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BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. — The grandmother of a Breckenridge toddler whose death is being investigated as a homicide said she called child protective services one week before the boy was killed. Now, she and the community are looking for answers on 3-year-old Winter Barker's death on Tuesday, April 10, when the boy was found not breathing at Park Manor apartments where he lived with his father and father's girlfriend.
FARGO—Kathryn Fink of Grand Forks has started a petition to get rid of the principal of Fargo North High School. It all stems from an incident at Fargo North High School on Feb. 12. A video that people say shows the fight has started circulating on the web, and now, some are calling into question the administration and how they handled the situation. Video of a fight first hit the airwaves on KPPP-FM this weekend.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Senator Al Franken's name is being added to a growing list of people accused of sexual assault or harassment joining Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and George H. W. Bush. Franken's accuser, California radio host Leeann Tweeden, toured overseas entertaining troops with Franken. Tweeden says Franken groped her in her sleep, and forcibly kissed her after insisting the two needed to rehearse an onstage kiss. "He stuck his tongue down my mouth, and I remember I pushed him off with my hands. And I just remember I almost punched him," said Leeann Tweeden.
WOODWORTH, N.D.—Moms across the country are blaming a North Dakota woman for destroying their sense of safety and their hope to grow their family. The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office is investigating Woodworth native Betty Jo Krenz. She was once a social worker in Spirit Lake, now accused in what these mothers call an adoption scam. Accusations stretch across the country, starting in North Dakota, then to Rapid City, South Dakota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—After a night of chaos in Las Vegas, one Reynolds, North Dakota woman is thankful to be at home and safe with her family Monday. Elizabeth Hildebrand went to Las Vegas for the first time on Friday, savoring the moments during a 'mom's getaway', up until Sunday night. Elizabeth says her group thought about getting a drink in an area they would later find out was where the active shooter was. "I've never been so thankful that I didn't get an adult beverage," said Hildebrand.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Two different groups of vandals recently hit the Poor Farm Cemetery in rural Fergus Falls. For nearly five years, 68-year-old Bob Riepe has been caring for this cemetery. Before that, it was just a grassy field. "When the wires cross, this means that there's a male buried right here," Riepe said, a coat hanger in hand. Riepe uses a technique called "divining" to find bodies who haven't been resting easy under this soil. "I couldn't believe it. I wanted to cry," Riepe said upon discovering the vandalism.
FARGO—A time-lapse video of Fargo that took years to film is making the rounds on social media. The photographers who made the video say they hope it gets people excited to live in the valley. For four years, Evan Balko and Preston Sternson endured the elements to create a time-lapse of people and places of Fargo, setting up a camera and tripod in rain and shine. "When it all came together, it was an interesting experience to say, 'Wow I made this,' " Balko said.
TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. -- A Minnesota father's search to find his missing daughter is over. A private investigator has confirmed 6-year-old Claire Cooney has been found in Tellico Plains, about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville, Tenn. Her father, Brian Cooney of Perham, hadn't seen his daughter in over a month. Claire was allegedly taken by Cooney's estranged wife, Miranda Cooney, and her partner Jonathan Broman.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Once again, WDAZ is reporting another child has been hit by a car while walking to school in Grand Forks. Parents want to know why this keeps happening, and what can be done to stop it. The victim in Thursday’s accident was injured and taken to the hospital, but police say he'll be released Friday. This young man is ten, was walking to school at Ben Franklin Elementary, and hit by a pickup.
White Earth Public Transit buses will begin running at 8:00 a.m. Monday (3/5) due to weather conditions.