Check out our coronavirus coverage from when it to affect this region through March 31, here.

North Dakota is 1 of only 9 states ready to safely reopen, Harvard study says

No new deaths were reported Thursday. A total of 31 people have died related to COVID-19. Read the full story here.

2 more coronavirus deaths reported in South Dakota

South Dakota’s number of deaths from COVID-19 increased by two for a total of 31 deaths overall. Read more the full story here.

WDAY logo
listen live
watch live

Minnesota VA planning virtual Memorial Day service

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Thursday, May 7 that it will not hold an in-person public ceremony to celebrate Memorial Day this year because of coronavirus concerns. Read the full story here.

Stearns County now second in Minnesota for coronavirus cases; death toll passes 500 in state

Stevens and Lake Counties report first cases. Read the full story here.

Loyal clientele relieved flotation therapy spa has reopened, calling it 'essential'

Jarrid Gable had to take a hiatus from melting people’s tension away. Read the full story here.



Lack of widespread coronavirus testing in Minnesota long-term care centers a problem, says Eventide CEO

Nursing homes in the Fargo-Moorhead area continue to grapple with new cases of COVID-19, and in some instances, a lack of testing for the novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Grand Forks’ estimated cost of COVID: $12.76 million

As the coronavirus pandemic drags down the U.S. economy, Grand Forks city leaders are staring at a multi-million-dollar budget gap. Read the full story here.

Grand Forks Fire Station 5 closed after firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

A Grand Forks firefighter has been placed in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. Fire Station 5, located at 1002 47th Ave. S., has been closed for disinfecting, and two additional firefighters have been quarantined as a precaution. Read the full story here.

Detroit Lakes bait and tackle shop prepares for walleye opener amid COVID-19

Not many boats were on the water Tuesday in Detroit Lakes, but Quality Bait & Tackle still saw a few customers.

The shop expects to see many more during the walleye opener Saturday, May 9. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 guidelines for the Minnesota walleye opener

Even though most people who go out fishing are already more than six feet apart, there are some COVID-19 guidelines authorities want to remind anglers of ahead of the Saturday, May 9, walleye opener in Minnesota. Read the full story here.

Fargo nursing home hit hard by COVID-19 outbreak with 12 new cases

A skilled nursing care facility here is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 after reporting a single case one week ago. Read the full story here.

Burgum to cut down on daily coronavirus press conferences

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will begin holding fewer press conferences on the state's approach to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Supply shortage puts COVID-19 testing events on hold around North Dakota

North Dakota's ability to process test samples for the coronavirus experienced a major slowdown over the weekend. Read the full story here.

Minn. House expands HAVA dollars to make elections safer as coronavirus spreads

With the November 2020 election mere months away and the coronavirus pandemic dragging on, Minnesota lawmakers are expanding the permissible use of federal elections dollars for coronavirus response at the polls. Read the full story here.

'Ready to open now': Businesses, GOP lawmakers press Walz to let more sectors open

Business owners, members of the clergy and Republican state lawmakers on Monday, May 4, renewed their appeals to Gov. Tim Walz to speed the process of reopening sectors shuttered due to the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

NDSU, other local colleges hold virtual graduations for 2020 class

North Dakota State University and other area schools will host virtual graduations because of the coronavirus pandemic, while others discuss plans on how to honor their graduates. Read the full story here.

ND Highway Patrol sees uptick in speeding during pandemic

The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported Monday, May 4, a jump in speeding between March 15 and April 15. Read the full story here.

4 more North Dakotans from Cass County die from coronavirus; state reports record for total tests completed in one day

Four more people, all of whom lived in Cass County, have died after contracting the coronavirus in North Dakota, according to numbers released Friday, May 1. Read the full story here.

Thrift stores set new shopping and donation procedures in response to coronavirus pandemic

The best thing they can give people right now is safety. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus cases again surge in Minnesota communities with meat processing plants

State officials said heightened testing in those counties fueled the jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases. Read the full story here.

'I think about what life could have been like for them': Local family devastated by Spanish flu doing its part to fight COVID-19

Long-time teacher Keith Jones says he has one mission when he teaches a history class. Read the full story here.

Downtown businesses cautious to reopen despite Gov. Burgum’s ND Smart Restart plan

Downtown Fargo businesses aren’t rushing to open their doors now that Gov. Doug Burgum has said some will be allowed to resume operations May 1. Read the full story here.

Happy Harry's RibFest canceled at the Fargodome

The annual event was scheduled June 3-6. Read the full story here.

HEROES: Detroit Lakes man does all he can to inspire, motivate others during stay-at-home period

Dave Harman's helping hands have been turned to everything from maintaining the DLCCC's facilities and preparing for when they reopen, to mentoring his former crew of youth counselors from when he ran the YMCA's Camp Cormorant — or dressing up as the Easter Bunny to visit the homes of friends and neighbors during Easter weekend. Read the full story here.

100 more NDSU students to trace contacts of coronavirus patients

When North Dakota State University student Sarah Swartz was asked if she would help the state trace the spread of the coronavirus, she knew it was the chance of a lifetime. Read the full story here.

Cass County Jail sees more coronavirus cases

Two more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at the Cass County Jail since an inmate tested positive nearly three weeks ago, but Sheriff Jesse Jahner says the illness is not spreading inside the facility. Read the full story here.

Narcan, clean needles now available curbside in Fargo

Fargo Cass Public Health is now offering curbside delivery of clean syringes and Narcan, an antidote for opioid overdoses, to the public at the agency's Harm Reduction Office at 510 5th St. N. Read the full story here.

Convalescent plasma donors still needed from recovered COVID-19 patients

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Vitalant are asking individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered to consider donating their plasma, also known as convalescent plasma. Read the full story here.

Minn. legislators move forward bill to release some nonviolent offenders during coronavirus pandemic

As lawmakers face increasing pressure to take action to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota correctional facilities, state legislators have moved forward a bill overhauling public safety practices for the duration of the pandemic. Read the full story here.

Not quite ready to return to work during COVID-19? Your job could be in jeopardy

Employees of restaurants, gyms, hair salons and other establishments in North Dakota who just aren’t comfortable yet going back to work as some of those businesses reopen Friday, May 1, during the COVID-19 pandemic might be at risk of losing their jobs. Read the full story here.

Catholic churches in North Dakota allowed to hold in-person Mass starting next week

Catholics in North Dakota can return to their churches for Mass beginning Monday, May 4, with some restrictions in place as the coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S. Read the full story here.

Businesses warned to stay in compliance as North Dakota begins ‘Smart Restart’

A warning was issued to businesses during an April 30 conference call sponsored by The Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce to discuss Gov. Doug Burgum's "North Dakota Smart Restart" protocols: If you don't comply with safety protocols designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, you could be shut down. Read the full story here.

LIVE: Gov. Burgum to hold press briefing on COVID-19 pandemic, April 30

Watch now

Not quite ready to return to work during COVID-19? Your job could be in jeopardy

An attorney said employers should spell out all precautions being taken as businesses reopen and workers return. Read the full story here.

If North Dakota cancels high school golf, Fargo Country Club has a one-day solution for seniors

The sight of a couple of high school seniors walking around the Fargo Country Club carrying their team bags tugged at FCC head professional Mark Johnson. Their final year of competition is hanging in the balance with the distinct possibility of it never happening because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

Catholic churches in North Dakota allowed to hold in-person Mass starting next week

Bishop John Folda says he'll lift the suspension due to coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Minnesota's stay-at-home order to remain in place through May 18

Gov. Tim Walz announced the extension and some tweaks to the order Thursday in St. Paul. Read the full story here.

Daily COVID-19 testing climbs by another 500 in Minnesota

Nobles County has double the cases of the state capitol; Stearns, Martin counties also become hotspots Read the full story here.

Local organizations form fund to cover discounts for health care workers at participating restaurants

A group of local organizations have established a “Hospitality for Healthcare” fund to provide assistance and show support for health care workers, first responders and community restaurants through food. Read the full story here.

North Dakota tests nearly 2,000 people for COVID-19 in one day

As cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in North Dakota, so do the state’s testing numbers. Read the full story here.

New Life Center reports first COVID-19 case

Fargo shelter said all who may have been in contact with individual will be tested Friday. Read the full story here.

Veterinary practices change protocol to care for pets during COVID-19

Eateries aren’t the only places offering curbside service during COVID-19. Veterinary practices are operating curbside to take care of pets while practicing social distancing. Read for the full story here.

Art Dude' from Fargo museum offers visual lessons online

The man who goes by Hayden the Art Dude has been making his dreams come true by posting daily tutorials. Read the full story here.

Burgum's restart of North Dakota's economy is a calculated gamble

Brent Tehven and his staff at the Herd & Horns Sports Bar and Grill have been removing tables and chairs from the tavern in preparation for reopening as North Dakota eases its way into a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

ACLU seeking records on whether coronavirus has infected North Dakota inmates

A civil rights group has asked North Dakota to release documents expected to reveal if the coronavirus has infected state prison inmates and whether officials knew about “the potentially catastrophic impacts of COVID-19 on their prisons and the communities surrounding them.” Read the full story here.

UND med school, Altru partner to provide testing solution for COVID-19

Researchers at Altru Health System and the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences have partnered on the production of a laboratory medium useful for testing COVID-19. Read the full story here.

More than 100 LM Wind Power employees have tested positive for COVID-19, state health department says

More than 140 LM Wind Power employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to data reported to the North Dakota Department of Health, 145 LM employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The number includes 130 North Dakotans and 15 from out of state, according to the health department. Read the full story here.

City governments to decide when businesses can 'Get Back to Normal' in South Dakota

South Dakota’s elected city officials have control of whether to lift restrictions on businesses in their jurisdictions, just as they did before Gov. Noem released her “Get Back to Normal” plan. Read the full story here.

Union leaders say North Dakota needs to step up worker safety, housing and food policies during pandemic

Area union leaders and advocacy organizations banded together Wednesday, April 29, during an online press conference to voice their concerns and make recommendations to the state on how to better support working families. Read the full story here.

Additional Fargo and Grand Forks nursing homes hit with COVID-19

More senior care facilities in North Dakota are feeling the effects of COVID-19, the illness caused by a new coronavirus that's most dangerous to elderly populations. Read the full story here.

Sanford Health, Essentia Health launch COVID-19 antibody testing across Upper Midwest

Sanford Health and Essentia Health are launching system-wide testing that can detect if someone has been infected with the coronavirus, even if they never got sick or showed any symptoms. Read the full story here.

Minnesota tests almost 3,000 for COVID-19 in one day

The state continued to accelerate testing this week, reaching nearly 3,000 tests in a single day.

The record-setting 2,915 tests given on Tuesday, April 28 were offered by differing health systems working under integrated direction by a virtual lab within Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Read the full story here.

Plan to reopen universities this fall has 'full support' of Gov. Doug Burgum

Students across the North Dakota University System may be heading back to campus this fall.

After more than an hour of discussion during its regular meeting Wednesday, April 29, the State Board of Higher Education is moving toward reopening campuses again in 2020. Read the full story here.

While some ND businesses are ready to reopen, others will take longer to prepare

The taps will start flowing at Pub West in West Fargo at 10 o'clock Friday morning, May 1, when North Dakota's business closure order ends. Read the full story here.

Fargo pegged as potential coronavirus hot spot as North Dakota plans to ease restrictions

Fargo has been identified as among the 15 metropolitan areas with the greatest potential to emerge as coronavirus infection hot spots. Read the full story here.

North Dakota union leaders aim to 'hold employers accountable' during pandemic

While North Dakota union leaders and some of the more than 20,000 union members were virtually gathered Tuesday, April 27, to honor the 26 people who died on the job last year, the main topic of conversation was the danger posed to workers from the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Kandiyohi County's first reported COVID-19 death is skilled nursing facility resident

The first death from COVID-19 has been reported in Kandiyohi County.

Bethesda, a nonprofit providing both residential and community health care to seniors in west central Minnesota, confirmed via a news release Tuesday afternoon that an affected resident of Bethesda Grand in Willmar has died due to COVID-19 complications. Read the full story here.

A maskless Pence visits Mayo

Vice President Mike Pence spent the day in Rochester on Tuesday, April 28, spotlighting the work of Mayo Clinic in fighting the coronavirus global pandemic, but his message was undercut by his decision to not wear a face mask in violation of clinic policy. Read the full story here.

Minn. legislators race toward ag omnibus agreement as coronavirus strains already volatile market

With the clock ticking on Minnesota's 2020 legislative session and the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the country's already faltering agricultural economy, state lawmakers are picking up the pace for this year's sweeping agricultural bill package. Read the full story here.

Minnesota colleges, universities cautiously plan to reopen campuses in fall

Minnesota universities and colleges are planning to welcome college students back to campus this fall, but the terms of their reopening are still being worked out. Read the full story here.

North Dakota dentists get OK to resume routine dental care on May 1

North Dakota dentists will soon have the option of opening their practices beyond the emergency cases they’ve been treating while suspending routine dental care during the coronavirus crisis. Read the full story here.

More COVID-19 cases at Fargo memory care center, rural North Dakota nursing homes

A memory care and assisted living facility here is reporting new cases of COVID-19, as more nursing homes in rural North Dakota are beginning to see the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Minnesota hits 365 coronavirus cases in one day

Kandiyohi County, home of the Willmar turkey processing plant outbreak, has first death. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 cases rise by 49 in North Dakota; Cass County accounts for nearly half of state's total

Forty-one of the new cases Tuesday came from Cass County, which encompasses Fargo and West Fargo. Read the full story here.

Moorhead High School yearbook will capture student life during the pandemic

The end of spring break typically brings many photo opportunities for yearbook producers, but with schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, they're turning to new ideas to fill the pages. Read the full story here.

Fargo restaurants, patrons eagerly await Friday reopening

After being closed for more than a month, North Dakota bars, restaurants and personal care services will be permitted to reopen to on-site customers this week. Read the full story here.

North Dakota State Mill demand shifts to retail as pandemic continues

The mill has had one employee test positive for COVID-19 and is monitoring employee health and mandating protective equipment. Read the full story here.

How local parents forced to become teachers are finding balance between work and learning for young children

Losing day care during pandemic has upended lives of families throughout metro. Read the full story here.

BND approved to assist businesses in pandemic recovery efforts

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has authorized the Bank of North Dakota to provide two financing programs to assist North Dakota businesses in obtaining long-term, low-interest loans to assist in the state's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

Group 3D prints thousands of 'mask mates' for local health care workers

A local effort to create thousands of surgical mask bands kicked off after the husband of a Fargo nurse learned of his wife’s struggles wearing masks for extended periods while at work. Read the full story here.

Adult foster care home adjusts to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant changes in many aspects of life — especially in senior care communities. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum provides update on COVID-19 in North Dakota, April 27

Watch now

Coronavirus illnesses spike at Fargo nursing home, as cases rise statewide

Cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota nursing homes have spiked in recent days, a rising risk to those most vulnerable to the disease caused by a novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

'We’re just trying to uncover every stone we can': Farmers, states scramble to keep animals in play

As meatpacking plant workers fall ill with COVID-19 and some shutter, state leaders seek creative answers to avoid euthanizing animal. Read the full story here.

Fargo man's hole-in-one in COVID-19 era begs question: Will there be fewer aces this year?

The first hole-in-one of Gene Scarberry’s life will go down as historic, in more ways than one. Last week, on the first day golfers were allowed on the Fargo Country Club’s par-3 course, Scarberry took a 7-iron and aced the 159-yard fourth hole. Read the full story here.

Minnesota reports 14 additional COVID-19 deaths on Monday

Nobles County cases continue to climb, statewide testing double that of last week. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 claims two more North Dakotans as cases climb in Cass and Grand Forks counties

The state health department on Monday announced 75 new cases of COVID-19, marking the second highest single-day total since the outbreak started last month. Read the full story here.

Native American small businesses, casinos now eligible for federal loans

About 40% of the 400 employees at the 4Bears Casino and Lodge on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in central North Dakota were furloughed, with the others remaining on the payroll after it was closed on March 20. Read the full story here.

North Dakota processes most coronavirus tests in a single day, confirms 39 additional cases

North Dakota has set a record for the number of tests it has conducted, with Thursday's batch confirming 39 additional coronavirus cases, according to numbers release Friday, April 24. Read the full story here.

Mass coronavirus testing in Fargo not for general public

The North Dakota National Guard is getting ready to start another round of mass testing for COVID-19 Saturday, April 25, but it won't be for the general public. Read the full story here.

Gwinner Bobcat plant shuts down temporarily with possible first coronavirus case

After a Doosan Bobcat manufacturing company employee in Gwinner self-reported a presumptive case of COVID-19, the plant has canceled shifts for 24 hours starting Friday afternoon, April 24. Read the full story here.

LIVE: Gov. Burgum to provide update on COVID-19 in North Dakota, April 24

Watch now

Wanted: Your COVID-19 pandemic stories to preserve a piece of history in North Dakota and Minnesota

State agencies ask residents to help document the crisis. Read the full story here.

After years behind a desk, VA professionals grab scrubs and hit the floor again to join the fight against the pandemic

The last time Angela Homuth of the Fargo Veterans Affairs Health Care System worked in inpatient care, she wore all white scrubs, a hot pink fanny pack and matching stethoscope. But Homuth, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, packed all of that up 22 years ago to take a desk job as a diabetes educator, working with a team of other professionals to help veterans navigate living well with diabetes. Read the full story here.

Help for ex-spouses navigating child custody arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic

Navigating parenting time as part of a child custody arrangement can be difficult in the best of circumstances. Read the full story here.

Fargo's hospital chaplains on pandemic’s front lines 'still connecting' to help patients 'find that light'

At a time when medicines can’t defeat an invisible enemy like the coronavirus, hospital chaplains Katie Menne and Greg Crosswhite know what to do. Read the full story here.

Local grocery store moves to delivery and pick-up only

Lalit Sami Saravana has always been a leader, and now, during the coronavirus pandemic, he’s beginning to wonder when more people are going to start following his example. Read the full story.

National Guard, health officials conduct more than 700 COVID-19 tests in Grand Forks testing event

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Grand Forks County, a second mass testing event was held in Grand Forks on Thursday, April 23.

The testing event, originally meant for close contacts of LM Wind Power plant employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and JR Simplot employees, began at noon Thursday. Read the full story here.

Jennie-O officials consider pause in operations at Willmar plant

The situation is changing quickly at Jennie-O Turkey Store's Willmar Avenue plant, where cases of COVID-19 were confirmed earlier this week.

In a brief phone call at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, Jennie-O President Steve Lykken said the company is reviewing new information and is now considering a possible “pause” in the operations of the plant, one of the company's two turkey processing plants in Willmar. Jennie-O operates seven total processing plants in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Read the full story here.

North Dakota unemployment insurance trust to get coronavirus relief funds

The North Dakota unemployment insurance trust fund is set to be bolstered by money from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced on Thursday, April 23, that relief fund money can be used to support the trust fund, which was looking at insolvency due to skyrocketing unemployment insurance claims in the state. Previously, relief funds were not allowed to be used for that purpose. Without an infusion of cash, the trust was looking at insolvency as early as June. Read the full story here.

National Guard to hold mass coronavirus testing in Fargo

The North Dakota National Guard plans to hold large-scale coronavirus testing Saturday, April 25, at the Fargodome.

The testing will target people who have been in close contact with positive cases and people who are symptomatic, according to Lt. Col. Patrick Flanagan. It’s unknown how many tests will be available. Read the full story here.

Grand Forks Simplot plant declines request for mass coronavirus testing

The major target for coronavirus testing in Grand Forks Thursday, April 23, was, for the most part, a no-show. Read the full story here.

Cleaning companies remain operational, adapting to what may be industry’s new norm

Cleaning businesses are no longer just making homes pretty, but keeping spaces safe in the age of COVID-19. Read the full story here.

CDC releases report on conditions at Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls

The report outlines a need for better efforts to translate information on how employees should report symptoms and how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and ways to provide and maintain a more sanitized workplace. Read the full story here.

North Dakota farmer plows COVID-19 message in field

In 2018, news outlets across the country shared Hanson's photo of cows forming the shape of a cross. And in 2017, a message about standing for the national anthem led to a supportive tweet from President Donald Trump. Read the full story here.

North Dakota reports 15th coronavirus death

The state reported an additional 32 positive tests for the respiratory illness Thursday morning, bringing the total to 709. Read the full story here.

Minnesota hits new COVID-19 death milestone

Among 21 deaths reported were patients in Clay, Winona, Olmsted, Washington, Ramsey and Hennepin counties. The state also hit new highs for testing and total cases. Read the full story here.

Elton John postpones Fargodome concert

Elton John has postponed the remainder of his 2020 tour dates in North America, including a June 13 concert at the Fargodome. Read the full story here.

Sanford, Essentia preparing to provide antibody testing for coronavirus exposure

Sanford Health is working to assure the reliability of testing to detect antibodies to the coronavirus — a marker of whether a person has been exposed to the virus — with the eventual capacity to perform 1,200 tests daily.

Public health officials and health providers have said antibody testing will be critical in a phased return to normal. Antibodies are developed by the immune system in response to an infection and could mean the person has acquired immunity. Read the full story here.

Coming soon to Minnesota: COVID-19 testing for all

Minnesota is about to become the first state in the nation to test every person with the symptoms of coronavirus.

In a joint show of cooperation following agreements executed earlier that morning, Gov. Tim Walz and state health officials announced Wednesday, April 22 a $36 million alliance linking the Minnesota Department of Health, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and the state's leading health systems in a program to offer free, speedy testing for coronavirus to all who need it. Read the full story here.

Health officials investigating influx of COVID-19 cases in northeastern SD county

South Dakota’s positive COVID-19 caseload increased by 103 cases and the death total rose to nine as of Wednesday, April 22, according to state health officials.

The state's ninth confirmed COVID-19 related death is a Minnehaha man in his 80s, according to information from the South Dakota Department of Health. Read the full story here.

Safety precautions during coronavirus pandemic apply to farmers, too

Though farmers, by the nature of their business, typically practice social distancing, they haven’t been exempt from making some changes to the way they handle farming operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum provides update on COVID-19 in North Dakota, April 22

Watch now

Sanford preparing to provide antibody testing in Fargo for coronavirus exposure

Sanford Health is validating the reliability of testing to detect antibodies to the coronavirus — a marker of whether a person has been exposed to the virus — with the capacity to perform 1,200 tests daily. Read the full story here.

City of Fargo hosts COVID-19 public briefing

Watch now

Cass County man is youngest in North Dakota to die from COVID-19

Fourteen North Dakota residents have now died from the illness, which has claimed more than 40,000 lives nationwide. Read the full story here.

Myers: Even in a pandemic, the patients are still people

A recent emergency room visit revealed the extreme measures being taken to protect healthcare workers in this time of pandemic, which are wise and good, until they forget that the people walking in the sliding doors are just that -- people -- in need of care. Read the full story here.

Employee says some quarantined LM Wind Power workers feel singled out by community

An employee of a factory that has been linked to most of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Grand Forks says the community should unite around workers at the plant. Read the full story here.

Cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Jennie-O turkey plant in Willmar

Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar confirmed Tuesday evening, April 21, that an unspecified number of employees have tested positive for coronavirus at their turkey processing plant. Read the full story here.

Fargo-Moorhead homeless shelters see first confirmed virus cases

The Fargo-Moorhead area's homeless shelters have seen their first confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Churches United Executive Director Sue Koesterman said a person became ill Monday night and the results came back Tuesday morning, April 21, with a positive diagnosis. Read the full story here.

Employee at Thief River Falls pharmacy tests positive for COVID-19

Another nursing home here has joined others in the state in reporting the presence of COVID-19, the illness caused by a highly contagious novel coronavirus.

Villa Maria at 3102 S. University Drive was added Tuesday, April 21, to the North Dakota Department of Health’s list of long-term care facilities with confirmed cases. It’s reported to have one COVID-19 case. Read the full story here.

More North Dakota nursing homes report COVID-19; widespread testing scheduled for Fargo facility

Another nursing home here has joined others in the state in reporting the presence of COVID-19, the illness caused by a highly contagious novel coronavirus.

Villa Maria at 3102 S. University Drive was added Tuesday, April 21, to the North Dakota Department of Health’s list of long-term care facilities with confirmed cases. It’s reported to have one COVID-19 case. Read the full story here.

In first for Sanford Health, Fargo COVID-19 patient injected with plasma treatment

Sanford Health has given a patient critically ill with COVID-19 an infusion of plasma from someone who has recovered from the virus, the first use of the novel treatment by the health system.

The experimental treatment of a patient in Fargo is part of a national clinical trial to test the effect of antibody rich blood plasma in treating the illness caused by the coronavirus. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is leading the trial. Read the full story here.

17 more deaths reported in Minnesota; cases spike in Nobles County

State health officials on Tuesday, April 21, sought to emphasize their focus on long-term care settings and the unique vulnerabilities of nursing homes and assisted living centers as areas of high risk for the coronavirus outbreak now in its second month.

Fourteen of the 17 deaths reported Tuesday were among individuals in long-term care settings, the continuation of a trend in which long-term care residents make up roughly a third of the state's total confirmed cases, yet 113, or two-thirds, of the state's 160 deaths. Read the full story here.

Only 17 new coronavirus cases confirmed in North Dakota on 'disappointing' low-testing day

The North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, April 21, confirmed only 17 new cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus. It's the lowest daily total in new cases since April 13, but Gov. Doug Burgum said that's not an encouraging sign that the outbreak is letting up. Read the full story here.

North Dakota sees deadliest day of COVID-19 outbreak as oil markets hit rock bottom

North Dakota has seen its deadliest day of the COVID-19 outbreak as three more residents were reported to have succumbed to the illness. Read the full story here.

Fargo city leaders at odds over reopening businesses

Despite Fargo Cass Public Health Director Desi Fleming reporting Cass County had its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, two commissioners think it's time to open up the city. Read the full story here.

Groups plead for Walz to take action to prevent prison COVID-19 outbreak

In a letter signed by the Minnesota Board of Public Defense, Justice Action Network, Minnesota Asset Building Coalition and more, state organizations are asking Gov. Tim Walz to protect "some of the most vulnerable among us" from the COVID-19 pandemic: incarcerated Minnesotans. Read the full story here.

North Dakota Mill cleaned, reopened as 10 workers remain quarantined

No new cases of COVID-19 are being reported at the North Dakota Mill after it was announced Sunday, April 19, that one employee had tested positive. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum provides update on COVID-19 in North Dakota, April 20

Watch now

Protesters at Capitol push governor to reopen North Dakota businesses

Gov. Doug Burgum has ordered the closure of concert venues, movie theaters, gyms, nail salons, massage parlors and barber shops since the outbreak of COVID-19 began in mid-March. The order, which also mandates that restaurants and bars stop in-house service, was extended last week until at least April 30. Read the full story here.

Minnesota has sixth straight day of 100 or more added cases

Minnesota reports deaths in Clay, Olmsted, St. Louis, Ramsey and Hennepin counties. Read the full story here.

Sioux Falls pork plant COVID-19 cases near 900; city to ditch proposed stay home order

While the daily number of new cases at the Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls seems to have slowed, state epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton cautioned making any assumptions about the short-term trend. Read the full story here.

Check out our list of auto insurance providers offering premium relief or flexibility

Fewer people are on the road as cars sit in driveways or garages with the owners holed up at home, social distancing. Read the full story here.

3 more deaths reported in North Dakota; COVID-19 cases associated with LM Wind Power continue to rise

State officials say there are now 128 total positive cases associated with the LM Wind Power plant in Grand Forks. Read the full story here.

Gyms, trainers look to stay afloat in ever-changing environment of COVID-19

Despite all gyms shutting down, trainers and instructors are finding ways to keep people fit and healthy. Read the full story here.

Covering Covid: An in-depth look at how local journalists are covering 'the most important story' of their lives

It’s more than a little ironic what's on the wall behind journalist Robin Huebner every time she does an online interview or Facebook Live update from her living room — a small star with the word “Calm” spelled out in the center. Perhaps it’s more aspirational than inspirational. Read the full story here.

North Dakota native seeks visas to allow family to leave Indonesia amid coronavirus outbreak

Scott Hanna grew up in the Hettinger, N.D., area and now lives in Indonesia, where he is the chairman of the board of governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in that country. Read the full story here.

Some smokers kick the habit to prevent severe COVID-19 symptoms, while others are lighting up more

With research showing that smokers are more likely to suffer severe COVID-19 symptoms, health experts are emphasizing the need for people to quit smoking and vaping. Read the full story here.

Positive COVID-19 cases reported at Minnesota pork plant

Any doubt that COVID-19 was circulating in Worthington and the surrounding area has now been erased.

There have been 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the JBS pork plant in Worthington, according to UFCW Local 663, the union representing workers at the meatpacking plant in southwestern Minnesota. Read the full story here.

Cass County sees spike of 29 new COVID-19 cases

Cass County saw its largest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases Friday, April 17, after 29 residents tested positive for coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Farm Rescue avoids coronavirus cases at neighboring business

A farm equipment company that reported nine total cases of COVID-19 among its workers since April 1 is not the only organization based in its facility south of Fargo. Read the full story here.

F-M area firefighters take extra precautions for coronavirus

Fire departments in the Fargo-Moorhead metro are taking steps to protect firefighters from the spread of coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Fargo Digi-Key employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at Digi-Key's Fargo location has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, the company said in a statement. Read the full story here.

Fargo nursing home hit hard by COVID-19 outbreak with 12 new cases

A skilled nursing care facility here is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 after reporting a single case one week ago.

Jon Riewer, CEO and president of Eventide Senior Living Communities, told The Forum 10 residents and two staff members at Eventide Fargo, 3225 51st St. S., have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

New Minnesota golf guidelines have Moorhead courses looking at opening next week

It was as if Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz got a key out of sorts and unlocked the door to the state’s golf courses. Starting Saturday, with restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, players will be able to tee it up. Read the full story here.

More coronavirus cases reported at North Dakota State University

More people within the North Dakota State University community have tested positive for the coronavirus, but the school doesn't plan to release further information on the cases, including numbers and if students have been infected. Read the full story here.

Fargo-based company provides closure for family and friends through webcast funerals

When Shane White and Kyle Fogarty started their funeral webcasting business in 2013, they felt they were bringing an essential service to those who couldn’t be there in person to say goodbye to a loved one. Read the full story here.

Joint effort underway to reopen South Dakota pork plant linked to nearly 800 COVID-19 cases

The Smithfield Foods meat plant in Sioux Falls is one of the largest in the nation, is responsible for 5% of U.S. pork production, and has been designated an essential facility by federal officials. Read the full story here.

North Dakota coronavirus count jumps by 46, the largest single-day increase yet

North Dakota's daily coronavirus count has jumped by 46, making Thursday, April 16, the largest day-over-day jump since the first case was reported, according to numbers released Friday, April 17. Read the full story here.

Toddler survives COVID-19 after 106 fever, parents say

It was one of the scariest moments of my life', mother recalls Read the full story here.

Business is 'blooming' at local gardening centers as more people look to 'get back to the basics'

There are very few local businesses booming these days, as the COVID-19 pandemic is robbing many of that springtime boost in activity, but one exception is local greenhouses and gardening centers. Read the full story here.

Minnesota health care workers quarantine in camper away from family

The Kvetons have already made it through two severe thunderstorms and now temperatures near single digits in just over a week. They are hopeful for a warm-up so they can burn less fuel to keep their home-away-from-home comfortable. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus pandemic makes virtual house calls in vogue. Here's how they work

Patients have embraced video visits in a big way at both Sanford Health and Essentia Health. Read the full story here.

Fewer child abuse reports in Minnesota counties, but advocates still worried

With schools closed and youth organizations and activities suspended, the number of staff who regularly see children and look out for their well-being are largely out of commission right now. Read the full story here.

Horace farm equipment company reports 9 cases of COVID-19

A Fargo-area agricultural product company reported Thursday, April 16, that nine of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Skilled nursing care facility in north Fargo hit with more COVID-19 cases

A long-term care facility in the area with the highest known number of COVID-19 cases is dealing with additional cases of the illness, which is caused by the novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Health officials: Moose Lake prison a 'tinderbox' that could overwhelm local hospitals, entire state

As many as 836 inmates at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake could be expected to come down with symptoms of COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Suspension of North Dakota jury trials extended through July 1

Jury trials in North Dakota will not resume until at least July, according to a state Supreme Court order. Read the full story here.

First declined testing, Fargo woman turns up positive for COVID-19

A Fargo woman who was declined testing for coronavirus is hoping her experience will shed light on the challenges many face when trying to get diagnosed with COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Friday protest outside Minnesota Governor’s Residence seeks end of ‘Stay at Home’ order

A group calling itself “Liberate Minnesota” is using Facebook to organize a protest in front of the Governor’s Residence on Friday, April 17, to demand that Gov. Tim Walz end the stay-at-home order he issued in mid-March to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Health officials conduct drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at LM Wind Power

Hundreds of individuals were able to be tested for COVID-19 in Grand Forks on Thursday , April 16, as state, local and federal health officials conducted a drive-thru testing site in North Dakota for the third time in recent weeks.

The Grand Forks testing site was implemented after nine LM Wind Power workers recently tested positive for COVID-19. Read the full story here.

1 dead from Sioux Falls pork plant COVID-19 outbreak, cases soar past 700, stoking anti-immigrant furor

A significant number of the 3,700-strong Smithfield Foods workforce are immigrants and refugees, a fact that has helped fuel a backlash in Sioux Falls, the state's largest city. In a Thursday morning Facebook Live post, Mayor Paul TenHaken called for city residents to not vilify Smithfield or its workers as enemies. Read the full story here.

Minnesota COVID-19 deaths rise 7, ICU use tops 100 for the first time

University of Minnesota announces it will be able to deliver 10,000 diagnostic and 10,000 serology tests with no shortages Read the full story here.

New jobless filings drop in North Dakota, Minnesota — overall numbers still astronomically high

The number of North Dakotans filing new unemployment claims totaled 10,504 for the week ending April 11.

That's a drop from the week before when 16,167 initial claims were filed, which was a high point in filings since mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began a widespread economic shutdown. Read the full story here.

South Dakota unemployment claims decrease from the previous week

Weekly unemployment claims for the week ending April 11 were down by 1,986 claims from the prior week’s total in South Dakota. Read the full story here.

North Dakota commerce department launches survey to better understand the community impacts of COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has created a North Dakota COVID-19 Community Impact Survey to understand the impacts the virus has had in the state. Read the full story here.

North Dakota hits new single-day high for COVID-19 cases with 28; total approaches 400

An additional 28 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Health said Thursday morning. The total number of positive tests is now approaching 400. Read the full story here.

When can you reopen your business? Here are some places to give feedback in Minnesota

State taking submissions from the public regarding how to safely practice social distancing when reopening their respective business. There have been more than 400 submissions from businesses and labor leaders across the state so far. Read the full story here.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park to close temporarily amid coronavirus pandemic

The Theodore Roosevelt National Park will be close, effective immediately, to recreational use through at least early May, the park announced Thursday. Read the full story here.

Minnesota looks to boost number of contact tracers

Minnesota will need a seriously scaled-up corps of people to retrace the steps — and personal contacts — of those who are infected before the state can begin to return to something approaching normalcy. Read the full story here.

New forecast shows drastic drop in predicted North Dakota deaths from coronavirus

A forecasting model of the coronavirus pandemic that is closely followed by officials now shows a sharp reduction in predicted deaths for North Dakota during the first wave of the outbreak. Read the full story here.

ND health holds targeted COVID-19 testing at Fargo shelter

After several positive tests for coronavirus in Fargo’s homeless population, the North Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday held a targeted testing event at a local shelter. Read the full story here.

North Dakota tribes worried about casino aid, testing

North Dakota tribal leaders expressed deep concerns to federal officials on Wednesday, April 15, about the inability to receive loans for shuttered casinos as well as a lack of testing equipment on their reservations. Read the full story here.

Beadle County sees turnaround in positive COVID-19 cases

Beadle County went from one of the counties with the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases to having zero positive cases in less than a month. Read the full story here.

Mother of Minnesota attorney general Ellison dies of COVID-19 complications

The mother of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who was a child advocate and social worker, died last month and her family has learned she tested positive for coronavirus. Read the full story here.

U of M gets FDA approval to market new low-cost ventilator

COVID-19, meet the University of Minnesota’s Coventor.

The design came together overnight, and took 30 days to perfect: a portable desktop ventilator that costs $1,000 or less to manufacture and can function with or without access to compressed air. Read the full story here.

Ninth F-M area long-term care facility reports COVID-19 case

Two more long-term care facilities in the area have reported the presence of COVID-19, the illness caused by a novel coronavirus that’s the source of a worldwide pandemic. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum provides update on COVID-19 in North Dakota, April 15

Watch now

Who is an 'essential' worker? And does it matter?

The "essential" designation rarely applies to North Dakotans because Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has not ordered residents to stay at home. Read the full story here.

Sanford exec: Fargo-area coronavirus cases less than expected so far; lower surge possible?

Coronavirus infections continue to rise in Cass County — 12 new cases were reported Wednesday, April 15 — but Fargo-Moorhead area officials and health providers said the numbers so far are below projections for a possible surge in patients. Read the full story here.

Domestic abuse calls rise in Fargo during pandemic, but few victims are seeking help through agencies

The CEO of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo describes it as "eerily quiet." Read the full story here.

Minnesota-based Schwan's sees demand increase during pandemic

Born out of a family dairy operation, Schwan's has been delivering food for 68 years. Read the full story here.

Smithfield plant closure could strain regional pork producers

Pork producers across the region are likely to face major challenges in the months ahead after a Sioux Falls, S.D., meatpacking plant announced that it would close indefinitely this week due to a coronavirus outbreak. Read the full story here.

Food banks hit with rising demand, diminishing supplies

Despite growing demand and plummeting donations, Joe Norman wasn’t disappointed with his first trip to the Emergency Food Pantry. Laid off from his job as a cook at a local restaurant because of the coronavirus pandemic, his money, as well as the last of his Ramen noodles at home, are gone. Read the full story here.

COVID-related unemployment hitting women, Minnesotans of color harder

With nonessential businesses shuttered, hundreds of thousands of workers laid off or furloughed and the economy paralyzed, the COVID-19-induced financial hardships are permeating nearly every industry and household. But state data shows that not every Minnesotan is shouldering the burden equally. Read the full story here.

Daily North Dakota oil output drops by 260K barrels; 2,200 jobs lost

Plummeting energy demand and a glut from a price war have forced operators in North Dakota’s Oil Patch to curtail daily production by about 260,000 barrels of crude. Read the full story here.

UND Angel Fund helps students through COVID-19 crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact people’s health and finances, the University of North Dakota's foundation and other organizations are looking to help students through avenues such as the Angel Fund and the UND student food pantry. Read the full story here.

St. Paul-based company shifts to making face shields for health care workers

In a sign of the times, a St. Paul-based company has now shifted to producing personal protective equipment for health care workers.

Until recently — very recently — The Vomela Companies were best known for designing, printing and installing specialty graphics that many of us have seen displayed in stores, wrapped around buses and buildings or commanding our attention at sporting events like March Madness. Read the full story here.

North Dakota officials outline plan for worst-case scenario as coronavirus cases rise in Cass County

Plans are set for dealing with a worst-case scenario in which North Dakota's hospitals are not enough to handle an influx of sick patients, Gov. Doug Burgum said at a news conference on Tuesday, April 14.

Burgum and his chief operating officer, Tammy Miller, detailed the state's strategy for handling a potential surge in hospitalizations related to COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Mayo Clinic reaches out to community for cloth masks

The scarcity of protective face masks has even Mayo Clinic scrambling.

Mayo Clinic issued new guidelines last week requiring all staff, patients and visitors to wear masks, when on the clinic campus. That means all employees, from cleaning staff to clinical workers, should wear masks. That can be challenging when one-time-use, medical-grade N95 masks are in short supply. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum to provide update on COVID-19 in North Dakota, April 14

Watch now

Shooting Star Casino, White Earth Nation open drive-thru coronavirus test site

The Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen has opened a drive-thru rapid testing site to help residents on the White Earth Reservation determine if they have the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

SD governor rejects 'feel good' shelter-in-place order around COVID-19 stricken pork plant, now with 438 cases

Gov. Kristi Noem defended what she called the state's "targeted, intense approach" to the growing number of Smithfield cases and said a stay-home order would not have stopped the spread of the virus at the plant. Read the full story here.

Save our date, maybe? Area brides discuss the coronavirus and what it means to plan or postpone their big day

Area brides experience the paradox of planning a wedding during a time of uncertainty about when a large group of family and friends can safely gather. Watch the video or read the full story here.

Sewists band together to make headbands for health care workers

Local sewists made heaps of masks immediately after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended people wear cloth masks in public. But the fabric coverings aren’t the only thing these individuals are springing into action for. Read the full story here.

North Dakota high school league continues indefinite suspension of spring sports, winter basketball tournaments

The North Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted Tuesday, April 14, via video conference to continue the indefinite suspension of winter sports tournaments. Read the full story here.

Day laborers still finding work during pandemic

Nancy Kelly has always been proud of her lobby. Read the full story here.

Care packages delivered to Liberian Americans in Fargo, to support and calm COVID-19 fears

Care packages arrived on the doorsteps of local Liberian Americans here recently, as a way to replenish essential items and calm fears during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

Custom acts of kindness are works of art during pandemic

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then sharing art makes bonds grow stronger. For every missed hug, for every birthday, anniversary and holiday spent apart, for every milestone spent stuck in a screen, let’s turn to art to connect. Read the full story here.

Cass County Sheriff's Department prepared if more inmates test positive for COVID-19

Four correctional officers are still in a 14-day quarantine after coming in contact with an inmate that has tested positive for the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Essentia Health, Cash Wise and Hornbachers enact mask-wearing policies

Shopping in grocery stores and going to the hospital will look different over the next week, as some are changing their policies regarding the use of face masks to slow the spread of coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Debate over North Dakota shelter in place fuels dueling petitions

Should North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum issue a shelter-in-place order as governors have in most states across the country to battle the spread of COVID-19? Read the full story here.

LIVE: Gov. Burgum to provide update on COVID-19 in North Dakota, April 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Watch now

Fargo's medical marijuana dispensary closure blamed on COVID-19 upheaval

The Botanist, a medical marijuana dispensary next to the Target store in south Fargo, has closed. Read the full story here.

LIVE: Gov. Walz provides update on Minnesota's response to COVID-19, April 13

Listen now

South Dakota, Sanford Health to hold clinical trials for hydroxychloroquine

South Dakota plans to be first state in nation to run statewide clinical for the drug to combat COVID-19. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 deaths, ICU cases stabilize in Minnesota

Positive case count jumps 104, two new nursing homes report cases. Read the full story here.

North Dakota developing projection model for COVID-19

Plan, data may be released as early as next week. Read the full story here.

Gov. Kristi Noem holds briefing on COVID-19 in South Dakota

Watch now

Taxi, Lyft drivers, Instacart shoppers adapt, work through virus to stay afloat during economic hit

Mick Klein was a full-time musician before the global pandemic crept in. He was a stay-at-home dad during the day and played music on nights and weekends. Read the full story here.

10 common myths busted about coronavirus in North Dakota

From drinking alcohol as a cure to believing young people are immune, know fact from fiction when it comes to COVID-19. Read the full story here.

North Dakota health officials report highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases

The North Dakota Department of Health announced 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Read the full story here.

McFeely: Famed Minnesota epidemiologist says coronavirus will 'hit every small town'

If you're not going to listen to Dr. Michael Osterholm, you're probably not willing to listen to much credible information about the coronavirus.

Osterholm is one of the nation's leading epidemiologists, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. His is a voice national media from Fox News to the New York Times to everyman podcaster Joe Rogan have turned to for expertise. Read the full story here.

North Dakota developing projection model for COVID-19

As Minnesota presents its COVID-19 projection modeling data on Friday, North Dakota is in the process of finalizing its plan with a potential release early next week. Read the full story here.

Eventide Fargo reports COVID-19 case; Sanford Health reports additional cases among staff

Another local retirement community or long-term care facility is reporting a confirmed case of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 victim was active in ND politics, measures

Ralph Muecke, who had been a staunch protector of North Dakota's citizen's initiated measure process and active at the state Legislature, has died from COVID-19.

Muecke, 75, of Gladstone, has been identified by friends as the second Stark County victim of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Still in need of a cloth mask? Here's how to make 3 — in under 10 minutes

Once the highlight of the week for many people during the stay-at-home order, as of Friday, April 3, trips to the grocery store and other errands have gotten a little more mysterious — in the name of safety, of course. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus outbreak at Smithfield Foods causes public health emergency declaration in Minnehaha County

A public health emergency will be declared for Minnehaha County following an outbreak of the coronavirus in a Sioux Falls meat packing plant. Read the full story here.

Eventide Fargo reports COVID-19 case; Sanford Health reports additional cases among staff

Another local retirement community or long-term care facility is reporting a confirmed case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that is the source of a worldwide pandemic. Read the full story here.

At 104, Minnesota woman may be nation's oldest COVID-19 survivor

Resident of a senior care facility in Winona is "smiling and waving," son says. Read the full story here.

Here are the top 10 occupations in Minnesota hiring amid the coronavirus pandemic

While the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development continues to process unemployment claims by the tens of thousands, there are places within the state that are hiring amid the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full story here.

Grocery shopping etiquette amid coronavirus pandemic

There are a lot of questions out there about what new practices should be followed when grocery shopping. The Minnesota Grocers Association has addressed that in an advisory issued this week. Read the full story here.

South Dakota jobless claims skyrocket for third straight week

In the last three weeks combined, 16,478 South Dakotans have filed new claims for unemployment insurance. That’s more than the total of all new filings in the state since December 2018, according to Department of Labor records. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum to provide update on COVID-19 in North Dakota at 3:30 p.m., April 9

Watch now

Duluth startup accelerates production of telemedicine devices

Allerio makes devices to help EMS workers relay vital patient health information to hospitals. Its CEO says the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to a surge in interest. Read the full story here.

PHOTOS: May the virus protection be with you

Fargo man finds reason to sport Darth Vader costume during pandemic. Read the full story here.

Otter Tail County has first confirmed case of coronavirus

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Otter Tail County was reported Sunday, March 29. Read the full story here.

5th North Dakotan dies as coronavirus cases climb across the state

The total positive tests for the virus in North Dakota is up to 269, however the department lists 101 people as having recovered from the illness. There are currently 14 residents hospitalized with the illness. Read the full story here.

False-negative tests could lead to false sense of security, warn Mayo Clinic doctor

CDC guidelines call for health care workers suspected to have COVID-19 to return to their job if they tested negative and are asymptomatic. False-negative tests could risk providers spreading the respiratory disease, Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Colin West said. Read the full story here.

Mayo Clinic offers guidance on COVID-19 patients showing signs of acute heart attack

The inherent risks of invasive arterial procedures are compounded if the patient has COVID-19, including respiratory failure and potential exposure to medical staff, Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. J. Wells Askew said in a news release. Read the full story here.

Sanford, Essentia accepting face masks, other items

Sanford Health and Essentia Health are accepting donated face masks and other items. Read the full story here.

Local brewery joins global effort, brews new beer to help service workers struggling financially

Drinking beer is now one way people can lend a hand to the community and those out of work thanks to a local brewery. Read the full story here.

With four new virus cases reported at Fargo nursing home, area now has six living centers with COVID-19

One CEO says 'it's a matter of when, not if' for long-term care. Read the full story here.

Minnesota reports 11 more deaths from COVID-19, including first in St. Louis County

The Minnesota Department of Health reported a total of 1,242 Minnesotans had tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. The state now has 50 reported deaths from COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus-stricken SD meatpacking plant to close for cleaning

Eighty workers at the Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to state officials, but they said they expected for that number to climb as the investigation into the hotspot continues. Read the full story here.

ND unemployment claims continue steep climb with hospitality, food service sector hardest hit

Unemployment numbers in North Dakota for the week ending April 4 continued their unprecedented climb with 16,167 claims filed last week, according to figures released Thursday, April 8, by Job Service North Dakota. Read the full story here.

Moorhead Squirt hockey team makes a pandemic-era hockey video sure to make you smile

Imagine spending countless hours, days and weeks with some of your best buddies working towards a goal, reaching that goal and then BAM! You don't get to see them. That's what's happening to Moorhead's Squirt "A" Red Team. The group of boys ages 9 to 11 recently won the huge "Squirtacular" tournament in the Twin Cities, a first for a team from Moorhead. Now the team, like most everyone else, is stuck at home away from friends. Read the full story here.



Confused about border city travel restrictions? Here's what you need to know

Red River Valley cities along the border should be treated as "one community" when it comes to travel and quarantine restrictions, Gov. Doug Burgum said in his daily briefing on Wednesday, April 8. Read the full story here.

Minnesota golf courses remain closed, but that could change

Golf courses around the state got some good news Wednesday, though they still remain closed.

As part of the executive order Gov. Tim Walz will sign to extend the stay-at-home order in Minnesota to May 4, golf course grounds crew workers now will be able to maintain their courses. Previously, individual government entities had to declare golf course employees essential, as Ramsey County had done. Read the full story here.

ND advocacy organizations launch COVID-19 website

A coalition of North Dakota advocacy groups launched NDcovidresponse.org, a website with resources and policy visions created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

Amid the pandemic, its boom time for bicycles

The people who sell and repair bicycles are seeing an uptick in the number of families buying bikes, along with an increase in ridership on the trails, offering some hope that it could be a good summer for bike vacations in the region. At the same time, commuting by bike has gotten safer, with fewer cars on the roads. Read the full story here.

Minnesota's stay at home order extended through May 4, tweaks to come

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced the order limiting transportation would continue past Friday. Read the full story here.

Burgum debuts app aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus during virtual 1 Million Cups event

North Dakotans can help fight the COVID-19 pandemic from their fingertips the same way football fans use the Bison Tracker app to see how many are making the national championship journey to Frisco. Read the full story here.

Pandemic prompts Forum Communications to make cost-cutting measures

Forum Communications Co. has announced it will take several measures to offset lost revenue due to the novel coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Guarding for COVID-19, Sanford Health to check all employees temperatures daily

Sanford Health has nearly 49,000 employees. All will be screened upon arrival for work each day, effective Wednesday, April 8. It's the latest anti-coronavirus protection implemented by the Sioux Falls-based health system. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus cases keeping rising in Cass County, but rate of recovery encouraging

The North Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, April 8, announced 14 new cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Gov. Tim Walz is out of self-quarantine ... and he’s wearing a mask outside

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is out of self-quarantine. Read the full story here.

Davies seniors Hage, Kluvers, both D-I baseball recruits, long to return to the diamond

Fargo Davies senior Zach Kluvers wasn’t surprised earlier this week when he heard that American Legion Baseball canceled its regional tournaments and World Series for the upcoming summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Riverview Place resident shares experience of testing positive for coronavirus

A resident of Riverview Place in south Fargo is isolated in her retirement center apartment after testing positive for coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Trump grants Minnesota's emergency request for COVID-19 resources

President Donald Trump has approved the state of Minnesota's request for federal disaster assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

North Dakota self-quarantine order now applies to travelers from Minnesota, except 'essential' workers

Workers in a broad list of about 20 essential sectors, including health care, agriculture, energy and "commercial facilities" are exempt from the order. Read the full story here.

South Dakota governor calls for day of prayer as death tolls rises 6, confirmed cases pass 300

Gov. Kristi Noem has resisted calls from medical, county and city leaders across the state for stricter statewide measures, choosing instead to issue a stay-at-home order for high-risk individuals in two counties Monday -- her harshest curb so far on the state's residents. Read the full story here.

Fargo, West Fargo mayors issue 'stay home' directives

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis issued "Stay Home / Save Lives" directives on Tuesday, April 7, urging residents in both cities to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

4 more Minnesota COVID-19 deaths; ICU count hits 64

Earliest projected peak approaches, yet hospitalized cases remain modest at 120. Read the full story here.

UND economist: Hotel and food industry takes hit from pandemic

Businesses in accommodation and food industries seem to be taking the brunt of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in terms of job and financial losses, and income from March will not be able to be recovered for those companies. Read the full story here.

Food Guide: Businesses offering delivery or takeout in the Fargo-Moorhead area

View the guide here.

The CDC recommends we wear masks, but are we? My grocery store observations from Fargo-Moorhead

Like most people during this COVID-19 pandemic, I barely leave the house. The one exception is my once-a-week trip to the grocery store. What I used to view as a chore is now almost the highlight of my week. Makeup is applied and earrings put in, like I’m going to the middle-aged mom prom. I get to look at things other than the four walls of my house and see people not on Zoom. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus cases rising in Cass County as Fargo stay-at-home directive looms

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis will reportedly issue "Stay Home / Save Lives" directives at 1 p.m. Tuesday, urging residents in both cities to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 hits livestock industry hard

The coronavirus pandemic has shocked the nation and the markets and that has an impact in the country on the agricultural and food production industry. Read the full story here.

South African farm workers coming to US jarred by COVID-19

North Dakota’s H-2A workers, mostly from South Africa, have increased steadily from 1,500 in 2017 to 1,700 in 2018, according to the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Read the full story here.

Minnesota task force to target crimes related to pandemic

The state’s attorney general and U.S. attorney have assembled a team aimed at clamping down on illegal activity related to the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Minnesota law enforcement begin to cite those violating stay at home order

Citations for violating Gov. Tim Walz’s orders to stay at home and halt business operations have started trickling in across the state. Read the full story here.

West Fargo bar, eatery promising drive-in movie experience

A local bar and restaurant is promising to bring back that All-American experience, the drive-in movie. Read the full story here.

As North Dakota avoids a stay-at-home order, will Fargo area leaders issue their own?

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbing in Cass County, area leaders aren’t ready to break away from North Dakota's governor and issue independent emergency orders that would require local residents to stay home. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum to provide update on COVID-19 in North Dakota, April 6

Watch now

Fargo company partners to make heated room sanitizers during pandemic

Blue Water Resolute Innovations is putting the heat to the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Fargo Cass Public Health recommends cloth face covering to slow spread of COVID-19

Fargo Cass Public Health, off the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is advising people to wear a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community spread. Such settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. Read the full story here.

Minnesota coronavirus testing near entirely private, cases increase by 51

State tests just 30 samples on Sunday, private labs, 1, 321. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 claims 2 South Dakotans, as official death toll rises to 4

Two Friday deaths from the coronavirus were reported in the state, State Rep. Bob Glanzer from Huron and another a nursing home resident in Sioux Falls. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus cases mounting in Cass County as North Dakota total hits 225

Four of the new Cass County cases come in people of at least 60 years of age, while the remaining seven cases are in people under 50. Read the full story here.

Kat Perkins to play online benefit for Great Plains Food Bank

Singer Kat Perkins is giving an online concert on Friday, April 10, to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank. Read the full story here.

More businesses nixing cash due to concerns of coronavirus spread

Cash is still king, but the kingdom is starting to undergo some corona upheaval. Read the full story here.

NDSU partners with Wahpeton company to develop, mass produce health care masks

Read the full story here.

Attendance rising as local AA meetings go virtual

As more Alcoholics Anonymous meetings have gone online during the coronavirus pandemic, there's been one silver lining. Read the full story here.

Should I pull my parents out of the retirement home? Here are questions you need to ask first

It’s a question increasingly on the minds of those with loved ones living in a nursing home, assisted living center, or similar facility where older residents live together and use common spaces — and where the coronavirus can potentially wreak havoc:

Are they safer at home, with me? Read the full story here.

Efforts to produce cloth medical masks and plastic face shields under way at NDSU

If there’s one thing a mask isn’t designed to conceal it’s generosity of spirit. Read the full story here.

Fargo nursing home confirms COVID-19 case

A Fargo nursing home has confirmed one of its residents tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Read more.

'No one is alone': F-M metro mayors, officials share encouraging message with public

As the Fargo-Moorhead metro area prepares for the third week of social distancing to help flatten the curve of coronavirus cases, mayors and other officials released a video Saturday morning, April 4, encouraging people to continue following recommended guidelines and have patience during this "unprecendented time." Read more.

Burgum says no shelter-in-place yet despite continued rise in ND cases

The North Dakota Department of Health on Saturday, April 4, announced 13 new cases COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

The total positive tests for the virus in North Dakota is up to 186, however the department lists 63 people as having recovered from the illness. There are currently 30 residents hospitalized with the illness and three North Dakotans have died since the outbreak hit the state last month. Read more.

Minnesota marks largest 1-day jump in COVID-19 cases; long-term care facilities data now available

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 76 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state Saturday, April 4, bringing the total to 865 and marking the biggest single-day jump yet.

The Department of Health also reports two more deaths for a total of 24. Those who have died have ranged between 58- and 100-year-old people, with a median age of 86. Read more.

Minnesota now revealing nursing homes with COVID-19 cases but ND opts not to

The Minnesota Department of Health is now releasing the names of long-term care facilities where residents and staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19. However, it does not appear North Dakota will follow suit, at least for now. Read more.

South Dakota lawmaker dies following battle with COVID-19

State Rep. Bob Glanzer died Friday night at the age of 75.

The Republican lawmaker from Huron fell ill and tested positive for COVID-19 in late March and was being treated at Avera McKennan Hospital's intensive care unit at the time of his passing. Read more.

Grand Forks trucking firm driver says job is thankless, but glad to be working as challenges mount

Jason Markert isn’t a long-haul truck driver, even though his route sometimes takes him to Missouri. Despite inconveniences on the road these days that border on hardships, he is still glad to be providing a necessary service -- supplying goods to keep stores stocked.

Markert works for Grand Forks-based S&S Transport Inc., a regional trucking company that operates in Canada and the United States. Usually, Markert’s route is a five-state, two-province area, but with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, things have changed. Now, he needs to go farther with fewer options for food and hygiene. Read more.

City officials encourages renters, landlords to work together during pandemic

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney issued a statement on Thursday, April 2, asking landlords to be compassionate and work with their tenants who faced layoffs and reduced hours because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He is encouraging renters and landlords of properties large and small to engage in open dialogue with each other. Read more.

Finding new ways to worship

On a Sunday morning, though Alexandria appeared quiet, worshipers were gathering together — online.

“Good morning,” members of Lake Community Church greeted each other when they arrived on Facebook Live. Read more.

Introducing a newborn to family with hospital visitation restrictions another challenge for new parents

Kallie and Jordan Swenson were eagerly planning for the arrival of their first child when they found themselves facing the coronavirus pandemic.

Kallie was doing everything she could think of to prepare for the big moment, which she’d always anticipated would include visits from family and friends to help celebrate the joyous occasion. Read more.

North Dakota has a higher rate of coronavirus cases than Minnesota. Does that teach us anything?

At a glance, the comparisons between North Dakota and Minnesota coronavirus cases are startling, and although the math doesn’t lie, the numbers also don’t tell the whole truth, experts say. Read the full story here.

Warroad high school senior 3D prints masks for health care workers

A Warroad high school student is spending her final days at the school producing vital protective equipment for nurses and doctors on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

Sanford now has rapid COVID-19 testing in Fargo, Sioux Falls for high-priority patients

Sanford Health now has rapid testing capability for the coronavirus infection that yields results within 90 minutes, considerably shortening lab turnaround time for its highest priority patients. Read the full story here.

Target, Walmart, Costco enact strict social distancing policies

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the nation, a number of retailers will begin enacting stricter social distancing measures in the coming days. Read the full story here.

SD not ready for mid-June COVID-19 peak, officials say

Gov. Kristi Noem’s decision to not implement statewide restrictions is essentially a bet that the state and its healthcare providers can get the beds and ventilators needed by the expected mid-June virus peak. Right now, they don't have what they need. Read the full story here.

100 years apart, SD cities' restrictions similar during COVID-19, Spanish flu pandemics

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to creep upward, local government leaders across South Dakota are making decisions about what should be closed, restricted or cancelled in what feels for most like an unprecedented pandemic. Read the full story here.

Cleanup week delayed until September across Fargo-Moorhead area due to pandemic

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the cities of Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Dilworth have rescheduled the annual metro spring cleanup week to September 14-18. Read the full story here.

Internet use up during day? Yes, the kids are 'in' school and more work from home

There is not dramatically more demand for the internet as a result of people working and going to school at home, but the peak usage times have changed, and the way telecom companies provide broadband service is more cautious as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Here are some guidelines for the Paycheck Protection Program

Here are some important things to know about the Paycheck Protection Program, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Read the full story here.

F-M business leaders urge companies big and small to apply for Paycheck Protection Program

Fargo-Moorhead area business and financial experts are urging small business owners to take advantage of a new federal loan program designed to keep people on payrolls and keep the economy going. Read the full story here.

Moorhead family, best known from ABC-TV show, makes heartfelt plea to stay home

For the last few days, pleas have come from all over about the importance of social distancing and staying home to help stop the spread of Covid-19. One such plea came on Facebook the other day from Adair Grommesh, the executive director of Hope, Inc, a local organization that works to provide sports and recreational activities to children and adults with mobility challenges. Read the full story here.

West Acres mall extends closure through at least April 30

The West Acres shopping mall has announced that it has extended its temporary closure through April 30 to help stem the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Sanford now has rapid COVID-19 testing in Fargo, Sioux Falls for high-priority patients

Sanford Health now has rapid testing capability for the coronavirus infection that yields results within 90 minutes, considerably shortening lab turnaround time for its highest priority patients. Read the full story here.

State COVID-19 testing makes steep decline amidst shortages

In the clearest sign yet that the state is running out of materials to identify healthcare workers, hospitalized patients and residents of congregate living centers with coronavirus, the Minnesota Department of Health lab tested just 102 samples on Thursday. Read the full story here.

North Dakota adds 14 cases of coronavirus

North Dakota’s coronavirus count has risen by 14 cases, according to numbers released Friday morning, April 3. Read the full story here.

NCAA extending football recruiting 'dead period' forces Bison to be creative

It was a late morning this week and North Dakota State head football coach Matt Entz had just finished a conference call. Read the full story here.

With social distancing in full-force in the Fargo-Moorhead area, cabin fever has set in and it isn't going anywhere.

With social distancing in full-force in the Fargo-Moorhead area, cabin fever has set in and it isn't going anywhere. Read the full story here.

Local designer gets creative when opening new storefront during pandemic

Trever Hill has a passion for design, but when the novel coronavirus took hold in North Dakota just as he was planning to open a new storefront in Roberts Alley, he had to use his creative design talents in ways he’d never contemplated. Read the full story here.

Rare air: Very few flying in or out of Fargo’s airport these days

As taxi driver Jon Storley was waiting for the American Airlines flight from Phoenix to land at Hector International Airport, he wondered if he would get a customer. Read the full story here.

Despite pandemic closures, Fargo-Moorhead city employees all still working as some duties shift

All 958 full-time City of Fargo employees and 275 Moorhead city workers remain on duty to provide continuity of services. Read the full story here.

More details released in Moorhead grocery store coughing incident

Police here have released more details about a disturbance at a Moorhead grocery store Wednesday, April 1, where a man allegedly coughed on an employee and made comments blaming racial minorities for the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Farmers dumping milk, food service disruption has dairy industry leaders calling for help

Dairy industry leaders say federal help is needed to save the industry amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Concordia grad, nurse talks about her COVID-19 recovery and need to 'apologize' for her generation

A former student here, now a registered nurse in St. Paul, is on day 12 of her recovery from COVID-19 and finally feeling more like herself. Read the full story here.

Target to restrict number of shoppers in stores, equip employees with protective gear

Target plans to take new steps this weekend to curb the spread of the coronavirus in its stores and distribution centers. Read the full story here.

Forum will cease Monday and Friday print delivery

Subscribers urged to access online account and replica edition. Read the letter from Forum Communications Company's CEO, here.

Menards cuts hours, bars customers under 16 and pets

Menards stores will no longer allow anyone under the age of 16 inside its stores during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full story here.

Burgum, Stenehjem warn of coronavirus-related scams in North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on Thursday said scams are on the rise in North Dakota and elsewhere, and they urged North Dakotans to be wary in the coming weeks. Read the full story here.

Grand Forks Air Force Base confirms coronavirus case

Grand Forks Air Force Base confirmed its first positive case of coronavirus on base Thursday, April 2, though it did not say if it was in a member of the military or how the case was acquired. Read the full story here.

Local unemployment filings continue drastic rise

The number of people in North Dakota filing unemployment claims last week topped 12,000, more than double the number from the previous week, which also saw an unprecedented climb. Read the full story here.

Altru puts hospital project on hold to focus on coronavirus response

Altru Health System is putting its $300 million hospital construction project on hold as it prioritizes its resources on the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Area school officials say remote instruction a success, with staff, families learning as they go

Officials from public and private schools throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area held an online roundtable discussion Thursday, April 2, to update the community on how remote learning plans have been going since schools were closed over concerns of coronavirus spread. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum holds press briefing regarding COVID-19, April 2

Watch now

Fargo Park District director says 'just be smart' when it comes to the great outdoors during pandemic

With social distancing in full-force in the Fargo-Moorhead area, cabin fever has set in and it isn't going anywhere. Read the full story here.

Should I really wear a homemade mask when I go out, and what if I can’t sew?

It’s hard to keep up isn’t it? For months, health experts said healthy people didn’t need to wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus. But as the scientists learn more about the deadly virus, they seem to be using the old adage, “it couldn’t hurt.” Read the full story, here.

Fargo Post 2 baseball leader Pettersen hospitalized after testing positive to COVID-19

It was just last August when Jim Pettersen was overseeing his club at the top platform of American Legion baseball. This week, the Vice Chairman of Fargo Post 2 baseball was thrown a curveball. Read the full story here.

NDSU, UND announce positive cases of coronavirus

North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota said they have positive cases of coronavirus. Read the full story here.

Minnesota records 18th death from coronavirus

Coronavirus ICU cases jump by 11 to 38. Read the full story here.

North Dakota reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, bringing statewide total to 159

Meanwhile, 43 North Dakotans have recovered from the illness, the state Department of Health reports. Read the full story here.

Argentine wanderer waiting out worldwide pandemic in Fargo

About two years ago, Martin Davies, then 60 years old, decided to go for a walk. Read the full story here.

Residents staying home during coronavirus crisis are spring cleaning — too much, trash haulers say

A curious side-effect of coronavirus has emerged: the urge to purge. Read the full story here.

North Dakota women stranded on a cruise ship that can't return to Florida due to coronavirus

They have seen penguins, mountains and parts of South America on a cruise they could hardly wait to take. Read the full story here.

Man arrested after allegedly coughing on Moorhead grocery store employee

A man who allegedly coughed on an employee at a Moorhead grocery store and made comments blaming racial minorities for spreading coronavirus was arrested Wednesday, April 1. Read the full story here.

Essentia Health accepting community donations of masks and other items

Essentia Health has opened its drop-off site for community donations at the South University Clinic, located at 1702 South University Drive. Read the full story here.

Walz: Minnesotans' social distancing could be better

Minnesotans, we need to talk.

Yes, people are allowed to go outside during Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order to slow the advance of the coronavirus.

But Walz reminded the state’s residents on Wednesday, April 1, that even while outdoors, they should be giving each other a wide berth. Read the full story here.

Why do children make up few serious COVID-19 cases?

Globally and locally, children have so far been relatively unscathed in the coronavirus pandemic.

Following a worldwide trend, children in Minnesota continue to account for the smallest percentage of statewide COVID-19 virus infections. Read the full story here.

Only small number of Sanford patients still waiting for late coronavirus test results

The number of Sanford Health patients still waiting anxiously to learn the results of their coronavirus tests from specimens sent to a laboratory in California has dwindled to a handful. Read the full story here.

Senator calls for relief for virus-stricken cruise ship carrying Minnesotans

More than 150 ill, four people dead on board a ship that is headed toward Florida. Read the full story here.

Gov. Burgum to hold press briefing regarding COVID-19 for April 1

Watch now

Schools get through 'first day 2.0' as distance learning begins in Fargo, West Fargo

The last day of traditional school before North Dakota's statewide shutdown began was Friday the 13th, and Fargo Public Schools' first day of distance learning fell on April Fools' Day — a fact that wasn't lost on David Schultz, an AP chemistry teacher at Davies High School. Read the full story here.

Some are stress-baking right now, but are your treats safe to give away?

Do me a favor all of you stressed out, stir crazy, homebound people. Read the full story here.

Bison athletic budget will take a hit as a result of coronavirus pandemic

No Big Dance, no big money for Division I athletic departments this season. Last month's cancellation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be felt all the way to north Fargo and the coffers of the North Dakota State athletic budget. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 claims second life in SD as cases rise to 12

Testing in the state found 21 new cases of the coronavirus, 12 people are hospitalized and 51 diagnosed individuals have recovered. Read the full story here .

Public health officials urge people to take coronavirus precautions seriously as cases spike in Fargo-Moorhead

Public health officials are pleading with people to heed guidance to avoid any unnecessary social contacts as confirmed cases of coronavirus infections are spiking in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Read the full story here.

Doosan Bobcat to suspend production operations until April 20 due to pandemic

Doosan Bobcat will shutdown its production facilities until April 20 in response to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to company officials. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus cases rising across North Dakota as 16 more confirmed

The new cases come from all over the state, including the four most populous counties — Cass, Burleigh, Grand Forks and Ward. Read more the full story here.

Not-so-routine traffic stop: Minnesota state trooper gifts doctor with masks

A year after he helped save a drowning woman’s life in his job as a Minnesota state trooper, Brian Schwartz has made headlines again. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 death toll in Minnesota hits 17

60 new cases reported Wednesday, including Crow Wing, Freeborn and Yellow Medicine for first time. Read the full story here.

Students find creative ways to get together...6 feet apart

Where there is a will, there is a way. Such is the case for some West Fargo students, who are finding ways to get together during this COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

Fargo tenants urged to join 'Rent Strike' as pandemic takes economic toll

Armed with a roll of tape and 200 flyers calling for a "Rent Strike," Austin Albrecht placed his first notice on the front glass doors of 220 West Apartments along 10th Street North in Fargo. Read the full story here.

F-M area park officials urge careful use of playgrounds, athletic facilities

The weather warmed early this week in Fargo-Moorhead with temperatures reaching into the 50s, prompting many to get outside and into the cities’ parks. Read the full story here.

Fargo holding COVID-19 briefing Wednesday

The city of Fargo and other metro governments at the city and county level, along with public health experts at the local level, and metro health care systems Sanford Health and Essentia Health will be hosting a COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, April 1. Read the full story here.

Superintendents hoping for the best as ND students head into virtual classrooms

When Grand Forks students resume class via distance learning Wednesday, April 1, Superintendent Terry Brenner is hoping for a smooth day – even though he is somewhat concerned about the data load that will be hoisted upon local internet bandwidth. Read the full story here.

Coronavirus pandemic causes Grand Forks mayoral candidate to move campaign online

Conversation after conversation, mayoral candidates attempt to communicate their platform with people in Grand Forks. But with many people at home in quarantine or social distancing, traditional methods to connect with voters like door-knocking won't work for candidates. Read the full story here.

Riverview resident keeps the faith as facility-wide testing begins following death of Navy veteran, fellow resident

A resident of the south Fargo retirement community where North Dakota’s first COVID-19 victim lived said she’s not concerned about contracting the virus. Read the full story here.

Fargo riverfront parks and trails close

The Fargo Park District has closed all riverfront parks, nature parks and trails for flood mitigation efforts, the Park District announced in a press release Tuesday, March 31. Read the full story here.

Fargo health clinics limit visitors to prevent coronavirus spread

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, patients visiting any Essentia Health clinic are asked to attend their appointments alone as part of efforts to prevent spread of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Gov. Burgum holds press briefing regarding COVID-19, March 31

Watch now

Sanford Health COVID-19 employee aid plan includes cash payments

The Sioux Falls-based health system’s aid effort, dubbed the Sanford Family Stability Plan, mainly targets hourly employees. Read the full story here.

Graphic puts soaring North Dakota unemployment filings into historic perspective

Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday, March 30 said that Job Service North Dakota has received about 21,000 claims for unemployment benefits over the last 12 days, which is more than in all of 2019. Read the full story here.

Fargo tech company, University of Minnesota team up on emergency ventilators

Fargo-based Appareo Systems will make low-cost ventilators developed at the University of Minnesota to be used as emergency back ups. Read the full story here.

All residents, staff of Fargo retirement community to be tested for COVID-19 following death of resident

Family members of people living at a south Fargo retirement community have received notice that all residents and staff will undergo testing for COVID-19 after a resident there contracted the illness and died last week. Read the full story.

Graphic puts skyrocketing Minnesota unemployment filings into historic perspective

Around 239,263 workers in the Minnesota applied for unemployment since March 16, more than applied during the entirety of 2019, according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Read the full story here.

Cass County now has most coronavirus cases in North Dakota as state total increases to 122

With nine new cases, Cass County now has more positive tests for coronavirus than any other county in the state. Read the full story here.

Rural county on Minnesota's southern border a coronavirus 'hot spot'

Martin County on the state's southern border has more than its share of coronavirus cases. Read the full story here.

As a public service, we've opened this article to everyone regardless of subscription status.

Check out our coronavirus coverage from when it started to affect this region through March 31, here.