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NORTH DAKOTA—North Dakota's Secretary of State is calling an election security report 'puzzling' after the state receives a 'C' grade. The Center for American Progress released the report earlier this week rating each state's election process. The secretary of state says the machines that calculate voting information are secure and the information stored is minimal. He says hacking into the machine's is unlikely because they're not hooked up to Wi-Fi.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man is in custody Wednesday night after police allegedly busted him with more than $1,000 dollars worth of meth. Court documents say the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force has been following Terriyn Baker for months. Undercover authorities agreed to buy 28 grams of meth for $1,200 dollars from the man according to the documents. Documents say the alleged deal was set up in early September at the Budget Inn off Highway 2. Authorities filmed the interaction and recorded audio of the alleged deal.
GRAND FORKS -- Each day about a hundred meals are delivered to hungry seniors in Grand Forks, but federal funding for the program may be in jeopardy. Senator Heidi Heitkamp worked as a volunteer on a Meals on Wheels route Friday morning dropping off lunch to homes. The senator was in town to talk with the senior center's managers about community needs.
GRAND FORKS—A million-dollar art project could be coming to Grand Forks as city leaders hope to light up streets. Light poles could soon be installed along 42nd Street in Grand Forks just outside of the Alerus Center. The Public Arts Commission also wants artists to paint murals on blank walls downtown and build light fixtures closer to I-29. The commission hopes to fundraise more than a million dollars for the project and keep costs for the city much lower.
NORTH DAKOTA—The price of gas is rising and experts say we may not see relief any time soon. Analysts at Gas Buddy.com say a gallon of gas costs about $2.35 in North Dakota. That's also the average in Fargo, but just over an hour up the road in Grand Forks you could pay as much as $.55 cents more. Experts say refineries in the Midwest are having problems maintaining higher levels of production, causing prices for consumers to shoot up.
EAST GRAND FORKS—City leaders in East Grand Forks are figuring out how to afford body-worn cameras for their police department. The Department originally budgeted $35,000 to buy cameras, but the department realized it needed additional equipment and software to operate the cameras, bumping the total cost to nearly $50,000. The chief is set to talk to the city council during a work session that starts in a few minutes and he'll ask for an advance to cover the project.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—Crews build a new justice center in one small town and it's coming at the right time according to city leaders. A new Pennington County Justice Center under construction in Thief River Falls will nearly double the capacity of the current jail. Leaders say new employers are moving to, or expanding in the area. County commissioners say the crime rate is keeping up with the population boom.
GRAND FORKS—As more snow is expected to fall in Grand Forks, fire crews are asking you to do a little extra shoveling. They want to to clear the space around fire hydrants in order to make it easier for them to access water. They're asking for a three foot distance around hydrants, so they can hook up hoses from either the sidewalk or street. Shoveling can take minutes, which is precious time they could use to save your home.
NORTHWOOD, ND—A fire destroyed a longtime trucking business in Northwood, North Dakota overnight. Video we received came from the family that owns Korsmo Trucking. The fire was called in by a semi driver who was asleep inside and heard strange noises around 2:30 Friday morning. There were six trucks inside the building as well. Nobody was hurt, but the business lost everything inside. It's owned by the father of the Northwood Fire Chief. The chief has only held the position for five days and this was his very first call for a fire.
GRAND FORKS—A clinic that's stood in Grand Forks since the 1970's has come down as plans for a new facility are in the works. The lot where Altru's main clinic used to sit is now dirt and debris. The organization plans to build a new hospital somewhere around town, but they've not yet announced if this will be the location. They announced the over $250-million dollar project in November. The main clinic was closed last winter after crews determined the building was a hazard. It's unclear what the future of the hospital will be.