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FORT TOTTEN, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new place for little ones in need is set to open this fall, but managers are still figuring out how they're going to pay for it. Over 180 children will soon be able to learn at the site of the new Head Start facility on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Tribe members say it's a much need improvement over the buildings they're using today. Teacher and Mom Bethany Narveson is prepping her room for the last time. Narveson: "We're all spread out. Our classrooms are all spread out. And it's hard."
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A small town is giving its law enforcement officers a life-saving medication, as fentanyl abuse spreads across the country. Officers in Devils Lake say they've recently come into contact with fentanyl in town and in rural areas nearby. The Lake Region District Health Unit recently received a grant allowing them to buy Narcan supplies for both police and sheriff's deputies. This in hopes that they never have to use it to reverse an accidental overdose or if officers come in contact with it.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Teachers became the students at a camp designed to get them in touch with new technology, all in an effort to help children learn. Over 100 teachers from Grand Forks Public Schools spent the day in different technology workshops designed to help them connect better with students and curriculum. One class is inspired by Snapchat where teachers learned how to make what they call "book snaps" where text is matched with bitmojis or graphics.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - People had to leave their offices for safety this morning after a gas leak causes evacuations. Contractors working near the Sanford Education Center in Grand Forks struck a 2” gas line Thursday shortly before 8 a.m. Witnesses say they smelled gas around the facility. About two dozen people working at the time were forced to evacuate to a parking lot while fire crews stopped the leak. Employees were allowed back into the building around 9 a.m.
REYNOLDS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Farmers will soon start pulling beet roots out of the ground with the start of an early harvest season. It’s all quiet near Reynolds right now. But come next week, beet piling begins. Scott Krogstad, farmer: "I think it's going to be tough to beat last year for that simple reason: the rain amounts.” Water is a key ingredient in a recipe for success. Krogstad: "You need consistent rains to keep the crop moving. And keep the crop progressing. Sugar beets need a lot of water in particular."
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Fines for tossing trash in places it doesn't belong have increased by 300 percent. And it's not just while you're driving. Many people might think our highways are littered with small things like a beer can, but highway patrol says they're finding even larger things like full trash bags. And soon, you could be paying hundreds more if you get caught littering on our highways. Jewel Boit: "The trash is just a whole bag of garbage. It's just horrible. It's nasty to pick up and smells."
BEMIDJI – (WDAZ-TV) -- Drug dealers on the Red Lake Reservation will now need a new place to setup shop and neighboring communities fear that will put them on their streets. "I'm nervous and anxious about and a little afraid of maybe the violence,” said Rich Ray a Bemidji resident. People in Bemidji concerned for their hometown after the nearby Red Lake Reservation voted to banish members from the reservation who are caught selling drugs, regardless if they are convicted, to deal with what they call a state of emergency.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Many students and parents may be feeling anxiety about going back to school, but you can help your kids beat the back to school blues. It's a time of year when parents are getting ready to send their little ones into the world, from pre-school to college. But it's not always an easy experience for children or parents. Sara Eck's three daughters will soon head off to school in Grand Forks, one for the first time.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The concerned mother of a child with special needs is speaking out, saying her daughter isn't getting the care she needs as an organization dedicated to helping people living with disabilities finds itself in the middle of an employee contract dispute. People with special needs had been able to come here to the Falls Diverse Abilities Corporation in Thief River Falls to learn daily living skills, get vocational training or even job coaching. But some say those who need the help are being turned away as the executives and staff argue over pay.
PEMBINA, NORTH DAKOTA (WDAZ-TV) -- It's a budding business but it could be growing too fast. Interest increasing. Even more farmers want to participate in North Dakota's industrial Hemp pilot program. But the Department of Agriculture is concerned supply could outpace demand.