MANDATE

Biden vaccine mandate for health workers blocked in 10 states

Preliminary injunction applies to Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement. The court order said that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid had no clear authority from Congress to enact the…

Armstrong joins Cramer & Hoeven in fight against Biden vaccine mandate

Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Sen. Kevin Cramer, Sen. John HoevenWASHINGTON (KVRR) – North Dakota’s congressional delegation says a new Biden Administration order that requires companies with more than 100 employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccines is an unconstitutional overreach. Millions of Americans will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or get tested for the virus weekly under government rules…

Vaccine mandate protesters sue South Dakota over permit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Protesters against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in South Dakota are suing Gov. Kristi Noem after the state denied their application to demonstrate on Capitol grounds during a special legislative session this month. The group of protesters say they planned to hold a demonstration next week to push the Legislature to take up a bill that would keep…

ND sues Biden administration over vaccine mandate for federal contractors

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne StenehjemBISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – North Dakota joins nine other states suing the Biden administration’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate on federal contractors. All states taking part in the suit have Republican governors. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he’s pro vaccine, but is opposed to federal overreach. The lawsuit says the mandate violates the tenth amendment…

North Dakota college presidents to decide on Biden vaccine mandate

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota Board of Higher Education says university presidents and system leaders should have the flexibility to decide what to do about President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The board voted Thursday to support the idea after a 90-minute discussion that included pleas from presidents of the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University….

Minnesota health care workers sue to block vaccine mandate

MINNEAPOLIS – Nearly 200 Minnesota health workers are suing their employers to block a pending requirement that they be vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk getting fired. The lawsuit was filed in federal court late Monday against federal officials and about 20 providers that operate hospitals and clinics across Minnesota. It contends the lack of alternatives to vaccination infringes on the…

Fargo School Board votes down motion to end mask mandate

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – In a 7 to 2 vote, Fargo School Board members decide not to update the district’s policy to recommend masking versus mandating them. A discussion over recommending versus mandating masks in Fargo schools was brought up two weeks ago by Board Member Jennifer Benson. At this week’s meeting, she continued to advocate for parents who want…

Commissioners approve new Cass County mask mandate

FARGO (KVRR) – On a vote of  3-2, Cass County Commissioners have reinstated a mask policy for members of the public and county employees. The mask mandate was approved Monday evening.  Commissioners Jim Kapitan, Duane Breitling and Mary Scherling voted in favor of the mandate.  Commissioners Chad Peterson and Rick Steen oppose the mandate. The policy will remain in place…

People protest vaccine mandates at Sanford Health Medical Center

Sanford Health Medical Center, Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — People protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates saying they should have a right to choose. Those against the COVID-19 vaccinations and mandated face coverings gathered in front of Sanford Health Medical Center hospital to protest what they call their rights to personal freedoms. Protesters say the intention is to bring awareness of people’s right to question and…