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METRO --A little snow turned into a lot of crashes on area roads. Troopers across Minnesota saw more than 130 crashes Friday morning. Almost 200 vehicles went into ditches. In our area alone, cars slid off I-94 at mile markers 5, 14, 24, 31, 65, and 90, and this is only round one. The overnight inches caused commuters some problems Friday morning. Troopers said they spent the early hours pulling drivers out of ditches. More than a dozen cars slid off the highway between 7 and 10 Friday morning, many of them were roll-overs.
FARGO—Grad students showcased their thesis Thursday afternoon, in a hurry. More than 40 NDSU grad students took part in the Three Minute Thesis Competition. The winner received a $1,000 cash prize. They're judged on clarity, enthusiasm, and research knowledge. Students said the competition gave them confidence during a tough time. "Being in grad school is a tough journey, there's a lot of tears, a lot of frustration, so being rewarded by that, it feels very good," said Cecilia Monclova, PhD student.
FARGO—Congressman Kevin Cramer celebrated the new tax reform at a luncheon Thursday afternoon in Fargo. The non-partisan group "Americans for Prosperity" invited him to speak about the impact of the new law. Cramer was joined by North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. They spoke about how they think the reform will improve the economy. Cramer said the luncheon was more than just a "victory lap," but a way to educate the public on the reform.
Minn.—Minnesota lawmakers are working on the most talked about issue in the country right now, gun control. There are five bills currently drafted in Minnesota relating to firearms. Two were introduced by Representative Jim Nash. His "stand your ground bill" would allow lethal force to be used to stop felonies regardless of whether a person is in their home or not. "Minnesota is just trying to say it's okay to have self-defense and use it, to defend yourself and your family," said Craig Roe, Gun Owner.
FARGO—If you're suffering from colds this winter, the answer could be extra vitamins. Monday afternoon, a naturopathic doctor visited Natural Grocers in Fargo. She gave a seminar on how to stay healthy over the winter, and how to prevent colds and the flu. Information included the number of hours to sleep, what foods to eat and how to keep your immune system healthy. She said one key to good health in the winter is taking extra Vitamin D.
WEST FARGO—An early morning tank fire lead to a day of smoke covering West Fargo. Many West Fargo residents were asking 'what's happening' as they watched a plume of black smoke rise into the sky Sunday morning. "I looked out the window and there were big black clouds out there," said Duwayne Mitchell, West Fargo Resident. Flames blazed through the air at the Magellan Facility near Main Avenue. The piping connection near a tank caught on fire, burning 1,200 barrels of diesel fuel.
(WDAY)—Cold temps aren't stopping dedicated divers from jumping in the water. This afternoon, nearly 50 people took the plunge for the annual, "Freezin' for a Reason" Polar Plunge. "We walked from the car into here and I was like 'I don't know why I'm doing this' it's so cold!" said Shayla Streit, Participant. Even though it was 20 degrees, they went belly flopping, knowing full well this is for a cause they care about.
METRO—The Metro is loaded with little hockey players wearing toques and sweatpants. 80-teams are here for round two of the Squirt International Hockey Tournament. Over the course of three weekends, hundreds of families from all over the U.S. and Canada drive into town to play hockey. Nearby hotels, restaurants, and stores quickly fill up with out-of-town customers between games leaving the metro in a financial upswing. This year, there are more than 200 teams playing in the tournament that's about 200 kids with parents and loved ones watching.
(WDAY)—Muzzleloaders are grabbing their guns for the Muzzleloaders Trade Fair. 30 vendors are showing off their colonial era goods at the Red River Regional Marksmanship Center. From firearms to period clothing the convention features a variety of items from American West history. Organizers are expecting more than 300 people to attend the event. The trade fair runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
FARGO—A recent report shows people are adding on to homes instead of building from scratch. The F-M Home Builder's Association reports building permits have gone down in the past year. Total permits have gone down by more than 300 since 2017, but that doesn't mean construction has stopped around the metro. "The numbers might be going down a little here and there, but we're seeing growth in our outlying communities and the commercial and residential remodelling are still very strong and increasing," said Dustin Murray with The Home Builder's Association.