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The North Dakota Department of Health's Facebook header image promotes COVID-19 mitigation methods including mask-wearing. Screenshot via Facebook
The North Dakota Department of Health's Facebook header image promotes COVID-19 mitigation methods including mask-wearing. Screenshot via Facebook

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BISMARCK — In an attempt to curb the spread of misinformation, the North Dakota Department of Health announced Monday, Oct. 25, that social media users will no longer be able to comment on the agency's posts.

Starting Tuesday, the comment sections on the department's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages will be disabled, though private message inboxes will remain open, the agency wrote in a social media post. The department said the move aimed at preventing the circulation of false information "will be applied to all posts, and not be specific to any particular topic." Full story here.

Moorhead looks to legislature to fix deadly force conflict for border city law enforcement

Moorhead Police Chief Shannon Monroe in front of the law enforcement center in Moorhead on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. C.S. Hagen / The Forum
Moorhead Police Chief Shannon Monroe in front of the law enforcement center in Moorhead on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

MOORHEAD — City Attorney John Shockley said it likely will take a "legislative fix" to solve the problem of law officers from North Dakota no longer crossing the river to help their Minnesota counterparts in criminal situations.

Even though a judge has suspended Minnesota’s stricter use of deadly force standards passed in the Legislature last year, law officers from North Dakota still aren't helping out across the border.

"Moorhead and Clay county remain vulnerable until and unless this issue is resolved and mutual aid is restored," Moorhead Governmental Affairs Director Lisa Bode said. Full story here.

Council member to be added to Moorhead Public Service board

Taylor Holte, left and Marc Pritchard of Moorhead Public Service watch the unveiling of new artwork Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, on the Woodlawn water tower in Moorhead. Local artists Stephen Dorsey and Jack Lunde created the design featuring local historical landmarks.  Forum file photo
Taylor Holte, left and Marc Pritchard of Moorhead Public Service watch the unveiling of new artwork Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, on the Woodlawn water tower in Moorhead. Local artists Stephen Dorsey and Jack Lunde created the design featuring local historical landmarks. Forum file photo

MOORHEAD — Moorhead's City Council passed by a required unanimous decision on Monday, Oct. 25, to add a council member to the Moorhead Public Service Commission.

The issue has simmered for a few years after the council sought to have better communication with MPS, which operates the city's electric and water utilities.

The city's Charter Commission tackled the issue and also decided unanimously in August to add one council member to the commission, requiring a change to the city charter. Full story here.

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