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This page will be updated frequently with news and updates related to COVID-19 in North Dakota. Click through to news stories that provide more detail.

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Bismarck, ND – An economic survey finds a tenth straight month of economic decline in the Midwest.

Creighton University professor Ernie Goss surveys business leaders and purchasing managers. And that survey finds an overall business index in August of 45-point-six in nine states. Under his formula, an index of 50 indicates growth-neutral status -- while above 50 signifies economic growth.


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It may seem counterintuitive, but health officials say that even after you get vaccinated against COVID-19, you still need to practice the usual pandemic precautions, at least for a while. That means steering clear of crowds, continuing to wear a good mask in public, maintaining 6 feet or more of distance from people outside your household and frequently washing your hands. We talked to infectious disease specialists to get a better understanding of why:

Why do I have to continue with precautions after I've been vaccinated?

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni arrived at his ranch in Kisozi, about a five-hour drive from the capital Kampala, by helicopter. As the 76-year-old leader walked into an interview with NPR, he was jovial, cracking jokes, eager to show off the 10,000 cows that roam this ranch.

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Secrets of the Viking Stone ~ Natural North Dakota ~ ND Museum of Art's Laurel Reuter

Monday, January 11, 2021 - Secrets of the Viking Stone is a new show on the Science Channel. Peter Stormare, known for his role in FARGO , and history enthusiast Elroy Balgaard set out to solve the mystery of the famed Kensington Runestone. We visit with Stormare. Biologist Chuck Lura talks about hills, mountains, and buttes in this week’s Natural North Dakota essay, Mountain Removal Project. Laurel Reuter is the executive director of the North Dakota Museum of Art. We check in with her in our series of interviews looking back on how the global pandemic impacted organizations across the state.

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