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5 things to know today: summer school, Beau Votava, Big Sky alters schedules, direct-market beef business, Burgum to visit the White House

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced the closure of all schools in the state due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus at a press conference in Bismarck on Sunday, March 15. Joining him behind the podium are state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler (far right) and sign language interpreter Lindsey Solberg Herbel. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

1. North Dakota to allow students back for summer school; governor calls move 'soft opening' for fall

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order Monday, May 11, that will allow school facilities to reopen for summer programs starting June 1. Local boards and superintendents have the ultimate decision of whether to reopen the facilities and allow students to attend the programs in person.

2. High school student starts business, 5 Questions for Beau Votava

For 5 Questions this week the Herald speaks to Beau Votava, owner of Beau’s Lawn Service, 3298 Sheena Court in Grand Forks. Votava is a junior at Sacred Heart High School and started his company last year.

3. Valley to Summit: Big Sky alters schedules and tournaments; expect others to follow suit

The Big Sky Conference announced Monday, May 11, the league will alter some schedules and change the format of conference tournaments in order to limit expenses during the 2020-21 season, a year which will be undoubtedly impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

4. Rancher's Rebellion: How COVID-19 sparked a direct-market beef business

Standing next to her pickup truck and horse trailer in the vacant parking lot in a former retail location in south Fargo, Lacey Block is on the edge of a marketing revolution. Block, 32, describes herself as a sixth-generation rancher who is just starting to direct-sell beef to consumers.

5. Burgum to talk COVID-19 response with Trump during White House visit

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will visit the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 13, to speak with President Donald Trump about the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki confirmed.


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