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FARGO, N.D.—For the past 8 years Rene Omlid has been knee-deep in baskets. Straw and grass are just part of the business now - but they started off as tools to help Rene cope. In 2006, she lost her husband. To cope with the grief, Rene travelled to Ghana. There, she met a group of women in a small village who spent their free time weaving baskets, they were also widows.
FARGO N.D.—The Jeremiah Project will be starting a "Technology Fund" after getting a grant from Microsoft. The company presented a $10,000 check to the charity at Rasmussen College. The money will go towards computers for young Jeremiah mothers who are working while trying to complete their college educations. This is part of the project's new "Technology Empowerment Initiative Fund." WDAY spoke to the Jeremiah program director who says they're starting this fund because most of the people in the program don't have access to that necessary portable tech.
FARGO—If you're heading to the street fair this year, you'll notice a new layout. The street fair will be on Broadway, from 3rd to 7th Avenue North. It'll also branch out down 4th Avenue. Organizers say they changed the layout to allow more cars down Broadway and to give businesses a little space. Volunteers are already setting up yard signs and cleaning up flower beds. They are already closing off streets and bringing in vendors as of Tuesday night. Organizer Melissa Rademacher say it's a lot of work, but it should be worth it.
METRO—Some are questioning North Dakota license age requirements after the crash in Hankinson involved a 15-year old driver. We're working to find out if he was permitted or licensed. In North Dakota, the minimum age to get a permit is 14, for a restricted driver's license it's 15. That's one of the youngest age requirements in the nation. But just across the border, the drivers are older. And some are saying that age gap makes all the difference. Brock Carlson teaches driver's education in Minnesota, but lives in North Dakota.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—Paving will soon start on Sheyenne Street, after bad weather pushed construction back. Starting Tuesday, Sheyenne will be closed from Beaton Drive to 13th avenue. It was supposed to start last Friday, but was rescheduled because of the rain. You won't be able to get on the street tomorrow between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., so if you live on Sheyenne, you have to flag down a crew member. Officials say you will just have to tell them your address and they'll let you through.
The Behavior Health Council is calling for a new mental health plan with a letter to the Governor. In then next few weeks the council will be sending a letter asking the Governor for more strategic health planning. WDAY spoke to a council member who says the state is struggling with access to mental health experts. This is because the state is so rural, it can be hard for people to get to where they need to go. The council is hoping this letter will bring more attention to this issue, and put a plan in place.
WEST FARGO— A goat is back in its pen tonight after making a daring escape, then roaming for miles through West Fargo. It's been a ba-a-ad day for one goat. Over the last day and a half the West Fargo police department and the Central Livestock Association have been on the hunt for a missing goat. Now, over 36 hours later, the goat is finally back in the stockyard safe and sound. Officers are still baffled by the situation.
FARGO—It was an average day for Brandon Markle as he was driving down University back to a job site for Northstar Fence. That was when he saw a child running into traffic in the corner of his eye. The kid was a 4-year old boy by himself, making his way to Family Fare. Brandon says he knew immediately what he had to do. He pulled over and helped the kid out of the street and onto the sidewalk. This happened around noon Monday, a busy time of day in the area, which is already filled with construction.
FARGO, N.D. - The Red Cross is asking for your help as people recover from that twister. WDAY spoke Red Cross representative Gretchen Hjelmstad who says more than 170 people around Watford City have been displaced. The Red Cross has set up a shelter and is giving out aid to victims. The representative says this storm is just one of a dozen other disasters around the area that the Red Cross is currently dealing with. She says the Red Cross has been stretched thin over the past 2 weeks. Right now, what's needed is monetary donations.
Farmers are seeing a drop in prices now that the Chinese tariffs are in affect. WDAY spoke to ag lender, Lynn Paulson, from Bell Bank about the struggle farmers are starting to deal with. He said the prices have dropped by $2 in crops like soybeans. That doesn't seem like much - but it can add up to a $100 difference per acre. Farmers have already been seeing a slight decline in revenue in the last few years - and he says the tariffs are making everything worse.