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.
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.
2. Crowd rallies at NDSU to condemn legislation that would penalize universities with ties to abortion providers
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.
3. 7 accused of running car insurance fraud ring in Fargo
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.
4. Moorhead mayor kicks off 'cash mob' to draw support for city restaurants
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.
5. Former NDSU quarterback Lance, Bison football dynasty featured in new documentary 'NDSQBU'
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.