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Grand Forks Sears Will Soon Shut Its Doors

GRAND FORKS, ND – Sears at Columbia Mall in Grand Forks is closing. Sears Holdings has identified another 100 non–profitable stores and is shutting them down by early September. The company just informed workers at 15 Kmarts and 48 Sears stores that they will be closing after reporting first–quarter losses and plunging sales. Sears in Sioux Falls, Duluth and Brooklyn Center…

Business and State Leaders Hold Roundtable on the Growth of Tech Companies in ND

FARGO, ND – After the Drone Focus Conference, politicians and business leaders discussed how to continue to help tech companies grow in North Dakota. U.S. Under Secretary of Transportation Derek Kan was even at the meeting. Companies like Appareo, General Atomics, Microsoft and Xcel Energy talked about their expertise in drone technology. Sen. John Hoeven calls tech entrepreneurship North Dakota’s…

Edgeley, ND Farmer Helps Grandson By Plowing His Proposal In His Field

EDGELEY, ND – Jaden Wirrenga wanted to propose to his girlfriend Brooke Beske in a special way, in a way she would always remember. Both being from Fargo, Wirrenga decided to combine Midwest farming with family creativity, and his Grandpa Gene Hanson created that. Jaden and Brooke drove to Edgeley where she was expecting her first airplane ride but as they…

Police: Grand Forks Woman Bought Gun Used in Murder-Suicide Involving Her Children Legally

GRAND FORKS, ND – Investigators say a Grand Forks woman who killed her three children and turned the gun on herself bought the gun used in the shooting legally. 35-year-old Astra Volk and her children, 14–year–old Tyler, 10–year–old Aidan and 6–year–old Arianna Talmage were found dead in a rental home on the 1000 block of South 12th Street on May…

Fire Does $50k Worth of Damage to a Garage in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, ND – A garage complex in Grand Forks is heavily damaged after a motorcycle catches fire. It happened around 7:30 Monday morning on the 2100 block of 29th Street South. Grand Forks Communication Specialist Peter Steele say crews found a garage of a  10-stall complex near an apartment building in flames. The fire then spread to another garage….

Owl Found Attached to Pickup Has Been Euthanized

FARGO, ND – Fargo Police says an owl that was stuck on a truck grill earlier Friday morning was humanely euthanized. The owl latched onto the truck’s grill near Kindred then proceeded to go onto a half hour  trip to Fargo. The bird was taken off the truck by officers and was transferred to the Red River Animal Emergency Clinic….

Rep. Peterson & Rep. Cramer React to House Failing to Pass a Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – The House fails to pass the Farm Bill as Republicans couldn’t get support from some Freedom Caucus Members. The group threatened to withhold their votes to get their way on an unrelated immigration issue. The measure addressed several issues like conservation, livestock disaster programs and farm loans. The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, Minnesota Congressman Collin…

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Supports Gina Haspel’s CIA Director Nomination

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp meeting with CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel (Courtesy: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s office)Washington, DC – Democratic North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will join her Republican colleague, Sen. John Hoeven in voting in favor of Gina Haspel becoming the country’s first female CIA Director. In a statement, Heitkamp says after meeting with Haspel and other intelligence leaders, she has…

UND Space Studies Department Does Fifth “Mars” Mission

The crew did 12 experiments including growing plants and testing new space suits

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — There aren’t many space studies departments in the world but it just so happens there’s one in Grand Forks. “It was founded by Buzz Aldrin actually, the space studies department,” said Prahbu Victor. Since UND’s program began in the 1980’s, the department has given students who have a love and curiosity of everything to do with…