Author: Raya Quttaineh

Metro area school districts launch pilot program to target food insecurity, waste

FARGO, WEST FARGO AND MOOHREAD PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE TESTING THE SCHOOL LUNCH REPACK PILOT PROGRAM

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A pilot program at Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead Public Schools aims to eliminate food waste by making sure no student goes hungry. “In the pandemic especially, we have realized there’s a lot of need out there,” said West Fargo Public Schools Director of Food Service Dana Reith. She says food waste has always been…

Sanford Health’s “Engage Retreat” aims to support young people impacted by cancer

It's not too late to register for the free virtual event

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Sanford Health’s First Annual Engage Retreat taking place next week aims to offer support, hope and education to a specific group of people impacted by cancer. Battling cancer isn’t easy for anyone, but adolescents and young adults are faced with a unique set of challenges. “They’re going through a lot just developmentally, and it’s a big…

Fargo Public Schools tests new security system for visitors

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Fargo Public Schools is testing out new security measures to keep students and staff safe. Lewis & Clark and Lincoln Elementary Schools are piloting a new system called Raptor Technologies. The technology replaces the paper and pencil sign-in system currently in place. Visitors will use their driver’s license or state ID to sign in electronically. The…

Midwest agriculture industry stronger now than it has been in recent years, experts say

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every industry in one way or another. Agriculture is no exception. Even so, some experts say producers in North Dakota and Minnesota are doing better now than they were at this time last year. “We had strong commodity prices toward the end of 2020, and they’ve persisted into 2021. That’s certainly…

Sanford Health seeing increased vaccine allotments, prepares for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — North Dakota Health Department says the state is receiving 6,300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. Minnesota is getting more than 45,000 doses. Dr. Doug Griffin says Sanford is beginning to see a significant increase in overall vaccine distributions. This week will be its largest week of distribution thus far with…

FDA approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts have anxiously awaited a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations. The FDA said J&J’s vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious…

Sheyenne High School assistant principal arrested for DUI

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo Public Schools officials say Sheyenne High School assistant principal Nathan Schleicher was arrested by Fargo Police for Driving Under the Influence and DUI Refusal on Saturday. Fargo Police will be handling the criminal investigation related to the arrest. West Fargo Public Schools sent a statement to Sheyenne High School staff and families saying: “After…

Gov. Tim Walz announces next steps in Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

People with specific high-risk health conditions and targeted essential workers will be eligible in April

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Minnesota’s vaccine plan moving forward focuses on those who’ve been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic: the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, BIPOC communities, and essential workers. Gov. Tim Walz says he wants 70% of Minnesotans 65 years and older vaccinated by the end of March. Vaccine eligibility will be expanded once that goal is reached. “This…

Sanford Health installs region’s only digital PET/CT system

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Sanford Health has installed the region’s only digital PET/CT imaging system. The GE Discovery MI at the Broadway Medical Center in Fargo allows for faster scans with less radiation and improved diagnostic accuracy. This device visualizes the body’s biological activity, showing changes at the molecular level. It can also detect lesions as small as 4 millimeters,…

Former West Fargo teacher accused of soliciting a minor online

Luring a Minor by Computer or other Electronic Means is a Class B Felony

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A former West Fargo and Sheyenne high schools teacher, who recently resigned amid a police investigation, is accused of soliciting a minor online. Fifty-eight-year-old Ron Thompson faces a charge of Luring a Minor by Computer or other Electronic Means. “It is a Class B Felony. As a Class B Felony, that is something that has…