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Several F-M agencies extinguish garage fire
Fire crews extinguished a garage fire at 1930 22nd Ave S in Moorhead early Tuesday, January 18.
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MOORHEAD— Fire crews from several metro agencies responded to extinguish a garage fire early Tuesday, January 18.

At approximately 3:45 a.m., firefighters from Moorhead were called to 1930 22nd Ave S. in Moorhead for a report of flames coming from a garage that was attached to a home.

The call was later upgraded to include firefighters from Fargo and Dilworth.

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Visible flames were knocked down in a matter of minutes, but crews do continue to work at the home.

All roads remained open and firefighters cleared the area shortly before 5:45 a.m. Thursday.

Fargo leaders to address police morale issues at Tuesday meeting

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Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski speaks to the Fargo City Commission Monday night, Feb. 8, regarding increases in drug overdose deaths. David Olson/The Forum

FARGO — Recent media reports outlining what appears to be a large out-migration of officers from the Fargo Police Department will be the focus of an informational meeting of city commissioners set for 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said Monday in a written statement that he called for and organized Tuesday's meeting to afford commissioners and members of the public the ability to hear directly from Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski and his executive staff on the current status of departmental operations.

Mahoney said it was important "to ensure these perspectives were heard and considered in ensuring a proper reflection upon the department’s body of work, staffing and current conditions."

Recent media reports addressing department morale include a report by WDAY's Kevin Wallevend that aired on Friday Jan. 14 and also appeared on inforum.com . Full story here.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum postpones State of the State speech due to illness

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Portrait of Governor Doug Burgum

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday, Jan. 17, his annual State of the State speech scheduled for later this week will be postponed due to illness.

Originally slated to take place Wednesday on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo, the address will soon be rescheduled, Burgum's office said in a news release.

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The governor has a case of laryngitis, and he doesn't want vocal issues to distract from the message of the speech, the release stated. Burgum tested negative for COVID-19 as recently as Monday afternoon. Full story here.

Fargo Public Schools seeks nominations for teacher, support staff, administrator of the year

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Fargo Public Schools students line up to board bus in September 2020. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

FARGO — Fargo Public Schools has begun the nomination process for its annual award series honoring staff members for serving students with excellence.

Awards open for nominations include: Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year and Support Staff of the Year.

"Recipients will be surprised with their honors in the spring of 2022," said district spokesman Adam Watts in a press release.

Nominations, instructions, forms and process details for each award will be received online only from Monday, Jan. 17 through Friday Jan. 28. Full story here.

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