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Members of the Legislature’s Procedures and Arrangements Committee are on board with plans to make Legislative committee rooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

State facilities management director John Boyle told the Committee doors need to be replaced on all but the newest committee rooms, as well as the House and Senate chambers.

"Each of the doors coming into a double-door committee room is 30 inches, and the ADA requires 36 inches," Boyle said. "One of the doors would have to become larger."

'Click it or Ticket' campaign starts July 1 in ND

Jun 25, 2020

North Dakota law enforcement agencies will be participating in a “Click It or Ticket” event, from July 1 through August 13.

The event is to encourage people to buckle up.

"It is part of our 'HEAT' strategy, which is 'Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic," said North Dakota Department of Transportation Safety Public Information Manager Lauren Bjork. "We're running the HEAT strategy throughout the summer, encouraging people to wear their seat belts, drive sober and distraction free, and follow all posted speed limits."

42 new COVID-19 cases in ND; 240 active cases

Jun 24, 2020

The state health department has confirmed 42 new cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,362.

The positive results were from a pool of 3,945 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.1 percent.

18 new cases were found in Cass County, and 12 were found in Burleigh County. Morton, Pembina, Ramsey and Walsh Counties each had two new cases. Grand Forks, McKenzie, Ransom and Sioux Counties each had one new case.

There have been 162,468 tests completed overall. 98,689 tests have been administered to unique individuals.

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order extending the renewal date for driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations that expire on or after March 1 until August 31.

In March, Burgum signed the original order for licenses and registrations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This executive order simply adds an end date, compared to what we had before, which was open-ended," Burgum said. "That means on September 1, all North Dakota driver's license and motor vehicle registrations will need to be up to date."

ND crime rate down; DUI arrests drop

Jun 24, 2020
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota’s crime rate dropped slightly in 2019, compared with 2018.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said notable among those is a reduction in DUI arrests, as well as a drop in drug arrests.

"I can tell you, our narcotics task force is working as hard as they ever have," Stenehjem told reporters.

North Dakota’s Budget Director said the state is still projected to end the current two year period with money in the bank.

Joe Morrissette told the Legislature’s interim Government Finance Committee, earlier projections had the bank balance at around $200 million on June 30, 2021 – the end of the biennium. But Morrissette said the numbers reported in May were not looking good.

"For the month of May, we saw sales tax that was short of the original Legislative forecast by 35%, or $27 million," Morrissette said. "That's the worst month that we've seen."

ND COVID-19: 78th death, 7 new cases

Jun 23, 2020

A woman in her 40s from Cass County has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 78. She had underlying health conditions.

Additionally, seven new individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus in North Dakota. The positive results were from a pool of 327 tests for a positive rate of 2.1 percent.

Three of the new positives were from Cass County. Cavalier, Foster, Renville and Ward Counties each had one new case.

A total of 158,526 tests have been completed, with 97,553 being done on unique individuals.

It’s been two years since North Dakota has been collecting sales taxes from Internet retailers.

That was made possible in the "Wayfair v. South Dakota" court case, which overturned the earlier "Quill v. North Dakota" decision.

"We've collected almost $60 million in state and local taxes from that decision in just two short years," North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said.

Former U-Mary president Sr. Thomas Welder passes

Jun 23, 2020
University of Mary

Former University of Mary president Sister Thomas Welder has died at the age of 80.

She was named president of what was then Mary College in 1978. She served until 2009.

Sister Thomas had recently been diagnosed with kidney cancer. She passed away early Monday morning.

Her successor – Monsignor James Shea – attributes the growth at U-Mary to Sister Thomas’ vision and tenacity. Shea said she can be described as having “grace and grit.”

ND COVID-19: 25 new infections

Jun 22, 2020

25 new individuals have also tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The results are from a pool of  2,227 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.1 percent.


The cases broken down by county are: