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FARGO—Icy road conditions Friday morning left some people in the ditch. North Dakota Highway Patrol says there were separate crashes between 7:45 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. on the I-94 bridge crossing the Red River. No one was hurt, but two pickups were severely damaged. Patrol officers say part of the problem was the black ice that coated the road, but another was the drivers themselves. Officers say they see nearly 70,000 people drive over that bridge every day, and many aren't prepared to stop while rushing to work.
FARGO—The Great Plains Food Bank is celebrating after being awarded a grant from the Red Nose Day Fund. From now until May 31., the fund will give $10,000 to the food bank for its children's programs. The Backpack Program, Youth Summer Meals, and the School Pantry program will share the donation. The food bank says the money will supply more than 30,000 meals for children around the region.
FARGO—If a an error message pops up on your computer, you might want to think twice before calling the tech support number. The Better Business Bureau has received more than 7,000 reports to the Scam Tracker in the past two years from people claiming a company contacted them to fix problems on their computer. The scam starts with an alert message appearing on the screen with a number you can call for help. They use familiar company names like Microsoft to get people to click.
FARGO—For the first time in over a decade North Dakota's population has decreased. Between 2016 and 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau reports the state's population was a little over 755,000. That's about 150 fewer people than the year before. This is the first time the population has decreased since 2002. The North Dakota Census Office says a reason for the drop could be due to a decline in active drilling rigs, pushing jobs out of the state. But they say the decrease isn't a big loss.
FARGO—For many, Jan. 1 is the start of a new year, but for some, it's the beginning of a new life. Robert and Marla Banish of Milnor have a new addition to their family. "She's little, but she's healthy and happy," said Marla Banish, mother. Evelyn Banish was the first baby born this year in Fargo. Even though she is the third child, Evelyn still surprised her parents. Her due date was supposed to be Feb. 14. "Oh I was nervous, I was scared - waiting to hear her cry or make some sort of sound... it seemed like it took forever," said Banish.
CASTLE ROCK, CO—A man injured in a deadly disturbance call over the weekend, grew up in our region. Authorities say 41-year-old Tom O'Donnell was shot Sunday, in a shooting that left four law enforcement officers injured, killing one sheriff's deputy in Colorado. O'Donnell is an officer with the Castle Rock Police Department. He is originally from Underwood, Minnesota and a graduate of Bemidji State University. O'Donnell's family confirmed to WDAY that he was shot in the knee, but is now okay. He spent a few hours in the hospital Sunday.
FARGO—Bars throughout downtown filled up with people 21-years-old and older, and many stayed up to ring in the new year. But New Year's Eve isn't just for night owls, Sunday afternoon, families celebrated by getting wild at the Red River Zoo. Hundreds stepped out into the cold to see the animals one last time this year at the fourth annual "Zoo Year's Eve" party. "We come every year, regardless of temperature. We just bundle up and out we go," said Jennifer Johnsrud, parent.
FARGO—As people go out to celebrate the holidays, police will be going out on patrols to keep everyone safe. Sunday, you might see police cars roaming the metro more frequently than most nights. Officers say New Year's Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year. Last year, there were 120 calls between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m., most were for intoxication. Police warned partiers to have a sober driver and to wear layers.
FARGO—Hundreds of pets, over 700 are taken every year around the holidays to animal shelters. Those cats and dogs, usually given as presents. Man's best friend has a ruff time around the holidays. Homeward Animal Shelter fills up just days after Christmas with dogs and cats, meant as a loving gift.
FARGO—As people prepare for the new year, animal shelters are preparing to receive lots of "christmas puppies." Homeward Animal Shelter has received dozens of surrendered dogs and cats intended as Christmas presents to loved ones. The shelter Executive Director say "pet presents" might be cute, but most people don't realize it can be at least a 15 year commitment. When people realize they're not ready for that commitment, they surrender the pet, which can have a lasting impact on the animal.