Noon News Update
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Thanks for joining us for your afternoon update.
No one was hurt in an early morning fire at an apartment building in Fargo. and everyone inside got out safely. Officials say the call came in about 5:30 this morning for the fire at 715 32nd Avenue North. Authorities say there was structural damage in two apartment units and smoke damage in two others. The fire appeared to have begun in the ceiling of a first-floor bathroom, then burned its way through a second-floor wall and into the roof of the building. Total damage is estimated at about $225,000.
A Minnesota high school graduate was killed in Syria over the weekend. 33-year-old Douglas McCain was among several ISIS militants the Free Syrian Army claimed on Twitter had been killed in fighting for the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo. He graduated in New Hope in 1999. McCain reverted to the Islam religion around 2004, and apparently posted his dedication to the extremist group on social media, tweeting: "It takes a warrior to understand a warrior. Pray for ISIS." His cousin says he changed noticeably around those who knew him, but never mentioned being involved in a terrorist group.
A shooting instructor at an Arizona gun range is dead after being shot in the head by a 9-year-old girl. Authorities say Charles Vacca had been showing the girl how to use an automatic Uzi. The weapon's recoil caused it to go over her head, shooting Vacca. One firearms safety expert says he wouldn't expect a 9-year-old to be able to handle an Uzi.
The former MSU-Mankato football player who was beaten outside a Mankato bar last spring has recovered enough to visit his former teammates. Isaac Kolstad returned to his hometown of Mankato to visit a football practice according to a post by his wife, on CaringBridge. Kolstad suffered a skull fracture when he was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head back in May, leaving him in critical condition. Kolstad is now walking on his own and talking in short sentences. A YouCaring.com page has raised over $71,000 for the Kolstad family since the incident.
The Red River Zoo is planning to get two of the most endangered cats in the world. The Zoo's working on a project to get Amur Leopards and Amur Tigers. The zoo is in the planning stages of the $3 million project. It was asked by a conservation organization to take on these endangered species, because of the zoo's breeding success with other cold-climate animals.
Here's what you'll find in today's Forum: Lexi Bolstad returns for what she calls her "super senior year."
And tune in for the news tonight: The first day of classes kick off at Fargo public schools.
Time now for our retweet of the day... it's a viral video from BuzzFeed... "A dad secretly filmed his teenage daughter taking selfies and it's amazingly embarrassing."
This video has been watched over 1.3 million times on YouTube since it was posted a few days ago.
You can watch that retweet again too @WDAYnews or on my Twitter handle @LaneWDAY.
Thank you for tuning in today. Join us again tonight at 5, 6 and 10 for more news.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.