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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Welcome to the afternoon update.


A Fargo woman who allegedly assaulted someone during a flight to Hector International Airport was "combative" with officers after landing Wednesday night. 35-year-old Allison Johnson was arrested outside the airport for resisting police officers. Authorities say alcohol appears to have been a factor.

The Highway Patrol says a dozen piglets died when they fell from a moving semitrailer on Interstate 29 in eastern North Dakota. Authorities say the semi was hauling the piglets to a farm in Iowa to be raised and the piglets somehow lifted an unlocked gate on the undercarriage of the livestock trailer. Twelve of the animals fell to their deaths on the highway over a span of 23 miles between Grand Forks and Fargo. 

Bail has been set at one million dollars for a man who shot a 17-year-old three times in northern Minnesota. 40-year-old Chad Pickering was arraigned on one count of first degree attempted murder. The complaint alleges Pickering shot the teen three times as she stood on the deck of her home. Authorities say she was shot in her upper left chest, thigh and ankle. According to the complaint, the girl told investigators - a man who lived nearby had been riding his mower through her yard and that he routinely carried a pistol in his holster. She said she had spoken to him about trespassing. The teen was taken to a Duluth hospital.

A dryer is responsible for a mobile home fire in North Fargo that relocated a family. The fire happened on July 8th and forced a father and his 4 daughters out of their home. Investigators say the fire was caused by a laundry dryer, either in the ventilation system or from a power cord. Total damage is estimated at $35,000.

A summons has been issued for Lake Park mayor Aaron Wittnebel on a misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation. A judge will decide if it violates the terms of his probation on charges of financially exploiting his sister, who is a vulnerable adult. If it's decided that Wittnebel violated his probation, Lake Park would have the authority to dismiss him as mayor.

An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people on board that dropped off radar early today is thought to have crashed in Mali, the flight operator said. Air Algerie said via Twitter that the plane has apparently crashed about 43 miles from the southeastern city of Gao.

Take a look at today's Forum: Learn about a Fargo man making a 68-year habit of getting his hair cut at the same barbershop.

And on the news tonight: Jody is live from Vikings training camp.

The GoFar Women's run is gearing up and it's not too late to register. So far at least 1,000 people have signed up. You have until August 17th to reigster for the August 23rd run. New this year, men and youth can also sign up. Proceeds go to the Essentia NICU. All registered runners qualify for Katy Perry concert tickets.

Time now for our retweet of the day... it's from Samantha Ponder - the wife of Viking Christian Ponder - and it says "Thanks to all the close friends and family who helped us enjoy pregnancy/the first month of her life." Baby Bowden is named after Ponder's former Florida State University coach, Bobby Bowden.

You can check out that retweet and folllow us @WDAYnews. You can find me on Twitter too @LaneWDAY.

Thank you for watching. Tune in for more news tonight at 5, 6 and 10 and tomorrow morning from 5-7 for First News.

Have a nice Thursday.

Lane Zyvoloski
Lane Zyvoloski is a Minnesota native from St. Cloud who is always ready for a wonderful morning! She studied multimedia journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead where she graduated. After graduating, she started her career at the Fargo Forum in May 2013 and moved to Forum-owned WDAY in November 2013. She’s been anchoring WDAY/WDAZ First News since June 2014. Lane holds a National Mark of Excellence award (2012) from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). She also earned three regional SPJ Mark of Excellence awards, a National Academy of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence, and an award from the North Dakota Professional Communicators (College Contest). A life-long musician, Lane has a passion for singing and a decade of classical private voice training under her belt. She is fluent in American Sign Language and has a passion for signing songs. She’s also kept a journal since the eighth grade - likely an early sign she would be a writer. Lane has always been a “news junkie,” waking up at the break of dawn every morning as a teenager to watch the morning news before school. She would love to hear any story ideas you have via email! 
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