1. Senate approves $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill that includes stimulus checks to American households

The Senate unanimously passed a $2.2 trillion emergency relief bill Wednesday night, March 25, aimed at limiting the financial trauma that the coronavirus pandemic is inflicting on the United States, and lawmakers acted with unusual speed to produce the largest economic rescue package in the nation's history.

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2. 'Perfect snow melt scenario' lowers likelihood of Top 5 flood

Oslo, Minn. , city workers are preparing for spring flooding.
Oslo, Minn. , city workers are preparing for spring flooding. Ann Bailey/Grand Forks Herald

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The likelihood of a Top 5 or Top 10 flood in Grand Forks has decreased, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Carl Jones.

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3. After giving OK to curbside pickup, Grand Forks set to do the same for alcohol delivery during pandemic

Emily Bergeron leaves Rhombus Guys Pizza with a growler and pizza on Wednesday, March 25, after Grand Forks lifted some restrictions on certain liquor licenses to allow pickup of alcohol with food orders. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
Emily Bergeron leaves Rhombus Guys Pizza with a growler and pizza on Wednesday, March 25, after Grand Forks lifted some restrictions on certain liquor licenses to allow pickup of alcohol with food orders. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown is set to sign on Thursday morning an emergency order that will allow Grand Forks restaurants to sell alcohol via delivery to customers who also order food.

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4. Grand Forks schools use curbside pickup to distribute materials, devices for students' distance learning

Lewis and Clark Elementary School's Head Start teacher Marina Kojic-Zepackic gives Sebastian Garcia his school supplies outside the school Wednesday, March 25, as students prepare for distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
Lewis and Clark Elementary School's Head Start teacher Marina Kojic-Zepackic gives Sebastian Garcia his school supplies outside the school Wednesday, March 25, as students prepare for distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Anna Benson’s students didn’t understand why they had to keep their distance and not hug her at the curbside pickup site Wednesday, March 25, at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. They had to settle for air hugs and high-fives from afar.

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5. Red River Valley manufacturers consider producing critical items

Area manufacturers are concerned about the shelter-in-place order issued by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, March 25, and the possibility of a similar order that could be issued in North Dakota. Many companies have employees that live across the Red River and could be affected by the order.

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