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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Hundreds of nurses are needed across the state and the shortage could get even worse. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us why there may be fewer nurses in our area. Here at the University of North Dakota the RAIN program aims to fill the nursing shortage with graduating students. But the director says “finding funding is becoming more difficult each day."
GRAFTON, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- The National Guard has officially moved out of the Armory in Grafton and now city leaders are hoping to find new tenants. The Grafton Armory has housed troops for 132 years, but instead will be home to local seniors and youth sports. City leaders are spending ten-thousand dollars to study potential uses for the space.
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) -- A statewide strike could be imminent as university leaders and employees square off. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase takes us to Crookston where students are sounding off. It's here at the University of Minnesota where nearly forty employees could soon go on strike. A lot of them work in dining services and as custodians. They say they want fair pay in order to take care of their families.
NORTH DAKOTA (WDAZ-TV) -- More Border Crossings. Keeping border crossings open are no longer just a problem for Minnesotans. A North Dakota fishing hub could soon feel the effects. WDAZ's Kenneth Chase explains why Customs and Border Protection says additional ports of entry could be in jeopardy.
NORTH DAKOTA (WDAZ-TV) --Access denied. It might soon be even harder to cross the border in North Dakota. This after U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans to reduce hours at two ports in Minnesota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Kids in Grand Forks were treated to a spooky time at the Myra Museum, in the Half Pint Haunt. Smaller children could walk through the Grand Forks Historical Society Buildings in costume to get candy from witches nearby. Volunteers read to little goblins during spooky story time. Kids even navigated through a glow-in-the-dark maze in the basement of the museum in order to get candy. One little girl says she braved the maze by herself. "You can make people scared and just have fun. It's a lot of candy," said Olivia, participant.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—We haven't even made it to Halloween, but some are already feasting on a Thanksgiving meal. Hundreds of people in Crookston ate at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception for an early turkey dinner Sunday. They held a silent auction and kids enjoyed their Sunday playing games in the gym. The fundraiser has been held at the church for over 30 years, with proceeds going to the local school and the area's homeless shelter. For some, the traditional fall food was the main draw.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Halloween and Christmas mixed together in Grand Forks as people braved Saturday morning's chill at the Jingle Bell Run. Runners and walkers of all ages put on their best costumes, everything from Christmas elves to Vikings, in order to run for Arthritis Awareness. About 90 runners in Grand Forks have already raised over $15,000. A local high school girl said the disease kept her out of class for months, but Saturday she was happy to have the support of friends and family.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Disabled veterans are adding some new skills to their arsenal as part of a week-long workshop to help launch their businesses. One of the attendees, Trish Rupert, rehabs houses in need. "We're picking up blighted homes and helping homeowners that have come into some struggle and maybe can't keep up their homes anymore, relieve them of that burden," said Trish Rupert, Veteran. Her business,Trish Flips, fixes up homes and resells them.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—People in Grand Forks walked for a cause on Saturday. It was a benefit for Better Understanding Down Syndrome, a group dedicated to Down Syndrome Awareness in Grand Forks. The walk was a place for everyone to meet someone new. "This is Logan Keller and he's a friend that I met today. I'm just walking around and meeting new people and just guiding people," said Ashley Berger, Volunteer. It's also to support others who are going through the same thing.