Pandemic

Red River Valley Fair returns

We got shorted last year and then this pandemic happened and we weren't able to have one. Now look around, people are just so happy to be here."

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The Red River Valley Fair kicks off the start to two weeks full of summer fun. After two years without coming around, the Red River Valley Fair is giving people the fun they’ve been waiting for with the 10 best days of summer. “It is just a huge relief seeing the smiles. If you look…

Cajun Cafe closes after 20 years

The Cajun Cafe is one of two businesses who've announced their closures this week.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The Cajun Cafe is yet another local business who’s announced it will be closing its doors after struggles amid the pandemic “It was a very difficult year and it definitely knocked us back like it did everybody. We lost a lot of money during that,” Cajun Cafe owner Gary Gilbertson said. With Twist in Downtown Fargo…

Healthcare clinic helps curb medical costs with affordable visits

The Convenient Care Clinic charges patients a $40 flat rate per appointment for people who may be under insured, uninsured or those who might not qualify for medical assistance.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A health clinic in West Fargo is aiming to reach more people in the community by offering affordable healthcare. After becoming a family nurse practitioner 16 years ago and seeing the high cost of medical bills, Susan Nordquist wanted to help people faced with medical hardships. “What our goal is, is to make a difference…

Salvation Army kicks off fifth annual Coats for Kids and Families drive

Donations will be collected throughout all Hornbacher's locatioins.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR)– For the fifth straight year, KVRR is proud to partner with the Salvation Army for their Coats for Kids and Families. “It may seem crazy to think about winter already but people will be purging, people are going to be cleaning, people are going to be trying to get clutter out of their house,” Salvation Army of…

‘Remembering the Forgotten Pandemic’: Student exhibit examines 1918 Spanish Flu

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Wednesday marked opening night for a new exhibit examining the Spanish Flu and the lives it took in the Red River Valley. Behind a glass case at the Hjemkomst Center, diaries, letters and newspapers show calls for quarantines, face masks and business closures across the Red River Valley. “With COVID-19 going on at the moment, you…

MN Tourism Looking To Rebound After Revenues Cut In Half In 2020

It Will Likely Take A Couple Years For Tourism Revenue To Return To Pre-Pandemic Levels

  ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s tourism industry is looking to rebound after revenues were chopped in half during the pandemic in 2020. Explore Minnesota Director John Edman says tourism brings in about $16 billion a year to the state. Minnesota saw just half of that last year. He says leisure activities will be the first thing to get people…

Pandemic-related unemployment assistance to end in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota will end its participation in the federal government’s pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs, effective June 19. Burgum says that ending the $300 weekly federal supplemental benefit that is on top of state benefits is being done “to help address the ongoing workforce shortage across the state.” North Dakota had 16,396 online job…

Moorhead travel agency says demand for travel is rapidly picking up

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Those with a local travel agency say demand for travel is picking up quickly. Tod Ganje with Travel Incorporated in Moorhead says flights are already filling up into next year. With vaccinated Americans potentially allowed back in Europe soon, Ganje says river cruises are in high demand. He also says people who are vaccinated against COVID-19…

New Moorhead pub now open for business

Murphy's Pub opened quietly a few weeks ago after the pandemic forced a later start date

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) — The pandemic has been tough on businesses over the past year, especially bars and restaurants. One of the employee’s of a new Moorhead pub says opening now under the restrictions is just the new normal. Bartender and server Baylee Engquist says, “It’s been months and months in the making but it really paid off.” You may…