MASKS

Watch: Fargo School Board member facing recall vote receiving national media attention

FARGO (KVRR) – Fargo School Board member Dr. Tracie Newman has been getting national media attention regarding her support for students to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in schools. Newman, a pediatrician, is one of four board members being targeted by a recall effort.  She was recently profiled by the Wall Street Journal and has appeared on CNN…

Fargo School Board discusses if it will continue mask mandate

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Fargo School Board is discussing whether to continue mandating masking in schools. During a work session, members discussed what mitigation measures should be implemented when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Board members talked about whether to make masking optional, for parents to decide if their child should be masked or to continue following…

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…

Minnesota judge rejects attempt to force school mask mandate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota judge has rejected a request by concerned parents to force a statewide mask mandate in all schools. Ramsey County District Judge Thomas Gilligan said the court was “gravely concerned” about the risks of COVID-19 for Minnesota children, but said in his ruling late Tuesday that the court lacks the legal authority to order…

Bishop orders mask mandate in Crookston Diocese Schools

CROOKSTON, Minn. (KVRR/KNOX) – Effective immediately, a mask mandate is effective in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Crookston. Bishop Richard Pates, apostolic administrator of the diocese, says masks will be mandated for K-8 students, teachers, staff and visitors. “Our Diocese of Crookston Catholic schools take seriously the responsibility to care for children. For the common good and out of…

Sanford directs employees to wear masks regardless of vaccination status

"We are seeing unprecedented high patient volumes in our hospitals along with sharply rising cases of COVID-19 across our footprint"

FARGO (KVRR) – Effective Thursday, Sanford Health will require all employees to wear face coverings, including workers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement was made in an email sent to employees Wednesday from Sanford Chief Physician Dr. Jeremy Cauwels. “We are seeing unprecedented high patient volumes in our hospitals along with sharply rising cases of COVID-19 across…

Activists call for mask mandate in Fargo-Moorhead area schools

FARGO (KVRR) – Some Fargo-Moorhead area parents are calling for local school districts to mandate face coverings. The Community Alliance for Responsible Education is asking for mask requirements to be established in all F-M area schools. “We’ve had enough of increasingly transmissible and potentially lethal variants of this virus because of that uncontrolled spread. Our children deserve as students to…

Minnesota State Fair urges, but won’t require masks

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Minnesota State Fair officials are strongly urging fairgoers to mask up both inside and outside, but stopped short of imposing any mandates to fight the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. Fair officials issued updated health guidance urging masks indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people; outdoors in crowded settings, especially for the unvaccinated; and…

UND recommends COVID vaccine to incoming students

The university is granting faculty members the authority to require masks in their classrooms.

GRAND FORKS (KFGO) – As students prepare to return to the University of North Dakota next week, UND President Andrew Armacost – in a message to the campus community – said getting vaccinated is the best defense against COVID-19. According to the UND website, anyone wishing to wear a mask is encouraged to do so. The university is granting faculty…