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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--This week’s Gem is a leader and a mentor to high school students and adults in several communities. However - a true example of how looks may be deceiving - as this idol is nothing more than a bunch of metal and wires. Class has been out for nearly 4 hours - but these kids are still busy in the shop at Northwood Public School.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--This week's Gem is taking us to new heights - literally. No matter where he is - you can catch him in the air. Phil Thompson knows a thing or two about flying high in the sky. It took Phil just 3 years to get a degree in aviation at the University of North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--The shelves at Northwood food pantry are filled thanks to some unlikely stockers. “It’s a big impact, big, big impact,” said Kay Case of Northwood Food Pantry. Meet high school freshmen Logan Sherva and Skylar Carroll. "I didn't even know anything about the food pantry before we did it,” said 9th Grader Logan Sherva.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Shedding some extra pounds...one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. Many ring in the new year with a bang, but one man is catching the attention of everyone else at the gym. “I was like, ‘That’s bizarre.’ I’ve never heard of anyone losing that amount of weight,” said Brian Sowatzski. Brain Sowatzski is hoping to shed a few more pounds.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Police hope civilians can help identify a suspect caught on tape. A surveillance image showed what went down inside the Little Caesars on Gateway Drive, just after 10 o’clock on Monday night. “It was pretty fast,” said Lt. Brett Johnson, of the Grand Forks Police Department. The two armed robbers did not want the Hot N Ready pizza dough—but the dough from the drawer. “I’m not sure what was said to them, but the presence of a handgun is a definite threat. Fortunately no one was injured,” said Johnson.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—A manhunt is underway along Gateway Drive in Grand Forks, after two men held up the Gateway Little Caesars. The incident occurred just after 10 o'clock on Monday night. Two men wearing masks held up the Little Caesars on Gateway. According to police, at least one of the men was armed with a gun.
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ)—It was a wedding to remember for an Argyle native and his new bride. As the couple plans to return home in Arizona, the focus is not on the bride or groom, but the couple's maid of honor...our gem of the week. Newlyweds Darrell and Gia Peterson shared one last family meal before heading back home to begin life as the new Mr. and Mrs. “It’s just wonderful to have a loving companion—someone that cares for you and you care for them. That’s all I can say,” said Darrell Peterson.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ)—One man’s dying wish is that his book collection will live on. The story of Jim Fisher has connected with the community—a veteran, and a retired city streets guy who donated nearly all of his two thousand books to the East Grand Forks Library. “It really tore at my heart every time I watched it—and I watched it many times, because I showed it to my classes,” said Librarian Mary Kay Tezel. Jim just wanted to make sure his life-long book collection lives on—he’s dying of lung cancer.
MINOT, ND (WDAZ)—As tensions mount between the US and North Korea, Vice President Pence says the US will keep the pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. The vice president made those comments, while speaking to airmen at the Minot Air Force Base. President Trump wants to make sure the country's nuclear deterrents are stronger than ever before—and the Minot Air Force Base will play a critical role in that mission. “Now more than ever, your commander and chief is depending on you to be ready,” said Pence.
BUXTON, ND (WDAZ)—Tonight’s gem is a murder mystery. While many communities want to put something so sinister aside - this town proudly displays the scars left behind. Buxton, North Dakota—your typical small town in America’s heartland—where trucks roar into the local elevator, trains whistle through town, and where there is a mystery hidden inside a business on the main drag. “Even today it’s talked about, even though a generation has passed,” said Bobbi Hepper Olson, of Hepper Olson Architects.