GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It's a life-saving sound, but during Wednesday's tornado warning, many didn't hear it. After conflicting messages from the city about whether two storm sirens worked, the director of the 911 center says technically they did go off, but were too quiet. One is on 5th Street near the police department, the other is near the Ralph Englestad Arena. She says this isn't the first time these sirens in particular have caused concern.
In this week's Animal Watch, proof that sometimes we need a little help from our friends. Kira is a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla who lives at the Philadelphia Zoo. She went into labor, but after 24 hours her baby still hadn't arrived. So Zoo veterinarians called human doctors for help. They performed an assisted delivery with forceps, a rare occurrence when delivering a gorilla baby. In the end, all is well and the baby is doing just fine.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Drivers are back on the Kennedy Bridge after crews closed it last night. The bridge was lifted, an old pier was moved out, and a new temporary pier was put in. The task was completed around 5 a.m. Wednesday. For this project, there's still a lot of work to be done, including putting the bridge on the permanent pier which is currently under construction. "There'll be another closure for that, and then we'll also have closures later on this summer for when we pour the bridge deck,” said Jesse Kadrmas of the North Dakota DOT.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Police have identified the man who died while building a house in East Grand Forks as 58-year-old Richard Bruce of Grand Forks. Investigators say Bruce was working in the rafters of the garage in a new home Monday on Troon Circle in East Grand Forks when he slipped and fell 10 feet onto the concrete floor, hitting his head. Police say he worked for Affinity Builders based in Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A tense afternoon across the region has numerous tornadoes touched down, our first severe weather outbreak of the year. Video was caught of a twister west of Buxton, one of the half dozen that touched down in Traill and Grand Forks counties. Others were reported in the Larimore and Arvilla area. There have been no reports of major damage. With the sirens blaring, many came out to check the sky to see if they needed to seek shelter.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A construction worker who slipped and fell onto a concrete floor has died. It happened Monday afternoon on the corner Troon Circle and St. Andrews Drive in East Grand Forks. Police say the 58-year-old man was working on the rafters in the garage when he fell 10 feet onto a concrete floor, hitting his head. He died Tuesday morning at Altru. His name has not yet been released, pending notification of family. Police say he worked for Affinity Builders based in Grand Forks.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A construction worker is fighting for his life tonight after an accident. It happened Monday afternoon on the corner of Troon Circle and St. Andrews Drive in East Grand Forks. Police say a worker fell from the rafters of the garage and landed on the concrete floor. He was transported to Altru with life-threatening injuries. The worker’s name has not been released, pending notification of family. It's unclear how the accident happened.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new brewery is already creating a large buzz in the community. Half Brothers Brewery is opening in the old Dakota Harvest Bakers shop downtown. Aside from the hand craft brews, beer drinkers can enjoy some local art and music. While renovations are underway, the owners plan to rip down the paper covering the windows and replace it with plywood for local artists to show off their talents. That artwork will be moved inside the brewery once it opens as the first pieces of decorations.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - One man is in the hospital, and his coworkers are shaken after an early morning on-the-job incident. Police say a technician at Big Jim's Tire in Grand Forks was struck and run over by a trailer he was working on Monday just after 7 a.m. Police are interviewing everyone involved in the incident, and believe this was a case of miscommunication.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - While it's not time to panic, experts say some farmers are concerned about a lack of rain this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says below normal temperatures combined with little to no rainfall are causing stress on crops across much of the state. Ag experts say while many small grain crops are doing okay, crops to the north of us are stressed the most.