The past year brought never-before-seen changes to Hillsboro and Traill County.
The new coronavirus and its impacts swept across North Dakota in March, reshaping how people in Traill County and its cities live their lives.
Medical and long-term care facilities cracked down on visitors to prevent infections.
Salons and fitness centers were shut down by the state while restaurants were forced to serve only to-go meals.
High school spring sports were canceled across the state.
The North Dakota Department of Health started releasing daily updates on the number of people who were diagnosed with COVID-19, along with those who had died.
The virus has dominated the headlines in the Hillsboro Banner the past nine months, but the paper continued to report on other major news events taking place within Traill County’s borders.
Dakota Natural Gas gave a green light to a natural gas pipeline serving Hillsboro and Mayville that could be completed by September.
New businesses like Great Plains Fireworks in Hillsboro and Corner Nutrition in Mayville opened to the public.
Paul Geray of Hillsboro started a flag project that’s lined Hillsboro’s city’s streets with more than 360 flags every holiday since May.
The virus brought life in Traill County to a standstill for a brief time, but residents have continued to mask up and adapted to living life under a new normal while waiting for vaccines that could put an end to the global pandemic.
As is our custom at the end of the year, we take a look back at the news stories that captured our attention in the first six months of 2020.
More to come in next week’s edition of the Hillsboro Banner.
Caught in the drift
A slow-moving winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in Traill County on Sunday, Dec. 29, the Banner reported in its Jan. 3 issue.
The storm shut down businesses in Hillsboro and stranded motorists along Interstate 29 from South Dakota to the Canadian border.
Nine people were rescued from their vehicles and spent Sunday night at the Hillsboro city armory to wait out the storm, said Sheriff Steve Hunt.
Flu cases soar
The North Dakota Department of Health reported a spike in influenza cases across the state, a trend that appeared to be mirrored in Hillsboro and the surrounding area.
Physician Tim Luithle of Sanford Health Hillsboro said the Hillsboro clinic had a number of cases of influenza B in recent weeks and its first confirmed case of influenza A on Jan. 7.
The Hillsboro clinic had reached out to the Sanford facility in nearby Halstad, Minn., to secure more flu vaccines for children.
Rec District’s plans
Members of the Hillsboro Rec District formally agreed Jan. 8 to ask voters in June for a property tax increase of up to six mills to finance the city’s summer rec programs.
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