Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Thursday, Oct. 14.



First responders respond to a crash on 32nd Avenue East in West Fargo.
First responders respond to a crash on 32nd Avenue East in West Fargo.


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WEST FARGO — UPDATE: Traffic on Veteran's Boulevard is moving through as of 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, after a rollover crash shut it down.

The crash happened at 4 a.m. by the Capital Credit Union and Cash Wise Foods on 32nd Avenue East.

According to West Fargo police, only one car was involved, and the driver had to be rescued from the car.

The driver's condition is still unknown, as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Full story here.

Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion takes 'final step' toward construction

A rendering of the inlet structure near Horace, N.D., looking downstream from the dam on the Red River that's planned as part of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.
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A rendering of the inlet structure near Horace, N.D., looking downstream from the dam on the Red River that's planned as part of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. Contributed

FARGO — Jodi Smith will assume the position of land and compliance director for the Metro Flood Diversion Authority as the $3.2 billion project prepares for major construction beginning next year.

Smith, who is now land commissioner for the state of North Dakota, will start with the Diversion Authority in November after stepping down from her state position Oct. 28.

Her new role was announced on Wednesday, Oct. 13, the same day that the diversion project’s private partner announced the parties have signed off on important documents — the final paperwork to allow construction of the diversion channel to begin next year. Full story here.

Red River Market to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic

A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine containing ten doses is used Dec. 23, 2020, at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun
A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine containing ten doses is used Dec. 23, 2020, at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

FARGO — The North Dakota Department of Health is offering first, second and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Red River Market each Saturday this October at Broadway Square in downtown Fargo.

Anyone interested in receiving a shot can sign up for an appointment at the free clinic on the state health department's website, though walk-ins are also welcome. The clinic is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.

The type of vaccine the clinic will offer is "to be determined" according to the website, though those seeking a second dose must get the same brand as their first. Officials recommend booster shot recipients get the same brand as their first and second dose.

The North Dakota vaccine registration website lists the address of the clinic as 202 Broadway N. Register at vaccinereg.health.nd.gov.

Minnesota employers aren't on the hook to cover medical marijuana under worker's comp law, court rules

A marijuana plant thrives in the propagation room where medical cannabis is grown at LeafLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. (Duluth News Tribune file photo)
A marijuana plant thrives in the propagation room where medical cannabis is grown at LeafLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. (Duluth News Tribune file photo)

ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers don't have to cover the cost of medical marijuana for workers injured on the job, the state's highest court concluded in a pair of rulings released Wednesday, Oct. 13.

The Minnesota Supreme Court reversed two lower court rulings, saying that the federal Controlled Substances Act preempts employers from having to pay for medical marijuana treatments for injuries sustained while workers were on the job. The Controlled Substances Act prohibits the possession or use of marijuana, along with other Schedule 1 drugs.

And the high court determined that the employers could be subject to criminal liability if they helped furnish the medical cannabis, which is allowed for eligible patients under Minnesota law but illegal under federal law. Full story here.

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