GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--As more cars and people pack into Downtown Grand Forks. "I mean for a small city it's not bad but for a small city it's also bad,” said Grand Forks resident, Devon Abler. Getting around is almost impossible at night--all trying to fit within a few blocks downtown. Many of the cars picking up passengers through apps like Uber and Lyft.
GRAFTON, ND (WDAZ)--Dry conditions and fast-moving winds are sweeping across the region. It's a problem that's causing more fires than usual near one small town. High winds, low humidity and warm temperatures. It's a combination that's leaving grasses and plants like this parched across North Dakota and Minnesota---and it’s a formula for fire.
WARSAW, ND (WDAZ)--A special send off for a hometown hero, as a local family buries a Silver Star recipient. Dozens of family members -- "He was a quiet person, gentle. Nothing ever really got him too excited. He was mellow and just an all around nice kind of fella,” said Alan Votava, son of the Silver Star recipient, Emil Votava.
STEPHEN, MN (WDAZ)--One small town is honoring a high school with a student who has a spirit of service, and a heart of gold. “Would Carson Pagnac please come to the stage?” Award after award, Carson Pagnac is racking them up.
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ)--Two people die each day from drug overdoses in Minnesota, and a class in Crookston is hoping to help. Riverview Health in Crookston is hosting a class where the public can learn to administer Narcan...the drug that can stop the effects of opioids like Fentanyl. They say it could keep someone alive long enough for emergency responders to help.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--A Grand Forks mom and her three children are without a home, after a massive fire broke out while she was cooking dinner. It all started in a neighborhood off of North 51st Street, where a mom was cooking dinner for her kids when a fire broke out. "She was getting ready to deep fry some mushrooms I believe it was and then the oil caught on fire on top of the stove,” said Battalion Chief, Bruce Weymier.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--The hottest new restaurant in the Grand Cities opens to rave reviews. The Kindergarten Cafe took guests on Wednesday at Holy Family St. Mary's School. Children got the chance to work as cooks, servers and hosts in exchange for payment from their parents and other community members.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--A new grocery store and 80 apartments could soon open in Downtown Grand Forks. Hugo's could build a new location at the corner of Demers and North Fifth Street where Alerus bank currently sits. City leaders want to study the project to make sure it'll be financially viable.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ)--Rain or shine, crews are hauling away your garbage throughout Clean up week. “I’d rather have this than hot weather like yesterday. It was brutally sweaty and all that,” said Public Works Mower, Christian Johnson. While the rain won’t cancel the clean up, the extra water is adding some extra weight to some items.
LENGBY, MN (WDAZ)--A disaster during a field trip. A group of kids is recovering after their school bus rolled. A school bus filled with kids rolled into a median just off Highway 2 on Monday. "Our heart goes out to the families and to the kids,” said Bagley Superintendent, Steve Cairns.