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Moorhead fire crews respond to a fire that started in the attic at 1930 22nd Ave. S late Wednesday night, Jan. 19.
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MOORHEAD — Firefighters returned to the same house in two days, as they battled an attic fire at 1930 22nd Ave. S just after 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19.

According to a Moorhead battalion chief, the homeowner noticed smoke in the insulation inside the attic.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a small fire in the attic, and were able to put it out quickly.

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It's possible the fire was sparked by a hot spot from the fire early Tuesday morning, Jan. 18, when a fire burned through the attached garage on the house, according to the battalion chief.

Fire crews could know more about the cause of both fires within the next week, the battalion chief said.

105 temporary health care workers set to deploy to Minnesota hospitals this week

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, spoke to reporters outside of Regions Hospital in St. Paul about the state's latest efforts to bolster health care staff in Minnesota.
Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service

ST. PAUL — More than 100 contract health care workers were set to deploy to hospitals around the state to relieve burned-out employees, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The push to get extra help out to health care facilities comes as the state sees a continued surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the omicron variant. Health care leaders said the illness sickened many doctors, nurses, custodians and others, limiting the number of patients they can treat. Full story here.

Hoeven, Klobuchar secure $437 million for diversion project, fulfilling federal funding for project

The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority provided this rendering of the inlet structure near Horace, N.D., looking downstream from the dam on the Red River.
The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority provided this rendering of the inlet structure near Horace, N.D., looking downstream from the dam on the Red River.

FARGO — Sens. John Hoeven and Amy Klobuchar announced they have secured $437 million in federal funds for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project, an amount that completes the government's $750 million contribution to the project.

"This $437 million fufills the entire federal funding commitment for the project, providing certainty that it will be built on or ahead of schedule and ensuring the Red River Valley is permanently protected against the threat of flooding," Hoeven said in a statement announcing the funding on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Full story here.

North Dakota Game and Fish sets spring turkey season with slight increase in licenses

A male wild turkey struts his stuff in this undated photo from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. (N.D. Game and Fish Department photo)
A male wild turkey struts his stuff in this undated photo from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Special to the Forum / N.D. Game and Fish Department photo

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 7,647 licenses for the 2022 spring wild turkey hunting season, 635 more than last year.

The spring turkey season opens April 9 and continues through May 15; the deadline to apply for a license is Wednesday, Feb. 16. Full story here.

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