Around 20 UND students have been referred to the university’s disciplinary office for discussions about COVID-19 violations on campus.

“Those conversations were really about making sure that those students understood the current policies and to really have them understand why compliance with those policies is so important not only for their personal health, but also for the health of the other members of our campus community,” said UND President Andrew Armacost.

2. U.S.-Canada border shutdown likely to extend through November

The United States and Canada are likely to extend border restrictions until at least the end of November as coronavirus cases spike in some states, according to well-placed Washington and Ottawa sources.

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The sources also said Canadian officials were showing little enthusiasm for suggestions from U.S. authorities about relaxing some of the measures in the near term.

3. East Grand Forks tentatively agrees on a big piece of next year’s budget: a $5.7 million property tax levy

East Grand Forks leaders set an upper limit to the property taxes they’ll ask residents to pay next year.

City Council members on Tuesday unanimously agreed to a $5.71 million preliminary tax levy for the city’s 2021 budget, a figure that’s 5% higher than the $5.44 million levy they set for this year’s budget.

4. Grand Forks County Commission approves 2021 budget, moves to hire school nurses

The Grand Forks County Commission finalized its budget for 2021 and allocated some CARES Act money it received from the state to bolster school nursing programs in rural school districts.

At its Tuesday, Sept. 15, meeting, members of the County Commission approved the budget, which includes a total levy of more than $26.6 million. That’s a 2% increase -- nearly $540,000 greater than the previous year.

5. Grant funding will be used to improve North Dakota airports in Hillsboro, Grafton and Park River

Federal Aviation Airport Improvement grants will be used to enhance runways at the Hillsboro (N.D.) Municipal Airport, Hutson Field in Grafton and W C Skjerven Field Airport in Park River, N.D.

The three airport grants are part of $1.2 billion covering 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories. In North Dakota, airports in 10 cities were awarded a total of more than $32 million in grant to fund improvement projects in the round announced earlier this month.