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5 things to know today: coronavirus testing, Burgum at White House, home improvement, Douglas Place, elk tags

Military police interview participants at the April 23 mass coronavirus testing event at the Alerus Center parking lot. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

1. Another 500 people to be checked for coronavirus at third mass test in Grand Forks

The tests are scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Alerus Center.

2. Burgum talks COVID-19 response, Bison with Trump at White House

The first-term Republican governor was joined on the visit by Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colo. and U.S. Sen John Hoeven, R-N.D.

3. Work-from-home means busy times in home improvement

The home improvement industry is busy in the region, as more people working from home due to the pandemic means more time and attention being paid to that "to do" list around the house. And building permit numbers show a spike in larger-scale remodeling projects as well.

4. COVID-19 outbreak at Douglas Place in East Grand Forks was known in April

Men's dependency treatment facility has at least six staff members with the illness, Grand Forks Department of Health director confirms.

5. DNR increases elk tags, offers more season and license options as Kittson Central herd continues to grow

The increase in licenses follows a winter elk survey that tallied 102 elk in the Kittson Central herd near Lancaster, Minn., up from 94 elk during the 2019 survey and 75 elk in the 2018 survey. The DNR manages the Kittson Central herd with a population goal of 50 to 60 elk.


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