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CROSBY, N.D.—A 33-year old man is in custody, after a nearly 8-hour standoff here. Jeremy Kessler, 33, surrendered to police just before noon Tuesday. Feb. 14. Neighbors say Kessler started shooting, from inside his house, early Tuesday morning. Homeowners were told to shelter in place and area schools went into lockdown. Charges have not been filed yet.
VERONA, ND—A retired farmer near Verona, North Dakota is making the most of our frequent thawing and freezing. Don Geske dusted off his old figure skates on Monday, and cruised around his front yard. His wife, Eileen, shot this video. Get this, Don will soon celebrate his 85th birthday! It gets even better, this was the first time he's skated in more than 30 years. Apparently, it's like riding a bike, you never forget how to skate.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Grafton woman was taken to the hospital after a car smashed into her car late Friday night. The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened on Highway 2 and 220 near Thief River Falls. 52-year-old Sanjuana Martinez of Grafton was heading east on Highway 2, when she tried to make a left turn and was hit. 36-year-old Kevin Fuglseth of Grand Forks was driving the car that hit her. Martinez was taken to the Grand Forks hospital, she's hurt but is expected to be ok.
FERGUS FALLS—Traffic was backed up for miles on I-94 near Fergus Falls Friday night after a semi with a load of cars caught fire. It happened near mile marker 54. We started getting messages just before 9:00 p.m. from drivers who saw the truck and car carrier fully engulfed. And others who were stuck in traffic. Crews blocked the westbound lanes for a time and set up a detour.
GLYNDON, Minn. -- No one was injured Friday after fire broke out at a farm in Clay County. It happened just north of Sabin. Firefighters from Glyndon and Sabin arrived to find a shop at the farm full of smoke. A motorcycle inside the building was damaged, as were other items kept in the shop. Firefighters on scene believe the cause of the fire is electrical.
MORTON COUNTY, ND—A U.S. district judge will hear arguments Monday, over the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Construction resumed Wednesday, after the Army Corps granted the final easement to lay pipe under the Missouri River. On Thursday, Standing Rock and the Cheyenne River Sioux tribes filed papers against the Corps' decision. The tribes are concerned about water contamination and desecrating sacred land. The company building the pipeline expects oil to be flowing in about 60-days.
FARGO, ND—Donations keep pouring in, for Giving Hearts Day and there is still 5 and a half hours to go. Here at WDAY, there were lots of wardrobe twins. In honor of Giving Hearts Day, we had a Go Matchy-Matchy contest. People found a partner, dressed alike, and posed for pictures. The winners: Anchor and Reporter Jordan Schroeer and Meteorologist Jared Piepenburg. It was a random drawing, but their outfits, and picture, happened to be the best. They won money to donate to their charity of choice, which happened to be Gigi's Playhouse.
BECKER COUNTY, MN—Becker County is expected to break ground on a new jail, in about 3-months. The initial drawing of the building of what it will look like is located above this story. It would have 180 beds, compared to the current jail at only 40 beds. Currently, the Becker County Jail is full, and the county spends roughly $600,000 a year subcontracting inmates out to other facilities. The jail is designed for large crowds associated with WE Fest and the fourth of July. It will cost $18 to $19-million.
FARGO -- The year-long renovation for Fargo's Holiday Inn has taken the hotel from “traditional” to “chic.” The multimillion-dollar project has transformed the entire hotel, including the lobby, bar, and guest rooms. The hotel hopes guests feel “refreshed” when they walk in.