Morning headlines: Health experts say we'd better get prepared for this weekend's heat wave
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Here is your InForum Minute for Friday, June 17.
FARGO — You might want to stay in the shade and keep a cool beverage at hand this weekend when temperatures could reach 100 degrees.
"One hundred degrees is possible this weekend," said John Wheeler, WDAY StormTracker chief meteorologist.
Temperatures recently spiked as high as 110 degrees in central and western Nebraska, a portent of sizzling weather that will soon reach the Red River Valley.
"That air is coming northward," Wheeler said. "It's a ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere."
This won't be dry heat, unlike a heat wave early last June, when high temperatures topped 100 degrees two days in a row. More on that.
Fargo Public Works warns of heat causing road problems
FARGO — With temperatures expected to rise above 100 degrees this weekend, Fargo's public works department has issued a rare warning about possible road buckling or damage.
The department said the heat can cause concrete slabs to expand, resulting in the slabs pressing against each other until the surface breaks, causing damage to the road.
The damage can range from minor cracking to large heaves referred to as buckling.
The department urged residents to use caution when driving during the high temperatures. Full story here.
Fargo police warn of home burglaries while residents are away for extended periods
FARGO — The Fargo Police Department warned the public on Thursday, June 16, that a group of burglars is targeting homes when residents are away on vacation.
Nine home burglaries that seemed to be related were reported over the last six months, Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski said during a news conference at City Hall. The homes were located in the Centennial, Rose Creek, Stonebridge and Timberline neighborhoods, according to the police department.
“What we want to do is bring this to everyone’s attention, and we also want to provide you with some tips to help keep yourself safe and keep your property safe,” Zibolski said. Full story here.
West Fargo Rural Fire Department fined, barred from gaming sites
WEST FARGO — The West Fargo Rural Fire Department was fined and barred from conducting gaming at two West Fargo bars, which were also suspended from hosting any gaming for one year, after investigators determined they had committed significant violations of state gaming laws.
North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley fined the West Fargo Rural Fire Department $20,000 with $5,000 suspended for five years and barred it from conducting gaming activity at the Bar Nine and Bordertown Bar & Grill in West Fargo, effective immediately.
Wrigley also ordered the suspension of gaming at Bar Nine and Bordertown Bar & Grill for one year, effective July 1. The two bars are owned by Nasser Hammami. Full story here.