WDAY First News anchors Drew Trafton and Se Kwon get you caught up on everything you need to know for Tuesday, October 5th.
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Headline story: FARGO - Another restaurant has plans for snaring a slice of downtown Fargo’s business.
Boss’ Pizza & Chicken is planning to open by the New Year or not long after, majority owner Jeremy Seefeldt said Friday, Oct. 1.
The eatery will be in the old White Banner Uniform Shop building at 228 Broadway.
"We had a lot of success in Grand Forks. Fargo, obviously, has a lot of the same type of people and same type of stuff going on, except kind of supersized," Seefeldt said.
"We've been in business for 17 years ... and (have restaurants in) 11 or 12 different places and it's kind of interesting that's it's taken us so long to get to Fargo. We're there and we're super excited about it. I honestly think it's going to be one of our best stores and potentially the best store that we have because of the location," said Seefeldt, who founded the regional chain. Click here to read more.
With nearly 2,400 wildfires this year, North Dakota heads into peak of fall fire season
BISMARCK — Almost 2,400 wildfires have burned more than 125,000 acres of land across North Dakota in 2021 so far, and as the state is in the midst of its traditional fall fire season, the state is urging residents to take precautions to prevent wildfires.
Some of the state's largest wildfires have historically occurred in the fall, and depending on the weather and human behavior, North Dakota could very likely see even more acres burned in the coming months, said State Forester Tom Claeys.
"2021 could very well be in North Dakota a year where fires happen every month," Claeys said. "That could be the future of what North Dakota looks like depending on the weather patterns, depending on individual fire starts and people's behavior on the landscape." Full story here.
Sanford Health Plan launches new Medicare Advantage plan
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Medicare beneficiaries in South Dakota, North Dakota and western Minnesota will soon be able to enroll in an all-in-one bundled health insurance option from Align powered by Sanford Health Plan which combines Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage with more tailored, comprehensive health benefits and prescription drug coverage.
In a press release Monday, Oct. 4, John Snyder, president of Sanford Health Plan pointed out how this plan differs from other market options.
“We are excited to offer an integrated Medicare Advantage plan that will provide more benefits, new services and personalized care for Medicare beneficiaries,” Synder said. “What makes our offering stand out from other options on the market is that seniors will be able to join a Medicare Advantage plan that is backed by a network of Sanford Health providers working together to deliver personalized care. As a health plan that is part of Sanford Health’s comprehensive system of care, we provide members with innovative services and supplemental benefits to improve health and manage chronic conditions.” Full story here.
Fargo commissioners reinstate tax levy for airport, reversing September action
FARGO — During its meeting Monday night, Oct. 4, the Fargo City Commission by a vote of 3-2 reversed an action it took in September, when it voted by the same margin to eliminate a long-standing 2-mill levy for airport construction projects.
Those who voted to restore the 2-mill airport levy to the city budget included commissioners John Strand, Tony Gehrig, and Mayor Tim Mahoney.
Voting against the move to restore the mill levy were commissioners Dave Piepkorn and Arlette Preston. Full story here.