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Voyageurs National Park Boasts Economic Success in 2016

Visitors from around the world helped boost the local economy of International Falls

Courtesy of: Wilderness InquiryINTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — 2016 was a good year for the books at Voyageurs National Park in International Falls. The National Park Service said the local economic impact of visitors to the park is nearly $25 million for 2016. With nearly 250,000 visitors spending nearly $20 million dollars in surrounding communities, more than 300 jobs were supported…

ND Lawmakers Approve Measure Allowing Students to Participate in “Student-Initiated Prayer”

It's in response to a past Supreme Court ruling

NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota lawmakers have approved a measure that states students cannot be stopped from participating in any “student-initiated prayer” at public or non-public schools. Supporters of the measure said it’s in response to an incident at a football game two years ago between two parochial high schools during a playoff game. Because the playoff game was hosted…

Chahinkapa Zoo Open For the Season

The Chahinkapa Zoo Has Their Spring Opening This Weekend

WAHPETON, N.D. — One of the roaring spring attractions in the Red River Valley is having their season opening Saturday. The Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton will be opening at 10 am. Some of the popular animals people can expect to see are tigers, grizzly bears, kangaroos and orangutans. Zoo staff said if you’re thinking about going to Chahinkapa, this weekend…

Not a Prank: Kids Unleash Tens of Thousands of Ladybugs at Mall of America

Turns out there's a scientific reason

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A group of Minnesota kids released 75,000 ladybugs… inside the Mall of America. It wasn’t a prank. The ladybugs act as a pesticide for the more than 30,000 plants and 400 trees throughout the mall. The plants and trees act as air purifiers for the 5.6 million square foot building. The ladybug releases have been happening since…

Update: West Fargo Controlled Burn a Success

A controlled fire took place in West Fargo to make room for future development

  WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo is out with the old and in with the new. A controlled burn of abandoned structures and trees took place at about 6 a.m. The area located south of I-94 near the River’s Bend development was burned to clear the area for future development. The burn lasted between four to five hours and…

Nokomis Child Care Centers to Close This Summer

Staff members say competition and reallocation of resources are the reasons for closing

FARGO, N.D. — Two Fargo child care centers which offer sliding scale rates to low income families are set to close down. The Village made an announcement which said both of Fargo’s Nokomis Child Care Centers will close down on June 30th. Staff members said other area child care centers made things more competitive for Nokomis. They decided they could…

Hell’s Kitchen Fans Mourn the Loss of 2016-17 Contestant from Drug Overdose

Giganti was well-known on the show for his last-minute dish saves and getting into a few feuds with Gordon Ramsey

  PHILADELPHIA, Penn. — Sad news for Hell’s Kitchen fans. Paulie Giganti, who was a star chef on Fox’s 16th season of the show, has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his home in Philadelphia. Authorities say his body tested positive for drugs but did not release what kind were found. Giganti was well-known on the show…

Update: Bismarck Woman Dies of Injuries from Rollover Crash on I-9

Sailer died later from her injuries and Backer was seriously injured

BURLEIGH COUNTY, N.D. — The Bismarck woman who was thrown from her vehicle after a rollover crash on April 16th has died from her injuries. The highway patrol says 55-year-old Gail Sailer and 57-year-old Mark Backer were in a vehicle that was rear-ended on I-94 by a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Joran Griffin, also of Bismarck. The patrol says Sailer…

MN Diversion Opponents Ask Federal Judge to Intervene on Project

Minnesota state officials asked U.S. District Judge John Tunheim to block construction until the DNR grants a dam safety permit

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota opponents to the F-M Flood Diversion asked a federal judge to stop construction on the project citing environmental concerns. A groundbreaking for the $2.1 billion cross-border flood control project took place in Horace on Monday. Minnesota state officials asked U.S. District Judge John Tunheim to block construction until the DNR grants a dam safety…

Minnesota Muslim Teen Boxer Wins Fight for Wearing Religious Clothing During Matches

Zafar appealed to officials after she was stopped from competing at a match in Florida because she would not wear the required uniform of a sleeveless jersey and shorts

  OAKDALE, Minn. — A Minnesota Muslim teen boxer has won her fight to wear her religious clothing during matches. USA Boxing says 16-year-old Amaiya Zafar will be allowed to wear her hijab and other clothing that covers her arms and legs because it falls under a religious beliefs exemption of the program. Zafar appealed to officials after she was…