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GF News Forward: Roseau health care struggles, diner owner endeavors to stay in business, Larimore sisters push forward after Dad's death

Herald reporters cover events on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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Journalist Hannah Shirley reports on LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, which is facing staffing shortages. The hospital CEO says that, while the facility is not at a crisis point yet, hospital staff can’t continue working at this level. To help alleviate stress on the hospital system, Roseau County leadership recently rolled out an “It’s On Me” campaign to encourage people to take responsibility for their actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Business reporter Adam Kurtz talks to an East Grand Forks restaurant owner who is aiming to sell enough gift cards to keep his business open as he weathers a perfect storm of events. Joe Bushaw IV, who opened Joe’s Diner in August, said he is hoping to sell $20,000 worth of gift cards, after a series of events beset his business, beginning with a string of alleged thefts of money at another restaurant he owns in South Dakota. Following that situation, his furnaces broke in his East Grand Forks restaurant in October, and, in mid-November, Gov. Tim Walz announced coronavirus mitigation restrictions that closed restaurants to dine-in customers.

After their father, Terry Trosen, died, his daughters took over running Good Friends Bar and Grill in Larimore, N.D. Journalist Ann Bailey reports on how they recently revised the Senior Meal program and delivered meals to elderly Larimore residents on Thanksgiving.

Look for these stories and more online and in print on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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