Morning headlines: Local cops seized enough fentanyl last year to kill almost all of West Fargo

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Fargo and Moorhead Police chiefs say the amount of fentanyl coming to the area has increased exponentially. "Rainbow fentanyl", shown in this U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration photo, has been marketed to younger residents and has made its way to the area.
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FARGO — Law enforcement officers in the Fargo area seized roughly 38,000 fentanyl pills in 2022, enough to kill almost every West Fargo resident, according to Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski.

It's a drastic jump from the 1,120 fentanyl pills Fargo police confiscated in 2021. The escalation has mimicked a growing trend in the U.S. that has law enforcement and health leaders concerned. Full story here.

How many homeless people live in the Fargo area? Volunteers rise early to count.

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Social workers Shelby Moch, left, and Echo Altoff drive to a job agency in Fargo on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, as part of a nationwide effort to count homeless people.
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FARGO — In the frigid predawn hours of a recent morning, three local social workers joined thousands of volunteers across the nation in annual count of homeless people.


Tasked with searching job centers in the Fargo area, social workers Emily Meester, Echo Altoff and Shelby Moch, also checked dumpsters, entryways to buildings, parked cars, and they kept alert for those walking down sidewalks and others laden with backpacks at bus stops. Full story here.

John Wheeler: The first spring flood outlook is not too concerning

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FARGO — The first spring flood outlook was released by the National Weather Service this past Thursday and it shows only relatively minor concern about spring flooding at this juncture. Although snowfall and snow water content were above average in November and December, the weather in January has been quite dry. The U.S. Drought Monitor has most of the Dakotas and Minnesota in a state ranging from "abnormally dry" to "moderate drought," due to two consecutive summers with generally less than average rainfall. Full story here.

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