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Gov. Doug Burgum has a case of laryngitis, and he doesn't want vocal issues to distract from the message of the speech, a news release stated. Burgum tested negative for COVID-19 as recently as Monday afternoon.
Gov. Doug Burgum has a case of laryngitis, and he doesn't want vocal issues to distract from the message of the speech, a news release stated. Burgum tested negative for COVID-19 as recently as Monday afternoon.
North Dakota has pursued a legal challenge to a moratorium that President Biden's administration imposed for oil leasing on federal lands. Lease sales are slated to reopen in North Dakota in the coming months.
North Dakota had its most severe coronavirus outbreak back in November 2020, and now it's once again approaching the alarmingly high number of infections it experienced over a year ago.

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The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" on Thursday along party lines. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., and Rep. Michelle Fischbach, R-Minn., voted against the bill, which faces a much harder path in the gridlocked Senate.
Last flu season, North Dakota had a total of only 245 flu cases, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. Although the end of this flu season is still months away, the state has already seen 6,638 cases — more than 25 times the number North Dakota reported a year ago.
North Dakota had 6,062 active COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, Jan. 12, the most the state has seen since late November 2020.
"No one should be forced to live in a world of isolation, servitude and terror," said acting Special Agent in Charge Jamie Holt, of Homeland Security Investigations, St. Paul.
North Dakota's 14-day rolling positivity rate was 13.05% as of Monday, Jan. 10 — the highest since late November 2020.
For the first time since 2003, the North Dakota House and Senate will both have new majority leaders going into a new session of the Legislature.

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Last week, the number of active cases in North Dakota nearly tripled, prompting the Department of Health to reconsider how it conducts case investigations because of its limited resources.
“The data doesn’t seem to be speaking to the people anymore,” said Grace Njau, an epidemiologist with the state Department of Health. “It’s not just COVID. It’s a much bigger battle, and unfortunately I don’t know if we’re on the winning side.”
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When researchers at the Northern Great Plains Research Lab near Mandan first began researching the sustainability of North Dakota’s native grasslands in 1916, the words "climate change" would have meant little to them. But a century-old study is aiding new research to address today's problems.

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