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BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – The girlfriend and brother of Tracy Brant, a Breckenridge man accused of fatally beating his 3-year-old son, are speaking out and defending him. Brant, 35, is in jail facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of his son, Winter Sky Barker. An autopsy found that the boy died from blunt-force trauma and that he had injuries that appeared to show a pattern of abuse. Despite this, Brant's girlfriend, Ramona Shortman, is blaming the boy's death on chemicals.
FARGO—High school soccer players and parents in Fargo are fighting for a change, saying their girls teams are being discriminated against. In case you haven't looked outside recently, the conditions are not the best for playing soccer. High school girls' soccer in Fargo has its season in the spring so getting game time on the turf is a challenge right now.
PUERTO RICO—Parts of Puerto Rico are still without power more than five months after Hurricane Maria ripped through the U.S. territory. Xcel Energy sent local workers and equipment to restore electricity. Embraced by the safety of his harness, Ryan Johnson checks voltage with a view he's all too familiar with, but after landing in San Juan on January 29th the field work was slightly different. "We went in the mountains and into the jungle doing stuff that we don't normally do as flatlanders in North Dakota," said Ryan Johnson, Xcel Energy.
WEST FARGO—A new business in West Fargo wants to provide an affordable way to detect early signs of breast cancer. A diagnosis changed the life of Becky Muhs in early 2015. "I have six forms of cancer and I also have lymphatic leukemia as well. Most of that is easily detected through the scans," said Muhs. She says doctors told her she would die within months if she didn't seek professional treatment. Because of treatment's high price tag, she decided to do her own research. She eventually found out about thermal imaging.
NORTH DAKOTA—A sea of green began wafting over the United States in 1996 when California legalized medical marijuana. More than 15 states are following suit, that blazed the trail for Colorado to legalize recreational Marijuana in 2012. Now a grassroots campaign of volunteers is working on raising $2 million to take the Peace Garden State to the next level.
CASSELTON, N.D.—A veterinary hospital in Casselton, N.D. is now the only clinic in the Red River Valley with a CT scanner. Before the clinics CT imaging system, it had a more traditional x-ray machine. While still useful, it didn't give them as many pictures inside the animal. "There is a set of lasers that are on here and they come up and it allows us to position the dog in three different planes," said Dr. Laurie Huckle, of Casselton Veterinary Service, Inc.
WEST FARGO — A West Fargo man says his invention could more than double vehicle gas mileage. A newly built model shows how Ernie Brookins is turning 50 feet of driving with gas into 400 feet of driving without gas. He's already tested the prototype, which he built into his 1980s pickup. According to Brookins, the invention involves the vehicle accelerator building pressure in a tank while the vehicle is driven with the engine turned on. That tank then powers the engine without using any fuel, and the engine turns back on when it needs to recharge.
WEST FARGO—A West Fargo man's invention could more than double your gas mileage. A newly built model shows how Ernie Brookins is turning 50 feet of driving with gas into 400 feet of driving without gas. In his words, this particular device will make busses and tractors go 'seven times the laws of physics.' "The laws of physics says you can't make more power than what you put in," said Ernie. He's already tested the prototype, built into his 1980's pick up.
FARGO—At least 70 kids in our community will get food for the weekend, delivered on wheels provided by a man described as a "Christmas angel." Workers at the Great Plains Food Bank say an anonymous donor gave them a truck. It's already being used to bring "backpacks" with three meals of food to elementary students in need. The food for each backpack costs about $5. While the donor's identity remains a mystery, they say Friday's deliveries would not have been possible without the donation.