A major spike in drug overdoses in the past month made a roundtable discussion today with a famous billionaire's son all the more timely in Fargo. Senator Heidi Heitkamp hosted the discussion with philanthropist, Howard Buffett. Howard is the son of well-known businessman, Warren Buffett. Howard's also a county sheriff in Illinois.
FARGO -- Health officials here are taking another step in the battle against opioids.
It's time to party in Otter Tail County. "The County was organized exactly 150 years ago today, actually near this exact location," said the Chairman of the Otter Tail County Commission, Wayne Johnson. Instead of presents and candles, this birthday is being celebrated in a different way. "We're doing the reenactment for a sense of history, so people can get exposed to some of the things that happened one hundred fifty years ago," said Johnson.
With waterfowl season just week away, we caught up with a Minnesota man who spent his life dedicated to downing ducks. WDAY News headed out to the "Lake Region Pioneer Threshermen's" show to see how he tells history through hunting. Memories of the old are everywhere at the Threshermen's show in Dalton, Minnesota. This man's memories call out to hunters everywhere. "I like the old and unusual stuff, as you can see, nobody's got this stuff," says duck hunting guru Denny Delzer. The writing is literally on the wall, Denny Delzer, loves guns.
Say what you will, but summer is over and that means three things football, bonfires, and hunting. And, this year there are few new rules that hunters need to be aware of. "If I woulda shot a deer this morning I woulda been in direct violation of this new rule," said avid hunter Joe Heinz. Whether you hunt from a tree, on the ground, from the woods or a field. If its in an area that's seen a documented case of Chronic Wasting Disorder, you have to cut your deer up before moving it into or within North Dakota.
FARGO—It's the first day of school and for the first time in 50 years, Susan Kolstad, is cutting class. She retired after 48 years of teaching. "Your heart as a teacher is always, always going to be in the classroom," said Susan. So Susan found a way to follow her heart. "Teaching, prepared me for this," said Susan. It's called the Survivorship program. Susan visits the Roger Maris Cancer Center four days a week, providing an escape for patients receiving treatments. Which is how she met 10-year-old Megan Hillman.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The Scandinavian "Queen of Cookbooks" was in Detroit Lakes Tuesday, August 28. Beatrice Ojakangas, has written 30 different cookbooks since the 1960's. She visited the Detroit Lakes library today to help kick off the new season for the Detroit Lakes Library Club. Beatrice is an expert in all foods Scandinavian and has been featured in several magazines and cooking shows. She says she loves to write cookbooks because of the diversity within the genre. And, while she loves the genre, the last book she wrote was a memoir on her life.
COMSTOCK, Minn. -- Sunday night, August 26, Mother Nature was moody. "I could just hear all of the sudden the hail was coming and then it sounded like gunshots, and all of the sudden you got, ping, ping, and I knew that was glass breaking and in just a matter of second the bedroom was full of hail," said Comstock resident, Ron Bjorland. Ron Bjorland, owns a hobby farm smack dab in the middle of one of the hardest hit areas.
PERHAM, Minn. - After three years of construction, nearly 500 high school students in Perham now have a new place to learn. WDAY News headed out to Yellow Jacket country to see what the buzz is all about. The first day of school in Minnesota is right around the corner and the Perham, Yellow Jackets have a new hive. "The school is the center of all communities," says Perham class of 1966 alum Ron Tobkin. This community just opened the doors to it's brand new $30 million dollar high school.
FARGO - One Fargo family is running for a cause - and they're doing it at the same time as a group in Denver, Colorado. Nothing, not even the heavy Fargo fog is going to keep these sneakers off the pavement today. "There's no cure for it so that's why we want to create awareness and raise money," says Matt Jacques, Edith's mom. They're talking about Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency or PDHD. "It's so rare, one baby in seven years is born with this disorder," says Matt.