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NORTH DAKOTA—A statewide group is looking to do away with North Dakota's Sunday shopping restrictions. Blue Laws very nearly went into the history books earlier this year, that is until a repeal bill failed in the Senate. Now, a statewide group is taking matters into its own hands. "Businesses in North Dakota are not allowed to remain open between midnight and noon on Sundays," said Tim Sizemore, Fargo resident. For Tim Sizemore of Fargo, Blue Laws are about much more than shopping, for him, it's a matter of freedom.
FARGO—The City of Fargo has closed down a short section of Main Avenue or an emergency sewer repair. That short stretch between University Drive and 14th is a main artery for rush hour traffic. Near that detour Friday night it's slow going to say the least, bumper to bumper most of the day. The cause; emergency sewer repair that will most likely continue to be closed most of the weekend. According to the City of Fargo the stretch of road will be reopened but reduced to one lane by Monday.
FARGO—A jaw-droppingly large collection is up for grabs as one of the largest gun collections in the country goes to auction in Fargo this weekend. The numbers associated with Ed Karel's collection are almost hard to believe: A quarter million dollars, more than 50 years of buying, and at least 800 guns. Now, almost as unbelievable, he's trying to get rid of them. "I'm what they call a gun nut," said Ed Karel, gun collector. Ed Karel isn't just a gun nut, he's a Goliath of guns: the kind of collector who dwarfs others.
(WDAY)—Two women are dead after a train crashed into their car in Red Lake County Wednesday morning. The two women were reportedly on their way to a Red Hats meeting in nearby Brooks when the driver pulled in front of a train moving up to 40 miles per hour. State troopers say 78 year old Emilie Skjerven was picking up her good friend 79 year old Carol Gerardy at her farm outside of town around 10:30 Wednesday morning. A report from the state patrol says Skjerven, the driver, went through a stop sign before the train crushed her car.
KINDRED, N.D.—A registered sex offender with a troubling past in Richland County has many neighbors asking why on Tuesday. The Richland County Sheriff held a public meeting Tuesday informing people of high-risk offender who was living and working near Walcott. It was a packed meeting and many were upset given the disturbing nature of Aaron Bever's history. Some were disgusted, even angry, after hearing of a high risk offender working in Richland county.
FARGO—The FBI's statistics on hate crimes for 2016 are out and it doesn't look good for Minnesota. The state saw a nearly 10 percent increase in reported hate crimes over the year prior. North Dakota, meanwhile, reported only eight hate crimes after reporting 36 in 2015. Despite this, Fargo has had several crimes which some would call hate crimes. North Dakota doesn't have standardized hate crime legislation, and relies on self reporting from police departments, only six agencies in the entire state reported a bias crime.
METRO—Confidence is high after the third meeting of a special Flood Protection Task Force, looking for common ground on flood control for the Red River Valley. A chart lists of dozens of potential plans for flood protection in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The devil is certainly in the details, since two requirements the task force has eliminated all but 11 alternatives. With a December 15th Deadline looming, the Dual Governor run task force has its work cut out for it.
METRO—As holiday shopping season kicks off, the Better Business Bureau is urging shoppers to think about the link. Things like an HTTPS, a padlock symbol, or even a credit card company's logo will look familiar to any online shopper, but these are all tools you can use to make sure you're not giving your info to scammers. Trusted retailers like Amazon will account for most web transactions, but deal hunters may dig deeper for better deals. The experts say if you're going to shop on a new website you do a few things first.
METRO—The Fargo Moorhead Emergency Food Pantry is asking the community to donate, as supplies are running low. The pantry says stockpiles of certain items are at three year lows. They need canned meat, bags of rice, peanut butter and canned vegetables, especially as the holidays approach.
FARGO—A disabled veteran and Fargo native says he was treated unfairly by a local business after what he calls an honest mistake. Outside Herd and Horns, parking can be tough to find, especially on a bison gameday. In his search for an open handicap-accessible spot, John Trautman accidentally took a spot meant for Jimmy John's drivers, a mistake he says caused a major headache. Like any trip, to get there, he needed his specialized SUV. It has a lift to get him in and out, and a special license plate noting his Disabled Veteran status.