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350 new COVID-19 cases, seven additional deaths confirmed

Jan 7, 2021

The state health department has confirmed seven more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,341.


The patients were: 


·         Man in his 70s from Grand Forks County.  

·         Man in his 30s from Kidder County.  

·         Man in his 90s from McLean County.  

·         Man in his 70s from Ramsey County.  

·         Woman in her 80s from Ramsey County.  

GOP Legislators unveil $1.1 billion bonding bill

Jan 7, 2021
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Republican lawmakers have unveiled a $1.1 billion bonding bill, that uses profits from the state’s Legacy Fund to pay off the bonds.

The bill is aimed at funding infrastructure projects.

Gov. Doug Burgum has proposed a $1.25 billion bonding package. The difference between Burgum’s proposal and this one is the Legislative package does not contain a proposed $700 million revolving loan fund for local political subdivisions. The lawmakers’ bill offers those funds as grants.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Public Service Commission has scheduled public input sessions for rate increases being sought by two investor-owned utilities.

MDU is seeking a natural gas rate increase, while XCEL Energy has filed for higher electric rates.

MDU wants a rate increase of $6.26 for a normal household on their gas bill. XCEL has sought a 10.8% electric rate increase.

“This is rioting, this is not protesting and this needs to stop.”

That was the reaction to Wednesday’s events in Washington D.C. by Connor Swanson. Swanson is Communications Director for Congressman Kelly Armstrong and spoke for the Congressman as Armstrong took shelter as Pro-Trump supporters stormed the U-S Capitol building…

“He and his staff are safe at the capitol thanks to the capitol police who are trying to keep the situation under control. He (Armstrong) is really disappointed in seeing what’s going on.”

State confirms 341 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths

Jan 6, 2021

The state health department has confirmed five more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,334.


The patients were: 


  • Man in his 90s from Benson County.
  • Woman in her 100s from Burleigh County.
  • Woman in her 60s from Cass County.
  • Woman in her 60s from Cass County.
  • Woman in her 80s from Morton County.


Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Doug Burgum gave an upbeat "State of the State" address to a joint session of the Legislature Tuesday.

He used the speech to push for his priorities in the 2021 Legislative session. One of his top priorities -- a $1.25 billion bonding proposal, that uses state Legacy fund earnings to retire the bonds. Burgum said having the Legacy Fund gives the state – as he put it – “an opportunity unlike any other state to invest in the future.”

262 new COVID-19 cases; 17 more deaths confirmed

Jan 5, 2021

The state health department has confirmed seventeen more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,329.


The patients were: 


Burgum to lower COVID risk level, effective Friday

Jan 5, 2021

Gov. Doug Burgum will lower the statewide COVID-19 risk level Friday.

North Dakota will move from high risk to moderate risk.

That means bars, restaurants and other food service establishments will be able to operate at 65 percent of capacity, not to exceed 200. They must still provide 6 feet of social distancing, and masks will be required. Dance floors will also remain closed.

Banquet, ballroom and event venues will be able to be at 50 percent capacity.

The mask mandate will stay in place until January 18th.

Both of North Dakota’s US Senators say they will not object to the Electoral College vote count, when it comes before Congress Wednesday.

Several Senators and Representatives say they will object, because of allegations of voter fraud in some key swing states.

In a statement, Senator John Hoeven said each stated certifies its electoral vote, not Congress. And Senator Kevin Cramer said he can’t vote to overturn the election results without sufficient evidence or clear Constitutional authority.

Here are their statements:

199 new cases of COVID-19; two more deaths

Jan 4, 2021

The state health department has confirmed two more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,312.


The patients were: 


  • Woman in her 70s from Burleigh County.
  • Man in his 80s from Nelson County.


Deaths are reported to the state health department by facilities or by official death record, and can take up to ten days to be confirmed.