Pandemic

Transitioning “back to normal” as vaccinations continue to increase in our region

FARGO, N.D. — This week, Sanford Health is getting its biggest shipment of COVID-19 vaccines thus far. Sanford Health Vice President Dr. Doug Griffin says the healthcare system is receiving around 5,000 doses between North Dakota and Minnesota. As of Tuesday, 14% of North Dakotans and 13% percent of Minnesotans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Looking forward to another busy…

Cramer discusses Covid-19 concerns

Says President Biden's COVID-19 relief package will increase the national debt.

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Senator Kevin Cramer went before the North Dakota House regarding concerns over the state’s stance throughout the pandemic. Cramer is expressing doubt over President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package saying it will increase the national debt. Cramer says he expects North Dakota will receive a sizable amount of funding after the state shut down its economy during…

Gov. Walz eases COVID-19 restrictions

"For our local businesses the pandemic has been a really long road and it's finally nice to see some light at the end of the tunnel."

MINNESOTA (KVRR)  -A decrease in case numbers and increase in vaccinations is leading Governor Tim Walz to update Minnesota’s COVID-19 mitigation measures. Governor Tim Walz is giving Minnesotans a sigh of relief as he further eases restrictions for the state to reach normalcy a year after the pandemic began. “It was a year ago today that we declared a state…

COVID-19 unit nurse sheds light on mental health resources for healthcare workers

Reach for Resilience is a statewide mental health resource for all North Dakota healthcare workers

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – After a year of helping patients fight COVID-19, medical professionals are dealing with health concerns of their own. Mental health, that is. “The first few weeks were terrifying,” recalls Sanford Health nurse Melanie Allen. A year ago, Allen cared for the first COVID-19 patient at Sanford Health. She has been a nurse for nearly 15 years,…

Minnesota expands vaccine eligibility ahead of schedule

The state is moving through its timeline of vaccine prioritizations quicker than anticipated

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says the state is reaching its goal of vaccinating 70% of people 65 years and older this week. That puts the state’s timeline several weeks ahead of schedule. “This is good news, Minnesota,” said Walz at Tuesday’s press conference. “There’s still a much higher demand than there is a supply, but the supply…

Sanford Health seeing increased vaccine allotments, prepares for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — North Dakota Health Department says the state is receiving 6,300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. Minnesota is getting more than 45,000 doses. Dr. Doug Griffin says Sanford is beginning to see a significant increase in overall vaccine distributions. This week will be its largest week of distribution thus far with…

Ash Wednesday traditions to look different amid the pandemic

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – For some Christians, the season of Lent begins Wednesday and will look different amid the pandemic. Ash Wednesday traditions normally involve swiping ashes on foreheads in the sign of the cross. Following recommendations from the Vatican, the Diocese of Fargo will instead sprinkle ashes on the heads of parishioners. The priest will say his blessing only…

Midwest economy improving, but pandemic still being felt

OMAHA, Neb. – A new monthly survey shows continued economic improvement in nine Midwest and Plains states, but business leaders indicated the coronavirus pandemic is still hurting business. The overall index for the region in January suggests improved growth, coming in at at a strong 67.3 from December’s 64.1. Any score above 50 on the survey’s indexes suggests growth, while…

Board Suspends All Honor Flights Through June

The Honor Flight program to fly our nation’s military heroes to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials in their honor remains on hold. The national Board of Directors has decided to suspend all Honor Flights through June 30. They cited a number of factors in making the decision including the status of the vaccine rollout and group gathering restrictions in…

Gov. Walz lays out 2022-23 budget proposal including tax hike on top earners

Walz recommends expanding the Working Family Tax Credit for more than 300,000 households

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz proposes an over $52 billion, two-year budget with an emphasis on COVID-19 recovery. It includes tax hikes on the state’s highest earners and corporations. The bulk of his budget focuses on ensuring students catch up on learning, and supporting small businesses and working families. Despite a $1.2 billion budget deficit, Walz is…