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Measure 3 will not be on November ballot

Aug 26, 2020

An initiated measure supporters said would make elections more secure and transparent will not be on the November ballot. 

The North Dakota Supreme Court has voted unanimously 5-0 to prevent the Secretary of State from placing Measure 3 on the ballot. Al Jaeger says his office will honor the decision of the Supreme Court.

Jaeger says he can only remember a couple of instances throughout his service as secretary of state that an initiated measure was removed from the ballot ahead of an election.

238 new individuals from 34 North Dakota counties have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the new statewide positive total to 10,467. These results are from a pool of 4,446 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.35 percent.

Uptick in requests for financial counseling services

Aug 26, 2020

More North Dakotans have been reaching out for financial assistance services - and many of them are getting counseling online.

Tina Anim is program manager at the Village Family Service Center. She says the pandemic did initially cause a slowdown in requests for services - but now that benefits have run out and not been renewed, they are seeing an increase. She says due to COVID-19, most people are opting for online or phone counseling services.

North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 138, as one more individual has passed away with the disease.

The patient was a man in his 90s from Morton County with underlying health conditions.

Additionally, 234 new individuals from 23 counties have also tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 10,229. These results are from a pool of 3,173 tests for a daily positive rate of 7.37 percent.

North Dakota law enforcement will begin a month-long distracted driving awareness campaign September 1st, aimed at reducing accidents and deaths.

It's called U Drive, U Text, U Pay. Lauren Bjork is Safety Public Information Program Manager with the North Dakota Department of Transportation. She says the most recent data from 2017 shows 3,200 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes where texting and driving was a factor. Bjork says there are many other behaviors that can contribute to distracted driving.

Commerce Commissioner Kommer resigns

Aug 24, 2020
North Dakota Department of Commerce

North Dakota's Commerce Commissioner has resigned, citing a return to the private sector.

Michelle Kommer was appointed to the post in December of 2018 by Governor Doug Burgum. Burgum had previously appointed her to serve as the state labor commissioner in December of 2016, and then as executive director of Job Service North Dakota the following year.

In a statement, Burgum says he is deeply grateful for Kommer's service, saying her leadership had a positive impact on the lives of North Dakotans.

North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 137, as one more individual has passed away with the novel coronavirus.

The patient was a woman in her 90s from McIntosh County with underlying health conditions.

Additionally, 127 new individuals from 22 counties have also tested positive for the disease, bringing the new statewide positive total to an even 10,000. These results are from a pool of 2,584 tests for a daily positive rate of 4.91 percent.

140 new cases, 1 more COVID-19 death in ND

Aug 23, 2020

North Dakota's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 136, as one more individual has passed away with the novel coronavirus.

The patient was a man in his 70s from Rolette County with underlying health conditions. 

Additionally, 140 new individuals from 16 counties have also tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the new statewide positive total to 9,876. These results were from a pool of 4,517 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.1 percent.

Three more North Dakotans have passed away with COVID-19, bringing the new statewide death toll to 135.

The patents were a woman in her 60s from Walsh County, a man in his 70s from Rolette County and a man in his 80s from Burleigh County. They each had underlying health conditions.

Additionally, the health department has confirmed 262 new cases of the novel coronavirus from 29 counties, bringing the new statewide positive total to 9,736. These results are from a pool of 6,876 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.81 percent.

2 new COVID-19 deaths; active cases rise to 1,501

Aug 21, 2020

Two more people have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 132.

The patients were a woman in her 70s from Burke County and a woman in her 50s from Benson County. They each had underlying health conditions.

Additionally, 232 new individuals from 29 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 9,474. These results are from a pool of 7,033 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.3 percent.

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