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84 new coronavirus cases; 600 active cases in ND

2 hours ago

84 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 4,154.


The results were from a pool of 5,573 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.5 percent.


The cases broken down by county are:


99 new COVID-19 cases; active cases rise above 500

Jul 9, 2020

99 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 4,070.


The results were from a pool of 5,980 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.7 percent.


The cases broken down by county are:


People in Hillsboro and Mayville could soon be able to heat their homes with natural gas.

Dakota Natural Gas – a subsidiary of Greater Minnesota Gas – is proposing to bring natural gas from the Viking pipeline in Minnesota to Traill County. A big user of the gas would be the American Crystal Sugar plant, north of Hillsboro.

Dakota Natural Gas has applied to the North Dakota Public Service Commission. PSC Chairman Brian Kroshus said this will allow people to convert from more expensive propane to natural gas.

Xcel fined for delay in wind farm lighting system

Jul 9, 2020

Xcel Energy has been fined $10,000 for missing a December 31, 2019 deadline to have a new lighting system on the turbine towers at its Foxtail Wind farm in Dickey County.

The light system is known as “ALDS,” for “Aircraft Light Detection System.” Instead of the blinking red lights, this will turn lights on and off – or dim them – based on aircraft in the area.

85th COVID-19 death in ND; 73 new cases

Jul 8, 2020

One more North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 85.


The patient was a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions. She was from Cass County. 


Additionally, 73 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 3,917.


The results were from a pool of 3,669 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent.


North Dakota’s Industrial Commission could be filing a “friend of the court” brief in an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Dakota Access Pipeline be shut down, while the Corps of Engineers completes an Environmental Impact Statement on the Pipeline.

The ruling says Energy Transfer Partners has a month to empty the pipeline. The company has appeals in motion to allow that pipeline to continue to operate.

The Commission chairman, Gov. Doug Burgum, said the state needs to show to the courts the economic harm that will come if the pipeline is shut down.

ND COVID-19; 4 deaths, 52 new cases statewide

Jul 7, 2020

The state health department is reporting four additional deaths of individuals who had COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 84.

The patients a include a woman in her 90s from Cass County, a man in his 50s from Cass County and a woman in her 70s from Cass County. Each patient had underlying health conditions. A woman in her 80s from Stutsman County also passed away with COVID-19.

The director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority said a federal judge’s decision to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline until the Corps of Engineers does an “Environmental Impact Statement” is throwing a curveball at the state’s oil industry.

The pipeline has been carrying 550,000 barrels of Bakken crude daily. The judge set a 30 day deadline to get the oil out of the pipe, so it can be shut down.

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A federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down, pending an environmental review.

Judge James Boasberg had earlier ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to do a full Environmental Impact Statement on the $3.8 billion, 1100 mile pipeline. The Corps had done an “Environmental Assessment,” a rung lower than a full EIS.

The ruling says the pipeline must be shut down and emptied of oil by August 5th.

The pipeline carries 570,000 barrels of Bakken crude per day. A project is pending that would have doubled its capacity.

33 new cases of COVID-19 detected in ND

Jul 6, 2020

33 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 3,849.


The results were from a pool of 1,238 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.7 percent.


17 new cases were detected in Cass County. Burleigh County had six new cases, and Grand Forks County had three new cases. Barnes, Cavalier, Ransom, Steele, Stutsman, Traill and Walsh Counties each had one new case.



News from NPR

More than 20 states have now issued orders requiring people to wear face masks in public as the rate of new coronavirus cases surges to record heights in parts of the United States.

The U.S. has recorded more than 1 million coronavirus infections over the past month alone, pushing the number of confirmed cases past the 3 million mark this week.

A COVID-19 outbreak has forced a Christian sleepaway camp in Missouri to shut down after dozens of staff, campers and counselors tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Kanakuk K-2 camp in Lampe, just north of the Arkansas border, closed after 41 campers, counselors and staff became infected with the coronavirus, the Stone County Health Department announced last week.

New leadership has taken over at a company known for a particular brand of cute.

Shintaro Tsuji, the 92-year-old founder of Sanrio, the Japanese company that created Hello Kitty, handed over the reins to his 31-year-old grandson Tomokuni Tsuji, who officially became Sanrio's president and CEO on July 1. It's the first leadership change in the company's 60-year history.

Around the country, communities of color continue to be among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. So in many of these communities, local leaders are stepping in to try to help solve a problem they say is years in the making.

In Richmond, Va., crews of local firefighters and volunteers have been fanning out across the city, going door to door with plastic bags filled with masks, hand sanitizer and information about staying healthy.

Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the Hagia Sophia museum, one of Istanbul's most famous landmarks, to be converted into a mosque.

He made the announcement Friday, hours after a top court cleared the way for him to make the change.

The Hagia Sophia, a major draw for tourists, has a long and complicated history. The architectural marvel was built as a church by the Byzantines in the 6th century and then converted to a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 - Jack Russell Weinstein previews next Sunday’s WHY radio show, when he visits with Thane Rosenbaum. It’s a conversation about the important issues surrounding free speech and when it might go too far. ~~~ Mark Trahant Commentary. ~~~ Horticulturist Ron Smith joins us with some lawn and garden reminders. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for “Main Street Eats.”

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