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F-M area park officials urge careful use of playgrounds, athletic facilities

The weather warmed early this week in Fargo-Moorhead with temperatures reaching into the 50s, prompting many to get outside and into the cities’ parks. Read the full story here.



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Fargo holding COVID-19 briefing Wednesday

The city of Fargo and other metro governments at the city and county level, along with public health experts at the local level, and metro health care systems Sanford Health and Essentia Health will be hosting a COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, April 1. Read the full story here.

Superintendents hoping for the best as ND students head into virtual classrooms

When Grand Forks students resume class via distance learning Wednesday, April 1, Superintendent Terry Brenner is hoping for a smooth day – even though he is somewhat concerned about the data load that will be hoisted upon local internet bandwidth. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus pandemic causes Grand Forks mayoral candidate to move campaign online

Conversation after conversation, mayoral candidates attempt to communicate their platform with people in Grand Forks. But with many people at home in quarantine or social distancing, traditional methods to connect with voters like door-knocking won't work for candidates. Read the full story here.

Riverview resident keeps the faith as facility-wide testing begins following death of Navy veteran, fellow resident

A resident of the south Fargo retirement community where North Dakota’s first COVID-19 victim lived said she’s not concerned about contracting the virus. Read the full story here.

Fargo riverfront parks and trails close

The Fargo Park District has closed all riverfront parks, nature parks and trails for flood mitigation efforts, the Park District announced in a press release Tuesday, March 31. Read the full story here.

Fargo health clinics limit visitors to prevent coronavirus spread

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, patients visiting any Essentia Health clinic are asked to attend their appointments alone as part of efforts to prevent spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum holds press briefing regarding COVID-19, March 31

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Sanford Health COVID-19 employee aid plan includes cash payments

The Sioux Falls-based health system’s aid effort, dubbed the Sanford Family Stability Plan, mainly targets hourly employees. Read the full story here.

Graphic puts soaring North Dakota unemployment filings into historic perspective

Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday, March 30 said that Job Service North Dakota has received about 21,000 claims for unemployment benefits over the last 12 days, which is more than in all of 2019. Read the full story here.

Fargo tech company, University of Minnesota team up on emergency ventilators

Fargo-based Appareo Systems will make low-cost ventilators developed at the University of Minnesota to be used as emergency back ups. Read the full story here.

All residents, staff of Fargo retirement community to be tested for COVID-19 following death of resident

Family members of people living at a south Fargo retirement community have received notice that all residents and staff will undergo testing for COVID-19 after a resident there contracted the illness and died last week. Read the full story.

Graphic puts skyrocketing Minnesota unemployment filings into historic perspective

Around 239,263 workers in the Minnesota applied for unemployment since March 16, more than applied during the entirety of 2019, according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Read the full story here.

Cass County now has most coronavirus cases in North Dakota as state total increases to 122

With nine new cases, Cass County now has more positive tests for coronavirus than any other county in the state. Read the full story here.

Rural county on Minnesota's southern border a coronavirus 'hot spot'

Martin County on the state's southern border has more than its share of coronavirus cases. Read the full story here.

From long-haul trucking to electrical repair, essential businesses, employees face changing landscape during pandemic

Unlike many in the workforce right now, sequestered to a makeshift work-from-home office due to the coronavirus pandemic, Deb Rubin has been working behind the wheel, hauling essential freight on the road for 10 to 11 hours each day. Read the full story here.

Elevator managers plagued with problems are feeling the strain

Grain elevators in the region say business has been disrupted by trade tariff wars, weather-related harvest delays, and now COVID-19. Read the full story here.

The show must go online for live concerts in Fargo during the pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak has brought regular life and work to a halt, but sometimes the show must go on. Or rather, the show must go online. Read the full story here.

States swap COVID-19 test supplies to fight shortage

The two Dakotas renewed a bond old as humanity: When the chips are down, turn to your friends and neighbors. Both states were waiting in vain for a resupply from the federal government. In the balance hung their ability to diagnose patients and track the spread of the virus.

That’s when the two Dakotas renewed a bond old as humanity: When the chips are down, turn to your friends and neighbors. Read the full story here.

All residents, staff of Fargo retirement community to be tested for COVID-19 following death of resident

Family members of people living at a south Fargo retirement community have received notice that all residents and staff will undergo testing for COVID-19 after a resident there contracted the illness and died last week. Read the full story here.

Essentia lays off 500 employees across 4 states

Essentia Health announced Monday, March 30, that they have laid off 500 nonmedical staff as they prepare for an "expected surge of COVID-19 patients." Read the full story here.



Fargo mattress store produces face masks to give away for free

When the staff at a local mattress factory heard the news of face masks shortages, they decided to take action. Read the full story here.

Central Minnesota drug rehab facility reports COVID-19 case

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge reported it received notice Saturday, March 28, that one client in its Brainerd short-term program had a confirmed case of COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Lifting spirits and melting barriers, one note at a time

The sun shines down as windows on every floor of Edgewood in Fargo are thrown open. Read the full story here.

Central Minnesota drug rehab facility reports COVID-19 case

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge stated it will continue to review all updates from local health authorities as well as from the World Health Organization and CDC, and will also continue to assess infection control and prevention procedures to ensure they are effective and consistent with the best practices as established by these organizations. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum holds press briefing regarding COVID-19, March 30

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Bobcat employees, union fear COVID-19 could 'spread unchecked' at plant without more safeguards

Fears of the coronavirus spreading “unchecked” at Doosan Bobcat of Gwinner has prompted workers and unions to begin negotiations with corporate management to set up safeguards inside the manufacturing plant. Read the full story here.

Gate City Bank lightens load for students by donating thousands of bags

Gate City Bank has helped lighten the load for thousands of students in the region who were sent home to help stem the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Kolpack: When dealing with the daily stress, put Aug. 29 on your calendar and train for the Fargo Marathon

The marching orders have been given for over a couple of weeks now: Keep your social distance and remain at home if at all possible. And that’s what we, the people of the Fargo-Moorhead area and beyond, have done at what seemingly is an acceptable clip. Read the full story here.

ND nonprofits to governor: Foreclosure, eviction ban needed to avoid surge in homelessness

Area nonprofit groups called on North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday, March 30, to issue an executive order temporarily barring foreclosures and evictions in the state and to keep the moratorium in place for 90 days past the date the coronavirus crisis is declared over. Read the full story here.

Blood donors needed in Fargo as donations fall during coronavirus pandemic

Blood donations have fallen 25% because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and health care providers are urging people to keep donating. Read the full story here.

ICU cases jump 50% in Minnesota to 24; 10th death reported

The number of persons housed in an ICU setting jumped 50% on Monday, March 30 from 16 to 24. Read the full story here.

‘Red Dawn Breaking Bad’: Officials warned about safety gear shortfall early on, emails show

“We should plan assuming we won’t have enough PPE — so need to change the battlefield and how we envision or even define the front lines,” Dr. Carter Mecher, a physician and senior medical adviser at the Department of Veterans Affairs, wrote on Feb. 25. Read the full story here.

Second person dies from coronavirus in North Dakota; cases now over 100

The new cases include the first two cases in Grand Forks County and four new cases in Cass County, which now has 24 total. Nineteen patients are now hospitalized with the illness. Read the full story here.

Cobbers AD navigating 'tricky' search for men's basketball coach amid coronavirus pandemic

Concordia athletic director Rachel Bergeson hopes the Cobbers name a new head men’s basketball coach in the next couple weeks, but the coronavirus pandemic has made it a challenging process. Read the full story here.

Minnesota testing more people for coronavirus, but you probably still can’t get one unless you’re really sick

More labs in Minnesota and across the nation are testing for COVID-19, but it’s still tough to get a test for the deadly coronavirus unless you’re critically ill. Read the full story here.

‘Really hard’ ethical choices may be needed if coronavirus cases exceed health care capacity

Minnesota health care professionals may face difficult decisions in coming weeks in how they parcel out limited medical resources in the face of surging numbers of patients infected with the coronavirus. Read the full story here.



Pandemic leaves out-of-work Fargo residents scared, angry and hopeless

After Austin Albrecht lost his job at a cleaning company during the coronavirus pandemic, the 24-year-old stocked up on canned goods and dried noodles. Now he says he can’t afford to pay his half of $1,200 rent. Read the full story here.

Photos: Empty chairs in community show stark reality of life during social distancing

We are a gregarious, curious species. What is that? we ask. Who are you? Tell me a story? Read the full story here.

Shaw: Fargo brothers share what life is like in NYC

It’s the busiest and largest city in the country, but right now New York City is pretty quiet. Being in the epicenter of a pandemic can do that to “The City That Never Sleeps.” Lives have changed for virtually every New Yorker, including two brothers from Fargo. Read the full story here.

How are Fargo-Moorhead leaders holding public meetings during a pandemic?

Moorhead's City Council had two public hearings during their last regular meeting, but despite no residents being in the audience, council members still heard several comments. Read the full story here.

Closed to worshipers, churches spread message of faith through computer screens

Father James Meyer starts his Sunday mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church on March 29 with the usual greeting: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

The priest said this as if the church were filled with people, but in reality, the congregation was at home. Read more.

Cass County coronavirus cases reach 20; health department weakens quarantine order

The North Dakota Department of Health announced only four new positive tests for coronavirus Sunday, March 29, a day after confirming a single-day high of 26 cases. A total of 98 people in the state have tested positive but the department's website lists 19 people as having recovered from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The health department dramatically narrowed the scope of a quarantine order Sunday, not even 24 hours after it was first announced.

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Joe Diffie dies of COVID-19

Joe Diffie, a 1990s country star, died Sunday, March 29, after contracting COVID-19, according to his Facebook page. Rolling Stone magazine confirmed the death with Diffie's publicist. Read more.

Otter Tail County has first confirmed case of coronavirus

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Otter Tail County was reported Sunday, March 29.

The Minnesota Department of Health notified Otter Tail County of its first lab-confirmed case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, according to a news release issued by the county Sunday morning. Read more.

What parents-turned-teachers can learn from longtime home-schoolers

With schools shuttered for the foreseeable future, many North Dakota parents find themselves in the unfamiliar role of substitute teacher.

Gov. Doug Burgum ordered North Dakota’s schools closed Monday, March 16, and later announced they will remain closed indefinitely as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the country. The closures are another effort to increase "social distancing" by limiting situations in which the virus can spread easily between people.

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Sanford announces three employees at Fargo facilities test positive for COVID-19

Sanford Health announced on Sunday, March 29, that three employees at two of its Fargo facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.

The three physical therapists work in hospital settings — two at Sanford Medical Center Fargo along Interstate-94 and one at Sanford Broadway Medical Center, downtown. Read more.

New order requires travelers to quarantine upon return to North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Health announced a new extreme measure to slow the spread coronavirus on a day that saw the single highest increase in confirmed cases.

State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte announced a new order Saturday, March 28, that requires travelers returning from international travel or 23 hard-hit states, including California, Arizona, New York and Florida, to self-quarantine for 14 days. The order applies to residents who have returned to North Dakota in the last 14 days and those who will return in the future. Read more.

Sanford nurse had COVID-19 symptoms during Moorhead senior home visit

A nurse practitioner who tested positive for coronavirus after coming in contact with residents at a Moorhead senior care facility Monday, March 23, started to experience symptoms of COVID-19 during the visit, Sanford Health officials said. Read more.

North Dakota's first coronavirus victim declined a ventilator in hopes it would save someone else

The first person who died in North Dakota from coronavirus was a Navy veteran and educator who declined to be put on a ventilator, possibly to save it for another patient, his niece said Saturday, March 28. Read more.

COVID-19 case confirmed in Clearwater County, Minn.

The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Clearwater County, local officials announced Saturday, March 28. Read more.

On first day of Minnesota's stay-at-home order, Moorhead residents get outside

A stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus epidemic in Minnesota didn’t prevent Moorhead residents from getting groceries, taking a run or having a little family fun Saturday, March 28. Read more.

Minnesota bill for $330 million in new COVID-19 funding signed by governor

Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation on Saturday, March 28, authorizing $330 million in funding for COVID-19 assistance. The bill was approved by the state legislature on March 26. Read more.

SD state legislator tests positive for COVID-19, in critical condition

State Rep. Bob Glanzer, R-Huron, is in critical condition after being diagnosed with COVID-19. The state lawmaker and his wife, Penny, both tested positive for the virus, according to a Facebook post on the South Dakota Republican' Party's page.

Glanzer represents District 22, which includes Beadle and Kingsbury Counties. Read more.

Proposed legislation aims to provide South Dakotans with more flexibility during COVID-19 outbreak

As the number of positive cases rises in South Dakota, state lawmakers will consider legislation that relaxes certain state regulations, offering residents more flexibility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

There are 68 positive COVID-19 cases in South Dakota, up 10 from Friday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. Read more.

5th death from coronavirus reported in Minnesota

A fifth person has died of COVID-19 in Minnesota, state health officials reported on Saturday, March 28. The person was an individual in their 70s with an underlying health condition who lived in Hennepin County.

So far, all five persons to have died of coronavirus in the state are said to have had an underlying health condition. Read more.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, number of nurse licensure test sites reduced in North Dakota, Minnesota

Nursing students on the verge of graduation in Minnesota and North Dakota are facing a shortage of licensing test centers as they prepare to enter the workforce in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Concordia students rush to move off campus before Saturday deadline

Students still living on campus at Concordia College are scrambling to get moved out of on-campus housing with less than four days of notice. Read the full story here.

Record unemployment spike hammers North Dakota

Jobless claims in North Dakota soared to nearly 14,000 over a recent nine-day period, setting a grim record and underscoring the rising cost of statewide efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Sanford cuts visiting to 'bare minimum,' joins other hospitals in effort to limit coronavirus spread

Sanford Health has imposed more stringent restrictions on its hospital visitation policy in an effort to prevent spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Downtown Fargo clinic turns to telemedicine to reach patients

Health care providers at Family HealthCare in downtown Fargo are turning to technology to communicate with their patients during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Grand Forks County Commission moves to hold June primary by mail

The Grand Forks County Commission moved to conduct the June 9 primary election entirely by mail, at a special commission meeting on Friday, March 27. Read the full story here.

Auctions, sale barns adjust to coronavirus restrictions

While some machinery and land auctions go online, sale barns stress only coming to sales if you have business there. Read the full story here.

High Plains Reader has gone on hiatus, co-owner writes

The High Plains Reader, an independent arts, news and entertainment weekly tabloid, has gone on hiatus., thanks to the disruption in business caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

South Dakota COVID-19 cases grows to 58

There are 58 positive COVID-19 cases in South Dakota, up 12 from a day before, the South Dakota Department of Health reported Friday, March 27. Read the full story here.

Cass County sees first confirmed COVID-19 death in North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Health on Friday morning, March 27, reported the first confirmed death of a North Dakota resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Minnesota reports 2 more deaths from COVID-19, cases climb to 398

The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday, March 27, reported 52 news cases of the coronavirus in Minnesota and two new deaths, bringing the number of fatalities from the illness to four. Read the full story here.



Gun and ammo sales surge in Detroit Lakes area amid coronavirus pandemic

Lakes Sport Shop in Detroit Lakes, Johnson Performance in Frazee, Gene’s Sport Shop in Perham and Klinnert Outpost in New York Mills all reported increased sales over the past few weeks, especially of home defense-style handguns and ammunition. Read the full story here.

Child care providers to receive financial help through emergency grants

North Dakota child care providers could be receiving up to $11 million a month in emergency grants from the state for at least the next few months to keep their doors open. Read the full story here.

Realtors adapt to coronavirus by using different ways to keep buyers connected

Low mortgage rates continue to pump up the housing market and homebuyers are noticing. Read the full story here.

Families delay funeral services because of pandemic, but it's now they need hugs

Marjorie Markusen of Moorhead has been receiving lots of phone calls from friends and family saying they wish they could give her a hug after her husband of 37 years died Sunday. Because of the coronavirus pandemic it won't happen. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus could challenge candidates, petition advocates collecting signatures for ND election

A coronavirus pandemic will make collecting signatures for candidates and measures that proponents want on the election ballot this year harder, politicians and activists said. Read the full story here.

Sanford to carry on with elective surgeries — for now

Sanford Health is continuing to perform elective surgeries as other regional health care providers suspend procedures due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus. Read the full story here.

ND Supreme Court suspends evictions, but critics want more tenant protections

The North Dakota Supreme Court suspended all housing evictions in light of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday, March 26, but did not take other steps that tenant advocates are seeking. Read the full story here.

Lindquist, former national anthem singer at UND games, blows whistle on overpriced medical masks

Mark Lindquist was just looking for a way to help. Read the full story here.

Moorhead mayor clarifies details of shelter-in-place order at economic roundtable

“There is no prohibition on interstate travel,” Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd said during an economic roundtable Thursday, March 26, in Fargo City Hall. Read the full story here.

Gov. Burgum holds press briefing regarding COVID-19 on Thursday, March 26

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Wishek boy is ND's first coronavirus case under age 10

Child care center that the boy attended has shut down for 14 days. Read the full story here.

Tracy Briggs and Tammy Swift's 5 ways to spread sunshine during the coronavirus pandemic

Leave it to Tammy Swift to come up with ways to put a smile on your face even at the bleakest of times. Read the full story here.

Disaster relief and speculation on Cares Act dominate now regular statewide business briefing

With a rapidly changing economy due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, government officials are trying to get the latest information out to the state’s business community, all of whom are hungry for support. Find out what government, Chamber of Commerce and SBA officials said during Thursday's briefing. Read the full story here.

'Couch, we're on it' campaign encourages social distancing now to save summer fun

South Dakota no longer sits alone with an edgy slogan for an uncomfortable issue. Read the full story here.

REAL ID deadline extended as states, feds respond to coronavirus threat

A 12-month extension was approved for state compliance with federal REAL ID standards. Read the full story here.

First case of COVID-19 reported on White Earth Reservation

White Earth Reservation now has its first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the full story here.

City of Fargo hosts COVID-19 economic roundtable at 1 pm

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Concordia student who traveled abroad among 219 Sanford patients still waiting for coronavirus test results

Countless people who suspect they might be infected by the contagious coronavirus have been unable to get tested for the respiratory disease it causes. Read the full story here.

First responders say they were left out of late-night negotiations, Minnesota COVID-19 response bill

The comments come as lawmakers prepared to come back into session to take up $356 million in proposed funding. Read the full story here.

Distribution of online learning materials ahead of schedule in Moorhead

Students in Moorhead Public Schools are gearing up to start online classes on Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Fargo's Randy's diner ready to help fuel up region's truckers

Heidi Roggenkamp is hoping she can help the region’s truckers just keep on truckin’ as they help keep the country supplied during the coronavirus pandemic. Read full story here.

Minnesota records second death in state from coronavirus

Minnesota has recorded its second death from coronavirus on Thursday, March 26. The individual was a resident of Ramsey County in their 80s. Read the full story here.

Child among new positive cases of COVID-in North Dakota; total rises to 52

Burleigh County has the most confirmed cases with 22. Morton County has eight confirmed cases and Cass County, with the county seat of Fargo, has six. Read the full story here.

Fargo's Randy's diner ready to help fuel up region's truckers

Heidi Roggenkamp is hoping she can help the region’s truckers just keep on truckin’ as they help keep the country supplied during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 cases reach 3 in Clay County, 6 in Cass County

Essentia Health is working to provide its own laboratory testing for the coronavirus as Clay County recorded its third confirmed case of COVID-19 and Cass County logged its sixth positive case. Read the full story here.

Local parks become outdoor havens for virus-stressed public

Local, state and federal parks are seeing lots of visitors these days, and park officials say people are citing stress over the coronavirus as a major motivator for getting outdoors. Read the full story here.

How well are we social distancing? This company gives Minnesota an A, while North Dakota gets a B

Smartphones across the country are offering clues of whether or not people are heeding calls to stay home and avoid gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Robin Huebner: We can be brave and strong through a pandemic, just like our ancestors were

During my pregnancies — the first one, especially — the panicky thoughts kept creeping in. Read the full story here.

It's not business as usual as local owners weigh risks, take extra precautions

Find out how some barbers, tattoo artists and massage therapists are operating during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Small business owner braces for challenges posed by coronavirus closures

Cassidy Schnasse co-owns local video cafe Replay Games, and like many small business owners, he's doing what he can to lighten the blow from coronavirus closures. Read the full story here.

West Acres mall extends closure due to coronavirus

The mall announced it tentatively plans to reopen on Wednesday, April 8. West Acres had originally planned on closing from March 19 to March 31. Read the full story here.

Even before outbreak, homelessness rising in Minnesota

The number of people experiencing homelessness is on the rise in Minnesota, especially among older adults, according to a study released Wednesday, March 25. Read the full story here.

Minnesota distilleries turn into hand sanitizer production sites

“You go one day from shutting down your cocktail room to the next day being able to produce a health care substance.” Read the full story here.

The trip of a lifetime ... in uncertain times: Even a castle in Wales can’t escape COVID-19 crisis

RiverTown Multimedia reporter Bob Burrows and his wife, Kellie, recently returned from a trip to Wales and Ireland to celebrate their 20th anniversary. While it was a trip of a lifetime, they were also busy dealing with the nearly daily developments regarding the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full story here.

Burgum urges residents to look at coronavirus with flood prep mindset

Eight patients have now been hospitalized with COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Kids worried about COVID-19? Here's a short guide to explain the virus and manage their stress

With mandatory closures of schools, parks, and cancellations of sports programs, kids and parents alike feel a mix of disappointment, stress, and sadness. Here's advice to help kids understand what's happening and manage their emotions. Read the full story here.

What Walz' stay-at-home order means for Minnesota

Walz made details of stay-at-home executive order public on Wednesday afternoon as the cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, continues to be confirmed amid the global pandemic. Earlier in the day, the state Department of Health reported an updated case count of 287 . Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum holds press briefing regarding COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 25

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Target to clean checkout lanes after each transaction

Target said Wednesday, March 25, it will clean checkout lanes after each sale, add signs and floor decals to ensure shoppers are maintaining social distancing and expand its dedicated shopping hours for elderly shoppers and those with underlying health concerns. Read the full story here.

Insults, injury as triathlete feels pandemic effects

She has not contracted COVID-19, but Superior swimmer and triathlete Amy Flessert has felt the negative effects of the pandemic in multiple ways, as events have been cancelled and work has disappeared. Read the full story here.

Fargo Theatre hosts online Netflix Party

The Fargo Theatre won’t reopen any time soon, but staffers are inviting people to watch a movie with them from their own home. Read the full story here.

Walz issues 'stay at home' order as hospitalizations from COVID-19 grow

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday issued his most sweeping executive order to date in the effort to combat the coronavirus in Minnesota. Read the full story here.

Northern Minnesota tribe issues 'shelter in place' order, curfew for at least 30 days

The Red Lake Tribal Council has imposed a curfew and a "shelter in place" order for “all persons on the Red Lake Reservation,” to help combat the spread of coronavirus. The curfew forbids people from being outside their residences without an essential reason between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Read the full story here.

Norman the 'coronacorgi' finds a home

Local people are responding to the call out from animal shelters in search of foster homes during the Covid-19 crisis. Read the full story here.

Questions arise about how to enforce Gov. Burgum's order to close on-site operations at bars and restaurant

When North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum closed down on-site gatherings at the state's bars and restaurants due to the coronavirus pandemic, his executive order did not make clear what kinds of penalties violators might incur or how the order would be enforced. Read the full story here.

RedHawks, American Association monitoring coronvirus pandemic with season start about two months away

As the start of the upcoming season approaches, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, along with the American Association of Independent Baseball, continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are taking all necessary steps to protect fans, players, umpires, and staff in anticipation season, the RedHawks stated in a team release Wednesday, March 25. Read the full story here.

Clay County has third confirmed COVID-19 case

Minnesota health officials are reporting that Clay County has its third confirmed COVID-19 case, a man in his 40s. Read the full story here.

City of Fargo to hold coronavirus briefing

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Collection drives set in Fargo, Bismarck for masks, other protective gear for health care workers

The North Dakota AFL-CIO in partnership with the Minnesota Nurses Association and other groups is holding a collection drive this weekend to secure N95 masks and protective equipment that will be handed out to nurses in North Dakota hospitals who need such items to battle the coronavirus threat. Read the full story here.

3 more cases of coronavirus in North Dakota with uptick a possibility

The North Dakota Department of Health confirmed three new positive tests for coronavirus Wednesday morning, March 25. The state now has 39 known cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Read the full story here.

West Fargo to allow alcohol sales on takeout, curbside and delivery

The West Fargo City Commission will follow Fargo's suit and allow alcohol to be sold with delivery, takeout and curbside sales until at least April 27. Read the full story here.

How to keep anxiety, depression from worsening during COVID-19 pandemic

Maintaining a sense of calm during a worldwide medical crisis can be difficult for most anyone. Read the full story here.

Planning for a COVID-19 surge: Fargo hospitals adding beds, getting supplies from state stockpile

Hospitals are scrambling to make preparations for a coronavirus that so far has only lightly touched North Dakota but threatens to overwhelm hospitals in coastal areas at the epicenter of the widening pandemic. Read the full story here.

It is different than the flu': NDSU professor and infectious disease expert explains what we know so far about COVID-19

Coronavirus' long-term effect remains unknown, and public health officials cannot say when we might return "normal" routines, but an infectious disease expert at North Dakota State University explains the facts and forecasts medical professionals agree upon .Read the full story here.

The world's deadliest pandemics, and how COVID-19 compares

COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, and now ranks as one of the world's most deadly pandemics. Read the full story here.

As virus spreads in South Dakota, cities weigh ‘patchwork’ of business closures

The rising numbers of cases has put local leaders in a bind: should they hobble their local economies to fight an invisible, growing menace, or take more of a wait-and-see approach? Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum holds press briefing regarding COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 24

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McFeely Mess podcast: 'Wait 'til you see the frustration' after economic fallout from coronavirus

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Sewing for good: NW Minnesota group makes face masks for coronavirus fight

World War II had “Rosie the Riveter." Now it’s time for “Marty the Mask Maker.” Read the full story here.

Sheriff: No plans for now to release inmates from Cass County Jail during virus crisis

The Cass County Jail doesn’t plan, for now, to release low-risk inmates from its facility amid a coronavirus crisis after its population has stabilized with ideal numbers, Sheriff Jesse Jahner said Tuesday, March 24. Read the full story here.

Demand for senior meal delivery rises amid shortage of volunteers

Meals on Wheels, the program which is both a nutritional and social lifesaver for more than 600 seniors in our area, says it still needs people to help deliver meals as demand is expected to grow even higher in the coming weeks. Read the full story here.

Escaped South Dakota inmates previously held in same unit as COVID-19 inmate

The state is currently looking at the situation regarding the eight escaped inmates to see if they had close proximity to the inmate who tested positive for COVID-19. Read the full story here.

South Dakota coronavirus cases climb to 30; schools to stay closed to May 1

Beadle County is now home to 13 cases of the illness, and is one of three counties experiencing community spread, the term for when health officials aren't sure how someone caught the virus. The case in Brookings was travel-related. Read the full story here.

Health department confirms 2 new cases of coronavirus in North Dakota; total at 34

A fifth patient was hospitalized with the illness, and the department is currently monitoring 112 people, most of whom were found to have had close contact with those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Minnesota's COVID-19 cases increase by 27, 15 patients hospitalized

Gov. Tim Walz and state health officials were set to address the new totals and potential actions at 2 p.m. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Fargo Workforce Center Manager Carey Fry talks about unemployment and option

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A world of hearts starts in North Dakota as online effort to share love spreads during pandemic

On the Gill family’s fourth night of social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mandy Gill came up with an idea after seeing a post online. Read the full story here.

NFIB Study shows COVID-19 has had a profound impact on small business

The National Federation of Independent Business Research Center’s latest survey on the current impact of the COVID-19 outbreak indicates the magnitude of disruption on the small business sector is profound. Currently, 76% of small businesses are negatively impacted by the outbreak of the coronavirus, according to a March 23 press release, a dramatic escalation from just under one-quarter earlier this month. Approximately 5% are positively impacted. Read the full story here.

Life's slowdown: Fewer accidents give ambulance crews time to prepare for Covid-19

As cases of COVID-19 spread around the world and here at home, F-M Ambulance Service has taken additional steps to protect patients and its emergency responders, and to ensure clear communication among staff. Read the full story here.

A world of hearts starts in North Dakota as online effort to share love spreads during pandemic

On the Gill family’s fourth night of social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mandy Gill came up with an idea after seeing a post online. Read the full story here.

The Pinke Post: 7 best practices to work from home from a 15-year veteran

Working from home, under normal or emergency circumstances, can be done. Read the full story here.

Walz: Minnesota schools, restaurants to remain closed as state works to 'buy time' against coronavirus

Minnesota officials on Tuesday, March 24, said they'll extend closures of bars, schools and businesses shuttered to prevent the spread of the coronavirus past the end of this week in an effort to better prepare the state for a peak in hospitalizations. Read the full story here.

Child care facilities struggle to stay open while parents work from home; Burgum promises plan to keep them operating

Camille Brandt and her partner are operating three Montessori schools in Fargo that usually have about 130 preschool children and were down to only 30 Friday, March 20. Read the full story here.

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Fargo temporarily allows beer, wine sales with takeout, delivery meals

In a move they hoped would provide at least a small financial boost to city bars and restaurants that were shuttered last week, the Fargo City Commission unanimously approved the sale of bottled drinks with takeout, delivery or curbside meals for the next 30 days. Read the full story here.

Section 9 Cyber Cafe using gaming computers to crunch data for a coronavirus cure

A local video game cafe is using its high powered gaming computers to help find a cure for coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Digi-Key is teaming with the University of Minnesota in hopes of ending the ventilator shortage

Digi-Key collaborates with the University of Minnesota to create a plan to make parts for low-cost respirators ⁠— devices that could save lives. Read the full story here.

Sanford launches its own coronavirus lab testing; Cass County faces backlog of 270 tests

Sanford Health is now set up to perform coronavirus testing, and all of its clinics and hospitals will be able to send specimens with results available in 24 to 48 hours. Read the full story here.



Planning is everything when it comes to wills and life insurance

A local attorney and an insurance agent give tips for getting your affairs in order. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Local singer Jessica Vines talks about how COVID-19 is affecting local musicians

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66 more COVID-19 cases in Minnesota as Walz self-quarantines after exposure

No shelter-in-place order expected Monday as Wisconsin, Michigan impose rule. Read the full story here.



Fargoans abroad struggle to find a way home amid coronavirus panic

Fargoans abroad talk about their experiences battling long lines in airports, panic and emergency evacuations. Read the full story here.

A North Dakota woman went to Colorado with her son. Eight days later, she learned she should be in quarantine

BOTTINEAU, N.D. — Erin Conroy, an attorney with Conroy Legal Services in Bottineau, had taken a trip with her 16-year-old son to Winter Park, Colo., in late February. Her son qualified for the Rocky Center National Championship and has his sights on participating in the Olympics. Read the full story here.

Crowded shelters fight to keep virus from spreading like wildfire through Fargo homeless population

FARGO — For most of Michael Tebidor's life, he didn't have a sink to wash his hands.

Now, he’s living at the New Life Center, a homeless shelter in Fargo where he can practice good hygiene, and although he can't practice social distancing in such a setting, he believes his hobo life taught him skills to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

Area foundations create site to help nonprofits during pandemic

FARGO — Three major charity organizations in Fargo-Moorhead have taken steps to try to help nonprofit agencies during the coronavirus pandemic. Read full story here.

Decision on NDSCS graduation expected this week after college suspends in-person class for semester

The North Dakota State College of Science will decide this week whether it will hold graduation ceremonies amid a worldwide coronavirus crisis, according to a Saturday, March 21, news release announcing the suspension of in-person classes for the rest of the semester on its Fargo and Wahpeton campuses. Read more.

Fargo-Moorhead community looks for ways to support local eateries and their staff

The meeting wasn’t as much secret as it was informal.

A group of eight local restaurant owners convened March 18 at Blackbird Woodfire, 206 Broadway, to try and decide what to do since the coronavirus effectively brought their livelihoods to an abrupt halt. Read more.

7 ways you can support local bars and restaurants and their employees

Check out our list to find out how you can support your favorite bars, restaurants and other small businesses.

2 more cases of coronavirus in North Dakota, bringing total to 30

The North Dakota Department of Health confirmed two new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, March 22. The state now has 30 known cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The new cases were found in a Burleigh County woman in her 30s and a Pierce County man in his 40s, who contracted the illness from someone who previously tested positive. A fourth patient has also been hospitalized with the illness. Read more.

2nd coronavirus case reported in Clay County

The Minnesota state health department reported on Sunday, March 22 that a second case of coronavirus has been identified in Clay County. Read more.

Spanish flu hit North Dakota, Minnesota 'like a house on fire': pandemic lessons from history

The wildfire spread of Spanish influenza that was sweeping Europe and much of the United States in 1918 still hadn’t struck North Dakota and Minnesota as September faded with shortening days.

But the autumn ritual of watching leaves turning color as the weather crisped was overshadowed by people waiting anxiously for signs of the deadly contagion that had been circulating since March, fueled by massive troop movements during World War I. Read more.

Minnesota confirms first death due to COVID-19

Health officials on Saturday confirmed the first death in the state from COVID-19.

The person who died Thursday, March 19, was a Ramsey County resident in their 80s who had recently contracted the illness from another person known to have the illness. Read more.

2 more Burleigh County coronavirus cases reported, now 28 total in ND

Testing in North Dakota has found another two cases of coronavirus in the state, bringing the state's total up to 28, according to the state Department of Health on Twitter Saturday, March 21. Read more.

What should shoppers buy for a potential coronavirus quarantine? Experts, organizations weigh in

Even prior to the number of COVID-19 cases in North Dakota rising to 10, 20 and beyond, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo residents had started stocking their homes with essential items.

While toilet paper has flown off shelves, it is not the only item residents should be purchasing. Read more.

After Moorhead landlord tells tenant to move out, sheriff says no evictions during pandemic

When a local property management company handed eviction papers to Lacey Chase on Friday, March 20, Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting stepped in, saying deputies will not be evicting anyone during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

Fargo pharmacy says it can make promising antiviral drug

A well-established anti-malarial drug is getting attention as a possible weapon against the coronavirus, and at least one local pharmacy says it's ready and willing to help make the medication if the need arises.

The drug is called hydroxychloroquine and it's a synthetic form of quinine, a substance found in the bark of cinchona trees that has long been used to prevent and treat malaria. Read more.

North Dakota paroles 56 prisoners early amid pandemic, including 3 convicted of sexual assault

More than 50 prisoners in North Dakota, including three convicted of sexual assault, will be released on parole early so state facilities can make space amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The state parole board approved during a special meeting Friday, March 20, the release of 56 prisoners as part of a population mitigation plan, according to a spreadsheet obtained by The Forum showing who is being released when. The board announced plans this week to bump up meetings with 60 inmates who were scheduled to have parole hearings in the next 90 days. Read more.

Fargo yoga studio holds online classes to help people find balance in uncertain time

As concern about the coronavirus grew, Brenda Weiler knew she’d have to suspend classes at her Ecce Yoga studio, but she didn’t want to completely shut out her students. Read the full story here.

Gov. Walz provides update on Minnesota's response to coronavirus

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Minnesota COVID-19 cases hit 115, Walz outlaws price gouging starting Saturday

Gov. Tim Walz and health officials were set to address the new cases and steps to limit the spread on Friday afternoon. Read the full story here.

Grand Forks shoppers stock up on alcohol, adult DVDs

Shoppers are stocking up on necessary items, such as food, toilet paper and medicine, but it turns out beer, wine and few other more risque items are on shoppers’ lists as well. Read the full story.

Working from home becoming the new normal thanks to coronavirus

B rett Johnson normally spends 90% of his time in Eide Bailly’s Fargo office or traveling for work. Read the full story here.

Pets, kids and music 'Sparking Good' for coronavirus-weary people in Fargo-Moorhead

It’s become routine for many in the new normal — waking up first thing in the morning to go online and read the latest news about the Covid-19 pandemic, including where new cases have popped up, where you can get tested and which local businesses are closing — all important information to function in a time of crisis. But also news, when in abundance, can overwhelm. Read the full story here.

Have questions about food resources, early shopping for seniors during pandemic? Find answers here.

As the most vulnerable to the coronavirus are encouraged to stay home and others are quarantined, a local group is making sure locals know how to get adequate groceries or meals. Read the full story here.

Fargo city officials address Gov. Burgum's decision to close bars, restaurants and other businesses

“We have to hit it hard,” Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney told the public at a press conference Friday, March 20, in the City Hall Commission Chambers. “We’re all in this together,” Mahoney said. “This is a very difficult time for everybody, but if you hit it hard for two weeks that may well flatten the curve.” Read the full story here.

North Dakota coronavirus cases climb to 20

The newest case comes from Morton County, where there are now five cases. Burleigh County has the most cases with 11, Ward County has three and Cass County has one. Read the full story here.

Hornbacher's, Cash Wise seek to hire hundreds to keep up with demand

Grocery stores in the Fargo-Moorhead area are looking to hire people who temporarily lost their jobs due to coronavirus-related closures. Read the full story here.

WDAY answers your questions about coronavirus

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Metro leaders hold press conference regarding closure of bars and restaurants

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Fargo Police Department outfits officers with gear to fight coronavirus

The Fargo Police Department is outfitting its officers with specialized medical gear as they prepare to respond to services calls amid a worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

How one daughter stays close to her mother at a care facility — while still keeping her distance

Even in the cold, windy weather, Jodee Bock came for one of her frequent visits with her mother Maurene, who lives at Eventide's Sheyenne Crossings Care Center in West Fargo. Read the full story here.

West Fargo's Young waiting and wondering on MLB season

The Diamondbacks prospect's quest for the big leagues waits on a resumption of the season. Read the full story here.

Can Fargo-Moorhead area fight flood, coronavirus simultaneously?

Cass County Emergency Services Manager Jim Prochniak knows there's the possibility of a "dual-headed monster" this spring with a Red River flood fight and dealing with the coronavirus. Read the full story here.



West Fargo mom 'getting back to the basics' during temporary layoff

For the last four and a half years, Jenn Landphere has proudly kept what she calls her "mom job." Read the full story here.

Bus drivers bring meals, smiles to home-bound students

It’s 8 a.m. on what would normally be a school day, and Melanie Van Alst’s school bus is ready to go. Red the full story here.

MSUM student self-reports coronavirus diagnosis

A Minnesota State University Moorhead student has self-reported a case of COVID-19 to the school's dean of students office, according to an email sent to university staff from President Anne Blackhurst on Thursday night, March 19.

The student hasn't returned to campus since spring break and is in self-quarantine. The university was on spring break the week of March 9-14 and classes were called off before students were to return earlier this week on Monday, March 16. Read the full story here.

How one daughter stays close to her mother at a care facility — while still keeping her distance

Even in the cold, windy weather, Jodee Bock came for one of her frequent visits with her mother Maurene, who lives at Eventide's Sheyenne Crossings Care Center in West Fargo.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, she speaks with her mom over the phone while she stands outside a window so they can still talk face-to-face. Watch the story from WDAY's Kevin Wallevand.

Barnesville Dairy Queen closes after possible employee coronavirus exposure

A Clay County Dairy Queen is temporarily shutting down after two employees reported being near someone who tested positive for coronavirus. Read more.

Burgum closes bars, restaurants amid coronavirus concerns; schools to stay closed indefinitely

In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a number of executive orders Thursday, March 19, including one that will close bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to on-site business.

As of Thursday evening, North Dakota has 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Fargo owners aim to avoid layoffs after order to close bars, restaurants — but some jobs dry up

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum issued an executive order on Thursday, March 19, that closes bars and restaurants to onsite business effective noon Friday, but he encouraged establishments to continue selling food via takeout and delivery as part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

ND lawmaker shares dubious coronavirus treatment

A Dickinson lawmaker has shared a social media claiming to have a treatment for the coronavirus.

North Dakota's District 36 Rep. Luke Simons made the post Tuesday, March 17, on Facebook.

The post from Simons, a Republican who ranches near Dickinson, read, "All joking aside, this virus that is going around is very treatable. This book was written I believe 20 years ago and address the coronavirus specifically. Please share so this gets to the right people my doctor shared this with me." Read the full story here.

Minnesota National Guard distributes protective masks around the state

The Minnesota National Guard and State Patrol on Thursday, March 19, delivered thousands of surgical masks and other protective equipment around the state to help first responders and medical providers battling the coronavirus.

The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center said the National Guard delivered personal protective equipment from Camp Ripley to Alexandria, Bemidji, Duluth, Dawson, Eagle Lake, Rochester, St. Cloud and St. Paul to be used by first responders. They also distributed 7,000 protective masks to the State Patrol. Read the full story here.

North Dakota confirms 12 new cases of COVID-19, brings total up to 19

The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 12 additional cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. This brings the total number of positive cases in the state to 19. Read the full story here.

Minnesota ordered to halt all non-essential health care

Earlier this week, four of Minnesota's largest health systems — Allina Health, HealthPartners, M Health Fairview, and Mayo Clinic — all announced they would postpone non-essential services until further notice. The moves came in anticipation of their need to focus all available resources on the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, one that many believe will severely test the load limits of the state's hospital system in coming weeks.

On Thursday, March 19, Gov. Tim Walz ordered every other provider in the state to do the same. Read the full story here.

Fargo's Proof Artisan Distillers announces it will soon produce hand sanitizer

Proof Artisan Distillers has announced that it is gearing up to make hand sanitizer - a much sought after commodity as worries over coronavirus transmission has led to buying that’s cleared the shelves of area stores. Read the full story here.

More foster homes needed as local animal shelters seeing some 'scary trends' during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic and the rumors surrounding it are creating fear and hardship for local animal shelters as they head into their busiest time of the year. Read the full story here.

Burgum urges 'facts not fear' in briefing with business, community and government leaders

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum called for “facts not fear,” in an attempt to keep business, community and government leaders calm in the face of the coronavirus pandemic during a conference call Thursday, March 19. Read the full story here.

Valley City State University student quarantined while waiting for COVID-19 test result

A Valley City State University student has been placed under quarantine on campus while waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. Read the full story here.

Grand Forks mayor to ban crowds in bars, restaurants; same expected in other cities in North Dakota

Mayor Mike Brown plans to order Grand Forks residents to stop congregating in bars and restaurants as a method to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

North Dakota confirms 8 new cases of COVID-19, brings total up to 15

The North Dakota Department of Health confirmed eight additional cases of COVID-19 in residents from Burleigh and Morton counties. Read the full story here.

Rural health care providers brace for outbreak surge

Rural hospitals and clinics are "vigorously preparing" for the possibility of an outbreak of intense respiratory disease in their communities as a result of coronavirus, according to Brock Slabach, senior vice president for member services for the National Rural Health Association. Read the full story here.

Hornbacher's president answers questions on shopping during the pandemic

Shopping has taken on a whole new meaning these days, as certain shelves have remained empty and the rush to stock up has many feeling a little unnerved. Read the full story here.

Tracking COVID-19: Latest update as of Thursday morning and what we're covering next

ith news happening so fast, InForum will feature live Facebook updates right here several times a day as Forum and WDAY reporters work around the clock to cover the coronavirus and all the news that impacts our local community. Watch the web update here.

Need help during the COVID-19 outbreak? Locals take to social media to offer free services

FARGO — While many people struggle with their new reality of restricted hours or access to basic necessities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a small group of Fargo-Moorhead locals joins the national phenomenon of "mutual aid". Read full story here.

For some Grand Forks/East Grand Forks restaurants, it's toilet paper to go

GRAND FORKS — A few area restaurants are looking to clean up on an otherwise grim situation by offering a roll of toilet paper to customers who place delivery orders. Read the full story here.

Virus worries put glass barrier between daughter, 91-year-old dad: 'My heart hurts for him'

FARGO — Vanilla malts and lemon meringue pie mean more than tasty desserts for Pamela Matchie-Thiede and her 91-year-old father Jim Matchie. For the past five years, the treats have been an integral part of how she reconnects with him. Read the full story here.

When the Spanish flu came to North Dakota and Minnesota

Often called "the forgotten pandemic", the Spanish flu swept the world from August 1918 to March 1919.

It made its way to Minnesota and North Dakota, hitting Fargo-Moorhead in early October of 1918.

Watch the story from WDAY's Kevin Wallevand.

West Acres mall to temporarily close to slow virus spread

West Acres mall plans to close for nearly two weeks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Read more.

Minot AFB confirms coronavirus case on base

One of the Ward County men confirmed to have COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, is on the Minot Air Force Base, military officials said Wednesday, March 18. Read the full story here.

Sanford Health predicts up to 3,600 in Fargo region could be infected in 'worst-case scenario'

FARGO — Sanford Health estimates that up to 3,600 people could be infected by the coronavirus among a potential service area population of 500,000 in the Fargo region that could seek treatment at its metro medical centers here. Read full story here.

'This is going to be not a blizzard but a winter': Walz calls for patience, more tests as COVID-19 cases grow

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, March 18, said state directions to shut down schools, bars, restaurants and salons have been warranted amid the spread of the coronavirus. And he called for Minnesotans to be patient as they adapt to their new normal. Read the full story here.

Moorhead DMV enacts wait-outside policy amid pandemic

In response to coronavirus concerns, the Clay County Department of Motor Vehicles has instituted a new way for people to wait for things like registration renewals. Read the full story here.

Presumed COVID-19 case found in Minnesota state House

A Minnesota state House of Representatives employee was found to have a presumed case of COVID-19.

Whether the person is a legislator or a House staffer remains undisclosed. In a Wednesday, March 18 written statement, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, D-Brooklyn Park, said the House will not disclose further identifying information on the employee because of health privacy laws and HR policies. Read the full story.

Minnesota State System schools cancel graduation amid coronavirus

In-person spring commencement has been canceled at all Minnesota State colleges and universities, according to an update published on Northland Community and Technical College's website. Read the full story here.

North Dakota has first 2 cases of community spread coronavirus; 7 total

The North Dakota Department of Health confirmed the state's first and second cases of community spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, on Wednesday, March 18.

A woman in her 30s and a female between 10-19, both from Morton County, have contracted the virus despite having no history of travel and no contact with any person who has been confirmed to have COVID-19. This means they likely caught it from someone with the illness in their community who has not yet been tested. The woman has not been hospitalized and is currently recovering at home. Read the full story here.

F-M area governments continue services while urging citizens to stay away from public offices

Government leaders in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area stressed Wednesday, March 18, that services they provide the public will continue, but in many areas, public access to government offices will become increasingly restricted as the battle to slow the advancing coronavirus heats up. Read the full story here.

LIVE: Burgum, state officials discuss updated COVID-19 numbers

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Walz gives update on Minnesota's response on COVID-19

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Sanford Health predicts up to 3,600 in Fargo region could be infected in 'worst-case scenario'

Health provider says it's working to provide local lab testing for coronavirus while looking at how many out of 500,000 in the potential service area could seek treatment at its Fargo-Moorhead medical centers. Read the full story here.

WATCH HERE: West Fargo Superintendent Beth Slette to talk status updates regarding COVID-19

Superintendent Beth Slette will be sharing status updates on the myriad of topics district administration have been working on to ensure the continuity of essential services for students while schools are closed. Watch now.

Resources are available to help area residents with rising debt

Even before financial markets began to collapse and the contours of social life and commerce were irrevocably altered by the coronavirus, Americans were already drowning in debt. Read the full story.

South Dakota coronavirus testing halted due to national lab supply shortage

The halt means public health officials will lack a clear picture in the days ahead of the spread of the global pandemic into the state, just as state and local officials are facing hard questions about whether to keep K-12 schools closed, further restrict gatherings of people and whether or not to push for restaurants and bars to close. Read the full story here.

Trump says border with Canada will be temporarily closed to 'non-essential traffic'

WASHINGTON — The United States and Canada have mutually agreed to close their border to non-essential traffic to stem the flow of the virus, President Trump said Wednesday, March 18. Read the full story here.

Babies of 9/11 — now high school seniors — adjust to another crisis as they graduate

Like most Americans the week of September 11, 2001, Rachel Ramstad was closely watching the news for the latest developments in the deadly terror attacks against the United States. Read full story here.

17 new cases reported in Minnesota; total is 77

ST. PAUL -- After a one-day slowing of new cases, the daily new case count In Minnesota spiked again on Tuesday evening, as health officials reported 17 new cases of coronavirus in Minnesota, the second-highest one-day total yet. Read the full story here.

North Dakota has first case of community spread coronavirus

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health confirmed the state's case of community spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, on Wednesday, March 18. Read full story here.

Coronavirus March 18: Developments across our region

The North Dakota Department of Health confirmed four more known cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, on Tuesday, March 17. Read the full story here.

Fargo hospitals rush to prep for coronavirus: Sanford offers drive-thru tests, Essentia suspends routine visits

FARGO — North Dakota hospitals are racing to take steps to prepare for the spreading coronavirus that include initiating drive-thru testing, planning for a surge in sick patients, taking stock of protective equipment and medical supplies, and taking inventory of available beds. Read the full story here.

F-M area man delivers medicine to vulnerable people in need

FARGO — David Boelke helped start Harvest Security Solutions and has been picking up medicine from local pharmacies and delivering them to those who need it for the past year and a half. Read the full story here.

Perham boy’s basketball team embraces abrupt finish to season

It’s a feeling that has touched athletes around the country.

“Last week was a gut wrenching, devastating week for us,” said Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap. The Perhman boy’s basketball team was no exception to this epidemic. Read the full story here.

North Dakota coronavirus cases jump to 5; now in Cass, Burleigh counties

The North Dakota Department of Health confirmed four more known cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, on Tuesday, March 17.

Two new cases announced Tuesday afternoon are a Cass County woman in her 20s and a Ward County man in his 60s. The department announced two more cases Tuesday night from Burleigh County — a man in his 50s and a woman in her 20s. All of the people had "a history of travel to impacted areas." Read the full story here.

UND student awaits coronavirus test results after returning to Bismarck from Spain

Sam Clark was having the time of her life. The 21-year-old University of North Dakota student had spent the last three months studying abroad in Barcelona and elsewhere in Europe.

But then came the warnings and the orders to return home to the United States. Coronavirus was hitting Europe hard. Watch the story from WDAY's Kevin Wallevand.

Fargo Diocese cancels services, limits funeral, wedding attendance

The bishop of the Diocese of Fargo has canceled all public celebrations of Mass, sacraments and parish events because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bishop John Folda said the directive will be effective at noon Wednesday, March 18, throughout the diocese's more than 130 parishes in 30 counties in eastern North Dakota until further notice. Read the full story here.

McFeely: 'It irks me to the jaw': Last call for alcohol hits Moorhead bars

Last call at Mick's Office came at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. The Moorhead bar was shutting down at 5 o'clock, following orders from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz that the state hopes will slow the spread of the coronavirus.

"Last call for alcohol!" loudly chortled Clay Harkness, a customer sitting at the end of the bar. Read the full story here.

Fargo, Moorhead schools prepare for 'unprecedented' online instruction during COVID-19 outbreak

Fargo Public Schools and Moorhead Area Public Schools said Tuesday, Feb. 17, they are developing distance learning options in case school buildings remain closed for an extended period of time due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Rupak Gandhi said the district is working on a plan that, if approved by state officials, aims to be ready by early April. Read the full story here.

Minn. restaurants prepare to adapt after businesses close in the ‘blink of an eye'

MOORHEAD — In what restaurant owners described as a whirlwind of heartache, they’re frantically trying to help staff and readjust business models to prepare for unilateral closing across Minnesota. Read the full story, here.

Coronavirus hitting livestock markets especially hard

Like stock market, commodities are suffering from uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full story here.

Local restaurants are taking extra precautions during coronavirus outbreak

As restaurants in Minnesota, California, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Washington and Ohio have already been ordered to shut down, Fargo area restaurants are taking extra precautions and staying open, although some have moved to drive thru or delivery only. Read the full story here.

Area restaurants adjust hours and services in response to coronavirus outbreak

Several metro area restaurants are adjusting their hours and services in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. Read a list of announcements here.

6 new coronavirus cases in MN, total now 60

First date in which the new case number falls below those reported on previous day. Read the full story here.

Local schools, child care sites wrestle with challenges posed by coronavirus shutdowns

FARGO — Schools across North Dakota and some in Minnesota closed Monday, March 16, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but child care programs run by the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties remained operating and they were expected to continue to do so at least through Tuesday, March 17. Read the full story here.



How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day when you're cooped up at home

On a day when all the world is Irish but much of the world is locked behind closed doors during the Covid-19 pandemic, coming up with ideas on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day can be a wee bit difficult. Read the full story here.

From Flattening the Curve to Social Distancing: A Coronavirus Glossary

A guide to understanding words and phrases related to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. Read the full story here.

North Dakota monitoring 3 more people for coronavirus

Health officials are monitoring 25 people for symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

$200 million for hospitals pushed through at Minnesota Capitol before COVID-19-related recess

The new funding stream will help health care providers prepare for COVID-19, the illness that stems from the coronavirus, and establish new testing facilities, pay staff, fund protective equipment and more. Read the full story here.

With schools closed, parents and kids get taste of social distancing amid virus outbreak

FARGO — When Tina Ashton heard Minnesota closed K-12 schools due to the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, March 15, she wondered what Fargo would do. Hours later, she found out when North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum ordered the state's schools to temporarily shut down. Read the full story here.

Moorhead high seniors offer to babysit for EMS and health care workers

MOORHEAD — Instead of planning for prom and spring athletic competitions, senior year is on hiatus for two Moorhead High School students after Minnesota closed public schools to limit the spread of coronavirus. Read the full story here.



Local schools, child care sites wrestle with challenges posed by coronavirus shutdowns

FARGO — Schools across North Dakota and some in Minnesota closed Monday, March 16, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but child care programs run by the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties remained operating and they were expected to continue to do so at least through Tuesday, March 17. Read the full story here.

With schools closed, parents and kids get taste of social distancing amid virus outbreak

When Tina Ashton heard Minnesota closed K-12 schools due to the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, March 15, she wondered what Fargo would do. Hours later, she found out when North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum ordered the state's schools to temporarily shut down.

Luckily, she and her family, including her husband Eric and their daughters, Karma, 13, and Sky, 11, were already preparing. They didn’t panic shop for toilet paper or bottled water, but they had upped shopping trips to twice a week for essentials. Read the full story here.

Fargo, West Fargo schools to provide free pick-up meals for kids while classes are suspended

Starting Wednesday, March 18, and continuing through Friday, March 20, Fargo Public Schools will provide free meals for children. Children must be present to receive meals, while supplies last. Read the full story here.

West Fargo fire, police close doors to the public

The West Fargo Police Department and West Fargo Fire Department announced Monday, March 16, that they are closing all their locations to the public. Read the full story here.

Travelers wonder: Should I cancel my trip?

Most of the COVID-19 cases in Minnesota and Wisconsin are tied to travel, and public health officials are urging residents to reconsider any foreign and domestic trips. Read the full story here.

Grand Forks schools to provide meals on school days during closures

The Grand Forks Public Schools Child Nutrition Department is providing free pick-up meals on scheduled school days as schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information can be found here.

East Grand Forks restaurant feeds people in need despite uncertain business climate

Business owners across Minnesota won't be allowed to have dine-in services effective 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, leading to some worry in the restaurant industry.

"The biggest concern is the uncertainty of it. Trying to forecast all of the 'what-ifs'," said Justin Larocque, owner of the Spud Jr., a restaurant that opened just a few months ago in East Grand Forks. Read the full story here.

Cass County leaders, area mayors issue emergency declarations for virus response

The mayors of Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead, along with the Cass County Commission, made emergency declarations Monday, March 16, regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full story here.

'We need to stop congregating,' Walz says, calling for closure of Minnesota bars, restaurants

ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz on Monday, March 16, called for the closure of bars and restaurants for dine-in customers in the state in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Walz announces additional measures to contain COVID-19

Gov. Tim Walz on Monday is set to announce additional measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, at a news conference in St. Paul. Earlier in the day, state health officials announced Minnesota's number of confirmed cases grew to 54, up 19 from a day prior. Read the full story or watch the press conference here.

F-M area internet providers ramping up services for growing number of employees, students, working from home

MOORHEAD - With coronavirus forcing more workers and students to work and take classes from home, internet providers are ramping up service to get local students connected to the internet, or offering unlimited data and payment deferrals if needed. Read the full story here.

ND Supreme Court declares the judicial state of emergency

Jury trials will be suspended through April 24, and, in Grand Forks, hearings will be moved from the downstairs courtroom to the larger courtroom upstairs to allow more room between people in attendance. Read the full story here.

West Fargo Library closes its doors to the public, and encourage patrons to practice social distancing

After emergency declarations were made by Fargo, West Fargo and Cass County, the West Fargo Library will close its doors to the public starting March 17. Read the full story here.

Sanford Fargo Marathon postponed until Aug. 29 due to coronavirus pandemic concerns

The Sanford Fargo Marathon has been postponed from spring until late summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

University of North Dakota directing nonessential employees to work from home; NDSU to discuss options Monday

GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota is preparing to ask all its nonessential employees to work from home to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the university announced on its coronavirus blog. Read the full story here.

North Dakota to close K-12 schools for 5 days starting Monday

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has ordered that all K-12 schools in North Dakota close Monday, March 16, through at least Friday, March 20, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Minnesota district courts suspend certain proceedings

ST. PAUL -- A number of state district court proceedings are suspended through March 30, according to an order signed Friday, March 13, by Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea. Read the full story here.

Moorhead, D-G-F closing public schools immediately to help stop spread of virus

This, from Moorhead Public Schools Superintendent Brandon Lunak in a Sunday memo to parents: Moorhead Area Public Schools continues to follow the advice of the state and local experts as we monitor the COVID-19 situation. Read the full story here.

Minnesota to close K-12 schools for 8 days starting Wednesday, cases jump to 35

ST. PAUL -- In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all K-12 schools in Minnesota will close Wednesday, March 18, through at least March 27, Gov. Tim Walz said Sunday. Full story here.

Minnesota has 14 new cases of coronavirus, total now at 35

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Health Department announced Sunday, March 15, the addition of 14 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the state total to 35 positive cases. Full story here.

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Mosques close, churches to remain open in Fargo-Moorhead under coronavirus threat

FARGO — In a precautionary move against the coronavirus threat, mosques in Fargo and Moorhead are closing their doors to services and prayers, but several local churches and a synagogue said Friday, March 13, that they plan to stay open. Full story here.

McFeely: Technology will replace family touch at senior centers during virus outbreak

The sweetest Twitter post Friday came from Jack Dura, an excellent news reporter for the Bismarck Tribune newspaper. Read full story here.

Minnesota Department of Health: 7 more cases in MN

ST. PAUL -- Seven Minnesotans tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, March 13, bringing the total case count to 21 in the state. It is the largest one-day jump of new cases to date. Read full story here.

Sunday morning: 100 people have been tested in North Dakota

FARGO -- North Dakota's coronavirus numbers remained stable as of Saturday, March 14, when the North Dakota Department of Health updated a status page on the virus. Here are the numbers as of 3 p.m. Saturday: Read full story here.

Essentia Health waives fee for e-visits related to COVID-19

FARGO — Essentia Health is waiving the fee for e-visits related to COVID-19. Read full story here.

St. Patrick's Day Parade cancellation leads to less foot traffic for downtown businesses

FARGO — The annual St. Patrick's Day parade was scheduled to hit the streets of downtown Fargo Saturday, March 14, but coronavirus concerns put it on the shelf. Read full story here.

City officials cancel, postpone events — and encourage others to do the same

MOORHEAD — Two events, originally scheduled for late March, joined the list of cancellations or postponements due to the coronavirus.

According to the release, city officials decided to cancel Celtic Festival at the Hjemkomst Center and postponed the Moorhead Ice Show. Originally scheduled for March 27 to 29 at the Moorhead Sports Center, Moorhead Parks and Recreation has yet to set a new date for the ice show. Read the full story here.

‘It’s gut-wrenching’: ND high school sports suspended amid Class A basketball tournaments

Instead of preparing a pregame speech ahead of Friday’s semifinal, West Fargo Sheyenne head boys basketball coach Tom Kirchoffner had to figure out how to tell his team their season was suspended, and whether the Mustangs would play another game this year.

Sheyenne was slated to face Jamestown in the North Dakota Class A boys basketball semis Friday night, until about five hours beforehand, when the North Dakota High School Activities Association released a statement stating all winter and spring sports and activities would be suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. Read the full story here.

Shoppers buying 'a little extra,' even at the liquor store

Worries about growing numbers of coronavirus cases in the U.S. may have sparked some hoarding in the Fargo-Moorhead area — toilet paper and hand sanitizer, anyone? But it hasn’t sparked similar runs at area liquor stores, nor been a drag on people heading out for a meal or a drink.

At Buffalo Wings & Rings in West Fargo, general manager Alex Cook says it’s still business as usual, if not a bit better than average. He credits the raft of people staying out late to stock up on toilet paper and whatever else they think they’ll need if they must self-quarantine. Read the full story here.

Regional retailers place purchase limits, ramp up cleaning to slow COVID-19 spread

FARGO — Panic buying spurred by fears of the coronavirus pandemic has cleared shelves of items like toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes at retailers across the United States.

In response to high demand, national and regional retailers have imposed purchase limits on certain products — though across the Red River Valley restrictions vary from store to store.

Retailers are also taking measures to limit the spread of infection at stores.

Read the full story here.

Minnesota health officials say 'be thoughtful' about traveling amid COVID-19 pandemic

Officials are encouraging Minnesotans to "be thoughtful" about travel plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic, especially if they are high-risk individuals.

At a Friday, March 13, news conference, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not currently advising Americans to cancel or postpone all domestic travel plans, but she did recommend Minnesotans be cautious. Read the full story here.

Burgum declares state of emergency over coronavirus; schools to stay open

Gov. Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency for North Dakota on Friday, March 13, in response to COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

Burgum's declaration comes just hours after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency that he said would give states and territories access to as much as $50 billion in federal funds to fight the spreading epidemic. Read the full story here.

North Dakota suspends Class A basketball tournament and next week's Class B boys basketball tournament

FARGO — Due to the emergency declaration issued by President Trump on Friday, the North Dakota High School Activities Association has suspended play of the Class A boys and girls tournament currently being held in Fargo, next week’s Class B boys state tournament in Bismarck and all springs sports seasons. Read full story here.

Fargo-Moorhead mosques closing doors to prayers, services due to coronavirus threat

FARGO — In a precautionary move against the coronavirus threat, mosques in Fargo and Moorhead are closing their doors to services and prayers. Read full story here.

Gov. Walz, Department of Health announce coronavirus mitigation strategies, including not closing K-12 schools yet

St. Paul — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz held a press conference Friday, March 13 to address measures being taken and advisories being issued regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Closing K-12 schools is not yet among them. Read the full story here.

South Dakota schools to close as governor declares state of emergency

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is requesting a closure of all public schools in the state next week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read full story here.

When anxiety drives our actions: Coronavirus concerns can affect decision-making

FARGO — With schools closing doors, flights getting canceled and shelves getting cleared of toilet paper, it's perfectly normal to feel some anxiety as the coronavirus pandemic begins to affect our day-to-day lives.

Behavioral health specialists say it's how you respond to anxiety that can help you and your community during a public health crisis. Read full story here.

Run on rice in some places due to coronavirus

FARGO — The Fargo Moorhead area rice supply shows seeds of strain.

While it’s possible to pick up bags of the staple, even the highly in-demand jasmine variety, at multiple stores, shelves of bagged rice are looking picked over in some of the major outlets. Read full story here.

ND Department of Corrections suspends contact visitation

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has suspended all contact visitation at all of its facilities effective immediately, the agency announced Thursday, March 12. Read full story here.

Here's how area colleges and universities are handling the coronavirus outbreak

As universities and colleges across the country make decisions about how they will continue classes amid coronavirus concerns, universities in North Dakota are making their own choices.

North Dakota has one confirmed case of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. The case is in Ward County, which is in north-central North Dakota. In total, 41 people have been tested in the state with 12 tests turning out negative and 28 with results still pending as of Thursday night. Read full story here.

FMWF Chamber postpones Business After Hours and Women Connect events

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce has postponed its Business After Hours event planned March 19 at the Delta by Marriott. Read full story here.

Fans flock to ND state tourney while pandemic shuts down most gatherings

FARGO — Coronavirus? What coronavirus?

That seemed to be the sentiment Thursday, March 12, at the North Dakota Class A State Basketball Tournament in Fargo, where crowds turned out in spite of a coronavirus scare that has been shutting down venues across the country. Read full story here.

Bison spring football: NCAA cancels men's basketball tournament leaving Bison without Big Dance chance

FARGO — The Vinnie Shahid power drive to the hoop. The Tyson Ward creative move under the basket, after hitting a 3-pointer on the previous possession. The Jared Samuelson pure jump shot. Those are all permanent memories now. Read the full story here.

Area hospitals and senior healthcare facilities announce visitor restrictions

Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, public health officials encouraged individuals and businesses to take action in order to slow the spread of the virus, including canceling events, social distancing, and sell-quarantine.

Now, hospitals and senior living facilities in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota are enforcing visitor restrictions to protect their patients, residents and healthcare workers. Read the full story here.

Is coronavirus a germaphobe's worst nightmare, sudden validation or surprise emancipation?

ROCHESTER, Minn. — In a recent interview with the Mayo Clinic's resident infectious disease expert, Dr. Gregory Poland's list of surfaces to refrain from touching during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak included: "bathroom faucets, door handles, escalator rails, computer terminals and anything that is commonly touched by the public." Read full story here.

Minnesota State suspends classes throughout network amid COVID-19 outbreak

ST. PAUL — Minnesota State colleges and universities will suspend classes in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus, school officials announced Thursday, March 12.

Class will resume on March 23 for the 32 schools currently on spring break. The five scheduled to begin their break next Monday, March 16, will head back to class on March 30. Read full story here.

Cher postpones Fargodome concert

FARGO — The PRCA Rodeo has been canceled at the Fargodome and Cher's show there won't go on as scheduled on April 11 as venue officials monitor the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Fargo Film Festival canceled due to coronavirus concerns

FARGO — The 20th annual Fargo Film Festival has been canceled over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from health officials to avoid large gatherings. Organizers announced the cancellation Thursday, March 12. The festival was set for March 17-21 at the Fargo Theatre. Read the full story here.

West Acres cancels scheduled events, but plans to remain open for business

FARGO — West Acres has cancelled all scheduled events throughout the remainder of March, but the shopping center will remain open for business, according to a Facebook post Thursday afternoon, March 12. Officials do, however, plan to make a few operational changes in response to the spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo's K-12 schools to remain open, for now

FARGO — While North Dakota State University announced Thursday, March 12, that face-to-face class will temporarily stop due to the coronavirus pandemic, area K-12 public schools are planning to remain open. Read the full story here.

N.D. State College of Science to hold classes online as coronavirus spreads in the U.S.

WAHPETON, N.D. — The North Dakota State College of Science will hold classes online to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to a news release. Read full story here.

Red River Winter Market canceled due to coronavirus concerns

FARGO — The Red River Winter Market scheduled for this Saturday, March 14 has been canceled according to a Facebook post.

The Red River Market decided to cancel the popular winter gathering at the West Acres Mall to ensure the safety of its vendors and visitors. Read the full story here.

NCHC cancels hockey tournament due to coronavirus outbreak

GRAND FORKS — The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has canceled its entire postseason tournament due to the coronavirus outbreak.

That includes both the first-round series that were scheduled to be played this weekend and next week's NCHC Frozen Faceoff. Read the full story here, or for information on the WCHA tournament read here.

NDSU to cancel on-campus class into April, will hold classes remotely

FARGO — North Dakota State University will suspend in-person classes into early April but will educate students remotely as coronavirus spreads in the U.S.

NDSU announced Thursday morning, March 12, the campus will not hold face-to-face classes from March 23 to April 3. The university will remain open so faculty and staff can hold classes online, the email said. Read full story here.

North Dakota Democrats cancel state convention as 'prevention measure' for coronavirus

MINOT — North Dakota's Democratic-NPL Party has canceled its state convention scheduled to take place March 19-22 in Minot "due to concerns over the transmission of COVID-19," officials announced Thursday, March 12. Read full story here

Gov. Burgum gives press conference on coronavirus after first confirmed case in North Dakota

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum held a press conference to discuss North Dakota's response to the coronavirus Thursday, March 12, at the North Dakota Department of Health Division of Emergency Preparedness. Read the full story here.

McFeely: State, high school association give mixed message on coronavirus

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum broke from his President Trump talking points Thursday and delivered a level-headed, fact-based address to the state that urged his constituents to remain calm but vigilant when it comes to the coronavirus. Read full story here.

ND epidemiologist answers questions about coronavirus

FARGO — The spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, the respiratory disease it causes, is a situation that's changing day-by-day, even hour-by-hour around the world and in our region. Reader questions answered here.

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