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FARGO—The Red River Zoo is calling on all "trainers" for their Pokemon Go Social. They teamed up with a local Pokemon Go group to get special Pokemon at the zoo. Trainers could find a 'shiny' Pokemon and evolve it as part of the afternoon's event. The Zoo put out "lures" on Pokestops and gyms for battles. Visitors also won prizes by showing staff who their favorite Pokemon is. The event goes to show there's no age limit to Pokemon training.
FARGO—Woodcarvers showed off their creations at the 43rd annual International Wood Arts Festival. On Sunday afternoon, 50 carvers displayed their art at the Ramada in Fargo. About 600 people walked through the door over the past two days. Besides art displays, there were also a few classes for beginners. Woodcarvers say the joy of the art is getting to make something out of nothing. "You can take a simple block of wood and turn it into something, as you look behind, you can see now it all of a sudden becomes something," said Rhonda Smith, Wood Carver.
UPDATE TO AN EARLIER STORY: Pelican Rapids has changed its rules to temporarily allow Strand Hardware to sell chicks. The hardware store owner, Matt Strand, met with the city on Tuesday. Strand was upset when the city nixed his efforts to sell chicks in his store, because of a city ordinance. Many in Pelican Rapids were also outraged by the chick ban. At the meeting, the city council decided to create a temporary ordinance allowing for the sale of chicks, according to mayor Brent Frazier. To read the previous article, click here.
MINNESOTA—According to statewide data, child abuse cases are going up in Minnesota. Reports from Minnesota Public Radio say minority families are being over-represented by child protection workers. The data shows children of color are three times more likely than white children to be screened into the system. Lawmakers in Minnesota are introducing a bill to avoid removing African American children from families when they don't need to be. Officials say the rise in child abuse cases is likely caused by the opioid epidemic and increased awareness.
FARGO—Runners woke up early Saturday morning for the inaugural "Thunder Dash" 5K. More than 200 people from the area laced up their shoes for a 5K, 10K and Kids Run. The race started at the Sanford Athletic Complex going into Moorhead and back. All proceeds from the run are going to the Special Olympics of North Dakota. Runners say this race helps athletes get ready for the big marathon in May.
GRAND FORKS—The weather may not show it, but gardening season is just around the corner. On Saturday at the Alerus Center, anyone with a green thumb could go to Gardening Saturday to hear from speakers and learn new tricks. Speakers throughout the afternoon expanded on shade gardening, landscaping and even wine making. Gardening Saturday is hosted specifically so gardeners can start preparing for the upcoming season.
FARGO—Health nuts in Fargo spent the day sampling gluten free foods and collecting new recipes. Free food scattered the store at Natural Grocers for their Gluten Free Tasting Expo and Health Fair. Tasters got a chance to learn how to make cranberry muffins using almond flour. Health instructors say people who are new to the gluten free diet should focus on the things they can eat instead of dwelling on what they can't.
FARGO—As the snow starts to melt on the ground the pollen starts to fly through the air. Sanford doctors say that people with allergies might be noticing some symptoms including stuffy noses or red, irritated eyes. May marks the beginning of grass pollen season and experts say that people with seasonal allergies can start taking their medications. "It's really important to take those on an every single day basis to make sure that those are working appropriately," said Dr. Chris Cleveland, Allergist.
BISMARCK—Deputies are looking for a man who fled from them in North Dakota. According to authorities a driver fled from the Burleigh County Sheriff's office. The car, was later found abandoned in North Bismarck when Bismarck Police set up a perimeter with K-9 units. Authorities do not believe there is a threat to the public.
Welcome to your news update. FORMER U.N.D. STUDENT DIES IN PLANE CRASH A former student at the University of North Dakota has been confirmed as one of the victims in a plane crash in Arizona.