FARGO—The Fourth of July is here and that means celebration, good food and fireworks can be expected throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. With good fun comes the risk of injuries and individuals who disobey the law. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the use of sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, and novelty items like snakes and party poppers are legal. But the use of anything that flies and explodes is illegal. That includes firecrackers, mortars and shells, bottle rockets and roman candles.
FARGO—As Minnesotans approach the heart of the summer months, especially before the Fourth of July, more get to enjoy the cool rivers and lakes around the North Star state. With the the increased amount of people attending the different bodies of water around the state, drowning deaths usually goes up, but what does the data say? When looking at the summer months of May, June, July and August from 2007-2018, most of the drowning deaths occur in July. Hennepin County has had the largest number of drowning deaths in the summers from 2007-2018 with 46.
North Dakota may be getting some love from the FXX series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." The show's character Dennis, played by Glenn Howerton, left Paddy's Pub at the end of season 12 to father a child he had with a woman in North Dakota. The show had a short hiatus, but Season 13 will highlight Dennis' shift to fatherhood in the Peace Garden State... maybe. Howerton's participation in the show has been in question during the hiatus. According to an interview with Uproxx.com in March, Howerton said he was unsure about the return of Dennis.
FARGO -- The Fargo Police Department has received a memorial badge to honor fallen officer Jason Moszer, who was shot and later died during 2016 standoff. The badge was donated by David McCracken and given to an officer who brought it to Public Information Officer Jessica Schindeldecker
FARGO—Thousands gathered to both support and protest President Donald Trump when he visited Scheels Arena in Fargo Wednesday, June 27. Protests and the speech itself has been covered, but can the numbers tell a story, too? 20,000—There were 20,000 tickets reserved for the event in Scheels Arena. The arena has a seating capacity of 6,000. 600-700—600 to 700 protestors rallied in Urban Plains Park to express their displeasure with Trump, according to host Dana Bisignani. The group coordinated on a Facebook event page to convene together at the rally.
FARGO-- Kenneth Fletcher is an ordinary guy from Fargo. He spends his days working as a service technician for Advanced Business Methods, and being a long-time Michigan Wolverines fan, mows a large 'M' in his backyard when football season comes around. But on Saturday, June 16 he was going to have to help with something out of the ordinary when Fletcher was traveling to the Twin Cities to visit his daughter. Beverly Edith Toso, 76, of Hoffman, Minn., had driven her vehicle off of a bridge being replaced on Interstate 94 over Lake Lakota near Alexandria.
FARGO—Businesses in North Dakota, Minnesota and other states are now able to compete with online retailers after the U.S. Supreme Court announced their ruling on the Wayfair v South Dakota case. The 5-4 decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, June 21, will now allow states to collect sales taxes from online businesses whether they have a physical location in that state or not.
DALTON, Minn.—The conflict between Richard Chodek and the state of Minnesota over lake access has been fuming since November 2017. Chodek has now been charged with 12 misdemeanor counts, each of which carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. One misdemeanor is a personal nuisance of obstructing a highway, and the other 11 counts are harassment charges for keeping people from using Jolly Ann Lake.
FARGO—Many gathered in the Sanctuary Events Center Wednesday, June 20, to witness 73 individuals to complete their process in becoming a U.S. citizen through the naturalization ceremony. North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Lisa Fair McEvers was the featured speaker while U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal presided over the ceremony for new citizens who came from across North Dakota.
WEST FARGO-- The skies were clear, and the wind was perfect for a evening of skydiving. Sheila Carter was out there to enjoy skydiving for the first time, but this evening meant more. Carter is an employee at Bell Bank and receives $1,000 from them yearly to contribute to the community through their Pay It Forward program. This year she used the money to pay for four veterans' skydiving trips in honor of her father who served in Vietnam and died October 2017.