Author: TJ Nelson

President Trump Extends Stay-at-Home Guidelines for Another 30 Days

The federal government will be extending its social-distancing guidelines through April 30

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Speaking at a contentious White House coronavirus news briefing on Sunday that involved testy standoffs with multiple reporters, President Trump declared that “the peak in death rate” in the coronavirus pandemic “is likely to hit in two weeks,” and said the federal government will be extending its social-distancing guidelines through April 30. “The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely…

Teen Hits 120 MPH While Fleeing Highway Patrol, Arrested For DUI

A trooper tried to stop 18-year-old Zander Johnson around 1:30 Saturday morning

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A Valley City teen is arrested for drunken driving after fleeing the North Dakota Highway Patrol. A trooper tried to stop 18-year-old Zander Johnson around 1:30 Saturday morning for an equipment violation, about 9 miles south of Valley City. Johnson took off on Highway 1 at speeds hitting 120 miles per hour. He slowed and pulled…

Grand Ole Opry Star, Joe Diffie, Passes Away From COVID-19

His hits included “Honky Tonk Attitude" and “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)"

NASHVILLE — Country singer Joe Diffie has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61 A spokesman for Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. Diffie’s publicist said the singer died Sunday in Nashville due to complications from the virus. Diffie was a native of…

COVID-19 By The Numbers For March 29, 2020

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota is reporting another four positive cases as of Sunday morning but no positive cases during afternoon testing. Two of the new cases come from Cass County: a woman in her 40’s and a woman in her 30’s, one by community spread the other is under investigation. The state now has 98 positive cases. 18 people…

House Lost To Fire Near Lengby, Minnesota

The fire is under investigation

LENGBY, Minn. — Polk County Sheriff’s Office says fire destroys a house at 202 447th Street Southeast. That is near Lengby, Minnesota. They got a call around 5:30 Thursday night about a structure fire. Deputies and Fosston Fire Department responded. The house was a complete loss, no injuries were reported. At this time the fire is under investigation. Categories: Local…

State Leaders Take Action On Child Care And The June Election

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has a message for snowbirds and those returning from spring break

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has a message for snowbirds and those returning from spring break. “We would also encourage those individuals to stay at home for 14 days after their arrival back in North Dakota and I know many people who are doing this and we thank them,” said Burgum. State leaders also revealing steps they…

Red River Crest Forecast Shows Flood Threat Is Diminishing for Fargo-Moorhead

A near-perfect snow melt has lessened the threat of serious flooding

FARGO, N.D. — National Weather Service in Grand Forks issues a flood crest forecast for the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead of between 30 and 32 feet sometime late next week. Thirty feet is considered major flood stage, but the metro is well prepared to handle that much water without having to take much action. The lack of snow or rain…

Workers On The Frontline Get Workers Compensation Coverage In North Dakota

It covers paid and voluntary workers subjected to quarantine due to the virus

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order to protect frontline workers. It provides workers compensation coverage for first responders and health care workers exposed to COVID-19 on the job. It covers paid and voluntary workers subjected to quarantine due to the virus. Compensation includes wage replacement and medical benefits. Burgum says the current workers…

COVID-19 By The Numbers for March 25, 2020

South Dakota and Minnesota have each reported just one death from the outbreak so far

FARGO, N.D. — Coronavirus numbers continue to rise in the region and around the globe. 25 new cases of the coronavirus are being reported in Minnesota bringing the state’s total to 287. In our area, just Clay County is reporting cases and holding steady at 3. 26 people are in hospitals in the state being treated for the virus. More…