GOV. DOUG BURGUM

Burgum signs Ten Commandments school bill

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill designed to protect schools and teachers from lawsuits arising from posting the Ten Commandments in classrooms. Burgum’s endorsement comes after attorneys and school officials warned the legislation is unconstitutional and would spur costly and unwinnable legal fights. Hoping to fend off legal challenges, the House amended the bill…

Transgender sports bill heads to Gov. Burgum’s desk

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A bill to require North Dakota public grade school and high school athletes to compete in sports according to their birth gender is on its way to Gov. Doug Burgum’s desk. Grand Forks Democratic Sen. JoNell Bakke said the measure is meant to address a problem that doesn’t exist. “We are interfering in a personal issue…

Gov. Doug Burgum Signs Legacy Fund Investment Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum is signing a bill that’s aimed at creating a broader investment policy for the state’s voter-approved oil tax savings account. The bill sets targets for investing a greater portion of the Legacy Fund principal in North Dakota. It requires that the State Investment Board give preference to qualified investment firms with a presence in…

Burgum warns fire season to be ‘tough’ amid drought

Grassland fire. Richland County, N.D.BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is warning the state is headed to a “tough fire season.” He visited Billings County, where a fire had prompted him to call a statewide wildfire emergency. The governor says that even prior to calling the state of emergency this week, far more acres have already burned this…

Gov. Burgum Declares Statewide Wildfire Emergency as Medora Is Evacuated

BILLINGS CO., N.D. — (UPDATE: 8:43pm 04/01/21) — Around 9,600 acres have burned near Medora, North Dakota and containment of the grass fire which caused the evacuation of the small tourist town is at 15%. Interstate 94 is temporarily closed from Beach to Belfield with no detour in place. Drivers will have to use alternate routes. **ORIGINAL POST BELOW** Evacuations…

Large Grass Fire Near Mentor, Minnesota 90% Contained

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday for all of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota

MENTOR, Minn. — A grass fire near Mentor, Minnesota which started Monday is now 90% contained and authorities say it was “human-caused”. Minnesota Incident Command reports the “Oxcart Fire” had no new fire growth overnight. Calmer weather helped keep the fire activity minimal within the perimeter of the 13,000 acre fire. Firefighters are working on mopping up smoldering hot spots…

North Dakota National Guard on standby for wildfire response

Grassland fire. Richland County, N.D.BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum has placed the North Dakota National Guard on standby to provide help if additional resources are needed to respond to a growing number of wildfires. In the event a statewide emergency is declared, the order enables National Guard members to support local, tribal, federal and state firefighting efforts.  It…

Burgum, Cramer told there are no plans to move migrants to North Dakota

Detainees in CPB border facility (photo by Rep. Henry Cuellar)FARGO (KVRR) – A spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum says there are presently no plans to move migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to northern states, including North Dakota. According to emails reviewed by the Washington Post, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is overwhelmed and wants the Biden administration to transport…

Gov. Doug Burgum Recovering From Hip Surgery

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum is recovering this weekend after undergoing hip replacement surgery. The 64-year-old Republican had surgery Friday to replace his left hip. Gubernatorial authority was briefly delegated to Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford on Friday morning. Sanford said he didn’t take any actions before Burgum resumed his authority. Burgum issued a statement saying the surgery went well…

Burgum receives first dose of Moderna vaccine

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday as North Dakota reached another pandemic milestone with all counties now having health care providers serving the Phase 1C vaccine priority group. The governor received the Moderna vaccine during a drive-through vaccine clinic at the Bismarck Event Center.  First Lady Kathryn Burgum also received her…