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CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A college baseball team is trying to hit a home run for a grieving family. Baseball brought them together, and is uniting them in the face of a terrible tragedy. Matt Nelson, sophomore outfielder: "It's kind of hard to think about that if I was that young and lost a child that early I don't know how I would recover from that."
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Fire season has started, and the Devils Lake Rural Fire Department is seeing many calls about grass fires. The volunteer firefighters are being called out about six times a week to fight fires in backyards and on farmland. There is not a burn ban in effect in Ramsey County, but due to higher temperatures and strong winds, conditions are ripe for causing large fires.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new homeless shelter for men, women, and children is set to open Friday in Devils Lake. For now, the Lake Region Community Shelter will be open each night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. - but their goal is to be open during the day as well. The shelter has already identified about 18 people in the area who need their services.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Officials at Grahams Island State Park broke ground on a new $1.3 million visitor’s center Wednesday afternoon. About 125,000 people visit the park each year and the facility is being built to accommodate the large influx. The 3,500-square-foot building will replace the old bait shop and move the park's team to the same location.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Some parents are up in arms about a school's notification process after a child was found at school with a toy gun. Many parents at Sweetwater Elementary were shocked to learn a child brought something that looks like a gun to school on Tuesday. Some parents want the administration to make a change.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new taxi ordinance has one cab owner saying it's invading her clients' privacy. It calls for taxi companies to keep records of clients who are picked up and dropped off. Some information companies are required to include are the address a client needs to be picked up from, the time of the call and date.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) – It was the first meeting of the Ramsey County Commission since a prisoner escaped from the Law Enforcement Center 11 days ago. Bill Mertens, commissioner: "It's causing problems in the community here. We need to get some things fixed out there you guys." A call to action for the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.
WEBSTER, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Almost $133 million in business will be lost in the Lake Region this year as a result of rising water levels. Richard Volk's farm in Ramsey County has been in his family for 95 years. Richard Volk, farmer: "I've seen the lake completely dry and I've seen it way up."
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Could there finally be relief for working families in the Lake Region? After a prolonged shortage, parents may soon have some childcare options. Childcare in the Lake Region costs enough to bring some parents to tears. Many parents pay around $800 a month for full time childcare.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Law enforcement in Grand Forks is calling out Ramsey County, as the search for two runaway inmates continues. People in the area initially heard about the jailbreaks not from authorities, but friends or family on social media. It was something you see in a movie - six inmates on the run after smashing their way out of jail.