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North Dakota law enforcement to end aid across Minnesota state line

Officers on the North Dakota side need time to train on new Minnesota protocols before lending a hand across state lines.

NORTH DAKOTA, MINNESOTA (KVRR) — Fargo, West Fargo and Cass County law enforcement officers are halting their aid across the Minnesota border. A change in a new Minnesota law that took effect Monday, March 1st is changing how officers can use deadly force if a reasonable apparent threat of death or great bodily harm is present. The word “apparent” has…

Metro area school districts launch pilot program to target food insecurity, waste

FARGO, WEST FARGO AND MOOHREAD PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE TESTING THE SCHOOL LUNCH REPACK PILOT PROGRAM

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A pilot program at Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead Public Schools aims to eliminate food waste by making sure no student goes hungry. “In the pandemic especially, we have realized there’s a lot of need out there,” said West Fargo Public Schools Director of Food Service Dana Reith. She says food waste has always been…

Minnesota high school tournament spectators limited to 250

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota State High School League says crowds at most tournament games and events this month and next will be limited to 250 people. League Executive Director Erich Martens says it’s hoped that one, maybe two, family members of each athlete can attend. Each team will receive a limited number of tickets. The general public will not have…

Record number of gun permits issued in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – A record number of permits to carry handguns in Minnesota were issued in 2020, a surge attributed to a rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the riots that followed the death of George Floyd. A report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shows that more than 96,000 permits were issued…

Midwest agriculture industry stronger now than it has been in recent years, experts say

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every industry in one way or another. Agriculture is no exception. Even so, some experts say producers in North Dakota and Minnesota are doing better now than they were at this time last year. “We had strong commodity prices toward the end of 2020, and they’ve persisted into 2021. That’s certainly…

Minnesota waiting on more than 45,000 doses of J&J vaccine

ST. PAUL, Minn. – State health officials say more than 45,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should arrive in Minnesota this week. Minnesota Department of Health spokesman John Schadl says the order for the first shipment of the single-dose J&J vaccine was placed on Sunday night. He says it usually takes a couple of days…

ND & MN Senators React To The Return of Tom Vilsack as Ag Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack was confirmed by the Senate this week as the next Agriculture Secretary, a job he held previously for 8 years. Minnesota and North Dakota lawmakers were asked about what’s in store for agriculture under the Biden administration. In a 92-7 vote Tuesday, Vilsack was confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture….

FDA approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts have anxiously awaited a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations. The FDA said J&J’s vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious…