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Fargo firefighters respond to gas station
Fargo firefighters respond to a report of smoke inside the Casey's General Store at 204 42nd St S in Fargo on Friday March 18, 2022.
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FARGO — Firefighters had to put out a fire inside a dryer in the Casey's General Store in the 200 block of 42nd Street South early Friday morning, March 18.

According to a battalion chief, crews were able to put it out quickly, but had to stay on scene to air out any smoke inside.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it's believed to be accidental, according to the battalion chief.


Walz bumps up proposed direct payments to $500 per Minnesotan, $1,000 for couples

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Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, announced his plan for spending part of the state's projected $7.75 billion budget surplus during a news conference at Minneapolis Community College.
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NEW HOPE, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday, March 17, rolled out a fuller version of his proposed plan for the state's $9.25 billion budget surplus, including $500 checks for Minnesotans.

After state budget experts last month announced that Minnesota continued to bring in more money in taxes and fees than previously expected, the DFL governor bumped up proposed direct payments to taxpayers.

Under his plan, Minnesotans who make up to $164,400 would be eligible for a $500 check; couples filing jointly could receive $1,000 if they earn $273,470 or less. About 2.7 million people in the state could benefit from the direct payments. Full story here.

Clay County seeks Earth Day logo designs


MOORHEAD — Clay County is seeking designs for its 2022 Earth Day T-shirts.

Designs must be original works created by the person or group and may not use more than two colors.

This year’s theme is, “It’s Time for a Revolution- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.

All designs will be considered, and a winning design will be chosen and become property of Clay County Solid Waste Department.

The winning design may be altered slightly as necessary for T-shirt printing. Full story here.


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