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5 things to know today: Mask mandates, Education rally, Insurance fraud, 'Cash mob', Trey Lance

A rundown of some of the best stories found on InForum.

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Demonstrators gathered outside the North Dakota Capitol in support of a proposal to ban mask mandates on April 5, 2021. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

1. North Dakota bans state officials from mandating masks despite governor's veto

North Dakota lawmakers have overridden Gov. Doug Burgum’s veto on a bill that will bar state officials from issuing mask mandates in the future.

The North Dakota Legislature may be the first in the nation to pass a sweeping prohibition on mask requirements imposed by the executive branch, though elected officials in a few other states have considered banning mask mandates in some form.

Read more from Forum News Service's Jeremy Turley

2. Crowd rallies at NDSU to condemn legislation that would penalize universities with ties to abortion providers

NDSU professors and faculty hold homemade signs that they brought to the rally for academic freedom held in response to legislation aimed at an NDSU sex-ed program that involves Planned Parenthood on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at NDSU’s Memorial Union in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum


A North Dakota legislative proposal that rings with an anti-abortion tinge was the target of a rally on the North Dakota State University campus on Thursday afternoon, April 22.

The 60 rallygoers gathered not to advocate for abortion rights, which weren't even mentioned, but to express concern about academic freedom, university research programs, educational opportunities and political overreach into public universities and colleges.

Read more from The Forum's Barry Amundson

3. 7 accused of running car insurance fraud ring in Fargo

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Seven people face criminal charges in Fargo for allegedly running a car insurance fraud ring where they crashed into each other's vehicles and collected insurance money for profit.

Cass County prosecutors filed last week felony charges of conspiracy to commit a fraudulent insurance act and illegally conducting an enterprise against Fargo residents Connor Del Marum, Jamal Dantrell Neita, Zachary Scott Norquist, Tarron Lashon Spragging, Emmanuel Essam, Elijah Darne Stone and Steven Stone. Neita appeared Monday in court on the charges, and arrest warrants are out for the remaining defendants.

Read more from The Forum's April Baumgarten


4. Moorhead mayor kicks off 'cash mob' to draw support for city restaurants

Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson, seen in this photo from Feb. 21, 2021, is launching "Cash Mob Moorhead" in an effort to call attention to supporting local restaurants. David Samson/The Forum

Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson is launching a new way for residents to support local restaurants that have been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carlson is rebranding an idea which originated from West Allis, Wis. Mayor Dan Devine . After hearing about Devine's "Cash Mob West Allis" from a friend, Carlson started "Cash Mob Moorhead" as a way of highlighting local restaurants and rallying support behind them.

Read more from The Forum's Thomas Evanella

5. Former NDSU quarterback Lance, Bison football dynasty featured in new documentary 'NDSQBU'

North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, left, celebrates the NCAA Division I FCS title with teammate Dawson Weber in Frisco, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 11. 2020. David Samson / The Forum

A documentary on former North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance and the Bison football dynasty is set to premiere on TheAnalyst.com at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, when Stats Perform tells the story of "NDSQBU: The Emergence of Trey Lance in an Unlikely College Football Dynasty."


Lance is expected to be a top-10 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, which would make him the second Bison quarterback drafted in the top 10 since 2016 when the Philadelphia Eagles selected Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall. The 2021 NFL Draft is April 29-May 1 in Cleveland.

Read more from The Forum's Eric Peterson

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