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NORTH DAKOTA—The North Dakota Department of Health hopes to educate more people about HIV awareness with the help of open forums. The Department want people to have the most factual and up-to-date information on the infection. They say there's still a lot of misconceptions about the disease even though HIV has been around for more than 30-years. They plan to discuss transmission, prevention and treatment. Forums will take place in both Grand Forks and Fargo starting the first weekend in June.
NORTH DAKOTA—Extra troopers are patrolling this weekend in Southeast North Dakota in hopes of preventing any alcohol-induced crashes. Troopers are working overtime this weekend in Ransom, Sargent, LaMoure and Dickey Counties all through Saturday. The goal? To stop any crashes from drunk drivers. In this region alone alcohol is to blame for 50-percent of deaths from road accidents.
MINOT -- A large fire at a recycling plant in Minot filled the sky there with smoke. Firefighters from Minot Central, Minot Rural and Burlington came to help contain the fire at Earth Recycling. The video above of the fire comes from Youtube. City officials say the Minot Fire Department and North Dakota Department of Health are doing tests to monitor air quality in the area.
Washington, D.C. (WDAY News) - Law Enforcement and surviving family members arrived at the US Capitol for today's Law Enforcement Memorial Service before 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Forty uniformed Fargo Police Officers and the Jason Moszer family gathered for the event honoring 143 fallen officers who died this past year. The event is set to start at 11 a.m. Eastern Time with President Donald Trump expected to attend. WDAY TV News will have the full story tonight at 5, 6 and 10 PM.
FARGO—Fire crews say a cigarette butt caused a deck fire at a mobile home in Fargo on Monday. It happened off of 25th and 6th Avenue in Fargo. At it's height, the fire was about 3 to 4 feet high. The Fargo Fire department says it's important to use a glass or metal ashtray in hot or windy weather. "Never use plastic containers for your ashtray. You always want to use approved metal containers. Cigarette can smolder for hours and hours in dry days when it's windy like this," said Captain Ben Swanson, Fargo Fire Department.
HECTOR, Minn.—Five people from Hitterdal, including children, are hurt after their van was hit by a semi Sunday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says 31-year-old Chelsea Anderson was heading north in Hector when she stopped at an intersection. She then drove through the intersection and was hit on the passenger side by a semi. Anderson, along with 36-year-old Adam Anderson and three children ages 3, 6 and 7, were hurt and taken to the hospital, but they're expected to be OK.
ULEN, Minn.—Alcohol was involved in what's described as a serious ATV and dirt bike crash. The Clay County Sheriff's Department says it happened Saturday night near Ulen. They say it's unknown how the 55 and 33-year-old men crashed. At least one had to be airlifted and both were hurt.
MOORHEAD—A drug take back program in Moorhead this weekend took a lot of prescription medications potentially off the streets. Police posted a picture on social media of 13 boxes that are full of drugs. They say all together they weigh over 150 pounds. This was part of National Drug Take Back Day. Officers were set up at Hornbachers on Saturday making it easy for people to get rid of their medicine. Police say it's a way to address a public safety and health issue.
METRO—It may be a weekend of garage sale, after garage sale, after garage sale. Spring cleanup week in the Metro begins Monday. It's the week boulevards are piled with unwanted household items. Or, a mini-shopping mall for the treasure hunters. The annual event allows homeowners the chance to get rid of unwanted items.. There are rules. The cities ask you to separate your items into distinct piles. No more than 2 appliances per household and remove refrigerator or freezer doors. Items will be picked up on your normal collection day.
FARGO — Living a longer, better life. That's the focus of "Engage," a retreat for those affected by cancer put on by Sanford Health. Three hundred people filled NDSU's Sanford Health Athletic Complex on Thursday night. Some have cancer, some are family, friends or caregivers. Our own Kevin Wallevand was a co-moderator of the event along with Dr. Shelby Terstriep. The retreat focused on "Blue Zones"—areas of the world where people live longer and better.