NORTH DAKOTA (WDAZ-TV) -- Cops across North Dakota may soon be cracking down on seat belts. Currently North Dakota is just one of fifteen states where the law is secondary. That means a cop can't pull you over for not wearing your seat belt -- it has to be for a different reason. But now the Governor wants to change that.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Here in Grand Forks, police say it went from a normal day to an avalanche of calls, in seconds. For good reason. This was the state's first blue alert. The system was implemented back in May of 2015, but it's never had to be used. In fact, he tells us, some officers didn't know what it was.
NORTH DAKOTA (WDAZ-TV) -- You'll be seeing a lot more of this hollywood star. Josh Duhamel, "Even though I live in Los Angeles, North Dakota will always be home. And I love coming home!" Josh Duhamel has agreed to keep promoting North Dakota. The state tourism agency announced today he'll be paid three hundred and sixty-five-thousand dollars to be the face of their campaigns for the next two years. The Minot-native has already gotten more than half a million dollars since 2013 from the tourism agency.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Salting the roads may have its benefits for drivers, but that extra traction may not be good for your pets paws. Salts can be irritating to your pet's skin and paws--and if they lick their paws, that salt residue could irritate their mouths, leaving a salty taste. Some ice melts are pet friendly and contain no salt--you can figure that out by checking the label.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--A new study says smoking comes with a steep price tag for North Dakotans. A WalletHub study says smoking costs the average North Dakota smoker more than 1 million dollars. The study factors in out-of-pocket-cost, health-care cost per smoker, and income loss per smoker. The grand total for North Dakotans? 1,191,219 dollars.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- A movie pass is changing the game in Grand Forks, but it's already under fire. Big name movie theater companies are threatening to sue the new theater subscription service. Companies like AMC theaters are targeting "Movie Pass" - saying its business model is unsustainable. But the AMC in Grand Forks, and other local theaters, are all in.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- You could face a hefty fine for parking downtown. The Streets Department will be in the downtown area tonight clearing snow. Vehicles parked in violation of street maintenance will be subject to a $20 fine plus tow fees, those start at $55. You cannot park on STREETS (ex. 3rd St, 4th St) Monday, Wednesday, Friday
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--On Monday, the Grand Forks Park District held a Blizzard Bash at the Icon Sports Center. Hundreds of kids and families got out of the cold to watch Mighty Ducks, eat popcorn, and hit the ice rinks for some skating. Event hosts say they even had to open a second ice rink! Parents and kids say they're glad they had something to do during the snow day.
WHITE EARTH RESERVATION, MN (WDAZ-TV) -- People living on the White Earth Reservation are responding to a controversial decision in Minnesota. Enbridge Energy wants to build the Line 3 Pipeline from Canada to Wisconsin -- running right through Northern Minnesota.
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- Grand Forks Police are starting a new trend on Facebook to help catch criminals. WDAZ'S Danielle Saitta tells us how the department is using the site and how you can help them. The world of social media is immense -- especially for sites like Facebook "So many people are on there."