Author: Raya Quttaineh

City Commission candidates discuss ideas to make Fargo better

FARGO, N.D. – The Great Candidate Debate gives those running in the 2020 Fargo City Commission race a chance to have their ideas for improving the city heard. To abide by physical distancing guidelines, the public was invited to stream the debate online rather than attend in person. The June election will be a vote-by-mail-only event due to the pandemic….

Coronavirus fears preventing some from getting medical help in emergencies

Some heart attack and stroke patients are afraid of contracting COVID-19 by going to the hospital

FARGO, N.D. — Although the pandemic has impacted almost all aspects of our lives, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed. “We know that COVID-19 isn’t preventing heart attacks from happening,” says Chrissy Meyer with the American Heart Association. Heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies are still happening in our community. The main difference? Fear of contracting COVID-19 is pushing…

‘It’s not just a job for us’: Local artists continue creating through pandemic

One artist's "pay what you can" initiative aims to make art accessible to everyone

FARGO, N.D. — As museums, theaters and tattoo shops remain closed, artists have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. One Fargo tattoo apprentice has made it her mission to make her art accessible to everyone during these difficult times. Although she started her “pay what you can” art initiative a couple of weeks before tattoo shops were required to close,…

Doosan Bobcat expected to reopen Saturday night after one day shutdown

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s largest manufacturing operation is expecting to reopen Saturday night. Doosan Bobcat was shut down for a day on Friday for a deep cleaning because an employee reported symptoms of the coronavirus. Stacey Breuer, a spokeswoman for Doosan Bobcat in Gwinner, said in a statement that the employee last worked in an isolated area of the…

Fire engulfs barn, animals not injured

Nobody was hurt

NELSON, Minn. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a barn fire on Homestead Road Northeast in Nelson, Minnesota Saturday morning. The homeowner reported that his barn was fully engulfed in flames on one side. 64-year-old Darwin Krick was able to move his cattle and horses away in time. The barn, however, was a total loss. No injuries were…

Second round of COVID-19 mass testing takes place in Grand Forks

More than 700 people were tested

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard has tested 713 more people for the coronavirus during its second round of mass testing in Grand Forks. This mass testing site at the Alerus Center is similar to one that was set up last week, where more than 400 LM Wind Power employees were tested for COVID-19. “We’re hoping for…

Moorhead man charged with killing, dismembering missing woman

Friends and family last heard from Dystynee Avery on April 3rd, according to court documents

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Police say a Moorhead man admits to murdering and dismembering a woman who had been missing for weeks. 27-year-old Ethan Broad is charged with second degree murder. According to court documents, Broad says he cut up 19-year-old Dystynee Avery’s body and placed the pieces in dumpsters near his apartment. The complaint says Avery was last heard from…

Fargo business owner supports essential workers through “Pay It Forward Project”

Jennifer Kirkeby, owner of Energy Zone Nutrition, has delivered hundreds of shakes and teas to healthcare workers

FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo business owner wants to support those on the front lines of the pandemic with some help from the community. Owner of Energy Zone Nutrition Jennifer Kirkeby has delivered hundreds of shakes and teas to healthcare workers across the metro since the beginning of April. Her “Pay It Forward Project” takes donations from community members, who…

North Dakota dentists work through pandemic, only accepting emergency patients

They are following CDC and American Dental Association guidelines

FARGO, N.D. — In response to the coronavirus pandemic, dental offices across North Dakota have had to make adjustments. Implementing the recommendations of the CDC and American Dental Association, dental offices are open only for patients who have emergency needs. Dr. Matthew Eaton with Family HealthCare in Fargo says that includes procedures like root canals and extractions. He says his…

Students honor Fargo North teacher who died Friday

Rod Capistran suffered a medical emergency while teaching a virtual class

FARGO, N.D. — Roses, candles and messages of kindness fill the pavement at Fargo North High School. The symbols of support are in honor of beloved teacher Rod Capistran, who died Friday evening. “Everybody’s just kind of, even with everything going on, you can tell that this is bringing people together,” says Fargo North student Natalie Syverson. Students, staff and…