METRO—Vicious winds and snow rocked much of the eastern part of North Dakota Monday, creating several no travel advisories. The recipe was perfect for crashes. There was a fresh layer of ice, as well as 40 to 50 mile per hour wind gusts. In the metro there were dozens of crashes. To keep it concise, the weather was "horrible." The harsh winter storm first coated the streets in rain, only to freeze as temperatures dropped. "I was driving when it was raining and it wasn't too bad, but now it's horrible," said Lauren Joki, Winter weather driver.
FARGO—A Fargo couple is shaken but unhurt today after they say a criminal broke into the room they were sleeping in. Police say about 1 a.m. Monday, April 17, they tried stopping a man who was wanted on warrants. Police say the man ran a few blocks to 16th Street and Second Avenue South. He then allegedly tried breaking into a house under renovation by smashing a small window. A tenant sleeping with his girlfriend in the house says he was woken by a crash and a man crawling through his bedroom window.
MOORHEAD—No one was hurt in an early Monday morning, April 17, house fire south of Moorhead. The Sabin-Elmwood fire department responded to flames at a home southwest of Sabin about 1 a.m.. Crews say one man was inside the home, but he escaped without serious injuries. Reports show the fire likely started on the home's main floor. Crews limited structural damage, but say the house suffered heavy smoke damage. The cause of the fire isn't known, but crews say it was likely accidental.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead police are asking for help finding a man who strong-armed an attendant in broad daylight during a gas station robbery. Police say the suspect was wearing "a disguise" and acting as though he had a weapon when he robbed Brady's Service Center at 2404 8th St. S. around noon Saturday, April 15. Police say the robber pinned an attendant's hand down and demanded money. He apparently ran away with an unknown amount of cash, police say. A K-9 unit was called in to search for the robber, but was unsuccessful.
FARGO — While tax season may be coming to an end, scam season continues. The Better Business Bureau says the IRS used to never call, and anyone claiming to be affiliated with the organization is a scammer. Now, the IRS works with collection agencies that will call some people. According to the BBB though, you should receive a letter about back taxes long before you will ever be called. If you're not sure if the call is legitimate, experts say err on the side of caution.
FARGO — The deadline to file taxes is fast approaching, but experts say if you haven't started, there's no need to hit the panic button yet. Income taxes must be filed by Tuesday, April 18. The filing deadline is usually April 15, but it was pushed to Tuesday because of the weekend, and Emancipation Day on Monday, which is a holiday in Washington, D.C, which extends the deadline into Tuesday. Tax experts say if you think you need more time, you should ask for an extension as soon as possible.
Construction season is underway for Moorhead and lakes country, but MnDOT is saying it won't be as intrusive as the past few years. The project creating some of the biggest traffic holdups appears to be a Highway 10 / Highway 59 bridge replacement near Detroit Lakes. MnDOT says Eighth Street in Moorhead will also get some resurfacing this summer, but says lane closures will be limited.
FARGO — Twenty-four hours in freezing temperatures couldn't keep a Fargo man from being reunited with his best feathered friend. A rough gust nearly cost Bob Jamieson his bird. After his wife took their parrot outside their south Fargo home, a startled 5-year old Peppy took off. Jamieson figured if predators didn't get Peppy the cold would claim the African grey parrot. "He could easily be mistaken for a pigeon because of the gray color," said Jamieson. A day passed with no word on the bird's whereabouts, but Peppy is no birdbrain.
FARGO—A fair at North Dakota State University aims to shed light on many of the issues associated with mental health. The "IM Alive" campaign set up shop on campus on Wednesday, April 12. Several stations helped clear up misconceptions about mental health. Activities addressed myths associated with common disorders and shared resources. The mental health fair also featured a "secret wall" where students could share embarrassing or sensitive information. Advocates say destigmatizing tough mental health topics is a must.
DILWORTH—The people of Dilworth are voicing concerns about the current legislative session with their district's own lawmaker. Rep. Paul Marquart stopped by Dilworth City Hall on Monday to listen to comments and concerns from residents. The packed house voiced concerns about health-care funding and wages for long-term care workers. Marquart's biggest focus in the Legislature has been on property tax relief for farmers.