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Burgum requests presidential major disaster declaration for flooding from heavy rain, snowstorm

Gov. Doug Burgum today requested a presidential major disaster declaration for the impacts of an October storm that dumped heavy rain and snow on a large swath of the state and caused up to $9.7 million in damage to public infrastructure, according to preliminary assessments.


Feed transportation cost-share program announced

Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring have announced the availability of a program that will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of feed transportation expenses. The Emergency Feed Transportation Assistance Program will help producers who have verifiable feed losses as a result of extraordinary weather conditions this fall.


Burgum to highlight progress on Reimagining the Rural West Initiative at Western Governors’ meeting

Gov. Doug Burgum will kick off the Western Governors’ Association’s 2019 Winter Meeting on Friday by highlighting progress on the Reimagining the Rural West Initiative, his central policy initiative as WGA Chair for 2019-2020.


Committee on Aging meeting to focus on wellness opportunities for older adults and Aging Services Division goals

The state Committee on Aging, which advises the North Dakota Department of Human Services on the needs of older adults, will discuss the Aging Services Division’s goals when they meet Friday, Dec. 13 in Bismarck. The committee has also invited Linae Bieber of the Leadership, Education and Development Center at Sanford Health, to give a presentation on nutrition and exercise services and opportunities for older adults.


North Dakota's labor crunch is driving up wages for census workers in the Oil Patch

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The labor crunch is driving wages for census workers higher statewide, but particularly in the Oil Patch.


STUTSMAN COUNTY CENSUS GROUP LAUNCHES LOCAL CAMPAIGN

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The Stutsman County Census Committee has launched a local campaign aimed at encouraging participation in the 2020 Census.


Burgum issues statement on House of Representatives agreeing to advance USMCA trade deal

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after reports that the House of Representatives has agreed to bring the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) forward for a vote.


North Dakota schools to participate in nationwide Hour of Code

A statewide Hour of Code is planned with dozens of school districts on Thursday, Dec. 12 as part of a nationwide, annual event hosted by Code.org. Held in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week and coordinated by Microsoft, the event is part of a broader effort to give students of all ages opportunities to learn about coding and computer science as foundational 21st century skills.


White House clarifies proposed figures for refugee resettlement as local jurisdictions weigh consent

The Governor’s Office today shared information provided by the White House to ensure that accurate information is being used as local jurisdictions determine whether to consent to continued refugee resettlement.


Northern AG Expo Hosts Its Annual Event For Farmers

Categories: all, Census 2020

 In April, the U.S. will conduct its constitutionally mandated 10 year census to determine the country’s population.


North Dakota needs you to complete Census 2020 to receive equitable funding when every resident is counted.

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Census Day, April 1, 2020, is drawing closer. 


Census Bureau Looking For More Workers

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Census Day is April 1.

That’s why the North Dakota Department of Commerce is asking for your help with the upcoming Census.


Human Services extends deadline for organizations to apply for grant funding to support older adults in their homes and communities

North Dakota organizations now have until Monday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. Central Time, to apply for grant funding to help improve their capacity to develop, strengthen and integrate programs that allow older adults to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible. The original application deadline was today.


Governor, First Lady invite public to ‘Build Bridges of Hope’ at annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum encourage the public to join them for holiday readings, music and carols at the annual North Dakota State Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Memorial Hall at the Capitol. The theme of this year’s Christmas tree is “Building Bridges of Hope,” inspired by the first lady’s platform of eliminating the shame and stigma associated with the disease of addiction and encouraging others along the road to recovery.

 


Burgum stresses need for increased propane to FERC; thanks FMCSA for regional emergency declaration

In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sent today, Gov. Doug Burgum underscored the severity of North Dakota’s propane distribution and supply issue and requested that the FERC take further action to increase the supply of propane to the state.

 


Burgum responds to presidential executive order concerning refugee resettlement

Gov. Doug Burgum today sent a letter of consent to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in response to an executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump on Sept. 26, 2019, concerning enhanced state and local involvement in refugee resettlement.


Burgum seeks extension for submitting information in support of presidential disaster declaration

Gov. Doug Burgum submitted a letter Monday seeking an extension for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) to finish compiling local preliminary damage assessments for a presidential disaster declaration following historic fall flooding that has caused millions of dollars in damage to public infrastructure.


Burgum welcomes report from watchdog group giving ND top marks for financial transparency

Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed a report from the nonpartisan watchdog organization Truth in Accounting that gives North Dakota top marks for financial transparency.


2019 North Dakota Behavioral Health Conference reports record attendance

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division’s annual Behavioral Health Conference held at the Bismarck Event Center, Nov. 13-15 set an attendance record. More than 550 behavioral health clinicians, peer support specialists, health care professionals, community agencies, consumers and family members came together to learn about new behavioral health initiatives, connect with state and national behavioral health leaders and advance their skills.


Burgum statement on CBP decision to maintain port of entry hours at Maida, reduce hours at Antler, Carbury

Gov. Doug Burgum issued the following statement today after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it will maintain current hours of operation at the Maida port of entry on the North Dakota-Manitoba border but will proceed with plans to reduce hours at the Antler and Carbury border crossings.

 


Burgum encourages student participation in national cybersecurity challenge

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the state’s second year participating in an innovative, online cybersecurity competition and encouraged high school students to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by registering.


Department of Human Services hires Pedersen to lead Children and Family Services Division

The North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has named Cory Pedersen director of its Children and Family Services Division, which works to support the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families.


Burden on Native Americans for 2020 Census Outreach

Categories: Census 2020

With the official launch of the 2020 U.S. census less than a year away, Native American communities are ramping up efforts to ensure that everyone is represented.
 


Global tourism a $2.1 million impact on North Dakota

International visitors are drawn to North Dakota through marketing efforts like those by North Dakota Tourism Global Marketing Manager Fred Walker and his partners within the destination marketing community. 

 


Grand Forks committee aims to reach all residents in 2020 Census

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The Grand Forks Complete Count Committee met Thursday, Nov. 14, to discuss how to reach traditionally undercounted populations, such as residents of the Grand Forks Air Force Base, Native Americans, college students and retirees.


Population estimates show both expansion and contraction

Categories: Census 2020

Williams County led the nation in growth rate in the latest estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.


Governor, First Lady host third Recovery Reinvented, announce Families Strong support program

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today hosted the third Recovery Reinvented, a daylong event at the Bismarck Event Center focused on ways to reinvent recovery through eliminating the stigma of addiction, educating on the brain science of addiction and empowering recovery support in communities.

 


Agency to hold community meetings to update stakeholders about efforts underway to redesign social services and transform behavioral health

The North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) is holding community meetings across the state Nov. 20-26 and invites service providers, partners, legislators, other community leaders, and other interested individuals to attend and learn how social services and behavioral health services are being redesigned and transformed to better serve individuals’ needs more efficiently and effectively.  


Burgum issues statement honoring military service in observance of Veterans Day

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum issued the following statement today in observance of Veterans Day. The governor will deliver remarks during the Veterans Day ceremony at the North Dakota Heritage Center.


Burgum, Goehring thank Perdue for approving secretarial disaster designation to help ND farmers and ranchers

Gov. Doug Burgum and state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring today applauded the announcement that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has approved the governor’s request for a secretarial disaster designation for 47 of North Dakota’s 53 counties, making assistance available to farmers and ranchers struggling with the impacts of an early blizzard and abnormally wet fall.


Governor, First Lady to host third Recovery Reinvented event next week, announce new initiatives

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum will host the third Recovery Reinvented event next week at the Bismarck Event Center, a day focused on advocacy, building recovery support in communities, creating recovery-friendly workplaces and eliminating the shame and stigma surrounding addiction.


Agency seeks public comments on peer support certification process; holds public input meeting Nov. 14 in Bismarck

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is seeking public input on the development of the state’s peer support specialist certification process. The division is hosting a community meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Bismarck Event Center, Prairie Rose Room 101.


North Dakota Information Technology office announces new Chief Information Security Officer

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Kevin Ford as chief information security officer (CISO). Ford, a native of Calvert County Maryland, brings more than a decade of experience overseeing information security and cyber-risk management practices for private and public sector clients, including the federal government and Fortune 100 companies.


Burgum waives restrictions on hay and livestock hauling to help producers impacted by wet conditions

To help ranchers struggling with abnormally wet conditions for this time of year, Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order waiving hours of service requirements, fees and certain load restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay and livestock.


Reinvention at work: Unified approach to online platforms helps avoid more than $1 million in cost

Gov. Doug Burgum today unveiled two reinvention success stories that highlight the administration’s shared values of Working as One and Citizen Focused: the continued expansion of a standardized state website platform and the planned deployment of a statewide photo and video digital asset management system.

 


Burgum urges Customs and Border Protection not to reduce hours at ports of entry on ND-Manitoba border

Gov. Doug Burgum is urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) not to reduce hours of operation at three ports of entry on the North Dakota-Manitoba border.


2020 Census Breakdown with Kevin Iverson

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Kevin Iverson Demographer in the North Dakota Department of Commerce is on Afternoons Live with Tyler Axness to discuss the upcoming 2020 census.


Commerce takes steps to strengthen internal controls

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has enhanced several controls as recommended in a recent audit report to ensure that contracting and procurement guidelines are consistently followed.

 


ND awarded grant to improve child support case management and collections over state lines and tribal borders

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Child Support Division, along with the Three Affiliated Tribes’ Division of Child Support Enforcement, received a $500,000 federal grant to improve intergovernmental child support case management and collections.


Burgum waives hours of service for haulers of propane, gasoline and diesel

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order granting a waiver of hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane, gasoline and diesel fuel to retail suppliers.


Burgum receives update from TC Energy CEO on oil pipeline leak, urges swift cleanup and remediation

Gov. Doug Burgum received an update Thursday from TC Energy President and CEO Russell Girling regarding efforts to clean up oil that leaked from the company’s Keystone pipeline in northeast North Dakota.


Public invited to submit ornaments for annual Capitol tree lighting event in December

The Office of the First Lady invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree will be on display in Memorial Hall at the Capitol. Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum will participate in the public tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5.


Human Services announces grant funding to support older adults in their homes and communities

The North Dakota Department of Human Services encourages North Dakota organizations to apply for grant funding to help improve their capacity to develop, strengthen and integrate programs that allow older adults to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible.


Community service expert Jessica Thomasson named director of North Dakota Human Services’ community inclusion programs

The North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced today that Jessica Thomasson has been selected to fill the role of director of community inclusion, which is responsible for oversight and direction of several department service lines.

 


Burgum issues proclamation, encourages North Dakotans to celebrate 130th anniversary of statehood

Gov. Doug Burgum today issued a proclamation honoring the 130th anniversary of North Dakota’s statehood on Saturday, Nov. 2, and encouraged all North Dakotans to celebrate the state’s birthday.


Secretarial disaster designation requested for 47 of 53 ND counties as crop losses continue to mount

Gov. Doug Burgum, working in cooperation with state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, North Dakota’s congressional delegation, the federal Farm Service Agency and agencies across state government, sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting a secretarial disaster designation to make federal assistance available to agricultural producers struggling with extremely wet harvest conditions.


Mandan recognized with Main Street Award

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the city of Mandan is being recognized with the 2019 Main Street ND Legendary Heritage Award for the Historic Apartments on 4th.

 


Burgum presents community Main Street Awards

Gov. Doug Burgum announced the recipients of the 2019 Main Street Awards honoring communities demonstrating excellence in elevating the three pillars of the Main Street Initiative through local projects or other efforts. 


Bismarck Parks and Recreation District recognized with Main Street Award

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) is being recognized with the 2019 Main Street Livability for All Ages Award for its recent work to improve the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.


Governor, First Lady welcome U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams to Main Street Summit

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today welcomed the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, as a guest of honor on the second day of the 2019 Main Street ND Summit at the Bismarck Event Center.


Burgum delivers opening remarks at Main Street ND Summit, highlights community progress

Gov. Doug Burgum today delivered opening remarks to kick off the first day of the Main Street ND Summit.    


Two North Dakota businesses receive statewide awards for supporting the employment of people with disabilities

Cash Wise of Minot and Bismarck Larks receive statewide awards


BISMARCK, N.D. – As part of its National Disability Employment Awareness Month observance, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) recognized two businesses for supporting an inclusive workforce by hiring, training and inspiring people with disabilities to excel in the workforce.


Main Street ND Summit to be Streamed Live

Live streaming of the Main Street ND Summit scheduled for Oct. 29-31 in Bismarck will be available to view at Main Street Summit!


Water Commission Announces Flood Data Viewer - North Dakota Risk Assessment Mapservice

The State Water Commission is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its online flood map data viewer, North Dakota Risk Assessment Mapservice (NDRAM).


Burgum, Goehring encourage reaching out to those coping with flood-related stress; webpage offers resources, tips

Governor, Ag Commissioner urge USDA Under Secretary Northey to make assistance available as soon as possible; hay removal deadline extended

BISMARCK, N.D. – With extremely wet conditions, localized flooding and an early snowstorm impacting farmers, ranchers and many other individuals and communities across North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring continue to work to offer the state’s full support, pursue all federal assistance options and encourage friends and neighbors to reach out to each other.


Burgum stresses seriousness of fall flood situation in call with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Gov. Doug Burgum today stressed to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue the seriousness of North Dakota’s record fall precipitation and flooding, its devastating impact on farmers and ranchers and the likely need for federal assistance.


Burgum, Goehring to visit flood-affected areas as damage being assessed for federal disaster requests

Governor, Agriculture Commissioner will meet with officials in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown, hold townhall meeting in Fessenden


Winners Names in 2019 Governor's Photo Contest

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the winning photographs and honorable mentions of the 16th annual North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest at a ceremony in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota Capitol. 
 


North Dakota Statewide UAS Network Industry Day a Success

Yesterday, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) hosted BVLOS in ND: Building a Statewide UAS Network, an all-day event that provided new information and insights to stakeholders, as well as details on the upcoming procurement and beginning implementation of the statewide UAS network.


Development Fund Awards Funding Totaling $1,675,000

The North Dakota Development Fund, a funding program within the North Dakota Department of Commerce, awarded funding for seven projects totaling $1,675,000 at its board meeting in September.  


BSC Receives Donation for Jet Program

Hess Corporation presented $75,000 check for BSC Job Experience Training Program  

BISMARCK, N.D. – Hess Corp. presented a $75,000 donation to Bismarck State College (BSC) for the Job Experience Training (JET) program that is part of BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence during the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference held Oct. 8 on the BSC campus.  


Options for producers sought as wet weather continues

The extensive wet pattern in North Dakota, topped with an early snowstorm, is creating a great deal of anxiety for farmers and ranchers. The state is exploring all possible means of assistance and encouraging those in emotional distress to reach out for help, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Gov. Doug Burgum said today in a joint statement.

“We recognize the challenges our producers are experiencing,” Goehring said. “The wet weather has caused much disease in cereal crops and has created an inability to harvest remaining cereal grains and row crops, as well as potatoes and sugarbeets.”


Burgum announces members of newly established Children’s Cabinet

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the 12 members of the newly established Children’s Cabinet, which will study and coordinate care for children across the three branches of state government and the tribal nations.


Lift Committee Members Meet For Program's First Planning Session

The Legacy Investment for Technology (LIFT) Committee held its first strategic planning last week on Oct. 2.  

Consisting of seven appointed members, the LIFT Committee is responsible for the application evaluations of the loan program supporting technology advancement for North Dakota businesses through the commercialization of intellectual property. 


North Dakota’s Cybersecurity education and training “K-20W” Initiative wins national award

The K-20W Initiative, a statewide, comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education and workforce training, has been named a CSO50 Award winner. Code named “K-20W” to reflect every student from kindergarten through PhD and workforce, the K-20W coalition is comprised of more than 40 public and private sector participants who share a goal of  “Every Student. Every School. Cyber Educated.“ The Initiative was also the recipient of a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service and was a Center for Digital Government Government Experience Award Finalist.


Burgum: $561M loan announced by EPA head Wheeler is crucial for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

Gov. Doug Burgum today joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in announcing that the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project has been invited to apply for a $561 million EPA loan – clearing a major hurdle for a crucial piece of financing for the flood control project. Burgum and Wheeler also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) renewing the commitment to collaboration between the EPA and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), which Burgum chairs.


2020 ND Census Manager Kevin Iverson ~ Dakota Journalists ~ Greta Thunberg & EmPower Conference

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In an excerpt from a recent episode of the Prairie Pulse television show, John Harris visits with Kevin Iverson, manager of the North Dakota Census Office. ~~~ Teri Finneman hosts the Dakota Journalists podcast. In this excerpt, we hear how regional journalists define success. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled: “Peace and Quiet in the Dairy.” ~~~ Activist Greta Thunberg visited North and South Dakota this week. Today, she was in Fort Yates with fellow activist Tokata Iron Eyes who’s active with Indigenized Energy. Joining us to report on the event is Amy Sisk of the Bismarck Tribune.  Dave Thompson also joins the conversation. He’ll report from the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference, which included remarks from EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler.


Valley City State University Student wins full cybersecurity scholarship from SANS Technology Institute

Shane Hitch, a sophomore at Valley City State University majoring in software engineering, has been awarded a $22,000 scholarship to the Applied Cybersecurity certificate program operated by SANS Technology Institute. Hitch, one of only 100 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, was a finalist in the SANS Cyber FastTrack challenge, a free online cybersecurity program for college students and graduates designed to help improve the quality and preparation of cybersecurity professionals in this growing, global career field.


Burgum to attend signing of U.S.-Japan trade agreements at White House

Gov. Doug Burgum today will join President Donald Trump, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Japanese Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and others for the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement. The signing will take place at 2:30 p.m. CT at the White House.


Burgum attends signing of U.S.-Japan trade agreements that boost ag exports, digital products

Gov. Doug Burgum today joined President Donald Trump, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Japanese Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and others for the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement at the White House.


Burgum directs flags at half-staff Sunday in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 6, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.


New Williston Basin International Airport is vital to region’s growing population, economy

Gov. Doug Burgum today joined local, state and federal officials in celebrating the completion of the new Williston Basin International Airport, calling it vital to the region’s growing population and economy.


Burgum releases statement on renewable fuels agreement announced by EPA and USDA

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard, addressing the volume of biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.


League Of Women Voters Host Census Talk

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The League Of Women Voters and U.S. Census 2020 are teaming up to teach people about the importance of being counted.


North Dakota's Area Census Office Hosts Grand Opening

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The U.S. Census Bureau and the North Dakota Complete Count Task Force hosted a grand opening event today for the North Dakota Area Census Office in Bismarck. 


Burgum stresses collaboration on presidential library, park maintenance with Interior Secretary Bernhardt

Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to North Dakota, emphasizing the importance of state and federal collaboration on the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Medora and highlighting its potential to boost tourism in conjunction with upgrades at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.


Innovate ND Begins New Program Offering

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has announced new program offerings under the Innovate ND program. 


North Dakota Area Census Office hosts grand opening

Categories: Census 2020

Local, state, federal and tribal leaders on Thursday celebrated the opening of North Dakota's Area Census Office in Bismarck ahead of the 2020 Census.


Bismarck U.S. Census office opens Thursday

Categories: Census 2020

The North Dakota Census Office in Bismarck opens Thursday and recruitment for workers is now kicking into gear.


Burgum proclaims October as REAL ID Month in ND; NDDOT offers ‘REAL ID Days’ on select Saturdays

Gov. Doug Burgum was joined today by officials from the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to proclaim October as North Dakota REAL ID Month.


Burgum thanks VA Secretary Wilkie for plans to award grant to build columbarium at ND Veterans Cemetery

Gov. Doug Burgum met today with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie during his visit to North Dakota, discussing ways to continue to enhance services for veterans and thanking the secretary for the VA’s plan to award a grant to build a columbarium at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery near Mandan.


Commerce Renews Renaissance Zone for Northwood

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has renewed the Renaissance Zone Program for the city of Northwood for five additional years. The Renaissance Zone Program is a tool for community redevelopment and economic investment that incorporates tax incentives to business and residential properties. 


Commerce Renews Renaissance Zone for Harvey

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has renewed the Renaissance Zone Program for the city of Harvey for five additional years. The Renaissance Zone Program is a tool for community redevelopment and economic investment that incorporates tax incentives to business and residential properties.

 


Burgum focuses on opportunity, connectivity and community in first workshop for WGA chair’s initiative

Gov. Doug Burgum today hosted the first workshop of his central policy initiative as 2020 chair of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA), “Reimagining the Rural West,” an ambitious effort to address the intractable challenges facing the rural West and to support vibrant and enduring rural communities.

 


Burgum declares October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, urges proactive steps to protect against threats

Gov. Doug Burgum has declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month to bring awareness to the importance of protecting our state and citizens from constantly evolving cyberthreats. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Today, the initiative is worldwide.


North Dakota Proclamation: Weatherization Day October 30, 2019

Weatherization Day - October 30, 2019


Burgum honors ND native who died in attack on Pearl Harbor as sailor’s remains returned to home state

Gov. Doug Burgum tonight joined military veterans, active duty servicemembers, community members and relatives of U.S. Navy Radioman 2nd Class Floyd A. Wells to honor the Cavalier native as his remains were returned to North Dakota nearly 78 years after he died at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


UPDATED: Burgum, Baesler announce Sara Medalen as ND Teacher of the Year for 2020

Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced that Sara Medalen, a reading and math interventionist at Minot’s Sunnyside Elementary School, is the North Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2020.


Burgum: State continues to monitor rain-affected areas as efforts shift from response to recovery

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), and Cody Schulz, North Dakota Homeland Security director, today led a conference call with emergency managers from across the state to determine if additional resources or capabilities are needed to respond to last weekend’s severe storms and heavy rainfall. The conversation also focused on determining the extent of damages experienced by the affected jurisdictions and the upcoming recovery process.


Burgum to welcome Interior Secretary Bernhardt to ND to discuss presidential library, park maintenance

Gov. Doug Burgum will welcome U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to North Dakota on Thursday, Oct. 3, to tour the Medora area and discuss efforts to establish a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and address deferred maintenance in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the state’s top tourist attraction.


Burgum applauds Harwood, New Rockford-Sheyenne for being recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools

Gov. Doug Burgum today commended Harwood Elementary School and New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary School for being recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019.


Burgum: Trade agreement with Japan to lift tariffs on ag products is good news for ND producers

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the Trump administration finalized a trade agreement with Japan to eliminate or reduce tariffs on an additional $7.2 billion of U.S. food and agricultural products.


IP Program Designed to Multiply Progress

The Intellectual Property (IP) Commercialization Initiative officially began September 3, under a collaborative effort by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the Bank of North Dakota, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.


Burgum, Sanford recognize team members with Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today presented the 2019 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing team members for their outstanding work in state government and making a positive difference in the lives of North Dakotans.


Burgum applauds nearly $10M from U.S. Department of Energy for Project Tundra engineering study

Gov. Doug Burgum today applauded the U.S. Department of Energy for awarding $9.8 million to help fund a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for Project Tundra, a carbon-dioxide capture system for an existing lignite-based power plant in North Dakota.


Burgum: U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, to attend 2019 Main Street ND Summit

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, as a guest of honor for the 2019 Main Street Initiative Summit set for Oct. 29-31 at the Bismarck Event Center.


Burgum, Baesler announce members of newly established K-12 Education Coordinating Council

Gov. Doug Burgum and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler today announced the members of the newly formed K-12 Education Coordinating Council, which will promote collaboration across all K-12 education entities in North Dakota as recommended by the Governor’s Innovative Education Task Force.

 


North Dakota Information Technology office announces new Chief Reinvention Officer

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Kevin Parker as chief reinvention officer (CRO). Parker, a native of Illinois, brings more than 15 years of experience in various leadership positions overseeing innovation, data, technology, and training initiatives.


Northern Plains UAS Test Site, ND Department of Commerce, Announce Industry Day for Statewide UAS Network

The North Dakota Department of Commerce and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) have announced an upcoming event bringing together stakeholders, UAS (drone) experts, and leaders in industry for the groundbreaking creation of North Dakota’s statewide UAS network.


WalkWise is the first ND company selected for Techstars accelerator program

WalkWise is the first North Dakota company selected to take part in a Techstars Accelerator Program and will join a group of startups with a combined market cap of $22B. The Minneapolis Techstars program runs until December in partnership with United Healthcare, the world’s largest healthcare company.


Burgum helps dedicate Fargo National Cemetery, building on ND’s history of honoring military service

Gov. Doug Burgum today helped dedicate the new Fargo National Cemetery near Harwood, noting it continues North Dakota’s long history of honoring veterans for their military service.

 


Burgum, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announce initiative focused on prison re-entry success

Gov. Doug Burgum, together with the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR), announced today an ambitious new initiative that will further North Dakota’s efforts to reform its corrections system.


Northern Plains UAS Test Site Successfully Completes FAA’s UTM Pilot Program

Last month, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site and its partners hosted members of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an event to highlight the successes of its participation in the UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program.


At Tribal Leaders Summit, Burgum highlights progress, opportunities for further state-tribal collaboration

Gov. Doug Burgum today highlighted recent progress made in state-tribal relations, as well as opportunities for further collaboration, during the 23rd annual Tribal Leaders Summit and Tradeshow hosted by United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) at the Bismarck Event Center.


Olympic gold medalist to share recovery story with Governor, First Lady at ‘Recovery Reinvented’

Olympic gold medalist Riley Salmon will share his story of addiction and recovery with Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum at the third annual “Recovery Reinvented.” Registration is now open for the Nov. 12 event in Bismarck, which will include opportunities for the public to share personal videos of addiction and recovery and connect with recovery resources and services.


North Dakota tribes prepare for 2020 census

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North Dakota tribal leaders are taking steps to make sure their tribes aren't undercounted in the 2020 census.


Early efforts begin in North Dakota for accurate 2020 census

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Counting people for a census is like wringing a wet sponge, according to the North Dakota Census Office manager.


Burgum releases statement on EPA proposal to update air regulations for the oil and gas industry

Gov. Doug Burgum today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposal to update air regulations for the oil and gas industry.


Governor names Jace Beehler as policy director for the Burgum-Sanford administration

Gov. Doug Burgum today named policy advisor and Grand Forks native Jace Beehler to the role of policy director for the Burgum-Sanford administration, effective Oct. 1.


Burgum congratulates Traynor on nomination to federal judgeship in North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Devils Lake attorney Daniel Traynor to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota.


North Dakota Department of Transportation and Northern Plains UAS Test Site Support Successful UAS Test Flights in Urban Environment, Over People

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) facilitated successful UAS (drone) flights in an urban environment. These flights were operated by AirBus Aerial, and SkySkopes, with assistance from NPUASTS, to inspect Xcel Energy electric system infrastructure in Grand Forks.


Burgum: Trade deal with Japan will benefit North Dakota producers, strengthen partnership

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today regarding the White House’s announcement that President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have reached a trade agreement in principle.


ND refills rainy day fund with strong 2017-19 ending fund balance; 2019-21 biennium begins on high note

Gov. Doug Burgum today highlighted recent reports that North Dakota is replenishing its rainy-day Budget Stabilization Fund thanks to a strong finish to the 2017-19 biennium, while also starting the new biennium on a high note with July revenues coming in $42 million above forecast.


Burgum announces featured speakers for Main Street ND Summit

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the featured speakers for the 2019 Main Street ND Summit, Oct. 29-31 at the Bismarck Event Center.


Educating North Dakota's future workers

A fleet of robots flies overhead. A driverless car takes someone to the grocery store. A computer system can do a person's taxes from just a picture of a tax form.


Burgum helps break ground on Aldevron expansion, highlights investment in ND’s technology sector

Gov. Doug Burgum joined local, state and federal officials today to help Fargo-based biotechnology company Aldevron break ground on a 189,000-square-foot expansion, highlighting the investment in North Dakota’s technology sector.


Burgum appoints former Wyoming DOT director Panos to lead ND Department of Transportation

Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed former Wyoming Department of Transportation director William T. Panos to lead the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), citing his extensive leadership experience and long history of managing major infrastructure projects and large organizations.

 


Third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education focuses on best practices, behavioral health

Gov. Doug Burgum today kicked off the third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education, a two-day event focused on sharing best practices and addressing behavioral health challenges in the classroom.


Keynote speakers announced for third annual Recovery Reinvented hosted by Governor and First Lady

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting the general public, Native American communities, business and community leaders, behavioral health providers, university and college representatives, health care providers and administrators, addiction recovery advocates, faith-based communities, first responders, law enforcement, families and more to join them for Recovery Reinvented on Nov. 12, 2019, at the Bismarck Event Center.


YWCA hosts Grand Opening of Grace Garden

$7.1 million supportive residence readies for domestic violence survivors

WEST FARGO, ND – YWCA Cass Clay unveiled a new $7.1 million permanent supportive residence called Grace Garden today with the help of their collaborative partners, dignitaries and guests. The national CEO of YWCA USA traveled from Washington, DC for the event.


Burgum appoints magistrate Pamela Nesvig to newly created South Central Judicial District judgeship

Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed judicial referee and magistrate Pamela Nesvig of Bismarck to a newly created judgeship in the South Central Judicial District, effective Sept. 1.


UPDATED: Committee selects five members for new North Dakota Ethics Commission, thanks applicants

A committee tasked with selecting members of North Dakota’s newly created Ethics Commission reached consensus today on appointing the first five members to the voter-approved Commission. All five members have verbally accepted their appointment.


Burgum leads delegation on tour of petrochemical facilities in Canada in effort to bring industry to ND

Gov. Doug Burgum today led a delegation of state officials and legislative leaders on a tour of petrochemical facilities in the Canadian province of Alberta as part of ongoing efforts to bring the petrochemical industry to North Dakota to add value to the state’s ample natural gas resources and grow the economy.


Burgum announces speaker lineup, agenda for 2019 Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the speaker lineup and agenda for the third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education Aug. 14-15 at Jamestown High School in Jamestown, N.D.


Work Wanted at Census

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The United States Census is looking to hire 500,000 part-time employees, over 1,200 for North Dakota alone.


Applicants sought for new boards related to K-12 education, environmental issues

Applicants are being sought for three new boards created by the 2019 Legislature, including a council to promote collaboration across all K-12 education entities in North Dakota as recommended by the Governor’s Innovative Education Task Force.


Burgum appoints four to State Water Commission, fills newly created seat for Little Missouri River basin

Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed four members to the State Water Commission, including a member to fill the newly created seat representing the Little Missouri River basin in southwestern North Dakota.


Commerce Announces Funding for Main Street Development

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announces increased funding for Main Street development. This funding is provided by federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars focusing on long-term community development within cities’ downtown areas.


Why are so many Native Americans missing from the last census? Why it matters and what's being done now

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When he saw the results from the 2010 census, he said they didn’t look right for his tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in northern North Dakota.


Burgum congratulates Bank of North Dakota on 100th anniversary, thanks team members for service

Gov. Doug Burgum today congratulated the Bank of North Dakota on its 100th anniversary and thanked team members past and present for their service and contributions to the Bank’s success and positive impact on North Dakotans throughout the years.


Burgum announces federal funding for technology upskilling school with ties to Grand Farm initiative

Gov. Doug Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Workforce Development Council, announced today federal funding totaling $200,000 to support the launch of Emerging Digital Academy, an accelerated learning platform that will teach North Dakotans new skills to help them thrive in an economy undergoing rapid technological change.


APUC to Review Funding Requests Totaling $1,138,735

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for 11 projects totaling $1,138,735 at its upcoming meeting in Medora.


Burgum surveys tornado damage in Mott, commends community for preparedness and response efforts

Gov. Doug Burgum today surveyed damage from Friday night’s tornado in the city of Mott, commending local leaders and the community for their preparation and response to the tornado, which caused significant damage but no injuries or deaths.


Registration Open for 2019 Main Street ND Summit

The Main Street ND Summit will be held October 29-31 in Bismarck. This event will bring together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and inspire community leaders, entrepreneurs and students in envisioning North Dakota’s future.

 


Commerce Announces Americorps Grants

The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that North Dakota has received $418,332 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The 2019 grants focus on investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services and continue a new initiative for governors and mayors.


Nominations Sought for 2019 Main Street Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Main Street Awards, a program of North Dakota’s Main Street Initiative, are now being accepted through August 30.


Development Fund awards funding totaling $337,000


Northern Plains UAS Test Site blazes trail for UAS flights over people with third-party parachute validation

The Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NP UAS TS) provided third-party validation to a UAS parachute recovery system which has been used to successfully acquire a 14 CFR Part 107.39(a) waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) permitting flights over people.


Burgum issues statement on FAA granting waiver to operate unmanned aircraft systems over people

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) announced it has received a four-year waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people.


North Dakota Ranks #1 In Best States for Millennials

North Dakota ranks #1 among all states in the best states for young adults, according to a recent study by MoneyRates.com. The study focuses on where 20- to 24-year-olds have the best shot at thriving in today's economy.


North Dakota getting younger

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The U.S. Census Bureau released it's annual demographic information and North Dakota is the only state in the union to get younger.


Burgum statement on Mexico’s approval of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after Mexico approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).


U.S. CENSUS: North Dakota Only State to Get Younger

North Dakota is the only state in the United States growing younger this decade, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. North Dakota’s median age dropped from 37 in 2010 to 35.2 in 2018.


Burgum announces Border States CEO Tammy Miller as next chief operating officer for State of North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller will join the administration as chief operating officer, bringing extensive experience to a critical role in the ongoing efforts to enhance government services for citizens in order to empower people, improve lives and inspire success.


Burgum applauds USDA proposal to modernize NEPA process, improve access to public lands

Gov. Doug Burgum today applauded a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service to modernize compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


Medora Welcomes Travel Writers and Bloggers to Midwest Travel Network 2nd Annual Conference

The 2nd annual Midwest Travel Network for travel writers, bloggers and destination marketing organizations kicked off today at Rough Riders Hotel in Medora. The event runs through June 15.


Burgum thanks Trump administration for granting presidential disaster declaration for spring flooding

Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his deepest thanks to President Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for granting North Dakota’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration, triggering the release of federal funds to help communities recovery from widespread spring flooding.

 


Burgum elected chairman of Western Governors’ Association for 2019-2020

The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) today elected North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to serve as WGA chair for 2019-2020, on the final day of the association’s three-day annual meeting in Vail.


Burgum congratulates students selected to attend 2019 National Youth Science Camp

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that Naomi Hegwood of Bismarck High School and Sandra Larson of New Rockford-Sheyenne High School have been selected to represent North Dakota at the 2019 National Youth Science Camp in Charleston, W.Va., June 27 through July 20. Samantha Weston of Fargo, Alyssa Kemp of Cavalier, Bryce Goettle of Ashley and Morgan Mastrud of Fargo have been selected as alternates.


Burgum supports careful management of dam releases to minimize impacts, prevent flooding

Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his support for careful management of releases from Garrison Dam to prevent flooding and minimize impacts along the Missouri River to the fullest extent possible.


ParaZero Launches ASTM Compliant SafeAir Mavic Following Compliance Testing and Validation by Northern Plains UAS Test Site

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL and GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA -- Drone safety company ParaZero Technologies Ltd (ASX: PRZ), together with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS), has completed the testing and compliance process for ParaZero’s SafeAir Mavic in accordance with ASTM F3322-18.


Burgum appoints Kaleb Dschaak as student member on North Dakota Board of Higher Education

Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed University of North Dakota student Kaleb Dschaak to a one-year term as the student representative on the state Board of Higher Education.

 


Population growth in Fargo, West Fargo outpaces these 5 fast-growing North Dakota cities combined

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Population growth in Fargo and West Fargo last year surpassed the combined growth of five central and western North Dakota cities — Bismarck, Mandan, Dickinson, Williston and Watford City — according to new census estimates.


Census Bureau recruiting North Dakotans for 2020 census by: Aaron Fields Posted: Mar 1, 2019 / 01:21 PM CST / Updated: Mar 1, 2019 / 01:21 PM CST Are you looking for a way to make some extra cash while helping your community? Then you might want to cons

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Are you looking for a way to make some extra cash while helping your community? Then you might want to consider working part-time for the Census Bureau.


Burgum statement on approved year-round sale of E15

Gov. Doug Burgum today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized action to allow the year-round sale of gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol, and to boost transparency and deter price manipulation by reforming the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system under the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard Program.


Burgum highlights important work of new North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality

Gov. Doug Burgum today highlighted the newly established Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the important work it does to protect the state’s air, land and water resources. The department held a public open house today after officially becoming an independent state agency on April 29.

 


Regional vocational rehabilitation offices in Devils Lake and Grand Forks co-locate to Job Service North Dakota offices to better serve clients

To serve clients more effectively, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ regional Vocational Rehabilitation offices in Devils Lake and Grand Forks are relocating this week to the Job Service North Dakota offices in their local communities.


APUC Awards Funding Totaling $421,508

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for nine projects totaling $421,508 at its quarterly meeting May 15th and 16th in Bismarck.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff on Memorial Day, will honor heroes at N.D. Veterans Cemetery

Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Monday, May 27, until noon, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in observance of Memorial Day.


Burgum requests presidential major disaster declaration for impacts of widespread spring flooding

Gov. Doug Burgum today requested a presidential major disaster declaration as a result of widespread spring flooding that damaged homes and public infrastructure, inundated hundreds of roads and thousands of acres of farmland, and displaced dozens of residents in western, south-central and eastern North Dakota.


Burgum statement on additional USDA assistance for farmers impacted by trade disruption

Gov. Doug Burgum issued the following statement after today’s announcement by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue of up to $16 billion in programs to assist farmers impacted by trade disruption. In the announcement, Perdue reflected on the previous round of Market Facilitation Program payments and called this plan “even stronger and more effective for farmers.”


Burgum promotes 2nd Chance Job Fair designed for those with barriers to employment

Job Service North Dakota is hosting its annual 2nd Chance Job Fair on June 6 in Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo, Gov. Doug Burgum announced today.


Burgum congratulates Lance Yohe on confirmation to International Joint Commission

Gov. Doug Burgum today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Lance Yohe, former executive director of the Red River Basin Commission, to serve as a Commissioner on the part of the United States on the International Joint Commission (IJC).


Burgum appoints Erica Thunder to lead North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights

Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Erica Thunder to lead the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights as the state’s Labor Commissioner, citing her legal experience, broad skillset and proven commitment to fairness and justice.


Burgum congratulates Girls Go CyberStart participants

Gov. Doug Burgum today congratulated the 310 students from 28 schools who participated in the Girls Go CyberStart program. In its first year participating in the innovative online cybersecurity program, North Dakota had the highest number of participants per capita out of 26 states participating.


Tribes getting ready for 2020 Census says Indian Affairs Commissioner Scott Davis

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North Dakota tribes say they are ready to help get an accurate count during the 2020 census. Indian Affairs Commissioner Scott Davis says tribes have millions of dollars at stake over the next decade, just like the rest of the state.


Burgum kicks off Census 2020 efforts in North Dakota with executive order creating Complete Count Task Force

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order creating the Complete Count Task Force to recommend strategies that safeguard and promote the 2020 census to ensure a fair and accurate count for the state.

 


After population growth 'onslaught,' ND lieutenant governor optimistic for 2020 census

Categories: Census 2020

North Dakota’s lieutenant governor expressed confidence Tuesday, May 7, that the upcoming census will produce a more accurate result after the last headcount struggled with a deluge of oil workers and other residents.


BURGUM KICKS OFF CENSUS 2020 EFFORTS IN NORTH DAKOTA WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING COMPLETE COUNT TASK FORCE

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Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order creating the Complete Count Task Force to recommend strategies that safeguard and promote the 2020 census to ensure a fair and accurate count for the state.

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, state and federal leaders, advocates and community members met to highlight North Dakota’s efforts to ensure a complete and accurate census count.


North Dakota Invests $28 Million in Statewide UAS Network

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today presented HB1018, a $33 million investment in UAS technology and infrastructure in the state, at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. This includes $28 million in funding for a statewide network that will support UAS (drone) flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). An additional $2 million of this funding will provide continued support of test site operations. The remaining $3 million will be used to upgrade infrastructure at Grand Sky UAS Flight Center.


North Dakota Invests $33 million in UAS infrastructure to support statewide beyond visual line of sight operations

Gov. Doug Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, today announced a $33 million investment in the UAS industry – of which a majority will be used to build out infrastructure to support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) across North Dakota.


Burgum emphasizes need for strong trade agreement during visit by Secretary Perdue

Gov. Doug Burgum joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during his visit to Fargo today, discussing issues facing North Dakota ag producers at a roundtable discussion and celebrating the launch of an autonomous farming initiative.


Session delivers conservative budget, funds priorities and makes strategic investments without raising taxes

North Dakota is making strategic investments in its future, funding priorities and delivering citizens a conservative balanced budget without raising taxes, Gov. Doug Burgum said Saturday after the 66th Legislative Assembly adjourned its regular session sine die.


Burgum signs bill, thanks legislators for creating endowment for Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

State legislators who voted to create a $50 million endowment for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum joined Gov. Doug Burgum today as he signed the bill into law and thanked the assembly, calling it “a historic piece of legislation that’s going to be transformational.”


Burgum statement on signing of State Water Commission budget bill

“This bill represents a strong commitment by the State of North Dakota to make major investments in water supply and flood control projects, including $82.5 million for Mouse River flood control in the Minot area and $66.5 million for Fargo-area flood control including the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project,” Burgum said. “Citizens across North Dakota will benefit from these investments through clean, reliable drinking water supplies and the protection of lives, property and livelihoods from catastrophic flooding.”


Burgum thanks Legislature for seizing historic opportunity with support for Roosevelt presidential library and museum

Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his deepest gratitude to state legislators after they voted to approve an endowment for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (TRPLM), laying the foundation for a world-class tourism destination in North Dakota.

 


Burgum signs legislation creating unified cybersecurity approach for North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday signed Senate Bill 2110, a milestone that makes North Dakota the first state to authorize a central, shared service approach to cybersecurity strategy across all aspects of state government including state, local, legislative, judicial, K-12 education and higher education.  


Burgum vetoes Senate Bill 2055 for legislative overreach, unconstitutional delegation of power

Gov. Doug Burgum has vetoed Senate Bill 2055, citing legislative overreach and an unconstitutional delegation of power to the Legislature’s Budget Section.


Burgum applauds Judge Tunheim’s ruling allowing construction to proceed on F-M Area Diversion Project

Gov. Doug Burgum today applauded a much-anticipated ruling by Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim that modifies an injunction to allow construction to proceed on the critically important Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. 


Burgum announces retirement of NDDOT Director Tom Sorel, thanks him for leadership and service

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the retirement of North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Tom Sorel, thanking him for his leadership in launching the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, planning for future transportation needs and adopting innovative technologies to improve services.


Burgum signs bill exempting military retirement benefits from state income tax

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed legislation that exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax, one of several proposals included in his executive budget recommendation designed to address the state’s workforce shortage.


Now Hiring: Growing North Dakota's workforce, with Michelle Kommer

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For the first time in recorded history, there are more jobs available in the United States than people seeking jobs


National Guard resources deployed to aid flood fights; Emergency Commission approves funding

The North Dakota National Guard and North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) are deploying resources to Cass County and the city of LaMoure to assist in flood fighting efforts.


Main Street Student Advisory Committee to Meet April 11

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Main Street Initiative Student Advisory Committee will meet April 11 at the North Dakota State Capitol. The group was formed as a cooperative effort between the Department of Public Instruction, Department of Commerce and the Office of the Governor to allow youth to share ideas to help build healthy, vibrant communities in North Dakota. 


UPDATED: Governor, First Lady participate in White House meetings on criminal justice and prison reform

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today participated in White House meetings on criminal justice reform and prison reform and a celebration of the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law last year to increase the likelihood of successful prisoner reentry.


Governor, First Lady to attend White House meetings on criminal justice, prison reform

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today will attend White House meetings on criminal justice reform and prison reform and a celebration of the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law last year to increase the likelihood of successful prisoner reentry.


Burgum statement on Vietnam Veterans Day

Gov. Doug Burgum today thanked Vietnam veterans and signed a proclamation declaring March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in North Dakota during a ceremony at the Capitol.


Burgum announces 2019 Governor’s Band and Chorus programs from Minot and Leeds

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that the Minot Jim Hill Middle School Band and the Leeds Banner Girls Chorus have been selected as the 2019 Governor’s Official State Band and Chorus Programs.


Governor signs bill ratifying historic oil tax revenue sharing compact with MHA Nation

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed legislation that ratifies the historic compact he signed last month with Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark Fox to change how the state and tribe share tax revenue from new oil and gas activity on trust and fee lands.


Sanford recognized nationally for leadership on energy and the environment

North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today was awarded the 2018 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship award, a nationwide recognition of his work on energy and the environment.


Burgum signs repeal of Sunday morning shopping restriction

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after signing legislation to repeal North Dakota’s ban on Sunday morning shopping.

The Senate approved House Bill 1097 last week after the House passed the bill in January. The change in law is effective Aug. 1.


Campfire Stories: How parks build community, with Melissa Baker

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North Dakota's natural beauty is perhaps best encapsulated by our parks ecosystem.


Burgum joins Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in Fargo and Bismarck, highlights efforts to address workforce shortage

Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to North Dakota, highlighting efforts to address the state’s workforce shortage and other topics. Acosta was making his first visit to North Dakota as Labor Secretary at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.


North Dakota Exports Up in 2018

North Dakota exporters achieved positive growth in 2018 despite uncertainty within international markets.


NDPRD is Seeking Applicants for RTP Advisory Committee

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is seeking applicants for the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee (RTPAC). The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. The RTP is administered at the state level through the NDPRD and federally through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).


Burgum: Revised revenue forecast has good news for budget, highlights North Dakota’s strong economy

A revised revenue forecast released today by the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget (OMB) bodes well for the state’s ability to achieve a structurally balanced budget, fund priorities and invest in legacy projects for the future, Gov. Doug Burgum said.


NDDOT: On a wing and a plow

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Snow plow drivers are the heroes of the winter in North Dakota. Governor Burgum joins Craig Sperling, a plow driver for more than three decades, to learn how a statewide fleet of drivers clears thousands of miles of roads after every storm. He also chats with Tom Sorel, director of the ND Department of Transportation, on the future of transportation.


Burgum congratulates NDSU at launch of $50 million Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth

Gov. Doug Burgum joined North Dakota State University officials today to announce a transformative, interdisciplinary research institute focused on global innovation, trade and economic growth and made possible by philanthropy from benefactors.


Governor, MHA Nation chairman sign compact for sharing of oil tax revenue

Gov. Doug Burgum and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark Fox today signed a compact that maintains the current tax rate on oil and gas production and extraction within the Fort Berthold Reservation, while changing how the state and tribe share tax revenue from new oil and gas activity on trust and fee lands.


Burgum attends business session with President Trump, cabinet officials at White House

Gov. Doug Burgum today attended a business session at the White House with President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet while in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association’s annual Winter Meeting.


Burgum to attend the National Governors Association’s 111th annual Winter Meeting

Gov. Doug Burgum will join nearly all of the nation’s governors plus more than 1,500 business, nonprofit and government leaders and others from around the world this weekend at the National Governors Association’s 111th annual Winter Meeting, which runs through Monday in Washington, D.C.


Shawn Riley - Building North Dakota's Cyber Moonshot

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As our Chief Information Officer and director of the Information Technology Department, Shawn Riley is working to make sure the state is equipped for today and prepared for tomorrow. On this episode, we talk about cyber security, technology in schools and working as one across state government.


Burgum encourages high school and college students to join innovative cybersecurity competition

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the state’s participation in an innovative, online cybersecurity competition and encouraged high school-aged women to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by participating.


In call with Burgum, Acting Interior Secretary conveys support for Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

During a phone call today with Gov. Doug Burgum, Acting U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt expressed his support for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Medora. Bernhardt was nominated last week by President Donald Trump to become permanent Secretary of the Interior. The National Park Service is among the agencies and bureaus overseen by the Department of the Interior.


Grant Opportunities for Land and Water Conservation Fund and Recreational Trails Program

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is now seeking Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grant applications.


Governor, State Superintendent and Chief Information Officer highlight innovative education at Technology Showcase

Gov. Doug Burgum, Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler today participated in the biennial K-12 Education Technology Showcase in the Capitol’s Memorial Hall. The Showcase is an opportunity for schools from around the state to highlight best practices and innovative approaches to technology in K-12 education. Ten schools were selected to participate based on topic and best practices.


Burgum announces succession planning for chief operating officer position, thanks Uecker for service

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the launch of the succession planning process for the state’s next Chief Operating Officer, thanking current COO Jodi Uecker for her service as she transitions toward retirement in June.


Applications being accepted for Governor’s Band/Orchestra Program and Choral Program

Gov. Doug Burgum is encouraging school, community and church bands and choirs across North Dakota to apply to serve as the Governor’s Official State Band/Orchestra Program and Choral Program for 2019.


Qualifying low-income North Dakotans to receive March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits on March 1

The North Dakota Department of Human Services announced today that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for March will be issued to qualifying low-income households on March 1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide funding for next month’s benefits even if there is a second partial federal government shutdown.


Theodore Roosevelt V: A North Dakota Legacy

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Ted Roosevelt V, conservation advocate and great-great-grandson of our nation’s 26th President, has recently turned his attention towards a project in North Dakota: the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. He joins us to discuss the legacy of TR in North Dakota and the future of this project.


Governor, legislative leaders, MHA chairman highlight support for oil tax revenue sharing bill

Gov. Doug Burgum today joined MHA Nation Chairman Mark Fox, legislative leaders and Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger for a press conference to highlight the bipartisan support and benefits of a bill that would change how the state and tribe share tax revenue from oil and gas production and extraction on trust and fee lands.

Senate Bill 2312, introduced by Sen. Jordan Kannianen and co-sponsored by the House and Senate majority leaders, is scheduled for its first hearing on Wednesday. The bill is a product of extensive dialogue between the Governor’s Office, legislative and tribal leaders, industry representatives and the state tax department.


Governor, First Lady join legislators, recovery advocates and service providers to highlight first Recovery Day at the Capitol

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today expressed their gratitude to the recovery advocates, legislative leaders, peer support specialists, individuals with lived experience, behavioral health care providers and other stakeholders who helped highlight the first-ever Recovery Day at the Capitol.

The event, announced during the second Recovery Reinvented event in September, was held to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and the disease of addiction and to celebrate the power and hope of recovery.


Our first episode featured Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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Our first episode featured Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 


Burgum: Support mounting for Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Gov. Doug Burgum today met with reporters to discuss budget priorities for the ongoing legislative session, including mounting support for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Medora, N.D.

 


Governor, tribal leaders honor tribal flags now being displayed in North Dakota Capitol

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today joined leaders of the five tribal nations that share geography with North Dakota for a ceremony honoring and celebrating their tribal flags, now on display in the state Capitol for the first time as directed by the governor during his State of the State address on Jan. 3.


Burgum statement on nomination of Peter Welte for U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced the nomination of former Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota.


Northern Plains UAS Test Site Announces Research Collaboration With FAA

The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site announced today a research initiative with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the implementation, operation, and maintenance of UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems in the National Airspace System.


Burgum appoints Hacker, Mihalick to North Dakota Board of Higher Education

Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Timothy Mihalick of Minot and reappointed Nick Hacker of Bismarck to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.


EduTech partners with National Center for Women & Information Technology and Code.org® to promote technology education and training

North Dakota’s EduTech, the K-12 educational technology arm of the state’s Information Technology Department, has established formal partnerships with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Code.org®. The partnerships help advance statewide efforts to provide computer science and cybersecurity training and resources to North Dakota’s educators and students.


In State of the State Address, Burgum calls for action to address workforce challenges, invest in North Dakota’s future

Gov. Doug Burgum today delivered his 2019 State of the State Address, reflecting on substantial progress made during his first two years in office and outlining an ambitious policy agenda that addresses the state’s workforce challenges, increases accountability and budget transparency and makes major investments in people and projects that will benefit North Dakotans today and well into the future.


Commerce Renews Renaissance Zone for Hazen

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has renewed the Renaissance Zone Program for the city of Hazen for five additional years. The Renaissance Zone Program is a tool for community redevelopment and economic investment that incorporates tax incentives to business and residential properties.


UAS BVLOS network successfully tested in eastern North Dakota

The University of North Dakota (UND) says it and its research partners achieved an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry milestone last month with the first-ever drone test flights over a specially developed network.


Burgum thanks members of K-12, higher education task forces as final reports and recommendations submitted

Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his gratitude for the members of the K-12 Innovative Education Task Force and the Task Force for Higher Education Governance as the two groups submitted their final reports and recommendations.


Jamestown Listed to Receive Main Street Development Funding

Governor Doug Burgum has announced funding for 15 projects in North Dakota aimed at Main Street development, public facilities, and services.

The program is funded by federal Community Development Block Grant dollars that focus on long-term community development within cities’ Main Street areas. The announcement was made in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce.


There are more people living in North Dakota than ever before, Census shows

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The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show North Dakota’s population reached an all-time high of 760,077 residents as of July 1, an increase of 4,901 from last year’s revised estimate.


Main Street ND Update December 2018

Welcome to the Main Street ND Update, a newsletter inspiring ideas and action around the Main Street Initiative.


General Atomics Planning To More Than Triple Its Presence at Grand Sky

Grand Sky, the first and only fully operational civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS)-focused research and development park in the U.S., recently announced tenant General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. will significantly expand the company’s presence on the property. General Atomics leased space will be expanded from its current 5.5 acres to 20 acres, all located along Grand Sky’s coveted “beachfront,” which provides immediate access to Grand Forks Air Force Base’s 12,351-foot runway.


Grand Forks BioRefinery Breaks Ground On 80,000 Square Foot Plant

Construction for an ethanol plant that will turn hundreds of thousands of tons of beet waste into fuel in Grand Forks is officially underway.


Discover A Legendary Adventure With Nick Ybarra: North Dakota Trailblazer

When Nick Ybarra tells the story of his first ride on the Maah Daah Hey Trail, his eyes twinkle as he describes rattling across the ridge that is Devil’s Pass. He recalls the experience as “feeling like I had found something I’d been looking for but didn’t know I needed my entire life.” At 18 years old, Nick was struck by the beauty of the terrain, especially near Devil’s Pass. He defines the area as “this incredibly beautiful landscape that just opens up and you have this almost Grand Canyon view of the Badlands.” That experience, and the passion it inspired, has never left.


Fargo-Based Dakota Specialty Milling Celebrate Expansion

Dakota Specialty Milling recently celebrated an expansion ceremony at the value-added agriculture company’s operations. The Fargo-headquartered company, which opened its first mill on 12th Avenue North in 1969, is expanding operations at a total cost of over $15 million. The expansion, which included new equipment, renovations and a land purchase, will allow the company to add up to 30 new jobs in the future. 


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5K Santa Run/Walk

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 08:00 am - 12:00 pm

Santa Run will begin at the ND Heritage Center and use the Capitol Complex trails and mall loop.