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NORTH DAKOTA—If you don't want to go to the doctor's office, you can now just pull out your phone. E-vsits are now available at Sanford in North Dakota. Meaning, instead of waiting at a doctor's office, patients can talk to a provider online. All you have to do is log onto My Sanford Chart, and select E-Visit. You complete a questionnaire about symptoms and then get a response from a doctor within four hours. Doctors say this technology helps for small things like pink eye, rashes, and colds.
HAWLEY—Hightail Ranch and Rescue in Hawley is back in court after an ex-client is disputing a judge's decision. Thursday afternoon, judges listened to arguments from Hightail Ranch and Rescue owner Charlotte Tuhy and her ex-client Jeanne Schindler. Schindler sued Tuhy in 2016. She claims Tuhy charged her about $10,000 dollars for services they didn't agree on. This came out after accusations horses weren't being properly cared for. The Judge ruled in favor of Tuhy, saying Schindler signed a contract that agreed upon "extra expenses."
WEST FARGO—West Fargo School District is releasing the record of the bus driver who hit a young girl. Tuesday, Donna Engness hit and injured a young girl near Freedom Elementary while driving a school bus. Records show Engness had one speeding ticket in 2016 before she became a bus driver. School files also show Engness was cited in November while driving her route. She received a Letter of Reprimand and was reassigned to a different bus route. Engness was fired from the district on Tuesday, no charges have yet been filed.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — If you're driving through orange construction cones, you might get a little confused when it comes to where the lanes are, or where you're supposed to drive. West Fargo is buzzing with machines as some major streets get some major construction. On 19th Ave. W., cars have to go down a bypass when traveling southbound on Sheyenne. It's a hassle for drivers and homeowners alike. "You don't leave, and you can't go left, you have to go all the way down to the end and come back around," says Bruce Werner, who lives near the construction.
FARGO, N.D. — It's hydrant flushing season for area fire departments. The Fargo Fire Department spent Monday afternoon cleaning them out around Osgood. They're making sure the water is clear of debris and sediment build up. Firefighters say each hydrant flows over 1,000 gallons a minute, so it's important to make sure they're clean. This also helps them double check any problems the hydrants might have had over the winter.
JAMESTOWN—Two children are left without a mom unexpectedly this Mother's Day after their mother was shot and killed outside of her home Saturday afternoon. Her ex-husband 27-year-old Kevin Hoff has admitted to shooting her inside a car when turning himself in. A neighbor found discovered her body and the aftermath. "It was right before 4 o'clock, I was down in my apartment and I heard, what I knew right away was three gunshots," said Michael Docktor, neighbor first on the scene.
WAHPETON—One mother is teeing up after recovering from a major loss. Jessica Siefken hit the course, surrounded by friends and family. It's a fun weekend tournament, but with it comes a sombering side. In 2015, Jessica lost her son, John or "Spencer" Reimer II to M-CADD, a rare genetic condition, preventing the body from converting certain fats to energy. Spencer was only three days old when he died from M-CADD complications.
FARGO, N.D. — Some are crying "fowl" over a new visitor at the Fargo Solid Waste Department. Geese are making their nests near the landfill. About two weeks ago, people spotted the bird sitting on top of a dirt pile near the corner of 45th St. and 7th Ave. She's been there ever since, protecting her babies. The birds are a common sight around the landfill, which is right across the street. The Fargo Solid Waste Department owns the land, and they see hundreds of birds flock in each year.
DETROIT LAKES Minn.—If you're going to the lake, expect a lot of company on the water for the Minnesota fishing opener. This year, around half a million anglers are expected to hit the waters around Minnesota for some walleye and pike. It's a time of the year that jump-starts the summer season, and brings in thousands of people from around the nation. "We know we have a lot of people from Arizona, Texas, Florida, who come and maybe open the cabin and spend time with family," said Carrie Johnson, DL chamber of commerce.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Detroit Mountain is getting a makeover, after receiving a $1 million grant. This summer the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will be expanding some of its facilities. The grant was awarded last year after approval from the Minnesota Department of natural resources. . The money will be used to lengthen bike trails and expand land from the original 200 acres to about 350 acres. A new treehouse and playground will also be constructed near the beginner ski hills for kids.