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MOORHEAD - Moorhead's Horizon Middle School was locked down for about 45 minutes Friday as police checked the building and neighborhood to be sure a man hadn't entered the school after allegedly trying to lure a child. The lockdown started about 11:15 a.m., when a girl in a physical education class reported to a teacher that she had been approached by a stranger passing by on foot, Moorhead Police Lt.
FARGO - It used to be an insult to tell someone to go jump in a lake. Now, it's apparently a challenge to have fun, often with a hook requiring a donation to charity. What has been dubbed the "cold water challenge," a YouTube and Facebook social media craze that has swept across much of the nation, has come to roost in the Red River Valley. Just ask Alicia Severson, whose 16-year-old daughter took part in a plunge without mom's permission.
FARGO - Jon Lindgren, one of Fargo's most outspoken residents and its second-longest serving mayor, is packing his bags and heading off to Iowa. Lindgren was mayor for 16 of his 46 years here. Over much of his time in office and out, he has been a lightning rod on divisive issues - abortion, gay rights and whether the city should keep its Ten Commandments monument outside City Hall. Friends - even those who at one time may have bumped heads with him - say that when it comes to matters of principle, Lindgren stands firm. "I've had an immense respect for Jon since I landed here," said John S
MOORHEAD - A measure urging Thrivent Financial to rescind restrictions on donations to groups based on their stances on issues such as abortion, sexual orientation or gun control, was passed - barely - by the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The vote took place at the synod's annual conference, held Friday and Saturday at Concordia College. But passage didn't come without confusion for many delegates, 51 of whom abstained.
By Helmut Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org FARGO - A large fire burned about two hours on the side of a hill at the Fargo landfill Saturday before landfill personnel smothered it with dirt and clay dumped by payloaders and bulldozers. The fire was reported about 4:46 p.m. by passersby, Assistant Fire Chief LeRoy Skarloken said. "It was going pretty good," Skarloken said. "It started at the bottom of the big garbage pile there and worked its way to the top." Two fire trucks were sent to the landfill at 4501 7th Ave.
FARGO - Plans to change attendance boundaries starting in August 2015 for the Fargo School District's elementary, middle and high schools will get some new alternatives in the next couple weeks. School Board members - prodded by pleas from Clara Barton-Hawthorne Elementary parents - on Tuesday asked district planners to work out how middle-school attendance numbers could change if either Clara Barton-Hawthorne or Jefferson Elementary students are moved as a group into the Ben Franklin Middle School attendance area. First-draft plans to change the school attendance boundaries had some student
FARGO - A first-draft plan of attendance boundary changes tied to the opening of Ed Clapp Elementary School in August 2015 will be reviewed Tuesday night by the Fargo School Board. The changes, which could be considered a first reading of the plan if approved by the board, affect the boundaries of several of the district's elementary schools as southside Ed Clapp takes in Bluemont Lakes and Prairiewood-area students who have gone to other southside schools. There are also changes being offered for the attendance boundaries of the middle and high schools, according to a memo from Superintende
FARGO - Don't expect to see as many offers of cookie dough, cheesecakes or pizzas from area schoolchildren this coming school year. Wellness has tangled with fundraising, and wellness is winning. In the Fargo School District, the School Board recently approved a change in fundraising rules to prohibit fundraising that doesn't match up with the district's wellness policy. School groups and PTAs are now asked to raise funds in ways that promote healthy eating and physical activity, Superintendent Jeff Schatz said. That may not mean buying broccoli bouquets to support the local PTA, but distr
FARGO - For the second consecutive year, two Fargo residents are being honored as North Dakota's representatives in the U.S.
FARGO - Denese Odegaard, the performing arts curriculum specialist for the Fargo School District, will take over as president of the National Association for Music Education in 2016-18. In the meantime, she will serve as NAME's president-elect through 2016. NAME has 100,000 members throughout the U.S. and in affiliates in Europe.