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Published January 20, 2013, 09:50 PM

Family members fight the cold to keep a memorial alive in Grand Forks

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Even on the coldest days, the families of two victims killed by a drunken driver still keep up a memorial. And they have to keep putting it up, because someone keeps taking it down.

By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Even on the coldest days, the families of two victims killed by a drunken driver still keep up a memorial. And they have to keep putting it up, because someone keeps taking it down.

The intersection of Columbia Road and 17th Avenue South may not mean much to the average driver. But to the families of two victims killed here by a drunk driver, it means everything.

Jackie Hoffarth/Victim's Sister: "This is where they passed away, and so that has special meaning for us."

The memorial honoring James Freestone and Tasha Brenno has been up since the deadly 2010 crash. Recently, someone has been taking it down.

Desiree Price/Victim's Sister: "The person that is doing it has said that he's not going to stop. This isn't something that we're doing to hurt people, it's something we're doing out of love for James and Tasha."

Jackie: "It's been tough because there are no rules as far as state or city law concerning this sort of thing. So it's been difficult to know what to do about this kind of conflict."

Desiree: "As long as I'm living in Grand Forks. This site will stay up, no matter how much it gets taken down."

Drivers passing by seem to agree.

Desiree: "I know since we've started coming out and putting it back up more people are honking at us and waving."

Jackie: "People that don't even know us, were not connected with the accident or James and Tasha, have really shown a lot of love and support and feel that it's a good thing to be reminded of what happened here."

The family says coming back to the site of the accident gives them a feeling like no other.

J: It also allows us to see this intersection as I guess a part of them as oppose to just the accident itself. he victims' families say the memorial also represents the two survivors in the car that night. Katie Olson and Michael Badurek.

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