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Michelle Griffith

Michelle (she/her) is a Bismarck-based journalist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and Report for America, a national service organization that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities.

Griffith joined The Forum in 2020 to cover rural issues in North Dakota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in journalism. Readers can contact her at and follow her on Twitter at @michellemgriff.

The blizzard warning is in effect for areas of the Red River Valley in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, including the cities of Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks, Valley City and Wahpeton, until 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
North Dakota had its most severe coronavirus outbreak back in November 2020, and now it's once again approaching the alarmingly high number of infections it experienced over a year ago.
Cass County's active COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed to a new record as omicron surges, and on Thursday, Jan. 13, North Dakota reached a pandemic high for the number of new cases reported in one day.
Last flu season, North Dakota had a total of only 245 flu cases, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. Although the end of this flu season is still months away, the state has already seen 6,638 cases — more than 25 times the number North Dakota reported a year ago.
North Dakota had 6,062 active COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, Jan. 12, the most the state has seen since late November 2020.
North Dakota's 14-day rolling positivity rate was 13.05% as of Monday, Jan. 10 — the highest since late November 2020.
Last week, the number of active cases in North Dakota nearly tripled, prompting the Department of Health to reconsider how it conducts case investigations because of its limited resources.
The release, which was a mixture of the firefighting foam and water, originated from Williston's Polar Creek Industries U.S. facility on Thursday, Jan. 6, according to a release.
Katelynn Berry, the daughter of Grand Forks County Assistant State's Attorney Carmell Mattison, has been missing for two weeks, leaving her phone, wallet and winter jacket in her apartment. These abandoned belongings later found by police prompted them to start a criminal investigation into her disappearance.
In 2021, North Dakota has issued 11 Silver Alerts. In eight cases, the missing person was found safe. Two of the people were found deceased and one has not been found, state officials said.