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NORTHWOOD, ND—A fire destroyed a longtime trucking business in Northwood, North Dakota overnight. Video we received came from the family that owns Korsmo Trucking. The fire was called in by a semi driver who was asleep inside and heard strange noises around 2:30 Friday morning. There were six trucks inside the building as well. Nobody was hurt, but the business lost everything inside. It's owned by the father of the Northwood Fire Chief. The chief has only held the position for five days and this was his very first call for a fire.
GRAND FORKS—A clinic that's stood in Grand Forks since the 1970's has come down as plans for a new facility are in the works. The lot where Altru's main clinic used to sit is now dirt and debris. The organization plans to build a new hospital somewhere around town, but they've not yet announced if this will be the location. They announced the over $250-million dollar project in November. The main clinic was closed last winter after crews determined the building was a hazard. It's unclear what the future of the hospital will be.
LANGDON, N.D.—A massive fire at a historic building has business owners sorting through ashes, and authorities wondering if they'll ever find a cause. This building is a total loss after flames engulfed the former Langdon general store last night. About 30 firefighters spent overnight hours battling the blaze in bitter cold temperatures — only to give up and decide to let it burn out over time. The owners of the insurance office next door were able to pull their items out - with smoke still billowing on the other side of the wall.
GRAND FORKS—After nearly a month of searching, police are asking for your help in identifying a man that used counterfeit bills at a hockey game. Police say the man used a counterfeit $100 dollar bill at the Ralph Engelstad Arena about a month ago. They say the bill was used at a third party vendor concession stand. Police even posted to their social media accounts hoping to someone will put a name to his face.
GRAND FORKS—Employees at a local restaurant in Grand Forks are out of a job unexpectedly on Thursday. The Big Sioux Cafe is shutting its doors Thursday, Dec. 28th. It has been in the Flying J truck stop for 24 years. The cafe's general manager says Thursday morning employees were told it would be their last. They say a leasing disagreement between the cafe and the Flying J is behind the closure. Some customers and employees say it's a rough loss for the area.
WALSH COUNTY—An alleged knife attack leaves one injured at a family get together in Walsh County. According to court documents, police were sent to an apartment building in Grafton on Saturday night to investigate an assault. 52-year-old Jeannie Stockert, from Grafton, is facing felony assault charges, after she allegedly cut a male's arm with a knife. Court papers say the cut is four inches long. Stockert was also injured in the scuffle and was sent to the hospital for a head injury.
GRAND FORKS—As more snow is set to fall in Grand Forks, the streets department will soon use a new formula to melt the ice. Crews plan to use Amp, an additive to salt brine to tame the ice patches on roads. It dissolves ice at temperatures below five degrees Fahrenheit, unlike the solutions they're using now. Drivers in town say they're relieved to hear the city is trying something new to get rid of the slippery problem.
EAST GRAND FORKS—A local police department is hoping to provide more transparency through using body cameras. The East Grand Forks Police Department wants to buy eight body cameras and five squad car cameras. The PD plans to use the system to take a closer look at interactions between officers and the public. The technology could also help investigations by having video for officers to play back, revealing things they might've missed.
GRAND FORKS—Seniors fear they'll be cut off from care as changes to the tax system unfold. Most of the people we talked to in Grand Forks say they're not sure what changes to our tax code means for them. Some say it's good for business, while others worry there will be less money in here to spend. "If I can't deduct that, that's going to hurt me too," said Neal Marin, for tax changes. Neal Martin is one of over 55 million seniors looking to Medicare for his health care needs.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—With arctic temps here to stay, police are warning parents to look out for their children. Symptoms of frostbite can hit within minutes in this weather. Officers are warning you to keep your kids inside. If children do want to play outside, make sure to dress them in snowsuit with gloves and hats. And anyone who enjoys the outdoors during this time of year, needs to know when to call it quits.