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MOORHEAD—A broken car, mounting bills, and now, no home. It's enough to make even the most optimistic of us ask: "Why me?" Jamie Weiss's home in South Moorhead is all decked out for Christmas, but she says a fire forcing her family out of their home won't ruin their holiday. Life hasn't always been fair for Jamie Weiss of Moorhead, the mother of three doesn't expect it to be. "We could sit there and poor me. At least we're together," said Weiss.
FARGO—It was a step into the past for a packed crowd at The Stage Friday night in Fargo. The Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre is putting on "The 1940's Radio Hour." The production explores what life was like for radio stars back in the day. One part nostalgia, one part humor, and of course plenty of music. Organizers say people in the audience just might learn a thing or two as well.
FARGO—It's a holiday showdown in downtown Fargo as many local businesses compete in the "Window WInter Wonderland" A dozen stores showed off holiday looks ranging from classic to wacky. Others went for a throwback look to give Broadway a nostalgic feel. Each one is looking for your vote for best in show, and the bragging rights that come with it. You can vote for your favorite window by posting a picture of it on Facebook with the hashtag, "Window Winter Wonderland."
Minn.—Franken's decision to resign has created an interesting and unprecedented situation. What was already a packed election for 2018 could see a special election to replace Franken. Meaning the seats for both senators, all eight U.S representatives, and the Governor would be up for grabs at the same time. Something we've never seen before. "I am announcing that, in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate," said Senator Al Franken.
FARGO—After eight years as Superintendent of West Fargo Public School District, Dr. David Flowers is retiring. Flowers has worked in education for the past 45-years. His last day is June 30th, pending approval by the school board. He says it's "simply time" for him to call it a career and there are no other motives to his decision. Flower's exit will leave openings at three of the five largest school districts in North Dakota and three in the metro. Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Grand Forks will all be under new leadership come next school year.
FARGO—Dozens have pledged to protest outside of state Representative Kevin Cramer's office in Fargo. This comes as an FCC vote to repeal Obama-era Internet Neutrality, rules possibly comes next week. The protest hasn't kicked off yet, but according to its Facebook page, there should be dozens of people in place within between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. The issue at hand is Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality refers to rules placed in 2015 barring internet providers from speeding up or slowing down traffic to certain websites.
NORTH DAKOTA—North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says the recently approved Tax Plan is bad news for North Dakotans. The Tax Plan narrowly passed through the senate with a 51-49 vote. It features a large corporate tax cut, which could keep some American companies from moving offshore to avoid taxes. Some argue it would also lead to increased wages, Heitkamp isn't a fan though. After voting not to approve it, she says it would add one and a half trillion dollars to the national deficit.
FARGO—It's volatile, ever-changing, you can't touch it, and if you bought it five years ago, it's worth 800 times as much today. The best way to explain what Bitcoin is, may be to tell you what it isn't. "A lot of people wonder if cryptocurrency is a bubble," said Aaron Feickert, Cryptocurrency enthusiast. It's not Government regulated, it's not backed by anything physical, and it's not just another form of money. "Can I buy a cup of coffee in the morning right now with Bitcoin? Not right now," Feickert.
FARGO—As the nation recognizes World AIDS Day, the North Dakota Department of Health is asking people to get tested for HIV. In the last five years, there has been a 200 percent increase in HIV diagnoses. A seventh of those infected don't even know. Twenty-one places across the state offer quick, free and accurate testing for HIV. "There's man individual out there who are HIV positive but have never been tested, so there's many out there," said Dr. Larry Annenson, Fargo Cass Public Health.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo's swimming and diving future is here as the school district unveiled the brand new Hulbert Aquatic Center. The $20,000,000 aquatic center officially opened its doors this evening. It features the pool used in the 2016 Olympic trials, which was bought for a million dollars and moved to West Fargo. It also sports a pair for one meter diving boards and a pair of three meter boards. The center can hold more than a thousand fans and up to 600 athletes.