Author: Raya Quttaineh

Sisters meet for first time after discovering each other through DNA test

Barb Pohl and Kathryn Graves share the same dad

DILWORTH, Minn. — It’s a day Barb Pohl will never forget. “I’m kinda nervous,” she says. Her whirlwind of emotions all started with an at-home genealogy test. “Both my brother and I took DNA from ancestory.com.” That one DNA kit turned into something much bigger just a week ago, when it connected her to a genetic match. “I found her,…

“Ties and Tiaras” Valentine’s dance celebrates local families while giving back

It's Mission Fargo's first year hosting the event

FARGO, N.D. — A local organization is encouraging families to dance the night away while giving back to the community. Mission Fargo is hosting its first ever Ties and Tiaras Valentine’s Dance at the Ramada in Fargo. The father-daughter dance is for families to let loose and have fun while raising money for Mission Fargo’s Lost Boys Fund. The organization…

Douglas County home damaged by fire

The home sustained light to moderate smoke and fire damage

GARFIELD, Minn. — Crews responded to a home fire on Moe Hall Road around 8:30 Saturday morning in Garfield, Minnesota. Authorities received a 911 call saying the home was filling with smoke. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies found a fire on the exterior of the home adjacent to a wood stove chimney. Fire crews were able to fully extinguish the…

Fire breaks out at UND West Hall laundry facility

There were no injuries

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Crews responded to a fire at UND’s West Hall at 3530 University Avenue around 11 o’clock Friday night. When crews arrived, the building had been evacuated. They put out the fire in a clothes dryer. Fire and smoke damage was contained to the laundry area. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Damage estimates are…

Moorhead Open House to Revamp Downtown

Community members gathered at the Moorhead Center Mall to voice their opinions on possible changes to the area

MOORHEAD, Minn. — For one Concordia student, making the move from Nepal to Moorhead wasn’t an easy transition. “Coming here, it was a whole new experience. For me, Moorhead is a very small city,” says Susham Bhujel. He says coming from Kathmandu, a city with over a million people living in it, to the F-M area was a bit of…

Local brewery raises money for American Cancer Society

Drumconrath's first-ever "Pints With A Purpose" initiative launches one day before World Cancer Day

FARGO, N.D. — The 20th annual World Cancer Day is on Tuesday. The American Cancer Society estimates this year alone, there will be over 4,000 new cancer patients in North Dakota. It predicts over 1,000 will have their lives taken. “A lot of people don’t really — I feel like they don’t quite understand that just how many people are…

Hornbacher’s makes record donation to Great Plains Food Bank

The grocery store's Feed Hope campaign raised over $80,000

FARGO, N.D. — Hornbacher’s has once again joined forces with the Great Plains Food Bank to try and end hunger in the metro. Through its Feed Hope campaign, Hornbacher’s raised over $80,000 in December for the food bank. That’s the biggest donation by the grocery store chain since the campaign’s launch 9 years ago. Customers were asked to make donations…

Fargo Police asks for public’s help finding missing teenager

13-year-old Christian Balderston is missing

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo Police Department is looking for information regarding a missing teenager in Fargo. 13-year-old Christian Balderston is 5’9″ and 160 lbs. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, white Nike hightops, a red Champion hoodie and black Pittsburg Steelers cap. Contact Red River Valley Regional Dispatch at 701-235-4493 if you have information regarding his whereabouts. Categories:…

Woman arrested after police say she stabbed a man in the chest

The extent of the man's injuries are unknown

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — 31-year-old Christine Jones is charged with Aggravated Assault after police say she stabbed a man in the chest with a knife Saturday morning in Grand Forks. It happened at the 2000 block of Dyke Ave. Officers located Jones at the 100 block of Cottonwood. Authorities say the man knew Jones. The man was transported to Altru…

“Cares for Kids” Radiothon raises money for Sanford Children’s Hospital

Three local radio stations join forces for the event

FARGO, N.D. — Nine-month-old Ava is now strong and healthy, but when she was born at just 23 weeks, her home for more than six months would be the NICU at Sanford Children’s Hospital. “One saying that we always go back to is, ‘You never realize how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have,’ and…