5 things to know today: Action threshold, Biden visit, Electric vehicles, Municipal lawyer, KVRR sale

1. West Fargo School Board decides to keep COVID-19 policies unchanged as school approaches action threshold

With an elementary school on the verge of forcing the board to consider closing a building, the West Fargo School Board decided on Tuesday, November 30 not to change its policy at this time, but to try to help everything the world to understand that a building closure is an option. , not a warrant if the number of positive cases reaches a certain level.

The board met on Tuesday to discuss eliminating part of its COVID-19 mitigation strategy that states that a school could switch to distance education if 5% of the population has active cases of coronavirus.

On November 30, Legacy Elementary School reported 25 active positive cases among students at the school and two cases among staff, representing 5.2% of the total school population.

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2. “Time to act”: President Joe Biden praises $ 4 billion boost to Minnesota during layover in Rosemount

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recently approved $ 1.2 trillion federal infrastructure project on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Dakota County <a class=Technical College in Rosemount. Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin” width=”1140″ height=””/>

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recently approved $ 1.2 trillion federal infrastructure project on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin

President Joe Biden on Tuesday, November 30, trumpeted the more than $ 4 billion expected to arrive in Minnesota under a federal infrastructure law signed earlier this month and pleaded for the passage of another $ 1.9 trillion spending plan.

Inside a heavy-truck store at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota, the president spoke with Democratic-farmer-worker leaders, students and others about the school and its role in training the next group of skilled workers. And he asked Congress to move forward with his Build Back Better plan.

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3. An electric vehicle charging network to connect the reserves of Minnesota and North Dakota seeking to free themselves from oil

Electric vehicle enthusiasts gathered at the North Dakota State Capitol during a hatchback event on June 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of the North Dakota Department of Transportation

Electric vehicle enthusiasts gathered at the North Dakota State Capitol during a hatchback event on June 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of the North Dakota Department of Transportation

A recently funded partnership between clean energy groups on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota and the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota aims to expand access to electric vehicles for tribes in the Midwest.

Supporters of the project say it is one more step towards independence from fossil fuels in two reserves that have battled major pipelines in recent years.

The $ 6.7 million awarded as a joint grant to the Standing Rock Renewable Energy Authority (SAGE) and Minneapolis-based Native Sun Community Power Development will be used to install more than 120 new vehicle charging stations electric to help connect the tribal communities, which are about 475 miles apart.

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4. New lawyer for the Town of Fargo, selected law firm

The new chief city attorney selected on Monday night was longtime assistant Nancy Morris, right, who is pictured at town hall with Jane Dynes, president of Serkland law firm.  The firm submitted the winning proposal to take over the city's civil and judicial operations from law firm Erik Johnson.  Morris will be assisted by a team of other people from Serkland, including Dynes.  Barry Amundson / The Forum

The new chief city attorney selected on Monday night was longtime assistant Nancy Morris, right, who is pictured at town hall with Jane Dynes, president of Serkland law firm. The firm submitted the winning proposal to take over the city’s civil and judicial operations from law firm Erik Johnson. Morris will be assisted by a team of other people from Serkland, including Dynes. Barry Amundson / The Forum

With longtime assistant Nancy Morris as the town’s new senior lawyer, Serkland law firm has been selected to represent the town for five years in civil and court cases.

The decision was approved on Monday evening, November 29, by the Fargo Town Commission unanimously.

Serkland, who provided one of two proposals for the contract, said he intends to represent Fargo as a team, although Morris is the main provider of legal services and sits with the city board during meetings.

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5. Forum, WDAY-TV plans to acquire KVRR-TV in Fargo, KQDS-TV in Duluth

The KVRR-TV studio in Fargo is seen in this 2013 archive photo. Forum Communications Co., parent company of WDAY-TV, has reached an agreement with Red River Broadcast Co. to acquire Fargo-based Fox subsidiary KVRR -TV and Duluth-based company KQDS, company executives announced Tuesday, November 30.  Forum

The KVRR-TV studio in Fargo is seen in this 2013 archive photo. Forum Communications Co., parent company of WDAY-TV, has reached an agreement with Red River Broadcast Co. to acquire Fargo-based Fox subsidiary KVRR -TV and Duluth-based company KQDS, company executives announced Tuesday, November 30. Forum

Forum Communications Co., parent company of WDAY-TV, has entered into an agreement with Red River Broadcast Co. to acquire Fargo-based Fox subsidiary KVRR-TV and Duluth-based company KQDS, executives said on Tuesday (November 30th). the company.

The acquisition of KVRR expands Forum Communications’ reach into the Fargo market, bringing together WDAY’s award-winning heritage in television broadcasting with the KVRR team.

The addition of KQDS marks an expansion into a new television market, but one familiar to Forum Communications, owner of the Duluth News Tribune.

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