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5 things to know today: Minnesota COVID restrictions, District 8 seat, Dakota Bowl, ND doctors call for business closures, Legislative Forum

Patrons sit socially distanced at the newly resurfaced bar at Whistle Binkies Old World Pub in northeast Rochester, Minn., in June. Gov. Tim Walz announced an effort Tuesday, Nov. 10, to impose new statewide restrictions on bars, restaurants and social gatherings. Forum News Service file photo

1. What you need to know about Minnesota's new limits on bars, restaurants, gatherings that start Friday, Nov. 13

It has been a difficult few weeks in Minnesota, as COVID-19 continues its rampant spread across the state, leaving record-smashing case numbers and a devastating toll of hospitalizations and deaths.

Gov. Tim Walz announced an effort Tuesday, Nov. 10, to tamp down the spread, as he imposed new statewide restrictions on bars, restaurants and social gatherings.

2. Burgum asks court to block North Dakota Legislature from filling seat of dead candidate

Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday, Nov. 12, filed a petition with the North Dakota Supreme Court asking it to bar legislators from filling the soon-to-be vacant District 8 seat in the North Dakota House of Representatives.

Burgum asked the Supreme Court to "immediately intervene" and restrict Secretary of State Al Jaeger, the Legislative Assembly and the District 8 Republican committee from appointing someone to the seat.

3. Watch all the Dakota Bowl championship action LIVE right here starting 8 a.m. today!

It's Dakota Bowl time! Catch all the North Dakota football championship games LIVE right here starting at 8 a.m. Friday. This livestream is only available to our members. Not a member? You can subscribe right now !


  • 8 a.m. - Division A championship - Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals vs. Lisbon Broncos
  • Noon* - 9-man championship - Linton-HMB vs. Cavalier
  • 4 p.m.* - Division AA - St. Mary's Saints vs. Beulah Miners
  • 7 p.m.* - Game 4- Division AAA (~6:30PM) - West Fargo Sheyenne vs. Bismarck Century Patriots

4. As Manitoba locks down, North Dakota doctors call for business closures

Manitoba will enter a monthlong lockdown with mandatory business closures and travel restrictions after leaders in the Canadian province determined the extreme steps were necessary to curb a climbing COVID-19 case count.

Just across the border, doctors in North Dakota say the state is fighting a far more severe outbreak with its hands tied behind its back. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has declined to close businesses or issue stay-at-home orders in any hard-hit counties, defying his administration’s own guidelines .

5. Grand Forks Public Schools to host Legislative Forum

Grand Forks Public Schools has announced plans to host a virtual Legislative Forum via Zoom video-conferencing from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, to discuss local priorities for the next session of the state Legislature, which begins in January.

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