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FARGO—Previous students, current students and teachers at Nativity Elementary School in Fargo said goodbye Thursday, May 25, to their long-time principal, Cindy Hutchins. The emotional event started with a play put on by teachers called, "Mrs. Hutchins is Missing." Then a video filled with pictures and goodbye messages from families, students, and teachers played. The second grade class wrapped up the celebration by singing Hutchins a farewell song. Hutchins spent 40 years at Nativity, 29 years as the school's principal.
MAPLETON — Students at Mapleton Elementary School celebrated their last day of school, and the last day in their old school building, in a unique way on Tuesday, May 24. When students return to school in August, they won't come to the same building. So on Tuesday, teachers, retired teachers and parents gathered outside of the 93-year-old school building to watch students release balloons. Tim Jacobson has been the principal of the school for 17 years. He said the balloon send-off was the perfect way to recognize the last year at the school.
FARGO – Free wireless internet access could soon be coming to downtown Fargo. The Downtown Community Partnership Board voted unanimously Thursday morning, May 18, to get the ball rolling on the project. Midco, a cable and internet provider in Fargo-Moorhead, wants to put small devices up all over downtown to power the project, but the goal is to make them blend in with what's already there.
WEST FARGO—Nearly 1,000 gift cards were handed out to students at the two West Fargo high schools Thursday morning. Police officers and volunteers from Monsanto checked to make sure everyone pulling into school was buckled up, parents included. Students wearing their seat belts were given gift cards to places like Sandy's Donuts, Dairy Queen and Subway. Those who weren't were given a warning. No tickets were issued.
FARGO—Students from Eagles Elementary school in Fargo got active before the school bell rang on Tuesday morning, May 9. The entire student body was asked to ride their bike to school for National Bike to School Day. If kids didn't have a bike to ride, they were asked to ride scooters, skateboards or rollerblades—anything with kid-powered wheels. Students who wore their helmets while participating got a water bottle and reflective stickers as a reward for being safe.
FARGO—Miss North Dakota USA Raquel Wellentin is in Las Vegas preparing to hit the Miss USA stage in 11 days. That's not her only major accomplishment on the horizon. Before she left, Raquel gave a WDAY reporter a behind the scenes look at how she's been preparing for the pageant. "I'm just ready to go. I'm ready to take off and just show everyone what I did to prepare myself," Wellentin said. Wellentin has been preparing for Miss USA since she was crowned Miss North Dakota in November. It's been a journey, she said.
FARGO — The school year is coming to an end and students in our region who rely on school lunch programs may be worried about what they will eat during the break. More than 33,000 kids in North Dakota rely on free and reduced meals. The Great Plains Food Bank needs volunteers to help it meet the demand. Starting on June 5, volunteers in Fargo will help distribute food at Village West Park five days a week for two hours. Free breakfast and lunch will be handed out to anyone under 18 years old.
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.