Author: Raya Quttaineh

‘Stand to Protect’ working to prevent child sexual abuse in Cass & Clay counties

The local organization is aiming to end what some call an invisible health crisis

FARGO, N.D. — It’s a shocking statistic that’s hard to hear. According to the National Children’s Advocacy Center, one in 10 children will be sexually abused before turning 18. In Cass and Clay counties, that’s more than 5,000 kids impacted by sexual abuse. Growing up in rural Cass County, young Leslie Brunette was accompanied by fear and manipulation for years….

Local fitness facility brings its workouts outdoors to promote physical distancing

FARGO, N.D. — A fitness facility in downtown Fargo is finding safe ways to provide workouts for those who want them. Fly Fitness decided to bring its cycling studio outdoors for the day to promote physical distancing. Nineteen bikes were placed in Roberts Alley. Fly hosted two classes, which included a live performance by DJ Pretty Ricky and prizes for…

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…