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(WDAY)—If you're planning any long summer road trips you might want to check the pump. We took a look at what gas prices drivers can expect and why the Fargo area is lucking out. Your vacation might end before you even get on the road as gas prices start climbing for the summer. This year, AAA says American drivers are expected to spend more than $364 billion dollars on gas. They say the average family spends nearly $2,000. Their national averages are up by about 40 cents compared to last year, right now the average is $2.81 per gallon.
FARGO—People are painting the town red for missing indigenous women. Saturday afternoon about 40 women and men marched in solemn unity across town. The quiet crowd was a streak of red; their symbol for missing indigenous women around the nation in part of National Awareness Day for missing and murdered Indigenous Women. The National Crime Information Center reports there are nearly 6,000 missing native women around the U.S. with North Dakota alone having 125 cases. The march is a reminder of how close to home the issue is.
METRO—When you're outside this summer the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants your help to look out for bears. It's unusual to see or hear a black bear in the Red River Valley, but the Minnesota DNR wants you to keep an eye out, not just for safety, but also for research. Wildlife experts have been seeing a trend in bear migration range. They say, most bears live towards the north-eastern part of Minnesota in the forested areas, but many are starting to head west.
FARGO/MOORHEAD—There is now a timeline in place for the environmental impact review of the proposed FM diversion project. A contract was agreed to Thursday during a meeting with state and local leaders. Starting next week, the diversion authority will be conducting studies near the Red River and Wild Rice River. It will be placing markers to see what kind of effect the diversion could have on the environment. The Minnesota DNR will also be conducting its own separate survey. This is to make sure there are no gaps missed while assessing impact.
FARGO, N.D. — A Hazen woman is back on her feet after being paralyzed from the neck down. Deb Jochim struggled to walk to her doctor today, but a few months ago it wasn't even possible. On November 22, Deb fell down her basement stairs. It left her terrified, traumatized, and paralyzed.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Firefighters are still cleaning up after a controlled burn got out of hand. A day after fire spread to the West Fargo stockyard, not much is left of the 120 hay bales. Firefighters responded to the fire around 7:00 p.m. Sunday night, April 29. It took 15 fire trucks from four departments to put out the flames. Firefighters say the wind kicked up some embers from a nearby controlled burn, which started the surrounding grass and pens on fire. Three buildings were caught in the blaze, but only sustained minor damage.
FARGO-MOORHEAD -- Thousands of people around the metro are checking out the latest in home design. The doors of possibility are opening for families around the area as the first weekend wraps up on the 58th Parade of Homes. 93 homes from 50 different home-building companies are spread throughout the area, stretching from Moorhead to Horace. Throughout the parade, thousands of people visit these homes. Home-builders say the show doesn't just help those looking, it also helps those building.
FARGO -- It's a small device that could save your life, and the Red Cross wants everyone in the metro to have one. The day started off with a bucket and a ladder for more than 200 volunteers around the metro. They were walking around the metro going door-to-door, offering to install fire alarms and replace batteries for neighbors. It's part of a national movement called "Sound the Alarm" from the Red Cross. Alarm installations are happening in every state until May 13th.
FARGO—A local 7-year-old says he can't believe his wish came true. Chase Jones was surprised with a camper from Make-A-Wish. He has been fighting leukemia since November 2016. Because of his illness, he hasn't been able to get outside, so his wish was to go camping with his family. His parents say Chase is still going through treatments, but is getting stronger every day. Chase says he'll show off his camper to his friends. "I'm gonna tell them I'm so happy my wish came true," said Chase Jones.
FARGO, N.D. — Health officials in Cass County are preparing for the worst with an emergency simulation. Nearly 85 first responders from eight agencies gathered at Fargo North High School to get "medication" to people who needed it during a simulated community health scare. This type of operation is called a "Point of Dispensing" system. It's used during medical emergencies, like the H1N1 breakout in 2009.