Author: Raya Quttaineh

Gov. Tim Walz signs into law raising minimum age to purchase tobacco products

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz signed 11 bills into law Saturday, including measures to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21 and make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of the toxic and long-lasting chemical trichloroethylene (TCE). Tobacco 21 law covers “tobacco, tobacco products, electronic delivery devices, and other nicotine…

Gov. Burgum to release detailed guidelines for large group gatherings

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota is entering its first phase of the Smart Restart plan for large group gatherings. As part of the new guidelines, venues for sporting events and concerts can operate at 50 percent capacity. Burgum says full details of the new guidelines will be released later Friday night. On a five-level risk model,…

Third round of drive thru mass testing takes place in Grand Forks

475 tests were collected at the event

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Following Cass County, Grand Forks County has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in North Dakota. Through this third round of drive-up mass testing, Grand Forks is aiming to identify more people carrying the virus before they can spread it to others. The county is sitting at 304 cases, with many of them attributed to…

Hope, Inc. provides bike rentals for people of all physical abilities

The bike lending system makes it easier for families to get out and about amid the pandemic

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Those at Hope, Inc. are no strangers to obstacles. “When we started this organization, we had no money to run it,” says Executive Director Adair Grommesh. Fifteen years later, the adaptive sports and rec organization is facing a different set of challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We had to cancel a couple of sled hockey tournaments,” says…

Fargo church celebrates Mother’s Day with drive-thru event

Celebrating special days like Mother's Day can be complicated during a pandemic

FARGO, N.D. — With the coronavirus making its way around and physical distancing guidelines still in place, this Mother’s Day at Bethel Church in Fargo looks a little different than usual. Pastor Andy Veith says, “We haven’t been able to have public worship, and so we had to get creative, and what are some ways that we can have contact…

Red River Zoo celebrates Mother’s Day all weekend long

The zoo is celebrating all moms, including its animals

FARGO, N.D. — Moms have been receiving free admission at the Red River Zoo since Friday. The zoo is celebrating all mothers, including its animals. A baby camel and baby lambs recently became part of the zoo family. Those visiting are still expected to follow safety guidelines, including staying 6 feet away from other visitors. Although chilly weather accounted for a…

Man arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft in Moorhead

James Farroh of Williston is in the Clay County Jail

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption MOORHEAD, Minn. — Just before 4 p.m. on Saturday, a state trooper made a traffic stop on a vehicle that was suspected to be stolen near Main Avenue in Moorhead. The driver, identified as James Farroh, 55, of Williston, North Dakota was placed under arrest in the Hornbacher’s parking lot and transported to Clay County…

Man dead after getting ejected from vehicle near Bottineau

BOTTINEAU, N.D. — 35-year-old Steven Kornkven of Upham, North Dakota is dead after rolling his car on County Rd 47 near Bottineau. Kornkven was headed north when he lost control of his vehicle at 3 o’clock Friday morning, according to authorities. Troopers say he rolled his vehicle and was ejected into a ditch on the west side. Kornkven was pronounced…

Enjoying local parks safely during the pandemic

Community members are asked to continue following CDC guidelines as they take advantage of nearby parks

FARGO & WEST FARGO, N.D. — For Avi McGregor, living next to Island Park makes getting fresh air that much easier. “It feels awesome to get outdoors, even when it’s raining out here,” she says. Warmer weather and sunny days are hopefully around the corner, but visiting a local park may feel a bit different. “I understand the social distancing part…

Second round of mass COVID-19 testing takes place at Fargodome

The goal of the two-day event is to test 1,000 people

FARGO, N.D. — Mass testing for COVID-19 took place in both Gwinner and Fargo this afternoon. A total of 14 testing sites have been set up across North Dakota since the pandemic began. One by one, community members rolled into the Fargodome parking lot; each one waiting to take an oral COVID-19 test. 500 testing kits were available for close…