Latest North Dakota state government News

Officials can't say if more companies nixed closure requests

Aug. 12, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials declined Wednesday to release information on any companies that have refused to cooperate with requests from health officials during the coronavirus pandemic and said information about one such company in Fargo was released in error. The Associated Press requested...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020 file photo, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. North Dakota spent a record amount of cash on merit bonuses for some state workers, despite a grim financial outlook caused by the coronavirus pandemic, records show.Most of the money was paid at the end of the fiscal year that ended June 30, and just weeks after Gov. Doug Burgum said the state was in a financial crisis. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)_

North Dakota starts mask campaign 5 months into pandemic

Aug. 10, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Department of Health officials on Monday kicked off a campaign to convince residents to wear masks in an effort to reduce spread of the coronavirus, five months after the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the state. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has not issued a mask...

Former North Dakota chief justice tests positive for COVID

Aug. 6, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s former Supreme Court chief justice has tested positive for COVID-19, court officials said Thursday. Gerald VandeWalle, who turns 87 this month, is currently receiving medical treatment, court administrator Sally Holewa said in a statement. “I can’t...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

Bismarck mayor urges wearing masks as coronavirus cases rise

Aug. 4, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of North Dakota’s capital city on Tuesday appealed to residents to wear masks as the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases in the metropolitan area topped 1,000 and the number of active cases statewide hit a new high. “We can only beat this virus if we are...

Active COVID cases in North Dakota remain above 1K

Aug. 3, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported Monday the number of active coronavirus cases in the state remains above 1,000. The state Department of Health on Monday reported 1,090 active cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That’s up 12 from Sunday but down...

Traditional dancers wear costumes as they prepare their performance in a parade in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Indonesia's resort island of Bali will reopen for domestic tourists on Friday after months of virus lockdown. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

The Latest: Bali welcoming visitors after 4-month lockdown

Jul. 30, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to domestic tourists after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic. Bali’s governor has been impatient to revive the economy and began easing restrictions on public activities three weeks ago. Under the...

North Dakota high court sides with state over minerals law

Jul. 30, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state over a law intended to clarify long-disputed ownership of minerals under a Missouri River reservoir. The court's opinion released Thursday centers around a law signed by Gov. Doug Burgum in 2017 that limited state mineral...

Judge keeps Powerhouse gambling machines shut down in ND

Jul. 30, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by a gaming equipment company to reactivate hundreds of electronic pull tab machines that were shut down by the attorney general in North Dakota. Powerhouse Gaming argued Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and the state's gaming director, Deborah...

Holiday, lax attitude likely cause of ND virus hot spot

Jul. 29, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The pronounced rise of confirmed coronavirus infections around North Dakota’s capital city likely stems from multiple Fourth of July gatherings and citizens’ failure to take precautions to minimize the risk of spreading the disease, a local health official said...