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BROCKET, N.D. — "The days are long, but the weeks fly by," are true words from an area high schooler who can inspire all of us. For Cole Matejcek, it's one last walk up the cement stairs at Lakota High School.....the end of his high school career. "I feel like I'm going to be lost after school ends here, what am I going to do here without this routine everyday," said Cole.
NEW ROCKFORD, ND--They say as you get older, you get wiser. That makes this week's Gems one of the smartest in the world. She was four when World War 1 started - and William Taft was President. There's been 18 other presidents since. She's almost as old as the state of North Dakota.
Lisbon, ND—A 90-year-old veteran is serving our country in a different way — to make sure veterans are taken care of.
EDINBURG, N.D. — A simple idea from by high school seniors is changing thousands of lives. Tonight little girls around the world are wearing new clothes, for the first time in their lives. "Sierra and I just cried. We were like okay now we have to set a new goal." Sierra Jenson and Ally Knutson's goal didn't only involve themselves, but a way for the entire community of Edinburg to help with a project. "We decided to set a goal of 100 dresses for our school and community to make," Sierra Jenson.
Grand Forks, N.D. — Police say it happens to them on a daily basis. But in this case this guy got away with it for days in a case of un-brotherly love. On Sunday, April 1, Dustin Decoteau, Dominick McLeod, Jesse Saldivar, and Autumn Spragg were arrested and booked into Grand Forks County Jail after deputies found nearly five grams of meth in their car during a traffic stop just outside of Thompson, N.D.
DEVILS LAKE—It's every parent's worst nightmare. A local man buries his 11-year-old daughter. He says his daughter's death, the result of pressure from other kids. Now this father is sharing his grief to promote change so no other child has to think suicide is their only way out. Art projects were one of the many fun activities Shane Paulsen liked to do with his daughter Madissen. "My daughter was awesome man, 6th grader, straight A student, clarinet player," he said.
MINTO, N.D. – Josh Hefta has 162 stops on his rural mail route in Walsh County. "I've gotten to know a lot of people," he said. One of those people is 94-year-old Alice Paschke, who lived alone on a gravel road. “Alice was just a nice lady, and she was out there by herself,” Hefta said.
CAVALIER, N.D. – One last salute to a hometown hero. With his casket draped with an American flag, Devon Grube returned home to Cavalier one final time as hundreds gathered to pay their final respects. “This town was so special to him, he loved this place so much and he loved all of you,” said his widow Margie. He grew up a Tornado, dominant on the football field. Animals on the open prairie no match for this marksman. “He was always great at telling all the details of the hunt,” said his best friend Tony Grube.
DEVILS LAKE—A year-long dispute between Devils Lake and a company that failed to fulfill its promise of creating hundreds of jobs there is over. The city and Ultra Green have reached a settlement regarding a $2 million dispute. Devils Lake won't receive the cash it sought from a now-closed company, but city leaders think they may come out on top. "I think it's come to a great conclusion," Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson said. "Based on the value of the building, it should be pretty much a wash."