1. Fargo Cass Public Health to use mobile units, clinics to increase vaccinations

Public health officials are preparing to conduct smaller vaccination clinics and mobile vaccination efforts to reach segments of the population that haven’t gotten the jab to protect against COVID-19.

Suzanne Schaefer, director of nursing for Fargo Cass Public Health, said the vaccination focus will broaden and won’t rely as heavily on getting people to the Community Vaccination Center for shots.

Walk-in clinics and mobile units will be employed, Schaefer told members of the Fargo Board of Health, which oversees public health efforts, on Friday, April 16.

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2. Cass County deputies can restrain suspects at distance with new device

Three Bola Wraps like the one shown here have been purchased by the Cass County Sheriff's Office. Special to The Forum
Three Bola Wraps like the one shown here have been purchased by the Cass County Sheriff's Office. Special to The Forum

Cass County Sheriff’s deputies have a new less-lethal device to restrain suspects.

Deputies have started training to use the Bola Remote Restraint Wrap System, a tool that deploys a cord with two anchors made to wrap around its target, the sheriff's office said in a news release Friday, April 16. The cord can wrap around the arms and torso or legs to temporarily restrain a suspect.

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3. Gov. Doug Burgum signs bill allowing North Dakota schools to post Ten Commandments

Forum file photo
Forum file photo

Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation Friday, April 16, authorizing North Dakota public schools to post the Ten Commandments in classrooms.

The bill cleared the House and Senate by wide margins earlier this session after lawmakers included provisions to gird against possible lawsuits, including one portion requiring that displays of the Judeo-Christian text appear alongside other historical documents.

In a statement on the decision, Burgum said the bill "clarifies the existing authority" for schools to display culturally, historically and legally significant religious symbols in the context of other similar objects.

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4. North Dakota lawmakers greenlight pilot program for extra-long trucks

A three-trailer road train rolls through western Australia. Special to The Forum
A three-trailer road train rolls through western Australia. Special to The Forum

The extra-long semitrailer trucks sometimes called "road trains" may be headed for a road near you soon, after a trial run for the vehicles cleared a final legislative hurdle on Friday, April 16.

Both the North Dakota House and Senate greenlighted a pilot program for the truck platoons on Friday, sending the proposal to Gov. Doug Burgum's desk. The measure passed the Senate in a 39-6 vote and cleared the House 70-22 later in the day.

If signed into law, Senate Bill 2026 would introduce the long truck platoons to North Dakota roads in a limited-scope pilot program overseen by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Plans are already in place for the big trucks to start running in the northwest corner of the state, near Crosby, according to Minot Republican Sen. Oley Larsen, who sponsored the bill.

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5. Fargo candlelight vigil remembers Daunte Wright, shot by police in Brooklyn Center

A candlelight vigil is held in memory of Daunte Wright on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Island Park, Fargo. Wright was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
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A candlelight vigil is held in memory of Daunte Wright on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Island Park, Fargo. Wright was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

North Dakota State University student Iva Buckley said she feels kind of helpless when it comes to what can be done after another young unarmed Black man died at the hands of police in the region this past week.

She said she found a small way to feel empowered by joining about 150 other predominantly white, young people at a Fargo candlelight vigil for Daunte Wright, who died in a fatal shooting after he was pulled over for expired license plates in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center last Sunday, April 11.

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