Mayor Brandon Bochenski and UND President Andrew Armacost on Tuesday, Sept. 29, commended a communitywide partnership that they credit for helping curtail an alarming rise in coronavirus cases earlier this year in Grand Forks.

The two participated in a 40-minute televised event Tuesday morning that took the place of the traditional "Wake Up to UND" breakfast, an annual gathering that marks the first month of UND’s school year with a sort of State of the Union address by the university president.

2. Multistate 911 outage under investigation in North Dakota, Minnesota

The Grand Forks Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) is not believed to have been affected by a multistate 911 outage on Monday, Sept. 28, but at least three other PSAPs in the state were. CenturyLink is expected to report the cause of outages in North Dakota in the coming days, as well as the number of disconnected 911 calls.

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3. UND to continue with hybrid learning after Thanksgiving

UND will be continuing its hybrid learning mode after the Thanksgiving break.

In an email to the campus community, UND indicated it has been monitoring its COVID-19 response closely and has been “pleased with the efforts of our UND community working together to test, isolate and quarantine as necessary and practicing COVID-19 safe behaviors.”

4. After Ginsburg's death, new questions about the lifespan of Obamacare in North Dakota

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this month and the Trump administration's nomination of her likely conservative successor, the long odds of a legal case to overturn Obamacare have gotten considerably shorter.

The challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a lawsuit driven by the state of Texas since 2018, has been endorsed by North Dakota and many of its Republican lawmakers. Nearly 21,000 North Dakotans are currently enrolled in the federal health care program.

5. UND's Jake Sanderson, Mitchell Miller to participate in World Junior camp

Every year, USA Hockey officials scout college games during the first half of the season to help select the U.S. World Junior Championship roster.

This year, they won't have that luxury.

College hockey season isn't expected to begin until after Thanksgiving, leaving almost no lead time before USA Hockey has to choose the team that will represent the U.S. at the under-20 tournament.