FARGO—Another false missile notification was sent out by a news network in Japan on Tuesday. This just days after a false notification caused panic in Hawaii. A terrifying text message, causing pandemonium in Hawaii for about 40 minutes on Saturday. We called UND grad Sean Lee who was there when it happened, he says the alert was suspicious. "There was no sirens, first off. When you turn on the TV, it was just normal programming," said Lee.
MOORHEAD—Homeless families, once in a shelter, may be facing this weather head on. Someone who claims to be a Churches United employee tells us a family with four kids was kicked out after a verbal argument, and that employee tells us it's not an isolated incident. Another pregnant mother, Kendra Wallery, told us she has until 9 a.m. Tuesday to leave with her 14 month old daughter, because she said one word. "I said the word f***ot. They said that it was hateful talk and that I needed to get out," said Kenda Wallery, Moorhead.
FARGO—Football fans in the region are fueled with Super Bowl hype after the Vikings pulled in a last second win. Purple gear is soaring from the shelves of Fargo. Ecstatic fans still reeling over the last second touchdown are taking to the stores and the internet. Viral videos, such as putting Diggs' walk-off to the music from the Titanic movie, are spreading like wildfire on social media. In town, sporting goods stores like Scheels are putting the purple and gold front and center.
MOORHEAD—Fish are alike to humans in one way, they can feel pain according to a recent study in the Smithsonian magazine. This has aquatic store managers feeling especially fishy about newcomers. Meet Starfire, a betta fish adopted by MSUM freshman Breck Stutz back in October. "I wanted a blue betta particularly because blue is, if you hadn't noticed, my favorite color," said Breck. He picked up Starfire at the local Petco, saying this is his way of keeping his wallet under control.
FARGO—A woman in Baltimore is making people wonder what happens when the homeless are released from the hospital, and there's no place to go, on a frigid night. The woman was wearing nothing but a gown and socks, after being wheeled out of a hospital. Barely able to speak, a cell phone video shows this woman left at a bus stop outside a University of Maryland medical center. It was around 30 degrees and if this happens in Fargo, temps could be around negative 30.
FARGO—The YWCA of Cass Clay is celebrating two big donations. A more than $300,000 dollar grant was given to the group by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. They also hauled in almost 2,000 baby food items to restock their shelves and help the families who stay there. Not only does the grant help with emergency sheltering, it keeps supportive housing programs afloat.
WEST FARGO—A West Fargo man's invention could more than double your gas mileage. A newly built model shows how Ernie Brookins is turning 50 feet of driving with gas into 400 feet of driving without gas. In his words, this particular device will make busses and tractors go 'seven times the laws of physics.' "The laws of physics says you can't make more power than what you put in," said Ernie. He's already tested the prototype, built into his 1980's pick up.
FARGO—The job for Fargo Public Schools' superintendent is now open. School board leaders say they're using the 'Ray and Associates' hiring firm for their nationwide search. Earlier Tuesday morning they ironed out the fine details of the hiring process using some of the same interview questions as before. They prefer someone with a doctoral degree in education leadership and a past experience as a superintendent. Jeff Schatz is set to step down as superintendent by the end of June.
FARGO—Fargo police officers were commended Monday night for de-escalating what could have been a deadly situation. Sunday night, they detained a woman in the Macy's parking lot at West Acres after police say she threatened herself and others. The woman said she was going to run cars off the road. Police say she wanted to die by suicide by cop. They convinced her to drive to a parking lot by West Acres more than an hour after the mall closed. They put her in handcuffs, while officers discovered her weapon was a BB gun.
WALCOTT, N.D.—A man believes he helped a woman in a life or death situation, after she was stranded in the ditch, inside a U-Haul truck near Walcott. Kaelan Akvik was visiting family in Walcott Saturday afternoon when his mother said she saw a U-Haul stuck off the road. He decided to check it out. "I didn't see anybody in it, but I saw something move. I started honking the horn a couple times and the lady sat up," said Kaelan Akvik. He says a woman who appeared to be in her twenties was under the dashboard with no gas left in the tank.