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. Now, the need for foster families is even greater in Grand Forks County. Family photos are something that, as kids, we usually take for granted.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new brewery is bringing with it a new scene for downtown. The Half Brothers Brewing Company has taken over the former Dakota Harvest building downtown. They plan to open next month, and thanks to people who gave money online, they'll have an outdoor patio and a stage for live music. The owners met their Kickstarter goal of $20,000 in under a week.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A lesser-known hoarding case may finally be coming to a close. An East Grand Forks man's wife tells WDAZ her husband's hobby turned him into a hoarder. And his neighbors say well-meaning strangers may have made matters worse, without even knowing. Steve Magenau was given 26 days to get rid of the bikes cluttering his Fourth Avenue Northeast yard. About 5 years ago, Magenau started collecting and repairing them for needy kids. But City administrator David Murphy says something had to give.
GRAND FORKS, ND ( WDAZ-TV) -- One down, seven more to go. The group hoping to save Arbor Park have now picked up the battle ax to fight for other parks in Grand Forks to be protected from development. Sami Larson and her son stroll through arbor park--the last day it will look as it has for many years.
ADAMS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It's a crime spree that victimized dozens across WDAZ territory for nearly a year. Multiple suspects are under arrest, and when police caught the crooks they also got your loot. On warm summer evening in rural Walsh County, all is normal on the Skorheim Farm. But that wasn't the case last summer after a day in the fields. Garrett Skorheim: "I came in and noticed that somebody had been in the shop and something wasn't right." $4,000 in tools were gone.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A stinky situation at the Red River, as local fishermen are catching catfish and leaving them on stringers to rot. Greenway staff and authorities are seeking the public's help. Locals walking by have been smelling the rotting fish, and say it isn’t pleasant. "I thought it was very disrespectful of people and it just smells gross,” said concerned resident Kayla Horner, “and there's so many people that come and use this Greenway to run and do exercises and stuff, and it just wasn't very appealing to me."
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- On June 19, the eve of the citywide election that would decide the future of Arbor Park, City Council member, Bret Weber texted one of the leaders of the drive to preserve it--a man who had stood against the city to force the park's future to a vote. "Whichever way the vote goes tomorrow, the important thing is for us to come together as a community," Weber recalls typing.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- More apartment complexes going up in Grand Forks. While some existing buildings remain almost completely vacant. Calsey Langston, "A quick google search comes up with fifty apartment complexes or property management companies in Grand Forks, but check this out, apartments.com shows 590 apartments available in our city and there's about to be even more.
Social media posts about our furry friends could help criminals cash in. On the field he's all about catching passes, but at home Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead is all about the Blitz. Blitz is Whitehead’s 16-month-old pit bull puppy, made famous on whitehead's Instagram postings. But maybe a little too famous. On Sunday, Blitz was home in Texas being watched by a close friend of Whitehead's when he was dognapped.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - More than a million dollars in upgrades are underway at a local airport. The Grand Forks International Airport received $1.3 million in Federal Funds to reconstruct a deteriorating taxiway. The airport authority director says while this is not the taxiway you'll take when on a commercial flight, it's important for their partnership with the University of North Dakota and private companies and pilots. The project should be completed by the end of the summer.