5 things to know today: Feuding commissioners, BND president, Mask recommendations,


1. Piepkorn, Gehrig feud reaches new level with middle finger during Fargo City Commission meeting

Fargo City Commissioners Dave Piepkorn and Tony Gehrig often disagree with each other at meetings, but their feuding reached a new level at the last meeting of the city’s top five elected officials.

Video of Monday’s City Commission meeting shows Piepkorn apparently giving Gehrig the middle finger during a heated discussion about a property tax break for Tecton Products, an expanding Fiberglass company.

Read more from The Forum’s Barry Amundson

2. Interim president, former Wells Fargo leader named president at Bank of North Dakota

The headquarters of the Bank of North Dakota — the country's only state-owned bank — sits near the Missouri River in Bismarck. Photo via Bank of North Dakota

The headquarters of the Bank of North Dakota — the country’s only state-owned bank — sits near the Missouri River in Bismarck. Photo via Bank of North Dakota

State leaders this week tapped the Bank of North Dakota’s interim president, Todd Steinwand, as its new chief following the retirement of the institution’s longest-serving president.

Officials on North Dakota’s three-member Industrial Commission announced Steinwand’s appointment in their meeting Wednesday, July 28. Steinwand held his new role in an interim capacity since earlier this month, when former president Eric Hardmeyer stepped down after 21 years at the head of the bank.

Read more from The Forum’s Adam Willis

3. New CDC mask recommendations apply differently across North Dakota, Minnesota. Here’s a breakdown

Medical doctors Sree, left, and Sini Gopi wore masks Wednesday, July 28, 2021, to the Fargo Public Library in response to Tuesday's updated recommendations from the CDC. Both were concerned that health messaging about COVID-19 has been very confusing for laypeople. 
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Medical doctors Sree, left, and Sini Gopi wore masks Wednesday, July 28, 2021, to the Fargo Public Library in response to Tuesday’s updated recommendations from the CDC. Both were concerned that health messaging about COVID-19 has been very confusing for laypeople.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

New recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for vaccinated people to mask up in public indoor areas in Bismarck and Minot but not in Fargo, Grand Forks or the Twin Cities.

The inconsistencies in the modified mask guidelines…



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