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North Dakota governor requests COVID-19 disaster declaration

Mar. 29, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum said Sunday he has requested a major presidential disaster declaration as the number of coronavirus cases in North Dakota approaches 100. As of Sunday, the state reports 98 positive cases from state and private labs, up from 94 the previous day. One death from...

North Dakota officials sketch worst-case scenarios for virus

Mar. 28, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials began outlining worst-case scenarios — including building temporary hospitals in Bismarck and Fargo — after health officials Saturday confirmed the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period. The state listed 26 new cases of coronavirus...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

Mandan (North Dakota) High School student Sheridan Two Bears, left, makes a cup of hot chocolate with the help of Kendra Gerving, a University of Mary student teacher, while working at the Braves Bean Coffee Shop inside the high school entrance on March 6, 2020. To the right is Amanda Zeller, a paraprofessional at the school, who also helps in the work experience class.  (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Students serve up cappuccinos, mochas at school coffee shop

Mar. 28, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MANDAN, ND. (AP) — A minute after the bell rang at 9:05 a.m. on a recent Friday, a line had formed by the main entrance to Mandan High School. One by one, students approached some of their peers, placing orders for hot chocolate, mochas and caramel macchiatos, to name a few of the drinks offered twice a...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, right, speaks on the first case of the coronavirus in North Dakota, during a news conference held with officials with the state health department in Bismarck, N.D. Gov. Listening at left are Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte.  Burgum gave a sobering message Thursday, March 26, to people who are complaining that some of the counties identified with patients who have contracted the coronavirus aren't accurate: COVID-19 is coming to your county. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

North Dakota reports first death due to coronavirus

Mar. 27, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Friday he is shutting down barber shops, beauty salons and other personal service businesses after the state “crossed the threshold" of having more COVID-19 cases attributed to community spread rather than travel. The executive order came after...

Education board picks new leader for Bismarck State College

Mar. 27, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The State Board of Higher Education has hired a new leader for Bismarck State College. The board selected Douglas Jensen to succeed President Larry Skogen who is retiring at the end of June. Jensen comes from Rock Valley College in Illinois and was the only finalist who was a...

North Dakota governor: Every county will have positive tests

Mar. 26, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum gave a sobering message Thursday to people who are complaining that some of the counties identified with patients who have contracted the coronavirus aren't accurate: COVID-19 is coming to your county. Those words came after Burgum noted the largest daily...

Tribune Hearts were everywhere on the Kennelly home and many other doors and windows in the Bismarck Mandan area Monday, March 24, 2020as a grassroots group called #aworldofhearts sweeping the nation in response to the COVID-19 sheltering happening in many cities across the country. Showing their heart covered front door are from left Maria, 8, Evelyn, 5, Frannie, 7, and Jack, 3.

North Dakota to double COVID-19 tests after 9 new positives

Mar. 25, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Wednesday the state will double the amount of COVID-19 tests in the coming days, a promise he delivered after one-fifth of the total positive tests were confirmed in the last 24 hours. State officials reported nine positive tests from Tuesday afternoon...

FILE - In this May 9, 2015, file photo, workers unload pipes in Worthing, S.D., for the Dakota Access oil pipeline that stretches from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois. A federal judge on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline

Mar. 25, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil despite protests by people who gathered in North Dakota for more than a year. U.S. District Judge...

North Dakota reviving waivers that extend idle well duration

Mar. 25, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators are planning to revive a policy amid the coronavirus pandemic that allows oil producers to receive waivers so that a well can remain inactive for more than a year. The state Oil and Gas Division will sort out details after state regulators on Tuesday directed...