GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Drug overdose deaths hit record highs between July and September of last year in the U.S. with more than half of those connected to opioids. The CDC estimates that 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose, according to the National Center for Health Statistic's newest report released Tuesday. The overdose death rate in 2016 rose to nearly 20 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 2015 when it was less than 17 people. And here in Grand Forks, local law enforcement said those increases were similar to what they've seen.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Grand Forks police want you to know you can invite them to any event, from bonfires to just meeting your kids. Local officers tell us they've gone to couple of block parties, and they love it.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Losing a child is a parent's worst nightmare. Altru is supporting families who have gone through this tragedy. Tuesday is the 5th annual Cherished Children event. It's designed to support families who have lost a child at any stage of life. Speakers will share their experiences of loss, and resources available for support. “They come together and they understand each other and they understand what that loss is like and so it's all worth it, it makes all the work worth it,” said Altru Bereavement coordinator Penny Millspaugh.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Salvation Army is teaming up with iHeart Radio to kick off its annual stuff the bus campaign Wednesday at Hugo's. They'll be collecting school supplies for kids in grades 1 through 12 at the Hugo's parking lot on Washington and 17th. If you come with a backpack, school supplies, or cash to donate stuffing the school bus, you can put your name in for drawings to win prizes. Salvation Army is hoping for a bigger turnout than last year.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It's moving day for the art at Arbor Park, but some of the artists behind the work are saying, "not so fast!" A lawsuit that could stop the city's plans to develop the park is headed to a judge tomorrow. Adam Kemp, artist: “It's not a lot of fun, as a creative person, it's dehumanizing." Kemp hoped this day would never come - the last day for Arbor Park. Mark Aubol, GF streets and public works: "We've taken the edging out and some of the paving stone out and we're taking the park benches and the picnic tables, the garbage containers."
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- We hear about crimes of opportunity but this one is raising lots of eyebrows. Early this morning, when all the power goes out, and a criminal walks in taking advantage of the darkness. According to Nodak Electric Co-op, the power went out around 3:30 this morning. During that time, police say a thief decided to make his move.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) --We hear a lot about the growing drug epidemic, but what if you could see its impacts first hand? Today, dozens of University of North Dakota students and others watched how prescription drugs, heroin, and synthetic fentanyl impacted four families in our area. The families were a part of a documentary film called "Faded."
We are in the dog days of summer, so it's important to not only take care of yourself, but also to take care of your animals. More and more days where the sun beats down, sometimes reaching temperatures in the 90s or even 100s. At what point is it too hot for your animals? Grace Feist, animal expert: "If it's too hot for you outside, it's too hot for them." But animals like dogs need their exercise. There are a few steps to take to make sure they're as safe as possible.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- It's an alarming side effect of the opioid crisis. More kids are being taken away from their parents, many of them born addicted to drugs. Now, the need for foster families is even greater in Grand Forks County. Family photos are something that, as kids, we usually take for granted.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new brewery is bringing with it a new scene for downtown. The Half Brothers Brewing Company has taken over the former Dakota Harvest building downtown. They plan to open next month, and thanks to people who gave money online, they'll have an outdoor patio and a stage for live music. The owners met their Kickstarter goal of $20,000 in under a week.