People Rally To Support Local Surgeon After His Termination

Dr. Jeff Horak served the Fergus Falls community for 15 years

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (KVRR) — “He obviously had and still has the community supporting him,” said one speaker. Dozens have shown up today here at N.P. Park in Fergus Falls in support of Dr. Jeffrey Horak, Horak was a surgeon in this community for 15 years before being terminated because of some comments at a school board meeting. “You know…

Fergus Falls surgeon let go after speaking at school board meeting

A local surgeon Dr. Jeff Horak with Lake Region Medical Group Was Let Go After Comments Made At A Fergus Falls School Board Emergency Meeting About A Mask Mandate

Fergus Falls, N.D. (KVRR)- A local surgeon Dr. Jeff Horak has been relieved of duty by The  Lake Region Medical Group after comments made at a Fergus Falls school board emergency meeting  about a mask mandate for students in elementary school, who haven’t been added to the age group for vaccinations.  The board voted on a two-week mandate for elementary…

American Heart Association urges high-risk individuals to get vaccinated

Black adults and pregnant women are the lowest vaccinated groups in the United States.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The American Heart Association is urging vulnerable populations to get the COVID-19 vaccine.   The American Heart Association supports COVID vaccinations for everyone who is eligible to receive it, especially individuals living with cardiovascular disease and those who may develop cardiovascular disease from getting the virus. “People who seem to be most susceptible to severe forms of…

Career fair gets NDSU healthcare students ready for the workforce

"It's very exciting for graduation that we need to get out there right away and be a help of others and help out in our hospitals."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — North Dakota State University students looking for a career in healthcare had the opportunity to make connections at the Fargodome. With the COVID-19 pandemic placing a major strain on the healthcare system, students looking to get into a medical profession are being highly sought after by employers. “In healthcare right now there’s really a high need…

Healthcare workers needed across North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – North Dakota continues to see a shortage of employees across the state, and the healthcare industry is no exception. In fact, a workforce center manager with Job Service North Dakota says healthcare is at the top of the list. As part of the #JobUpND campaign, Fargo and Grand Forks’ Job Service centers are hosting industry-specific job…

Senator Tina Smith hopes Minnesota will lead in renewable energy

"As we think about what direction we're going with renewable fuels and clean energy, we can either lead or we can follow."

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Senator Tina Smith is discussing plans to get Minnesota ahead in helping the nation lead through clean energy. Her plans involve getting the state to lead in a clean energy transition using renewable energy. Smith says the transition will help with the creation of jobs as well as helping keep utility prices stable, while also creating further…

Fargo Doctor emphasizes importance on preventative healthcare measures

He says he doesn't see this ending anytime soon even with the vaccine coming out.

FARGO, N.D.- Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s Medical Officer Dr. Glasner says hospital operations have changed dramatically due to COVID-19. Dr. Greg Glasner says it’s changed the work flow, the amount of work, and how healthcare workers are able to do their work. He says he doesn’t see this ending anytime soon even with the vaccine coming out….

Healthcare workers ‘concerned about direction’ ND is heading with COVID-19

In part because of lack of healthcare staffing, but also because of people who don't do their part to slow the spread.

NORTH DAKOTA – While North Dakota continues to lead the nation in positive COVID-19 cases per capita, we are lacking in healthcare staffing. Especially in rural communities. “Some of our public health units only have three to five employees and so trying to do all of the same things as a large public health unit and provide appropriate response within…

Sanford Health announces new partnership with Intermountain Health

The organizations are nearly doubling in size by merging

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Big changes are coming to Sanford Health as it merges with another major health organization. Utah based Intermountain Health and Sanford Health will be coming together to share their best practices. The merging will create a $15 billion health system. Both will keep their names for now, but Intermountain will become the parent company Together it has…