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FARGO — You may hear loud bangs and see lots of armed officers outside Fargo's old city hall. No need to worry, it's just training. They're taking advantage of this now abandoned building to practice for the real deal. From standoffs to shootings, our SWAT team needs to be ready for it all. Being able to use explosives and tear down walls in an office space setting is a rare opportunity. Commander Lt. Bill Ahlfeldt says it's his first time training an office setting where they're allowed to make things go boom.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Several people in Jamestown say they didn't notice a standoff on Sunday, Oct. 7th, because they slept through it. So did the suspect. Police say 20-year-old Chase Urie from Proctor, Minn. broke his way into a home just after 4:00 a.m. on Sunday. The man who lives there was inside, but family members next door were able to get him out.
FARGO — A squirrel and rabbit were found dead with an arrow in them on opposite sides of Fargo. They're possibly connected, and shooting these animals could get you in serious trouble. On the Nextdoor app, someone posted a picture of a dead squirrel with a yellow arrow in it , saying it was found in the middle of the Horace Mann neighborhood.
FARGO — Dozens of people came to Island Park for North Dakota's first-ever HIV walk. Yard signs lined the walkways, separating facts from myths about the virus. The Department of Health set this up to fight the stigma of HIV by simply getting people to talk about it. One of the organizers WDAY News spoke with, Ryan Braunberger, says there are people who still think HIV is spread by just touching someone.
FARGO — Reports show the price of vanilla is higher than silver and our local bakeries are feeling the pain.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—A liquor store in Moorhead is closing four months after the grocery store next door shut its doors as well. WDAY met with the owner of Brookdale Liquors who says the landlord is partially to blame. It's a story we've been following since Spring. When this Family Fare grocery store faded away last April, David Lundeen said he lost about a third of his regular liquor store customers. Now he's retiring, closing those doors for good next Friday. But Lundeen tells us closing the store was not entirely his decision.
FARGO, N.D.—A parking ramp going into a new Downtown Fargo skyscraper is being paid for by taxpayers. But some city leaders are saying the project will actually lower tax rates in the long run. With it comes a $15 million project being paid for by the city. It includes the tower's parking ramp, sky way and a multi use plaza. After hearing this project will start coming out of her pocket, this taxpayer was livid.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—From throwing darts at balloons to tossing rings in a bottle, the sometimes painfully difficult carnival games are back at the Red River Valley Fair. Are they designed to be winnable at all? WDAY-TV found out how deputies inspect these games every year to make sure. Big prizes like hoverboards, and small mopeds may seem too good to be true.
DES MOINES, Iowa—A stolen tow truck from Minnesota was found at an Iowa auto shop where police say a Fergus Falls man was killed during an attempted burglary. WDAY-TV called officers who say the truck was taken from Beyer's Towing in Fergus Falls early Sunday morning. It has company logos plastered all across the side. Wednesday morning, it was found at Kraft 5-Star Muffler in Des Moines.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—In less than two weeks, orange cones and construction crews will take over a dangerous intersection in Moorhead with the goal of eliminating a long-time traffic headache for drivers. This long anticipated project at Main Avenue and 21st Street could affect your commute. Workers will start building a $66 million underpass on July 23rd. Engineers tell WDAY-TV crews will make sure you can still get to Moorhead High and businesses in the area throughout the project.