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MOORHEAD — "Her desk, here, still has some of the pictures that her and my daughter had colored together," said Ashley Miller as she pointed to several panda pictures on Tessa Holt's desk at Aggressive Towing.

After going through the police academy, the 21-year-old worked at the towing company as a dispatcher as she worked toward her dream job of becoming a police officer.

Ashley Miller also pointed out a note Tessa Holt left on Milller's desk calendar before going home for the weekend for Miller to read Monday morning.


It read: "Hi my friend," and "I love you." Full story here.

West Fargo Public Schools tap Logan Midthun as first district-wide AD

Logan Midthun
West Fargo Public Schools

WEST FARGO — More than three weeks after it voted to add a district-wide activities director position, West Fargo Public Schools has made a hire.

Logan Midthun will assume the new role Friday, the school district announced Wednesday morning. Midthun previously served as the dean of students and activities director at Horace High School, which opened in 2021.

The West Fargo School Board voted to add the position as part of a staffing request at a special meeting held June 6, citing continued growth in North Dakota's second-largest school district among other talking points. Full story here.

Hundreds of Minnesota National Guard members face expulsion over vaccine

Members of the Minnesota Army National Guard Bravo Company 2-136th Infantry Regiment supporting Operation Spartan Shield arrive at old terminal of Hector International Airport on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022.
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ST. PAUL — Hundreds of Minnesota National Guard members could be forced to leave the military for declining the COVID-19 vaccine after the Department of Defense’s Thursday, June 30, deadline to get the shot.

More than 95% of the Guard’s 13,000 members have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but holdouts remain, said Lt. Col. Kristen Augé, the Minnesota National Guard's State Public Affairs Officer. Of that group, nearly 2% requested a religious or medical exemption, while 3% have refused vaccination.

According to the percentages provided by military officials, it’s possible more than 600 members could face dismissal from the Minnesota National Guard, but leadership said it hopes to work with service members who have reservations about the vaccine. Full story here.

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