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The Public Service Commission will be hearing from owners and operators of wind turbines as to how new lighting systems are – or aren’t working.

The turbine towers used to come with blinking red lights, that stayed on all day and night. But some people who live around those wind farms complained – and the Legislature passed a bill requiring the operators to find alternative systems, that would turn the lights on only when an aircraft is in the area.

474 new COVID-19 cases, six additional deaths

Dec 6, 2020

The state health department has confirmed six more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,013.

The patients were:

* Man in his 90s from Burleigh County.
* Woman in her 70s from Cavalier County.
* Man in his 50s from Grant County.
* Man in his 60s from Stutsman County.
* Woman in her 80s from Stutsman County.
* Woman in her 70s from Stutsman County. 

474 new individuals from 38 counties have also tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 82,981.

With 18 new deaths, COVID-19 death toll surpasses 1,000

Dec 5, 2020

The state health department has confirmed eighteen more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,007.

The patients were:

12 more deaths; 852 new COVID-19 cases

Dec 4, 2020

The state health department has confirmed twelve more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 989.

The patients were:

In his 2020 executive budget request, Gov. Doug Burgum is proposing a $1.25 billion bonding program for infrastructure projects.

Burgum presented his executive budget recommendation to state Legislators Thuursday.

Burgum told Legislators the earnings of the Legacy Fund would be used to create a Legacy Bond Repayment Fund. That money would be used for bond debt payments. It also creates a revolving loan fund, where local governments can go to borrow money for local infrastructure projects.

The Legislature has okayed new rules for the 2021 Legislature – including a mask mandate.

There are some exceptions – but the rules say that if you’re on the floor of the House or Senate, you have to wear a mask, unless you’re speaking. And you do not have to mask up if you can be socially distanced.

Unlike the dustup over the temporary rules, these were approved by voice votes in each chamber.

978 new COVID-19 infections, eleven deaths

Dec 3, 2020

The state health department has confirmed eleven more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 977.

The patients were:

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says the COVID-19 Pandemic impacts all areas of the state and carries implications for everyone – including first responders. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

A midstream natural gas company has applied to increase the capacity of a natural gas liquids pipeline in McKenzie and Dunn Counties.

ONEOK has applied to build two pumping stations on its Bear Creek pipeline, to increase the capacity of the pipeline from 15,000 barrels to 80,000 barrels.

It runs from the Bear Creek gas processing plant to another pipeline.

The company had applied in January, but put the project on hold. Now it wants to go ahead with the project.

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak calls it good news.

Minnesota outlines preliminary vaccination plans

Dec 2, 2020

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control met, Tuesday to discuss the process of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine once it gains approval from regulators. Minnesota Health officials say as exciting as the news is, the process will have to be done in phases in order to make sure vaccine supplies are distributed properly. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

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