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The Public Service Commission has fined Verendrye Electric Cooperative $5,000 for violating the state’s “one call" law.

The incident happened in 2018. The complaint was filed by Warren Colby of Voltaire. He had been digging post holes. Colby alleged Verendrye failed to correctly mark an underground power line within 24 inches horizontally, which is provided in state law. Verendrye had contracted with Summit Utility Services to mark the lines.

PSC Chairman Brian Kroshus said the markings were off by a few inches.

Schools across North Dakota are experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers, partially because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of the substitutes are retired teachers.

But the Bismarck Public School District has come up with some ways to work around the shortages.

"We have looked at our student enrollment numbers in each of the schools," said BPS Human Resources Manager Stacy Geiger. "And we have offered to the schools that they could assign permanent subs for a few weeks."

Geiger said this has now be extended through Oct. 2nd.

1 new COVID-19 related death, 431 new cases found

Sep 13, 2020

North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 168, with one more individual having passed away with the disease.

 

The patient was a woman in her 60s from Benson County with underlying health conditions.

 

Additionally, 431 new individuals from 35 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 15,577.

 

These results were from a pool of 8,505 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.29 percent.

 

North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 167, after three more individuals have passed away with the disease.

 

The patients were two men in their 90s from Cass County, and a woman in her 60s from Williams County. They each had underlying health conditions.

 

Additionally, 468 new individuals from 38 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 15,151.

 

COVID-19 claims four more lives, 244 new cases found

Sep 11, 2020

North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 164, after four more individuals have passed away with the disease.

 

The patients were a man in his 50s and two men in their 80s from Burleigh County, as well as a woman in her 70s from Mountrail County. They each had underlying health conditions.

 

Additionally, 244 new individuals from 26 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 14,648.

 

ND COVID-19: 3 new deaths, 337 more cases found

Sep 10, 2020

North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 160, after three more individuals have passed away with the disease.

 

The patients were two men in their 80s from Burleigh County, and a woman in her 90s from Dunn County. They each had underlying health conditions.

 

Additionally, 337 new individuals from 34 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 14,443.

 

239 new COVID-19 cases, one new death

Sep 9, 2020

North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 157, after one more individual has passed away with the disease.

 

The patient was a man in his 60s from Ward County. He had underlying health conditions.

 

Additionally, 239 new individuals from 25 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 14,110.

 

These results were from a pool of 3,167 tests for a daily positive rate of 7.89 percent.

 

No mask mandate for Bismarck, at this time

Sep 9, 2020

Bismarck City Commissioners have decided – for the moment – not to adopt a mask mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force recommended that local governments look at adopting mask mandates, because of the growth in the number of coronavirus cases in the two counties.

Task Force Member Dr. John Hagen is the medical director at the state Penitentiary. He told the Commission there has only been one COVID case in the past week, among 1,600 residents.

The state’s Emergency Commission has approved a “Phase Two” for further coronavirus business aid administered by the Bank of North Dakota.

The proposal sets aside $50 million for businesses that look for existing debt forgiveness.  It would be a grant program. And it’s a change in a proposal the Bank submitted in August for $100 million in loan interest rate forgiveness. That was presented as a concept.

That proposal was shelved, with legislators on the Commission not comfortable voting on a concept.

Setting a World Record - Twice

Sep 8, 2020
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

After setting a world record in 2016 by travelling by motorcycle to all of the lower 48 states, a Florida woman has wrapped up her next adventure – taking to the road to break her own record. Reporter Todd McDonald has this story…

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