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First Responders Funeral Procession for Fallen Firefighter Tim Kath

Courtesy: Whitney Demarais / Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral HomeLIDGERWOOD, N.D. (KVRR) — A funeral procession is held for fallen firefighter 42-year-old Tim Kath of Nashua, Minnesota as services are held in Lidgerwood, North Dakota. Kath died on New Year’s Eve at Sanford in Fargo after getting COVID-19. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation classifies his death as a Line of Duty…

Meet The Metro’s 1st Baby of 2022

Decker John Tobkin was born at 1:19 a.m. New Year's Day

  Fargo, N.D. (KVRR) – The Metro’s first new baby of the year actually waited quite a while to make his entrance. Meet Decker John Tobkin, born at 1:19 a.m. New Year’s Day at Sanford in Fargo. Proud parents Kelsey and Tanner live in Moorhead. He was born in the early hours of the year, but it wasn’t a quick…

Fargo emergency rooms unusually busy, demand may be unprecedented

FARGO (KVRR) – An extraordinary number of patients are stretching resources to the limit at local emergency rooms. “We are at — and often beyond — capacity every single day” according to Essentia Health spokesman Louis St. George. “This is due to a combination of COVID-19 patients and non-COVID patients. Unfortunately, throughout this pandemic people have delayed seeking care and…

Dozens of Sanford, Essentia employees dismissed over vaccine mandates

FARGO (KVRR) – Sanford Health says out of approximately 9,800 employees who work in the Fargo region, 31 employees have left as a result of the company’s vaccine mandate. Vice-President and Medical Officer Dr. Doug Griffin says Sanford employees who don’t have an approved exemption or who haven’t started their vaccine series by today (Nov. 1) will be suspended for…

Few COVID-19 vaccinated patients need intensive care

MINNEAPOLIS – Two large hospital systems in the Upper Midwest say fully vaccinated people make up a minority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and an even lower number of people needing intensive care and ventilators. Minneapolis-based Allina Health reported 176 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 this week and that 22% are vaccinated against the coronavirus. Sanford Health, based in Sioux Falls, reported…

Sanford in ‘crisis’ as COVID-19 cases surge during critical shortage of nurses

Sanford needs up to 300 nurses in the Fargo region immediately

FARGO (KVRR) – A vice-president at Sanford Health in Fargo says a growing number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients have created a crisis for health care workers across the region. “We really are in a crisis” according to Sanford Medical Officer Dr. Doug Griffin.  “Hospitals across the region are full with COVID and non-COVID patients. Here in Fargo, we are probably…

Sanford directs employees to wear masks regardless of vaccination status

"We are seeing unprecedented high patient volumes in our hospitals along with sharply rising cases of COVID-19 across our footprint"

FARGO (KVRR) – Effective Thursday, Sanford Health will require all employees to wear face coverings, including workers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement was made in an email sent to employees Wednesday from Sanford Chief Physician Dr. Jeremy Cauwels. “We are seeing unprecedented high patient volumes in our hospitals along with sharply rising cases of COVID-19 across…

Firefighters have a busy Fourth of July

"Everything kind of hit all at once. We had trucks crisscrossing each other throughout the city."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Fargo and West Fargo firefighters respond to more than 25 calls of fires over the Fourth of July holiday. “We had 15 calls for actual fires where there was some flame present which is well above normal,” Fargo Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Mangin said. “We had somewhere about 13 calls for the day. Everything kind…