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The new Amazon fulfillment center is set to open Sunday, Sept. 19, even if it's short staffed.
The new Amazon fulfillment center is set to open Sunday, Sept. 19, even if it's short staffed.Ben Morris / WDAY News

Headline story: FARGO — While the new Amazon fulfillment center is set to open next week, like many businesses throughout the region, they still have hundreds of openings for workers.

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Amazon's new fulfillment center looks to employ roughly 1,000 people from the Fargo-Moorhead area. However, the company says it hasn't yet met that goal.

The retail giant is still looking to fill more than 250 positions for its Fargo location, which is certainly no small task, as almost everywhere in the area, there are signs that say, "we're hiring."

"We're always hiring I think, because we're always growing," said Amazon director of recruiting Jenna Powers.

The company is currently offering starting pay at $15 per hour, and provides benefits such as college tuition reimbursement and 20 weeks of parental leave. Click here to read more.

Two hurt on motorcycle in crash with car on University Drive

Fargo Police officers block off part of University Dr. for an injury crash in the 4700 block on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Fargo Police officers block off part of University Dr. for an injury crash in the 4700 block on Wednesday, Sept. 15. News staff

FARGO-- Two people were hurt in a motorcycle crash involving a car along South University Drive on Wednesday, September 15.

According to North Dakota Highway Patrol, the crash happened shortly after 8 p.m. in the 4700 block, when an eastbound 1998 Ford Taurus struck a Harley Davidson driving south.

The 16 year old driver of the Taurus and her 12 year old passenger were not hurt.

The driver of the motorcycle and his passenger were both hurt and taken to the Sanford Medical Center. Full story here.

West Fargo man arrested following break-ins at south Fargo homes

Brandon Pederson, 29
Brandon Pederson, 29

FARGO — A 29-year-old West Fargo man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into two homes in south Fargo on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Brandon Pederson, 29, is facing charges of felony trespassing, police said. He also had unrelated warrants.

At about 7:15 p.m., officers were called to the 1500 block of 7th Avenue South for a report of a burglary at an abandoned house. As officers were responding, it was reported that the suspect had also broken into an occupied home in the nearby 700 block of 14th Street South, police said. Full story here.

West Fargo assistant police chief resigns amid internal investigation for potential policy violations

Jerry Boyer. Contributed / City of West Fargo
Jerry Boyer. Contributed / City of West Fargo
Assistant Police Chief Jerry Boyer resigned from the West Fargo Police Department Wednesday, Sept. 15, as the agency continues an internal investigation.

Boyer submitted his resignation Wednesday, and it will go into effect, Oct. 1, according to city of West Fargo spokesperson Melissa Richard. He will remain on paid administrative leave until the end of September. Full story here.

Minnesota launches proof-of-vaccination app

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Photo by PhotoMIX Company from Pexels

The state of Minnesota has partnered with software developer Docket Health to enable residents secure access to their immunization records via a free mobile app.

The app is called Docket, and is designed to enable quick proof of vaccination.

With many private businesses expected to begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry and use of services, an authentic, portable and accessible record of shots received is believed likely to become an in-demand resource. Full story here.

Pursuing 'better representation,' North Dakota tribes call for split House districts

Mike Faith, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, testifies before the North Dakota Redistricting Committee in Bismarck on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Screenshot via North Dakota Legislature
Mike Faith, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, testifies before the North Dakota Redistricting Committee in Bismarck on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Screenshot via North Dakota Legislature

Several tribal leaders have urged lawmakers charged with redrawing North Dakota's political map to subdivide state House districts around reservations, which they say would give American Indians a better chance to win seats in the Legislature.

The state redistricting committee met in Bismarck on Wednesday, Sept. 15, to solicit input from tribal representatives as the decennial process ramps up. The committee of 14 Republicans and two Democrats, none of them Native American, must create new districts that are roughly equal in population using fresh figures from the 2020 census. Full story here.

Ceremony marks reopening of Fargo's alternative high school under new name

Guy Fox greets Fargo Schools Superintendent Rupak Gandhi during reopening ceremonies of Dakota High School on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
Guy Fox greets Fargo Schools Superintendent Rupak Gandhi during reopening ceremonies of Dakota High School on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

A commemoration ceremony held Wednesday morning, Sept. 15, marked the reopening of the newly named Dakota High School in Fargo, formerly known as Woodrow Wilson High School.

The Fargo School Board voted unanimously in December to change the name of the school after it was decided Woodrow Wilson was no longer a suitable name based on the former president's views on race.

According to the district, the name change occurred after the district received "vast community input" on the former president’s positions and policies regarding equity and race. Full story here.

Fargo's 'Spirit of the Sandbagger' honors volunteers who battled floods

A ceremonial ribbon is cut for the "Spirit of the Sandbagger" arch Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at the northeast corner of First Avenue North and Second Street in Fargo. The monument was funded through donations.
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A ceremonial ribbon is cut for the "Spirit of the Sandbagger" arch Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at the northeast corner of First Avenue North and Second Street in Fargo. The monument was funded through donations. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The metal sculpture, "Spirit of the Sandbagger," adorns the top of an arch behind the floodwall in downtown Fargo and commemorates thousands of volunteers who fought numerous Red River floods.

More than 100,000 volunteers filled an estimated 3.5 million sandbags that stretched 10 miles as the city fortified its defenses against the record flood of 2009.

That monumental effort was made in 10 days and was crucial in enabling Fargo to hold back the Red River, which surged to a record crest of 40.84 feet. Full story here.

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