GRAND FORKS -- Farmers went to downtown Grand Forks to welcome new neighbors from other countries. It's an early celebration of World Refugee Day.
FARGO, ND—A Fargo teacher that was taken out of her classroom last November is coming back to teach. The school district looked into complaints and found Andrea Deschamp bullied her students several times. Parents reached out to WDAY with concerns about her coming back. Parents say there's a bigger issue at the heart of it. An anonymous mom tells WDAY that school is a place where students should feel safe. She doesn't want other parents to go through what she did.
FARGO, ND - Last year North Dakota saw 62 cases of West Nile Virus across the state. Two of those were fatal. Fargo Cass Public Health anticipates these numbers are even higher than what's being reported. Some symptoms of the virus can be tricky to self-diagnose. Grand Forks officials have found the first presence of the West Nile Virus in the valley. Fargo Cass Public Health tells WDAY because West Nile Virus is considered endemic to the state, it's not the question of if more mosquitoes with the virus will be found, it's when.
FARGO, ND -Two British women are have made their way to Fargo as part of a year-long charity bike ride around the world. They're pedaling thousands of miles for Pencils of Promise with a goal of building a school in Ghana. "We thought it was going to be a physical challenge, but it's actually keeping your head going when the winds are tough, it's raining, it's cold, or you haven't spoken to anyone in a long time," said cyclist Clair Gover.
FARGO—A new study from the Centers For Disease Control shows North Dakota has the highest percentage increase of suicide rates between 2009 and 2016. The Vital Signs study shows 58.6 percent increase in the state's rates, which is at least ten percent higher than the next state, which is Vermont. WDAY reached out to the Village Family Services to find out why these numbers have jumped so much over the course of those 17 years.
FARGO—There are simple ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Mosquito repellents can get expensive, and aren't guaranteed to work. Consumers may be out the money, and still be looking for relief. Some think that finding an alternative to mosquito repellent is as complicated as mixing a bunch of chemicals, but locals are finding solutions to fighting pesky mosquitoes in their own medicine cabinet. Davis Baana told us he uses a trick his mom taught him. He says creamy baby oil will deter biting bugs.
FARGO—Happy Harry's Ribfest brings well-know rib vendors to the area. The event also hosts others, like D & D Concessions, who sell cheese curds and funnel cake. The Kjaer family is highly dedicated to their food stands. Their success started with grandmother Dodie Kjaer thirty years ago. They have family working at five different booths throughout Happy Harry's Ribfest this year. Dodie's son Darin Kjaer says, "Thought I'd help them on the weekends. It's a full time job."
MOORHEAD—For many lemonade stands are among the sweet staples of summer, but for one young Moorhead girl it's for a personal cause. Most 11-year-olds would spend a chunk of cash on summer fun, but Niveah Badillo has something else in mind. With the help of some friends, they set up shop. The money they make will go to non-profits for a cause hitting close to home. "I just wanted to help my brother because I love my brother so much and he means the world to me," said Niveah.
FARGO, N.D. --A man is facing charges Thursday, from scaring several shoppers at West Acres and Target in Fargo. On Wednesday, May 30, police put out a plea on Facebook after they got reports of the man sexually propositioning the victims. Today they identified the man as 50-year-old Lonnie Weiand from Minot, North Dakota. He's facing two counts of disorderly conduct. West Acres plans to press charges for trespassing as well.
FARGO N.D.—More and more employers are turning to social media to help decide who to hire, and one questionable post online could mean you're out of the running. Kaitlyn Ryan is keeping an even closer eye on her social media now that she's graduated. "My entire life I've always been told to be careful what you post on social media," said Ryan. She even made sweep of her accounts- saying one bad post - could jeopardize a potential job.