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FARGO — Some Fargo business owners are returning to the "shark tank." You may remember in February 2016, Brian Brasch and Erik Hopperstad of PRx Performance convinced one of the Sharks on ABC's "Shark Tank" to invest in their home gym equipment. They invited their investor to Fargo, and he stopped by this February to check on PRx and to give viewers an update. PRx held a viewing party for their second time on the big stage.
MOORHEAD — Several members of Minnesota State University Moorhead's student senate walked out of a meeting Thursday after some members accused others of exhibiting racist and ignorant behavior. The senate's diversity chair, Lexi Byler, says other members of the student government have made hostile and prejudicial statements in the past few meetings. Byler says at a meeting several weeks ago, hostility caused several black students who were sitting in on the meeting to walk out.
FARGO — Sanford Health is celebrating the generosity of those who've given the gift of life. There are now hundreds of names on a newly built wall, many of which are stories of tragedy turned triumph and second chances at life. The Wall of Donor Heroes shares the stories of nearly 200 life-changing donors. One of those stories is that of Jeff and Jeremy. Jeff Ficek was given another chance to sharpen his golf game and enjoy all the things failing kidneys threatened to take away from him.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A Valley City church is preparing to get an award, after the house of God offered to become a temporary home to a second congregation. Epworth Methodist church in Valley City will accept the Community Spirit Award on Thursday after they let the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church to use its building after a fire. The two churches managed to share a building by coordinating schedules to use the building's space more efficiently. Epworth's pastor says his church was more than happy to share its space.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A simple zoning meeting in Valley City became contentious after a controversial property asked to be rezoned. Neighbors to the former Pizza Corner factory say that for years its round-the-clock work made living next to it a nightmare. The property's owner, meanwhile, says he was forced to sell the business on his land because the city "singled him out." Now a request for new zoning, a way to classify his property is opening some old wounds.
FARGO — Organizers for a petition to recall Fargo Commissioner Dave Piepkorn say they're confident they'll meet their goal of 4,000 signatures by early May. A petition to remove Piepkorn has been signed by a couple thousand people in the past few weeks, according to one organizer. Supporters of the petition say Piepkorn must be removed from office because of his negative views toward refugees in the Fargo community.
FARGO — Less than two hours remain for this year's tax season, but believe it or not, that's still enough time. At the downtown Fargo Post Office last minute filers are looking for a photo finish. The lobby is open just to take any eleventh hour forms right up to the midnight deadline, but this isn't the only hub of tax procrastinators Tuesday. Last minute madness makes for a busy day of answering questions for the tax pros. Millions toe the deadline before filing.
FARGO — What do you get when you add 800 pounds of salt to 200 gallons of steamy water? The state's first and only sensory deprivation or "float" tank. The idea is simple: You get in, you don't feel anything, you don't see anything, and you don't hear anything. It's supposed to be a one-way ticket to relaxation. "I kept falling asleep and didn't realize I had been in there for an hour and a half," said Dr. Tonya Loken, FM Integrative Health. Loken, the tank's owner, says it has health benefits as well.
FARGO—Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fargo says it desperately needs volunteers. The youth mentorship program currently has a waiting list of more than 50 boys, and is asking for help finding role models. It needs males more than anything. The program's directors says volunteers need to commit as little at an hour a week to help make a difference in a kid's life. Those involved say being a mentor can be just as rewarding as being a mentee.
FARGO — Medical procedures practiced on live animals at North Dakota State University are gaining attention of a national protest group. A nonprofit known as "The Physicians Committee" gathered at NDSU today to protest the school's Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training that includes inserting tubes and needles into live pigs' chests, killing them. The protesters argue it's unnecessary, saying 99 percent of ATLS programs it surveyed do not use animals. Some doctors argue the animal use is holding students back.