FARGO, N.D. — The nation's top curlers are duking it out in Fargo this weekend at the USA Curling Nationals. In the audience are two of the world's best curlers. Tournament-goers have a chance to meet some of the gold-medal winners from the men's curling squad at the latest Olympics. They say they came to Fargo because they want to keep the game alive. It took John Shuster a while to fathom the team's historic win.
The Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau is making a huge effort to lure Canadians. With the exchange rate from Canadian to U.S. Dollars becoming less friendly for Canadians lately, the Visitor's Bureau says there are fewer visiting the metro. In response, they’re offering huge discounts on entertainment and hotels, but will it work? Take it from these Winnipeg Shoppers:
METRO—Vicious winds and snow rocked much of the eastern part of North Dakota Monday, creating several no travel advisories. The recipe was perfect for crashes. There was a fresh layer of ice, as well as 40 to 50 mile per hour wind gusts. In the metro there were dozens of crashes. To keep it concise, the weather was "horrible." The harsh winter storm first coated the streets in rain, only to freeze as temperatures dropped. "I was driving when it was raining and it wasn't too bad, but now it's horrible," said Lauren Joki, Winter weather driver.
FARGO -- Young baseball players in the metro are getting a fresh start for the 2018 season. Little league, Babe Ruth and Fargo Parks are going under one umbrella, called "Fargo Youth Baseball." A combination of resources and facilities for players aged 5-15. A new building for the league to practice in is the All-Terrain Training Indoor Center, or "ATTIC."
As temperatures soar into the 80's and 90's, electricity bills are also on the rise. Americans spend $22 billion each year on cooling — more than a fifth of all energy costs. The price of air can add up quickly, but luckily, there are some things you can do to keep your home cool and affordable. "Heat stroke is a medical emergency," says Autumn Nelson, a Sanford nurse practitioner. "It can be life-threatening if you don't seek medical attention." As the summer continues to swelter, air conditioning has become a must.
FARGO—A Fargo couple is shaken but unhurt today after they say a criminal broke into the room they were sleeping in. Police say about 1 a.m. Monday, April 17, they tried stopping a man who was wanted on warrants. Police say the man ran a few blocks to 16th Street and Second Avenue South. He then allegedly tried breaking into a house under renovation by smashing a small window. A tenant sleeping with his girlfriend in the house says he was woken by a crash and a man crawling through his bedroom window.
MOORHEAD—No one was hurt in an early Monday morning, April 17, house fire south of Moorhead. The Sabin-Elmwood fire department responded to flames at a home southwest of Sabin about 1 a.m.. Crews say one man was inside the home, but he escaped without serious injuries. Reports show the fire likely started on the home's main floor. Crews limited structural damage, but say the house suffered heavy smoke damage. The cause of the fire isn't known, but crews say it was likely accidental.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead police are asking for help finding a man who strong-armed an attendant in broad daylight during a gas station robbery. Police say the suspect was wearing "a disguise" and acting as though he had a weapon when he robbed Brady's Service Center at 2404 8th St. S. around noon Saturday, April 15. Police say the robber pinned an attendant's hand down and demanded money. He apparently ran away with an unknown amount of cash, police say. A K-9 unit was called in to search for the robber, but was unsuccessful.
FARGO — While tax season may be coming to an end, scam season continues. The Better Business Bureau says the IRS used to never call, and anyone claiming to be affiliated with the organization is a scammer. Now, the IRS works with collection agencies that will call some people. According to the BBB though, you should receive a letter about back taxes long before you will ever be called. If you're not sure if the call is legitimate, experts say err on the side of caution.
FARGO — The deadline to file taxes is fast approaching, but experts say if you haven't started, there's no need to hit the panic button yet. Income taxes must be filed by Tuesday, April 18. The filing deadline is usually April 15, but it was pushed to Tuesday because of the weekend, and Emancipation Day on Monday, which is a holiday in Washington, D.C, which extends the deadline into Tuesday. Tax experts say if you think you need more time, you should ask for an extension as soon as possible.