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NDDoH Public Health Lab malfunction affects 600+ COVID-19 tests

BISMARCK, N.D. – On January 8, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Public Health Laboratory identified a software malfunction on a piece of laboratory equipment. The software malfunction was limited to one platform and affected a total of 641 positive COVID-19 results of 102,562 resulted on the machine between Nov. 7, 2020 and Jan. 8, 2021. The issue has been…

Hoeven wants Energy Secretary nominee to support ND commodities if confirmed

By: Amanda Rooker WASHINGTON – The Senate will move forward with a vote on Energy Secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee approved her nomination in a 13-4 vote. Senator John Hoeven, who sits on the committee, pressed Granholm to support North Dakota’s energy industry if confirmed. “We’ve got to keep building our energy resources. And…

Expected stretch of frigid temperatures won’t be easy on vehicles

An auto experts explains how to keep them running smoothly

FARGO, N.D. — With an unusually mild winter in our region, winterizing your vehicle may not be top of mind. If that’s the case, now is the time to get it ready. “The cold does not get along with vehicles very well,” Matt’s Automotive Service Center General Manager Vernon Newman says. As we head into this stretch of below freezing temperatures,…

Hoeven & Armstrong discuss importance of Keystone XL after President stopped it

By: Amanda Rooker WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Congress took new action on the Keystone XL Pipeline this week. Two new bills aim to revive the project’s construction. During his first day in office, President Joe Biden put a stop to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. At the Capitol, several North Dakota lawmakers say a presidential permit is not required and introduced…

Update: Man who forced his way into Fargo business with gun turns himself in

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Fargo police say a man who forced his way into the Stepping Stones Resource Center and threatened staff with a gun is in custody. Eighteen-year-old Austin Ruddell turned himself in at the Fargo Police Dept. Thursday afternoon. Police say Ruddell forced his way into the business at 2909 South University Drive and threatened staff with a…

Legislative panel endorses 80 mph speed limit bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A legislative panel has endorsed a bill that would increase the speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph on North Dakota’s two interstate highways. The bill also would require drivers to maintain a speed of at least 40 mph on them. The House Transportation Committee gave the measure a “do-pass” recommendation. The full House will…

Empty Bell Bank building gives West Fargo K9 unit a unique training opportunity

The bank offered up its former building after moving locations

WEST FARGO, N.D. — On any given day several months ago, the Bell Bank branch on Sheyenne Street would look and sound a lot different than it did Tuesday. “This is rare. I mean, you don’t find a bank that’s open and nobody’s in where dogs can come in here and train,” said West Fargo Police Sgt. Pete Nielsen. Since…

New art exhibit at Hector International Airport features Moorhead artist

FARGO, N.D. — A new art exhibit at Hector International Airport allows those traveling through to get lost in various landscapes. The series “Windows” by artist Jackie Anderson of Moorhead features scenes of nature seen through a number of windows that magnify the details. Anderson is a retired Fargo Public Schools art teacher and has created art since she was…