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Fargo Fire Captain Ben Willey was awarded the Worthington Scholarship from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The scholarship is awarded to Fire Company Officers who exemplify continuous improvement and encourage others to grow and improve. As a Worthington Scholarship awardee, Captain Willey has received the designation of Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Captain Willey is now one of 507 credentialed Fire Officers in the United States and Canada.

Readers of all ages can earn prizes during the Library’s Winter Read-a-Thon program which starts January 6th and runs through March 1st with the theme “Read. Always;” and the Library’s weekly Winter Storytime Series for Toddlers and Preschoolers starts January 6th.

Public Works crews worked overnight and all day today in residential areas. Every available staff member and piece of equipment is on the road battling the more than 13 inches of snow from this weekend’s blizzard. These are extreme conditions so I am asking residents: Please be patient. Removing snow from neighborhood roads in far southern areas is proving challenging due to the weight and magnitude of the snow. Please know City crews are working as expeditiously as possible to open the roads for residents and visitors.

Fargo has been named Number One on ZipRecruiter’s list of the Top 10 Hottest Job Markets for 2020. The rankings are based on the growing number of job postings and average number of job openings per job seeker as well as the median wage, among other criteria. Other cities in the Midwest in the top 10 included: Sioux Falls at Number 3 and Bismarck at Number 9. Cities outside of the Midwest that made the Top 10 list included: Boston, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, Portland, Maine, San Francisco, California, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York City.

The City recently broke ground on the Mercantile Project, which is a public private partnership between the City, Kilbourne Group and Tom and Kari Smith, owners of the Great Northern Bicycle Company. The project will create more than 350 new parking spots in the Downtown neighborhood, 100 apartments, 9 owner-occupied condos, ground-floor retail, public restrooms and a Police substation. We are excited for what this partnership can do to strengthen our City.