MOORHEAD, Minn.—The rain presents a problem of it's own for drivers, but the folks living just south of MSUM have a problem that has nothing to do with Mother nature, it's uncontrolled stops. "People go too fast, they don't look, they don't look, they just zip through and they expect everyone else to be careful," said Melanie Kramer This uncontrolled stop was the scene of a gut-wrenching car accident, Wednesday. Two vehicles, two families, and six kids... and one of them a baby. Melanie Kramer lives down the street and it shook her to her core.
The Schlossman YMCA added putting out a fire to their laundry list of things to do today. A ceiling light caused a fire in the Y's Laundry room early this afternoon. The Fargo fire department responded, but the fire was put out with a handheld fire extinguisher before they arrived. They did however clear the building of smoke and make sure the air was safe to breathe. WDAY spoke to two people who were in the Y when everyone evacuated.
Fargo might not have the mountains and oceans that instagrammers love, but we do have the second best... Murals. "It breaks up the staleness of just buildings, buildings, billboards," said local artist Hideuhs. These spray paint spectacles create more than insta-worthy pics, they bring business, and create emotion. "I love all different pieces of art because it makes you happy, it can make you sad, maybe it has some memory," said Downtown Community Patnership CEO, Melissa Radermacher And, that's the part the artists love.
FRAZEE Minn. -- Over the last year, more first responders have died by suicide, than in the line of duty. That startling statistic from a recent study has one man pushing for change, by sharing his story. "It was really hard not to reach for that gun and load it." Often when you think of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, you may think of soldiers.
FARGO N.D.—Senior citizens are doing their part for the United Way's school supply drive. Residents at Touchmark will be collecting donations for the United Way. Not only will they be bringing in donations of their own, but they're asking for others to bring in donations as well. They will be hosting a "sort and pack" event to prepare the donations, next Wednesday. WDAY spoke with the coordinator, who says this a great opportunity for the residents.
FARGO—In a wrestling match it's one-on-one, with no one to help you, but off the mat it's a different story. Wrestling is a family that's making sure they're protected from the chaos surrounding the mat. "We kind of looked at where people are, who has access to athletes and one group that's never really been talked about and worked with is the media," said USA Wrestling's Director of Communications, Gary Abbott. The press gets to be down by all the action, but not before being up to date on a brand new screening process.
FARGO -- Police arrested a man this morning after he broke into the Luther Ford on the 3300 block of 36th Street South. An employee of the dealership responded when the burglary alarm was set off, and saw 22-year-old William Cole running out of the building. When police arrived just after 4:00 this morning, they found Cole hiding behind a car in the parking lot. He tried to run, but police caught him. Cole had several keys on him that he took from inside the business. He was arrested, charged with burglary, and taken to the Cass County Jail.
MAHNOMEN Minn.—At first authorities were told Brian Smith's face was burned by three bad men who attacked him. After law enforcement found his allegedly stolen truck twenty miles from home, the story changed. "When we talked to him, he was very apologetic," said Mahnomen County Sheriff, Doug Krier.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—High temps, the lack of shade, and big crowds are a recipe for heat sickness. Our stormtracker team says Wednesday will be the hottest day of the week, with the heat index around one hundred. Which is concerning for parents like Samantha Strand. "It gets so hot that you're just sweating even just standing. It's hard to bring the kids out on a day that it's going to be a hundred degrees," Strand said. WDAY spoke with the health professionals from FM Ambulance who said the key to staying cool is preparation and hydration.
FARGO—Once the front door is unlocked what is left to keep a store safe? "Shoplifting has a really big impact to small businesses especially," said Laura Morris, owner of "Others." Teresa O'day, owner of "Proper" uses security cameras to protect her small business, "It's really helpful." Especially Sunday when she caught two young ladies shoplifting in her store. The shoplifters came in, took a couple pairs of jeans and some shirts. The funny thing is they could've seen themselves on camera the whole time."