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MOORHEAD, M.N.—A Moorhead farm is bringing back its chills and thrills for Halloween. Tonight is opening weekend for the Moorhead Haunted Farm. WDAY News spoke to the owner who says they've added an extra 2 areas for people to walk around in. 35 actors in creepy costumes will be running around. The owner Mel Nygaard says he expects nearly 300 people to come out this weekend. He hopes this year's scares will keep them coming back for more.
FARGO — A professional chimney cleaner's workload has doubled now that fall has arrived. He now cleans about 10 chimneys per day as the weather cools and people look to heat their homes. It's many hours of hard labor but it helps homeowners, like Carolyn Freyberger, feel a lot safer. "We just bought our house a couple months ago, so we're not sure if it's clean or if they've used it, so you don't want to just start using a fireplace and have something happen," homeowner Carolyn Freyberger said.
For the next two weeks, it's going to be all about the beets. Farmers around the countryside are scrambling to get the plants out of the ground and into trucks. Harvest means full days and long nights of work. National Sugar Beets Association member Duane Maatz says it's a lot of overnight hours because they need to get everything out of the ground quickly.
FARGO, N.D.—Parents hit the books at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School in Fargo. About a dozen moms and dads took their kid's place in the classroom. Every year the school invites the parents of 6th graders to swap jobs with their kids for one day. Parents have to sit in class, take notes, and even eat in the cafeteria just like their kid would. Parent Betsy Bohnenblust says it gives them the chance to see what their kid is up to every day.
FARGO, N.D.—Two small, but important clues helped police arrest the man believed to be behind a murder at a Mcdonald's parking lot. An incident report released Tuesday, Sept. 25, shows it took officers over 24 hours to find Miguel Cooley Sr. in Rochester. During that time, officers found a 45-caliber cartridge in the Main Avenue parking lot where 20-year-old Gabriel Perez was gunned down. Police also found a phone number in the victim's bedroom that belonged to Cooley's wife.
HAWLEY, Minn. — Police are looking for the man who caused two schools in Hawley to going into a lockdown. Cody Littleghost, 31, was last seen running away from police Monday afternoon, Sept. 18.
NORTH DAKOTA—North Dakota consumers will have an easier time protecting themselves from identity theft with "free" credit freezes. Starting Friday, a new federal law will eliminating the 5-dollar charge for credit freezes. This comes nearly a year after the data breach at Equifax, where personal information from more than 60-million people was stolen. To encourage consumers to freeze their accounts, the law also allows a temporary "thaw." The credit bureau will give you a "PIN" that can be used if access to the account is needed.
FARGO, N.D.—For the next two days your dinner plans can help support the Special Olympics. All Applebee's locations around North Dakota are partnering up with local law enforcement to raise money for the Special Olympics. Officers will be helping bus tables for tips. All the money they make will be donated. WDAY News spoke with an Applebee's manager Ryan Scheevel who says this event helps a lot of different groups.
FARGO — Only memories and a few boxes are left in the hallways of the old Fargo City Hall. All departments finished moving into their new home last week. WDAY spoke to the city engineer Brenda Derrig about that transition, she says the hardest part wasn't moving into the new place, it was going back to pick things up. "Once you come here and then you go back, it's hard to go back. It's very musty smelling and dusty, and it's just an old building," City of Fargo Engineer Brenda Derrig said.
FARGO, N.D.—NDSU is showing its support for veterans by officially joining the N-D Cares program. Monday afternoon, September 17, NDSU president Dean Bresciani signed on with the program in a ceremony. Joining this program means, going forward the university will work with veterans more closely and offer more assistance to them while they're going to college. Bresciani was joined by a general from the North Dakota National Guard, and a representative from ND Cares.