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Published April 11, 2013, 10:42 PM

Fargo volunteer help gains national attention, not all of it positive

The volunteer help at Sandbag Central has been gaining national media attention since it began, but some of it isn't always positive. National TV and radio host Ed Schultz is attacking Fargo, claiming the city uses students for "slave labor."

By: Kay Cooley, WDAZ

The volunteer help at Sandbag Central has been gaining national media attention since it began, but some of it isn't always positive. National TV and radio host Ed Schultz is attacking Fargo, claiming the city uses students for "slave labor."

Shocking claims are slamming sandbagging students in Fargo.

Riley Wilhelm, Cheney 8th Grader: "To call someone a slave, that's really offensive."

This after media man Ed Schultz blasted these 8th graders' hard work, saying the students fill bags "so the wealthy people don't have to pay for a dike."

Wilhelm: "We're not slaves, we're volunteers just coming to help, giving our time to save our town."

Dennis Walaker, Fargo Mayor: "These kids were just so enthusiastic. They got fed really well, they had a good time, they had music, and so forth."

The students are not forced to fill sandbags, if they want, they can stay behind at school and do work.

Michael Shea, Cheney Assistant Principal: "All these kids want to come here, so they're volunteers."

Volunteers more than willing to do their part.

Wilhelm: "I just decided to help my city and see what I could do."

Schultz used to work in Fargo as a sportscaster, and still has a home in Detroit Lakes.

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