Morning headlines: Federal response teams relieve Minnesota physicians as COVID-19 surge continues

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Members of a Department of Defense medical response team on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, tested their facemasks before starting training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service

MINNEAPOLIS — Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday, Nov. 23, met with nearly two dozen Department of Defense doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists at Hennepin County Medical Center as they began their rotations relieving local medical staff.

The team of federal physicians stepped in to treat COVID-19 patients and take on other duties after medical staff in Minneapolis and at St. Cloud Hospital called for help to back up doctors and nurses that treat COVID-19 and have seen an influx of patients needing critical care. Full story here.

North Fargo bridges center of city debate

This is a view this month of the closed North Broadway Bridge across the Red River in far north Fargo. Dave Samson / The Forum


FARGO — Fargo and Clay County officials will be gathering at noon on Monday, Nov. 29, to possibly decide on how to proceed with the closed North Broadway bridge across the Red River.

The meeting was put together after Fargo city commissioners had differing views at their last meeting on whether to repair the bridge at its current height of 23 feet or raise it to 37 feet and lengthen it to keep it out of flood danger in coming years.

One of the main question of course has to do with money. Full story here.

Minnesota launches statewide campaign to curb impaired driving during holidays

Graphic by Carli Greninger/Grand Forks Herald

ST. PAUL — In an effort to keep the holidays a safe time for travelers, extra DWI patrols are planned to take place on Minnesota roads between Wednesday, Nov. 23, and New Year's Eve.

Minnesota State Patrol troopers, county deputies and police officers will participate in the statewide campaign.

Officers will be looking for drivers who appear impaired, whether by alcohol or other substances. Full story here.


Minnesota DNR says stay off the ice, for now

thin ice photo
As northern Minnesota lakes begin to freeze over, the Minnesota DNR is asking anglers not to venture onto the ice until they are sure it's safe across the entire body of water they plan to walk on. Contributed / Minnesota DNR

DULUTH -- A Nov. 21 Facebook post and photo showed someone ice fishing, claiming to have 2-3 inches of ice on a small lake 20 miles north of Duluth.

He said the fish weren't biting.

While some shallower, smaller lakes are frozen over thanks to the recent cold snap, there are few reports of ice thick enough for safe travel across an entire lake. And the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is practically begging people to stay off the ice for now until more cold days and nights build ice thick enough for safe travel. Full story here.

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