A little more than one-third of college students across North Dakota have been tested for COVID-19, according to state health officials.

Vern Dosch, the state's contact tracing administrator who is spearheading the testing effort in North Dakota, told the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Thursday that about 70% of students have not been tested for COVID-19, which may be due to a variety of reasons including a worry about what a positive test might mean. Total testing numbers vary from campus to campus, Dosch noted.

2. Red Lake Band of Chippewa awarded grant to build business center

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa has been awarded a $3 million grant to build a business incubator in Red Lake.

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The grant from the U.S. Commerce Department of Economic Development Administration will finance construction of the Adaawe-Wigamig Business Center located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone.

3. North Border School District high schools closed for two weeks

High schools in Pembina, N.D., and Walhalla, N.D., have closed their buildings for two weeks after members of the student body and teaching staff tested positive for COVID-19.

In a letter to parents dated Sunday, Sept. 20, and posted to the North Border School District’s website, school district school administrators said that, over the weekend of Sept. 19-20, there were positive COVID-19 cases within the district.

4. Evolve Grand Forks names new executive director

The board of directors of Evolve Grand Forks has named Maggie Ducheney Smith as the nonprofit’s new executive director.

Smith will take over for Jared Westrem, who stepped in as interim executive director after Collin Hanson stepped down at the end of 2019. Smith formerly served as the chief programs officer at Valley Educational Associates, a human services nonprofit in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

5. Why some North Dakotans won't wear masks

Andy Doll approached the podium during a recent Fargo School Board meeting at South High, and took a deep breath before respectfully thanking the board for their work.

Doll then told the nine-member panel and others that wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t doing anyone any good.