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FARGO—A jaw-droppingly large collection is up for grabs as one of the largest gun collections in the country goes to auction in Fargo this weekend. The numbers associated with Ed Karel's collection are almost hard to believe: A quarter million dollars, more than 50 years of buying, and at least 800 guns. Now, almost as unbelievable, he's trying to get rid of them. "I'm what they call a gun nut," said Ed Karel, gun collector. Ed Karel isn't just a gun nut, he's a Goliath of guns: the kind of collector who dwarfs others.
FARGO—A disabled veteran and Fargo native says he was treated unfairly by a local business after what he calls an honest mistake. Outside Herd and Horns, parking can be tough to find, especially on a bison gameday. In his search for an open handicap-accessible spot, John Trautman accidentally took a spot meant for Jimmy John's drivers, a mistake he says caused a major headache. Like any trip, to get there, he needed his specialized SUV. It has a lift to get him in and out, and a special license plate noting his Disabled Veteran status.
"Real Men Wear Pink" is much more than a mantra for one Concordia College faculty member. Pink has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness and October is designated to fighting the disease. It's pretty normal for people to don a rosy tie or socks, but Bruce Vieweg went above and beyond in his fight for breast cancer research. Concordia's Chief Information Officer, and resident musicophile is undoubtedly a creature of habit; a very pink creature. From pink toe to pink head.
FARGO—The system used to alert you about serious winter weather has undergone some changes. In an attempt to simplify its system of weather alerts, the National Weather Service has streamlined the terminology it uses for severe winter weather events. Blizzard watches will now be called "winter storm watches," and freezing rain advisories will become "winter weather advisories." "(You) can kind of get confused between the differences," said Chandler Kallock, weather watcher.
FARGO—Hundreds paid their respects to an NDSU student who lost her life in an ATV accident. Ellie Helm passed away after a September 29th crash in her home state of Wisconsin. Mourners wore pink, Helm's favorite color, in honor of the bright smiled young woman. Twenty-one pink balloons were released into the sky in remembrance of every year of Helm's life.
FARGO—A Fargo couple says they're out of options and could lose their home to the cost of special assessments. First, a little background on special assessments; they're a way of paying for infrastructure projects like paving roads or water main replacements. A Fargo couple tells me they have to pay so many assessments they can't afford to live in their home of 21 years. The Kings, Terry and Rhonda have lived in their Fargo house for decades, long enough for it to become a home.
FARGO—From a disgusting and deplorable act, comes one of kindness. After a Somali-American Fargo man found animal waste smeared in the back of his car, a local car detail shop is offering to make it right. The owner of Bailey's heard about the horrible vandalism to Yosef Mohamed's vehicle and offering to clean it all up, the only condition being Mohamed's permission. Filth is no stranger to the crew at Bailey's PDR in Fargo. Owner Kevin Bailey was appalled when he heard about animal waste, smeared inside Yosef Mohamed's car.
FARGO, N.D.--There are lots of words to describe South High Senior Alec Penney. "He's a kind young man, he's outgoing, and he's a positive kid," said Vic Young, student council advisor. However, a new word has been added to his list: king. Penney was given the honor at Fargo South's homecoming coronation Monday night. Alec has down syndrome, but that doesn't define him. The way he brings joy and inspires his classmates is what defines King Alec Penney.
FARGO—Managers of a Fargo Cemetery are without several items after a weekend burglary. Holy Cross Cemetery is right next to the air national guard base, near Hector. Over the long weekend, someone ransacked the office here and took a couple of things. A white pickup truck and laptop were reportedly taken, but it's not clear when the burglary took place. It is suspected to have taken place between Friday night and early Tuesday morning. The area is patrolled by the nearby air base, but there are no reports of activity in that time.
FARGO—It's a crime police are saying couldn't be stopped. Fargo Police say more than 20 garages were broken into earlier this week, all in the dead of night. The apartment garages were broken into in the span of a few hours. Several power tools and other valuables were snagged, with no sign of who took them. Investigators say the burglar, or burglars, broke into protected keypads and rewired them to open the doors. They say whoever broke in, must have had a tool to help them get into the pads.