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DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It took permits, purchasing land, and moving the city limits of Devils Lake, but the new Travel Plaza is now open. After more than five years of planning, customers say they are pleased with the new 10,000 square foot Travel Plaza in Devils Lake. Dennis Kitsch, Devils Lake resident: "It's kind of nice you know. It's very impressive. The gas pumps work good."
ST. MICHAEL, ND (WDAZ-TV) - New details tonight about a grisly murder case that the police never notified the public about. Many people in Benson County say they are shocked to learn a grisly murder happened here last weekend. Locals refused to talk on camera about the murder out of fear for their lives.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Nearly 3/4 of students who graduate with a bachelor's degree will be in debt - that's double the amount of graduates 20 years ago. Many students are turning to vocational schools to get their careers started to save money. Christa Brodinha, LACTC director: "People aren't looking at spending thousands and thousands of dollars when they can go out in the field and start making that money right away."
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - For a third straight day, fans and players are still partying across Grand Forks. Thousands gathered Monday at Ralph Engelstad Arena to celebrate the team's first national championship in 16 years. Roughly 5,000 fans stood in line to get a great seat at the Fighting Hawks Celebration.
NEW ROCKFORD, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The sheriff of North Dakota's smallest county is trying to protect his area from drug abuse. In an effort to stop traffickers he's out on the streets enforcing more traffic stops, but the increased enforcement has community members ditching drugs any way they can think of.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - An average of 3,000 people a year are diagnosed with diabetes in North Dakota each year. Almost 16% of Native Americans nationwide have diabetes. With some help, people on the Spirit Lake Reservation are fighting back. Liz Bonney, Lake Region District Health: "We've got to lead these people to the right resources so they can live a healthier lifestyle and get the assistance that they need."
RUGBY, ND (WDAZ-TV) - As warmer weather comes, it brings a slew of bugs along with it. Tick season usually starts in the end of April, but because of warmer weather some veterinarians have already started to see them on their patients. Ticks carry a variety of diseases that can be harmful to pets and sometimes humans, most prominently Lyme Disease.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Eighth graders from Central Middle School in Devils Lake got to experience life in a Teen Maze. The students were given hypothetical choices and then had to follow the consequences of those decision through a maze. Some scenarios included drinking, smoking, or eating poorly. But they were also given solutions through resources, nutritionists, and counselors.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - After a slew of problems ranging from a budget crisis to inmate escape, national leaders are heading to Devils Lake to evaluate the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center. Tom Rime, Lake Region Law Enforcement Center director: "They'll send three inspectors who will go through our jail with a fine tooth comb and look at any deficiencies we might have."
NEW ROCKFORD, ND (WDAZ-TV) - One New Rockford couple celebrates their 70th anniversary this month. Francis O'Connor married his wife 70 years ago in 1946. He met Dorothy when they were students at New Rockford High School. Francis O'Connor: "I sat in the desk behind her and we got along real good and I saw her every day you know. And I figured she was the one for me."