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DEVILS LAKE—It's every parent's worst nightmare. A local man buries his 11-year-old daughter. He says his daughter's death, the result of pressure from other kids. Now this father is sharing his grief to promote change so no other child has to think suicide is their only way out. Art projects were one of the many fun activities Shane Paulsen liked to do with his daughter Madissen. "My daughter was awesome man, 6th grader, straight A student, clarinet player," he said.
GRAND FORKS - A Grand Forks police officer has been honored for not one, but two special deliveries. It's lunch time for one-month-old Amelia Rose, fresh off an afternoon nap. Amelia is SarahJean Stallman's new bundle of joy. "She is a wonderful blessing," Stallman said. This story includes a second blessing as well. "It was cool to be a part of what I was a part of," said Grand Forks police officer Mike Ruit. Ruit was part of the special delivery. "I didn't think she would come that quickly," Ruit said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Tonight’s gem was usually hard to spot, as he spent most of his time serving a community where you couldn’t see him. A man who risked his own life to save yours. It’s one last walk through the garage—commonly known as Water World—for Howard Kossover, as he wraps up a unique career. “It’s something people need. It’s not just finding people, it’s evidence searches, looking for items that are missing. It’s important and necessary,” said Kossover.
GRAND FORKS—What started as an investigation into the death of an 18 year old in the Red River Valley would lead detectives overseas. "They came to our house, it was three in the morning, we sat there for the next five hours in shock," said Jason Henke. Jason and Laura Henke's son Bailey had just been found dead inside a Grand Forks apartment building. Their son had overdosed on powdered fentanyl. "It is still a shock, still not real," Jason Henke said.
BUXTON, N.D.—While many communities want to put something so sinister aside - Buxton, N.D., proudly displays the scars left behind. Buxton, North Dakota—your typical small town in America’s heartland—where trucks roar into the local elevator, trains whistle through town, and where there is a mystery hidden inside a business on the main drag. “Even today it’s talked about, even though a generation has passed,” said Bobbi Hepper Olson, of Hepper Olson Architects.
ARGYLE, Minn.—This week’s gem of the week spreads love throughout the community with a little bit of dough, grease, and sugar. A sunrise is no guarantee in Argyle, Minnesota, but regardless, the community’s ball of sunshine is guaranteed to be hard at work in her woman cave. Insider her garage, making circles of love, Carol Michalek sees the value in creating something sweet with her own two hands. “I think it’s a lost art, homemade,” said Carol. Carol’s famous homemade donuts.
“I forgot one,” says Jim Fischer, reaching for a book on a cluttered bookshelf. Those who know about Jim Fischer’s love for books can understand how maybe he would forget about one. Over the years, this retired veteran, who served in the military for nearly 30 years, gathered plenty of them—his collection contains two thousand books. “To me, they’re an escape,” Fischer says. “It was never a conscious effort, they just kind of accumulated.” His love for the books started at birth.
GOODRIDGE, Minn.—A local Goodridge, Minn., man searching for the owner of a watch thought that answers would bring closure, but instead, the mystery continues to tick. Last week, WDAZ TV featured Bruce Bjerklie . For the past six decades the Bjerklie family had a watch belonging to the World War II veteran Harold Knutson.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—A local teacher is working to fulfill the dreams that her friend left behind. Mary Stammen was all smiles as she placed backpacks across the gym floor at Peter Boe Elementary in Mayville. But at the same time—the Special Education teacher was fighting back sadness. “I'd rather have Ann doing this with me then me doing this in honor of her, because this is what Ann is all about,” said Stammen.
CAVALIER, N.D. - You may spot a North Dakota State Bison running through the streets of Grand Forks this weekend. It's not a message for the rival University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks - but a message of hope for all. Bill Crosby is a well-known face in the Cavalier community serving as pastor at the E-Free Church. But lately he's been catching the eyes of people in town for a different reason.