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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."
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- You may think this group of kids are too young to learn about drugs, but experts say they're not. Parents of third graders in the Lake Region will soon have some extra homework to do with their children. "Too Good For Drugs" is a drug education program schools in Devils Lake started as a pilot program last year.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Lake levels in Devils Lake could be falling, as dry weather is expected to continue in the fall. The National Weather Service is predicting the lake level will drop to nearly 1,400 feet by the time the lake freezes over for the winter, nearly a foot a half lower than it is today.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- As you prepare for Labor Day holiday road trips, police are preparing for drunk drivers. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase is in Grand Forks and tells us the unexpected time officers say they're picking up people under the influence. Police are expecting drivers to be out on roads like South Washington this weekend.
FORDVILLE, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Police say a treasurer for an ambulance board cooked the books in order to embezzle money. Court documents say forty-five-year-old Jennifer Gemmill was the appointed secretary and treasurer for the Fordville Ambulance Service. Authorities say she wrote several checks between January of 2012 until June of this year--paid to the order of cash.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Another chapter in the seemingly never-ending story of a local jail plagued with escapes, failures to return and aging facilities. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us why inmate population at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center is half of what it was in previous months. Since an escape from the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center earlier this summer, inmates counts have hovered around seventy-five.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- More than two hundred thousand barrels of oil pass through our region every day. But what would emergency crews do if there was a spill? Today, firefighters from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks tested their skills. Crews rode on the Red River to release a large tube of plastic meant to contain a spill.