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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Two boaters who almost drowned are safe and sound, thanks to fellow boaters and water patrol. Tracey Powell and Jay Weist started boating Saturday afternoon on Detroit Lake. In the evening, the couple decided to take the plunge into the water and swim near their boat. As soon as they got in, the boat quickly moved with the wind. "It was really windy on Saturday," says Weist, recalling the near-death experience. "It was just a fluke deal. Some of my boat was facing the wind, and it took off like it was running."
SWIFT, Minn.—Family has not seen or heard from a Minnesota motorcyclist traveling cross-country for two days. 62-year-old Sidney Joslyn left for a road trip on his bike on July 5th with his girlfriend. The couple was riding through Salt Lake City, when she says they lost each other on the road. Joslyn's girlfriend waited for him at rest stops, but he never showed. Family has checked in with local hospitals, with no luck. Josyln's family says it's unusual that he hasn't even turned on his phone.
Barnesville, MN - David Grommesh first heard a loud sound like a train coming through on his property in Barnesville. The family discovered their barn collapsed after a strong storm rolled through the area on Wednesday morning. "The majority of the damage was done right here," says Grommesh, who believes a small twister came through his Barnesville farm Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service is not investigating a tornado in the area, but the storm was strong enough to lift up his calving barn off the ground.
FARGO N.D.—Despite the Fourth of July fireworks, most pets did not spook enough to run away from home. Every year, the pound often receives an influx of animals after the holiday. The loud booms often scare animals, and some run away from their owners. This year, Homeward Animal Shelter says it was pleasantly surprised by the number of dogs in the pound this morning. Only a couple of animals came in overnight.
BARNESVILLE, Minn.—Police here are reminding people they need a permit for a large gathering. It's an unusual city ordinance, that many other small towns don't have. The city ordinance requires a permit for a gathering of 12 or more people. The permit costs $25 for four hours, then $5 for every hour afterwards. Officers say the city approved the ordinance in 2013 because hundreds of visitors started frequenting the park. They would leave a mess afterwards, such as trash cans overflowing with garbage.
FARGO—Children's books at the Fargo Public Library will no longer accrue fines. Starting on Monday, the library eliminated all of its fines on its children collection. Any existing fines will be waived. The library hopes the change helps children develop a love for books. "I think many people will already recognize the benefit of what we are trying to do," says Amber Emery, Children Service's Coordinate at the library. "What I'm hoping is that we will be able to bring people back in."
WEST FARGO—A group of protesters tried to make their voices hear, chanting along the streets and rallying in the 'Anti-Trump Uprising' near the Scheels Arena where President Trump held a rally. Many protesters that WDAY spoke to say their main issues with the president have to with character flaws, things like dishonesty. Others say their main problem is with his policy.
HALSTAD Minn.—New video has been released, as a family continues to mourn one year later. The Norman County Attorney's Office released the shooting evidence from the death of Pedro Ruiz the third. It's cut off before that tragic moment that changed his family's life forever. He's remembered for his love for wild stunts. That's why Pedro made the video, almost one year ago to the day. "If I fail, I am going to die trying," said Pedro. His girlfriend Monalisa Perez pulled the trigger during a Youtube stunt gone wrong.
Fargo, ND—After spending four months in the hospital, one little girl finally gets to go home. Scarlett Schneider, a 3-year-old from Minot, was first admitted to the Sanford in Fargo on February 21st. Doctors lifeflighted her to the Fargo facility after she entered respiratory arrest. "When they called us and said she made the flight here, we were so relieved," says Becky Schneider, Scarlett's mother. Doctors soon diagnosed Scarlett with lupus and found pulmonary hemorrhages. Scarlett was sedated for half of her hospital stay and could not move.
FARGO N.D. -- The US Marshals are looking for a dangerous man who walked away from his halfway house. 29-year-old Sean Schroeder pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after beating a man to death in 2017. Police warn that you should not approach him. Schroeder is described as 5'5" with brown hair and blue eyes.