GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—On this week’s Animal Watch, a search for man’s best friend. A Duluth family was in Grand Forks for a funeral, along with their dog, Bella, when she escaped. Bella’s owners—the Johnson family—said they hope the Grand Forks community will help bring Bella home. The family was at a relative's house on Saturday, when Bella got out through the gate. While the family searched for Bella, they were not able to find her, and returned home to Duluth on Monday, so their kids wouldn't miss school.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—It’s the first time in history that Chinese fentanyl traffickers have been charged, and it all stems from the death of an 18-year-old in Grand Forks. 38-year-old Jian Zhang is charged in federal court in North Dakota after being accused of running 4 fentanyl labs in China, and selling it to U.S. customers over the internet. 8 other people from Canada, Florida, and New Jersey were also charged in the conspiracy today, bringing the total number of people charged to 21, which includes 5 young men in Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—As the boy scouts announce they’ll be accepting girl scouts into their program, a recruitment event took place tonight in Grand Forks. The Boy Scouts held their “second chance” open house tonight in Grand Forks, where boys from age 5-18 could sign up to join. Starting in August, girls will also be able to join the cub scouts, followed by the boy scouts in 2019. The district director for the boy scouts in the area tells us that local families are already expressing interest.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—In this week’s “What’s going around,” doctors are noticing cases of the cold, a cough, stomach flu, and some confusion about symptoms. Cindy Urbaniak says practitioners with Kittson Memorial Healthcare are treating lots of cold symptoms, including cough and some fever. They’re also starting to see some strep throat. To avoid getting strep throat, Urbaniak advises the following precautions:
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Some local kids have a brand new place to play! It’s a big day at The New Rockford-Sheyenne School, as a new playground and basketball court is officially dedicated. The community raised 40 thousand dollars with lemonade stands and other fundraisers; the rest of the 150 thousand dollar project was paid for by grants.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—If you have ever wanted to own your own dormitory, now is your chance. University of North Dakota is one step closer to slimming down its campus, in hopes of cutting costs. Dakota Hall is the site of the former Roadking Inn. The University received ownership of the site over a decade ago and turned it into a dorm. Eventually the dorms were disregarded and the building became a training facility and then storage space.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—A park was uprooted in Grand Forks. Today trees were pulled from Arbor Park as the city begins the process of building condos in its place. While the decision to build over the park was made by a citywide vote, some members in the art community are expressing their disappointment. One artist visited the park today to pick up his art.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—A local man will be providing much needed relief for Puerto Rico. Lieutenant Matthew Beatty with the Grand Forks Salvation Army will be incident commander in Puerto Rico, to aid those devastated by Hurricane Maria. It could be months before the island gets power back. While the hurricane struck a month ago, Beatty says he's worried that people may have forgotten about the people there who are in need of food, water, and shelter.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--The Subway at 315 DeMers Ave. has closed down. We spoke to the manager, who said that she was told yesterday that the site would close. According to the manager, the location had few employees, and didn’t generate enough traffic to stay open. While the site has closed, all employees will be given jobs at Subways at different locations across Grand Forks. The manager says there was talk of closing down the restaurant last year, but she had not heard anything about it until last week.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ)—The East Grand Forks Police Department is pushing to reinstate a policy that would allow East Grand Forks residents to choose to food to the local pantry in lieu of paying fees for December parking tickets. The Department chose the month of December, because that's when the first snowfall impacts violations in calendar parking, and snow emergency parking. Last year the Department collected nearly 440 pounds of food, and they are hopeful that this year will be just as much of a success.