Health

Eagles Elementary Students Tackle National Bike to School Day

Students participate in National Nike to School Day

FARGO, ND — Wheels were rolling in from every direction as hundreds of students participated in National Bike to School Day. “This is just a good way to jump start their day and get their brain moving before they have to use it,” said NDSU student Barbi Reuss. Students at Eagles Elementary were encouraged to ride their bikes, scooters or…

Minneapolis Parks Now Tobacco Free

The policy includes the use of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Cities in Minnesota are continuing their battle against tobacco. The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board has now banned all tobacco use in all of the city’s parks. The policy includes the use of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. But officials said if you are caught with a cigarette inside any of the parks, you won’t have to worry…

West Fargo Fire Hydrants Are Getting Spring Cleaning

The City of West Fargo is cleaning out fire hydrants around town to freshen them with clean water

WEST FARGO, ND — Fire hydrants are flowing with water throughout West Fargo, but for good reason. The City of West Fargo Public Works Department began flushing fire hydrants on south of the interstate and will end on the north side. The purpose is to clean out the city’s main filtration system and ensure the water is fresh. The process…

Erbert and Gerbert’s: Helping Sick Children for Every Sandwich Sold

Their goal is set at $3,000 for this year

FARGO, N.D. — A sub chain in the Valley is helping sick children every time they sell a sandwich. For every sandwich sold on Tuesday, Erbert and Gerbert’s will give one dollar to the Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital. All six locations across the Fargo, Moorhead, Bismarck and Grand Forks are participating. It’s the tenth year they’ve done…

Cass County Vector Control Already Battling Mosquito Populations

Cass County Vector Control is making rounds in the community to get rid of mosquitoes before they cause harm

FARGO, ND — It’s almost that time of year again where the buzzing and biting insects are coming out to play. “Especially at night, sometimes at night when it gets really humid there will be like a thick cloud of them just to attack you left and right,” said Ward Kitzman from West Fargo. “This year we’re seeing mosquitoes in…

Therapy Dogs Helping College Students Finish Strong

At least 7 therapy dogs were on UND's campus to help relieve the stress of finals

GRAND FORKS, ND — Students studying for finals at UND had some extra furry visitors for the day. Seven therapy dogs made appearances at the university to take the edge off of students who are studying for finals. Students were able to sit and play with the dogs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Library in order to…

Minnesota Senate Introduces Bill to Raise Legal Age for Tobacco Purchases

The senate introduces a bill that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 in Minnesota

MINNESOTA–Just two days after Edina made the change, the Minnesota Senate introduced a bill that raises the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Members of the Minnesotans for a Smoke Free Generation coalition called it a win. “It’s really a huge victory,” said Jason McCoy, the tobacco prevention coordinator with Clay County Public Health. Edina is the first city…

Governor Burgum Issues Vetoes on Bills Passed by Legislture

Burgum signed 440 bills this session, 10 with line-item vetoes, and vetoed three complete bills

  BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum has vetoed some or all of nine bills passed by the Legislature, including portions of the Public Employees Retirement System budget. One section Burgum struck down would have had the state terminate its six-year health insurance contract with Sanford Health Plan two years early. Sanford began providing coverage in 2015 after out-bidding Blue Cross…

Minnesota Lawmakers Looking for Harsher Penalties for Genital Cutting of Children

Prosecutors say the girls were brought to Michigan by their mothers

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are moving to levy harsh penalties on parents who subject their children to genital cutting after a Detroit-area doctor was charged. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was charged last week with female genital mutilation and other crimes for allegedly performing the procedure on two seven-year-old Minnesota girls. The manager of the clinic and his wife…

Community Participates in Active Shooter Drill at New Sanford Medical Center

Local Hospitals, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Emergency Responders Worked Together to Prepare For an Active Shooter Scenario

FARGO, ND — You can never be too prepared for dangerous situations. Sanford Health and Essentia Health partnered with F–M police, fire, ambulance and dispatch to prepare for an active shooter situation. “It’s a complex scenario,” said Ken Krupich it’s got a lot of emotion tied to it, it can be quite devastating obviously so it tests a lot of…