GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Today a UND professor received a 90th birthday bash. Dr. Arne Brekke is a former Norwegian professor, and grew a collection of more 17-hundred Norwegian genealogy books at the Chester Fritz library. The party was supposed to be a surprise but was spoiled by well-meaning friends who called to say they wished they could be there.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—The dog that disappeared during a family funeral in Grand Forks is heading home tonight—safe and sound. Yesterday we told you about Bella the Basset Hound, who traveled with her family from Duluth nearly a week ago, as they mourned the loss of a loved one. Bella managed to slip away, and the family, especially the children, were heartbroken as they had to go back home without Bella.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Grand Forks residents are gathering to hold a vigil for Somalia, after the lives of nearly 300 were lost after a double car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia. The organizers of the vigil say they hope that holding the vigil will bring people together to grieve the violence and reflect on the tragedy. One of the vigil’s organizers says that these acts of terrorism are the same reason why many Somalis in the Grand Forks community immigrated to Grand Forks in the first place.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Local quilters are honoring our nation's veterans at a popular quilt show. The North Star Quilters Guild is hosting Quilting on the Red this weekend—a showcase of about 200 quilts. The quilters plan to raffle off a special quilt and donate the money to sponsor veterans on WDAZ’s Honor Flight. They say it's the least they can do for people who have sacrificed so much.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—A local man is leading a team of Salvation Army workers, on the ground in Puerto Rico. Lieutenant Matthew Beatty with the Grand Forks Salvation Army says he arrived in San Juan late last night. Beatty’s goal is to provide food and water to families in need. Beatty plans on moving out of San Juan, and into other more rural areas in the coming days, but says that will be hard to do, because so many roads are either destroyed, or still blocked by trees and power lines. Conditions are much worse than Beatty expected.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—On this week’s Animal Watch, a search for man’s best friend. A Duluth family was in Grand Forks for a funeral, along with their dog, Bella, when she escaped. Bella’s owners—the Johnson family—said they hope the Grand Forks community will help bring Bella home. The family was at a relative's house on Saturday, when Bella got out through the gate. While the family searched for Bella, they were not able to find her, and returned home to Duluth on Monday, so their kids wouldn't miss school.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—It’s the first time in history that Chinese fentanyl traffickers have been charged, and it all stems from the death of an 18-year-old in Grand Forks. 38-year-old Jian Zhang is charged in federal court in North Dakota after being accused of running 4 fentanyl labs in China, and selling it to U.S. customers over the internet. 8 other people from Canada, Florida, and New Jersey were also charged in the conspiracy today, bringing the total number of people charged to 21, which includes 5 young men in Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—As the boy scouts announce they’ll be accepting girl scouts into their program, a recruitment event took place tonight in Grand Forks. The Boy Scouts held their “second chance” open house tonight in Grand Forks, where boys from age 5-18 could sign up to join. Starting in August, girls will also be able to join the cub scouts, followed by the boy scouts in 2019. The district director for the boy scouts in the area tells us that local families are already expressing interest.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—In this week’s “What’s going around,” doctors are noticing cases of the cold, a cough, stomach flu, and some confusion about symptoms. Cindy Urbaniak says practitioners with Kittson Memorial Healthcare are treating lots of cold symptoms, including cough and some fever. They’re also starting to see some strep throat. To avoid getting strep throat, Urbaniak advises the following precautions:
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Some local kids have a brand new place to play! It’s a big day at The New Rockford-Sheyenne School, as a new playground and basketball court is officially dedicated. The community raised 40 thousand dollars with lemonade stands and other fundraisers; the rest of the 150 thousand dollar project was paid for by grants.