COVID-19 Daily Update: 5/21/2020
The Director's Digest

Daily Updates from the Community Promotions Office:

This email will include business closures, event postponements, updated CDC information, and reliable resources for the health and well-being of you and your business. If you have information regarding business changes, event postponements, or any other community information, please contact the Community Promotions Office at 701-567-2531 or For updates within the community, please visit our Facebook page, tune in to KNDC 1490, check out the Adams County Record. For reliable state and national information regarding COVID-19, visit the following link:                                                                             

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Recently Updated:

There will be no Memorial Day Service this year.

There will be no Baccalaureate this year.

Abundant Life Assembly of God: In-Person Sunday services have been resumed at 10:30 am.

Buffalo Fest 2020: The Buffalo Fest scheduled for May 30, 2020 in Hettinger, ND, has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus pandemic. The Buffalo Fest aimed at celebrating the buffalo-rich history of the Hettinger, ND, and Lemmon, Bison and Buffalo, SD, area as the location of the last great buffalo hunts and helping save the buffalo from extinction.

C&N Cafe: Take out orders available. Dine-in available, but social distancing guidelines apply. Continuing to close at 3:00 pm. Friday Specials: Breakfast: 2 eggs hash browns, toast & coffee. Lunch: Fish & chips. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Saturday Specials: Indian tacos. Taco in a bag. BLT. Sunday Specials: Homemade chicken fried steak. Turkey & dressing. Monday Specials: Breakfast: French toast with bacon and egg. Lunch: Meatloaf. Buffalo chicken wrap. Tuesday Specials: Breakfast: Waffle & links. Lunch: Pork chops and gravy. Black devil burger.

City Wide Rummage Sale: POSTPONED

Headquarters: Masks are mandatory. Make appointments via phone. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Hettinger Armory/Fitness Center: Fitness Center will be open  for use starting 5/14/2020 at 8 am. The Council advises all patrons to practice social distancing to keep yourself safe as well as other patrons. Keep a flexible schedule to avoid too many people using the Fitness Center all at once and avoid using equipment located next to another. The Council also wants to remind all patrons to be respectful and use hand sanitizer as well as wiping down gym equipment after use - and to also put all equipment away when done. The gym remains closed at this time!

Hettinger Country Club/No-Man Open: We are sad to announce that the No-Man Open will not be taking place this year. This tournament has been heavily sponsored by businesses and individuals throughout Hettinger, Scranton, Lemmon and beyond. We feel that since Covid-19 everyone has been affected including our sponsors, therefore, we are choosing to take a break from this tournament, for one year. It is out of respect for our amazing sponsors that we chose to make this difficult decision. We hope to see you all in 2021 for the 5th Annual No-Man Open! Please stay safe and don’t forget to shop local!

Hettinger Public School/Graduation: “The graduation ceremony for Hettinger Public School is on Sunday, May 24th starting at 2:00 pm, which is not open to any public spectators. We are presuming the ceremony will take about 35 to 40 minutes. The Graduating Class of 2020 are going to have a parade on North Main Street for the public. If you wish to watch the parade, please line up on north main street, like you would for the July 4th parades (back in, setup a lawn chair in front of your vehicle) AROUND 2:30. Please do not park north of 5th Ave N, the parade will not be going that far north. We are asking you to remember SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND BE SMART ABOUT THOSE OTHERS AROUND YOU! After the parade on north main the graduates will be setting up their “parade” vehicles on south main street if you wish to bring a card or gift of congratulations to graduating students. Drive down to south main street after the barricades are opened up. Please stay in your car and someone will assist you with getting those gifts to the graduates from each individual family. PLEASE REMEMBER AND REMIND OTHERS OF THE SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING PROCEDURES DURING THIS ENTIRE TIME. PLEASE COME OUT AND CELEBRATE THESE GRADUATES ACCOMPLISHMENTS, THESE KIDS HAVE GONE THROUGH A LOT AND ARE NOT EXPERIENCING GRADUATION THE TRADITIONAL WAY WITH YOU AND THEIR EXTENDED FAMILIES. THANK YOU FROM THE HETTINGER CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATES AND FAMILIES.”

Hettinger Theater: Will reopen May 22nd. Details to follow.

Hettinger United Methodist Church: Will begin having in-person worship services from theparking lot at 10 a.m. on Sundays weather- and health-permitting, starting this coming Sunday, May 24th.  Services will be live-streamed simultaneously, and radio broadcasts will continue on KNDC, Consolidated channel 91 and at 9:05 a.m. on Sundays. 

KB Jewelers: Open for business as usual.

Kennedy’s: Expanding hours starting Monday, May 11th to 7:00 am-7:00 pm Monday-Saturday, and 9:00 am-6:00 pm Sunday.

Pastime: Hours in the bar are 4:00 pm-9:00 pm Monday-Thursday and Friday & Saturday 4:00 pm-10:00 pm. Space will be limited. The steakhouse will be open for delivery & take-out ONLY until additional staff can be hired to safely accommodate the opening of the dining room. The hours for take-out & delivery of 5PM-9PM Monday-Thursday & 5PM-10PM Friday & Saturday. All customers are encouraged to use the hand sanitation stations throughout the facility.

Peacock Mercantile: Open from 7:00 am-4:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

Scruffy's: Dining area will remain closed to the public at this time, offering take-out orders only. Orders can still be picked up at the drive-up window. Hours will remain the same.

Solar Flair Hair Studio: Online booking has been disabled until all April/May appointments are caught up on. All customers must bring their own face mask to wear when receiving services.

Suzie's: Will re-open Wednesday May 6 at 4:00. Hours will be Wednesday & Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday 4pm-midnight, and Sunday 4pm-10pm The restaurant will continue to do take out and curbside, and orders can be made at bar as well.

T&B Brickfire/Prairie Rose Floral: Will continue to offer curbside pick-up and delivery only for the time being.

West River Insurance Agency: Open for business as usual.
Delivery & Take-Out Options




4th of July Celebration
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Informative Local Podcasts

West River Health Services: Coronavirus Update 5/20/2020

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Catherine  Houle




Large Gathering Protocols
May 15th, 2020: Gov. Doug Burgum announced guidelines for large gatherings, banquets, ballrooms and event venues as part of the ND Smart Restart plan, while also outlining the plan as a phased approach to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The North Dakota Department of Commerce worked with more than a dozen representatives of business and industry to collaboratively develop the recommendations for the ND Smart Restart of event centers and other venues in collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH). 

“Thanks to the contribution of this diverse workgroup, these recommended protocols balance the importance of controlling the spread of infection with the ability to safely proceed with events of limited size with additional precautions,” Burgum said. “These protocols empower local decision-making as our state‘s COVID-19 response continues to focus on our ability to test, trace and isolate positive cases to save lives and livelihoods.”
Large Gathering Standards
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ND Smart Restart
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ND Smart Restart Guidelines

We encourage North Dakotans to embrace this ND Smart Restart plan as a road-map to a better, safer and healthier tomorrow for employers, employees and customers alike. This applies not only to those businesses affected by executive orders, but to all businesses as we enter this new normal.
Smart Restart Guidelines
Standards for All Industries
Industry Specific Standards

North Dakota Small Business Development Corporation
4R Program: Recover, Re-open, Re-invent, (be) Resilient

ND SBDC has launched the 4R Project – Recover, Re-open, Re-invent, (be) Resilient, to help North Dakota‘s small businesses get “back to business.” This is a state-wide, collaborative effort spearheaded by the ND SBDC, to help all of the state‘s small businesses, regardless of industry, in weathering the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more below.
ND SBDC 4R Program

Workplace Assessment for COVID-19:

The following is a workplace assessment tool that should be used to help employers / workplaces develop policies and procedures to prepare and respond to COVID-19. This is an effort to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public to the greatest extent practical by identifying, deploying and monitoring the following actions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and provide the highest level of consumer assurance practical.
Workplace Assessment

Essential Workplace Recommendations for COVID-19:

The NDDoH has developed a Workplace Assessment for COVID-19 and issued the following guidance to help business owners, employers, non-profits, and managers make decisions that affect their individual operation and ensure continuity of essential functions. Recognizing that conditions and circumstances change daily, reach out to your local public health unit or the NDDoH Hotline at 1-866-207-2880 if you have additional questions.
Workplace Recommendations




Support Local: Daily Tip
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Support local businesses!

With businesses starting to re-open during these unprecedented times, we are all learning together! Be patient with local businesses as they re-open, social distance, practice person hygiene & support the place we love to live! Visit for a list of businesses. #ilovehettinger







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COVID-19 Relief Funding Options
Small Business Owner's Guide
ND Nonprofit COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Emergency Rent Bridge




Paycheck Protection Program

Additional Aid for Small-Business Loan Programs Now Available: PPP Applications Re-Opened

Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the Resumption of the Paycheck Protection Program - Released 4.24.2020

WASHINGTON – Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today on the resumption of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP):
“We are pleased that President Trump has signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides critical additional funding for American workers and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  We want to thank Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy for working with us on a bipartisan basis to ensure that the Paycheck Protection Program is funded so that small businesses can keep hardworking Americans on the payroll.
“The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.  This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation.
“The PPP has supported more than 1.66 million small businesses and protected over 30 million jobs for hardworking Americans.  With the additional funds appropriated by Congress, tens of millions of additional workers will benefit from this critical relief.
“We encourage all approved lenders to process loan applications previously submitted by eligible borrowers and disburse funds expeditiously.  All eligible borrowers who need these funds should work with an approved lender to apply.  Borrowers should carefully review PPP regulations and guidance and the certifications required to obtain a loan.
“The Trump Administration is fully committed to ensuring that America‘s workers and small businesses continue to get the resources they need to get through this challenging time.”
If you have not secured Paycheck Protection Program funding for you business, and you intend to apply, we encourage you to contact your lender today to begin the application process. It is anticipated that this funding will run out once again.
PPP Borrower Application Form
Paycheck Protection Program




EIDL Program

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

With the additional funding provided by the new COVID-19 relief package, SBA will resume processing EIDL Loan and Advance applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis.

We will provide further information on the availability of the EIDL portal to receive new applications (including those from agricultural enterprises) as soon as possible.
EIDL Vs. PPP Program Comparison
EIDL Emergency Advance




Bank of North Dakota Programs

Industrial Commission Authorizes Bank of ND Programs to Assist Businesses in Pandemic Recovery Efforts 4.24.2020

The North Dakota Industrial Commission today authorized the Bank of North Dakota (BND) to provide two financing programs to assist North Dakota businesses in obtaining long-term, low-interest loans to assist in the state‘s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan programs will help both small and large businesses to secure working capital and replenish inventory. The programs will be effective Wednesday, April 29, 2020.   

The Small Employer Loan Fund (SELF) will provide a loan of up to $50,000 to small businesses with a full-time employee equivalent (FTE) of 10 employees or less. These loans may be used for working capital, recurring expenses and replenishing inventory. Business owners will work with their local lender to access the program. The loan has a maximum term of 10 years and a fixed interest rate of 1%, with deferral of loan payments for up to six months.

The COVID-19 PACE Recovery Program (CPRP) will provide a loan of up to $5 million for businesses of less than 500 employees and a loan of up to $10 million for businesses with more than 500 employees. Loan payments may be deferred for up to six months, at which time the loan will term out with up to a 10-year amortization. The interest rate on the loan will be bought down by BND to 1% for a period of time, with a maximum buydown of $500,000. Business owners will access the program through their local lender. Unlike other PACE program offerings from BND, there is no community match required.

To qualify, North Dakota businesses must have been established before Feb.15, 2020 and loan applications must be received before Nov. 30, 2020.

Through a combination of the Coronavirus Relief Fund and the Bank of North Dakota‘s accumulated and undivided profits, the Industrial Commission will make $200 million available for interest buydown and $50 million for low-interest loans.  The buydown will be leveraged to provide up to $2 billion in low interest loans.   
The Bank‘s mission “to support agriculture, commerce and industry” has not changed since its earliest days in 1919. The only state-owned bank in the nation, the Bank of North Dakota is overseen by the Industrial Commission.

To learn more about loan program specifics, visit
Bank of North Dakota
Bank of North Dakota FAQs

Bank of ND Small Employer Loan Fund (SELF)

This program assists local financial institutions and certified development corporations (CDC‘s) in providing loans to assist very small North Dakota businesses in their recovery from the negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Loan applications must be received by November 30, 2020.
SELF Program

Bank of ND COVID-19 PACE Recovery Program (CPRP)

This program assists local financial institutions in providing low interest loans to support North Dakota businesses in their economic recovery due to negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2020.
CPRP Program




SBA COVID-19 Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
SBA COVID-19 Disaster Assist.
Checklist for Disaster Assist.




Support for Farm   Ag Producers
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Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Agriculture

An amendment to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program now allows agricultural businesses with fewer than 500 employees to participate in this program. Go to the SBA website to find out how to apply.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has $19 billion to support farmers and ranchers during COVID-19. Of this amount, $9.6 Billion is allocated for the livestock industry and $5.1 billion of the livestock industry funds are specifically for the cattle industry.
Click here for more information

Local Resources Close to Home:

The NDSU Research & Adams County Extension Center recognize that recent weeks have been particularly difficult for our community businesses, including farming and ranching businesses. There are a few ways they are working to support you through these challenging times. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have taken a number of steps to support our local producers:
NDSU Extension Resources
Ag Markets Webinar Series
Town Hall Webinars




Commerce COVID-19 Hub
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COVID-19 Hub

To best serve businesses and communities dealing with the impact of COVID-19, the Commerce team is taking a proactive approach by temporarily redirecting human and financial resources to support the North Dakota business community. While you should continue to receive your public health information from the North Dakota Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, below is important information pertaining to both state and federal resources available to businesses and communities affected economically as a result of this public health threat.
Business & Employer Recources
This update includes information vital to understanding the federal financial resources recently made available to small businesses through the CARES Act.




Greater ND Chamber Hub
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In an attempt to drive data-based decisions versus further actions of fear or panic, GNDC has created an info and response page - Serving as a hub to update North Dakota business, industry, and individuals of ongoing impacts at the local level and beyond to the world market. 

The site captures ongoing efforts from the U.S. Chamber, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and additional effects on business from COVID-19. Links to data sources including relevant CDC links and ND Department of Health pages are also available for easy access.
Business Briefing Recordings




BCDC Business Broadcast
May 12 Business Broadcast
Jason Matthews of JM Strategies speaks on Planning in an Era of Uncertainty, and get a look into how Bowman County Development Corporation is planning for the future of Bowman County. Recording available soon.
Listen to 4-21-2020 Broadcast
Listen to 4-14-2020 Broadcast
Listen to 4-7-2020 Broadcast




Small Business Dev. Center

Local Support: Laura Weber

The Small Business Development Center serves Adams County businesses free of charge, and is able to assist with navigating regional and federal funding options during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact our local SBDC representative, Laura Weber today:








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NDSU NICE Center: Let Us Help Your Business Succeed Online

We‘re all navigating a challenging time in our lives. And if you run a business, we know that you may be facing unknowns about how to operate given the implications of social distancing.  If you are a business owner needing digital support, please know that we at The Nice Center have a team here to help.

Here are some of the ways we can support:
     Setting up an online store
     Marketing the new ways you continue to serve your customers
     Branding and design
     Online ordering and sales processes
NDSU NICE Center Tools




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Join us!

Learn how to grow your business and utilize Google services!
• Google Slides
• Google Sheets
• Google Photos
• Google Forms & Google Drawings
• Google Sites

Grow With Google Tutorials








Low Income Home Energy Assistance: 2020 Cooling Program

LIHEAP, in partnership with the ND Department of Commerce and local Community Action Agencies, is operating a cooling program until the end of September 2020. Cooling program funds can be used to purchase and install a window air conditioning unit, repair an air conditioning unit, or to purchase oscillating or window fans for qualifying households.


Business For All Grants

$250,000 in grants will be awarded to Business for All applicants, as a critical step towards tackling entrepreneurs‘ single greatest barrier to growth: access to capital. 


The Red Backpack Fund

Grant fund making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. 


Child Care Aware of North Dakota

Child Care Aware of North Dakota has a COVID resource page with information about the ND Child Care Emergency Operating Grant and other resources for local child care providers.







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ND COVID-19 App!

Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) in partnership with ProudCrowd, announced that the Care19 app is now available for Android AND Apple users to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in North Dakota.

Care19 was recently launched to help the NDDoH reduce the spread of COVID-19 by more efficiently and effectively identifying individuals who may have had contact with people who have tested positive. This app is completely voluntary and developed with a privacy-first mindset. The information collected is not associated with a phone number or any personal information.

Read more here: #InThisTogetherND




Mental Health Resources
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The COVID-19 outbreak may be stressful for people. Get tips for managing stress here:

Some common signs of stress and anxiety include:
• Changes in sleep and eating patterns
• Difficulty concentrating
• Worsening of chronic health conditions

More information here.




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Disaster Distress Helpline

Worry, confusion, frustration or fear can be normal when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with not being able to visit family over the Easter holiday. For immediate crisis counseling & support, reach out to the Disaster Distress Helpline: ☎️ Call 1-800-985-5990




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Local Mental Health Resources




Gov. Doug Burgum's Update
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ND Department of Health Joint Information Center press briefings with Governor Doug Burgum:

"Focus on facts, not fear."
The ND Dept of Health Joint Information Center transitioned to Monday-Wednesday-Friday press briefings. 
Press Conference 5-20-2020
Press Conference 5-19-2020




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MYTH: Drinking alcohol reduces the risk of infection.

In response to a series of myths surrounding alcohol and COVID-19, the WHO released a statement. In it, they explain that although alcohol can disinfect the skin, it does not work the same way inside the body.

They explain that “consuming any alcohol poses health risks, but consuming high-strength ethyl alcohol (ethanol), particularly if it has been adulterated with methanol, can result in severe health consequences, including death.”

In a fact sheet on the subject, they write that, “Alcohol use, especially heavy use, weakens the immune system and thus reduces the ability to cope with infectious diseases.”

Because alcohol is associated with a number of diseases, it may make people more vulnerable to COVID-19.

 Read more COVID-19 myth busters here.







Other Informaiton
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The #2020Census is here, and the results will #ShapeYourFuture of the U.S. and Hettinger area for the next 10 years. We challenge you to respond now at Tag your friends and family and challenge them to respond as well! Learn more:




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Jasmin Fosheim
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Hettinger Chamber of Commerce
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