Health

Minnesota Announces First Child Death from the Flu This Season

A total of 715 people have been hospitalized since the beginning of the flu season

MINNESOTA — Minnesota has announced they have their first child death due to the flu this season. Officials with the state Department of Health says this is their only known case so far but could not provide any other details about the case due to privacy concerns. They say nearly 156 people were hospitalized with the flu last week alone…

MNsure Hits Record Enrollment for 2017

Minnesota lawmakers used $312 million in rainy day funds to buy down monthly rates for shoppers who don't get federal subsidies

MINNESOTA — Rising health insurance premiums and Minnesota’s financial help program have driven record enrollment on the state’s health exchange. Officials at MNsure say they signed up more than 117,500 people during 2017’s open enrollment period. That’s up by more than a third from last year. The spike in insurance signups comes amid uncertainty at the federal level and the…

Minnesota Lawmaker Pushes for Recreational Marijuana Use

State Rep. Jon Applebaum says attitudes of Minnesotans are changing towards marijuana use

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota Democrat says it’s time for the state to legalize recreational marijuana use. The state passed a tightly controlled medical marijuana law in 2014. It bans using the plant form, and is only available to residents with a handful of severe conditions. State Rep. Jon Applebaum said he’s planning a bill that would add Minnesota…

Construction on New Sanford Facility Complete

The massive new Sanford Medical Center in South Fargo is officially finished

FARGO, N.D. — Construction on the new Sanford Medical Center in South Fargo is finally over. A chairman for Mortenson Construction handed over the keys to Paul Richard, Sanford’s Executive Vice President. Construction on the massive $494 million project began back in 2012, building from a completely empty plot of land. Sanford officials say more than 4,000 workers from across…

New Video Released in Casselton Train Derailment of 2013

An NTSB investigation puts the blame on a broken axle.

CASSELTON, N.D. — We now know the cause of the 2013 Casselton train derailment and explosion. An NTSB investigation puts the blame on a broken axle. “I just seen a bunch of stuff fly off the switch heater,” said the radio operator in the newly released video of the 2013 train derailment. It’s the crash and explosion that left it’s…

Governor Dayton to Begin Cancer Treatment in March

The governor announced his diagnosis the day after collapsing at the State of the State address

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll undergo surgery in early March to treat his prostate cancer. Dayton revealed his diagnosis late last month, a day after collapsing during his State of the State address. His doctors say it has not spread beyond his prostate. Dayton wrote on Facebook that he is scheduled to have his prostate…

MN Governor Dayton Gives Cancer Treatment Update

Gov. Dayton will undergo surgery in early March at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

In a statement from the office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton: This morning, Governor Mark Dayton posted the following on his personal Facebook page, regarding his treatment decision for his recent diagnosis of prostate cancer. Last week, Governor Dayton visited Mayo Clinic in Rochester for two scheduled appointments regarding this diagnosis. Please contact me directly with any questions.  “As you…

Be a Lifesaver: F-M Ambulance Hosting ‘Save a Life’

F-M Ambulance Service is giving CPR lessons in the Valley

MOORHEAD, Minn. — CPR is something that may come in handy when we least expect it and F-M Ambulance Service is teaching the correct way to perform it. F-M Ambulance is holding their annual ‘Save a Life’ on Saturday at Moorhead Center Mall giving demonstrations on CPR. In the meantime, service members have been going around to multiple groups and…

February is American Heart Month & Fargo is Going Red

Local organizations are celebrating Go Red for Women to raise heart disease awareness

February is American Heart Month and heart disease is the number one killer of women causing one in three deaths each year. Go Red for Women is celebrated on the first Friday of February each year and Fargo is one of the many cities that have been holding events throughout the day to bring awareness to heart disease. “Way more…

Man Identified in Sanford Hospital Bomb Threat

Joshua Ourada was booked into Cass County jail, accused of three felonies

A Fargo man is in Cass County jail tonight charged with bringing an explosive device into Sanford Emergency Center. After last night’s events, Joshua Ourada is accused of three felonies. Sanford Hospital released a statement saying a man was brought to their emergency center and was in possession of a potentially explosive device. Fargo Police say they were initially called…