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(WDAY)—One blogger is travelling the country to teach people how to deal with their student loans. A typical post on Phil Risher's blog includes pictures and videos that show weeks of travelling, but through all the fun there's financial advice. "All this takes is a little financial planning and discipline," said Risher. Phil started this adventure when he graduated from college in 2012. He tells us he spent two years saving dollars while living with his dad, there's even a template on his blog showing his strict budget.
DETROIT LAKES—Shady Hollow is open for business and thousands of people have already stopped by. The Detroit Lakes flea market opened Saturday morning for the Memorial Day weekend. Shady Hollow employees say they've seen thousands of people within the first day and are expecting to see more on Sunday. The market has been going on for the past 45 years. It covers three and a half acres with vendors, local boutiques, and food trucks. People who stopped by today say this year seems busier than last year.
DETROIT LAKES—Lake lovers are flocking to the beaches while remembering the meaning of Memorial Day. It's a sunny weekend in Detroit Lakes and people are hitting the beach before the big holiday. "It's the start of the summer, and this is where it kind of kicks off and living in lakes country is the best place to enjoy it," said Alyssa, enjoying the weekend. The Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce says it's one of the busiest times of year, seeing hundreds of people drive through everyday around Memorial Day. Many visiting family and enjoying the weather.
With all of the commotion on the lakes, the Minnesota DNR wants people to remember - safety first.
MOORHEAD—Four middle schooler are putting the pedal to the pavement after getting new bikes from police. It's part of the new "Police Athletics and Activities League" a non-profit that helps partner officers with children, in positive ways. The department donated these bikes - they were unclaimed and saved for public auction. The kids that got the bikes are from Horizon Middle School. "To the stores sometimes, because my mom tells me to go to the store to get stuff, and now I'll get there faster," said Donika Garcia, 6th Grader.
DICKEY, N.D.—One woman from Dickey, North Dakota is "powering on" with a new knee prosthesis; she's one of only two people in the state who have it. Everyday 58-year-old Joyce Kuhnly, pushes a button to power her left knee so she can get up and walk. She is one of only two people in North Dakota who owns a "power knee." It's a motorized, battery powered prosthetic that can cost up to $90,000, but she says it's worth the price. "It'll just pick you up and throw you out of the chair!" said Joyce.
FARGO N.D.—Essentia Health is introducing its newest addition, the Medical Equipment and Supplies facility. Tuesday afternoon, managers cut the ribbon for an open house at the facility. People got to tour the building, and get demonstrations of the different equipment used there. They've been open for a little less than a year, and managers say they see hundreds of patients each day. The new facility works specifically with equipment like prosthetics and respiratory care systems. The new facility is on 35th avenue south, next to Dak Tech.
OAKES, N.D. — A North Dakota irrigation pump is crossing an ocean to help a farmer with dry land. It's an exciting day for Dyna Flo, Inc. as they send their first irrigation pump overseas. The Oakes-based company got a call in January from a farmer in Australia looking to buy a pump. Employees say the farmer saw the pump on YouTube and called because pumps like this aren't sold anywhere in Australia, and he lives in a dry region. The irrigation pump is $1,500 pounds and costs $9,500. It can pump 3,000 gallons of water a minute.
LISBON, ND -- A Lisbon family is in shock after their beloved horse went missing. Felicia Schultz woke up Wednesday morning to find one of her horses gone and the gate wires cut. It's a loss that cuts deep, for the whole family. "He was a big part in our lives, he was so - when you had trouble in the day you could just go out and pet him. He's like a best friend that just doesn't talk," says Emerson Schultz.
FARGO -- Saturday morning's marathon races saw thousands of people, some decided to ditch the traditional running pants for a different get-up. Thousands of people were at the Fargodome bright and early this morning for the big 10K, half-marathon, and marathon. Everyone 's goal is to reach that finish line, but each one has their own reason for running. Some are doing it as a charitable act, like Ben. "I made a service project raising awareness for kidney health and chronic kidney disease," says runner Ben Norman.