Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Thursday, Sept. 9.
US Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that she had been diagnosed and was successfully treated for breast cancer this year.
In a post on Medium, the Minnesota Democrat said doctors discovered "white spots called calcifications during a routine mammogram" in February, leading to her having a biopsy done at Piper Breast Center in Minneapolis and learning that she had Stage 1A breast cancer.
Klobuchar said she later underwent surgery to remove the cancer and completed radiation treatment in May. Full story here.
30% of North Dakota's new COVID-19 cases are among those 20 and younger
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, Sept. 8, reported 637 new positive COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths.
The number of positive cases reported on Wednesday is more than double that reported the day before. The increase is likely a result of a lack of reporting over Labor Day weekend, as the number of tests conducted statewide often fluctuates on the weekends and holidays.
Nearly 30% of the 637 positive COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday were among North Dakotans under 20 years of age, according to Department of Health data. Full story here.
T. Denny Sanford gives $350M to Sanford Health for 'virtual care center'
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Billionaire and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has newly donated $350 million to Sanford Health to support the development of a virtual center to provide health care to rural areas, the health system announced Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Sanford's donation to Sanford Health, the system renamed in honor of his generosity to it, is in addition to a $300 million donation announced earlier this year that went to the same cause, as well as an expansion of graduate medical education programs and the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Full story here.