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A Bismarck real estate agent and his family have come up with a way to support local restaurants during the pandemic.

Restaurants are closed for inside dining. They are allowed to offer take-out services.

Cam Knutson said he’s been at home, watching the news about the virus – and wondering if there was a way he could help. Then he received a call from a friend.

"That friend happened to be the former mayor of Bismarck, Mike Seminary," Knutson said. "Mike had called to say, 'How do we get industry to step up and help?'

Sunday, April 5, at 5pm:

Tune in for "Coronavirus: A Weekly Report From NPR News"

Hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, this special report features the best of NPR's reporting on the coronavirus crisis over the past week, with a focus on the latest science, wide-scale impacts, and things you can do to stay safe.

ND Dept. of Commerce

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - The North Dakota Department of Commerce wants to better understand how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting businesses. Here to explain the purpose of the survey, invite businesses to participate, and discuss the support available is Shawn Kessel, deputy commerce commissioner. You can take the survey here.  ~~~ Wendy Ross, superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where admission is free during this time of social distancing. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for another episode of Main Street Eats, a timely conversation about a well-stocked pantry.

Burgum: this virus doesn't discriminate

Apr 2, 2020

At his coronavirus briefing today, Governor Doug Burgum talked about how the United States is currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"213,000 cases nationally, close to 85,000 of those are in the state of New York. Total US deaths have passed 4,500, and in New York - 2,373."

ND COVID-19 total reaches 159; 12 new cases today

Apr 2, 2020

The state health department has confirmed an additional twelve cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide total to 159.

Six of the cases were in Cass County alone, and five of them were transmitted by close contact.

The cases include:

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Gov. Doug Burgum has extended the closure order for certain businesses until April 20th.

That includes restaurants , bars, theaters, fitness clubs and hairdressers.

They were supposed to remain closed until April 5th.

Burgum called that decision “pragmatic.”

"We're getting so much more information every day," Burgum told reporters at his daily COVID-19 briefing. "We will have a lot more information before April 20th."

Burgum said he will make a further decision about the closures by April 15th.

ND's COVID-19 total reaches 147

Apr 1, 2020

The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed 5 additional cases of COVID-19 this afternoon, bringing the daily total to 21 and the statewide total to 147.

This afternoon's cases were:

A woman in her 30s from Cass County, under investigation
A male child aged 10-19 in Cass County, under investigation
A man in his 40s from Stark County, close contact
A female child aged 0-9 in Stark County, close contact 
A woman in her 30s from McKenzie County, under investigation

Bemidji State University

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Anton Treuer has authored “The Language Warrior’s Manifesto, How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds.” Treuer is professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, and he joins us to discuss the importance of revitalizing indigenous languages and cultures. ~~~ The most recent stimulus package passed by Congress included $9.5 billion for agricultural producers impacted by coronavirus. That includes farmers markets. With shelter-in-place orders occurring across the country, there have been runs on grocery store shelves, with basic food items sometimes hard to come by. People are still allowed to go to farmers markets and produce stands, but as Harvest Public Media’s Dana Cronin reports, farmers worry that those customers won’t return come harvest season. ~~~ Dennis Woltering is a retired television reporter and anchor who worked in North Dakota for several years. He joins us today from his home in New Orleans, one of the nation’s hotspots for COVID-19 ~~~ In a Postcard from the Prairie, Eliza Blue reflects on anxiety in these times of stress.

16 new cases of COVID-19 in ND; 34 recoveries

Apr 1, 2020

As of this morning, 16 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in North Dakota by the state health department bringing the statewide total to 142. Two cases are children aged 10-19.

The cases include:

Burgum talks jobs, hand sanitizers

Apr 1, 2020

The state of North Dakota has activated what’s being called the state’s Workforce Coordination Center.

"It's there to serve emergency workforce needs, in support of the Coronavirus fight," Gov. Doug Burgum said at a COVID-19 briefing. "It's lifeline services for industries and agencies."

Burgum told reporters this will cover people who would be willing to help in a number of sectors, and in a number of jobs -- from public health workers, to law enforcement, child care, food and agriculture.

Some of the positions are volunteer, others are paid.