Pandemic

Report: Trump officials, meat companies knew workers at risk

OMAHA, Neb. – During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meat processing industry worked closely with political appointees in the Trump administration to stave off health restrictions and keep slaughterhouses open even as the virus spread rapidly among workers, according to a congressional report released Thursday. The report by the House’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said…

Frontline workers and DFLers push for Legislature to pass pandemic bonuses

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Minnesota frontline workers and Democrats call for immediate action in the legislature to deliver a $1 billion package giving them a pandemic bonus. The plan gives 667,000 health care, nursing home, maintenance, child care, and education workers $1,500 bonuses. To qualify, someone must have worked at least 120 hours between March 15th, 2020, and June 30th of…

Hundreds in Minnesota enroll in state-paid nursing assistant training

MINNEAPOLIS – Hundreds of Minnesotans are taking advantage of the state’s offer to cover the cost of training to become a certified nursing assistant. The state has used $3.5 million in federal relief funding to pay for students’ tuition, textbooks and certification exams in hopes of alleviating staffing shortages in long-term care facilities and veterans’ homes during the coronavirus pandemic….

Economy already better than before pandemic Bank of America CEO says at NDSU

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – During a conversation at North Dakota State University, Bank of America’s CEO sees a bright future for our country’s economy. Brian Moynihan said during Senator Kevin Cramer’s speaker series “The Bully Pulpit” at Richard H. Barry Hall the economy is the size it was before the pandemic. He added Bank of America’s experts estimate it to…

Walmart in Jamestown closes for the weekend

The closure allows third party cleaning crews to come in to thoroughly clean and sanitize

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (KVRR) — Walmart in Jamestown is closing over the weekend to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. A spokesperson says the store at 921 25th Street SW will reopen on Monday at 6 a.m. The company states they realize they are an essential business but because there’s been an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, they want to assist health…

North Dakota Guard Members Get New Pandemic Orders

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dozens of North Dakota National Guard members are resuming support for the state’s coronavirus pandemic response. The Guard announced Friday that about 50 of its members are assisting the state Health Department with contact tracing and about 15 others are helping at the state laboratory in Bismarck. The group is expected to remain on active duty…