The relative youth of nursing home workers means they're likely more reflective of North Dakota's general population than any other group that received priority during the state's vaccine rollout, state vaccination director Molly Howell said. Forum News Service reporter Jeremy Turley reports that the hesitancy of many workers to get their shots could foreshadow the difficulties in getting some younger North Dakotans on board with vaccines as they become more widely available, she said.
East Grand Forks man remembers how fear of polio permeated society until vaccine was developed and distributed
Bob Peabody, now an 82-year-old businessman in East Grand Forks, landed in a hospital in the mid-1940s as a 7-year-old with polio. Peabody recalls the community's fear of polio, and the breakthrough of the polio vaccine in 1953. Herald reporter Pamela Knudson reports that Peabody sees similarities between communities that received the first polio vaccine and today's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
About a year ago, UND students were leaving for spring break without knowing when they might return to the UND campus. Just days before, North Dakota had its first case of COVID-19 and just as students were packing their bags to leave campus for a week, much of the state was shutting down to control the spread of the virus. The Herald's Sydney Mook reports that now, a year later, college students are again leaving campus for spring break but this time with a better understanding of the virus and a plan to return in a few days’ time.
The Squire Shop, a clothing store in Grafton, still has not recovered from the past year of the pandemic, while Marvin, a Grafton manufacturing plant, has seen increased demand for the double-paned windows they produce, and recorded a "very successful year." The Herald's Ann Bailey explores the pandemic's effect on both businesses.
The Grand Forks Police Department plans to spend more time trying to solve the department's five unsolved cold cases. WDAY's Matt Henson reports that Lt. Jeremy Moe, the department's new head investigator, believes the five cases are on the brink of being cracked.
East Grand Forks City Council members agreed in May not to fill an open librarian job at the city library, but the Herald's Joe Bowen reports that officials on the library board are hopeful that council members will reconsider that decision, as the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be receding.
Despite the pandemic and subsequent supply chain troubles that have plagued manufacturers, a Grand Forks-based maker of retractable truck bed covers is celebrating a sales milestone. The Herald's Adam Kurtz reports that on Monday, March 8, Retrax announced it had sold its 500,000th truck bed cover.
Sponsors of North Dakota's transgender athletes bill have ties to anti-LGBT organizations, but they say it's not relevant to the proposal
Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, is a policymaker signatory on the "Promise to America's Children," which is run in part by an anti-LGBT extremist hate group and is behind a large swath of the dozens of anti-trans bills in state legislatures this year. The Herald's Hannah Shirley reports that the bill's sponsors claim the bill, which would essentially bar trans athletes from competing on publicly-funded sports teams, isn't about transgender athletes, and is instead about protecting cisgender women's opportunities in sports. But LGBT advocates worry that the bill's intent is to enshrine anti-trans language in North Dakota law to be used in future legislation.
Deb Haaland's confirmation as the next U.S. Interior Secretary seems likely on Monday. Haaland, a citizen of Laguna Pueblo, would be the first Native American appointed to lead a federal agency. Forum correspondent Michelle Griffith reports that leaders of North Dakota's tribal nations have called it a relief to have a Native woman at that level of government, while both of North Dakota's senators oppose her confirmation because of her stance against oil pipelines on public lands.
Democrats passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package last week, including a new round of stimulus checks, without a single Republican vote. North Dakota's senators criticized Joe Biden for moving forward with the relief package without bipartisan support, and Herald correspondent Sam Easter reports some believe the legislation shows cracks in Biden's bipartisan vision from the campaign trail.