The first-term Republican governor gave his State of State address at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. It's his second such address given in an off-year of the biennial Legislature, the first being in Minot in 2018. Burgum, who is seeking reelection with Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, spoke for 1 hour and 40 minutes about North Dakota's achievements and outlook.
"The state of our state today is that it's strong, it's growing and it's full of boundless opportunity," Burgum said. "And by seizing the opportunities that are in front of us and rejecting that piece of our culture, that self-imposed limitation that somehow in North Dakota that we're too small or we're too distant or we're too cold -- if we can get rid of all that thinking and understand that we've got the most amazing people and that our communities and our state are incredibly special and we have an opportunity to lift up everybody in our state -- and I mean everybody -- then we have an opportunity to realize our fullest potential."