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Message from Governor Burgum

Citizens of North Dakota, 

Thank you for your commitment to helping your fellow North Dakotans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be assured that Team ND is working as one to slow the spread of this virus. We are taking steps to help North Dakotans through this crisis, and the health of our family, community members, co-workers and health care practitioners is our top priority.

North Dakotans have a history of working together with resiliency and purpose, and I have no doubt we will continue to be #NDStrong through this crisis.

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and other state agencies are working around the clock to ensure you have access to the resources you need right now. In partnership with federal, local and tribal partners, Team ND is tackling this pandemic through a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach. 

Please be #NDSmart and access NDResponse.gov for up-to-date information that focuses on facts not fear, and preparation over panic. 

Gov. Doug Burgum

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Burgum expands business closures to protect health, suspends unemployment taxes to help employers

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today expanded business closures in North Dakota to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and protect public health, while also suspending payment of unemployment taxes to allow employers to focus on their businesses and employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

 


NDDOT offering CDL services by appointment only

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is now scheduling appointments for commercial driver license (CDL) knowledge and road tests, as well as adding endorsements. CDL services are available by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time. 

 


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 27, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19

Below are the COVID-19 results from March 27, 2020 as of 3pm.


​​​​​​​North Dakota Department of Health reports first death related to COVID-19 

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) today reported the first confirmed death of a North Dakota resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The death occurred in a man in his 90s from Cass County who had underlying health conditions and acquired COVID-19 through community spread, meaning the source of infection was unknown.


Missouri River system boat ramp status

Categories: all, COVID-19

Anglers looking to enjoy the nice weather this weekend by fishing open water on the Missouri River System can check the status of boat ramps at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 27, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19

Below are the COVID-19 results from March 27, 2020 as of 9am.


Burgum releases child care guidelines, signs order to allow for mail ballot elections during COVID-19 crisis

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today released modified operating practices and an emergency grant program for child care providers to help them through the COVID-19 crisis and ensure that child care services are available for health, safety and other lifeline workers. The governor also signed an executive order giving counties the option of mail ballot-only elections to protect public health during the coronavirus emergency.

 


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 26, 2020  

Categories: all, COVID-19

Below are the COVID-19 results from March 26, 2020 as of 3pm.


REAL ID deadline extended to October 2021

Categories: all, COVID-19

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID deadline enforcement one-year from the current October 1, 2020, deadline to October 1, 2021.


Game and Fish reminds anglers to keep social distance

Categories: all, COVID-19

With a pleasant weekend in the forecast and a lot of North Dakotans anxious to do something outside, the State Game and Fish Department reminds anglers to practice social distancing, whether it’s on shore, from a boat or on the ice.


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 26, 2020  

Categories: all, COVID-19

 Below are the COVID-19 results from March 26, 2020 as of 9am.


ND Medicaid receives waiver to implement temporary program changes to address COVID-19

Categories: all, COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Human Services has received a waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to temporarily ease select Medicaid requirements to ensure sufficient health care services and resources are available to meet the needs of individuals enrolled in the program.


COVID-19 ND Business Briefing call slated for Thursday

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced the next COVID-19 Business Briefing call is scheduled for Thursday, March 26. 


Burgum extends workers' compensation to first responders, health workers who contract COVID-19

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order extending worker’s compensation coverage to first responders and health care providers who contract COVID-19 on the job.


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 25, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19

Below are the COVID-19 results from March 25, 2020 as of 9am.


Human Services to hold a second webinar for ND Medicaid providers and others on March 27 to share information on Medicaid services and COVID-19

Categories: COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Human Services will hold a second webinar on March 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central Time, to provide updated information and answer Medicaid-related questions pertaining to Medicaid services and COVID-19. North Dakota Medicaid providers, advocacy organizations and other stakeholders are invited to participate.


Ton Mile Fee Refund Process

Categories: COVID-19

On March 24, 2020, Governor Doug Burgum signed an Executive Order removing spring weight restrictions on state highways. This order will result in purchasers receiving a refund on permits for ton mile fees on spring weight restrictions for loads starting on or after March 24. Haulers who purchased an oversize permit with a start date of March 24, 2020 or later, that incurred ton mile fees due to spring weight restrictions will automatically receive a refund. The refund could take up to two weeks to process. Contact NDHP Permits for questions about these refunds by emailing ndhppermits@nd.gov or calling (701) 328-2621.


Capitol lighting will honor #aworldofhearts Facebook campaign

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Capitol building in Bismarck will light up tonight as part of the #aworldofhearts Facebook campaign that has developed a worldwide following in the five days since its launch in Bismarck.


COVID-19 AM Positive Test Results for March 25, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19

Below are the COVID-19 results from March 25, 2020 as of 9am.


Partners in Planning and Main Street Vibrancy Grant Application Deadlines Extended

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today the application deadlines for both the Main Street Initiative Partners in Planning and Main Street Vibrancy Grants have been extended until July 31, 2020.


NDDOT lifts seasonal load restrictions on state highways after Burgum signs executive order

Categories: COVID-19

Beginning today, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has temporarily lifted seasonal load restrictions on all state highways to minimize disruption of the supply chain during the COVID-19 public health emergency.


State Superintendent, Governor seek testing waiver

Categories: COVID-19

State School Superintendent and Gov. Doug Burgum have collaborated on a request to the U.S. Department of Education to waive all federally mandated student assessments for the 2019-20 school year.


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 24, 2020

Categories: COVID-19

A.M. POSITIVE TEST RESULTS | March 23 at 3 p.m. - March 24 at 9 a.m. 

  • Man in his 20s from Dunn County, travel 
  • Woman in her 60s from Burleigh County, travel  

P.M. POSITIVE TEST RESULTS | March 24 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

  • Man in his 70s from Cass County, under investigation 
  • Man in his 90s from Cass County , under investigation  

Bank of North Dakota announces student loan relief options

Categories: COVID-19

Bank of North Dakota (BND) shared its student loan relief plans to assist borrowers impacted by COVID-19 with the Industrial Commission today. Effective immediately, borrowers may request to defer payments for six months.


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 24, 2020

Categories: COVID-19

A.M. POSITIVE TEST RESULTS | March 23 at 3 p.m. - March 24 at 9 a.m. 

  • Man in his 20s from Dunn County, travel 
  • Woman in her 60s from Burleigh County, travel  

Human Services’ public behavioral health clinics continue to serve vulnerable North Dakotans

Categories: COVID-19

The coronavirus continues to disrupt lives and cause stress, anxiety and fear. In response, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ eight regional human service clinics and their four satellite clinics are continuing to provide medically-necessary behavioral health services to vulnerable North Dakotans. The clinics located in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston with satellite clinics in Grafton, Rolla, Valley City and the Off Main location in Fargo, offer behavioral health services focused on chronic disease management and behavioral health crises.


Guidelines being developed to ensure child care for essential workers through COVID-19 crisis

Categories: COVID-19

North Dakota has launched a rapid planning process to develop operating guidelines to ensure that child care is available for health care and other essential workers through the COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Doug Burgum said today. The planning process began over the weekend and is focused on three objectives, he said.


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 23, 2020

Categories: COVID-19

A.M. POSITIVE TEST RESULTS | March 22 at 3 p.m. - March 23 at 9 a.m. 

  • There were no additional positives reported during this timeframe. 

P.M. POSITIVE TEST RESULTS | March 23 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

  • Woman in her 30s from Burleigh County, close contact 
  • Man in his 70s from Walsh County, under investigation 

Human service zones continue to provide vital services, but close to the public

Categories: COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Human Services and the 19 human service zones, formerly called county social service offices, have closed their administrative offices to the public but are continuing to provide vital human services. Department staff who work in the counties and human service zone offices and team members are continuing to provide all services by working on-site or remotely to practice social distancing.

 


HOUSING AGENCY URGES NORTH DAKOTANS TO TALK TO YOUR MORTGAGE SERVICER OR LANDLORD FIRST; DON’T BECOME A VICTIM OF A FINANCIAL SCAM

Categories: COVID-19

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is encouraging households facing financial difficulties because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to notify their mortgage loan servicer or landlord if they are unable to make their mortgage or rent payment.

 


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 23, 2020

Categories: COVID-19

A.M. POSITIVE TEST RESULTS | March 22 at 3 p.m. - March 23 at 9 a.m. 

  • There were no additional positives reported during this timeframe. 

Remain vigilant against COVID-19 as state confirms 30th positive case

Categories: all, COVID-19

Burgum signed an executive order giving K-12 school districts until March 27 to submit plans for resuming instruction with age-appropriate, distance learning methods.


COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 22, 2020

Categories: COVID-19

A.M. POSITIVE TEST RESULTS | March 21 at 3 p.m. - March 22 at 9 a.m. 

  • There were no additional positives reported during this timeframe.  

P.M. POSITIVE TEST RESULTS | March 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

  • Woman in her 30s from Burleigh County, travel related 
  • Man in his 40s from Pierce County, close contact 

COVID-19 Positive Test Results for March 22, 2020

Categories: COVID-19

A.M. POSITIVE TEST RESULTS | March 21 at 3 p.m. - March 22 at 9 a.m.

  • There were no additional positives reported during this timeframe.

State takes steps to reduce regulatory burdens to help North Dakotans through COVID-19 crisis

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed three executive orders today to reduce regulatory burdens and improve services for North Dakota citizens to help them through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.


Burgum signs executive order to help slow spread of COVID-19, expand testing locations

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order designed to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and expand testing locations for North Dakotans.


NDDOT Shifts Services to Operate Virtually and Online

Categories: all, COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and Gov. Doug Burgum’s emergency declaration, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is adjusting services to provide online or mail-in services only and working remotely to continue business operations.  


NDDOT shifts services to operate virtually and online

Categories: COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and Gov. Doug Burgum’s emergency declaration, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is adjusting services to provide online or mail-in services only and working remotely to continue business operations. 


COVID-19 Positive Test Results March 21, 2020 as of 9 a.m.

Categories: COVID-19

 Below are the COVID-19 results on March 21, 2020 as of 9 a.m.   


Small Business Administration declares economic disaster funds for North Dakota

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that the Small Business Administration has declared an economic disaster in North Dakota in response to the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. 


COVID-19 Positive Test Results March 20, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19

Below are the COVID-19 results from March 20, 2020 as of 3pm. 


Innovate ND program on hold in response to COVID-19 crisis

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that the Innovate North Dakota program is on hold until further notice.


State officials provide COVID-19-related cybersecurity threat information

Categories: all, COVID-19

Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford, along with North Dakota’s Joint Information Center leadership team, today provided information regarding widespread phishing and social engineering attacks malicious actors are using to exploit the coronavirus pandemic.


Burgum orders bars, restaurants closed to on-site patrons; provides additional guidance for K-12 schools

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order directing bars and restaurants to close to on-site patrons and issued additional guidance for K-12 schools to continue to educate students with alternative delivery methods beginning April 1 during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 


ND senior meal providers cancel dine-in meals and work on alternate plans to sustain important nutrition services for older adults

Categories: all, COVID-19

North Dakota senior nutrition service providers have canceled dine-in meals effective March 19 to protect vulnerable individuals from the coronavirus. Providers will be offering alternatives such as take out, home delivered and frozen meal options. They will continue to provide home-delivered meals to current consumers.


Some state facilities closed as a COVID-19 precaution

Categories: all, COVID-19

The state of North Dakota is committed to safety, and in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some facilities have temporarily closed as a precaution to prevent spreading the virus. This is an ever-changing situation, so we recommend that if you plan to visit a facility please call ahead, make an appointment or visit their website before traveling to check on hours, operation changes or event cancellations.


LIFT program on hold in response to COVID-19 crisis

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that the Innovation Technology Loan Fund (LIFT) program is on hold until further notice. 


North Dakota Development Fund Board votes to suspend all NDDF loan payments for 30 days

Categories: all, COVID-19

 The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that the North Dakota Development Fund (NDDF) Board voted to suspend all payments for both principal and interest for all outstanding North Dakota Development Fund (NDDF) loans for 30 days, effective March 19. 


NDDOT utilizes digital signs to inform public on COVID-19

Categories: all, COVID-19

In response to the state's declared emergency for COVID-19, the North Dakota Department of Transportation is launching a statewide educational campaign on state highways. These messages are designed to inform the public and encourage North Dakotans to be more diligent about containing the spread of the virus.


Burgum issues executive order restricting public access to state facilities

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that public access to state facilities, including the North Dakota State Capitol, will be restricted effective immediately until Monday, April 6, 2020.


Human Services to hold webinar for ND Medicaid providers and others on March 20 to share information on COVID-19

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Human Services will hold a webinar tomorrow, March 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central Time to provide information and answer Medicaid-related questions pertaining to Medicaid services and COVID-19. North Dakota Medicaid providers, advocacy organizations and other stakeholders are invited to participate.


Lifeline Program Available to Help with Phone or Internet Costs

Categories: all, COVID-19

Lifeline is a program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service for those who qualify.


Human Services presentation on ND Medicaid primary care management reform has been rescheduled for April 16

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ presentation originally scheduled for today from 3 to 4 p.m. Central Time on primary care management reform for North Dakota Medicaid has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. Central Time. The presentation will be available through Skype video conference at https://bit.ly/3cqpykp or by phone at 701-328-0950, passcode 827948193#. North Dakota Medicaid providers and other stakeholders are invited to attend.


State health officials confirm eight additional cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota, make changes to testing prioritization

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) today confirmed eight additional cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in residents from Burleigh and Morton counties. Six individuals have a history of travel and two individuals are community spread. So far in North Dakota, 508 individuals have been tested, 493 were negative, 15 are positive and 1 of the individuals is hospitalized.   


Commerce encourages businesses to prepare for SBA Disaster Loan application

Categories: all, COVID-19

 The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that businesses experiencing or forecasting financial strain relating to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are highly encouraged to begin preparing a Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan application.  


ND Department of Human Services reminds people about available online services

Categories: all, COVID-19

In response to public efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus to vulnerable individuals, the North Dakota Department of Human Services is reminding individuals about available online services and is taking other measures to help support recommendations about social distancing.


UPDATED: Two cases of COVID-19 in Morton County are North Dakota’s first confirmed cases of community spread

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) today confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 which are the first confirmed cases of community spread of the disease in North Dakota.


Behavioral Health Division offers resources to support the behavioral health of North Dakotans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Categories: all, COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) can be stressful for people and communities. The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is offering resources to support North Dakotans’ behavioral health during this time. The information is available online at www.behavioralhealth.nd.gov/covid-19.  


New case of COVID-19 in Morton County is North Dakota’s first confirmed case of community spread

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) today confirmed a new case of COVID-19 which is the first confirmed case of community spread of the disease in North Dakota. 


State health officials confirm two additional cases of novel coronavirus in North Dakota

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) today confirmed two additional cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in residents from Cass and Ward counties. The individual from Cass County has a history of international travel; the public health investigation continues in both cases. So far in North Dakota, 223 individuals have been tested, 220 were negative and 3 are positive. 


Burgum: K-12 schools won’t have to make up instructional time from coronavirus-related closure

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that K-12 schools which were closed this week by executive order will not have to make up the instructional time later this school year.


Behavioral Health Division offers age-appropriate resources to help adults talk with children about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is offering new resources to support parents and other adults in having conversations with children about the coronavirus (COVID-19) through its Parents Lead program. The information is available online at www.parentslead.org.  


NORTH DAKOTA STATE CAPITOL TOURS AND EVENTS GUIDANCE

Categories: all, COVID-19

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today announced that tours of the North Dakota State Capitol will be suspended for the remainder of March.


Burgum orders K-12 schools to close for one week in effort to slow spread of COVID-19

Categories: all, COVID-19

By executive order, Gov. Doug Burgum today ordered the closure of North Dakota K-12 schools in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 based on guidance from public school superintendents, medical experts and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).  


Burgum declares state of emergency in response to coronavirus; guidance issued to K-12 schools

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today declared a state of emergency for North Dakota in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis and issued guidance to K-12 schools with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte.


State Health Officials Release Recommendations for Long-Term Care Facilities

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Health is meeting this morning with long-term care providers to discuss details of a memo sent Thursday highlighting guidance for long-term care facilities to protect their residents from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


Burgum Declares State of Emergency in Response to Coronavirus; Guidance Issued to K-12 School

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today declared a state of emergency for North Dakota in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis and issued guidance to K-12 schools with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte.


Burgum, Department of Health Release Recommendations for Events and Public Gatherings

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum, in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), released recommendations today for events and public gatherings in light of the spread of novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.


First case of novel coronavirus confirmed in North Dakota as work continues to prevent spread

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) today confirmed the state’s first presumptive case of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a Ward County resident, Gov. Doug Burgum announced with health officials.


In Fight Against Coronavirus, Burgum Urges Focus on Protecting Seniors and Other Higher-Risk Populations

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum today urged North Dakotans to take precautions to protect themselves and especially senior citizens and other populations who are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.


N.D. Emergency Commission Votes to Accept Federal Funds for COVID-19 Response

Categories: all, COVID-19

The North Dakota Emergency Commission voted today to accept up to $6 million in federal funds to contain and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.


State Lab Tests Individuals for Novel Coronavirus; Tests Are Negative

Categories: all, COVID-19

Over the weekend, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) public health lab tested four individuals for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All tests came back negative. Regularly updated information on COVID-19, including the total number of individuals tested, can be found at www.health.nd.gov/coronavirus.


USDA Designates 16 North Dakota Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Categories: all, COVID-19

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 16 North Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses caused by five separate disaster events may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.


Governor Burgum and State Health Officials Empower North Dakotans to Assist in Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Categories: all, COVID-19

Gov. Doug Burgum and other state officials today provided an update and highlighted statewide efforts in response to COVID-19. No cases have been reported in North Dakota and the risk remains low; however, ongoing community spread has been identified in multiple other states. North Dakotans play a key role in reducing the impact of COVID-19 in the state.


Health Officials Prepare for Spread of New Coronavirus, or COVID-19

Categories: all, 2019 Spring Flooding, 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. –The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to proactively and carefully monitor travelers from China in North Dakota daily and plan for community spread of COVID-19. Currently, nine individuals are being monitored and zero cases of COVID-19 have been reported in North Dakota. The term “monitoring” means the individual has a travel history from China but does not currently have any symptoms.


President Trump Grants Burgum's Request for Major Disaster Declaration for Flooding from Rain, Snowstorm

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. – President Donald Trump has approved Gov. Doug Burgum’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration for the impacts of an October storm that dumped heavy rain and snow on a large swath of North Dakota and caused up to $9.7 million in damage to public infrastructure, according to preliminary assessments.


Burgum Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Flooding from Heavy Rain, Snowstorm

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today requested a presidential major disaster declaration for the impacts of an October storm that dumped heavy rain and snow on a large swath of the state and caused up to $9.7 million in damage to public infrastructure, according to preliminary assessments.


DEC. 10 Is RMA Notice of Loss Deadline for Farmers

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding farmers with federal crop insurance that Tuesday, Dec. 10 is the United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA) deadline for farmers to file their notice of loss with insurers for most spring-planted crops including corn and soybeans.


State Agencies Start Preparing for Potential Spring Flooding after Record Wet Fall in North Dakota

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. – Officials from nearly a dozen agencies, including the Governor’s Office, Department of Emergency Services (DES) and North Dakota National Guard, began planning efforts today in anticipation of spring flooding after a record wet fall that has produced high river flows and left soils saturated heading into freeze-up.


USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Nov. 15 the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.


Access Restrictions and Prohibited Activities on James River and Pipestem Creek

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

Due to the recent information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, and the Bureau of Reclamation, LaMoure and Stutsman Counties are notifying the public of the anticipated ice conditions this winter and next spring due to continued releases from the Jamestown and Pipestem Reservoirs.


Burgum, Goehrig Thank Perdue for Approving Secretarial Disaster Designation to Help ND Farmers and Ranchers

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

USDA Under Secretary Northey visits ND to see impacts, hear from producers; disaster designation covers 47 of state’s 53 counties

ARGUSVILLE, N.D. (NOV. 8, 2019) – Gov. Doug Burgum and state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring today applauded the announcement that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has approved the governor’s request for a secretarial disaster designation for 47 of North Dakota’s 53 counties, making assistance available to farmers and ranchers struggling with the impacts of an early blizzard and abnormally wet fall.


Burgum Waives Restrictions on Hay and Livestock Hauling to Help Producers Impacted by Wet Conditions

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. (NOV. 7, 2019) – To help ranchers struggling with abnormally wet conditions for this time of year, Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order waiving hours of service requirements, fees and certain load restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay and livestock.


Burgum Waives Hours of Service for Haulers of Propane, Gasoline and Diesel

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. (NOV. 2, 2019) – Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order granting a waiver of hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane, gasoline and diesel fuel to retail suppliers.


Game and Fish: Hunters Use Caution on Roadways

Categories: 2019 Fall Flooding

With wet conditions abating enough to allow many North Dakota producers to start or continue row crop harvest, the State Game and Fish Department reminds hunters to avoid parking along roadways or field approaches where vehicles could block travel by farm machinery.


Water Commission Announces Flood Data Viewer - North Dakota Risk Assessment Mapservice

Categories: 2019 Fall Flooding

The State Water Commission is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its online flood map data viewer, North Dakota Risk Assessment Mapservice (NDRAM).


NDSU Extension: Ag Producers Income Tax Management Program Set for Nov. 15

Categories: 2019 Fall Flooding

A tax management program will be offered to ag producers and tax preparers from 9 a.m. to noon CST on Nov. 15 at nine interactive video sites in North Dakota.


Department of Agriculture: Programs That May Assist Farmers and Ranchers Now

Categories: 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said that farmers and ranchers may be eligible for certain federal programs even before a secretarial designation is in place.


NDSU Extension to Host Fall Agriculture Challenges Webinar Series

Categories: 2019 Fall Flooding

Issues related to this year’s challenging growing season and harvest conditions across North Dakota are the focus of a webinar series North Dakota State University Extension is hosting beginning next week.

The series will start at noon Central Daylight Time on Tuesday, Oct. 29. NDSU Extension specialists will present live and be available to answer questions.


Burgum, Gohering Encourage Reaching Out to Those Coping with Flood-Related Stress; Hay Removal Deadline Extended

Categories: 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. – With extremely wet conditions, localized flooding and an early snowstorm impacting farmers, ranchers and many other individuals and communities across North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring continue to work to offer the state’s full support, pursue all federal assistance options and encourage friends and neighbors to reach out to each other.


Removal of Hay Bales from North Dakota Rights of Way Extended to November 15

Categories: 2019 Fall Flooding

Due to a statewide flood emergency, the removal of all hay bales on North Dakota highway rights of way has been extended until Friday, November 15. Hay bales remaining on rights of way after November 15, will be removed as directed by the District Engineer. The bales need to be removed for snow management and safety reasons.


Burgum Stresses Seriousness of Fall Flood Situation in Call with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Categories: 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today stressed to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue the seriousness of North Dakota’s record fall precipitation and flooding, its devastating impact on farmers and ranchers and the likely need for federal assistance.


Burgum Signs Executive Order Declaring Statewide Flood Emergency as He and Goehring Visit Flood-Impacted Areas

FARGO, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum this morning signed an executive order declaring a statewide flood emergency, paving the way for requests for federal assistance to help North Dakotans deal with significant flooding impacts caused by heavy fall rains and a historic October blizzard.


Burgum, Goehring to Visit Flood-Affected Area as Damage Being Assessed for Federal Disaster Requests

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and other state officials will meet with local officials and community members on Monday, Oct. 21, in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown and hold a townhall meeting in Fessenden to hear about the impacts of North Dakota’s unusually wet fall and last weekend’s record-breaking early snowstorm and to discuss the state’s response efforts.


N.D. Department of Agriculture: Producers Encouraged to Contact Extension Agents to Report Damage, Losses and Conditions

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

Last weekend’s winter storm made a bad situation worse for many North Dakota agricultural producers.


Burgum: State Emergency Operations Plan Activated, Agencies Closely Monitoring Major Early Winter Storm

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s State Emergency Operations Plan has been activated and state agencies are closely monitoring this winter storm in case local response capabilities become overwhelmed, Gov. Doug Burgum said today.


Burgum, N.D. Dept. of Agriculture: Options for Producers Sought as Wet Weather Continues

BISMARCK – The extensive wet pattern in North Dakota, topped with an early snowstorm, is creating a great deal of anxiety for farmers and ranchers. The state is exploring all possible means of assistance and encouraging those in emotional distress to reach out for help, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Gov. Doug Burgum said today in a joint statement.


Burgum: State Continues to Monitor Rain-Affected Areas as Efforts Shift from Response to Recovery

Categories: all, 2019 Fall Flooding

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), and Cody Schulz, North Dakota Homeland Security director, today led a conference call with emergency managers from across the state to determine if additional resources or capabilities are needed to respond to last weekend’s severe storms and heavy rainfall. The conversation also focused on determining the extent of damages experienced by the affected jurisdictions and the upcoming recovery process.


N.D. Department of Emergency Services Announces Mitigation Grant Funding Availability

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) recently was notified that FEMA has made available $410 million in federal funding through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM).


N.D. Department of Health: Vaping-Related Illness Reported in North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) received the first report of severe respiratory illness with a history of vaping or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) use. North Dakota now joins 25 other states who have reported more than 200 potential cases of severe respiratory illness from e-cigarettes among teenagers and adults.


Agriculture Commissioner Activates Hay Hotline

BISMARCK, N.D. – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Hay Hotline as parts of northern North Dakota are experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.


North Dakota Department of Emergency Services Hosts Multi-Agency Disaster Response Exercise

BISMARCK, N.D. – Representatives from more than 50 local, state and federal agencies today concluded a 3-day disaster response exercise sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) on Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. The exercise scenario, which included a hazardous chemical spill, was designed to test participants’ ability to collaborate with their counterparts in a multi-jurisdictional environment.


North Dakota Hazard Mitigation Projects to Receive Further Review by FEMA

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) this week received notification, after coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that approximately $18 million in North Dakota hazard mitigation projects were selected for further review under the federal agency’s Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs for fiscal year 2018. Through the nationally competitive programs, communities can receive a 75 percent federal cost share to implement projects that will prevent damages from natural hazards.


Burgum applauds Judge Tunheim’s ruling allowing construction to proceed on F-M Area Diversion Project

Categories: all, 2019 Spring Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. (April 8, 2019) – Gov. Doug Burgum today applauded a much-anticipated ruling by Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim that modifies an injunction to allow construction to proceed on the critically important Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. 


Morton County Declares Flood Emergency

Categories: all, 2019 Spring Flooding

The Morton County Commission has declared a Flood Emergency. Morton County will utilize its emergency fund to accommodate the additional costs associated with these damages.


National Guard resources to aid flood fights; Emergency Commission approves funding

Categories: all, 2019 Spring Flooding

The North Dakota National Guard and North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) are deploying resources to Cass County and the city of LaMoure to assist in flood fighting efforts.


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