Author: Paola Belloso

Essentia Health Continues To See Spikes In Virtual Visits Since Rolling It In Mid March

They were originally set to start in April.

FARGO, N.D. – Before the pandemic began, Essentia officials say they already had a plan to roll out virtual visits. They were set to start in April for patients with particular chronic illnesses like Depression and Anxiety. Because of the Coronavirus, they managed to make it happen by March. Essentia rolled virtual visits out initially to ambulatory clinics, and then…

NDSU Nursing School Hosts Drive Thru Pinning Ceremony

The formal pinning ceremony is still being held in August.

FARGO, N.D.- The pinning ceremony is a unique rite of passage that only graduating nursing students get to experience. “The pinning ceremony is a long lasting tradition in nursing and it just represents their achievements in completing the program and entering into professional nursing,” says Carla Gross, the Associate Dean at School of Nursing at NDSU. Because of the Coronavirus,…

Jason Lewis Stops In Moorhead As Part Of His Open Minnesota Tour

The former Minnesota Congressman is running for Senator Tina Smith's seat.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Former Republican Congressman Jason Lewis, who’s running for Senator Tina Smith’s seat, launched a statewide tour to visit cities all across Minnesota to talk to local business owners about the impact that COVID-19 has had on them. He says governments should not be quarantining everyone, only those who have been affected the most like the elderly and…

Lutheran Social Services Provides Farm Virtual Tour To The Older Generation Stuck at Home

Next Wednesday's virtual event will be a piano performance by Andrea Neeland.

FARGO, N.D.- Lutheran Social Services Caregiver Support is organizing different events every Wednesday for older adults all across Minnesota. Those who joined the event today were given a virtual tour of a farm in Park Rapids. “Just thought it would be such a fun way to make people feel like they’re getting out, they’re just visiting a farm and just…

Minnesota National Guard Honors Healthcare Workers With Flyover

Minnesota National Guard and Air Force Reserve conducted flyovers across the state of Minnesota

MINNESOTA – Two F-16 fighter jets were part of a statewide effort to recognize essential workers that have been doing their part to keep the state going during the stay at home order. The jets flew over local medical facilities in each community including Sanford Moorhead Clinic. Some of the other communities they targeted were Alexandria, Bemidji, Thief River Falls,…

Rocket Dogs K9 Aquatics and Wellness Center Reopens

Only seven weeks after opening the facility, Rocket Dogs Aquatic had to temporarily close its doors

FARGO, N.D.-¬†Owner Julie Saatoff was just building up her clientele when COVID-19 hit the F-M area. “Let’s say this. I’m going to try not to go bankrupt. I don’t have any employees. I do this all myself, and I’m going to try to stay afloat,” she says. Even with the struggles brought on by the pandemic, Saatoff remains optimistic that…

Vinyl Taco Co-Owner Responds To Allegations Made By Employees Over Working Conditions

Some Vinyl Taco workers say the restaurant is not keeping them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FARGO, N.D.- Four to six staff members say they will not be returning to work if Vinyl Taco does not meet their requests. The restaurant co-owner Lance Thorson says he was surprised by this, saying management has been doing what it can to keep staff members safe. “We’ve communicated with our employees about the guidelines and protocols that we’re putting…

Health Experts Discuss How To Deal With Isolation And Family Tension Amid COVID-19

She encourages people to find a hobby at home, whether that is knitting, painting, or doing puzzles.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Mental health professionals say they’ve been kept busy with patients as the coronavirus creates tension between some families. “Family dynamic questions, how to deal with increased family stress, increase behavior from kids, lots of, lots of different things.,” says Christina Smestad, Mental Health Professional, The Village Family Service Center. They say it’s important for families to find…

High Plains Fair Housing Center Gives Webinar On Housing Discrimination

The Center says it say saw a 36 percent increase in fair housing intakes last year.

NORTH DAKOTA – Access to housing still remains unequal across the country. “Housing discrimination is blocking someone’s access to housing, treating one renter or buyer differently from another, or denying someone the right to buy or rent a home, even though they can afford the property, all because that person is member of a group the law protects,” says Angela…

A lawsuit seeks to allow North Dakota home chefs to sell more products

State health department officials say they cannot comment on pending litigation.

NORTH DAKOTA – The Cottage Food Act took effect in 2017 and allows the sale of homemade food to a consumer for at-home consumption. With the new regulations passed by health department in January, home producers can only sell shelf stable foods, perishable baked goods and raw poultry. Danielle Mickelson is a farmer from Rolla, who joined the lawsuit so…