Author: Raya Quttaineh

NDDoH Public Health Lab malfunction affects 600+ COVID-19 tests

BISMARCK, N.D. – On January 8, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Public Health Laboratory identified a software malfunction on a piece of laboratory equipment. The software malfunction was limited to one platform and affected a total of 641 positive COVID-19 results of 102,562 resulted on the machine between Nov. 7, 2020 and Jan. 8, 2021. The issue has been…

Hospitals criticize Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution

MINNESOTA — Minnesota hospitals are criticizing the state’s coronavirus vaccine distribution system as inequitable, leaving some clinics and hospitals without doses for older, vulnerable patients. The Minnesota Hospital Association, in a letter to state health officials, says some clinics haven’t received vaccine doses in days. In January, the state opened up vaccinations to people 65 and older leaving some patients…

Expected stretch of frigid temperatures won’t be easy on vehicles

An auto experts explains how to keep them running smoothly

FARGO, N.D. — With an unusually mild winter in our region, winterizing your vehicle may not be top of mind. If that’s the case, now is the time to get it ready. “The cold does not get along with vehicles very well,” Matt’s Automotive Service Center General Manager Vernon Newman says. As we head into this stretch of below freezing temperatures,…

Empty Bell Bank building gives West Fargo K9 unit a unique training opportunity

The bank offered up its former building after moving locations

WEST FARGO, N.D. — On any given day several months ago, the Bell Bank branch on Sheyenne Street would look and sound a lot different than it did Tuesday. “This is rare. I mean, you don’t find a bank that’s open and nobody’s in where dogs can come in here and train,” said West Fargo Police Sgt. Pete Nielsen. Since…

New art exhibit at Hector International Airport features Moorhead artist

FARGO, N.D. — A new art exhibit at Hector International Airport allows those traveling through to get lost in various landscapes. The series “Windows” by artist Jackie Anderson of Moorhead features scenes of nature seen through a number of windows that magnify the details. Anderson is a retired Fargo Public Schools art teacher and has created art since she was…

ND State Rep. explains bills easing penalties for underage drinking

BISMARCK, N.D. — The way underage drinking is penalized in North Dakota may soon change. The state legislature is looking into two bills that would ease punishment for those drinking or possessing alcohol illegally. At first glance, the change being considered to one of the bills may be hard to see. “What my bill does is it changes one word…

It’s not quite time to let your guard down regarding COVID-19

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health’s vice president and medical officer says he’s seeing some people let their guards down when it comes to COVID-19 preventive measures. This comes as more people are getting vaccinated and North Dakota’s safety restrictions are loosened. As more COVID-19 variants are confirmed, Dr. Doug Griffin says it’s important to continue masking up, washing our hands…