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FARGO N.D.—Is there anything worse than a "check engine" light? Adrian Grieff has been keeping cars running since starting up his shop, Adrian's Autocare Center in Fargo, 15 years ago. "Mechanic" is his native language, but for those who are learning the lingo, it can be overwhelming. It's the very reason students at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found success in their startup gadget, called FIXD. Its a device that explains what's wrong with your vehicle, and gives an estimated cost for repair.
FARGO, N.D. — Picture this: you have $10 to your name. You're a newly-single parent of two, and your 17-year-old son just dropped out of high school and got his girlfriend pregnant. Real life situations like this are being simulated by the United Way to open people's eyes to poverty in our community. "I can't imagine having to have these worries," said Kendra Goette. For over a decade, she has dedicated her life to helping people find employment at Preference Employment Solutions. But now, she's putting on a new persona.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MN – Police are investigating the death of a female, whose body was discovered lying alongside a snowmobile trail Friday afternoon. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and East Grand Forks Fire Department responded to 445th Avenue SW in East Grand Forks, MN, where the body was reported. The initial investigation at the scene did not reveal suspicious circumstances, according to police. The body was transported to the University of North Dakota Forensic Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
FARGO—The city of Fargo is fighting the clock, preparing for mother nature's round of rain and snow. At just one of the city's sites for dumping huge piles of snow have already been collected. It's' one of the ways workers are preparing for another snow system. Friday evening there were almost 10 crews working overtime to take care of of built up snow and ice. Extra steam trucks are moving in both north and south Fargo to clear drains for the expected rainfall this weekend.
MINNESOTA—Minnesota lawmakers are requesting an extension to give the state more time to transition to Real ID's. The state is planning to issue the licenses on October 1st, but the federal compliance deadline is October 10th giving only 10 days for Minnesotans to transition. Several state representatives have requested an extension, which has the potential to give the state until 2020 to get the new licenses.
METRO—It's as dangerous a time as ever to be a pedestrian according to a new report. The latest statistics in a national study show a 25-year-high for pedestrian deaths. Rush hour traffic is in full-force on Main Avenue in Fargo most weekday evenings. If you're a person trying to cross the street, statistics say you need to be extra careful to not get hit by vehicles. It's the second year in a row that the number of people dying on foot from motor vehicles remains high.
WEST FARGO—Police are giving the "all clear" to a neighborhood that was shut down Thursday morning after a standoff situation in West Fargo. It happened here just after 9:00 near the intersection of 12th Street East and Starr Avenue which is a few blocks north of Veterans Memorial Arena. Police say a woman did a text to 911 call saying there was an armed, suicidal man in the home. Within two minutes, West Fargo PD arrived and were able to get the woman out. About an hour later a negotiator made contact and got the man to come out to police.
FARGO—Emotions are high after accusations of bullying and threats lead to the vote to oust Fargo School Board President Jim Johnson. The video above is from the meeting on Tuesday night. In a motion, Board member Jennifer Benson claimed Johnson bullied her after a meeting on February 13th. Benson said Johnson made condescending comments to the audience, dismissing their concerns about boundary changes in South Fargo. Afterwards she said Johnson cornered her at the meeting, using profanity.
METRO—Work will soon get under way on a project expected to save people living in the Fargo-Moorhead area when it comes to their water bill. The state of Minnesota plans to restore Wolverton Creek this spring. The $10.4 million dollar project plans to get the river flowing again, to cut Fargo-Moorhead's drinking water treatment costs. The 21 mile stretch of creek spans Clay and Wilkin counties. The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District project is also expected to improve field drainage and create wildlife habitat.
FARGO --- The YMCA is celebrating a career milestone for a man who has a lot of fans. Ralph Jose began working as a fitness team member at the Y in 1998. He quickly became beloved in the community for his sense of humor and encouragement. One woman said Ralph helped her lose 70 pounds. Friday, he was surprised with balloons and hugs for the special occasion.