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METRO—It's not shocking to see storm clouds this time of year. But a little electricity in the air, could mean your hide is fried. With the recent storms, emergency management teams are trying to remind people that dangerous weather can come in all forms, not just funnels. WDAY spoke with Clay County Emergency Management Director Lieutenant Bryan Green. His employees go through specific training each year for severe weather. They say lightning is the number one danger to people, not tornadoes or blizzards.
FARGO N.D.—A Fargo cemetery is calling in reinforcements to deal with some pesky poultry. Dozens of the big birds have made themselves at home among the graves. It's quiet around Riverside Cemetery as the manager drives through the grounds. But it doesn't take long before the sound of a turkey gobble can be heard. Cemetery manager, Katie Paxton, has dealt with the birds before - but she says this year seems extra crowded. "They're here because they know it's like a safe-haven. They're not gonna get picked on or chased," she said.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and Representative Rick Nolan are touring Minnesota ahead of the primary in their bid to become the next Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the state. They stopped by the Marriott in Moorhead this afternoon to discuss their views on the race and their opinion of opponent Erin Murphy. Swanson announced her gubernatorial campaign just one week ago, after losing the democratic endorsement for her current position.
DETROIT LAKES M.N. -- It's a bittersweet day for donut-cravings around Detroit Lakes, as a century-old business shuts its doors.
FARGO N.D.—A man is in the hospital after a fire at the Fargo High Rise. WDAY was on scene with fire crews at about 11 Tuesday morning. People living in the building say smoke was coming from a room on the 7th floor. Firefighters had to break into the room where they found a small fire and an injured man. The flames were small and only the one room had some smoke damage. The man is now in the hospital but is expected to be okay. Crews tell WDAY they're still trying to figure out what started the fire.
WEST FARGO N.D.—The YWCA is getting a little bigger with the help of a West Fargo church. Today, the YWCA broke ground at the new "Grace Garden" location. The new housing unit will cost about $7 million, and it will be home to 30 at-risk families. The unit is a partnership between Gate City Bank, Lutheran Church of the Cross, and the YWCA. It will actually be built on land owned by the church. WDAY spoke to Pastor Joel Baranko who said the YWCA will be leasing the land.
WEST FARGO N.D.—A mobile library is making its way through West Fargo this summer. This is the first year for the "Little Red Reading Bus." All summer, the bus will be making stops at several West Fargo Parks. Kids are welcome to stop by and pick out a book. Bus managers say they have about 3,000 books, most of them are donated. Guardians using the mobile library today say it's a great way to get out of the house.
FARGO N.D.—The booths are set, and the ribs are ready, only your appetite is needed for Happy Harry's Ribfest. Tuesday afternoon, about a hundred people spent hours turning the FargoDome parking lot, into a kitchen and restaurant. This year, there are seven main rib cookers, and about 40 other vendors serving up corn on the cob, cheese curds and more. The Fargodome is expecting about 50,000 people to take it in. Happy Harry's Ribfest begins Wednesday morning, June 6, at 11. Admission is 5 dollars.
COLFAX N.D.—Mayor Scott Gauslow helps clean up the community during his downtime, it's a duty he says he shares with many in Colfax. Lately, he's been trying to clean up the reputation of the city as well, after sexual misconduct accusations rocked Richland 44 high school. Five teenage boys are facing charges of hazing and sexual assault in a so-called "rape game." Gauslow says, "I just hope at some point the school, the community, can move on from this." Gauslow says the community has been trying to rebuild its reputation ever since.
FARGO -- It's a blast from the past at Essentia Health with the annual NICU reunion as the clinic brought past patients to celebrate with games and candy. About 100 people joined the party, all past patients of the NICU.