Author: Austin Erickson

Businesses challenged while competing with ND amid different Covid-19 rules Moorhead officials say

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Moorhead officials say the city’s businesses are challenged while competing with others in North Dakota amid different coronavirus rules. In a phone call with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, President of Moorhead Downtown Incorporated Derrick LaPoint says it’s a challenge for Moorhead restaurants to compete with those in Fargo since they can offer alcohol for curbside orders incentivizing…

Lake Park-Audubon teacher up for MN Teacher of the Year

MINNESOTA – A Lake Park-Audubon teacher is among the ten Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year finalists. Katie Watland teaches seventh and eighth grade science. She’s one of two finalists from Greater Minnesota. An independent selection panel of 24 leaders in the areas of education, business, government and nonprofits selected the finalists from a group of 36 semifinalists. There were 135…

Gov. Walz intends to make Coronavirus models he bases decisions off of public

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz responds to concerns as to why he hasn’t made information he’s basing decisions like his stay at home order on public. Walz says he intends to be transparent with the statistics. He stresses he needed to make difficult decisions on keeping Minnesotans safe from the Coronavirus with little data initially available. “We were…

Man Charged with Murder after Victim Dies Following Assault in Hawley

UPDATE: The Hawley Police Department says the 52-year-old Moorhead man who was assaulted on April 2 has died from his injuries. The Clay County Attorney’s Office filed formal charges against the two people arrested during the investigation on Monday. Fifty-year-old Christopher Vincent Greywater has been charged with 2nd degree murder without intent while committing a felony. Forty-year-old Devonna Rose Waybenais…

MN health plans to waive COVID-19-related expenses during pandemic

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health plans agree to waive Covid-19 related expenses until May 31st. Those with commercial insurance, including individuals, small businesses and some large businesses will have no cost-sharing charges for Coronavirus testing or in network hospitalization. Health plans that have committed to waiving Covid-19 costs are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Medica, Preferred…

Essentia Health lays off 500 employees due to Coronavirus

Essentia Health has placed 500 non-medical employees on special administrative leave. “These plans include redeploying our workforce to best position Essentia Health to care for patients, while responding to the significant financial impacts caused by a reduction in services due to the pandemic,” Essentia Health said in a release. “Essentia Health is focused on keeping our staff and communities safe…

Altru Health responds as Grand Forks County has first Coronavirus cases

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Altru Health is doing all it can to combat the Coronavirus. Grand Forks County has its first two cases of Coronavirus. The case is under investigation to see if it’s from travel or community spread. Altru has a Covid-19 screening hotline for people who believe they have symptoms. There’s also a sick clinic to care for…