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(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.
FARGO—Women went red Thursday afternoon at the annual "Go Red for Women" luncheon in Fargo. 180 women from around the metro ate lunch at the Radisson. The lunch hour was spent listening to healthy heart tips and ways to support the nation-wide movement to end heart disease. Doctors told them heart health doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming.
FARGO—Doorbell security cameras are becoming more common, as people ditch the alarms for video. A security camera in the doorbell isn't as rare as you would think, security companies around the metro are seeing an increase in home camera installations. A recent study shows there are more than 2-million burglaries in the U.S. each year; that's one burglary every 15 seconds. To avoid being hit, technicians say people are getting rid of the old motion detectors and looking towards video for protection.
FARGO—Police are still looking for two people, after they were caught on camera robbing a home. The two shown in the video above were caught in the act, by a "ring" door camera, Thursday afternoon. The homeowners watched it while it was happening on their phone. The video captured the two men entering the home, then leaving within a few minutes with stolen items. Nobody was home at the time of the robbery.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—From snowy races to icy art, Detroit Lakes was packed with winter fun at Polar Fest. Runners had an early and cold start Sunday morning for the 4th annual "Snoway But Up" races at Detroit Lake Mountain. They had to race up two miles of ski hills packed with snow and ice. It sounds like a steep challenge, but they called it fun. To avoid slipping, some went sliding. Others skipped the sled and hopped on the wheels for a fat tire bike race that began after runners finished.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—It doesn't matter what your ability level is, everyone was included at Polar Fest. Hope Inc.'s "Adaptive Downhill Skiing" program got people on the powder Sunday afternoon. Four volunteers helped eight kids and adults with mobility challenges ski down the slopes. They meet every Sunday at Detroit Mountain to practice. New skiers in the program say even though the afternoon was fun, it was also heartwarming. "Having people, strangers, care about you and helping you achieve something is emotional," said Lynn Miller, Skier.
FARGO—From scooping to boxing, thousands of people did their part to help feed kids around the world. Volunteers packed into Atonement Church Saturday afternoon. Each one spent two hours scooping, taping, and lifting. Despite the hard work, these faces had nothing but smiles. Over the past two days, more than 2,500 volunteers packed food for the nonprofit "Feed My Starving Children." It was the fourth annual packing event at this church. Four schools, 10 businesses, and 10 churches from around the metro helped pack more than 500,000 meals.