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FARGO — What began as the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal has ballooned into what many are calling a full-fledged movement involving hundreds of allegations against various public figures, ranging from Hollywood to the Minnesota Senate. These sexual harassment allegations, paired with the "Me Too" social media campaign, are sparking conversation to rethink workplace status quo. It's enough to keep HR departments and employment law attorneys workloads full.
NORTH DAKOTA—After nearly a year in combat about 60 soldiers in the North Dakota Army National Guard are being welcomed back from Afghanistan. Members of the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are returning to their home base in Bismarck Wednesday and Thursday. Loved ones of Sergeant First Class Matthew Nelson waited anxiously for his flight to land including his 18-month old son, Nolan, who hadn't seen his dad in person for nearly a year. Nelson says it's a day that couldn't come soon enough.
DILWORTH, Minn.—The City of Dilworth is now seeking the public's opinion to help guide its growth after experiencing steady business development. Online Tuesday morning, the city rolled out this survey for residents to take. It's looking for feedback on a long-range growth plan. This past year, businesses received a boost with BNSF, Serenity Assisted Living Expansions, and most recently, the opening of the Aldi grocery store. City officials say the recent growth is a great sign for the entire Metro's economy.
FARGO—A significant court document in the case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a pregnant Fargo woman who was abducted and murdered this August, is now in the court's hands. Monday, the results of that mental health evaluation came back to this courthouse.
FARGO — A local musician is helping honor Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind by writing a song in her memory. T-Roy Anderson is known for his guitar playing, harmonica whistling and singing in the Red River Valley. "I do have a lot of songs, I've written over a hundred, but this one to me is really special," Anderson said. This October, he says the lyrics to 'Angel of Hope' came to him, inspiring a piece about Savanna; a pregnant Fargo woman who was abducted and murdered this August.
FARGO—A local man remembered for nearly losing his life is adding his voice to the fight to keep Fargo EVAC open. It's a day most folks in Fargo will never forget. Shawn O'Donnell was volunteering for Fargo EVAC, directing traffic during the 2009 flooding. "From what witnesses were saying, I was screaming, waving both of my hands, and then I heard the impact, and then it was lights out," said O'Donnell. The car crashed into Shawn, throwing him 60 feet through the air, breaking his neck, C2 vertebrae, both ankles, wrist, and worse, a traumatic brain injury.
FARGO—A new Fargo church is making a name for itself by being welcomed into a national denomination. People's United Church of Christ was created this June. Sunday, they were honored in an official ceremony to welcome them into the nationwide Protestant, denomination 'United Church of Christ.' The new church was founded on a strong social justice platform, welcoming any and all to come and worship.
LIDGERWOOD—A North Dakota family is making it their mission to fix what they call a broken mental health care system. The Michael Skroch that the public knows, is a completely different person than his family knows. "The Mike that we know is someone that is incredibly gentle, incredibly kind, loving, giving," said Alicia Wisnewski, Michael's Sister. These headlines haunt the Skroch's, their son and brother battling paranoid schizophrenia, an invisible illness with visible repercussions.
CLAY COUNTY—The Clay County Sheriff's Office's beards are doing more than keeping their own faces warm this winter. Lt. Empting came up with the idea to raise money for Clay County schools through the no-shave event. All proceeds are going to buy warm, winter coats for kids. The officers who normally are not allowed to have beards are paying up to $100 to grow them out for the month. Women can participate by buying a blue streak for their hair.
NAYTAHWAUSH—Family members and loved ones are grieving the loss of a 33-year-old Naytahwaush dad who went to go find help after he and his father-in-law became stranded in the woods.