COVID hospitalizes longtime Grand Forks politician and businessman Bruce Gjovig


Bruce Gjovig, a local author and former head of the UND’s Center for Innovation, is hospitalized with COVID, according to multiple social media reports the Herald has privately confirmed.

Gjovig’s condition is serious and, according to an entry on the CaringBridge website, he is breathing using a ventilator. He remains at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

More updates on Gjovig’s health are expected to be posted on CaringBridge at

“Currently Bruce is fighting COVID-19,” reads a Nov. 15 update from the CaringBridge website. “He remains in intensive care, in an induced coma, breathing on a ventilator. We appreciate your support and your words of hope and encouragement.

Gjovig has had a severe case of COVID for at least the past week. North Dakota radio personality Scott Hennen shared his support for Gjovig on November 13, asking for community prayers and calling Gjovig a “legendary thinker, author, entrepreneur coach and longtime friend to many.”

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State Representative Emily O’Brien, R-Grand Forks, shared an update on Gjovig on social media Monday evening.

“His heart is strong! The kidneys are working! Bruce Gjovig is too strong and too stubborn to let this virus have the last laugh! she wrote. “Please keep it in your prayers and don’t give up hope! “

Although a number of Grand Grand Forks public figures have contracted COVID, Gjovig’s case may be the first widely known case in which a well-known local reporter has developed such serious complications. But it is the latest in a long line of illnesses that have occupied local health care workers throughout the duration of the pandemic; the North Dakota Department of Health has followed more than 13,500 cases in Grand Forks County since the start of the pandemic.

In addition to his work at the UND, Gjovig has also been a prolific donor and active intermediary in conservative politics in Grand Forks. He has been an Air Force appointed community liaison with the local Air Force base since 2016.

“Bruce has done so much for so many people in the community,” Barry Wilfahrt, head of the local chamber of commerce, told the Herald. “I’m just sad to hear he’s in the hospital.”


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