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FARGO—Construction season in Fargo begins on Monday. The city will begin work on a mile-long stretch of 32nd Avenue between 42nd and 32nd Street near the I-29 interchange and Flying-J. The $19-million project will widen the road and create more efficient exits onto the interstate. It won't be complete until October.
MINNEAPOLIS—Sunday liquor sales may not be legal in Minnesota until July, but one store decided to start early, by nearly four months. Surdyk's Liquor in Northeast Minneapolis spread the word on social media saying they'd be selling booze from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. A number of people were in the store buying alcohol even though it's technically still banned until the first Sunday in July. Governor Dayton signed the bill last Tuesday. The store owner says he's just doing what the customers want.
ROCHESTER, Minn—One of the nation's leading hospitals in specialized and complex care is preparing for major growth. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester is planning a $217-million expansion. They expect to add three floors to an already 5-story building upgrade and move the cardiac surgery facilities and increase the size of the NICU and pediatrics ICU. Private patient rooms will also be expanded. The construction is expected to take five years.
METRO—Fargo-Moorhead leaders are joining forces to find a way to reduce the use of plastic grocery bags. Fargo commissioner John Strand suggested the ban last spring during his campaign, suggesting that people hand out free reusable bags as a public education campaign. Strand and Sara Watson Curry, a Moorhead City Council member, held a meeting on Friday with landfill officials. They say there are important environmental and fiscal reasons to reduce plastic bag use.
FARGO—Daylight savings also means losing an hour of sleep and doctors say timing is everything to adjust. According to The National Sleep Foundation, 40-percent of adults get less than seven hours of sleep a night. Between seven to nine hours are recommended. Less than that can result in depression, weight gain, and heart problems. The Director of the Sanford Sleep Center says when you go to bed is just as important as how many hours of sleep you get.
FLORIDA KEYS—A 330-pound giant green sea turtle was released back in the ocean off of the Florida Keys. Here's Jolly, who was found in February tangled in crab traps. She was rescued and then recovered at the Turtle Hospital in Florida where the team partially amputated one of her flippers. "Nesting season in Florida Keys starts in April. So she being a mature female can get out there, in time to date and hopefully lay some eggs," said Bette Zirkelbach, Turtle Hospital Manager.
MINNESOTA—Minnesota school snow days could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a newly introduce bill. E-learning days would count as actual days of instruction on the school calendar. Students would work from home and communicate with teachers online or on the phone. The plan would include accommodations for those without internet or digital device access. While some argue it causes more problems for younger students who can't stay home alone, lawmaker say e-learning days save school districts money.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Grafton woman was taken to the hospital after a car smashed into her car late Friday night. The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened on Highway 2 and 220 near Thief River Falls. 52-year-old Sanjuana Martinez of Grafton was heading east on Highway 2, when she tried to make a left turn and was hit. 36-year-old Kevin Fuglseth of Grand Forks was driving the car that hit her. Martinez was taken to the Grand Forks hospital, she's hurt but is expected to be ok.
Minneapolis, MN (WDAY News) - Hundreds of people were at the Minneapolis St. Paul airport protesting the president's immigration ban. This demonstration was one of many across the nation. Protesters carried signs reading "Muslims are welcome here" and "Speak up, don't normalize hate." A spokesperson for the airport says the protest has been peaceful and has not disrupted an travel.