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MSUM dropping ACT/SAT admission requirement

Jun 30, 2020
MSUM

Minnesota State University Moorhead has now adopted a “test-optional” admission policy.

That means ACT or SAT scores are no longer a requirement for admission.

MSUM director of undergraduate admissions Tom Reburn said studies have shown the ACT and SAT tests often do not reflect what a student may actually achieve in college.

"When we look at our own data, and understood the students that came to MSU-Moorhead, and found success, we saw a much stronger indication of success actually came from he high school GPA (grade point average)," Reburn said.

The North Dakota State College of Science has completed its formal “action plan” in response to a state audit.

Camp Metigoshe: Summer camp continues

Jun 29, 2020
Metigoshe Ministries

In a typical summer, some 1,300 campers would be taking part in activities at Camp Metigoshe in north-central North Dakota. But with a global pandemic continuing, the summer of 2020 has been anything but typical. Prairie Public reporter Todd McDonald has details.

47 new COVID-19 infections in ND

Jun 29, 2020

47 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,539.

The results were from a pool of 3,336 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.4 percent.

26 new cases were found in Cass County, and nine were found in Burleigh County. Morton and Sioux Counties each had three new cases, Grand Forks and Mountrail County each had two new cases, and Oliver and Ward Counties each one new case apiece.

A total of 180,588 tests have been completed, with 105,691 tests being done on unique individuals.

North Dakota’s Commerce Department is launching the Economic Resiliency Grant program.

It’s being funded by $69 million from the federal CARES Act.

State Commerce director Michelle Kommer said the federal government did make a number of programs available – the Paycheck Protection Act and economic injury disaster loans. And Kommer said over the past several weeks, Commerce has been listening to businesses, and asking what they need.

ND COVID-19: death toll reaches 79; 37 new infections

Jun 28, 2020

Another North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 79.

The patient was a woman in her 80s from Cass County. She had underlying health conditions.

Additionally, 37 new individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the state. The positives were from a pool of 3,227 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.1 percent.

The new statewide positive total is 3,495.

State health department confirms 38 new cases of COVID-19

Jun 27, 2020

38 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,458.

The results are from a pool of 4,163 tests for a daily positive rate of 0.9 percent.

12 cases were detected in Cass County, and 11 cases were found in Burleigh County. Morton County had four cases, Grand Forks County had three cases and LaMoure County had two cases. Barnes, Ransom, Sioux, Traill, Walsh and Ward Counties each had one new case apiece.

29 new coronavirus cases; active cases at 253

Jun 26, 2020

29 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 3,421.

The results were from a pool of 4,411 tests for a positive rate of 0.7 percent.

There were ten new cases in Cass County, six in Burleigh County and three in Grand Forks County. Ward County had two new cases. Hettinger, Morton, Mountrail, Sargent, Sioux, Stark, Stutsman and Williams Counties each had one new case.

In total, there have been 169,838 tests administered. 100,886 of those tests were on unique individuals.

The Legislature’s Budget Section has okayed the first round of state spending from the CARES Act.

The state has received $1.25 billion dollars from the money set aside because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first round amounts to about $406 million.

Some of the money will be spent on reclaiming roughly 419 oil wells that were shut in and orphaned since January first. And the Department of Mineral Resources says this would keep roughly 1000 oil field workers employed.

32 new COVID-19 cases; 251 active infections in ND

Jun 25, 2020

32 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,393.

The positive results were from a pool of 2,967 tests for a positive rate of 1.1 percent.

Cass and Grand Forks Counties each had seven new cases, and there were four new cases in Ward County. Burleigh, McKenzie, Richland, Stark and Williams Counties each had two new cases. Morton, Rolette, Sargent and Walsh Counties each had one new case.

In all, the state lab has completed 165,430 tests. 99,444 tests have been administered to unique individuals.

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