winter

Russia Banned from 2018 Winter Olympics After Investigation into Doping Program

The ruling comes after an investigation conducted by the IOC found Russia was engaging in an extensive state-backed doping program

INTERNATIONAL — The International Olympic Committee has banned the country of Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The IOC says Russia’s government officials are also banned from coming and the country’s flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony. The ruling comes after an investigation conducted by the IOC found Russia was engaging…

Changes Coming to Emergency Shelter for the Homeless in the F-M Region

Shelters officials say they cannot always take in every homeless person looking for a place to stay overnight

REGIONAL — More than 30 churches in our area will not be providing emergency sheltering to the homeless this winter. Shelters cannot always take in every homeless person looking for a place to stay overnight. “That’s the hardest part of what we do here at the shelters,” Pastor Sue Koesterman said.  Koesterman is executive director of Churches United for the…

County Officials Want Your Vehicle to Be Ready For Winter Weather

Experts say you should have more than a warm change of clothes in your vehicle

FARGO, N.D. — Winter weather is likely to return to the valley this weekend. Experts want to make sure you’re ready when snow covers roadways. You may want to do more than just pack an extra layer of warm clothes. In recent years, climate change has caused winter–time temperatures to increase by nearly a degree per year, which may lead…

Bismarck-Mandan Emergency Men’s Shelter Closes

The facility opened in response to those in need of emergency shelter in 1987

  BISMARCK, ND — Several homeless men have been forced back onto the streets in Bismarck. The Bismarck-Mandan’s only emergency men’s shelter closed suddenly. With snow expected this week, the closure of the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House has men desperately looking for another place to stay. The facility opened in response to those in need of emergency shelter in 1987….

Highway Patrol Asks Drivers to Use Caution While on the Roads this Winter

officials remind people to drive slow, leave distance between cars and wear seat belts

FARGO, N.D. — Winter is here, which means officials are asking drivers to use more caution on the roads. North Dakota Highway Patrol officers say they write the most tickets in the winter for people who follow other cars too closely. They say drivers should always leave enough distance between themselves and the vehicles in front of them. Highway Patrol officials…

Turn on the Heat: How to Keep Your Furnace Running All Winter Long

Heating professionals say annual preventive mainenance is the best way to keep a furnace in working shape

FARGO, N.D. — With temperatures dropping furnaces will be firing up, but there are a few things homeowners can do to prevent problems when they flip on the heat for the first time. Service professionals say routine maintenance to your furnace is key to keeping a home warm throughout the winter. “Routine maintenance is a must these days.  Furnace manufacturers…

Multi-Vehicle Crash Shuts Down I-94 Westbound in Fargo

The crash includes at least one semi and multiple injuries are being reported

FARGO, ND — Police and highway patrol units are on scene of a multi-vehicle crash near the I-29 and I-94 interchange in Fargo. The crash includes at least one semi and multiple injuries are being reported. Authorities are closing down I-94 westbound, starting at the 25th Street South exit. They say this will also affect I-29 northbound traffic. A second…

F-M Stocks Up on Supplies With the First Snowfall Approaching

people say they're doing so to avoid getting in an accident

FARGO, ND — With blizzard conditions a possibility, people are starting to plan ahead. For some people, that means stocking up at the grocery store. Some people say they’re looking forward to the winter weather that’s coming. “Yeah, I’m so excited for the winter,” Gonga Gurung said.  Others describe Fargo winters another way. “Brutal, extreme. The wind is treacherous and you’re…