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State Parks awards trail project grants

State Parks awards trail project grants The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department has awarded approximately $1 million in grants through the Recreaton Trails Program for fiscal year 2020. The RTP Advisory Committee ranked and selected 13 of 17 applications for funding this year. It is ...

North Dakota hits 99.9% complete in 2020 Census

As of the end of data collection for the 2020 Census, 99.9% of housing units and addresses have been accounted for in North Dakota, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the ...

ND tribes receive FCC licenses

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission hasissued the first set of spectrum licenses through the agency’s first-of-its-kind Rural Tribal Priority Window to tribal entities in North Dakota and across the country. The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau formally granted 154 ...

Executive order allows earlier ballot processing

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order Saturday, granting a request from county auditors to allow processing of absentee ballots to begin on Oct. 29, ensuring that election workers have adequate time to verify voter information and ensure election integrity and timely results ...

Human Services awards funding for substance abuse prevention

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has awarded funding from two federal grants to 23 local public health units across the state to continue to implement evidence-based strategies aimed at substance abuse and opioid prevention efforts and ...

North Dakota Guard helps notify 800 positive for COVID-19

BISMARCK (AP) — National Guard soldiers have helped to notify 800 people who tested positive for COVID-19 but initially weren't told, officials said. The notification backlog, which was due to a recent sharp increase in coronavirus cases, was resolved Thursday largely through shifting the ...

Sunflower farmers expect biggest crop in 5 years

BISMARCK (AP) — Sunflower farmers in the U.S. are expected to produce their biggest crop in five years, and North Dakota farmers are expecting their best yield in history. The first sunflower production forecast for 2020 is 2.81 billion pounds, up 44% from 2019, according to the National ...

ND seeks to repurpose coronavirus aid for fracking

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota officials say they want to repurpose $16 million in federal coronavirus aid and spend it on grants to encourage fracking instead of using it to clean up abandoned oil well sites. Regulators have presented the proposal as a way to create jobs and help stabilize ...

ND posts new daily record for COVID-19 infections

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota remained as one of the worst spots in the nation for coronavirus spread on Thursday, with health officials reporting a record day of new infections. North Dakota's daily positivity rate topped 13% , with 1,038 new virus cases. Nine new deaths were reported on ...

North Dakota scrambles to speed up virus test notifications

BISMARCK (AP) — Coronavirus cases are rising so fast in North Dakota that it's taking officials up to three days to notify people after they test positive, and as a result the state has fallen behind on tracing their close contacts who might have been exposed. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and ...

ND unemployment rates drops in last two months

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's unemployment rate dropped from 4.8% in August to 3.8% in September, nearly half that of the national rate, the state's job service agency said Tuesday. Job Service North Dakota said there were 4,432 fewer unemployed people between the two months. The state ...

ND virus cases set high, positivity rate nears 20%

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s daily positivity rate for COVID-19 neared 20% Tuesday as health officials reported a record of more than 1,000 cases in the last day. The update of 1,036 new cases lifted the total number of the coronavirus cases statewide to 33,666 since the pandemic ...

Mayor at ND’s largest city wants ‘dramatic’ steps

FARGO (AP) — The mayor of North Dakota's largest city said Monday he'd like to see a statewide mask mandate as the coronavirus spins out of control. Tim Mahoney, who in addition to being Fargo's mayor is also a general surgeon, has been largely supportive of Republican Gov. Doug Burgum's ...

Names of three area residents involved in crash in Cass County released

HARWOOD – Two area residents died and another was seriously injured when their vehicle and a semi truck pulling a hopper trailer crashed at the intersecton of Cass County 20 and Cass County 17 in the Harwood area on Friday. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a Chrysler Town & Country ...

Some in North Dakota wish for tougher virus tack by governor

BISMARCK (AP) — James Yantzer strode into a Harbor Freight Tools store in one of North Dakota's worst hot spots for the coronavirus, brushing off a sign telling customers to wear a face mask. "If they kick me out, I'll go somewhere else," Yantzer said, calling masks about as effective at ...

Dunseith woman dies in one-vehicle rollover accident

A Dunseith woman, Nachae Mims, 25, died Saturday in a single-vehicle accident three miles east of Dunseith. According to the Highway Patrol, Mims lost control of the Chevy Avalanche she was driving and the vehicle rolled. The accident happened on a gravel road, 33rd Ave. NE, around 9 ...

Trooper struck by suspect wanted in high-speed chaser

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota Highway Patrol says a trooper was struck by a vehicle driven by a suspect wanted in a high-speed pursuit in Fargo. A state trooper attempted to stop an SUV going 95 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 94 about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the patrol. The driver ...

North Dakota reports 705 new cases of the coronavirus

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s rate of positive tests for the coronavirus climbed over 10% for the second time in three days and the two largest counties in the state have now combined for more than 12,000 cases, health officials said Thursday. The report showed that 705 people tested ...

Former North Dakota congressman, senator Andrews dies at 94

FARGO (AP) — Mark Andrews, who represented North Dakota in Congress for 24 years, has died at age 94. Andrews died Saturday at Essentia Health in Fargo, according to Hanson Runsvold Funeral Home, which handled arrangements. Appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Hjalmar Nygaard in ...

ND daily virus death toll triples previous high

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota set a grim record on Wednesday as health officials reported 24 more deaths from COVID-19, which was three times as many as the state recorded on any other day during the coronavirus pandemic. Among the deaths were five people from Morton County, which officials had ...