MOORHEAD — College students in Minnesota may be saving a few dollars over the next few years. A bill proposed by Minnesota lawmakers would prevent tuition cost from rising for two years at state colleges and universities. The bill locks two- and four-year schools into their current prices for the next two years.
NOME, N.D.—With accusations of arson swirling, fire marshals are looking into what caused a church purchased by white supremacist Craig Cobb to burn to the ground Wednesday, March 22. There are no answers yet but, in Nome, there are plenty of rumors. As sheriff's deputies and fire marshals sift through what's left of 108-year-old Zion Lutheran Church, those in Nome are sifting through theories. Dan Clem was visiting the sleepy southeastern North Dakota small town all the way from Oklahoma on Wednesday when the church burned.
FARGO — Police say predators are using a new social networking app to target children. It only takes 30 seconds for someone to sign up for the app Yellow, and there's nothing keeping users from lying about their age. It's like the popular app Snapchat, in which people exchange pictures with their friends. In Yellow, it's strangers exchanging pictures with users as young as 13. It seems innocent enough, an app meant to help teens find new friends, but the new friend-finder Yellow's harmless idea has taken a sinister twist.
FARGO—The Fargo Theatre is becoming a haven of cinema for the next five days. The Fargo Film Festival, running from Tuesday until Saturday, March 25, features more than one hundred independent films. Some movies are as short as a minute, while others are feature length. The Fargo Theatre will showcase each jury-selected piece morning, afternoon and night. This year's festival features artists from around the globe and from as far away as Australia. Organizers say there's a movie for everyone this year.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead's hometown Dairy Queen on Main Avenue and Eighth Street is giving away cones for a good cause. The soft-serve staple is taking part in National Free Cone Day to celebrate the beginning of spring. They're asking cone lovers to open their hearts to the family of young Max Zinter. Max was born with a serious heart condition, forcing him to undergo numerous surgeries. Dairy Queen is asking customers to give the cost of a cone to Max's family in lieu of paying for it. The store's owner is amazed how receptive customers have been.
FARGO—Fargo police are reminding drivers to be mindful after several collisions on 32nd Avenue. The new construction zone is only a week old, but police say they've filled out several accident reports. Police say the tight quarters and high traffic make for tough driving. Officers have found some drivers are in a hurry, and don't heed reduced speed limits, leading to more problems. It's recommended drivers avoid traveling down 32nd Avenue if possible. Police suggest allowing extra time.
FARGO — Fargo's biggest "Beauty and the Beast" fan is making a showing of the new live action movie a little more magical. Karina Swift says "Beauty and the Beast" has always been her favorite movie. Naturally, she was ecstatic to hear a live-action iteration was in the works. Now, Karina and her boyfriend, Clay, are dressing up as Belle and Gaston before hitting their local theater for a showing of the new movie.
MOORHEAD — Local figures in the fight against sex trafficking in North Dakota are discussing the problem and potential solutions. Representatives of the YWCA, the office of Sen, Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and even WDAY's Kevin Wallevand examined the billion-dollar trafficking industry. A crowd gathered at Concordia College in Moorhead to learn more about the issue and hear about resources for victims.
FARGO—A local couple is challenging what's considered "normal" with a billboard. The billboard is for Romantic Moon Events Center, a wedding venue. The couple on it: newlyweds Kayla and Yalonda Solseng. They say the billboard is more than a simple ad, it's a message. "It's been my goal to be on a billboard, it's weird," said Yalonda. For the Yalonda and Kayla Solseng, being the faces of a wedding venue ad is something special. "Like oh, my gosh, there we are, you called me up," said Yalonda, "there's not any I'm aware of with same-sex couples"
FARGO — Animals are getting lost by the dozen around the metro. Police and animal shelters say there's simple ways to keep your furry friends from running off for good. At the F/M animal hospital, Moorhead Police will take any stray animals it finds, but there are a few surprisingly simple and cheap steps you can take to bring them back. As the seasons change, man's best friend may become man's lost friend.