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Click It or Ticket Campaign Hitting the Streets of Fargo

The officers won't be taking calls for service unless it's an emergency

FARGO, ND — Drivers are being reminded to buckle up while hitting the roadways these next couple of weeks. Police in Fargo are joining in on the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign through June 4th to hopefully change people’s behaviors about wearing their seat belts. Fifteen additional officers will be out on the roads enforcing seat belt laws. The…

New Summer Attractions for Detroit Lakes

As Lake Season Approaches, Detroit Lakes' Chamber Tells Us What You Can Look Forward to This Summer

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Memorial Day weekend is only a few days away, which means lake season is upon us. Detroit Lakes’ Chamber President said there is a lot to look forward to this summer. She said the unofficial kick-off to summer in DL is the Street Faire, which takes place the weekend after Memorial Day. Other popular events include…

Seven Clans Casino Responds to Viral Bedbug Facebook Video

Hotel staff shut down the room and quarantined it for treatment

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Management at Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls is responding to the discovery of bed bugs in one of their hotel rooms. “There’s nothing like lying in bed and having bed bugs crawling around you,” said Blake Fitzgerald, who shot the video while in the room. “You know, I’ve stayed in hundreds and hundreds…

What You Need to Know as Tick Season Approaches

Ticks carrying Lyme disease can be more dangerous than you think

FARGO, ND — As the weather gets warmer, keep a watchful eye out for ticks. The tiny mites can carry Lyme disease. The CDC reports that 300,000 people get Lyme disease each year. It’s something that starts out as a bullseye-like rash and can end up infecting your tissues, joints, organs, brain and heart. Lyme Disease Support Group members say…

Moorhead Mayor Williams Hopeful For Bonding Bill

Officials are concerned about emergency crews coming from Fargo getting delayed when a train is crossing

MOORHEAD, Minn.– Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams said she is waiting anxiously as the Minnesota Legislature wraps up its work. The bonding bill includes a $42 million railroad underpass project south of Moorhead High School. Officials are concerned about emergency crews coming from Fargo getting delayed when a train is crossing. Council members also say that this project is crucial…

No Budget Deal Yet: Minnesota Lawmakers Have Until Midnight

Both sides are trying to avoid the first government shut down since 2011

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota legislative session ends at midnight and there is still no agreement on the budget. Both sides have agreed to make changes to original proposals, but divisions remain on what areas to focus on within the nearly $46 billion budget bill. Republicans favor returning much of a $1.6 billion surplus in the form of…

Fargo Man Sentenced in Child Sex Crimes Case

A charge of child abuse or neglect was dropped as part of his plea deal

FARGO, ND — A Fargo man is sentenced on criminal sex charges. Christopher Leiva was given seven years in prison. He’ll be on probation for 10¬†years and he’ll have to register as a sex offender. A charge of child abuse or neglect was dropped as part of his plea deal. Leiva was accused of committing sexual acts with someone under…

Fargo Public Schools to Graduate 800-Plus Students

The ceremonies will each be broadcast live on the Fargo Public Schools YouTube channel

FARGO, ND — More than 800 students will become high school graduates over the next couple of weeks at Fargo Public Schools. Fargo Adult Education Center will hold its graduation ceremony at Agassiz Building on Thursday. Woodrow Wilson High School graduation is set for Friday, June 2. Fargo North, South and Davies graduations will be held on Sunday, June 4…

Settlement Reached in Drowning Death of Velva Girl

The charges were filed after a probe into the June 2015 death of a girl who was supervised by an unlicensed day care worker in Velva

  NORTH DAKOTA — Three people have reached a settlement in the drowning death of a 5-year-old girl in Velva. The state will pay over $72,000 to cover the costs of defending themselves in court after charges were dropped. Julie Leer, a former lawyer for the Department of Human Services, will get $28,000. The regional Human Services director in Minot…

Two Dead After House Fire on Lake Traverse Reservation

Two escaped the fire but after the fire was out, two others were found upstairs

SISSETON, SD — Two people have died in a house fire on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in northeastern South Dakota. The Sisseton Fire Chief says an adult and a child escaped from the burning home Sunday. After the fire was out, two others were found upstairs. They were taken to a hospital in Sisseton where they died. He says…