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GRAND FORKS—As shoppers head to stores to search for Christmas presents, police have a warning for anyone out during the busiest shopping times of the year. Hundreds of people are expected to come shopping in Grand Forks at places like Kittsona. It's a yearly tradition police say thieves are counting on and it's up to you to keep your gifts safe. "She just likes going to all the small shops so I'm just kind of following her around and carrying her stuff for her," said Aaron Rients, Shopper.
GRAND FORKS—America's National Christmas Tree made a pit stop in Grand Forks on Sunday. It's that over 60 foot tree that's set to be delivered to the capitol building in Washington D.C but Sunday morning the driver stopped in Grand Forks to give us a holiday treat. A whistle stop to mark a special arrival as the people's tree comes to town. "I think it's very rare I guess because Grand Forks is not as big as a town as like other places," said Faith Tayor, signed banner.
NORTH DAKOTA—The hearts and homes of families in Grand Forks are growing. Saturday marks National Adoption Day and dozens of children across North Dakota wait for a forever home. It's all celebration for families legally welcoming children into their hearts. "Oh she's a nice young gal. Just needs a break in life and she'll get it," said Nick Denault, Father. 16-year-old Jaiden Denault has lived with her dad for four years, but for the first time North Dakota's court system recognizes Nick as her father.
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) -- Tensions are rising and time is running out as administrators and staff at a local university are at odds over a variety of issues. Today employees at the University of Minnesota made it clear what they're fighting for. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase explains why they say they're not being treated fairly. University of Minnesota Crookston employees are here picketing over this list of issues.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- One person is behind bars after leading police on a high-speed chase. Another person died in a hospital and the person who died wasn't involved in the chase, police say the two people are connected, and the FBI is investigating. WDAZ'S Kenneth Chase has the bizarre story from Devils Lake.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- The king's castle has partially collapsed. The Burger King on Gateway Drive has signs posted saying the restaurant is closed for construction. It appears ceiling tiles and boards have fallen to the floor in the child's play area. It's uncertain how long the burger place will be closed for.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Hundreds of nurses are needed across the state and the shortage could get even worse. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us why there may be fewer nurses in our area. Here at the University of North Dakota the RAIN program aims to fill the nursing shortage with graduating students. But the director says “finding funding is becoming more difficult each day."
GRAFTON, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- The National Guard has officially moved out of the Armory in Grafton and now city leaders are hoping to find new tenants. The Grafton Armory has housed troops for 132 years, but instead will be home to local seniors and youth sports. City leaders are spending ten-thousand dollars to study potential uses for the space.
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) -- A statewide strike could be imminent as university leaders and employees square off. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase takes us to Crookston where students are sounding off. It's here at the University of Minnesota where nearly forty employees could soon go on strike. A lot of them work in dining services and as custodians. They say they want fair pay in order to take care of their families.
NORTH DAKOTA (WDAZ-TV) -- More Border Crossings. Keeping border crossings open are no longer just a problem for Minnesotans. A North Dakota fishing hub could soon feel the effects. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase explains why Customs and Border Protection says additional ports of entry could be in jeopardy.