Burgum announces streamlined spill reporting system

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota has a more efficient system to report oil spills and other releases involving hazardous materials. “This simplified system gives producers and the public a one-stop option for reporting hazardous material spills instead of having to report spills to multiple state agencies” Burgum said. Burgum says planning began in 2018. Last…

Burgum loosens COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants

ND Smart RestartBISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum has lowered North Dakota’s statewide risk level for COVID-19 from high risk “orange” to moderate risk “yellow” and increasing capacity limits for restaurants, bars and gatherings. Bars, restaurants and other establishments have been operating at up to 50 percent of their licensed capacity, not to exceed 150 people since Nov. 16….

City commissioners ask Burgum to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Commissioners Dave Piepkorn & Tony GehrigFARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Two Fargo city commissioners are asking Gov. Doug Burgum to ease restrictions he ordered that would allow the city to extend the hours of in-person services at bars and restaurants from 10 pm to midnight and allow occupancy in those businesses to increase from from 50% to 75%. Commissioners Tony Gehrig and…

Governor bills North Dakota for lost fight over House seat

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota taxpayers are on the hook for legal expenses in Gov. Doug Burgum’s failed attempt to fill a legislative seat won by a man who died before taking office. Billing records obtained The Associated Press after an open records request say the Republican governor’s office is claiming more than $12,000 in attorney fees and court costs….

Burgum will wait to get coronavirus vaccine

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he will wait his turn in line to get a coronavirus vaccination. The 64-year-old Republican governor told a Fargo-area chamber of commerce panel on a videoconference that he will be “way down the line” when it comes to his eligibility. North Dakota’s initial doses of the vaccine began arriving on Monday….

Last Minute Change In North Dakota Electors Before Monday’s Vote

BISMARCK, N.D. — There is a last minute replacement among North Dakota Electors who will formally cast their ballots for President and Vice President on Monday. John Trandem of Reiles Acres will replace state Senator Ray Holmberg who recused himself because of COVID-19 quarantine. The other electors are Sandy Boehler of Fargo and Robert Wefald of Bismarck. They will meet…

Task Force memo to Burgum discusses avoiding shopping, urges colleges, tribes to test weekly

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Federal health officials are warning that all people over 65, or those with significant health conditions should avoid any indoor public places. The information is contained in a Nov.29 internal briefing sent to Gov. Doug Burgum from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. “We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high…

Burgum’s $15B budget would not raise sales or income taxes

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has unveiled a $15 billion budget that bumps state spending by 2%. The plan includes a $1.25 billion bonding package largely aimed at funding statewide infrastructure projects. The governor’s suggested spending does not raise taxes on sales or income. The Republican governor’s budget is the second-biggest proposed by a governor in state…