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FARGO, N.D.—City leaders are are saying it didn't cost Fargo six figures to pay for President Trump's visit. Last week, it was reported his visit cost Fargo just over $104,000. After Monday's city commission meeting, Mayor Tim Mahoney said it actually cost closer to $10,000 more than the daily cost of law enforcement. He believes saying the visit cost taxpayers more than $104,000 is misleading. The police department even told commissioners at the meeting, they took steps to ensure their extra enforcement was not costly.
WEST FARGO N.D.—Tens of thousands of people are flocking to the Red River Valley Fair this week, and among the crowd are deputies on the lookout for crime. WDAY did some digging and has learned the the mother facing manslaughter charges after her 4 month old son was found dead near a slough near Woodworth worked for the same company that's running the carnival at the Red River Valley Fair, Murphy Brothers Exposition.
WEST FARGO N.D.—Your News Leader is also the 'food leader'. WDAY won this year's celebrity food eating contest at the Red River Valley Fair. Team Captain Amy Unrau is joined by photojournalist Jordan Ryan, StormTRACKER Meteorologist Nick Marusiak and reporter Nick Broadway. The competition was split into four rounds. You can see Jordan power through the turkey leg in two minutes and thirty five seconds. He got first place in his round.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—From throwing darts at balloons to tossing rings in a bottle, the sometimes painfully difficult carnival games are back at the Red River Valley Fair. Are they designed to be winnable at all? We found out found deputies inspect these games every year to make sure. Big prizes like hover boards and small mopeds may seem too good to be true.
DES MOINES, Iowa—A stolen tow truck from Minnesota was found at an Iowa auto shop where police say a Fergus Falls man was killed during an attempted burglary. We called officers who say the truck was taken from Beyer's Towing in Fergus Falls early Sunday morning. It has company logos plastered all across the side. Wednesday morning, it was found at Kraft 5-Star Muffler in Des Moines. Reports show the muffler shop owner shot and killed 37-year-old Amund Haarstad of Fergus Falls just before the truck was found.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—In less than two weeks, orange cones and construction crews will take over a dangerous intersection in Moorhead with the goal of eliminating a long-time traffic headache for drivers. This long anticipated project at Main Avenue and 21st Street could affect your commute. Workers will start building a $66 million underpass on July 23rd. Engineers tell us crews will make sure you can still get to Moorhead High and businesses in the area throughout the project. The detours will be set up in phases.
From Otter Tail County to Bonanzaville - families looking for fireworks on the fourth have plenty of options. Otter Tail County has three fireworks shows scattered throughout the week. Their Fourth of July event starts after the baseball game at Tuffy's Stadium in Perham. Detroit Lakes and Bonanzaville will both have their traditional fireworks shows. And of course, MSUM will host the "5656 Ooh and Ahh" at Nemzek field. It's the 45th year Moorhead has done their yearly fireworks show.
WEST FARGO N.D.—Lanterns were in our skies Tuesday night to honor Cameron Bolton, the 22-year-old who died from the injuries he suffered in a crash south of Mapleton last Thursday. Our rainy weather decided to hold off for Cameron Bolton. In the parking lot by West Fargo High School, more than 200 people threw their lanterns to the clouds, a type of life celebration they said Cameron would have wanted. His big group of friends and family were all there, writing skybound messages for Cameron and finding time to give each other comfort.
GLYNDON, Minn.—An overwhelming outpouring of emotion from Buffalo River State Park Monday night, in a candlelight vigil to honor the life of a 9-year-old girl who drowned there last week. At least two hundred people showed up, many of them a part of a large family, all close to Grace Bettie. The sight of the pond where Grace passed instantly brought them to tears. Many members of her big family, friends, teachers, first responders, and some people who didn't even know her, all grabbed a candle to honor this girl.
FARGO, N.D.—A family is remembering one of their own, lost to a YouTube stunt gone wrong one year after it happened. Next to the fountain at Lindenwood Park, balloons were sent to the sky. The ceremony is a long family tradition, and now a way to keep the memory of Pedro Ruiz alive. "We love you and miss you," said Pedro's aunt, Paula Ruiz, before releasing her balloon.