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FARGO — People living, working or passing through the western edge of downtown Fargo have probably caught a whiff of a mothball-like smell — an unmistakable odor that may stick around through the fall. In early July, trucks started hauling away contaminated dirt from the site of an old manufactured gas plant that operated from 1885 to 1960.
FARGO—Nearly 135 customers of Cass County Electric Cooperative here were without power on Saturday, July 21. The outage, reported around 10:15 p.m., affected customers in an area from 32nd Avenue South. to 341/2 Avenue South and 17th Street to University Drive. The cause is unknown at this time, the cooperative said in a news release. Crews have been contacted and dispatched and are working to restore power safely and as quickly as possible. Updates will be issued as more information is received, the coop said.
FARGO — As horse trainers go, Sharlene Reuer might be in a league of her own. The rural Jamestown woman is one of just a handful of women trainers, preparing for the opening weekend of racing at the North Dakota Horse Park here Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15. Reuer, 57, is also believed to be the only one in the state who "does it all," from grooming and exercising, to spending countless hours learning what makes her horses tick. She owns and works exclusively with American Quarter Horses, which are the short-distance sprinters.
FARGO — Metro area drivers, get ready to join the loop, because downtown will have its first intersection controlled by a roundabout here in the not-so-distant future. The traffic circle will be part of the Main Avenue reconstruction project that begins in spring 2019 and will go in at Second Street, west of Veterans Memorial Bridge. North Dakota has nearly 40 roundabouts, built by either cities, counties or the state. Of those, eight were installed at state highway intersections by the Department of Transportation.
MOORHEAD—When it was suggested that first-time homebuyers Heather Sanchez and husband Alex have their home here tested for radon, she had no idea what it was. After online research about the radioactive gas that can't be seen or smelled, the couple decided to go ahead to safeguard the family, including five children. The test came back at 10.8 pCi/L or 10.8 picocuries per liter, more than double what the Environmental Protection Agency considers "actionable." "Ours was really high," Sanchez said, referring to the level in their home at 614 4th St. S.
GLYNDON, MINN.—A popular swimming pond near here where a young girl died this week is preparing to reopen on Saturday, June 30. The pond at Buffalo River State Park has been closed since 9-year-old Grace Bettie of Moorhead drowned late afternoon on Wednesday, June 27. She was there as a participant of the Moorhead Police Summer Youth Program. Melody Webb, assistant regional manager for the Division of Parks and Trails in Minnesota, oversees Buffalo River State Park.
GLYNDON, MINN.—A woman who was at a popular swimming hole near here when a child drowned said she thinks there weren't enough chaperones for the large youth group in attendance and that some weren't watching the kids. Another witness said she doesn't think searchers went into the water quickly enough after the girl was believed missing. The Clay County Sheriff's Office said Grace Elizabeth Bettie, 9, of Moorhead, died Wednesday, June 27, at Buffalo River State Park.
MOORHEAD Minn.—Some Minnesotans are getting help reducing an invisible cancer risk in their homes. The Sanchez family of Moorhead is one of eight families chosen to have a radon gas venting system installed, free of charge. They're part of a pilot project started by the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Workgroup. Heather Sanchez has her hands full with two year old Rayze, the youngest of five kids living with her and husband. It's the family's first home. And when she found out the radon level inside was 10.8, more than twice the alert level, she panicked.
MOORHEAD — The racers line up near a series of white nylon flags, gates and cones — their eyes covered with strange goggles and their hands feverishly working a set of controls. They don't even have to look in the direction of the course, as their drones or "quads" dip and zip through. With the help of their electronic goggles, the pilots are operating the little flying machines in "first-person view." "You're in the aircraft itself. It's like being a bird," said Gary Ferguson, a member of Quad Squad Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO – A recent CBS News investigation of lavish retreats where businesses and trade groups pay to talk with state attorneys general revealed North Dakota’s top law enforcer recently attended one.