Author: Raya Quttaineh

West Fargo fared better than anticipated in 2020, Comm. President Dardis says

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo is known as “a city on the grow” for good reason: the community has more than doubled since 2000. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, West Fargo collected $924,738 more in sales tax in 2020 than it did in 2019. Commission President Bernie Dardis says that, along with conservative budgeting, in part has helped the city…

Sanford Health to open new Children’s Safety Store

The store is located inside Sanford Children's Southwest Clinic on 13th Avenue South in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Sanford Health is opening a new Children’s Safety Store to help prevent childhood injuries across Fargo-Moorhead. The center opens January 4th and will educate parents on how to create a safe environment for their children. Items like bike helmets, car seats and life jackets are available at cost, which makes them more affordable than ones sold…

Mayor Tim Mahoney says Fargo is coming out of 2020 strong

FARGO (KVRR) – Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic and civil unrest, Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney says Fargo is coming out of 2020 strong. When he reflects on the past year as Mayor, Mahoney recalls Fargo’s accomplishments first. “I would say part of the strength of our community is the good balance. You have academics, you have medical,…

Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd reflects on 2020, looks ahead to 2021

“I’m very optimistic," he says

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Leaders across the FM metro have been faced with extraordinary challenges this year. Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd says he will remember 2020 as a year filled with resilience. “I’m a person that likes to see the light and the positivity in spite of the challenges, so that’s what I think I’m going to look back at 2020…

Driving conditions remain difficult as snow continues to fall across FM metro

Several crashes have been reported

FARGO, N.D. — Snow continues falling in the FM metro, making driving conditions more difficult. Those who are thinking about getting behind the wheel should be extra cautious as the roads are slick. In a tweet, Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow says troopers have responded to several crashes and vehicles sliding off the road along I-94. Fargo Public Works…

COVID-19 rapid testing available at Hector International Airport

Testing helps identify asymptomatic passengers and removes them from the transmission train

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Beginning Saturday, December 26th, the North Dakota Army National Guard will be providing rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving at Hector International Airport. Tests will be self-administered by travelers and results will be ready approximately 15 minutes following the test. North Dakota Army National Guard representatives will be available one hour prior to the first arriving…

Local church hosts socially distanced Christmas Eve service

Many congregations are having to adjust their plans this Christmas

HORACE, N.D. (KVRR) — The worship hall inside Horace Lutheran Church may be empty this Christmas Eve, but the parking lot is bustling with noise. Car horns have replaced “Amens” this holiday as families come together for a socially distanced worship service. “Lots of new traditions including bringing our puppy to church,” says church member Rachel Lerum. She and her…

Fundraiser started for North Dakota Indigenous communities amid pandemic

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, but some are feeling the impact more than others. Broken infrastructure, chronic disease and limited health care are just some of the issues that have long faced Native communities. Adding a pandemic into the mix means those who were already vulnerable become even more so. “Even early on…

First week of COVID-19 immunizations has wrapped up in North Dakota

The state has received 21,000 total doses, with 7,800 from Pfizer and 13,200 from Moderna

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — 8,463 of vulnerable North Dakotans, including health care workers and people living in long term care facilities, have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “So far, things are definitely going as expected. We still have to get to additional priority groups, but so far I think the first week went well,” says North Dakota…

Thousands of Minnesotans have received COVID-19 vaccine

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — Minnesota health officials report nearly 3,000 health care workers in the state have received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The state received 48,000 doses last week with the final doses expected to arrive on Friday. Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Division Director Kris Ehresmann says 94,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected…