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5 things to know today: light columns, COVID-19 vaccine, Payroll Protection Program, Reg Morelli, Mayor Brandon Bochenski

Light towers in the median of University Avenue in Grand Forks are part of a recent construction project on the UND campus. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

1. New light columns along University Avenue represent UND's campus

The drive down Grand Forks’ University Avenue is a little smoother and brighter now thanks to a recently completed road project.

Roadwork on University Avenue, the road which stretches across UND’s campus, is wrapped up with some new features for safety and added light.

2. For some in Grand Forks County, COVID-19 vaccine could begin to roll out in mid-December

Grand Forks County could see a limited number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by as early as Dec. 14, with more set to follow weekly.

Debbie Swanson told Grand Forks County Commission members that biotech company Pfizer is awaiting emergency approval of its vaccine, and rival drug-maker Moderna’s vaccine is not far behind. Vaccinations will roll out in waves, with the first including health care providers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

3. IRS to send tax bills to small businesses that took money from the Payroll Protection Program

Inside Beaver's Cafe in Minto, the tables are empty, with only takeout orders available. The cafe has had to drastically reduce hours due to a lack of customers.


"It was like shutting the water off. We went from 125 customers a day to 15," said owner Steve Novak.

4. Reg Morelli's family says 'it's incredible' that UND will wear helmet stickers to honor the all-time great

The UND men's hockey program has honored past players in numerous ways over the years.

But it has seldom done so by placing recognitions on the team's game day gear.

That will change this season.

5. Mayor Brandon Bochenski: Plenty to be thankful for in Grand Forks

Although the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, there is never a bad time to let people know what you are grateful for.

I am grateful for the resilience and tenacity of the Grand Forks community. After looking at the data and seeing our case numbers slowly decline, there are reasons to be hopeful and cautiously optimistic moving forward.

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