Readers Ask About Expanded Unemployment Benefits Removing the Incentive to Work, the Status of DAPL and More

Health care workers at Jamestown Regional Medical Center and across the state may wear masks to protect themselves and patients from spreading illness. Pictured are registered nurse Tracy Dale and patient access clerk Holly Wald. As of Tuesday, there were no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Stutsman County area. Katie Ryan-Anderson / For the Jamestown Sun

MINOT, N.D. — This week’s mailbag features a question, or more accurately a concern, that unemployment benefits which may be luring health care workers away from the frontlines of the fight against coronavirus.

Also messages about rent, price-fixing in the beef industry, divisive politics in a time of pandemic, and a recent federal court ruling on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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