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5 things to know today: Action threshold, Biden visit, Electric vehicles, City attorney, KVRR sale

A select rundown of stories found on InForum.

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The West Fargo School Board and district staff met during a special meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 30 to discuss its COVID-19 metrics. Wendy Reuer/Pioneer and Forum
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1. West Fargo School Board decides to keep COVID-19 policies unchanged as one school nears threshold for action

With one elementary school at the threshold of forcing the board to consider a building closure, the West Fargo School Board decided Tuesday, Nov. 30, not to tweak its policy at this time, but try to help everyone understand a building closure is an option, not a mandate if positive case numbers reach a certain level.

The board met Tuesday to discuss eliminating part of their COVID-19 mitigation strategy that states a school could move to distance learning if 5% of the population has active cases of the coronavirus.

On Nov. 30, Legacy Elementary School reported 25 active positive cases in students at the school and two staff cases, which is 5.2% of the total school population.

Read more from The Forum's Wendy Reuer

2. 'It's time for action': President Joe Biden praises $4 billion boost to Minnesota during stop in Rosemount

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recently approved $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure package Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin
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President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Nov. 30, trumpeted the more than $4 billion set to come to Minnesota as part of a federal infrastructure law signed into law earlier this month and made a pitch for the passage of another $1.9 trillion spending plan.

Inside a heavy truck shop at the Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota, the president spoke with Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party leaders, students and others about the school and its role in educating the next batch of skilled laborers. And he made a pitch for Congress to move his proposed Build Back Better Plan.

Read more from Forum News Service's Dana Ferguson

3. Electric vehicle charging network to link Minnesota, North Dakota reservations seeking freedom from oil

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Electric vehicle enthusiasts gathered at the North Dakota Capitol during a tailgate event June 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of the North Dakota Department of Transportation
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A recently funded partnership between clean energy groups on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota and the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota is aiming to expand access to electric vehicles for Midwest tribes.

Backers of the project say it’s one more step toward independence from fossil fuels on two reservations that have fought major oil pipelines in recent years.

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The $6.7 million awarded as a joint grant to the Standing Rock Renewable Energy Authority (SAGE) and Minneapolis-based Native Sun Community Power Development will go toward the installation of more than 120 new electric vehicle charging stations to help link the tribal communities, which are separated by about 475 miles.

Read more from The Forum's Adam Willis

4. New Fargo city attorney, law firm selected

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The new primary city attorney selected on Monday night was longtime assistant Nancy Morris, at right, who is pictured at City Hall with Jane Dynes, who is president of the Serkland Law Firm. The firm submitted the winning proposal to take over city civil and prosecution operations from the Erik Johnson Law Firm. Morris will be assisted by a team of others with the Serkland firm, including Dynes. Barry Amundson / The Forum

With longtime assistant Nancy Morris as the new primary city attorney, the Serkland Law Firm has been selected to represent the city for five years in civil and prosecution matters.

The decision was approved on Monday night, Nov. 29, by the Fargo City Commission on a unanimous vote.

Serkland, which provided one of two proposals for the contract, said it intends to approach representing Fargo as a team, although Morris would be the main provider of legal services and sit with the City Commission at meetings.

Read more from The Forum's Barry Amundson

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5. Forum, WDAY-TV plan to acquire KVRR-TV in Fargo, KQDS-TV in Duluth

The KVRR-TV studio in Fargo is seen in this 2013 file photo. Forum Communications Co., parent company of WDAY-TV, has reached an agreement with Red River Broadcast Co. to acquire the Fargo-based Fox affiliate KVRR-TV and the Duluth-based KQDS, company leaders announced Tuesday, Nov. 30. The Forum

Forum Communications Co., parent company of WDAY-TV, has reached an agreement with Red River Broadcast Co. to acquire the Fargo-based Fox affiliate KVRR-TV and the Duluth-based KQDS, company leaders announced Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The acquisition of KVRR expands Forum Communications’ reach in the Fargo market, bringing WDAY’s award-winning legacy of television broadcasting together with the KVRR team.

The addition of KQDS marks an expansion into a new TV market but one familiar to Forum Communications, which owns the Duluth News Tribune.

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