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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…

COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive in ND this month

Dec 2, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine may be arriving in North Dakota as early as the middle of this month.

12 deaths; 486 new COVID-19 cases

Dec 2, 2020

The state health department has confirmed twelve more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 966.

The patients were:

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Both chambers of the North Dakota Legislature have approved temporary rules for the organizational session – that include mask mandates in Legislative areas in the Capitol.

The mandate is in effect for Legislative spaces where six-foot social distancing is not available.

The House vote on the mask mandate was 74 to 26. The Senate also overwhelmingly approved the temporary rule.

Rep. Sebastian Ertelt (R-Lisbon) argued there’s no proof that masks work. And he said South Dakota has no mandates.

27 deaths confirmed; 409 new COVID-19 cases in ND

Dec 1, 2020

The state health department has confirmed 27 more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 954.

The patients were:

598 new COVID-19 cases; seven more deaths

Nov 30, 2020

The state health department has confirmed seven more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 927.

The patients were:

* Woman in her 90s from Foster County.
* Man in his 70s from Grand Forks County.
* Man in his 90s from Morton County. 
* Woman in her 80s from Pembina County.
* Woman in her 60s from Sioux County.
* Woman in her 90s from Ward County.
* Woman in her 90s from Ward County.

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