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EAST GRAND FORKS, MN – Police are investigating the death of a female, whose body was discovered lying alongside a snowmobile trail Friday afternoon. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and East Grand Forks Fire Department responded to 445th Avenue SW in East Grand Forks, MN, where the body was reported. The initial investigation at the scene did not reveal suspicious circumstances, according to police. The body was transported to the University of North Dakota Forensic Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
FARGO—The city of Fargo is fighting the clock, preparing for mother nature's round of rain and snow. At just one of the city's sites for dumping huge piles of snow have already been collected. It's' one of the ways workers are preparing for another snow system. Friday evening there were almost 10 crews working overtime to take care of of built up snow and ice. Extra steam trucks are moving in both north and south Fargo to clear drains for the expected rainfall this weekend.
MINNESOTA—Minnesota lawmakers are requesting an extension to give the state more time to transition to Real ID's. The state is planning to issue the licenses on October 1st, but the federal compliance deadline is October 10th giving only 10 days for Minnesotans to transition. Several state representatives have requested an extension, which has the potential to give the state until 2020 to get the new licenses.
METRO—It's as dangerous a time as ever to be a pedestrian according to a new report. The latest statistics in a national study show a 25-year-high for pedestrian deaths. Rush hour traffic is in full-force on Main Avenue in Fargo most weekday evenings. If you're a person trying to cross the street, statistics say you need to be extra careful to not get hit by vehicles. It's the second year in a row that the number of people dying on foot from motor vehicles remains high.
WEST FARGO—Police are giving the "all clear" to a neighborhood that was shut down Thursday morning after a standoff situation in West Fargo. It happened here just after 9:00 near the intersection of 12th Street East and Starr Avenue which is a few blocks north of Veterans Memorial Arena. Police say a woman did a text to 911 call saying there was an armed, suicidal man in the home. Within two minutes, West Fargo PD arrived and were able to get the woman out. About an hour later a negotiator made contact and got the man to come out to police.
FARGO—Emotions are high after accusations of bullying and threats lead to the vote to oust Fargo School Board President Jim Johnson. The video above is from the meeting on Tuesday night. In a motion, Board member Jennifer Benson claimed Johnson bullied her after a meeting on February 13th. Benson said Johnson made condescending comments to the audience, dismissing their concerns about boundary changes in South Fargo. Afterwards she said Johnson cornered her at the meeting, using profanity.
METRO—Work will soon get under way on a project expected to save people living in the Fargo-Moorhead area when it comes to their water bill. The state of Minnesota plans to restore Wolverton Creek this spring. The $10.4 million dollar project plans to get the river flowing again, to cut Fargo-Moorhead's drinking water treatment costs. The 21 mile stretch of creek spans Clay and Wilkin counties. The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District project is also expected to improve field drainage and create wildlife habitat.
FARGO --- The YMCA is celebrating a career milestone for a man who has a lot of fans. Ralph Jose began working as a fitness team member at the Y in 1998. He quickly became beloved in the community for his sense of humor and encouragement. One woman said Ralph helped her lose 70 pounds. Friday, he was surprised with balloons and hugs for the special occasion.
FARGO—Plotting to fight the flu next season, the CDC has decided to bring the nasal spray vaccine back. In a 12-to-2 vote, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has agreed to bring back the spray. The method allows patients to inhale the vaccine instead of the traditional shot. In 2016, the committee stopped recommending the spray, after researchers believed it was less effective against certain flu strains. Doctors at Sanford said the decision may help encourage more people to get vaccinated.
FARGO—One of the world's most famous Christian Evangelists has passed away at the age of 99. Decades ago, Billy Graham had a personal impact on people here in Fargo. Unless you were there, not many know that Billy Graham was here in town. We take a look back at then to now to see how Graham's words have echoed over generations. Folks at Triumph Lutheran are remembering Pastor Billy Graham through song. It's a song Joane Strom remembers singing like it was yesterday, back in 1987.