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FARGO, N.D.--There are lots of words to describe South High Senior Alec Penney. "He's a kind young man, he's outgoing, and he's a positive kid," said Vic Young, student council advisor. However, a new word has been added to his list: king. Penney was given the honor at Fargo South's homecoming coronation Monday night. Alec has down syndrome, but that doesn't define him. The way he brings joy and inspires his classmates is what defines King Alec Penney.
FARGO—Managers of a Fargo Cemetery are without several items after a weekend burglary. Holy Cross Cemetery is right next to the air national guard base, near Hector. Over the long weekend, someone ransacked the office here and took a couple of things. A white pickup truck and laptop were reportedly taken, but it's not clear when the burglary took place. It is suspected to have taken place between Friday night and early Tuesday morning. The area is patrolled by the nearby air base, but there are no reports of activity in that time.
FARGO—It's a crime police are saying couldn't be stopped. Fargo Police say more than 20 garages were broken into earlier this week, all in the dead of night. The apartment garages were broken into in the span of a few hours. Several power tools and other valuables were snagged, with no sign of who took them. Investigators say the burglar, or burglars, broke into protected keypads and rewired them to open the doors. They say whoever broke in, must have had a tool to help them get into the pads.
FARGO—100 years after opening, Fargo's Old Woodrow Wilson school is re-opening as something new. Owners of the building celebrated the reopening of the century old school as a remodeled, 34- apartment complex. Many of the old school's features are repurposed to remain faithful to the building's original architecture. The project began in March of 2016. Property managers say the best part of the re-opening is catching reactions from former students of the school.
MOORHEAD—A GoFundMe has been started to return the remains of Fanuel Asrat home. Asrat drowned in the Red River last month, and his remains were found July first. One of his friends started the page to help pay to bring him back to his native Ethiopia. Asrat was a student at MSUM for more than four years, and the fund will help pay funeral costs and student debt. The page has raised $13,000 dollars in just two days. Anyone who wants to donate can visit the page HERE.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn.—A community joined a Wilkin County teen's battle with cancer with the power of prayer and numbers on Monday, June 26. Carter Casey of Breckenridge has been fighting a rare muscle cancer since his freshman year of high school. He's fought the disease for nearly a year and a half now. When doctors said his health would rapidly decline, some of his classmates organized a night to show support.
BRECKENRIDGE -- A community is joining a Wilkin County teen's brave battle with cancer with the power of prayer and numbers. Carter Casey of Breckenridge has been fighting a rare muscle cancer since his freshman year of high school. He's fought the disease for nearly a year and a half now. When doctors said his health will rapidly decline, some of his classmates organized a night for everyone to show support. "This is what the church looks like on Christmas, it's so full," says friend Brooke Busse.
BORUP — Ethan Stensgard of Enderlin is behind bars Monday evening after being sentenced for killing a teen while driving drunk. Stensgard pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in March after initially blaming the victim for the crash. It was at the intersection of Highway 9 and 39 in Borup on October 16, 2016 where a decision to drive drunk took a boy's life. On Monday, Ethan Stensgard learned how that decision will change his. Memories of 16-year-old Carter Peterson are fresh in his friends' minds.
MOORHEAD — A local organization is helping new Americans find independence — two wheels at a time. Team Boaz is a project that gives donated bicycles to new Americans and others in need. The team accepts donated bikes between 6 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Salem Evangelical Free Church in Moorhead. Organizers recently gave away 200 bikes, and have given away over a 1,000 since Team Boaz was formed 10 years ago.
CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say they have killed a pair of gray wolves suspected of hunting livestock in Clay County. A Glyndon area rancher said the pair of wolves trapped this week took five of his calves. The USDA said the two wolves caught were male and female. Wolves once roamed the region's prairie. But today's agricultural landscape makes it difficult for them to thrive, said Nicole Lee of the Red River Zoo in Fargo, which has a wolf pack. So where did the pair come from?