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The Mayor's Message

04/05/2021

The Mayor's Message - 04.05.2021

This week is National Public Health Week, a time when the work of public health is celebrated. Fargo Cass Public Health would like to say “thank you” to the public health community, at the local, state and national levels, for their ongoing efforts in responding to the pandemic. Whether it is testing, contact tracing or vaccinating, public health professionals continue to serve their communities and we are proud to be part of that effort.

April is National Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. Fargo Cass Public Health Family Planning Program offers STD counseling and testing for men and women and the fees for these services are based on income and household size and no one is ever denied testing due to inability to pay.

This is National Library Week and this year’s theme is “Welcome to the Library.” Libraries of all types participate and celebrate in this annual week-long event to emphasize the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of any building and everyone is welcome to use library services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to the changing world by expanding resources and continuing to meet the needs of patrons. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content and educational programs.

The “Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot, Visionary” exhibit will be on display at the downtown Main Library through April 28th and is free and open to the public during regular library hours. The national traveling exhibit was developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and is made possible by the Rockefeller Foundation. April’s Stay-at-Home Book Party event is April 15th on the Library’s Facebook page.

On Monday night, March 22, the Fargo Fire Department responded to a fire at the former Mid-America Steel building in Downtown Fargo. Following is a video that captured on-scene moments from the evening and showcases some of the tools and technology used by our Fire Department to successfully handle these scenarios. We are grateful to have such outstanding first responders keeping our community safe every day. According to Battalion Chief Jason Ness, even though this is a fire and it seems like a tremendous effort by the Fargo Fire Department, there are so many organizations involved, who all work very well together and provide great services to the City.