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ANTIGO, Wis. - Raymond Jack “Ray” Szmanda, known by many Midwesterners as “the Menards guy,” has died, according to his family. He was 91. Charles Szmanda, son of Ray, confirmed his father’s death in a Facebook post Sunday, May 6. Szmanda was the Menards spokesperson for over two decades, and was the star of countless television and radio commercials.
If you live in North Dakota and you've got a political yard sign, go ahead and flaunt it. That's what a new study suggests after its results revealed that North Dakota is among the most tolerant states in the country when it comes to their neighbors' political yard signs. The study, which was conducted by ShieldCo, a custom business, signage and décor company, surveyed 3,000 Americans asking them what they think about yard signs, and, in particular, their neighbors' yard signs.
THABAZIMBI, South Africa - The owner of a South African wildlife park is lucky to be alive after he was dragged and mauled by a lion after entering the animal's enclosure. Mike Hodge, 67, was rushed to a local hospital with neck and jaw injuries as a result of the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, May 1, according to the Daily Mail.
AUSTIN, Texas—Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz kicked off a two-week fundraising campaign Monday, April 30, to help transform the lives of thousands of kids in Haiti. Wentz is raising funds for the Mission of Hope Haiti Sports Complex project through his AO1 Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The 60-acre sports complex will host sports leagues for 15,000 kids annually and provide programs focused on character development, education and discipline. Over the next two weeks, Wentz says, he'll personally match every dollar, up to $500,000.
FARGO—An esteemed panel of four local media experts gathered together Thursday afternoon, April 26, to have a healthy discussion on the modern-day media landscape, particularly, the topic of fake news. The event, which was hosted by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute, was held inside Minard Hall on the campus of North Dakota State University in front of a packed lecture hall and was moderated by Jack Zaleski, former editorial page editor of The Forum.
DETROIT - Law enforcement knew they had to act quickly. A man, struggling with the decision to take his own life, was on the verge of jumping off a Detroit freeway overpass, a move that would likely end his life. Then, state troopers and local law enforcement decided to make an out-of-the-ordinary call for backup: 13 (heroic) truckers. One by one, the truckers, with the help of police, pulled up next to each other, side-by-side, forming a wall underneath the overpass in an effort to prevent the man from jumping off the overpass.
BLISSFIELD, Mich. - In Florida, they have alligators. In Arizona, they have rattlesnakes. In Michigan? Here's a tip: stay as far away from the geese as you possibly can. A southeastern Michigan high school golfer learned his lesson the hard way Sunday, April 22, after a Canada goose randomly attacked him as he was walking down the fairway of a golf course. According to a tweet from the Blissfield Athletics account, the group of golfers had just finished teeing off and were walking down the fairway and there was a goose nest to their left.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 36-year-old Nashville, Tenn. man, who was known to dress up as Spiderman and wash the windows at a local children's hospital, has been sentenced to 105 years in prison for various child pornography crimes. Jarratt A. Turner was sentenced Monday, April 16 in U.S. District Court on multiple instances of production of child pornography and transportaion of child pornography. According to court records:
TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- Dog owners in this northeastern New Jersey town are desperately seeking answers after a local PetSmart store here has turned into a pet cemetery.
PONCE INLET, Fla. - A pair of Florida fisherman got the surprise of a lifetime Saturday, March 24, when a massive great white shark decided to circle their fishing boat. The two fisherman, Kyle Morningstar and Ian Smith, of Port Orange, Fla., happened to capture the shark circling the boat on video with their cell phones.