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MAHNOMEN COUNTY—Family and friends in Mahnomen County are reeling after a string of drug overdoses left one dead and others hospitalized. Four overdose in 24 hours rocked Mahnomen County, one claiming the life of 23 year old Marisa Sargent, a mother of two. "She was my favorite person in the world," said Neka Sargent, Marisa's cousin. Neka says it's an epidemic that's shaken both her family and the community.
FARGO—Fargo EVAC, a local nonprofit that manages all the traffic at events and emergency situations is in danger of closing its operation. Whether you're at a concert, Bison game, marathon and even car accidents, they're there to ensure safety for the public. "We're a 501.3 C non profit, so it's 100% volunteer, our own vehicles, our own time," said Ryan Sherbrooke, EVAC President. Fargo EVAC has served the community for 40 years and is now in danger of closing its operations.
FARGO—Fargo Police had quite the scare when they responded to reports of a missing 3-month old baby Tuesday morning. At 9:30 a.m. they were called to an apartment building on 21st Avenue near the Red River Zoo. The mother came downstairs to start her car, and when she came back her baby was gone. After searching the apartment, officers were able to get in touch with the boyfriend who safely had the child.
FARGO—The recent allegations of decades of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is fueling the fire of a social media campaign called "ME TOO." Over the past 24 hours, the campaign has sparked conversation about sexual assault and abuse from Hollywood to here at home. Janet Bechtold of Fargo joined thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted and harassed and posted the words, "me too" online.
(WDAY)—The wildfires in California's wine country are being called "catastrophic" 21 people have died, 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres have burned. "Worrying about the wine is one thing, but there were lives lost," said Lisa Cook, 4e Winery. 4e Winery in Mapleton took the news hard, as its California colleagues faced wildfire destruction. They planted their own vineyards six years ago, and say it's a long road to recovery for the livelihoods lost in the flames.
MOORHEAD—Anyone with a mobility challenge from ages 2 to well over 60 are invited to try sled hockey this weekend. Hope Inc. a Moorhead nonprofit is offering free classes. It's happening on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Moorhead Youth Hockey Arena. It's a sport where you sit down in these sleds and use sticks to propel yourself across the ice. Hope Inc. provides the equipment and says all you need to bring is a good attitude and a lot of spirit.
FARGO—A Fargo couple is suing Catholic Charities for what they call "marital discrimination." James and Tahnee Young decided this February they wanted to give their home and love to a teenager in the foster care system, but after finding their match their expectations took a turn for the worse. James Young and his wife Tahnee were married this July, but someone very special was not at their wedding. "We're getting married, we wanted to incorporate her into our marriage and our wedding," said James Young, who was turned down for adoption.
FARGO—A moose on the loose in North Fargo is receiving mixed reactions of fear and excitement. It's prompting the discussion of what would and should you do if you see a moose. Nearby NDSU students had varying responses, saying they'd possibly take videos of it, or get as close as they could. Those are the options folks faced, when this young bull moose decided to explore the meal options near the Hector International Airport. Doug Leier with ND Game & Fish says they're not here to make friends.
FARGO—The Bison welcomed the public to their herd Monday for an open-house cookout for a cause. It was the second annual Bison for Breasts event. The Farmhouse and AGR fraternities cooked up 250 pounds of chicken breasts, served with fries, beans and brownies for the occasion. It was a free will donation, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The two groups decided they can do the most good by hosting it together.
FARGO—Every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten and research suggests one in seven men have been victims of physical abuse. The month of October is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of the problem. Hannah, a survivor of domestic abuse, said, "It (abuse) has completely altered my life." Hannah is one of 65,000 people across North Dakota and Minnesota who have experienced domestic violence. Some stereotypes view men as the aggressor, but Hannah's abuser was her girlfriend. The abuse lasted throughout their two-year relationship.