Avenue started Monday. Two other major projects are planned on First Avenue North and Ninth Street, those kick off in June. Parts of the reconstruction on Main and Center Avenue in Moorhead will continue this year but should cause fewer headaches.
FARGO — Homeless shelters in North Dakota are facing deep budget cuts. In fact, they could lose state funding completely. Women and children fleeing domestic abuse come to the YWCA in Fargo for emergency shelter, at a cost of about $43 a night. If these cuts come to pass, the director says they would need about 1,200 additional people to donate a night of shelter to make up the difference. On a given night, more than 700 people are without a place to stay in Fargo-Moorhead.
METRO—The green beer and Guinness flowed, but drunken driving arrests in Fargo-Moorhead remained in check over the St. Patrick's Day holiday. Metro law enforcement agencies say the number was about the same as an average weekend. Fargo police arrested eight, West Fargo arrested three. Moorhead Police did not have numbers available, but the Minnesota State Patrol arrested two in the Moorhead area, fewer than a typical weekend despite extra DWI patrols. Statewide, there were 339 arrests reported in Minnesota, compared with 250 on a non-holiday weekend.