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Three Children Killed in a Carrington Mobile Home Fire

Authorities say the Tufte family lost their three children in an early-morning fire

CARRINGTON, N.D. — Three children died in an accidental mobile home fire in Carrington according to authorities. Foster County Sheriff Ian Mattice said Dawn and Brandon Tufte lost their three children in the fire. Carrington Fire Chief Ken Wangen said three other people managed to escape the fire alive. Those three were reportedly taken to a Carrington hospital and their conditions…

JCPenney Closing More Than 100 Stores Nationwide

Retail company takes action to focus on online sales

NATIONAL — JCPenney executives announce they are closing nearly 140 stores nationwide in an effort to slash company costs. Officials with the department store chain say they are offering about 6,000 employees a buyout with an “early retirement program.” They say they want to focus more on improving the company’s online sales in order to compete with other retailers. Two…

South Dakota Gun Permits to Bypass Background Checks

You may soon not need a background check when buying guns in South Dakota

SOUTH DAKOTA — South Dakota officials say they will begin processing a new federal concealed gun permit that allows the holder to bypass a background check for buying firearms. The Federal Bureau of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has determined the enhanced “gold card” pistol permit qualifies as an alternative to the background check required for gun purchases. But…

Man Pleads Guilty in a Fargo Motel Drug Bust

A Minneapolis man pleads guilty to felony drug and weapons charges

FARGO, N.D. — A Minneapolis man is sentenced in a 2015 drug bust case at a Fargo motel. Charles Erdmann pleaded guilty in December to felony drug and weapons charges. The judge sentenced Erdmann to 19 years in prison. Erdmann was arrested with another man, Corey Stevens of Fargo after police raided their motel room and found more than $100,000…

MSUM Transgender Professor Speaks Out on Bathroom Rights

Raymond Rea, an MSUM professor and transgender man said this has long term effects

MOORHEAD, Minn. — An MSUM professor, who identifies as a transgender man, is against President Trump’s withdrawal of transgender protections. The Trump Administration lifted a set of Obama-era guidelines which allowed transgender students to use the bathroom based on their gender identity. What happened has not yet affected any laws. This instead rejects the inclusion of gender identity in the…

New Convention Center in the Works for West Fargo

A new space for shows and conferences may be coming to the metro

WEST FARGO, N.D. — A new convention center is in the works for West Fargo. The Red River Valley Fair and the city are working on this $20 million project. In the midst of a growing community, some say the Fargodome is not enough. “Which is a great problem to have, the Fargodome is busy,” said Charley Johnson with the…

MSUM’s President Tackles Budget Issues

MSUM officials put in their budget request to state lawmakers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — MSUM’s president was at the capitol building in St. Paul to present a budget request to state lawmakers. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, university officials requested $178 million from the state. Their goals for the fiscal year are to protect their programs, faculty, and staff. They also aim to reduce economic and racial disparities. President Anne…

City Workers Explain the Smelly Side of Showering

What causes these odors and why you shouldn't be concerned

FARGO, N.D. — Many people in the Valley could be getting weird smells from their shower at this time of year. If your water smells earthy, Fargo city workers have an answer. They say any smell of chlorine or organic smells coming from your shower aren’t something you should be concerned about. “We generally see this at the end of…

New Art Center Coming to Fargo this Summer

From concerts, to theater and even craft beer?

FARGO, N.D. — A new art center is coming to Fargo this summer. Jade Presents is renovating an old sunflower processing plant at the edge of downtown Fargo. Company officials want it to be a venue for many things like concerts, theater, and craft beers. They plan on renovating other buildings in this part of town and leasing them out…

Semi Driver Dies After a Crash in Stearns County

The semi truck went off I-94 and ran into trees

STEARNS COUNTY, Minn. — Authorities say James Peifer, 61, of Brooklyn Center is dead after his semi crashed in Stearns County, Minnesota. Highway Patrol reports say the semi was westbound on I-94 and hit some trees after going off road. An airbag was deployed, but it is not known if Peifer was wearing a seat belt at the time.