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NORTH DAKOTA (WDAZ-TV) --Access denied. It might soon be even harder to cross the border in North Dakota. This after U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans to reduce hours at two ports in Minnesota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Kids in Grand Forks were treated to a spooky time at the Myra Museum, in the Half Pint Haunt. Smaller children could walk through the Grand Forks Historical Society Buildings in costume to get candy from witches nearby. Volunteers read to little goblins during spooky story time. Kids even navigated through a glow-in-the-dark maze in the basement of the museum in order to get candy. One little girl says she braved the maze by herself. "You can make people scared and just have fun. It's a lot of candy," said Olivia, participant.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—We haven't even made it to Halloween, but some are already feasting on a Thanksgiving meal. Hundreds of people in Crookston ate at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception for an early turkey dinner Sunday. They held a silent auction and kids enjoyed their Sunday playing games in the gym. The fundraiser has been held at the church for over 30 years, with proceeds going to the local school and the area's homeless shelter. For some, the traditional fall food was the main draw.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Halloween and Christmas mixed together in Grand Forks as people braved Saturday morning's chill at the Jingle Bell Run. Runners and walkers of all ages put on their best costumes, everything from Christmas elves to Vikings, in order to run for Arthritis Awareness. About 90 runners in Grand Forks have already raised over $15,000. A local high school girl said the disease kept her out of class for months, but Saturday she was happy to have the support of friends and family.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Disabled veterans are adding some new skills to their arsenal as part of a week-long workshop to help launch their businesses. One of the attendees, Trish Rupert, rehabs houses in need. "We're picking up blighted homes and helping homeowners that have come into some struggle and maybe can't keep up their homes anymore, relieve them of that burden," said Trish Rupert, Veteran. Her business,Trish Flips, fixes up homes and resells them.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—People in Grand Forks walked for a cause on Saturday. It was a benefit for Better Understanding Down Syndrome, a group dedicated to Down Syndrome Awareness in Grand Forks. The walk was a place for everyone to meet someone new. "This is Logan Keller and he's a friend that I met today. I'm just walking around and meeting new people and just guiding people," said Ashley Berger, Volunteer. It's also to support others who are going through the same thing.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A local farm is honoring hometown heroes like military and emergency responders all weekend long. Valley Corn Maze in East Grand Forks is allowing emergency responders, along with doctors, nurses and military service members in for free. The five acre corn maze takes about a half an hour to wander through and the hay bale slide is a big hit with little ones. It's a weekend dedicated to giving back to the people who keep us safe.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—It was a fun day for some pet owners as they had their four-legged friends to sniff their way through a corn maze in East Grand Forks. Valley Corn Maze opened up for Canines in the Corn, where dogs were allowed into the fall festivities. The Corn Maze was so popular this weekend, over 900 people showed up to run through the corn field. One dog owner, Tyus Carter, said, "Yeah he led us pretty well. Got us in some dead ends. Wasn't the greatest navigator but we weren't much help either."
PEMBINA COUNTY, N.D.—A climate activist is facing up to 21 years in jail for turning an emergency shut off valve on a major Pipeline in North Dakota. The convicted man, Michael Foster, awaits sentencing for what he says was effort to bring awareness to global warming. Michael Foster committed two felonies last fall. "For a few minutes anyway, 15% of the nation's oil supply stopped moving. So a couple of million barrels of oil stopped going to market," said Foster, environmentalist. Foster, along with four others are the so-called Valve Turners.
GRAND FORKS—It's a modification designed to help hunters, but after the tragedy in Las Vegas has brought it to the forefront of a nationwide debate. We're talking about silencers, devices used with rifles. "The fun meter is pegged, and it has been ever since I started shooting," said Coby Dalgliesh, Forks Rifle Club. Dagliesh shoots at targets 600 yards away. "Breathe and trigger control and site picture," said Dalgliesh, "the mechanics of making a shot on an animal is the same as making one that in the x ring down there."