GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - There was some light reading in Wednesday's Grand Forks Herald. The Herald, along with other newspapers across Minnesota and North Dakota printed a blank front page containing only one sentence: "Imagine a day without local news." The publisher at the Grand Forks Herald said he decided to participate in the "whiteout" to stand in solidarity with other papers, especially those in smaller towns where papers are dying in part to social media.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Dozens of families packed into Lincoln Park Wednesday as Altru's NICU department hosted its second annual reunion picnic. Families brought their NICU grads together for cake and lemonade to visit with the doctors and nurses who treated their kids and celebrate how far they've come. It's a special day for moms like Jadie Schuh, whose premature twins spent more than a month in the NICU.
Animal activists are calling it the "Game of Thrones Effect," and it's not a good thing. The direwolves of Game of Thrones are part Siberian husky, part German shepherd, part CGI. Jodie Simard, Wagging Tails executive director. “A lot of people are adopting because they do see the popularity in Game of Thrones.” Sounds absurd, but it's for real. Tyrion Lannister himself just got involved... “Please, to all Game of Thrones' many wonderful fans, we understand due to the direwolves' huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies.”
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - If you're noticing fewer mosquitoes in the area this year, you're right. And that's good for the budget. Todd Hanson with Grand Forks Mosquito Control says last year they conducted 22 area-wide mosquito sprays, this year they've only had five. That's because of the lack of rain, and that's good for the budget. Hanson says it's especially good news because last year's sprays cost nearly a hundred thousand more dollars than were budgeted, forcing them to go into reserve funds. Hanson warns us not to lower our guard.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - If you're a fan of Applebee's, we've got some good news for you - the Grand Forks and Devils Lake locations are safe. Last week the restaurant's parent company announced they could close up to 135 locations. A spokesperson for the company that owns the Devils Lake and Grand Forks franchises says their restaurants are performing well and here to stay. The corporate franchisee for Minnesota Applebee's says all their locations are staying open, too. The company did close a West Fargo Applebee’s earlier this year.
BISMARCK, ND (WDAZ-TV) - North Dakota will get federal assistance to help pay for the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The Department of Justice announced today it would give the state $10 million dollars. The state applied for $14 million. Officials say the protests late last year and early this year cost nearly $40 million. The owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline will have to pay $15,000 to the state over a Native American artifact controversy.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Another walkaway from custody in the Lake Region. Jagan Scott, 20, was set to return to the re-entry center Monday just after 5 p.m. He was written out as absconded a little after 7. He's only been in the center for 2 weeks, serving time for a probation violation. Police are asking that you call them if you see him. There have been at least 5 walkaways from the re-entry center this year alone.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - There's a new online tool for drivers to renew their license and avoid waiting at the DMV. If you're between 21 and 65 and have no changes to your name and address, you can renew online every other renewal cycle, meaning you can keep your current license for 12 years. Click here for the link to the new online renewal site .
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - You can enjoy some free ice cream while getting a look into the inner workings of the city. East Grand Forks City Hall and the East Grand Forks Police Department are hosting a showcase Tuesday evening in the city hall parking lot. Residents are encouraged to come out and get to know members of their local government and police and fire departments. Squad cars will be on display, as well as booths and city leaders available to answer questions. The showcase runs Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the city hall parking lot.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Some bikers want to make sure police have the tools they need to help find those who are vulnerable and in danger. Iron Pigs Motorcycle Club donated $1,000 to the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department to purchase Project Lifesavers. The equipment helps law enforcement track down registered people, usually with Alzheimer’s or autism who have a history of wandering. East Grand Forks PD has run the program for 3 years, but did not have the manpower for this side of the river on a consistent basis.