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GRAND FORKS COUNTY

About 10.7% of Grand Forks County residents were totally vaccinated — with two shots — according to Health Department data as of Feb. 24.
Dr. Joel Walz, Grand Forks County’s health officer, told City Council members he intends to sign a countywide mask mandate that, unlike a citywide one council members OK'd late last month, carries actual penalties for violating it.
Bismarck's Burleigh County reported 78 new cases, leading the state. Jamestown's Stutsman County added 49 new cases, while Fargo's Cass County reported 45 new cases.
If granted by President Donald Trump, the disaster declaration would free up public funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help North Dakota municipalities and counties repair infrastructure and roads damaged by the storms.

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Bismarck's Burleigh County reported the greatest number of new cases with 44, while Fargo's Cass County added 41 cases. Jamestown's Stutsman County posted 28 new cases. Grand Forks County and Minot's Ward County added 24 new cases.
North Dakota has reported the ninth-fewest cases of COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The declaration, which came at the request of Gov. Doug Burgum, unlocks federal aid for state, local and tribal governments to repair the estimated $40 million in damaged infrastructure that the flooding left in its wake.
The amendment allows all facilities to start outdoor visitation of residents and introduces standards for nursing homes to open up indoor visitation.
Jensen was dismissed Jan. 3 for multiple performance and conduct issues.
Early Saturday morning, police responded to a report of a residential building on fire.

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David Bialik, a licensed clinical social worker in Grand Forks, pleaded guilty to having a consensual sexual relationship with a patient in 2019. He will be sentenced on June 15.
Benefits of rural broadband are big for the region's schools, business and healthcare — but not everyone is online.
JOHNSTOWN, N.D. — After weeks of waiting, Tim Nelson was in the driver’s seat of his combine Tuesday steering the John Deere 9770 through a corn field.

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