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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — An aunt of Justis Burland, the 6-year-old who died here Monday morning, April 9, after allegedly suffering horrific abuse, is at the head of a petition to change how child protective services works. Two people from Fergus Falls — Bobbie Bishop, 40, and Walter Wynhoff, 44 — are in jail on $1 million bail each facing charges of third-degree murder.
WALCOTT—A morning fire at a turkey barn has created a race against time for crews near Walcott. A barn on the Lelm farm east of Walcott caught fire Tuesday morning, and is a total loss. The fire took several hours to extinguish, and its cause is unknown. The Richland county emergency manager says there were no turkeys in it, but the fire did knock out power and create a massive water leak. He says the two other barns on the property contain thousands of turkeys, and if crews can't restore power and water soon, those birds will die.
FARGO—As threats of violence in schools become more common across North Dakota, the state's superintendent says she is committed to improving security. In the metro, schools have a variety of safety features; locked doors, cameras everywhere, and student resource officers. A new plan proposed at the state level aims to beef up rural school security as well. Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says she's working with the highway patrol to see if troopers can have a presence in some rural districts.
COLFAX, N.D. – For the first time since investigators began looking into alleged sexual misconduct between students at the junior and senior high school here, the Richland 44 School Board on Tuesday, Feb. 13, addressed the allegations. The school district opened an investigation late last month after parents complained of potential sexual misconduct with students, including allegations that bullying or hazing of younger boys by older students was happening in the boys locker room.
WAHPETON—A Wahpeton Elementary School teacher is on unpaid suspension Tuesday night, Jan. 16. Kerry Hample, a music teacher at Wahpeton Elementary, is on suspension after alleged insubordination. The district's superintendent would not elaborate on the insubordination, or if Hample will be fired. The district's attorney was not available for comment.
FARGO—A wind and snow mix has created hazardous travel conditions in Fargo and the surrounding area. The DOT has just closed I-29 from Fargo to Grand Forks and no travel is advised in Northeast North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota, where conditions are much worse than they are in the southern Valley Wednesday night. Fargo has been somewhat lucky during this storm, there hasn't been a whole lot of snow and high winds have been blocked for the most part. Outside of Fargo without buildings to block the wind, it's blizzard conditions with very poor visibility.
FARGO—The system used to alert you about serious winter weather has undergone some changes. In an attempt to simplify its system of weather alerts, the National Weather Service has streamlined the terminology it uses for severe winter weather events. For example, blizzard watches will now be called "winter storm watches," and freezing rain advisories will become "winter weather advisories." "(You) can kind of get confused between the differences," said Chandler Kallock, weather watcher.
FARGO -- They're good for the environment, but some experts claim drinking from a reusable bottle can be horrible for your health. Studies have found them to be dirtier than the floor, your pet's water dish even a toilet seat. Water, water, everywhere, but should you take a drink?
FARGO - Minnesota and North Dakota have seen a drastic spike in flu cases in a very short time. Minnesota is reporting a 33 percent increase in flu hospitalizations, while North Dakota flu cases have nearly tripled since the new year. Everyone knows someone battling a bug right now. "People are having coughing attacks and stuff" explains MSUM freshman Juron Griffin, listing some off the top of his head. "My friend Ben, a couple family members." "My parents were sick," adds his friend Holly O'Hotto.
DETROIT LAKES, MINN. - (WDAY News) - A piece of the land's past, pulled from the treasure-filled waters of Becker County, now, a local scuba diver wants to know just how old his find is. Gary Thompson has been pulling history out of the water for half a century. He has thousands of dives under his belt, but his find this August, may be his oldest yet. A few months ago, Thompson found this giant antler in nearby Buffalo Lake, while scuba diving.