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.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Freezeway organizers are asking for your input on turning trails into an ice rink. The proposed "freezeway" would be a 600-yard trail turned into ice during the winter, but there's already been some pushback. The greenway advisory committee says they're trying to be cognizant of people who already use the greenway in the winter, and they're asking the public where the freezeway should go.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - An East Grand Forks man lost his garage and SUV Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters say it's all because he tossed a smoldering rag into a trash can. Firefighters responded to a garage near the railroad tracks on 3rd Street Northeast in East Grand Forks just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. The fire department says the owner was doing yard work when the trash can caught fire and the building went up in flames. Neighbors are thankful no was injured and that the wind wasn't blowing.
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.