GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—If you have ever wanted to own your own dormitory, now is your chance. University of North Dakota is one step closer to slimming down its campus, in hopes of cutting costs. Dakota Hall is the site of the former Roadking Inn. The University received ownership of the site over a decade ago and turned it into a dorm. Eventually the dorms were disregarded and the building became a training facility and then storage space.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—A park was uprooted in Grand Forks. Today trees were pulled from Arbor Park as the city begins the process of building condos in its place. While the decision to build over the park was made by a citywide vote, some members in the art community are expressing their disappointment. One artist visited the park today to pick up his art.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—A local man will be providing much needed relief for Puerto Rico. Lieutenant Matthew Beatty with the Grand Forks Salvation Army will be incident commander in Puerto Rico, to aid those devastated by Hurricane Maria. It could be months before the island gets power back. While the hurricane struck a month ago, Beatty says he's worried that people may have forgotten about the people there who are in need of food, water, and shelter.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--The Subway at 315 DeMers Ave. has closed down. We spoke to the manager, who said that she was told yesterday that the site would close. According to the manager, the location had few employees, and didn’t generate enough traffic to stay open. While the site has closed, all employees will be given jobs at Subways at different locations across Grand Forks. The manager says there was talk of closing down the restaurant last year, but she had not heard anything about it until last week.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ)—The East Grand Forks Police Department is pushing to reinstate a policy that would allow East Grand Forks residents to choose to food to the local pantry in lieu of paying fees for December parking tickets. The Department chose the month of December, because that's when the first snowfall impacts violations in calendar parking, and snow emergency parking. Last year the Department collected nearly 440 pounds of food, and they are hopeful that this year will be just as much of a success.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Prepare for takeoff. The Grand Forks Air Force Base invited local leaders and national influencers to board the base as they hosted the North Dakota Defense Forum. Local leaders are hoping for big things, that's why they hosted the North Dakota Defense Forum, with the goal to showcase the value of the Northern Defense Communities, like the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Air force Leadership and others invited DC decision-makers, and gave them tours, saying that they hope to show how North Dakota is an asset for future missions.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Multiple fire departments are responding to a 25 acre grass fire near Gilby, ND. We are told that visibility is limited on County Road 33, and drivers are asked to avoid the area. The fire is not near the road, so firefighters are having more difficulty extinguishing the flames. WDAZ has a crew on the scene, and we will have live updates during the 6’clock show, and online.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—In this week’s “What’s Going Around,” the cold, a cough, the stomach flu, and some confusing 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, you can take the following precautions:
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ)—It’s harvest time, and what one group is doing with the fruits of their labor is changing the community—and their hearts. A wise man once said, "Whatsoever a person sow, that shall he also reap," and students at Lake Region State College’s Precision Ag Program have been reaping and sowing all semester. Grafton Sophomore Jocee Nelson wasn’t sure what they would be doing with all of the producer they picked. "I did not know that at first, I just thought we were planting a garden,” said Nelson.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Five environmentalists facing felonies are in Grand Forks tonight. The "Valve Turners," were arrested last fall for shutting off oil pipelines connected to the Dakota Access Pipeline. They will answer questions about their ongoing trial tonight at UND. We spoke to people who say they traveled across the country to North Dakota just to testify, but they say they weren't allowed.