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COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Project Begins Monday

The testing will begin in the Fargo and West Fargo school districts

FARGO, N.D. —  Rapid testing is coming this week for K thru 12 teachers, staff and administrators in North Dakota. It’s part of a pilot project to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. That way those people can be quickly isolated and that will help prevent the further spread of the virus. The testing will begin in the Fargo and West Fargo…

Gun Accidentally Discharged in Scheels Parking Lot

Grand Forks police say it happened around 2:00 Sunday afternoon

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Police respond to the Scheels parking lot in Grand Forks after a man accidentally fired a handgun. It happened around 2:00 this afternoon. The man told police he was showing his friend his 9 mm handgun when he pulled the trigger, He says he thought he had unloaded it. The bullet hit the pavement. No one…

Man arrested, charged with DUI following police chase

Authorities say Kevin Anderson was trying to drive into oncoming vehicles and brake checking officers

BARNES COUNTY, N.D. — A Fort Ransom man is arrested and charged with DUI after leading police on a chase in Barnes County Friday afternoon. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 49-year-old Kevin Anderson was recklessly driving northbound on Barnes County Road 21, south of Kathryn. Authorities say he would not stop when they tried to pull him over and…

Supt. says Covid-19 is ‘leading to increase of stress & anxiety’ among students

Johnson says that's one of the main reasons why they're determined to keep their school doors open.

NORTH DAKOTA –  Governor Doug Burgum invites educators to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in schools. Although North Dakota continues to break records for the wrong reasons, the governor says their goals continue to be the same. “Protect the vulnerable, ensure hospital capacity, keep kids in school in-person, keep our economy open, that’s what we’ve been about since the beginning…

North Dakota nurses reach their breaking point

With hospitals short staffed and at max capacity, nurses urge state officials for help.

NORTH DAKOTA – For weeks, North Dakota has led the country in most active cases per capita as its numbers continue to rise with a 14.99 percent daily positivity rate. Nurses in North Dakota say they are overwhelmed. “We needed these mitigation measures weeks ago. Our hospitals and our healthcare centers across our state are being stretched to their breaking…

Essentia Health will restrict hospital visitors beginning Monday

Visitors will not be allowed in the hospital except in special circumstances and at the discretion of patients' care teams

FARGO, N.D. — With the significant growth of COVID-19 cases, Essentia Health in Fargo will restrict visitors of hospitalized patients beginning Monday. Essentia officials say they are taking this step to keep patients and staff safe during a time of high community prevalence. Visitors will not be allowed in the hospital except in special circumstances and at the discretion of…

UND Law School professor finds no significant issues with Walz COVID orders

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – An associate law professor at the University of North Dakota says he hasn’t found any significant civil rights issues with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s newest pandemic-related executive order. The order prohibits social gatherings between members of different households, but it also contains several exemptions, including an exemption for the care of a family member or…

Sanford CEO says he had virus, but won’t wear mask

Kelby KrabbenhoftFARGO (KVRR)  – Sanford Health has released a statement following an email in which CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft wrote to Sanford employees that wearing a mask for COVID-19 “would be merely for show,” Krabbenhoft told employees that he has recovered from COVID-19 and is back in the office without a mask. Krabbenhoft, said in an email Wednesday that he believes…

UPDATE: Fargo apartment fire caused by smoking materials

UPDATE: Fargo Fire Department’s Fire Marshal says a fire at an apartment building November fifth was caused by someone improperly getting rid of smoking materials on a third floor balcony. It happened on the one hundred block of Prairiewood Drive South. Flames extended from the balcony into the building and the attic. Damage is estimated to be $590,000.   FARGO,…