EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) -- Property taxes are going up for East Grand Forks residents. City Council voted tonight to approve a ten percent tax levy to be implemented next year to land-and-home-owners. It may seem like a lot, but last year's increase was eighteen percent. The year before that was twenty-five percent.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Tomorrow is the last day of WDAZ's 7th Annual Toys for Tots drive! Today, two representatives from Xcel Energy helped stuff the truck. They said fellow employees there donated fifteen hundred dollars, and they were able to buy nearly a hundred toys, including this bicycle.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- The city of Grand Forks says clearing the streets is taking a long time because drivers keep running into the plows. Mark Aubol tells us multiple people have run into plows today, which takes that plow driver off the road for two to three hours. The city had all fifteen plows and four sand trucks out today, but they tell us it could be a week before the streets are clear.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Monday’s blast of winter weather was no match for the giving hearts in and around Grand Forks. Many braved the elements to donate Toys for Tots. Because of the blowing snow, we had to close the doors on the Whalen’s truck, and take donations inside instead. Brendy Halle got off work early because of the weather and figured she’d take advantage of the extra time to help local kids.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Police are warning locals about brazen robbers that may be back to break-ins. Nine homes just outside the downtown area have been broken into over the month of November. The break-ins occurred during the evening, and in each case, the doors were locked—crooks kicked them in. In two of the cases, the homeowner was home. The burglars took cash, electronics, and tools. Police say this is very similar to a burglary spree in September.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Christmas cheer is spreading in Grand Forks. Lincoln Park is decked out for the holidays. The park, near Belmont Road and 13th Avenue South, is covered with lights sponsored by local businesses. You can drive through the park for 6 dollars per car and enjoy the display. The event will run until December 31, from 5:30-10 pm every night. Even organizers say this year is the biggest, best Christmas in the Park yet, ending with a musical light display as the grand finale.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—It’s the most wonderful time of the year—especially for pet parents. Columbia Mall is inviting pet owners to bring their furry family members for a photo shoot with Santa. These sessions with Santa will be available every Tuesday from 4-8 until December 19th. The mall is even providing props and costumes for picture perfect pets photos. Some local pet owners say they might make it a new holiday tradition.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—The public got its first say on what they are looking for in a new school leader. On Tuesday night, community members, including educators, met to give feedback. Current superintendent Larry Nybladh is retiring in June after 10 years at the helm. More than a dozen people weighed in.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Black Friday was a little different this year. With staggered opening times, and some stores being open all night, the 5 AM opening was generally a thing of the past. One local boutique tried it—they opened at 5AM, offering 50% the entire store, and after about half an hour, they had 4 customers.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—On Sunday, the city will hold its third annual Holy Dazzle Festival of Lights. New this year, at 11 am, River Cinema in East Grand Forks will be showing a free screening of the movie Elf. Then at 3 pm, the festivities kick off in Town Square with cookie decorating, ornament making, sleigh rides, s’mores, and hot chocolate—all for free.