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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- A record number of 911 calls flooded dispatchers last year. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us how operators are working to save the lives of callers and the boys in blue. "Did you speak with an officer?" "There's just a greater need for either police, fire or ambulance," says Shannon LaHaise, 911 Center Supervisor. Calls to 911 in Grand Forks County -- "Last year we had over 87,000 calls for service. And that ranges anywhere from a parking ticket to a robbery in progress," says LaHaise.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- A controversy reignited. Some say a student newspaper post is fueling the fire to bring back the Fighting Sioux name. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us why the editor says it's not meant to be a commentary. A retired logo -- "Obviously a big hockey town and I know a lot of students really like it and it kind of ties a lot of us together," says Matthew Russell, UND Freshman. -- back in the spotlight. The Dakota Student Newspaper posted a headline saying a judge is bringing back the Sioux.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- A flood fight underground. Crews in Grand Forks are slicing through the ice --to prevent spring flooding. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase takes us dozens of feet beneath the surface. The dike system in Grand Forks travels from North to South protecting homes like the ones over there. But city crews tell me there's a fight that's underground that many people don't know about. "Each year this is what protects the city from flooding," says Jeremy Deitz, Stormwater lead worker.
LARIMORE, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Three years after a deadly bus accident in Larimore -- local families say they still can't move on. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us why they say the courts failed them. A dozen children riding a school bus were hit by a train in 2015. Forcing children like Carrie Brownell's son to seek medical help for years. So you guys haven't received any payments for any of the bills? "We haven't received anything," Carrie Brownell, parent.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Democrats from all over North Dakota are pouring into Grand Forks -- as the state convention is just hours away. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us if we'll likely see a blue wave in a deep red state. With two candidates duking it out for a senate seat --
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- As the number of inmates at the Grand Forks County Jail rises -- county leaders are seeking a solution for overcrowding. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us how much it could cost you. The Grand Forks County Jail -- "Taxpayers don't like to pay for jails," says Gary Malm, Grand Forks County Commissioner.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on March 8th, 2018. GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- A warning from police tonight -- after a man allegedly steals several guns from a farmstead.
POLK COUNTY (WDAZ-TV) -- As temperatures drop and heating bills climb, there's help for people struggling to make ends meet. But people aren't using it. "The winter always increases my heating bill," said Jon Slater, a Grand Forks resident. Cold weather means more out of pocket for many people. But help isn't something everyone knows about, or many people think they qualify for. "I mean at face value it sounds great” Slater said. “I haven't seen any of the statistics or anything."
GRAND FORKS -- Each day about a hundred meals are delivered to hungry seniors in Grand Forks, but federal funding for the program may be in jeopardy. Senator Heidi Heitkamp worked as a volunteer on a Meals on Wheels route Friday morning dropping off lunch to homes. The senator was in town to talk with the senior center's managers about community needs.
GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) -- He's not running for re-election but Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost needs your vote. He's up against 54 other candidates for America's Favorite Crossing Guard, a national contest put on by Safe Kids Worldwide. Despite having a commanding lead for most of the month, Rost is now trailing Frank from Ohio by 2,500 votes. The polls close at midnight. If Rost wins, Kelly Elementary gets $500. For a link to vote click here .