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VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A sidewalk construction project is dividing Valley City, and brought enraged neighbors to a city commission meeting full of intense finger-pointing. New street lights, wider sidewalks, and fresh pavement are all on the agenda for the Streetscape project. The more than $200,000 undertaking is meant to give downtown Valley City a fresh new look, but some longtime residents worry the construction could cause local stores to go out of business. Many believe the overhaul of the city's main artery is completely unnecessary.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – The girlfriend and brother of Tracy Brant, a Breckenridge man accused of fatally beating his 3-year-old son, are speaking out and defending him. Brant, 35, is in jail facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of his son, Winter Sky Barker. An autopsy found that the boy died from blunt-force trauma and that he had injuries that appeared to show a pattern of abuse. Despite this, Brant's girlfriend, Ramona Shortman, is blaming the boy's death on chemicals.
FARGO—High school soccer players and parents in Fargo are fighting for a change, saying their girls teams are being discriminated against. In case you haven't looked outside recently, the conditions are not the best for playing soccer. High school girls' soccer in Fargo has its season in the spring so getting game time on the turf is a challenge right now.
FARGO, N.D. — Police are looking over security footage, searching for whoever left an empty silver suitcase just blocks away from the Vice President's motorcade. The bomb squad was called out just before 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when someone saw an empty suitcase left near the Fargo Public Library. It was just a couple blocks from the Radisson, minutes before Vice President Mike Pence left the hotel.
MINNESOTA—A recent study says 2,500 children in Minnesota aren't getting the daycare they need. In the last 12 years, greater Minnesota lost a quarter of its daycare centers, according to a recent study by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. "We want to see more of that common sense approach. That's what we're asking for, a common sense approach," said Kay Heidrich, Trinity Lutheran Daycare Director.
FARGO-MOORHEAD—Emergency crews say we've had more fires in our metro this winter than in last year's winter. People living in one townhome woke up to a destructive fire Sunday morning leaving behind roughly half a million dollars in damages. Fire fighters still don't know what caused it and residents are still not allowed to go back inside, you can still hear the smoke alarm blaring in the garage, three days later.
PUERTO RICO—Parts of Puerto Rico are still without power more than five months after Hurricane Maria ripped through the U.S. territory. Xcel Energy sent local workers and equipment to restore electricity. Embraced by the safety of his harness, Ryan Johnson checks voltage with a view he's all too familiar with, but after landing in San Juan on January 29th the field work was slightly different. "We went in the mountains and into the jungle doing stuff that we don't normally do as flatlanders in North Dakota," said Ryan Johnson, Xcel Energy.
WEST FARGO—A new business in West Fargo wants to provide an affordable way to detect early signs of breast cancer. A diagnosis changed the life of Becky Muhs in early 2015. "I have six forms of cancer and I also have lymphatic leukemia as well. Most of that is easily detected through the scans," said Muhs. She says doctors told her she would die within months if she didn't seek professional treatment. Because of treatment's high price tag, she decided to do her own research. She eventually found out about thermal imaging.
FARGO—A petition to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota is hitting unexpected roadblocks after US Bank refused to verify their signatures. Vape gear lines the shelves of Darius Endres' growing business. With it, petitions vying for a full legalization of recreational marijuana. With six filled packets, he took them to the US Bank on South University to get them notarized, but was shocked when the banker refused to verify the signatures since the petition was about marijuana.
NORTH DAKOTA—A sea of green began wafting over the United States in 1996 when California legalized medical marijuana. More than 15 states are following suit, that blazed the trail for Colorado to legalize recreational Marijuana in 2012. Now a grassroots campaign of volunteers is working on raising $2 million to take the Peace Garden State to the next level.