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Here is your InForum Minute for Thursday, Jan. 27.

ROCHESTER — According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, just under 80% of Minnesota nursing home workers are vaccinated for COVID-19. North Dakota and South Dakota follow close behind, at just over 78% staff vaccination rates.

Though these are higher than the percentages of care workers vaccinated in Oklahoma and Missouri, they come in 10 points lower than the 90% and higher staff vaccination rates in California, New York, Colorado and Alaska.

Thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision allowing vaccine mandates in health care, Minnesota and the Dakotas having 20% of nursing home workers unvaccinated may soon become a staffing problem. Full story here.

Clay County Public Health offers vaccination clinics Jan. 27, Feb. 2

Vaccination is the best way to protect against COVID-19.
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MOORHEAD — Clay County Public Health plans to offer vaccination clinics on Thursday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Feb. 2.


All shots are by appointment.

During clinics set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Feb. 2, first, second and booster doses of Moderna will be available for those 18 and older.

Also, first, second and booster doses of Pfizer will be available for those 12 and older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 2. Full story here.

Upfront about his felony record, nonprofit leader announces bid for Cass County Commission

A bearded man wears a flat-bill hat that reads "hustle harder."
Adam Martin, founder and CEO of F5 Project.
Contributed / Adam Martin

FARGO — "From criminal to commissioner." That’s Adam Martin’s goal this year.

Martin is running for Cass County Commission in District 4, or West Fargo, he told The Forum shortly after he published a Tweet about his candidacy. The seat is currently held by Duane Breitling, who was elected to the post in 2018.

Cass County Commissioner Rick Steen is also up for reelection this year, but the Cass County Auditor’s Office has not received official paperwork for any incumbents or challengers. Full story here.

As North Dakota schools struggle to get milk, governor signs emergency order

Kennedy Elementary students getting milk
Lindy Hanson, left, and Alex Paulson, students at Kennedy Elementary School, pick up milk for their classroom Thursday in Fargo. State lawmakers Wednesday rejected an attempt to get state money to pay for milk for kids from low-income families. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order on Tuesday, Jan. 25, aimed at easing the shortage of milk delivery drivers that's causing difficulties in getting milk to dozens of school districts and consumers in North Dakota.

The order, which waives the hours of service requirements for truck drivers delivering milk in the state, is in effect for 30 days and comes after a large North Dakota milk distributor recently went out of business, according to a news release from the governor's office. Full story here.


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