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LARIMORE—Three years after a deadly bus accident in Larimore, North Dakota families say they're still struggling to pay their children's medical bills. A BNSF train hit a Larimore Public School bus in January of 2015 when a dozen children were on board. The driver and a 17-year-old girl were killed. The State Supreme Court recently ruled against the families of the crash victims maintaining a state cap for damages payment which is $500,000 dollars. That breaks down to about $41,000 dollars per child, but parents say it isn't enough to cover their costs.
GRAND FORKS—Buildings in Grand Forks could soon have a new, creative coat of paint as the city considers allowing more murals in town. The current city rules require murals to be painted onto panels hung on walls. City leaders are considering a change allowing murals to be painted on surfaces in town. Under the new ordinance the planning department has to give the artist the OK for the project. Crews came up with the idea after getting feedback from local painters.
GRAND FORKS—Police in Grand Forks say drug crimes are on the rise as opioids grip the area. GFPD released its annual report from 2017 on Tuesday. It shows the highest number drug crimes the city has dealt with in at least a decade. There were 570 reported drug crimes last year, which is 390 more than 2016. Police say drugs like as fentanyl are becoming more common in the area making one specific class of drug behind the trend.
DRAYTON, N.D.—A fire, possibly started by lightning, reduces a rural church to ashes taking memories of countless families with it. Fire crews were called her to the Skjeberg Lutheran Church just before 10:00 p.m. The 130-year-old church serves about 100 a few miles east of Drayton, North Dakota. Crews from Hallock, Kennedy and Stephen, Minnesota all tried putting down the flames, but it wasn't enough to save the house of worship.
GRAND FORKS—Students at Grand Forks high schools are planning a walk out in protest of gun violence. Students at Grand Forks Central and Red River High Schools are working with churches and other local organizations for a march. They plan to join students across the country to walk out of class on March 14th at 10:00 a.m. one month after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Students say they don't have any specific changes they're asking for, but say something needs to be done.
GRAND FORKS—Hundreds of people showed up to Minnkota Power Cooperative ribbon cutting ceremony in Grand Forks on Wednesday. The company has been working on the project for about six years, moving over 200 employees into a new 250,000 square foot building. The company's Chief Financial Officer says they worked out of the previous space for nearly 75 years. Their new home has motion sensors, LED lighting as well as geothermal heating. It took crews months to move all the equipment from the old space into the massive new building.
GRAND FORKS—Police in Grand Forks are also warning drivers to slow down after a spike in accidents last weekend. There were 34 accidents between Friday and Monday, about a 40 percent increase over the previous week. Police say drivers should slow down and give themselves extra time to stop, and as winter turns into spring they say you should expect roads to remain slick. "That freeze and thaw that we continually see almost every day here in the next month or so we're going to start seeing that," said Lt. Bill Macki, Grand Forks Police Department.
NORTH DAKOTA—North Dakota's Secretary of State is calling an election security report 'puzzling' after the state receives a 'C' grade. The Center for American Progress released the report earlier this week rating each state's election process. The secretary of state says the machines that calculate voting information are secure and the information stored is minimal. He says hacking into the machine's is unlikely because they're not hooked up to Wi-Fi.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man is in custody Wednesday night after police allegedly busted him with more than $1,000 dollars worth of meth. Court documents say the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force has been following Terriyn Baker for months. Undercover authorities agreed to buy 28 grams of meth for $1,200 dollars from the man according to the documents. Documents say the alleged deal was set up in early September at the Budget Inn off Highway 2. Authorities filmed the interaction and recorded audio of the alleged deal.
GRAND FORKS -- Each day about a hundred meals are delivered to hungry seniors in Grand Forks, but federal funding for the program may be in jeopardy. Senator Heidi Heitkamp worked as a volunteer on a Meals on Wheels route Friday morning dropping off lunch to homes. The senator was in town to talk with the senior center's managers about community needs.