FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Richard Chodek, who erected a fence that is preventing public access to a west-central Minnesota lake, defended himself against the state of Minnesota on Friday, July 20, after being charged with 12 misdemeanors. His hope to have the charges against him dismissed will be delayed by at least a month. Both him and the state of Minnesota will have until Aug. 17 to present their written arguments before a date for the jury trial will be set.
FARGO — Vendors throughout the Fargo Street Fair have mixed views on the new setup. The fair, that runs through Saturday, July 21, in recent years went down Broadway, but this year is in more of an L-Shape from Broadway and rounding the corner to Fourth Avenue North. While some vendors on Broadway are a bit more accepting, some on Fourth Avenue North are not pleased with the change.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Department of Health is warning consumers to not eat Spring Pasta Salad from Hy-Vee if it was purchased before July 17. Six of seven cases in a Salmonella Sandiego outbreak have been linked to people who have eaten Spring Pasta Salad from four different Hy-Vee stores, a news release said. On July 16, the product was removed from all stores voluntarily while health officials have been investigating.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—A mother, father and their three children lost their home and all of their belongings to a tornado in Watford City, July 10. The 10-year-old had a concussion, and the rest of the family had cuts and bruises. Krystal Lapp and her three sons had moved from Alaska to live with the children's father who was working in Watford City. The Lapp family lived in their trailer home for three weeks before the tornado struck and flipped the home multiple times.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and former NDSU Bison Carson Wentz has tied the knot. Wentz tweeted Monday morning, July 16, “Such a blessing to finally get to marry my best friend! It was an incredible day and God has his fingerprints all over our story! I’m a lucky man with one amazing wife." Related stories:
FARGO-- About 5,000 wrestlers are traveling to Fargo to compete in the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals at the Fargodome this week, and easily more than 100 are using GoFundMe to help fund the expenses of their trip.
FARGO—Jamie Zastoupil and the children she cares for at Wiggles and Giggles Child Care are working to help the United Way School Supply drive. For the sixth straight year Zastoupil and the kids are selling lemonade and baked goods to purchase school supplies for children in need. Zastoupil finds that having a school supply drive like this can benefit both the children receiving the supplies and those who volunteer to help out.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Almost $18,000 has been raised for a one-week-old infant who died in the EF-2 tornado that hit the western North Dakota community of Watford City on Tuesday morning. The infant, Blake, the son of Marisa Reber and Will Maguire. According to information on the GoFundMe site, the couple's mobile home was struck and flipped in the tornado July 10. Blake was injured.
WEST FARGO—The Red River Valley Fair has hit West Fargo again, July 10-15, for the 51st year. With it comes food, live music and rides, but how safe are the rides we trust every time we visit the fair? Currently, North Dakota doesn't require a state inspection of amusement park rides, but past incidents reveal how dangerous amusement park rides in North Dakota and Minnesota can be. Red River Valley Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz says the rides are always properly inspected, despite the lack of state regulation.
HATTIESBURG, Miss.—Eleven dogs en route from a Mississippi animal shelter to Minnesota died when the van they were being transported in broke down Friday, July 6, in northern Mississippi. The van was headed to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minn. The volunteers who were driving unloaded the dogs as fast as they could to transport them to a cooler spot, but it was too late for 11 of the 50 dogs expected in Minnesota. According to the Southern Pines Animal Shelter Facebook post, they don't believe the deaths were caused by heat in the van.