Governor Doug Burgum

People Express Concerns over Governor Burgum’s Reduced COVID-19 Restrictions

"I don't think we're there as in terms of not wearing masks yet."

  FARGO, N.D.  — After North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum announced reduced restrictions for businesses and the halt of the statewide mask mandate, some people in the community are unsure whether or not we are ready to move forward. “The statewide mask mandate to expire at 8 am January 18th,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. As COVID-19 cases are reduced with…

North Dakota’s 67th Legislative session to look at COVID-19 response

"There's probably going to be an effort especially in the House of Representatives to try to curl back and curtain the governor's emergency powers."

BISMARCK, N.D.  — On Tuesday, North Dakota lawmakers are meeting for the 67th legislative session to discuss bonding, economic recovery, and the response to the pandemic. Republicans have wide majorities in both houses. “There’s going to be a lot of discussion about bonding and how bonding will relate to the legacy fund,”Prairie Public Radio News Director, Dave Thompson said. Thompson…

Supt. says Covid-19 is ‘leading to increase of stress & anxiety’ among students

Johnson says that's one of the main reasons why they're determined to keep their school doors open.

NORTH DAKOTA –  Governor Doug Burgum invites educators to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in schools. Although North Dakota continues to break records for the wrong reasons, the governor says their goals continue to be the same. “Protect the vulnerable, ensure hospital capacity, keep kids in school in-person, keep our economy open, that’s what we’ve been about since the beginning…

North Dakota to allow practices to resume Nov. 30; competitions will resume Dec. 14

Statewide groups support measures to slow the spread of COVID-19

BISMARCK, N.D. (NOV. 18, 2020) – (Office of the Governor) Winter sports practices and extracurricular activities in North Dakota will be allowed to resume Nov. 30 with extra precautions, while competitions will remain suspended until Dec. 14, Gov. Doug Burgum said today in a joint announcement with House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner. Burgum issued an executive…

Some Say statewide mask mandate should’ve been done ‘months ago’

Some community members believe this could all have been avoided if action was taken sooner.

FARGO, N.D.- With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the state, Governor Doug Burgum has now issued a statewide mask mandate. Governor Burgum made the announcement late Friday night through social media. “The State Health Officer with my full support has issued an order requiring face coverings to be worn in all indoor businesses and public settings and outdoor public…

Pandemic puts strain on local hospitals as they reach full capacity

"We are having very high case numbers both in the hospital and in the community and we continue to rise exponentially."

FARGO, N.D. – Scenes like medical professionals working to save lives in the middle of a pandemic are happening every day in our community “We are not doing well here in North Dakota. We are having very high case numbers both in the hospital and in the community and we continue to rise exponentially,” Sanford Medical Director for Infection Prevention and…

ND United members seek state to do more to slow spread of COVID-19

In a poll of 756 teachers and education support staff conducted in October, 67% say Governor Doug Burgum has not gone far enough in trying to slow the spread.

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota United has conducted three polls since July to hear from K-12 teachers and education support staff on what concerns they are facing during this unprecedented school year. The most recent survey suggests these educators are growing more fearful of the coronavirus and are asking for more to be done to help slow the spread. There…

ND hospitals reach capacity, every county moved to moderate Covid-19 risk

Entire state placed under high risk

BISMARCK, N.D. — Governor Burgum, alongside the Department of Health addressed the public on the state’s conditions and where it stands with resources concerning the continuous rise in COVID cases. “We’ve moved this press conference up today in part because we know that we could be facing a situation in our state in the next two to three weeks where…

Attorney general says Burgum has no authority to fill dead candidate’s seat

Wayne StenehjemBISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – North Dakota’s attorney general says Gov. Doug Burgum has no authority to appoint a coal company executive to fill a state House seat won by a Republican candidate who died before the election. Burgum announced that he was appointing BNI Energy President Wade Boeshans to the seat won Tuesday by David Andahl, who died last…