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GRAND FORKS—America's National Christmas Tree made a pit stop in Grand Forks on Sunday. It's that over 60 foot tree that's set to be delivered to the capitol building in Washington D.C but Sunday morning the driver stopped in Grand Forks to give us a holiday treat. A whistle stop to mark a special arrival as the people's tree comes to town. "I think it's very rare I guess because Grand Forks is not as big as a town as like other places," said Faith Tayor, signed banner.
NORTH DAKOTA—The hearts and homes of families in Grand Forks are growing. Saturday marks National Adoption Day and dozens of children across North Dakota wait for a forever home. It's all celebration for families legally welcoming children into their hearts. "Oh she's a nice young gal. Just needs a break in life and she'll get it," said Nick Denault, Father. 16-year-old Jaiden Denault has lived with her dad for four years, but for the first time North Dakota's court system recognizes Nick as her father.
DEVILS LAKE—Another vote could happen soon in one small town as organizers continue their push to build a space for fine art performances. Voters in Devils Lake rejected a nearly $9-million dollar fine arts center last spring, but organizers say they're taking feedback from the community into consideration with their new proposal. They now want an addition to an existing building and it comes with a lower price tag.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—University leaders are squaring off with employees as a potential strike looms across Minnesota. About 40 employees at the University of Minnesota Crookston could soon go on strike if an agreement can't be reached. They staff the dining halls and work as custodians on the university's campus. Their union leaders say they haven't received a raise in two years and many of them make under $15 dollars an hour. Students on campus say they appreciate the work the employees do.
DEVILS LAKE—City leaders in Devils Lake are hoping the third time's a charm as another company is set to move into the former Ultra Green Building. 'Dakota Dry Bean' plans to rent 20,000 square feet for warehouse storage of their products. City leaders say the new company will continue to manufacture products in Crary, North Dakota and simply use the Devils Lake space for storage. Bio Fiber a company that turns manure into biodegradable pot holders was set to move in the space earlier this year.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Kids in Grand Forks were treated to a spooky time at the Myra Museum, in the Half Pint Haunt. Smaller children could walk through the Grand Forks Historical Society Buildings in costume to get candy from witches nearby. Volunteers read to little goblins during spooky story time. Kids even navigated through a glow-in-the-dark maze in the basement of the museum in order to get candy. One little girl says she braved the maze by herself. "You can make people scared and just have fun. It's a lot of candy," said Olivia, participant.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—We haven't even made it to Halloween, but some are already feasting on a Thanksgiving meal. Hundreds of people in Crookston ate at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception for an early turkey dinner Sunday. They held a silent auction and kids enjoyed their Sunday playing games in the gym. The fundraiser has been held at the church for over 30 years, with proceeds going to the local school and the area's homeless shelter. For some, the traditional fall food was the main draw.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Halloween and Christmas mixed together in Grand Forks as people braved Saturday morning's chill at the Jingle Bell Run. Runners and walkers of all ages put on their best costumes, everything from Christmas elves to Vikings, in order to run for Arthritis Awareness. About 90 runners in Grand Forks have already raised over $15,000. A local high school girl said the disease kept her out of class for months, but Saturday she was happy to have the support of friends and family.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Disabled veterans are adding some new skills to their arsenal as part of a week-long workshop to help launch their businesses. One of the attendees, Trish Rupert, rehabs houses in need. "We're picking up blighted homes and helping homeowners that have come into some struggle and maybe can't keep up their homes anymore, relieve them of that burden," said Trish Rupert, Veteran. Her business,Trish Flips, fixes up homes and resells them.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—People in Grand Forks walked for a cause on Saturday. It was a benefit for Better Understanding Down Syndrome, a group dedicated to Down Syndrome Awareness in Grand Forks. The walk was a place for everyone to meet someone new. "This is Logan Keller and he's a friend that I met today. I'm just walking around and meeting new people and just guiding people," said Ashley Berger, Volunteer. It's also to support others who are going through the same thing.