Author: Raya Quttaineh

Fargo violinist performs for senior living home amid pandemic

Kelsey Joy Buell says music has the ability to bring people together even when they're physically apart

FARGO, N.D. — For as long as she can remember, music has been a part of Kelsey Joy Buell’s life. “As I was playing the last song there, I was thinking about that, and how weird it is to think back through all of the events that have happened in my life that have led me to here,” she says….

Unemployment claims soar in North Dakota

There have been more than 19,000 claims filed in a roughly 3-week period

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A UND professor says three main factors are impacting North Dakota’s current economy: Coronavirus, the oil price war and the potential for spring flooding. Since North Dakota reported its first case of Coronavirus on March 11th, there have been more than 19,000 unemployment claims. The state saw around 23,000 unemployment claims for all of 2019. According…

West Fargo school resource officers continue providing support to students virtually

School resource officers, or SROs, provide support to students, parents and staff members

WEST FARGO, N.D. — On a typical week day, school resource officers would be walking the halls of their assigned school, interacting with students and staff members. “Their job is really to build relationships with students, with their admin teams, with their schools,” says West Fargo Police Sgt. Derek Cruff. “They really become a part of that team at every…

Business owner gives back to local moms amid Coronavirus pandemic

Although her shop is struggling, Vivian Fellman says she wants to give back to the community

FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo business owner wants to make a difference in the lives of moms struggling during the pandemic. As a local business owner and mother of two, Vivian Fellman of Kota Organics has experienced the stressors of the Coronavirus pandemic firsthand. Kota Organics is a hemp wellness shop. Fellman says her CBD products have helped clients with…

Fargo husband and wife sewing face masks for community members, asking for volunteers

The masks are made out of cotton and are non-medical

FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo husband and wife are looking for volunteers to help them make face masks for the community. Joe Williams and Ciciley Littlewolf are part of a Native American artists group at the Plains Art Museum. After realizing the museum has four sewing machines not being put to use, they decided to create their own non-medical face…

Minnesota Department of Health lists long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases

47 senior living homes are on the list

MINNESOTA — Minnesota Department of Health released the names of the long-term care facilities in which at least one case of COVID-19 was confirmed. According to the department, in this case, an outbreak is defined as “one or more residents, staff or contract workers with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19.” That means some facilities were listed even though they do not have an…

Distance learning in full swing for students across Fargo-Moorhead

Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead school officials discuss how teachers are utilizing technology to connect with their students

FARGO, N.D. — When Minnesota and North Dakota officials decided to close schools due to the Coronavirus, educators across the metro scrambled to put together a plan of how to move forward. “The last two weeks have not been easy, but they have been a very meaningful learning opportunity for all of our staff, and that’s teaching through our instructional…

Fargo Public Schools students receive hand-written “miss you” notes in lunch meals

1,000 hand-made cards were created by a staff member's sibling

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Public Schools is now including frozen items to the free meals being provided to students during the pandemic. That includes foods like hamburger patties, corn dogs, or cheese bread sticks. Those with the school’s Nutrition Services Program say they see the meals as a way to engage with their students while social distancing. One staff member’s…

Sanford Health takes more safety precautions as three employees test positive for COVID-19

A total of four Sanford employees have tested positive for the virus

FARGO, N.D. — The Coronavirus is beginning to impact healthcare workers who continue to help patients through the pandemic here in Fargo. Sanford officials confirm that three physical therapists have tested positive for COVID-19. Two had been working at the main Sanford Medical Center and the other at Sanford Broadway Medical Center. “Healthcare workers are at risk of contracting this,…

Red River Zoo closes to the public amid coronavirus pandemic

The zoo is trying to care for its animal without any ticket revenue

FARGO, N.D. — On a typical warm day like this one, Sally Jacobson says the Red River Zoo would be packed. But instead of kids and families roaming about, the only movement now is the few staff members left taking care of the animals. “We can’t just close the doors and have everyone stay home. We have rare animals that…