GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - If you're a fan of Applebee's, we've got some good news for you - the Grand Forks and Devils Lake locations are safe. Last week the restaurant's parent company announced they could close up to 135 locations. A spokesperson for the company that owns the Devils Lake and Grand Forks franchises says their restaurants are performing well and here to stay. The corporate franchisee for Minnesota Applebee's says all their locations are staying open, too. The company did close a West Fargo Applebee’s earlier this year.
BISMARCK, ND (WDAZ-TV) - North Dakota will get federal assistance to help pay for the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The Department of Justice announced today it would give the state $10 million dollars. The state applied for $14 million. Officials say the protests late last year and early this year cost nearly $40 million. The owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline will have to pay $15,000 to the state over a Native American artifact controversy.
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Another walkaway from custody in the Lake Region. Jagan Scott, 20, was set to return to the re-entry center Monday just after 5 p.m. He was written out as absconded a little after 7. He's only been in the center for 2 weeks, serving time for a probation violation. Police are asking that you call them if you see him. There have been at least 5 walkaways from the re-entry center this year alone.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - There's a new online tool for drivers to renew their license and avoid waiting at the DMV. If you're between 21 and 65 and have no changes to your name and address, you can renew online every other renewal cycle, meaning you can keep your current license for 12 years. Click here for the link to the new online renewal site .
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - You can enjoy some free ice cream while getting a look into the inner workings of the city. East Grand Forks City Hall and the East Grand Forks Police Department are hosting a showcase Tuesday evening in the city hall parking lot. Residents are encouraged to come out and get to know members of their local government and police and fire departments. Squad cars will be on display, as well as booths and city leaders available to answer questions. The showcase runs Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the city hall parking lot.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Some bikers want to make sure police have the tools they need to help find those who are vulnerable and in danger. Iron Pigs Motorcycle Club donated $1,000 to the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department to purchase Project Lifesavers. The equipment helps law enforcement track down registered people, usually with Alzheimer’s or autism who have a history of wandering. East Grand Forks PD has run the program for 3 years, but did not have the manpower for this side of the river on a consistent basis.
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. The need for foster families is even greater in Grand Forks County. Family photos are something that we usually take for granted when we’re kids. But for children in the foster care system, photos like these are few and far between. Jess Gowan: "It's very rewarding, you are helping out kids that need the most help in life." Gowan, her husband, and her son started fostering children in 2015.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV)- A well-known business man is remembered for his love of storytelling and new adventures. Harold Weivoda, 72, was killed when the pickup he was riding in rolled over 10 miles north of Hillsboro on Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead on the scene. His family gathered Wednesday in mourning, but sharing special memories of Weivoda. Jean Weivoda, wife: "He would have a story for some of the carpets that were hard to sell, but, by golly, he sold those too."
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Nearly every state in the country has a case of dog flu. Once symptoms progress, dog flu can be dangerous and even deadly. Experts say it's hard to detect because it disguises itself like the common kennel cough. The flu isn't spread to humans, but very contagious to other dogs. So much so that vets ask that you don't bring a sick dog in without a head’s up.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - After two years in the works, a local business is almost ready for move into its new home. Building is almost complete at Minnkota Electric's new corporate complex on 32nd Avenue South. The $65 million building will be 250,000 square feet. They're excited to accommodate more growth, trucks, and bigger equipment.