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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- It's back to school in Grand Forks. Police are warning drivers to look out for kids as pick-ups and drop-offs cause delays on our roadways. Police say drivers should keep an eye out for children walking across the street. They ask drivers to limit distractions like phones and radios in order to better look out for little ones.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A local recycling business closes its doors after being open for over 20 years. It's a closure that has some concerned about where they can take their cans. Minnkota Recycling is now closed, leaving people in Grand Forks with one less place to drop of their recyclables. Some people are concerned they will have to go to Fargo to exchange cans for coins, but the city says that's not true. Collection center sites are available around town, with some companies coming to your doorstep, but you won't get any money back.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - If you've got some extra eclipse glasses and don't know what to do with them, a local man has a plan to help kids in need. Lieutenant Matthew Beatty of the Salvation Army is collecting eclipse glasses to send to Astronomers Without Borders. The nonprofit organization will take those glasses and give them to children in countries like Brazil and Indonesia for next year's eclipse. Astronomers Without Borders plans to protect their eyes and get them interested in solar science.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Police are urging you to contact them directly to report crimes, as websites circulate on social media that may not actually send reports to them. The Grand Forks Police Department says they do not receive information from RXtip.org. The website is affiliated with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, but, according to their website, that nonprofit does not have any active programs in North Dakota.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A proposed hog farm has the North Dakota Department of Health in hot water with some people who live in Devils Lake. People who live nearby say they're worried that that farm could contaminate the area around their homes. People in the Lake Region are fired up. Janelle Howard-Engstrom, concerned citizen: “If we have to smell pig manure and have a contaminated lake it's not good.” 2,700 hogs could soon be housed here, along with their waste.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It's blue versus red as emergency responders encourage you to donate blood in order to save lives. It's the Battle of the Badges where police and firefighters ask their family, friends and neighbors to donate blood on their behalf. The donations go to United Blood Services, an organization that helps people in need across the country. As many as 200 donors gave blood last year, and both teams are they're hoping to beat that this week.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Many of us are guilty of giving our kids an iPad to use as a distraction, but a local school is tapping into that technology like never before, and so can you. You can use touch screen technology to help your child learn more than just their ABCs. At Sacred Heart School, technology is opening doors for elementary school aged children, using iPads to change the way your child learns. Blaine, 2nd Grader: “It gets my brain thinking better."
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - As road maintenance projects build up, tax troubles have one county's commissioners searching for a solution. One way or another, taxes are going up. But the Polk County commissioners’ plan has some business owners saying it could hurt their bottom line. Bob's Lawn Care is Bob Prudhomme's backyard business. He's worried sales a tax increase will place an extra burden on him and his employees. Prudhomme: "It'd be in the thousands of dollars probably."
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - People across the nation gathered as the moon eclipsed the sun for the first time in decades. The skies were a bit cloudy, but that didn't stop throngs of people coming out to watch from the Grand Forks Public Library. Hundreds of people came to watch the eclipse and had their eyes on the sky for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Brandon Anderson: “You can see it through the glare!" That enthusiasm was contagious for people of all ages.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Sending kids back to school can place a tremendous burden on parents, especially those struggling to make ends meet. Thanks to your generosity, more than 600 kids in need will be sent to school this year with backpacks and the supplies they need to succeed. For the 13th year, the Salvation Army in Grand Forks collected and distributed the items. Pre-registered families came in to pick up the supplies Monday. Lt. Matthew Beatty says the back-to-school drive is about so much more than supplies, it's about stopping the cycle of poverty.