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FARGO — Reports show the price of vanilla is higher than silver and our local bakeries are feeling the pain.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—A liquor store in Moorhead is closing four months after the grocery store next door shut its doors as well. WDAY met with the owner of Brookdale Liquors who says the landlord is partially to blame. It's a story we've been following since Spring. When this Family Fare grocery store faded away last April, David Lundeen said he lost about a third of his regular liquor store customers. Now he's retiring, closing those doors for good next Friday. But Lundeen tells us closing the store was not entirely his decision.
FARGO, N.D.—A parking ramp going into a new Downtown Fargo skyscraper is being paid for by taxpayers. But some city leaders are saying the project will actually lower tax rates in the long run. With it comes a $15 million project being paid for by the city. It includes the tower's parking ramp, sky way and a multi use plaza. After hearing this project will start coming out of her pocket, this taxpayer was livid.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—From throwing darts at balloons to tossing rings in a bottle, the sometimes painfully difficult carnival games are back at the Red River Valley Fair. Are they designed to be winnable at all? WDAY-TV found out how deputies inspect these games every year to make sure. Big prizes like hoverboards, and small mopeds may seem too good to be true.
DES MOINES, Iowa—A stolen tow truck from Minnesota was found at an Iowa auto shop where police say a Fergus Falls man was killed during an attempted burglary. WDAY-TV called officers who say the truck was taken from Beyer's Towing in Fergus Falls early Sunday morning. It has company logos plastered all across the side. Wednesday morning, it was found at Kraft 5-Star Muffler in Des Moines.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—In less than two weeks, orange cones and construction crews will take over a dangerous intersection in Moorhead with the goal of eliminating a long-time traffic headache for drivers. This long anticipated project at Main Avenue and 21st Street could affect your commute. Workers will start building a $66 million underpass on July 23rd. Engineers tell WDAY-TV crews will make sure you can still get to Moorhead High and businesses in the area throughout the project.
FARGO, N.D.—A family is remembering one of their own, lost to a YouTube stunt gone wrong one year after it happened. Next to the fountain at Lindenwood Park, balloons were sent to the sky. The ceremony is a long family tradition, and now a way to keep the memory of Pedro Ruiz alive. "We love you and miss you," said Pedro's aunt, Paula Ruiz, before releasing her balloon.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – The girlfriend and brother of Tracy Brant, a Breckenridge man accused of fatally beating his 3-year-old son, are speaking out and defending him. Brant, 35, is in jail facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of his son, Winter Sky Barker. An autopsy found that the boy died from blunt-force trauma and that he had injuries that appeared to show a pattern of abuse. Despite this, Brant's girlfriend, Ramona Shortman, is blaming the boy's death on chemicals.
FARGO—High school soccer players and parents in Fargo are fighting for a change, saying their girls teams are being discriminated against. In case you haven't looked outside recently, the conditions are not the best for playing soccer. High school girls' soccer in Fargo has its season in the spring so getting game time on the turf is a challenge right now.
PUERTO RICO—Parts of Puerto Rico are still without power more than five months after Hurricane Maria ripped through the U.S. territory. Xcel Energy sent local workers and equipment to restore electricity. Embraced by the safety of his harness, Ryan Johnson checks voltage with a view he's all too familiar with, but after landing in San Juan on January 29th the field work was slightly different. "We went in the mountains and into the jungle doing stuff that we don't normally do as flatlanders in North Dakota," said Ryan Johnson, Xcel Energy.