Author: Austin Erickson

Fargo City Commission moves to draft a mask mandate

FARGO, N.D. – In a 3-2 vote, the Fargo City Commission allows the city attorney to draft a mask mandate with and without penalties if someone does not wear one. Commissioners Dave Piepkorn and Tony Gehrig voted against the move. Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney and Commissioners Strand and Arlette Preston voted in favor of it. “October 19 is the soonest…

KVRR Talks To Health Secretary About COVID-19 Vaccine Progress

FARGO, N.D. — In an interview with KVRR, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says three coronavirus vaccine trials are in phase three or the final stage. More than 30-thousand people are in each trial which Azar says is unprecedented in size. “We think it is very credible that by the end of this year we’ll have the high…

Sen. Kevin Cramer champions a bill to lower veteran suicides

WASHINGTON – On Suicide Prevention Day, North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer introduces a bill to build on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ suicide prevention efforts. It’s called the VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act. The Zero Suicide model aims to eliminate suicide through improvements in our health care systems. A companion bill was introduced in the House this year. A…

Denis Otterness is sworn in as West Fargo Police Chief

WEST FARGO, N.D. – West Fargo makes it official at its City Commission meeting. Denis Otterness is the city’s new Chief of Police. It’s a homecoming of sorts since he began his law enforcement career as a West Fargo Police Officer. Otterness has 29 years of service in law enforcement including the chief of the Montana State University Billings Police…

Jason Lewis wants to defeat Sen. Smith and ‘restore public order & protect liberty’

MINNESOTA – Jason Lewis says he wants to defeat Democratic Senator Tina Smith to reform health care. Lewis says premiums, deductibles and copays have skyrocketed because of the Affordable Care Act. The former congressman also wants to end what he calls burdensome Covid-19 lockdowns he says are devastating Greater Minnesota. Lewis said a model the Minnesota Department of Health relied…

Save Our Stages Act aims to help struggling venues stay afloat with Covid-19 funding

UNITED STATES – The curtain has closed on many venues because of the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Minnesota Senator Klobuchar and Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas introduced the Save Our Stages Act. It would provide six months worth of Small Business Administration grants to independent venues affected by Covid-19 stay-at-home orders. The legislation would fund either 45 percent of operational…