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MOORHEAD—Concert goers are breathing a sigh of relief after malfunctioning fireworks barely missed them during a performance. This is meant to be a 'special finale.' Instead, one firework shot off horizontally, shooting towards the crowd of over 2,500 people. Then landing in the middle of the stage and exploding in the middle of the performing musicians. "It was certainly frightening," said Linda Boyd of the FM Symphony Orchestra. Linda Boyd and her team put in more time and work just to include fireworks at the symphony's Legend of Rock's concert.
FARGO -- Senator Heidi Heitkamp honored 'Heroes' in our postal service' on Friday. Heitkamp presented two special recipients a 'General Hero' award. Josh Hefta from Minto and Merideth Gozdal from Drayton were honored for helping elderly neighbors in their community. Gozdal asked the Sheriff's office to make a welfare check when she noticed an elderly man did not pick any of his mail up.
METRO -- MSUM is now all sold out of its eclipse glasses, so are other stores in the metro. The glasses are selling for $50 to $100 dollars online, but if you don't have glasses, you're not out of luck. You're probably looking forward to seeing the eclipse for the first time since 1979. You don't need glasses to view the big spectacle. With some tools in hand, we tried it out some alternative or 'indirect ways' to view the sun.
FARGO -- Leaders from all across the country came together to fight one growing problem, drug and substance abuse.
KULM, N.D. -- The granddaughter of a convicted cult leader is warning people in Kulm, North Dakota Gordon Winrod may be re-establishing a sect in their community. The 90-year old Winrod was just released from prison after serving 10 years for abducting and brainwashing six of his grandchildren in the mid 90's. This old building, dating back to 1924, has been vacant for about a year.
FARGO—A video is showing how vulnerable homeless people in Fargo can be. Police say they got a call about the fight happening off of 13th Avenue South right near Petro Serve, But by the time officers arrived the homeless man and driver were already gone. The homeless community says they're often victimized. Pastor Sue Koesterman from Churches United says fights or attacks like this towards the homeless in the metro are common, but she hasn't see something like this quite before.
MOORHEAD—Anyone is welcome to enjoy food and music at this year's annual Churches United's Annual Picnic. The 8th annual event started at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at Gooseberry Park in Moorhead. The homeless shelter hopes to say 'thank you' to all their supporters. It's also a way for guests at the shelter to get outdoors and enjoy a barbeque, something they normally wouldn't have the opportunity to do. Churches United hopes everyone, whether a sponsor or guest walks away feeling appreciated.
MOORHEAD—In a little more than one month, single-sort recycling is a huge success in the city of Moorhead. In July, the city collected 229 tons of recycling. That's about 42 percent of the overall pick-up the city did last year. It will be even more successful when people living in apartments get on board.
FARGO—Friday is the last night of the spectacular fireworks shows at the West Fargo fairgrounds. If you take in the event, they're majestic. The best fireworks professionals in the country trying to top each other. But if you turn in early, it's a nightmare. Authorities have taken more than 30 calls because the fireworks shows go well into the night. The PGI Convention is gearing up for it's last show. And people here say they try their best to keep the loudest, and largest fireworks at the top of their show before it gets too dark.
FARGO—West Acres has new signs, asking you not to bring any guns into the mall. There are 26 stickers on any door underneath the West Acres sign. They were put up by just a day after the constitutional carry law went into effect in North Dakota in early August. Like any other shopping day, most come to the mall for some good finds. "We just figured this was a good way to avoid any confusion or any questions that might come up," said Chris Heaton, West Acres Property Management.