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FARGO—The Red River Zoo is bringing awareness to its conservation efforts with a party. The Earth Day celebration called Party for the Planet takes place Saturday. It starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. You have to pay the zoo's cost of admission for the event. There will be games, lessons for do-it-yourself ecology projects and you can vote on the new baby camel's name. The zoo will also hold a tree planting ceremony.
MOORHEAD — Catholic and Lutheran clergy and laypeople from Minnesota and North Dakota came together for a Joint Theology Day at Trinity Lutheran in Moorhead. Nearly 200 people gathered Thursday morning to talk about religious matters and concerns. Bishops from nearby diocese and synods spoke about progress made with relations between the two denominations.
FARGO—The Red River Zoo is quickly turning into a nursery. Earlier this month, the zoo announced the birth of a camel, and now a Sichuan takin has arrived. Visitors to the Fargo zoo got an unexpected surprise this weekend. "One of the guests was walking by watching. She saw the little legs popping out," said Sally Jacobson, executive director of the Red River Zoo. Jiang Li, one of three Sichuan takins at the zoo, gave birth in front of an audience on Saturday, April 15.
METRO—The Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County have partnered together to put on this year's "Big Art Show." Sixty-seven pieces of local art are on display, iincluding sculptures, photographs, glass blowings and more. A free opening reception was held at the Hjemkomst Center on Tuesday, April 18.
FARGO—The city of Fargo started it's third and final year of roadwork on Broadway Monday, April 17. Construction crews closed off the intersection of Broadway and 15th Avenue North at 7 a.m. Throughout the summer, the project will move north to 19th Avenue. Crews will install a sewer, put down new concrete and add brighter street lights. Crews are working a block at a time to avoid re-routing problems on the busy road. The project is expected to wrap up around Labor Day.
FARGO—U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., stopped in Fargo on Monday, April 17, during a statewide tour to talk with people about health care. The meeting on the North Dakota College of Science campus was well-attended. Heitkamp and a panel of medical professionals answered questions about the difference between Medicare and Medicaid, single-payer plans and global health concerns. They also took questions on the differences between the Affordable Care Act and the recently tabled proposed replacement plan called the American Health Care Act.
FARGO — The cost of higher education continues to rise. The College Board says the average annual cost for school ranges from $10,000 to $34,000. Financial planners say there are ways for students to save money. In addition to applying for scholarships, students can apply for work study programs and get a planner to look at their Federal Application For Student Aid. High school students can also start taking steps by taking Advanced Placement courses, which allow students to take tests to qualify for college credit.
FARGO—Every holiday brings temptations. Easter is days away and we all know how hard it can be to resist candy and party food. Sanford Health nutritionist Nicole Welle suggests buying treats with lower sugar and natural ingredients. However, it is okay to indulge in sugary candy in moderation. If you're going to a holiday party, the expert suggests bringing a home-cooked nutritious dish, using a small plate to eat, and eating fruits and veggies first to keep your diet on track.
FARGO—Bennett Elementary School in Fargo participated in a special drill that lasted 3-hours Tuesday morning, April 11. They were practicing what to do if the roof collapsed. All 469 students were relocated to a different part of the building. Then they were evacuated on busses to Davies High School. Forty drama students from Davies acted as concerned parents and guardians searching for their children. The emergency management team, teachers and police officers helped calm the parent actors down, like they would if the situation was real.
METRO—It's week three of the five-week long I-Go-Eco Challenge in Fargo-Moorhead. So far, organizers with MATBUS say more people are taking part this year. The challenge asks people in the metro to make eco-friendly commutes. The transportation company suggests biking, walking, rollerblading, carpooling or jumping on a MATBUS to go green. The goal of the challenge is to help reduce our carbon footprint, reduce traffic and help commuters save money.