Well darn it all, we mentioned just recently on all of our station's web-pages that the Bismarck Police Department had scheduled a fun day - The Tri-City Community Picnic on the 29th of this month - however, it is no surprise it has been canceled. Everyone from Bismarck, Mandan, and Lincoln WAS invited to this multi-community event. According to the event Facebook post, the Tri-City Community Picnic WAS all set to feature music, food trucks, games, Military/ First Responder displays, and cultural demonstrations. We have sadly become used to the coronavirus gobbling up planned programs/demonstrations/entertainment/sports/charity events/graduations etc. This is the world we live in now.

 

The police department made its decision based on the rising COVID-19 cases in the area. The Bismarck Tribune caught up with Deputy Chief Jason Stugelmeyer who had this to say “This decision was not taken lightly and we deeply regret the cancellations, Right now is a time for police departments to engage the community and gain trust in the citizens we serve. However, out of the abundance of caution to keep people safe from this invisible enemy, we just cannot hold an event that goes against the advice of medical professionals and leaders in the community.”  

The department also said that they hope to present the event in the future, providing it's safe to do. In other related news, The Tribune reports that United Tribes Technical College is hosting FREE COVID-19 testing for faculty, staff, and students tomorrow ( Saturday ) from 9 am to Noon or until supplies run out. People are asked to enter through the south college entrance. There will be drive-thru and walking lanes available. Pre-registration should be completed athttps://testreg.nd.gov/.