GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--A huge step in ending violence in our community. With a 3 million dollar grant, the Community Violence Intervention Center is now able to focus a portion of its budget on new therapy for adults and children, plus early education, partnering with area schools across Grand Forks county to teach them about violence prevention.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ)--An anonymous donor gives local police an unexpected surprise -- by donating 10 thousand dollars in order to help them bring on a special officer. In the past 2 months, the East Grand Forks Police Department has raised 15-thousand dollars to bring a K-9 officer onto the force. But just days ago -- a donor pledged to give them another 10-thousand dollars by the end of this year.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Finally tonight, high schoolers from all over North Dakota and Minnesota are converging at UND this weekend. It's the 33rd Annual Honor Band, Choir & Strings Festival. More than four hundred students are participating. more than eight hundred auditioned. Throughout the weekend, students will work with professors and refine their skills. They will all be performing together Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chester Fritz.
NORTH DAKOTA (WDAZ-TV) -- Cops across North Dakota may soon be cracking down on seat belts. Currently North Dakota is just one of fifteen states where the law is secondary. That means a cop can't pull you over for not wearing your seat belt -- it has to be for a different reason. But now the Governor wants to change that.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Here in Grand Forks, police say it went from a normal day to an avalanche of calls, in seconds. For good reason. This was the state's first blue alert. The system was implemented back in May of 2015, but it's never had to be used. In fact, he tells us, some officers didn't know what it was.
NORTH DAKOTA (WDAZ-TV) -- You'll be seeing a lot more of this hollywood star. Josh Duhamel, "Even though I live in Los Angeles, North Dakota will always be home. And I love coming home!" Josh Duhamel has agreed to keep promoting North Dakota. The state tourism agency announced today he'll be paid three hundred and sixty-five-thousand dollars to be the face of their campaigns for the next two years. The Minot-native has already gotten more than half a million dollars since 2013 from the tourism agency.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Salting the roads may have its benefits for drivers, but that extra traction may not be good for your pets paws. Salts can be irritating to your pet's skin and paws--and if they lick their paws, that salt residue could irritate their mouths, leaving a salty taste. Some ice melts are pet friendly and contain no salt--you can figure that out by checking the label.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--A new study says smoking comes with a steep price tag for North Dakotans. A WalletHub study says smoking costs the average North Dakota smoker more than 1 million dollars. The study factors in out-of-pocket-cost, health-care cost per smoker, and income loss per smoker. The grand total for North Dakotans? 1,191,219 dollars.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- A movie pass is changing the game in Grand Forks, but it's already under fire. Big name movie theater companies are threatening to sue the new theater subscription service. Companies like AMC theaters are targeting "Movie Pass" - saying its business model is unsustainable. But the AMC in Grand Forks, and other local theaters, are all in.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- You could face a hefty fine for parking downtown. The Streets Department will be in the downtown area tonight clearing snow. Vehicles parked in violation of street maintenance will be subject to a $20 fine plus tow fees, those start at $55. You cannot park on STREETS (ex. 3rd St, 4th St) Monday, Wednesday, Friday