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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 ...