GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - If you're in Grand Forks, it might be a good night to keep your windows closed Thursday night. It's the first city-wide ground mosquito spray of the year. Crews will be out from 9 p.m. until 1a.m. It's later than usual because our weather has been so dry and cool, but mosquito control experts say with all of this week's rain, we can expect the amount of skeeters to skyrocket. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to get rid of standing water on your property - all of it.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Bridging the gap between law enforcement and the people they protect. Grand Forks Police held their 13th "Cops in the Community" event at Steers Somali Restaurant. The Cultural Liaison for police said they got to meet 30 people during lunch time, and ten of them came out just to meet an officer. She says it's especially important to meet non-native people, because their experiences with law enforcement in the past have not always been pleasant.
GRAND FORKS, ND - Teens showed up to a first of its kind driving skills course at the Gambucci Arena. Kids learned that texting and driving isn't as easy as you might think. Other activities simulated drunk driving and being in an accident. The drivers Wednesday were all newly licensed, and they learned firsthand how easy it is to lose focus. "I think that's the biggest part of it," said Spencer Hruska. "It actually, it is hands-on and you learn more from this than you do on paper and pencil in the classroom I think."
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - West Nile Virus has made its way into our region. While this is nothing new, there are some new concerns this year. We're all being asked to take extra steps to keep our families safe. You've seen the WDAZ Skeeter Meter every night at 6 and 10, and so far this year mosquito trap counts have been low. That's good news, right? Mosquito Control says maybe not. The sights of summer are all around. But there's one thing you probably haven't seen much of this year: mosquitoes.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A bomb squad was called to a Grand Forks neighborhood last night to investigate a suspicious package. A resident called police Just before 7:30 Monday evening saying someone left a suspicious package behind a garage in an alley near 10th Avenue North and North 20th Street. The package wasn't dangerous, but the case is under investigation.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A local health department is urging people to get tested for HIV. Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day. With rates on the rise in North Dakota, Valley Health is hoping people take it seriously. They're also using the day of awareness to talk about prevention tools, including pre-exposure medication.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A drug bust on campus is causing concern. University of North Dakota Police arrested Jordan Vezina, 22, and Jesse Belgarde, 21, for heroin possession Sunday afternoon. They pulled the two over near Stanford and 6th Avenue North for a traffic violation.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - If you or someone you care about need help feeding kids when school is out, a new mobile app is here to help. It's called "Summer Eats Minnesota," and uses GPS to provide an easy way to locate serving sites across the state. Several sites across our area can be found with the app, including the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council in East Grand Forks. A handful of kids are already taking advantage of the program, and a food specialist hopes the app helps bring in more kids.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It's a life-saving sound, but during Wednesday's tornado warning, many didn't hear it. After conflicting messages from the city about whether two storm sirens worked, the director of the 911 center says technically they did go off, but were too quiet. One is on 5th Street near the police department, the other is near the Ralph Englestad Arena. She says this isn't the first time these sirens in particular have caused concern.
In this week's Animal Watch, proof that sometimes we need a little help from our friends. Kira is a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla who lives at the Philadelphia Zoo. She went into labor, but after 24 hours her baby still hadn't arrived. So Zoo veterinarians called human doctors for help. They performed an assisted delivery with forceps, a rare occurrence when delivering a gorilla baby. In the end, all is well and the baby is doing just fine.