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FARGO — Minnesota officials are concerned about the number of drivers violating rules requiring vehicles to stop for school buses with warning lights flashing and stop-arms extended, and a terrifying incident in Wabasha County south of the Twin Cities demonstrates why. A video of the incident the Minnesota Department of Public Safety posted to Facebook shows a girl crossing a road to get to her school bus who narrowly misses being struck and severely injured by a vehicle that zooms past her without slowing.
FARGO —The Cass County coroner says two people whose remains were found within weeks of each other this winter in cars parked in grocery store parking lots died of natural causes.
FARGO — Numbers recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Williams County in North Dakota led the nation in growth rate between July 2017 and July 2018 when its population jumped by 5.9%. Census numbers show Williams County's population grew from 33,395 residents to 35,350 residents, a gain of 1,955.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday, April 15, signed a proclamation marking the adoption of Patriots' Day as a holiday in North Dakota and the moment was highlighted with a ceremony held in Bismarck. The North Dakota Legislature earlier passed and Burgum signed a bill making North Dakota one of five states that acknowledge Patriots' Day as a holiday. The others include Massachusetts, Maine, Wisconsin and Connecticut. Patriots' Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were the first battles of the Revolutionary War.
FARGO — Matt King gazed intently at the video screen as he guided a small drone on a training flight along the Red River near downtown Fargo. The drone's camera captured images of ice flows on the river as well as the Red's rapid movement on a day when the spring melt was in full swing. King, a deputy with the Cass County Sheriff's Office, is one of 14 members of a newly formed multi-agency unit that will employ the use of drones in a wide variety of missions, ranging from helping battle structure fires to dealing with natural disasters.
HUNTER, N.D. — An eighth-grade social studies class has already secured $50,000 worth of technology for being among 10 finalists in a national contest sponsored by Samsung, and now the Northern Cass School District is poised to possibly win more. Class instructor Ben Hannasch and three students will spend several days in early April in New York City presenting their project, a phone app, as part of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The app is called EVA, which stands for Emergency Video Assistance.
FARGO — Health officials warn the flu season has yet to peak, so they continue to advise flu shots for anyone not yet vaccinated. This winter, North Dakota has tallied about 4,215 laboratory-identified cases of flu, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. That compares to about 6,000 laboratory-identified cases for the same time last year, said Jenny Galbraith, an epidemiologist with the Department of Health in Bismarck. She said approximately 8,000 flu cases were identified in North Dakota last year.
FARGO — The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning the public about a scam that apparently uses the name of a former Fargo car dealership to defraud consumers across the country. According to information provided by the BBB: Consumers have reported to the BBB that they came across an ad for a vehicle on Craigslist and contacted the "seller," Superior Auto Sales, for more information. After exchanging messages with Superior, the consumer receives an official-looking invoice asking for 20 percent down as a deposit on the vehicle.
FARGO — North Dakota ranks third among the states with the most child car crash fatalities, with about four child fatalities per 100,000 children annually. Only Mississippi and New Mexico have higher child car crash death rates, with approximately six and five child deaths per 100,000 children, respectively. Minnesota, by contrast, has a child motor vehicle fatality rate of about one death per 100,000 children.
FARGO — The recent post-conviction hearing for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. underscored how prolonged the appeal process can be for a federal death penalty case. The appeal process for Rodriguez started in 2006 after he was convicted at trial and sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing 22-year-old Dru Sjodin. Sjodin, a native of Pequot Lakes, Minn., was a student at the University of North Dakota in 2003 when she disappeared from the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks.