From an officer killed in the line of duty, to a united front against opioid addiction. We are looking back at the stories that have shaken our communities and the ones that brought us together this year. Here is the first of our four-part series: 2017 began with tragedy. In January, Rolette County Deputy Colt Allery died when a man suspected of stealing a car and leading police on a chase shot him. The 29-year-old deputy had been with the department just three months.
BIG BIRCH LAKE, Minn.—One man was so cold, he jumped right out of his pants. Here's what one Grand Forks native has dubbed as 'Mr. Pants Man.' It was created by Teresa Dufner and a friend. These photos were sent to us over facebook and taken in Minnesota at Big Birch Lake. They soaked the pants in warm water and drained the excess off. Then, went outside and held it up until it froze.
FARGO—Some people living in Fargo had an early and unwelcome wake-up call this morning. Five fire crews responded to water leaking in an apartment It happened on the 1100th block of 35th Street North. The call came in just before 3 a.m. Crews say a radiator pipe burst on the third floor and started to leak water. Fire fighters used garbage cans to collect the water. The building was without heat for a while, but residents were not evacuated.
WEST FARGO—Crews are working on patching up more than $50,000 of damage after a car rammed into a house. According to police, a car hauling a small trailer took out the kitchen of a West Fargo home off of 4th Avenue East. Authorities tell us it happened at about 8 p.m. Saturday night. The driver, a man in his 60's, was taken to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries. There was only one person inside the home and she was not hurt. Still no word on what caused the crash.
HAWLEY, Minn.—Life-saving measures were taken to help a man suffering from a cardiac arrest while on the road Saturday afternoon. Crews came to the man's aid about four miles east of Hawley. A chopper was brought in, but the man was taken by ambulance to a Fargo hospital. At least five squad cars were on the scene. Authorities blocked off 280 Street for about 30 minutes to help the man at around 1:30 p.m. His condition is unknown at this time, but he is expected to be okay.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—You might see a plane tonight on the side of the interstate, after it made an emergency landing. State Highway Patrol officials say it happened here on I-94 about 12 miles west of Valley City. The 1974 Cessna Cardinal was flying from Fargo to Bismarck. That's when it started having serious engine problems around 5:30 p.m. The plane landed safely in the westbound lanes and taxi'd into the north ditch. Authorities are leaving the plane outside overnight so crews can work to get in daylight.
FARGO—WDAY TV is welcoming a new weekend anchor. You can see Nick Broadway anchoring every weekend alongside Angeline McCall. Nick graduated from MSUM in May 2016. His first day was Saturday.
FARGO—A bicyclist has been arrested this evening for riding drunk and resisting law enforcement, according to police. Police say the man tried to cross the street around 7 p.m. Saturday evening. That's when the bicycle rider was hit by a car 25th and 13th, by Dunn Brothers Coffee. Authorities say there were no major injuries. The bike rider, Scott Olsen, will be booked into jail on DUI charges. There was also a warrant for his arrest.
DEERWOOD, Minn.—A Staples teenager is fighting for his life after a bizarre accident west of the city. 17-year-old David Miller was driving a horse and buggy when he was rear-ended by a semi. It happened on Highway 210 about 7 a.m. Thursday. He was thrown from the buggy and airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital. No word on his condition. The semi driver 60-year-old Douglas Calkins from Deerwood wasn't injured.
FARGO—Friends and family, this week, will celebrate the life of Grant Heim, and his courageous battle with cancer. Grant passed away Friday, after a six year battle with a muscular cancer. Above is a video of Grant in 2011, shortly after the then 14-year- old was diagnosed. Heim made a Make-A-Wish trip in 2014. The avid wake boarder got to meet Dean Smith, a professional in the sport. The two remained friends until Heim's passing. Grant graduated from Fargo North High in 2015, and went to UND, and studied occupational therapy.