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5 things to know today: ND travelers, limiting visitors, 14 candidates, Class B girls basketball, disaster areas

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This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (Submitted / NIAID-RML)

1. North Dakota urges some travelers to self-quarantine on coronavirus fears

Travelers returning from some of the countries fighting the most cases of the coronavirus should self-quarantine for two weeks, North Dakota health officials say.

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2. Edgewood senior facilities ask friends, family to reconsider visits amid coronavirus worries

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A sign has been posted at the entrance to Parkwood Senior Living. Joe Bowen / Grand Forks Herald

Edgewood Healthcare workers are limiting comings and goings at their senior living facilities in Grand Forks and beyond as a precaution against the coronavirus , the effects of which can be more severe for elderly people.

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3. 14 candidates vying for one spot on the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education

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Dan Traynor. Photo courtesy of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education

Fourteen candidates, including three with ties to Grand Forks, have applied for a spot on the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education created by the resignation of new federal judge Dan Traynor, the Department of Public Instruction announced Thursday, March 5.

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4. Staff work to protect crowds from infection at ND girls basketball tournament

The flu, colds and the coronavirus are having an impact on how staff are handling the Class B girls basketball tournament in Grand Forks. Thousands of people are expected to go to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to watch the North Dakota Girls Basketball Class B Tournament.

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5. Perdue designates 16 North Dakota counties as primary disaster areas

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Excessive snow is one reason Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue declared 16 North Dakota counties primary disaster areas, making producers eligible for emergency loans. (Jenny Schlecht / Agweek)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated 16 North Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses caused by five separate disaster events may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans .

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