GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Call it the unofficial start of mosquito season. The city trap counts have started and WDAZ is launching its annual Skeeter Meter. The name might be funny, but health officials say the concerns are serious. West Nile Virus is the real threat and it’s already here. In rare cases, it's deadly. That's why the city is still doing all they can to keep you and your family safe. Alexi Berggren’s kids are care free, but there's a concern on Mom's mind. Berggren: “Citronella candles out in the back yard, and when we can, bug spray.”
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - You may notice people wearing small red flowers tomorrow, and there's an important reason behind it. The poppies commemorate military personnel who have died in war. The Grand Forks American Legion Auxiliary Unit will be distributing more than 3,000 poppies Saturday from 9 to 2 at Walmart, Kmart, Home of Economy, and Hugo’s. They're accepting donations for local veterans and families.
During a long weekend of leisure from work, many people in the region are busy making sure that Memorial Day is still a time to remember the sacrifices made by members of the military. For those who want to take time to during the holiday weekend to take part in remembrance ceremonies, several events are planned around the region.
EMERADO, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Because of severe weather and possible tornadoes in Kansas, all aircraft at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita had to be evacuated. Some of that aircraft landed here. Here in Grand Forks, a familiar sight for folks on the base - 6 KC-135s landed here to dodge the potential damage. Grand Forks use to be home to the refueling aircraft, but the KC 135s left after a mission change in 2010. The large runway has been maintained for this very purpose. A colonel says he's happy to see them.
WADENA, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Shoppers got quite a surprise when a deer made its way into a Walmart. You can find just about anything at Walmart. But the superstore's hairiest guest has the whole town of Wadena talking, sharing, and screenshotting. Deer don't normally shop at Walmart. Shoppers say the little deer's wild deal hunt was likely a search for a snack. This is the time of year when young deer are left to fend for themselves. The confused animal must have wandered into the semi-rural supercenter.
THOMPSON, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Crews battled a garage fire Tuesday evening on Wolf Circle, just a few miles from King's Walk Golf Course. The call came in shortly after 9 p.m. Firefighters from Thompson and Manvel were informed two cars are in the garage which is attached to a house. No word of any injuries or how the fire started. WDAZ will have much more on this story as it develops.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Traffic troubles have already started for people who take DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks to work or school. This first phase of preventative maintenance stretches from I-29 to Columbia. The second phase goes from Columbia to Washington. Some drivers are already taking detours. Engineers said Monday the project is set to be completed by mid-July. Just last week the DOT told WDAZ it would likely take until September.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - WDAZ is excited to debut a new segment: Ag All Stars. This week we meet a teacher in Grafton developing an ag education program for 8th-12th graders.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - They claim the university turned their backs on them. Now students and athletes are doing the same to President Kennedy and the rest of his administration. A large group of student athletes was originally supposed to gather Sunday at noon, but that was postponed to Monday. The coordinator tells me he was expecting more than seventy students to show up at the High Performance Center to literally "turn their backs" on UND’s administration, but most of them backed out.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The city of East Grand Forks is trying to figure out how much to invest into the golf business. The city and golf course maintain Valley Golf Course is in solid financial position, but the city is considering increasing financial support of the privately owned course to make it better to compete with Grand Forks. However, a dollar figure has not been determined. City leaders see arguments both ways. They view it as an important economic driver for the community.