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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Drones zoomed by the Alerus Center, as local high school students got the chance to learn more about unmanned aircraft systems. This was the scene at the UAS Summit this afternoon as a dozen high school students got their hands on the controls. The students met a professor at the University of North Dakota and UAS expert. It's all in an effort to get more young people from our area learning about careers in unmanned systems. They spent today trying to navigate the drones using just an iPad camera.
GRAND FORKS – (WDAZ-TV) -- A close call for a young boy on a bike who was hit by a car. It happened at the 600th block of 1st Avenue South in Grand Forks. Police say a vehicle driven by a female juvenile was traveling west, when she improperly turned left onto Cottonwood Street. That's when the car struck the boy, causing him to fall off his bike. He was not injured in the crash. Police say the crash serves as a reminder to be cautious of pedestrians and bicyclists on the roadway.
EAST GRAND FORKS -- (WDAZ-TV) -- Steam threshers, cowboys and broom craftsmen. Skills from over 100 years ago brought to life at Heritage Days. "It's all fascinating to me,” said Terence Adams, a visitor. “To be able to just walk through history and see how things were done back then." It's his first time here and he's already a fan. “Digging deeper into the roots to see how things was made back in the 1900s," Adams said. Hundreds of people came from all over the Red River Valley this weekend.
GRAND FORKS -- (WDAZ-TV) --Police say 29-year-old Nicole Peters of Grand Forks was seen weaving in and out of traffic in this Chevy Trailblazer just before 5:30 pm last night. Grand Forks Police say the SUV eventually struck a Toyota Sedan, sending the car over the curb and into a nearby parking lot. A young child was in that car with the 22-year-old driver and both were sent to Altru Hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Peters was arrested for aggravated reckless driving and driving under suspension.
GRAND FORKS – (WDAZ-TV) – People in Grand Forks are hoping to spread a spirit of solidarity after last weekend's deadly events in Charlottesville. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said Noel Lugo, an activist. “It's one of the things I heard first in my life that kind of made me aware of race and race relations.” It's on all of their minds, and so they're shouting about it in the streets instead.
GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) -- Some college students had to say their good-byes to their families today as they moved into the University of North Dakota's dorms. Hundreds of upper-classmen gave the students a warm welcome by volunteering to help students move in. Families drove all the way from Minneapolis and Bismarck to see their scholars off. It's the support of people like Mom and Dad some students say they'll miss.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A shock for passengers in Grand Forks, as their plane is forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff. A Delta flight took off and then had to make an emergency landing after a bird flew into the engine. An airport employee tells WDAZ it happened just before 6 p.m. Friday. The pilots made the call to reverse course and come back to Grand Forks. WDAZ reached out to airport authority manager Ryan Riesinger but have not heard back.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Local businesses are already feeling burned as a result of this morning's fire. One company says they could be out $50,000. MGI Grain Processing uses the tracks to move their barley shipments, but damage to the rail bridge could have the company waiting for a train that may never come. Rail cars are a rare sight here. The one that comes every couple months could now be delayed indefinitely.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - City leaders in Devils Lake are hoping changes to their police force will start at the top. It's at the city offices in Devils Lake where the city commission is interviewing candidates for police chief. The questions focused heavily on how the department can move forward after firing the top two cops. After the former captain and chief were fired, city leaders asked each of the 3 candidates if they think a lieutenant/captain position is a necessity.
WALHALLA, N.D.—It's a test of technique and endurance as motorcycle riders climb a steep hill in Walhalla. Bikers are revving their engines to zoom to the top of the Brick Mine Hill Climb. "Just letting those bikes work is kind of the big thing to get you up to the top," said Jay Sallstrom, Professional Racer. Hills are a rare site in eastern North Dakota. "Most of the time you're driving through North Dakota it's pretty flat," said Harold Waddell, Professional Racer.