Coronavirus-MN

LIVE: The Return of the Honor Flights

We're flying high on this welcome news.

It’s the news we’ve been waiting for. Our region’s honor flights are set to return this spring, after more than a year-and-a-half hiatus on hold to protect the health and lives of the service members they honor. The national organizers for the North Dakota and Minnesota veterans’ group made a tough decision at the start of the pandemic to postpone…

What are the COVID-19 policies on local college campuses this fall

What are the mask and vaccination policies as the 2021 semester is set to begin.

FARGO, ND (KVRR) — Students are headed back to campus this fall including MSUM, NDSU, UND and Concordia. What are the mask and vaccination policies as the 2021 semester is set to begin. At Minnesota State University Moorhead, vaccinations are not required but are strongly encouraged. MSUM is offering incentives for students and employees who share why they got vaccinated….

Sanford Health to require employee COVID-19 vaccination

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Sanford Health is requiring its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by November 1st. Sanford Health Fargo Vice President Dr. Doug Griffin says although the decision has been under consideration for some time, the resurgence of COVID-19 variants is one of the reasons for the mandate. “That’s probably maybe moved the timeline up a little…

NW Minnesota lawmakers discuss 2021 legislative session

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — A Minnesota Legislative wrap-up with District 4 legislators discusses actions and support they took during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the COVID-19 pandemic upended many Moorhead businesses, Minnesota State lawmakers discuss the resiliency the community had to come back from difficult times,” DFL State Representative Heather Keeler of Moorhead said. With the Cares Act that…

LIVE: United Way School Supply Drive Only Halfway to Goal

Where there's a will, there's a way.

It’s one of the most important annual academic fundraisers in the Cass-Clay county area. And unfortunately, with just three days to go, this year’s United Way of Cass-Clay school supply drive is only halfway to its goal. United Way officials are working to collect and distribute six thousand backpacks filled with fresh school supplies this year. The fundraiser wraps up…

LIVE: Baby Red Panda Progress

They're tiny, but tough -- and they're the future of an endangered species.

After an eight-year-long break, the folks at the Red River Zoo are doing it all over again: the sleepless nights, the worry, the fussing over how much is eaten and how much weight is gained, the long hours spent staring at the little ones asleep. There is a bumper crop of brand-new red panda babies born through the zoo’s world-famous…

Minnesota Auditor Found No Evidence of Overpaying For Saliva Testing

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Office of the Legislative Auditor says it found no evidence that Minnesota overpaid two companies it hired to conduct COVID-19 saliva testing. Instead, the auditor found that managed care organizations, acting on behalf of the state, scrutinized the claims and paid just a fraction of the amounts originally billed. Minnesota Department of Health signed an…

LIVE: Child Care Tax Credits Arriving

Taking a little pressure off a taxing issue for parents.

Time to start checking your mailboxes, moms and dads: Your new child care tax credits should start rolling in this week. Local tax specialists say they’ve gotten a lot of questions from parents about how the new credit works. The Biden administration is raising the credit from the old $2,000 per child, to $3,600 for little kids up to six…

LIVE: Return of the Downtown Street Fair

Some fairly good news for you fans of fun in the region.

It’s a return to one of the region’s biggest gatherings of the summer festival season: the Downtown Fargo Street Fair is kicking off with a bang and a big concert this Thursday. It’s billed as the region’s largest free event, with 150 thousand visitors expected over the course of the three-day event. It spans eight city blocks and features food,…

Pet Connection: Meet Bowie

He's a star, man.

Bowie the German Shepherd is as strikingly handsome as late rock star David Bowie. He’s a cuddler, a good canine citizen on walks, a great player of tug of war and an intrepid explorer of all backyards. He’s five years old, so he’s been around long enough to get some great manners and to love human companions. Amazingly, though, beautiful…