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Governor, First Lady host third Recovery Reinvented, announce Families Strong support program

https://justfive.org/Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum hosted the third Recovery Reinvented, a daylong event at the Bismarck Event Center focused on ways to reinvent recovery through eliminating the stigma of addiction, educating on the brain science of addiction and empowering recovery support in communities.


Burgum issues statement honoring military service in observance of Veterans Day

Gov. Doug Burgum shared gratitude and appreciation for veterans, North Dakota National Guard members and active duty servicemembers for the extraordinary acts they perform to protect our freedom and maintain peace through strength.


Burgum, Goehring thank Perdue for approving secretarial disaster designation to help ND farmers and ranchers

Gov. Doug Burgum and state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring 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.


Governor, First Lady to host third Recovery Reinvented event next week, announce new initiatives

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum will host the third Recovery Reinvented event next week at the Bismarck Event Center, a day focused on advocacy, building recovery support in communities, creating recovery-friendly workplaces and eliminating the shame and stigma surrounding addiction.


Burgum waives hours, restrictions on hay and livestock hauling to help producers impacted by wet conditions

To help ranchers struggling with abnormally wet conditions for this time of year, Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order waiving hours of service requirements, fees and certain load restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay and livestock.


Reinvention at work: Unified approach to online platforms helps avoid more than $1 million in cost

Gov. Doug Burgum unveiled two reinvention success stories that highlight the administration’s shared values of Working as One and Citizen Focused: the continued expansion of a standardized state website platform and the planned deployment of a statewide photo and video digital asset management system.


Burgum urges Customs and Border Protection not to reduce hours at ports of entry on ND-Manitoba border

Gov. Doug Burgum is urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) not to reduce hours of operation at three ports of entry on the North Dakota-Manitoba border.


Burgum waives hours of service for haulers of propane, gasoline and diesel

Gov. Doug Burgum 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.


Public invited to submit ornaments for annual Capitol tree lighting event in December

The Office of the First Lady invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree will be on display in Memorial Hall at the Capitol. Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum will participate in the public tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5.


Burgum issues proclamation, encourages North Dakotans to celebrate 130th anniversary of statehood

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a proclamation honoring the 130th anniversary of North Dakota’s statehood on Saturday, Nov. 2, and encouraged all North Dakotans to celebrate the state’s birthday.


Secretarial disaster designation requested for 47 of 53 ND counties as crop losses continue to mount

Gov. Doug Burgum, working in cooperation with state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, North Dakota’s congressional delegation, the federal Farm Service Agency and agencies across state government, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting a secretarial disaster designation to make federal assistance available to agricultural producers struggling with extremely wet harvest conditions.


Burgum receives update from TC Energy CEO on oil pipeline leak, urges swift cleanup and remediation

Gov. Doug Burgum received an update Thursday from TC Energy President and CEO Russell Girling regarding efforts to clean up oil that leaked from the company’s Keystone pipeline in northeast North Dakota.


Governor, First Lady welcome U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams to Main Street ND Summit

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum  welcomed the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, as a guest of honor on the second day of the 2019 Main Street ND Summit at the Bismarck Event Center.


Burgum delivers opening remarks at Main Street ND Summit, highlights community progress

As keynote speaker, Burgum welcomed guests attending the three-day summit and provided a Main Street Initiative overview and accomplishments spanning the last year, including hearing directly from five communities about how their projects have aligned with the three Main Street Initiative pillars: healthy, vibrant communities; smart, efficient infrastructure; and 21st century workforce.


Burgum, Goehring encourage reaching out to those coping with flood-related stress; webpage offers resources, tips

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.


Burgum stresses seriousness of fall flood situation in call with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue  

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

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 areas as damage being assessed for federal disaster requests

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.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff in honor of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

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Gov. Doug Burgum directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Thursday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Oct. 18, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a sign of respect for the memory and longstanding public service of U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, who passed away Oct. 17 at age 68.


Burgum announces members of newly established Children’s Cabinet

Gov. Doug Burgum announced the 12 members of the newly established Children’s Cabinet, which will study and coordinate care for children across the three branches of state government and the tribal nations.


Burgum: State Emergency Operations Plan activated, agencies closely monitoring major early winter storm

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.


Options for producers sought as wet weather continues

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  in a joint statement.


Burgum: $561M loan announced by EPA head Wheeler is crucial for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project; governor, administrator sign MOU

Gov. Doug Burgum joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in announcing that the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project has been invited to apply for a $561 million EPA loan – clearing a major hurdle for a crucial piece of financing for the flood control project. Burgum and Wheeler also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) renewing the commitment to collaboration between the EPA and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), which Burgum chairs.


Burgum attends signing of U.S.-Japan trade agreements that boost ag exports, digital products

Gov. Doug Burgum joined President Donald Trump, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Japanese Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and others for the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement at the White House.


Burgum directs flags at half-staff Sunday in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 6, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.


Burgum: New Williston Basin International Airport is vital to region’s growing population, economy

Gov. Doug Burgum joined local, state and federal officials in celebrating the completion of the new Williston Basin International Airport, calling it vital to the region’s growing population and economy.


Burgum releases statement on renewable fuels agreement announced by EPA and USDA

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard, addressing the volume of biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.


Burgum stresses collaboration on presidential library, park maintenance with Interior Secretary Bernhardt

Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to North Dakota, emphasizing the importance of state and federal collaboration on the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Medora and highlighting its potential to boost tourism in conjunction with upgrades at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.


Burgum proclaims October as REAL ID Month in ND; NDDOT offers ‘REAL ID Days’ on select Saturdays

Gov. Doug Burgum was joined by officials from the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the federal Transportation Security Administration to proclaim October as North Dakota REAL ID Month.


Burgum thanks VA Secretary Wilkie for plan to award grant to build columbarium at ND Veterans Cemetery

Gov. Doug Burgum met with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie during his visit to North Dakota, discussing ways to continue to enhance services for veterans and thanking the secretary for the VA’s plan to award a grant to build a columbarium at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery near Mandan.


Burgum focuses on opportunity, connectivity and community in first workshop for WGA chair’s initiative

Gov. Doug Burgum hosted the first workshop of his central policy initiative as 2020 chair of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA), “Reimagining the Rural West,” an ambitious effort to address the intractable challenges facing the rural West and to support vibrant and enduring rural communities.


Burgum declares October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, urges proactive steps to protect against threats

Gov. Doug Burgum has declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month to bring awareness to the importance of protecting our state and citizens from constantly evolving cyberthreats. 


Burgum honors ND native who died in attack on Pearl Harbor as sailor’s remains returned to home state

Gov. Doug Burgum joined military veterans, active duty servicemembers, community members and relatives of U.S. Navy Radioman 2nd Class Floyd A. Wells to honor the Cavalier native as his remains were returned to North Dakota nearly 78 years after he died at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


UPDATED: Burgum, Baesler announce Sara Medalen as ND Teacher of the Year for 2020

Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced that Sara Medalen, a reading and math interventionist at Minot’s Sunnyside Elementary School, is the North Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2020.


Burgum: State continues to monitor rain-affected areas as efforts shift from response to recovery

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), and Cody Schulz, North Dakota Homeland Security director, 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.

 

 


Burgum to welcome Interior Secretary Bernhardt to ND to discuss presidential library, park maintenance

Gov. Doug Burgum will welcome U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to North Dakota on Thursday, Oct. 3, to tour the Medora area and discuss efforts to establish a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and address deferred maintenance in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the state’s top tourist attraction.


Burgum applauds Harwood, New Rockford-Sheyenne for being recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools

Gov. Doug Burgum commended Harwood Elementary School and New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary School for being recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019.


Burgum: Trade agreement with Japan to lift tariffs on ag products is good news for ND producers

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after the Trump administration finalized a trade agreement with Japan to eliminate or reduce tariffs on an additional $7.2 billion of U.S. food and agricultural products.


Burgum, Sanford recognize team members with Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford presented the 2019 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing team members for their outstanding work in state government and making a positive difference in the lives of North Dakotans.

 


Burgum applauds nearly $10M from U.S. Department of Energy for Project Tundra engineering study

Gov. Doug Burgum applauded the U.S. Department of Energy for awarding $9.8 million to help fund a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for Project Tundra, a carbon-dioxide capture system for an existing lignite-based power plant in North Dakota.


Burgum: U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, to attend 2019 Main Street ND Summit

Gov. Doug Burgum announced the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, as a guest of honor for the 2019 Main Street Initiative Summit set for Oct. 29-31 at the Bismarck Event Center.


Burgum, Baesler announce members of newly established K-12 Education Coordinating Council

Gov. Doug Burgum and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced the members of the newly formed K-12 Education Coordinating Council, which will promote collaboration across all K-12 education entities in North Dakota as recommended by the Governor’s Innovative Education Task Force.


Burgum statement on EPA finalizing repeal of 2015 WOTUS rule

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff to honor victims of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Wednesday, and encouraged North Dakota residents to do the same, in honor of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Burgum helps dedicate Fargo National Cemetery, building on ND’s history of honoring military service

Gov. Doug Burgum helped dedicate the new Fargo National Cemetery near Harwood, noting it continues North Dakota’s long history of honoring veterans for their military service.


Burgum, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announce initiative focused on prison re-entry success

Gov. Doug Burgum, together with the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR), have announced an ambitious new initiative that will further North Dakota’s efforts to reform its corrections system.


At Tribal Leaders Summit, Burgum highlights progress, opportunities for further state-tribal collaboration

Gov. Doug Burgum highlighted recent progress made in state-tribal relations, as well as opportunities for further collaboration, during the 23rd annual Tribal Leaders Summit and Tradeshow hosted by United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) at the Bismarck Event Center.


Olympic gold medalist to share recovery story with Governor, First Lady at ‘Recovery Reinvented’

Olympic gold medalist Riley Salmon will share his story of addiction and recovery with Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum at the third annual “Recovery Reinvented.” Registration is now open for the Nov. 12 event in Bismarck, which will include opportunities for the public to share personal videos of addiction and recovery and connect with recovery resources and services.


Burgum releases statement on EPA proposal to update air regulations for the oil and gas industry

Gov. Doug Burgum  released a statement after the Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposal to update air regulations for the oil and gas industry.


Governor names Jace Beehler as policy director for the Burgum-Sanford administration

Gov. Doug Burgum named policy advisor and Grand Forks native Jace Beehler to the role of policy director for the Burgum-Sanford administration, effective Oct. 1.


Burgum congratulates Traynor on nomination to federal judgeship in North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated Devils Lake attorney Daniel Traynor after President Donald Trump nominated him to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota.


Burgum: Trade deal with Japan will benefit North Dakota producers, strengthen partnership

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement regarding the White House’s announcement that President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have reached a trade agreement in principle.


ND refills rainy day fund with strong 2017-19 ending fund balance; 2019-21 biennium begins on high note

Gov. Doug Burgum highlighted recent reports that North Dakota is replenishing its rainy-day Budget Stabilization Fund thanks to a strong finish to the 2017-19 biennium, while also starting the new biennium on a high note with July revenues coming in $42 million above forecast.


Burgum announces featured speakers for Main Street ND Summit

Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the featured speakers for the 2019 Main Street ND Summit, Oct. 29-31 at the Bismarck Event Center. The summit will bring together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and inspire community leaders, entrepreneurs and students in envisioning North Dakota’s future.


Burgum helps break ground on Aldevron expansion, highlights investment in ND’s technology sector

Gov. Doug Burgum joined local, state and federal officials to help Fargo-based biotechnology company Aldevron break ground on a 189,000-square-foot expansion, highlighting the investment in North Dakota’s technology sector.


Burgum appoints former Wyoming DOT director Panos to lead ND Department of Transportation

Gov. Doug Burgum appointed former Wyoming Department of Transportation director William T. Panos to lead the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), citing his extensive leadership experience and long history of managing major infrastructure projects and large organizations.


Third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education focuses on best practices, behavioral health

Gov. Doug Burgum kicked off the third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education, a two-day event focused on sharing best practices and addressing behavioral health challenges in the classroom. 


Keynote speakers announced for third annual Recovery Reinvented hosted by Governor and First Lady

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting the general public, Native American communities, business and community leaders, behavioral health providers, university and college representatives, health care providers and administrators, addiction recovery advocates, faith-based communities, first responders, law enforcement, families and more to join them for Recovery Reinvented on Nov. 12, 2019, at the Bismarck Event Center.


Burgum appoints magistrate Pamela Nesvig to newly created South Central Judicial District judgeship

Gov. Doug Burgum appointed judicial referee and magistrate Pamela Nesvig of Bismarck to a newly created judgeship in the South Central Judicial District, effective Sept. 1.


UPDATED: Committee selects five members for new North Dakota Ethics Commission, thanks applicants

A committee tasked with selecting members of North Dakota’s newly created Ethics Commission reached consensus on appointing the first five members to the voter-approved Commission.


Burgum leads delegation on tour of petrochemical facilities in Canada in effort to bring industry to ND

Gov. Doug Burgum led a delegation of state officials and legislative leaders on a tour of petrochemical facilities in the Canadian province of Alberta as part of ongoing efforts to bring the petrochemical industry to North Dakota to add value to the state’s ample natural gas resources and grow the economy.


Burgum announces speaker lineup, agenda for 2019 Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education

Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the speaker lineup and agenda for the third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education Aug. 14-15 at Jamestown High School in Jamestown, N.D.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff in honor of shooting victims in Ohio, Texas

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Thursday, Aug. 8, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of this weekend’s shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.


Applicants sought for new boards related to K-12 education, environmental issues  

Applicants are being sought for three new boards created by the 2019 Legislature, including a council to promote collaboration across all K-12 education entities in North Dakota as recommended by the Governor’s Innovative Education Task Force.


Burgum appoints four to State Water Commission, fills newly created seat for Little Missouri River basin  

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed four members to the State Water Commission, including a member to fill the newly created seat representing the Little Missouri River basin in southwestern North Dakota.


Burgum statement on confirmation of Peter Welte as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed former Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota. President Donald Trump announced Welte’s nomination in January.


Burgum congratulates Bank of North Dakota on 100th anniversary, thanks team members for service

Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated the Bank of North Dakota on its 100th anniversary and thanked team members past and present for their service and contributions to the Bank’s success and positive impact on North Dakotans throughout the years.


Burgum announces federal funding for technology upskilling school with ties to Grand Farm initiative

Gov. Doug Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Workforce Development Council, announced federal funding totaling $200,000 to support the launch of Emerging Digital Academy, an accelerated learning platform that will teach North Dakotans new skills to help them thrive in an economy undergoing rapid technological change.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Tuesday, July 23, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a sign of respect for the memory and longstanding service of retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on the day of his interment.

 


Hours of service waiver for haulers of cement, fly ash rescinded upon federal guidance

Gov. Doug Burgum has rescinded an executive order that had granted a waiver of hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting cement and fly-ash supplies.


Burgum waives hours of service for haulers of cement, fly ash to aid timely completion of infrastructure  

Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order granting a waiver of hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting cement and fly-ash supplies to assist in the timely completion of infrastructure projects throughout North Dakota, including the new Williston airport.


Burgum surveys tornado damage in Mott, commends community on preparedness and response efforts

Gov. Doug Burgum surveyed damage from Friday night’s tornado in the city of Mott, commending local leaders and the community for their preparation and response to the tornado, which caused significant damage but no injuries or deaths.


Burgum issues statement on commemorating our nation’s Independence Day

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement in observance of the 243rd anniversary of America’s independence.

Burgum issues statement on FAA granting waiver to operate unmanned aircraft systems over people

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) announced it has received a four-year waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people.


First Lady Kathryn Burgum to receive Outstanding Contribution Award from national SADD organization

First Lady Kathryn Burgum will be recognized Tuesday, June 25, as a leader in youth health and safety by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) with the Outstanding Contribution Award.


Burgum announces registration now open for 2019 Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education

Gov. Doug Burgum announced that registration is now open for the third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education on Aug. 14-15 at Jamestown High School in Jamestown, N.D.


Burgum statement on Mexico’s approval of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement today after Mexico approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).


Burgum announces Border States CEO Tammy Miller as next chief operating officer for State of North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum announced that Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller will join the administration as chief operating officer, bringing extensive experience to a critical role in the ongoing efforts to enhance government services for citizens in order to empower people, improve lives and inspire success.


Burgum applauds USDA proposal to modernize NEPA process, improve access to public lands

Gov. Doug Burgum applauded a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service to modernize compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


Burgum thanks Trump administration for granting presidential disaster declaration for spring flooding

Gov. Doug Burgum expressed his deepest thanks to President Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for granting North Dakota’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration for widespread spring flooding.


UPDATED w/video: Burgum elected chairman of Western Governors’ Association, unveils ‘Reimagining the Rural West’ initiative

The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) elected North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to serve as WGA chair for 2019-2020, on the final day of the association’s three-day annual meeting in Vail.


Burgum meets with Interior Secretary Bernhardt at Western Governors’ Association annual meeting

Gov. Doug Burgum met with U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on the first day of the Western Governors’ Association’s three-day annual meeting in Vail, discussing a variety of topics including natural resources, energy development and improvements to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.


First Lady Kathryn Burgum to give opening address for Amazon Web Services opioid panel

First Lady Kathryn Burgum will share her story of addiction and recovery and her mission to eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction as she kicks off an opioid panel tomorrow at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C.


Burgum congratulates students selected to attend 2019 National Youth Science Camp

Naomi Hegwood of Bismarck High School and Sandra Larson of New Rockford-Sheyenne High School have been selected to represent North Dakota at the 2019 National Youth Science Camp in Charleston, W.Va., June 27 through July 20. 


Burgum: Carefully manage dam releases to minimize impacts, prevent flooding

Gov. Doug Burgum expressed his support for careful management of releases from Garrison Dam to prevent flooding and minimize impacts along the Missouri River to the fullest extent possible.


Burgum appoints Kaleb Dschaak as student member on North Dakota Board of Higher Education

Gov. Doug Burgum appointed University of North Dakota student Kaleb Dschaak to a one-year term as the student representative on the state Board of Higher Education.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff in honor of Virginia Beach shooting victims

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Tuesday, June 4, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of Friday’s shooting in Virginia Beach, Va.


Burgum statement on approved year-round sale of E15

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized action to allow the year-round sale of gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol, and to boost transparency and deter price manipulation by reforming the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system under the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard Program.


Burgum highlights important work of newly established Department of Environmental Quality

Gov. Doug Burgum highlighted the newly established Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the important work it does to protect the state’s air, land and water resources. The department held a public open house after officially becoming an independent state agency on April 29.


Burgum statement in observance of Memorial Day

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement today in observance of Memorial Day, paying tribute to the brave individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff on Memorial Day, will honor heroes at N.D. Veterans Cemetery

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Monday, May 27, until noon, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in observance of Memorial Day.


Burgum requests presidential major disaster declaration for impacts of widespread spring flooding

Gov. Doug Burgum has requested a presidential major disaster declaration as a result of widespread spring flooding that damaged homes and public infrastructure, inundated hundreds of roads and thousands of acres of farmland, and displaced dozens of residents in western, south-central and eastern North Dakota.


Burgum statement on additional USDA assistance for farmers impacted by trade disruption

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement after an announcement by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue of up to $16 billion in programs to assist farmers impacted by trade disruption. 


Burgum promotes 2nd Chance Job Fair designed for individuals with barriers to employment

 Job Service North Dakota is hosting its annual 2nd Chance Job Fair on June 6 in Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo, Gov. Doug Burgum announced.


Burgum congratulates Lance Yohe on confirmation to International Joint Commission

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Lance Yohe, former executive director of the Red River Basin Commission, to serve as a Commissioner on the part of the United States on the International Joint Commission (IJC).


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff Wednesday for Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.


Burgum appoints Erica Thunder to lead North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Erica Thunder to lead the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights as the state’s Labor Commissioner, citing her legal experience, broad skillset and proven commitment to fairness and justice.


Burgum congratulates Girls Go CyberStart participants

Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated the 310 students from 28 schools who participated in the Girls Go CyberStart program. In its first year participating in the innovative online cybersecurity program, North Dakota had the highest number of participants per capita out of 26 states participating.


Burgum kicks off Census 2020 efforts in North Dakota with executive order creating Complete Count Task Force

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order creating the Complete Count Task Force to recommend strategies that safeguard and promote the 2020 census to ensure a fair and accurate count for the state.


Burgum signs remaining bills from 2019 legislative session

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed the remaining 53 bills from the recently adjourned 2019 legislative session, exercising his veto authority on one additional bill.


Burgum emphasizes need for strong trade agreement during visit by Secretary Perdue

Gov. Doug Burgum joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during his visit to Fargo, discussing issues facing North Dakota ag producers at a roundtable discussion and celebrating the launch of an autonomous farming initiative.


Burgum: Session delivers conservative budget, funds priorities and makes strategic investments without raising taxes

North Dakota is making strategic investments in its future, funding priorities and delivering citizens a conservative balanced budget without raising taxes, Gov. Doug Burgum said today after the 66th Legislative Assembly adjourned its regular session sine die.


Burgum signs bill, thanks legislators for creating endowment for Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

State legislators who voted to create a $50 million endowment for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum joined Gov. Doug Burgum as he signed the bill into law and thanked the assembly, calling it “a historic piece of legislation that’s going to be transformational.”


Burgum statement on signing of State Water Commission budget bill

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after signing Senate Bill 2020, the appropriations bill for the State Water Commission, noting the state's strong commitment to making major investments in water supply and flood control projects.


Burgum suspends two members of Belcourt School Board in conjunction with action by Turtle Mountain Tribal Council

Gov. Doug Burgum took executive action to suspend two members of the Belcourt School Board after credible reports of threats and demands made by the two board members in the midst of a citizen-requested audit.


Applications being accepted for Ethics Commission

Applications are being accepted through May 24 for service on the North Dakota Ethics Commission, which was established through a voter-approved constitutional amendment last November.


Burgum signs bill incentivizing use of carbon dioxide captured from coal plants for enhanced oil recovery

Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation providing an economic incentive to use carbon dioxide captured from North Dakota’s coal-fired power plants for enhanced oil recovery by injecting the carbon dioxide underground.


Burgum thanks Legislature for seizing historic opportunity with support for Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Gov. Doug Burgum expressed his deepest gratitude to state legislators after they voted to approve an endowment for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (TRPLM), laying the foundation for a world-class tourism destination in North Dakota.


REVISED: Burgum waives hours of service for fertilizer haulers

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order granting an hours of service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers.


Burgum statement on terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement on the terrorist attacks Sunday in Sri Lanka.


Burgum statement on signing of SB 2344

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after signing Senate Bill 2344 to clarify issues related to pore space in underground rock formations.


Burgum signs legislation to improve social services delivery and outcomes, provide property tax relief for North Dakotans

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed breakthrough legislation that redesigns county social services in North Dakota to improve the quality of services, increase the speed of delivery and reduce costs while continuing to provide property tax relief.


Burgum signs legislation creating unified cybersecurity approach for North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum signed Senate Bill 2110, a milestone that makes North Dakota the first state to authorize a central, shared service approach to cybersecurity strategy across all aspects of state government including state, local, legislative, judicial, K-12 education and higher education.  

 

Burgum statement on confirmation of Drew Wrigley as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed former North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley to serve again as U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota.


Burgum vetoes Senate Bill 2055 for legislative overreach, unconstitutional delegation of power

Gov. Doug Burgum has vetoed Senate Bill 2055, citing legislative overreach and an unconstitutional delegation of power to the Legislature’s Budget Section.


Burgum applauds judge's ruling allowing construction to proceed on F-M Area Diversion Project

Gov. Doug Burgum 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.


Burgum announces retirement of NDDOT Director Tom Sorel, thanks him for leadership and service

Gov. Doug Burgum announced the retirement of North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Tom Sorel, thanking him for his leadership in launching the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, planning for future transportation needs and adopting innovative technologies to improve services.


Burgum signs bill exempting military retirement benefits from state income tax

Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation that exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax, one of several proposals included in his executive budget recommendation designed to address the state’s workforce shortage.


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

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.


UPDATED: Governor, First Lady participate in White House meetings on criminal justice and prison reform

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum participated in White House meetings on criminal justice reform and prison reform and a celebration of the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law last year to increase the likelihood of successful prisoner reentry.


Burgum statement on Vietnam Veterans Day

Gov. Doug Burgum thanked Vietnam veterans and signed a proclamation declaring March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in North Dakota during a ceremony at the Capitol.


Burgum announces 2019 Governor’s Band and Chorus programs from Minot and Leeds

Gov. Doug Burgum has announced that the Minot Jim Hill Middle School Band and the Leeds Banner Girls Chorus have been selected as the 2019 Governor’s Official State Band and Chorus Programs.


Governor signs bill ratifying historic oil tax revenue sharing compact with MHA Nation

Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation that ratifies the historic compact he signed in February with Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark Fox to change how the state and tribe share tax revenue from new oil and gas activity on trust and fee lands.


Burgum declares statewide emergency in preparation for spring flooding, tours flood-affected area in western N.D.

Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a statewide flood emergency in preparation for the threat of significant spring flooding across North Dakota, as state agencies gathered to begin coordinating their response and resources. The governor also toured flood-affected areas in western McKenzie County, hearing heartbreaking stories from residents displaced by the flooding Yellowstone River.


Sanford recognized nationally for leadership on energy and the environment

North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford was awarded the 2018 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship award, a nationwide recognition of his work on energy and the environment.


Burgum declares winter storm emergency for March 13-15 snowstorm, grants waivers for school closings

Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a winter storm emergency for a severe winter storm March 13-15 that impacted much of North Dakota. The governor also has granted the first group of waivers for school districts that canceled classes because of severe winter weather.


Burgum signs repeal of Sunday morning shopping restriction

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after signing legislation to repeal North Dakota’s ban on Sunday morning shopping, saying, “We trust retailers to decide when it’s best to open or not open their businesses, and we trust families and consumers to determine how best to spend their time.”


Burgum joins Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in Fargo and Bismarck, highlights efforts to address workforce shortage

Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to North Dakota, highlighting efforts to address the state’s workforce shortage and other topics. Acosta was making his first visit to North Dakota as Labor Secretary at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.


Burgum signs bill to fund infrastructure, urges communities to invest in existing areas to limit property taxes

Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation that will provide $250 million to help cities, counties and townships in non-oil producing counties pay for infrastructure needs, urging local leaders to invest the dollars in existing infrastructure areas to limit the growth of property taxes and create healthy, vibrant communities.


Burgum joins officials for signing of new diversion agreement, applauds Minnesota DNR’s request to enable construction

Gov. Doug Burgum joined local, state and federal leaders for the signing of a new Project Partnership Agreement for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project, while also applauding the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for asking a judge to allow construction to begin on the flood control project in accordance with the DNR’s permit requirements.


Governor, First Lady announce winners of first-ever Youth Ending Stigma Challenge

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum have awarded 17 grants to the winners of North Dakota’s first-ever Youth Ending Stigma (YES) Challenge.


Burgum: Revised revenue forecast has good news for budget, highlights North Dakota’s strong economy

A revised revenue forecast released by the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget (OMB) bodes well for the state’s ability to achieve a structurally balanced budget, fund priorities and invest in legacy projects for the future, Gov. Doug Burgum said.


Burgum congratulates NDSU at launch of $50M Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth

Gov. Burgum joined North Dakota State University officials to announce a transformative, interdisciplinary research institute focused on global innovation, trade and economic growth and made possible by philanthropy from benefactors.


Burgum signs first bill of 2019 legislative session, removing mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed his first bill of the 2019 legislative session, removing mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related offenses.


Burgum welcomes Army Corps’ increased federal participation in Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project

Gov. Doug Burgum applauded an announcement that the Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) for Civil Works, R.D. James, has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to increase federal participation in the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project to $750 million, up from $450 million.


Burgum statement on passing of retired North Dakota Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Darrol Schroeder

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement regarding retired North Dakota Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Darrol G. Schroeder, who passed away Sunday, March 3, at age 88.


Burgum extends hours of service waiver for haulers of propane, diesel fuel and gasoline products

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order extending until March 22 an hours of service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane, diesel fuel and gasoline.


Governor, MHA Nation chairman sign compact for sharing of oil tax revenue

Gov. Doug Burgum and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark Fox have signed a compact that maintains the current tax rate on oil and gas production and extraction within the Fort Berthold Reservation, while changing how the state and tribe share tax revenue from new oil and gas activity on trust and fee lands.


Burgum attends business session with President Trump, cabinet officials at White House

Gov. Doug Burgum attended a business session at the White House with President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet while in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association’s annual Winter Meeting.


Burgum to attend National Governors Association’s Winter Meeting

Gov. Doug Burgum will join nearly all of the nation’s governors plus more than 1,500 business, nonprofit and government leaders and others from around the world at the National Governors Association’s 111th annual Winter Meeting, which runs through Monday in Washington, D.C.


Burgum encourages high school and college students to join innovative cybersecurity competition

Gov. Doug Burgum  announced the state’s participation in an innovative, online cybersecurity competition and encouraged high school-aged women to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by participating.


Burgum extends hours of service waiver for propane haulers, adds diesel fuel and gasoline products

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order extending an hours of service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane until Feb. 28 and adding haulers of diesel fuel and gasoline to those covered by the waiver.


In call with Burgum, Acting Interior Secretary conveys support for Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

During a phone call with Gov. Doug Burgum, Acting U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt expressed his support for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Medora. 


Burgum announces succession planning for chief operating officer position, thanks Uecker for service

Gov. Doug Burgum announced the launch of the succession planning process for the state’s next Chief Operating Officer, thanking current COO Jodi Uecker for her service as she transitions toward retirement in June.


Applications being accepted for Governor’s Band/Orchestra Program and Choral Program

Gov. Doug Burgum is encouraging school, community and church bands and choirs across North Dakota to apply to serve as the Governor’s Official State Band/Orchestra Program and Choral Program for 2019.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff in honor of nation’s longest-serving congressman, Rep. John Dingell Jr.

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Saturday, Feb. 9, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of former U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell Jr. of Michigan.


Burgum open to waiving school closure days

 Gov. Doug Burgum said he is willing to consider granting waivers on a case-by-case basis for school districts that have canceled school because of severe winter storms and dangerously cold temperatures in recent weeks, provided certain criteria are met.


Burgum waives hours of service for propane haulers

Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order granting an hours-of-service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane.


Burgum issues statement on 2019 State of the Union Address

Gov. Doug Burgum expressed his support for the priorities outlined by President Donald Trump in his 2019 State of the Union Address, including a greater emphasis on national security, strengthening the nation’s economy and infrastructure, and unlocking the extraordinary promise of the nation’s future through greater collaboration and cooperation.


Governor, legislative leaders, MHA chairman highlight support for oil tax revenue sharing bill

Gov. Doug Burgum joined MHA Nation Chairman Mark Fox, legislative leaders and Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger for a press conference to highlight the bipartisan support and benefits of a bill that would change how the state and tribe share tax revenue from oil and gas production and extraction on trust and fee lands.


Governor, First Lady join legislators, recovery advocates and service providers to highlight first Recovery Day at the Capitol

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum expressed their gratitude to the recovery advocates, legislative leaders, peer support specialists, individuals with lived experience, behavioral health care providers and other stakeholders who helped highlight the first-ever Recovery Day at the Capitol.


Burgum, Baesler support school superintendents’ judgment about response to frigid temperature forecast

With most of North Dakota under a wind chill warning for Tuesday, Gov. Doug Burgum and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler are supporting the judgment of school administrators about whether to close schools in response.


Burgum: Support mounting for Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Gov. Doug Burgum met with reporters to discuss budget priorities for the ongoing legislative session, including mounting support for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Medora, N.D.


Governor, tribal leaders honor tribal flags now being displayed in Capitol

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Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford joined leaders of the five tribal nations that share geography with North Dakota for a ceremony honoring and celebrating their tribal flags, now on display in the state Capitol for the first time as directed by the governor during his State of the State address on Jan. 3.


Burgum statement on nomination of Peter Welte for U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after President Donald Trump announced the nomination of former Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota.


Burgum appoints Hacker, Mihalick to North Dakota Board of Higher Education

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Timothy Mihalick of Minot and reappointed Nick Hacker of Bismarck to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.


UPDATED WITH VIDEO: In State of the State Address, Burgum calls for action to address workforce challenges, invest in North Dakota’s future

Gov. Doug Burgum delivered his 2019 State of the State Address, reflecting on substantial progress made during his first two years in office and outlining an ambitious policy agenda that addresses the state’s workforce challenges, increases accountability and budget transparency and makes major investments in people and projects that will benefit North Dakotans today and well into the future.

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Burgum congratulates NDSU Bison football team on 7th FCS championship in 8 years

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement congratulating the Bison football team after North Dakota State University won an exciting 38-24 victory over Eastern Washington University to capture the national title in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision.


North Dakota, Washington governors make friendly wager over FCS national championship game

As the North Dakota State University Bison football team prepares to take on the Eastern Washington University Eagles in the FCS championship game on Saturday, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee have raised the stakes with a friendly wager.


Burgum thanks members of K-12, higher education task forces as final reports and recommendations submitted

Gov. Doug Burgum expressed his gratitude for the members of the K-12 Innovative Education Task Force and the Task Force for Higher Education Governance as the two groups submitted their final reports and recommendations.


Burgum establishes Lower Pembina River Basin Advisory Board to address water management, flooding issues

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order creating the Lower Pembina River Basin Advisory Board to address water management and flooding issues in the basin and resolve interjurisdictional conflicts with the Canadian province of Manitoba.


Flags to be returned to full-staff Sunday, Dec. 30

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BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakotans are reminded that all United States and North Dakota flags should be returned to full-staff at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30. Flags have been flown at half-staff since the passing of former President George H.W. Bush on Nov. 30.


Burgum applauds Minnesota DNR’s approval of permit for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, thanks task force

Gov. Doug Burgum applauded the landmark decision by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to grant a permit for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project, a major milestone in efforts to secure permanent protection against catastrophic flooding for the F-M metro area.


Moody’s Investors Service revises the State of North Dakota’s outlook from negative to stable

Moody’s Investor Service has revised the State of North Dakota’s issuer rating outlook from negative to stable, citing the state’s progress toward a structurally balanced budget and replenishing reserves – two priorities outlined in Gov. Doug Burgum’s executive budget recommendation presented to the Legislature earlier this month.


Burgum statement on signing of new farm bill

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement today after President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, saying it renews our country's commitment to agriculture and rural America.


VIDEO: Burgum joins national initiative to highlight addiction treatment needs among people in criminal justice system

Gov. Doug Burgum recently became the latest governor to join the Face to Face initiative, a national call to action encouraging policymakers to personally engage with the people who are closest to the correctional system.


Burgum highlights collaboration, signs MOU at second Strengthening Government to Government Relations conference

Gov. Doug Burgum highlighted improved relations between state government and North Dakota’s Native American tribes, while also noting there is still much room for improvement and many opportunities for collaboration, at the second Strengthening Government to Government Partnerships and Relationships conference.


Burgum appoints Cass County prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek to East Central Judicial District judgeship

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Cass County Assistant State’s Attorney Tristan Van de Streek to a judgeship in the East Central Judicial District, effective Jan. 21, 2019.


Burgum welcomes population growth to all-time high, stresses that workforce challenges remain

Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau that show North Dakota’s population reached an all-time high of 760,077 residents as of July 1, 2018, an increase of 4,901 from last year’s revised estimate.


Burgum announces $2.3M in community development funds to support Main Street projects, public facilities and services

Gov. Doug Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, announced the funding for 15 projects totaling $2,331,000 aimed at Main Street development, public facilities and services. The program is funded by federal Community Development Block Grant dollars focusing on long-term community development within cities’ Main Street areas.


Burgum reflects on second year in office, delivers on budget, workforce, five strategic initiatives

Saturday, Dec. 15, marked the two-year anniversary of Gov. Doug Burgum being sworn into office alongside Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, giving the governor a chance to reflect on the substantial progress made toward fulfilling the administration’s purpose for state government: to empower people, improve lives and inspire success.


Burgum signs MOU between Western Governors’ Association and USDA to foster collaborative land management

Gov. Doug Burgum, vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association, joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and the WGA’s chairman, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperatively address land management challenges.


Governor, First Lady launch Youth Ending Stigma (YES) Challenge; student applications available

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum announced the Youth Ending Stigma (YES) Challenge, designed to enable student-led initiatives and projects focused on eliminating social stigma surrounding behavioral health issues including addiction and mental health conditions.


Burgum appoints Kommer to lead Department of Commerce

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Michelle Kommer to lead the North Dakota Department of Commerce, citing her strong leadership qualities, extensive private-sector experience and commitment to addressing the state’s workforce shortage.


VIDEO: Burgum delivers 2019-2021 budget address, emphasizing strategic investments and spending within the state’s means

Gov. Doug Burgum released his 2019-2021 Executive Budget, presenting the 66th Legislative Assembly with a plan that creates structural balance, improves transparency and replenishes reserves without any tax increases.


Kudelka named interim Chief People Officer for State of North Dakota

Lisa Kudelka, who served as director of human resources for Bismarck Public Schools for 21 years before retiring in July, has been named interim Chief People Officer (CPO) for the State of North Dakota.


Burgum releases statement on passing of former President George H.W. Bush; flags to be flown at half-staff

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Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday, Nov. 30, at the age of 94. Flags also are to be flown at half-staff immediately.


Burgum statement on signing of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement after President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico.


Burgum announces $30 million UAS infrastructure proposal to support statewide beyond visual line of sight operations

Highlighting how North Dakota is embracing technology to reinvent government, improve services for taxpayers and spur economic development, Gov. Doug Burgum announced a $30 million proposal to build out infrastructure that would support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) across North Dakota.


Burgum reappoints Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann to lead North Dakota National Guard, Department of Emergency Services

Gov. Doug Burgum has reappointed Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann to a six-year term as North Dakota’s adjutant general, effective July 1, 2019, citing his exceptional leadership since taking on the role in December 2015.


Burgum statement on passing of State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation Executive Director Virginia Nelsen

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement regarding the loss of Virginia Nelsen, executive director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation, who passed away Nov. 16 in Bismarck.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff for victims of air ambulance crash

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of the air ambulance pilot, paramedic and nurse who lost their lives in a plane crash Sunday night northwest of Mandan.


Burgum presents Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award to retired Secret Service agent and author Clint Hill

Gov. Doug Burgum presented retired U.S. Secret Service agent and author Clint Hill with the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award during a ceremony attended by more than 200 friends, family and other well-wishers at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Hill’s hometown of Washburn.


Burgum statement on air ambulance crash

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement after a Metro Area Ambulance airplane crashed Sunday night northwest of Mandan, claiming the lives of all three people aboard.


Task Force for Higher Education Governance votes to advance three-board governance model

Members of the Task Force for Higher Education Governance formed by Gov. Doug Burgum a year ago voted to advance the concept of a three-board governance model for the state’s 11 public colleges and universities as an improvement to the current single-board model.


Chief People Officer position to be reopened

The State of North Dakota will initiate the process of recruitment for a new Chief People Officer (CPO) after CPO Kelsey Roth reconsidered her recent appointment and resigned the post to return to the private sector.


Burgum issues statement in observance of Veterans Day

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement today in observance of Veterans Day, saying, "Today we extend our deepest gratitude to the ordinary Americans who perform extraordinary acts of valor in the name of freedom, the soldiers who put service to country and preservation of liberty above all else, including our North Dakota National Guard members and active duty servicemen and women."


Public invited to attend annual tree lighting event and submit ornaments

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum encourage the public to join them for the annual North Dakota State Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Memorial Hall at the Capitol. The theme of this year’s holiday tree is “Dream. Hope. Act.”


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff for victims of California shooting

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Saturday, Nov. 10, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of Wednesday’s shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif.


Governor, First Lady host first-ever Peer Support Day at the Capitol

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum were joined by more than 80 stakeholders, peer support specialists, people who have received peer support services and other individuals for the first-ever Peer Support Day at the Capitol.


Burgum statement on the passing of former state legislator Rae Ann Kelsch

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement on the passing of former state legislator Rae Ann Kelsch of Mandan, who served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1991 to 2012, chairing the House Education Committee for much of that time.


Governor’s Choice Economic Development Awards presented

The North Dakota Governor’s Office, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Association of North Dakota (EDND) presented the Governor’s Choice Economic Development Awards Oct. 29 during the EDND Fall Conference in Minot.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff for victims of shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Oct. 31, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.


Burgum forms Task Force for Veterans Affairs to ensure governance, services are best positioned to support veterans

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order creating a task force to assess the current system for supporting military veterans in North Dakota and comprehensively examine how the state’s current resources can be organized to serve veterans most effectively.


Major upgrade to OMB website provides increased transparency and improved citizen experience

The North Dakota Office of Management and Budget has completed a major upgrade to the transparency section of its website, creating a more user-friendly experience for citizens searching for budget data, vendor contracts, fund balances and other financial information about state government.


Burgum receives Workforce Development Council’s recommendations for addressing workforce shortage

Gov. Doug Burgum received an extensive report of recommendations designed to assist in shaping the state’s workforce policy agenda for addressing North Dakota’s workforce shortage and supporting a 21st century workforce to meet current and future needs. 


First Lady Helgaas Burgum attends White House opioid event as President signs SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum attended the “A Year of Historic Action to Combat the Opioid Crisis” event at the White House, where the Trump administration highlighted actions taken to combat the opioid crisis since President Donald Trump declared it a public health emergency a year ago.


Burgum thanks military veterans for their service at send-off for first North Dakota Native Veterans Honor Flight

Gov. Doug Burgum thanked more than 100 military veterans for their service before they departed on the first North Dakota Native Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.


Sanford hosts groups to discuss ways to make North Dakota more military friendly

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford hosted members of the North Dakota Commission on Military Promotion and Strategic Sustainment (NDCOMPASS) to discuss ways to make North Dakota a more military-friendly state.


Sanford helps celebrate new Oasis natural gas processing plant; oil and gas production set records in August

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford joined officials to celebrate the completion of the Oasis Wild Basin II natural gas processing plant near Watford City, stressing the need for additional gas capture infrastructure to support continued growth in North Dakota’s energy sector.


Burgum thanks interim Tribal Taxation Issues Committee and tribal leaders for collaboration as panel’s work concludes

Gov. Doug Burgum thanked members of the interim Tribal Taxation Issues Committee and leaders of North Dakota’s American Indian tribes for their collaborative work as the committee held its final meeting and discussed draft legislation for the Legislature to consider in January.


Burgum supports Trump administration’s directive to allow E15 sales year-round

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after the Trump administration directed the Environmental Protection Agency to approve the sale of E15 ethanol-blended gasoline throughout the year.


Burgum stresses importance of innovation, workforce at Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference

Gov. Doug Burgum stressed the importance of solving the state’s workforce shortage and fostering innovation in both the public and private sectors to secure North Dakota’s future as an energy powerhouse during the Great Plains and EmPower ND Energy Conference at Bismarck State College.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff Sunday for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

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BISMARCK, N.D. – In honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct.


Burgum names Clint Hill the 44th recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award

Gov. Doug Burgum announced former U.S. Secret Service agent and author Clint Hill as the 44th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s highest commendation for its citizens.


North Dakota unveils refreshed brand ‘Be Legendary’

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced “Be Legendary” as North Dakota’s new brand identity, building on the “Legendary” brand that has been used to promote the state for more than 15 years.


Kelsey Roth to serve as state’s next Chief People Officer, will lead HRMS

Gov. Doug Burgum announced the hiring of Kelsey Roth as the State of North Dakota’s next Chief People Officer and leader of Human Resource Management Services (HRMS), effective Oct. 30.


Burgum accepts Schuler’s resignation, appoints Kessel as interim Department of Commerce commissioner

Gov. Burgum accepted the resignation of state Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler and appointed Deputy Commissioner Shawn Kessel to serve as interim commissioner until the position can be permanently filled.  


Burgum statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Gov. Doug Burgum issued the following statement today after the Trump administration announced a new trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.


Burgum declares October Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Gov. Doug Burgum has declared October Cybersecurity Awareness Month to bring awareness to the impact cybersecurity threats have on the security of citizens and the state and the importance of protecting all North Dakotans from cyberthreats.  
 


Burgum, health care system leaders discuss ways to enhance prevention efforts through Zero Suicide initiative

Gov. Burgum met with leaders of health care systems from across North Dakota to discuss ways to enhance suicide prevention efforts through the Zero Suicide initiative.


Burgum administration is fulfilling pledge to improve revenue forecasting process; meeting with chambers set for Monday

The North Dakota Office of Management and Budget is following through on the Burgum administration’s pledge to improve the state’s revenue forecasting system to make it more accurate and ensure taxpayer resources are being used most efficiently.


Burgum highlights oil industry’s progress, challenges at ND Petroleum Council’s annual meeting in Fargo

Gov. Doug Burgum highlighted the innovation, technology and investment driving a resurgence in North Dakota’s oil industry during the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting in Fargo.


Burgum, Baesler announce Mapleton Elementary's Kayla Delzer as Teacher of the Year for 2019

MAPLETON, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Kayla Delzer, a third-grade teacher at Mapleton Elementary School, as the 2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year.


First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum challenges leaders to eliminate stigma at U.S.-Canada Opioid Crisis Roundtable

First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum challenged U.S. and Canadian health officials to include people in recovery in policymaking decisions and embrace innovative approaches to recovery in communities such as the Free Through Recovery program in North Dakota.


Burgum announces community development funds to improve main streets, public facilities and services

Gov. Doug Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, has announced an expanded community development program aimed at improving main streets, public facilities and services.


Burgum: N.D. National Guard positioning resources to assist Hurricane Florence response efforts if requested

The North Dakota National Guard is sending resources to the East Coast to aid in the emergency response to Hurricane Florence if requested.


Burgum recognizes team members with Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service

Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing team members for their positive impacts on state government and the lives of North Dakota citizens.


Multi-agency North Dakota team wins national award for Main Street Community Dashboard

The multi-agency team that developed North Dakota’s Main Street Community Dashboard has won a national Government Experience Award from the Center for Digital Government.


Burgum welcomes BOR finding that moves Central North Dakota Water Supply Project forward

Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed an announcement that the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has issued a key environmental approval for the Central North Dakota Water Supply Project.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff on Sept. 11

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Tuesday, and encouraged North Dakota residents to do the same, in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.


Burgum highlights partnership, presses for expanded agreements with Japanese leaders at international conference

Gov. Doug Burgum, along with governors from seven other states, met with Japanese leaders at the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association’s 50th annual conference in Omaha.


Governor, First Lady host second Recovery Reinvented; Addiction Policy Forum announces new North Dakota chapter

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum hosted the second Recovery Reinvented, a daylong event at the Fargo Civic Center focused on ways to reinvent recovery through eliminating the stigma of addiction, educating on the brain science of addiction and empowering recovery support in communities.


Burgum: Preliminary revenue forecast reaffirms need for conservative approach to 2019-2021 budget

preliminary revenue forecast released by the state Office of Management and Budget (OMB) underscores the need to budget conservatively while also providing reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the next biennium, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said.


Burgum, Kommer release results of statewide workforce survey, announce occupational licensing study

Gov. Doug Burgum and Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer released the results of a statewide survey of employers designed to provide a deeper understanding of North Dakota’s workforce challenges and help shape the state’s workforce policy agenda.


Governor, First Lady to host second Recovery Reinvented, share announcement about new effort to address addiction

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum will host the second Recovery Reinvented event next week at the Fargo Civic Center, a day focused on advocacy, building recovery support in communities, the brain science of the disease of addiction and eliminating the shame and stigma surrounding addiction.


Burgum statement on U.S.-Mexico trade agreement

Gov. Doug Burgum today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced a preliminary trade agreement between the United States and Mexico.


Burgum statement on nomination of Lance Yohe to the International Joint Commission

Gov. Burgum released a statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Lance Yohe, former executive director of the Red River Basin Commission, to serve as a Commissioner on the part of the United States on the International Joint Commission (IJC).


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff in honor of U.S. Sen. John McCain

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Gov. Burgum has directed the United States and North Dakota flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who passed away Saturday at his home in Arizona. 


Burgum thanks Minnesota DNR for thorough environmental review of new Fargo-Moorhead diversion alternative

Gov. Burgum released a statement after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published the draft supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project.


Statement from Gov. Burgum on the passing of U.S. Sen. John McCain

Gov. Burgum issued a statement on the passing of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a true American hero, patriot and statesman. 


Sanford joins U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Censky at trade discussion in Fargo

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, who chairs the North Dakota Trade Office, participated in a townhall meeting on trade with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky, farmers and business leaders in Fargo.


Burgum issues statement on Affordable Clean Energy Rule proposed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule as a replacement to the Clean Power Plan imposed under the previous administration.


Sanford joins Air Force Secretary Wilson for first beyond-visual-line-of-sight flight at Northern Plains UAS Test Site

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, who chairs the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Authority, joined U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and other officials to observe the first flight of a large UAS beyond visual line of sight without the use of a chase plane in controlled airspace at Grand Sky technology park.


Burgum issues statement on nomination of Drew Wrigley to be U.S. attorney for North Dakota

Gov. Burgum released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced the nomination of former North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota.


Burgum welcomes U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, highlights innovation providing path forward for coal

Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to North Dakota, joining him on a tour of North American Coal’s Falkirk Mine near Underwood and highlighting how innovation is providing a path forward for North Dakota’s lignite coal as a low-cost, reliable source of electricity for the nation’s power grid.


Burgum applauds FAA approval of beyond-visual line-of-sight flights for large UAS at Northern Plains test site

Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed news that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks to fly large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) beyond visual line of sight without a chase plane, a major milestone in the test site’s history.


Burgum congratulates project partners at groundbreaking ceremony for Spirit Lake substance abuse treatment center

Gov. Doug Burgum today congratulated project partners at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new residential substance-abuse treatment center for adults in the Spirit Lake community.


Burgum stresses need for addiction treatment during prison reform roundtable with President Trump, fellow governors

Gov. Doug Burgum today highlighted the state’s prison reform efforts and the need to address addiction as he joined President Donald Trump, administration officials and a small group of fellow governors and attorneys general for a State Leaders Roundtable on Prison Reform in Bedminster, N.J.


Burgum statement on Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s visit to Grand Sky

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s visit to the Grand Sky commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and development park in Grand Forks. Nielsen held a roundtable with UAS leaders to review developments and receive updates from the facility.


Burgum appoints former solicitor general Bahr to South Central Judicial District judgeship

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Bismarck attorney and former North Dakota solicitor general Douglas Bahr to a judgeship in the South Central Judicial District, effective Sept. 1.


Burgum invited to join President Trump at State Leaders Roundtable on Prison Reform

Gov. Doug Burgum will join President Donald Trump, Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner and a small group of fellow governors and attorneys general for a State Leaders Roundtable on Prison Reform in Bedminster, N.J.


Burgum highlights friendship with Iceland as he welcomes Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir to Mountain, N.D.

Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed the Prime Minister of Iceland, Her Excellency Katrín Jakobsdóttir, to the 119th annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration in Mountain, highlighting the strong ties between North Dakota and the island nation.


Burgum congratulates USS North Dakota on being certified for overseas deployment

Gov. Doug Burgum released a congratulatory statement after being informed by USS North Dakota Commander Mark T. Robinson that the U.S. Navy submarine has been certified for overseas deployment.


Burgum releases statement on Supreme Court’s decision in lawsuit over veto authority

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the North Dakota Supreme Court issued its decision in a lawsuit brought by the state Legislature challenging the governor’s veto authority related to vetoes issued at the end of the 2017 legislative session.


Burgum thanks U.S. Navy’s Leap Frogs, Fargo AirSho organizers and volunteers after completing skydive

FARGO, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum dropped in on the Fargo AirSho from about 13,000 feet this morning with members of the U.S.


Burgum releases statement on legislative proposal to fund infrastructure projects

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement after Republican legislative leaders announced a proposed infrastructure funding package.


Burgum joins Vice President Mike Pence in showing appreciation for airmen at Grand Forks Air Force Base

Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed Vice President Mike Pence back to North Dakota and joined him as he addressed and thanked personnel at the Grand Forks Air Force Base for their important role in national security.


Burgum stresses flood protection as essential for Fargo, Minot areas during update from Army Corps of Engineers

Gov. Doug Burgum emphasized the importance of timely completion of flood protection projects for the Fargo and Minot areas during an update from top regional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at the Capitol in Bismarck.


Burgum issues statement on record oil production in May

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement regarding North Dakota setting a new record for oil production at 1,244,629 barrels of oil per day in May, breaking the previous record set in December 2014 by 17,146 barrels per day, according to preliminary figures from the Oil and Gas Division. Gas production also hit a record in May at more than 2.3 billion cubic feet per day.


Burgum, Sanford meet with displaced residents and local officials, survey tornado damage in Watford City

Gov. Doug Burgum, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard, surveyed tornado damage in Watford City on Tuesday evening, July 10, and met with local officials and residents displaced by the storm to discuss local response efforts and needs.


Burgum, Sanford to survey tornado damage in Watford City

Gov. Doug Burgum will travel to Watford City this afternoon to survey an RV park devastated by a tornado last night and to meet with local response officials and residents displaced by the storm.


Burgum, Sanford applaud historic launch of trans-Atlantic UAS flight

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today applauded the launch of the first trans-Atlantic flight of a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft from the Grand Sky commercial UAS business and aviation park.


Speaker lineup announced for second ‘Recovery Reinvented’ on Sept. 5 in Fargo

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division, have announced the speaker lineup for Recovery Reinvented on Sept. 5 in Fargo.


Burgum releases statement on celebrating Independence Day

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement in commemoration of the 242nd anniversary of America’s independence.


Registration open for second ‘Recovery Reinvented’ hosted by Governor and First Lady Sept. 5 in Fargo

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division, are inviting the general public, Native American communities, business and community leaders, behavioral health providers, university and college representatives, health care providers and administrators, addiction recovery advocates, faith-based communities, first responders, law enforcement, families and more to attend “Recovery Reinvented” on Sept. 5 in Fargo.


Burgum elected vice chairman of Western Governors’ Association

The Western Governors’ Association elected North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum as vice chairman for the 2018-2019 year, on the final day of the association’s three-day annual meeting in Rapid City.


Burgum: Supreme Court opinion on online sales tax collections is a victory for Main Street businesses

Gov. Doug Burgum applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that online retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence, calling it a win for Main Street that levels the playing field between remote sellers and brick-and-mortar businesses.


Burgum urges Corps officials to prevent Missouri River flooding, clearly communicate increases in dam releases

Gov. Doug Burgum urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clearly and promptly communicate changes in the amount of water being released from Garrison Dam, and to take the necessary steps to prevent flooding as much as possible, as the Corps announced it will step up releases to 60,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by Saturday, raising the river in Bismarck to within 1.5 feet of flood stage.


Burgum discusses trade, other key issues with Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi

Gov. Doug Burgum met with Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, to discuss trade, agriculture and other topics at the Capitol in Bismarck. 


Burgum to kick off second annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education

Gov. Doug Burgum will welcome teachers, students, school administrators and community leaders to the second annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education on Thursday, June 7, at Northern Cass School near Hunter.


Workforce Development Council and Greater ND Chamber partner on employer survey to address workforce shortage

Gov. Doug Burgum and Labor Commissioner and Job Service North Dakota Executive Director Michelle Kommer announced a new survey asking North Dakota’s employers to identify their most pressing workforce issues. Survey results will provide valuable input for workforce development recommendations to the governor.


Burgum issues statement in observance of Memorial Day

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement in observance of Memorial Day, after attending and delivering remarks at the Memorial Day ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery near Mandan.


Burgum highlights oil industry resurgence, state’s workforce needs at Williston Basin Petroleum Conference

Gov. Doug Burgum highlighted the innovation that’s driving a resurgence in North Dakota’s oil industry and making the region ripe for investment, while also citing the state’s significant workforce needs during his remarks to the 26th annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference.


Burgum thanks Zinke for commitment to national parks

Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his gratitude and support for efforts by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to address the deferred maintenance backlog at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff for victims of school shooting in Texas

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Tuesday, May 22, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.


Burgum appoints Maj. Brandon Solberg to lead Highway Patrol, thanks Gerhart for service

Gov. Burgum appointed North Dakota Highway Patrol Maj. Brandon Solberg to oversee the agency, citing his proven leadership experience and history of both field and administrative roles during his more than 22 years in law enforcement.


Burgum congratulates students selected for National Youth Science Camp

Gov. Doug Burgum expressed his congratulations to Kathryn Slavick of Mandan High School and Benjamin Berdal of May-Port CG High School, who have been selected to attend the 2018 National Youth Science Camp. 


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.


Second annual Recovery Reinvented set for Sept. 5 in Fargo; Behavioral Health Conference to be held same week

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum are inviting the general public, American Indian communities, business and community leaders, behavioral health providers, university and college representatives, health care providers and administrators, addiction recovery advocates, faith-based communities, first responders, law enforcement, families and more to join them for Recovery Reinvented on Sept. 5 at the Fargo Civic Center.


Burgum waives hours of service for fertilizer haulers

Gov. Doug Burgum signed an emergency executive order granting a waiver of hours of service for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.


New Rockford student named SADD National Student of the Year; Governor and First Lady to host celebratory event

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) announced that Lauren Roscoe of New Rockford, N.D., has been named the 2018-19 SADD Student of the Year.


U.S. DOT selects North Dakota DOT for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the North Dakota Department of Transportation has been selected as one of 10 participants in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at shaping the future of drones in America.


Burgum marks Arbor Day in North Dakota with proclamation, memorial tree planting to honor WWI veterans

Gov. Doug Burgum proclaimed May 4 Arbor Day in North Dakota and marked the occasion with a memorial tree planting on the Capitol grounds to honor World War I veterans as the nation observes the end of the war 100 years ago.


Burgum participates in Shadow a Student Challenge in Beulah

Gov. Doug Burgum made a surprise visit to Beulah High School as part of the Shadow a Student Challenge, learning about current classroom instruction and culture as he continues to support innovation in North Dakota’s K-12 education system.


Burgum announces Education Innovators Fellowship

 Gov. Doug Burgum  announced the creation of the K-12 Education Innovators Fellowship, a partnership between Burgum and the Governor’s Office, state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and the Department of Public Instruction, “What School Could Be” author Ted Dintersmith and educational leaders from across the state.


Governor, First Lady support efforts to address opioid crisis by Attorney General Sessions, Trump administration

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum today expressed their gratitude and support for efforts by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration to end the nation’s opioid epidemic.


Burgum meets with Interior Secretary Zinke; Sanford attends event focusing on streamlining right-of-way for gas capture

Gov. Burgum met with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in Washington, D.C., discussing a number of issues of importance to North Dakota, as Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford participated in a meeting in Bismarck to work toward improving gas capture and right-of-way processes on federal lands.


First Lady receives national award for recovery advocacy

The Addiction Policy Forum is honoring First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum with its Pillar of Excellence award for her advocacy work with addiction and recovery.


Burgum designates 25 Opportunity Zones under program created by federal tax bill

Gov. Doug Burgum designated 25 areas in North Dakota as Opportunity Zones under a community development incentive program established by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.


Burgum outlines strategic budget direction for 2019-2021 biennium

Gov. Doug Burgum outlined his strategic budget direction for the State of North Dakota during the 2019-2021 biennium, announcing a new approach that places greater emphasis on finding efficiencies, reinventing processes and incenting collaboration between agencies.


Burgum honors N.D. National Guard 1-188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment for service in protecting nation’s capital

Gov. Doug Burgum honored about 200 North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers who recently returned from a yearlong mission in Washington, D.C., protecting the airspace around the nation’s capital.


Burgum issues statement on meeting with President Trump on trade and agricultural issues

Gov. Burgum issued a statement after meeting on trade and agricultural issues with President Donald Trump, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other governors and congressional leaders at the White House.


Burgum to meet with President Trump on ag issues, trade

Gov. Burgum will meet with President Donald Trump and other governors and congressional leaders on Thursday, April 12, to discuss issues impacting the agricultural community, including trade.


Hundreds participate in A Day for Prevention to discuss ways to prevent substance abuse; several initiatives announced

More than 500 people attended A Day for Prevention, a first-of-its-kind event for North Dakota that brought together national, regional and state experts to discuss public policies, strategies and resources that work to prevent substance abuse.


Burgum announces registration now open for Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education

Gov. Burgum  announced the 2018 Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education is now open for registration. The summit will take place June 7 at Northern Cass School near Arthur and Hunter.


Burgum applauds EPA approval making N.D. the first state with primacy over geologic storage of carbon dioxide

Gov. Burgum thanked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for making North Dakota the first state to receive final approval to regulate geologic storage of carbon dioxide.


Speakers announced for A Day for Prevention next week

Gov. Doug Burgum, First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford will join hundreds of North Dakotans and national, regional and state experts on Wednesday, April 11, to discuss public policies, strategies and resources that work to prevent substance abuse.


Burgum issues statement on China’s proposed tariffs

Gov.  Burgum issued a statement regarding China’s proposed tariffs on more than 100 U.S. products, including agricultural commodities such as soybeans, wheat, corn, sorghum and beef.


Burgum administration invites collaboration, updates officials from across state government on five strategic initiatives

Gov. Burgum and members of his administration met with statewide elected officials, agency leaders and team members from across state government to provide updates on the administration’s five strategic initiatives and invite greater collaboration across agencies.


Sanford congratulates Minot area officials as work begins on Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford joined Minot area officials  to break ground on the first three phases of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project, highlighting the state’s significant financial commitment to the project.


Burgum welcomes Vice President Pence to Fargo, applauds tax relief impacts

Gov. Burgum welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Fargo for an event highlighting the positive impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the American economy.


Burgum announces Governor’s Band and Chorus

Gov. Burgum announced the Mandan High School Concert Band and the Wahpeton High School Choir as the 2017-2018 Governor’s Official State Band and Chorus.


Burgum appoints members to Office of Recovery Reinvented Advisory Council

Gov. Burgum has announced the members of the Office of Recovery Reinvented Advisory Council, which will support strategic efforts to strengthen recovery services and eliminate the shame and stigma of the disease of addiction in North Dakota.


New 100-gigabit network puts N.D. schools, government on leading edge of internet connectivity and speed

Gov. Burgum, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley and other officials announced a 100-gigabit upgrade to the state network that will put North Dakota schools and government on the nation’s leading edge of internet connectivity and speed.


Burgum deeply grateful for Gerhart’s 26 years of service as N.D. Highway Patrol superintendent announces retirement

Gov. Burgum expressed his deep gratitude to Col. Michael Gerhart Jr. for his outstanding leadership and long history of service as the North Dakota Highway Patrol superintendent announced his retirement.


Applications still being accepted for two openings on State Board of Higher Education

Gov. Burgum encouraged North Dakotans to consider applying for two openings on the State Board of Higher Education, which sets policy for the North Dakota University System and oversees the state’s 11 public colleges and universities.


Burgum issues statement on N.D. Supreme Court hearing arguments in veto lawsuit

Gov. Burgum released a statement after the North Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by the state Legislature challenging the governor’s veto authority related to vetoes issued at the end of the 2017 legislative session.


Burgum issues statement on F-M Diversion Authority’s vote to submit new permit application

Gov. Burgum released a statement after the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Board of Authority voted unanimously to accept all recommendations from the F-M Area Flood Diversion Task Force formed by Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and officially submit a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff Friday in memory of former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner

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Gov. Burgum has directed all state agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Friday, March 16, as a mark of respect for the memory of former North Dakota Gov. George “Bud” Sinner, who passed away Friday at age 89.


Burgum statement on passing of former Gov. George Sinner

Gov. Burgum has issued a statement on the passing of former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner.


During Perdue visit, Burgum and Goehring highlight dry conditions as agencies prepare for drought response

Gov. Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring thanked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for his help during last year’s drought and advised that this year could be even more stressful for North Dakota farmers and livestock producers, with multiple state agencies already preparing and coordinating their responses in case drought conditions worsen.


Burgum emphasizes importance of strong farm bill, trade agreement during visit by Secretary Perdue

Gov. Burgum joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during his visit to Fargo, underscoring the importance of a strong farm bill and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers.


State offices close due to weather conditions

Due to deteriorating weather and road conditions, state offices in Bismarck closed at 3 p.m. today. At this time, normal business hours are expected for Tuesday, March 6. 


Burgum appoints 12 members to reconvened Rural Development Council

Gov. Burgum has appointed 12 members to the North Dakota Rural Development Council, which he reconvened in December to support the development of rural communities across the state through collaboration between government and the nonprofit and private sectors.


Burgum: North Dakota will participate in Opportunity Zones Program created by federal tax bill

Gov. Burgum  announced North Dakota will participate in the newly created Opportunity Zones Program, a community development incentive established by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.


First Lady attends White House Opioids Summit, highlights efforts to eliminate shame and stigma of addiction

First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum attended the White House Opioids Summit, which featured leaders from the Trump administration and Capitol Hill highlighting progress that’s been made to address the opioid crisis since the President declared it a public health emergency last October.


North Dakota ranks 1st in Quality of Life, 4th overall in U.S. News & World Report’s Best States rankings

North Dakota offers the best quality of life in the country and ranks fourth overall among U.S. states for the second year in a row in U.S. News & World Report’s latest Best States rankings.


Burgum orders flags flown at half-staff for victims of shooting at Florida high school

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Gov.  Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Monday, Feb. 19, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for the victims of Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


Applications being accepted for Governor’s Band and Chorus

Gov. Burgum is encouraging school, community and church bands and choirs across North Dakota to apply to be the Governor’s Official State Band and Chorus for 2018.


Burgum appoints Morrissette to lead Office of Management and Budget

Gov. Burgum has appointed Joe Morrissette as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) effective March 1, citing his broad experience in government finance and deep knowledge of the state's budget and taxes. 


Burgum promotes greater understanding, collaboration with ND tribes during historic conference

Gov. Burgum called for greater understanding of North Dakota's Native American tribes and highlighted opportunities for collaboration between state and tribal governments as he opened a first-of-its-kind conference on strengthening government-to-government partnerships and relationships. 


Burgum welcomes Hess and Targa’s investment of $150M in gas processing plant as efforts to reduce flaring continue

Gov. Burgum welcomed news that Hess Midstream Partners and Targa Resources will build a $150 million gas processing plant near Watford City, as North Dakota produces record volumes of natural gas and approaches record high oil production.


Burgum: State of the State is one of unlimited promise and potential

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Gov. Burgum delivered his 2018 State of the State Address at Minot State University, reflecting on the state’s challenges and collective accomplishments during his first year in office and outlining strategies to empower people, improve lives and inspire success.


First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum to attend White House event featuring women leaders

First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum has been invited to attend a White House Women’s Event on Tuesday, Jan. 16, featuring prominent women within the Trump administration and state government.


Burgum creates Office of Recovery Reinvented to promote efforts to eliminate shame and stigma of addiction

Gov. Burgum has signed an executive order creating the Office of Recovery Reinvented to promote strategic and innovative efforts to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with the disease of addiction.


Burgum encouraged by report from Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity

Gov. Burgum expressed his support for the vision of a vibrant rural America as outlined by President Trump during his address to the 99th annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, Tenn.


Burgum congratulates NDSU Bison football team on sixth FCS Championship in seven years

Gov. Burgum congratulated the North Dakota State University Bison football team after their hard-fought 17-13 victory over James Madison University to capture the national title in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision for the sixth time in seven years.


Burgum appoints Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer as Job Service North Dakota Executive Director

Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer as Job Service North Dakota Executive Director. Kommer had been serving as interim executive director since August 22, 2017, following the resignation of Cheri Giesen.


Burgum approves North Dakota’s participation in FirstNet to improve communications system for first responders

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that North Dakota will participate in the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) with AT&T to establish a wireless communications network that will help first responders better serve and protect the public in times of need.


Burgum appoints members to newly created Task Force for Higher Education Governance

Gov. Burgum has announced the members of a task force that will evaluate the governance structure for North Dakota’s higher education system and determine if improvement opportunities exist to better meet the state’s educational and workforce needs for the 21st century.


Application period announced for North Dakota Rural Development Council

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that applications for membership on the North Dakota Rural Development Council (NDRDC) are now being accepted until midnight on Wednesday, Jan. 17.


Burgum to deliver 2018 State of the State Address on Jan. 23 at Minot State University

Gov. Burgum will deliver the 2018 State of the State Address on Jan. 23 at Minot State University, highlighting the state’s challenges and successes from the past year and outlining his vision and agenda for the future.


Governor and First Lady celebrate annual tree lighting; dedicate ceremony to those affected by disease of addiction

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum joined community members and state officials, including the Office of Management and Budget as the event co-sponsor, for the annual tree-lighting ceremony in Bismarck.


Burgum issues statement on lawsuit brought by Legislature challenging veto authority

Gov. Burgum released a statement today after being served with a lawsuit brought by the state Legislature challenging the governor’s veto authority related to vetoes issued at the end of the 2017 legislative session.


Burgum orders flags flown at half-staff Dec. 7 in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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Gov. Doug Burgum today directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.


ND Rural Development Council to be reconvened; application period to open soon

BISMARCK, N.D. (Dec. 4, 2017) – The North Dakota Rural Development Council (NDRDC) is being reconvened to support the development of rural communities across the state through collaboration between government and the nonprofit and private sectors.  


Burgum appoints Knudson to Northeast Central Judicial District Judgeship

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Grand Forks attorney Jay D. Knudson to a judgeship in the Northeast Central Judicial District, effective December 18, 2017.


Burgum, Sanford honor veterans at community events in Fargo, Bismarck

Gov. Doug Burgum joined U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and other officials from Minnesota and North Dakota for Veterans Day activities in Fargo that included a parade and raising of colors at the Fargo Civic Center followed by a formal program.


Burgum forms task force to assess governance structure for N.D. higher education system; applicants sought

Gov. Burgum signed an executive order creating a task force to assess the existing governance structure for higher education in North Dakota and determine if changes are needed to ensure the system meets the state’s educational and workforce needs in the 21st century.


Burgum orders flags flown at half-staff for victims of Texas shooting

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Gov. Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Thursday, Nov. 9, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for the victims of Sunday’s shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.


Governors stake friendly wager on Dakota Marker game between NDSU and SDSU

Gov. Burgum and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard have staked a friendly wager on Saturday’s contest for the Dakota Marker between the North Dakota State University and South Dakota State University football teams.


Burgum welcomes Vice President Pence to Minot Air Force Base, stressing importance of dual nuclear mission

Gov. Doug Burgum welcomed Vice President Mike Pence and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to Minot Air Force Base today, emphasizing the importance of the base’s dual nuclear mission to the nation’s defense strategy.


Burgum extends hours of service, weight restriction waivers for third time

Gov. Burgum has issued an updated executive order extending waivers for hours of service and weight limit restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay, water and livestock to help livestock producers who have battled extreme drought conditions throughout North Dakota this year.


Burgum to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to North Dakota during visit to Minot Air Force Base

Gov. Burgum will join Vice President Mike Pence as he receives a mission briefing from Minot Air Force Base leaders and addresses the airmen during his first visit to the base and first stop in North Dakota as vice president


Burgum meets with Manitoba Premier Pallister to discuss shared priorities: trade, water, public safety

Gov. Burgum and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister met in Fargo to discuss the critical partnership between the United States and Canada as well as several shared interests and key issues facing both jurisdictions, including trade, water and public safety.


Economic Developer of the Year award recipients announced

The North Dakota Governor’s Office, North Dakota Department of Commerce and Economic Development Association of North Dakota (EDND) presented the Governor’s Choice – Economic Developer of the Year awards during the EDND Fall Conference in Williston.


Burgum, Dayton appoint diversion task force members, set first meeting

Gov. Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced the formation of a new Task Force to develop design principles and concept-level engineering solutions to achieve balanced flood risk management for the Fargo-Moorhead region, including upstream, downstream, and metro-area communities and properties.


Burgum appoints Whelan to Northeast Judicial District judgeship

Gov.  Burgum has appointed former Walsh County prosecutor Barbara Whelan to a judgeship in the Northeast Judicial District, effective Oct. 23.


State agencies tackle opioid epidemic with actions resulting from Gov. Burgum’s executive order

BISMARCK, N.D. – State agencies are expanding the fight against North Dakota’s opioid epidemic through several actions stemming from an executive order signed recently by Gov. Doug Burgum.


2017 North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest Winners Selected

Gov. Doug Burgum today recognized the winning photographs and honorable mentions from the 14th annual North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest in a ceremony in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota Capitol building.Gov. Doug Burgum today recognized the winning photographs and honorable mentions from the 14th annual North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest in a ceremony in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota Capitol building.


Governor, Insurance Commissioner issue joint statements on President’s executive order on health care

Gov. Doug Burgum and Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread issued joint statements in response to President Trump signing an executive order directing the Secretaries of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury to consider issuing guidance and regulations for expanding access to association health plans (AHPs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and short-term medical plans.


Burgum announces 2018 Innovative Education Summit, awards and SB 2186 challenge

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the 2018 Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education, to be held in June, along with an Innovative Education challenge and awards that will be presented at the summit. The awards will highlight themes of innovation, collaboration, systems transformation and student leadership.


Burgum announces Innovative Education Task Force members

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the members of the Innovative Education Task Force, created by executive order last month to underscore North Dakota’s commitment to leading the nation in innovative education.


Burgum issues statement on EPA proposal to repeal Clean Power Plan

Gov. Burgum issued a statement after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he will sign a proposed rule Tuesday to withdraw the Clean Power Plan emission standards established by the Obama administration for new and existing coal-fired power plants.


Burgum issues statement on denial of presidential major disaster declaration for drought

Gov. Burgum released a statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied North Dakota’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration for drought.


Burgum, Sanford congratulate Minot on major downtown infrastructure revitalization project

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today congratulated the city of Minot on the completion of a three-year, nearly $35 million downtown infrastructure improvement project that spans approximately 26 blocks.


Burgum, Dayton agree to form collaborative working group to try to find path forward for F-M Area Diversion Project

Gov. Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton agreed to form a collaborative working group to try to address the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) concerns about the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project and find a viable path forward for the project.


Burgum proclaims October Energy Awareness Month; announces Energy Awareness campaign and video contest

Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed October Energy Awareness Month in North Dakota. This proclamation coincides with a national Energy Awareness campaign promoted by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC).


Burgum orders flags flown at half-staff for victims of Las Vegas shooting

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Gov. Burgum directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. 6, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for the victims of Sunday’s tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas.


Dakota Access donates $15M to pay down loans related to pipeline protest response

Dakota Access Pipeline LLC has donated $15 million to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) to help retire debt incurred by the state as a result of its response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, Gov. Doug Burgum announced.


Burgum, Baesler Name Fargo South's Leah Juelke as North Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2018

Gov. Doug Burgum and state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler today announced Leah Juelke, an English Language (EL) instructor at Fargo South High School, as the North Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2018.


Governor, First Lady host Recovery Reinvented to address addiction, inspire innovative recovery options

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum today announced several initiatives and awards as they hosted Recovery Reinvented, a daylong event at the Bismarck Event Center focused on ways to reinvent addiction recovery through innovative implementation in North Dakota.


Burgum, Baesler applaud Presidential Memo aimed at expanding access to STEM education

Gov. Burgum and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler applauded a Presidential Memorandum aimed at expanding access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and recognizing the important role it plays in developing a new generation of citizens contributing to the American economy.


Burgum joins Consul General Khawar Nasim for celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary

Gov. Burgum joined Consul General of Canada Khawar Nasim during an event in Fargo to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and North Dakota’s strong relationship with its neighbor and trade partner to the north.


Governor, First Lady host reunion for first families to reminisce on 57 years of life in governor’s residence

Gov. Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum hosted former governors and their families during a reception at the governor’s residence, reminiscing on time spent in the home before it’s replaced by a new residence.


Burgum celebrates MDU’s $13.8M investment in pipeline for Bobcat, Gwinner area

Gov. Burgum joined officials from Bobcat Co. and Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) to celebrate the announcement of a new pipeline that will supply the Bobcat factory in Gwinner with reliable natural gas service for years to come.


Investiture ceremony held for N.D. Supreme Court Justice Jon J. Jensen

Gov. Burgum celebrated the newest member of the North Dakota Supreme Court during a formal investiture ceremony to install Justice Jon J. Jensen.


Burgum meets with city leaders in Beulah, Hazen on Main Street Initiative

Gov. Burgum met with community leaders and residents in Beulah and Hazen, kicking off a series of meetings on his Main Street Initiative to determine how the state can best assist communities in promoting smart, efficient infrastructure development and creating healthy, vibrant main streets to help attract and retain a skilled workforce.


Burgum statement on discussion with Gov. Mark Dayton about F-M diversion

Gov. Burgum issued a statement after a phone call with Gov. Dayton about the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project, saying it was encouraging that they agreed on the need to work together and try to find a path forward for the project.


Burgum orders state agencies to fly POW/MIA flags

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Gov. Doug Burgum today directed all government agencies to fly the POW/MIA flag in observance of POW/MIA Recognition Day.


Burgum presents Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service

Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing team members for the positive impact they have made for North Dakota citizens.


Burgum announces creation of Innovative Education Task Force, seeks applicants to serve

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the creation of the Innovative Education Task Force to underscore North Dakota’s commitment to leading the nation in innovative education.


Burgum meets with Cabinet officials on drought relief and other N.D. priorities

Gov.  Burgum met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to advocate for drought relief and other North Dakota priorities, continuing to build on the collaborative relationship with Cabinet officials in the Trump administration.


Burgum joins President Trump in call for major tax reform, applauds using North Dakota as example for nation

Gov. Burgum joined President Donald Trump today in calling for major tax reform to ease the burden on hardworking Americans, spur business investment and job creation and help rebuild U.S. cities and towns.


Burgum to welcome President Trump to North Dakota; agrees on need for tax reform

Gov. Burgum issued a statement as he prepared to welcome President Donald Trump to Bismarck-Mandan on Wednesday during his first visit to North Dakota as commander-in-chief.


Burgum applauds Zinke’s appointment of Sanford and Helms to Royalty Policy Committee

Gov. Burgum applauded the announcement by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to appoint Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms to the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee.


Schoenfish named Chief People Officer to drive strategic human resources practices and culture initiatives

Gov. Burgum has announced the hiring of Cheri Schoenfish as state government’s first Chief People Officer (CPO), seeking to build upon a culture of high-performing, citizen-focused team members and transform and unify human resources practices.


Burgum emphasizes need for dialogue, cooperative solutions at first meeting of Tribal Taxation Issues Committee

Gov. Doug Burgum today emphasized the need for dialogue with Native American tribes in North Dakota and a commitment to finding workable solutions grounded in respect and understanding as he led the first meeting of the interim Tribal Taxation Issues Committee.


Burgum extends hours of service, weight restriction waivers for second time

Gov. Burgum has issued an updated executive order extending waivers for hours of service and weight limit restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay, water and livestock to help livestock producers battling drought conditions.


Burgum meets with Spirit Lake Nation leaders, continues tribal engagement

Gov. Burgum met today with Spirit Lake Nation leaders in St. Michael as part of ongoing engagement with Native American tribes across North Dakota.


Burgum announces higher 2015-17 ending fund balance, cautions budgeting challenges remain

The state’s general fund ended the 2015-17 budget cycle with about $66 million more than projected, but Gov. Burgum cautioned budgeting for next biennium will be tight unless revenues significantly improve.


Burgum requests presidential major disaster declaration for summer storm damage

Gov. Burgum has requested a presidential major disaster declaration for extensive storm damage sustained by infrastructure, farmsteads and ranches in July.


Additional $500,000 made available for Livestock Water Supply Program to help ranchers impacted by drought

The State Water Commission has approved an additional $500,000 for its Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Program to help ranchers impacted by drought conditions, Gov. Burgum announced .


Burgum, cabinet officials and Spirit Lake Nation leaders to participate in media availability

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, cabinet officials and Spirit Lake Nation leaders will participate in a media availability at the Spirit Lake Casino on Friday, Aug. 25.


Emergency Hay Transportation Assistance Program announced for livestock producers impacted by drought

Gov. Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring have announced the availability of an emergency hay transportation program. The $1.5 million grant program will help reimburse a portion of hay transportation expenses to eligible producers impacted by the drought.


Burgum thanks departing Giesen for work as Job Service ND executive director, appoints Kommer in interim

Gov. Burgum expressed his gratitude for Job Service North Dakota Executive Director Cheri Giesen after she resigned from the position to pursue other opportunities.


Registration now open for ‘Recovery Reinvented’ event hosted by Governor and First Lady on Sept. 26 in Bismarck

Gov. Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum are inviting the general public, Native American communities, business and community leaders, behavioral health providers, university and college representatives, health care providers and administrators, addiction recovery advocates, faith-based communities, first responders, law enforcement, families and more to attend “Recovery Reinvented” on Sept. 26 in Bismarck.


Severe summer storm disaster declared for three ND counties

Gov. Burgum has declared a severe summer storm disaster for Bowman, Dunn and Slope counties and asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for additional time to request a major disaster declaration.


Burgum, Goehring to host drought meetings next week in Stanley and Beach

Gov.  Burgum and state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will continue their series of drought meetings next week with town hall events in Stanley and Beach, where state agencies will provide informational resources for farmers, ranchers and other North Dakotans impacted by extreme drought conditions.


Newly appointed State Water Commission to meet next week, address issue raised by attorney general’s office

Newly appointed members of the State Water Commission will meet for the first time next week and are expected to address an issue raised about the appointment process and recent action to help drought-stricken ranchers.


State, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe collaborate on elk season

Gov.  Burgum and Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that directs state and tribal authorities on regulating an elk hunting season within the Standing Rock Reservation.


Burgum appoints Dosch to chair NDPERS board; thanks Strinden for service, congratulates Collins on retirement

Gov. Burgum has appointed Mark Dosch of Bismarck to chair the Board of Trustees for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS), while also recognizing outgoing chairman Jon Strinden for his service and congratulating NDPERS Executive Director Sparb Collins on his upcoming retirement.


Burgum, MHA tribal leaders meet to discuss areas of opportunity

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford met Friday with Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark Fox and other tribal leaders in New Town, N.D. to identify areas of opportunity for government-to-government collaboration on issues ranging from water rights, taxes and law enforcement to addiction, historic sites and tourism.


Burgum appoints seven members to State Water Commission

Gov. Burgum has appointed seven members to the State Water Commission, bringing a broad variety of experience in flood protection, water supply and other water issues to the board.


Burgum orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of Willow City man who died at Pearl Harbor

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Gov. Doug Burgum today directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Aug. 13, in observance of the burial of Navy Fireman 1st Class Lawrence Fecho.


Hosting EPA Administrator Pruitt, Burgum urges state flexibility on WOTUS, applauds federal cooperation

Gov. Burgum hosted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt during his first visit to North Dakota, encouraging him to continue the cooperative approach between the state and federal government on water, agriculture and energy issues.


Burgum requests presidential major disaster declaration for severe drought impacting North Dakota

Gov. Burgum has requested a presidential major disaster declaration based on severe drought conditions that continue to plague farmers, ranchers and other residents across much of North Dakota.


Burgum orders reinstatement of McKenzie County Sheriff

Gov. Burgum has ordered the reinstatement of McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger to the position of sheriff, as recommended by Special Commissioner Karen Klein.


State agencies to offer drought resources at town hall meeting Monday in Mott with Burgum, Goehring

Multiple state agencies will provide informational resources for farmers, ranchers and other North Dakotans impacted by extreme drought conditions during a town hall meeting Monday, Aug. 7, in Mott, N.D., hosted by Gov. Burgum and state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.


Burgum to host EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at roundtable discussions in Fargo, Grand Forks

Gov. Doug Burgum will host U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt next week at meetings in Fargo and Grand Forks during Pruitt’s first trip to North Dakota as a Cabinet-rank official in the Trump administration.


Burgum extends hours of service, weight restriction waivers

BISMARCK, N.D. (July 28, 2017) –  Gov.


Burgum declares drought disaster for counties and tribal nations as extreme conditions spread

https://www.governor.nd.gov/media-center/executive-ordersGov. Burgum has declared a drought disaster for nearly all of North Dakota, paving the way for additional response and assistance from state and federal agencies.


Burgum waives hauling permit fees to help drought-stricken ranchers

BISMARCK, N.D. – As part of ongoing efforts to help farmers and ranchers hit hard by extreme drought conditions, Gov.


$500,000 released for livestock water supply program; Burgum applauds release of additional CRP acres

Gov. Burgum voted with the State Water Commission to release an additional $500,000 for the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Program to assist ranchers dealing with harsh drought conditions.


Burgum, Cramer lead TV White Space initiative promoting new wireless broadband technology in rural America

Gov. Burgum and Congressman Kevin Cramer announced they will begin circulating letters for signature within the House of Representatives and across all 50 states to encourage the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt new spectrum standards so a breakthrough high-speed wireless broadband technology can be made available across the United States, and specifically rural America.


Burgum Appoints Judge Jon Jensen to ND Supreme Court

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the appointment of Judge Jon Jensen to the North Dakota Supreme Court. Jensen’s appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Carol Kapsner. Kapsner, who has served since Nov. 2, 1998, announced her resignation in April after nearly 18 years on the state’s highest court.


Burgum, Goehring offer support for hard-hit ranchers as drought worsens and wildfires intensify

Gov. Burgum and State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring pledged today to use every available tool to help drought-stricken ranchers outlast the current crisis and protect North Dakotans affected by intensifying wildfires. The governor signed an executive order to assist the transport of hay, water and livestock and announced additional funding for a livestock water supply cost-share program.


Presidential Disaster Issued For Communities Impacted By Spring Flooding

Gov. Doug Burgum today received notification that a presidential disaster declaration has been issued for the 10 counties and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation that were affected by spring flooding.


Burgum waives hours of service, weight restrictions to help drought-stricken ranchers; applauds CRP emergency haying

Gov. Burgum has signed an executive order waiving hours of service restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay, water and livestock to help livestock producers battling harsh drought conditions. The order also eases weight limits for those hauling hay and water to support drought-stricken ranchers.


Burgum appoints Clark, Hurly to district judgeships

Gov. Burgum has appointed Cass County prosecutor Cherie Clark and Devils Lake attorney Michael Hurly to district judgeships, effective Aug. 7.


Burgum appoints former MnDOT commissioner Sorel to lead NDDOT

Gov. Burgum has appointed Thomas Sorel, a former Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, to lead the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) starting Aug. 7.


Burgum adds five counties to Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Program; urges caution over July 4th holiday

Gov. Doug Burgum today amended his June 22 Executive Order on drought assistance for livestock producers, expanding coverage by five counties in response to the June 29 U.S. Drought Monitor.


Burgum issues statement on move by EPA, Army to rescind ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule

Gov. Burgum said the move to rescind the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule is "a welcome step toward a rule recognizing that states are best positioned to protect, manage and regulate their own waters."


Burgum proclaims statewide fire and drought emergency, orders state agencies to maintain high readiness

Gov. Burgum's executive order activates the State Emergency Operations Plan and authorizes the adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard to activate the Guard if needed to support local and tribal governments.


Burgum welcomes release of CRP acres for haying to help ranchers hurt by drought

 Gov. Burgum applauded the decision by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue authorizing emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands to assist livestock producers in drought-stricken areas of North Dakota.


Burgum declares drought emergency allowing aid for livestock producers; NDResponse.gov launches drought page

Gov. Burgum today declared a drought emergency that allows the State Water Commission to reactivate a water supply assistance program for livestock producers in 26 counties experiencing moderate to extreme drought.


Burgum thanks State Water Commission members for their service, opens positions for applications

Gov. Burgum thanked the members of the State Water Commission for their decades of service and contributions to water resource management in North Dakota.


Burgum orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of Fessenden man who died at Pearl Harbor

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Gov. Doug Burgum today directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 24, in observance of the interment of fallen Gunners Mate 1st Class Arthur C. Neuenschwander.


Burgum congratulates Sanford Health on new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo

 Gov. Burgum attended the grand opening celebration for the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, congratulating North Dakota’s largest private employer on the completion of its $494 million, 1-million-square-foot facility – one of the largest private industry construction projects in the history of the Dakotas.


Governor, First Lady announce Recovery Reinvented event

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum are inviting addiction recovery advocates, behavioral health providers, business and community leaders, faith-based organizations, families, first responders, health care providers and administrators, law enforcement, Native American communities, university and college representatives and more to save the date for Recovery Reinvented on Sept. 26, 2017, in Bismarck.


Burgum orders flags flown at half-staff on June 10 in honor of WWII soldier's burial

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 10, in observance of the interment of fallen Marine Field Music 1st Class Warren G. Nelson, who fought and died 74 years ago in the Pacific Theater of World War II.​


Burgum appoints seven members to Initiated and Referred Measure Study Commission

Gov. Burgum has appointed seven citizen members to the newly formed Initiated and Referred Measure Study Commission.


Governor's summit brings optimism for education innovation, concludes with task force announcement

At the first Governor's Summit on Innovative Education, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, educators and state lawmakers expressed optimism that a new state law will foster a culture of innovation that will inspire students and educators and position North Dakota as a leader in education.


Burgum urges ‘innovation, not regulation’ during White House meeting on infrastructure

During a roundtable meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, Gov. Burgum said “innovation, not regulation” is the right direction for rebuilding and expanding the nation’s infrastructure.


Burgum accepts invitation to White House for meeting on infrastructure with senior administration officials

Gov. Burgum has accepted an invitation from the White House to meet Thursday with President Trump, senior administration officials, fellow governors, mayors and other stakeholders on ways to improve the nation’s infrastructure through partnerships.


Burgum forms UAS Detection and Counter-UAS Task Force to position North Dakota as leader in growing field

Gov. Burgum has announced the creation of a task force dedicated to supporting the development of technologies to detect Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and counter the nefarious use of UAS.


Burgum orders flags flown at half-staff on Memorial Day

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Gov. Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Monday until noon in observance of Memorial Day.


Burgum discusses key topics with CBP Acting Commissioner McAleenan

Gov. Burgum met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to discuss a variety of topics related to border security, cross-border trade and travel, and overall coordination and collaboration between CBP and North Dakota.


Burgum announces nationally recognized presenters for Innovative Education Summit

Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the nationally recognized speakers who are participating in the first Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education in Bismarck on June 8 at Legacy High School.


Foundation gives state control of endowment to maintain Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum thanked the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation for transferring control of a nearly $700,000 endowment trust to the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department to support ongoing maintenance of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn.


Burgum initiates dialogue with industry, agency officials to improve pipeline safety

Gov. Doug Burgum gathered oil and gas company representatives, agency officials and other stakeholders to discuss best practices and latest technologies for transporting crude oil and produced water in North Dakota and to improve monitoring, leak detection and communication of spills.


Burgum announces retirement of Department of Financial Institutions Commissioner Robert Entringer

North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions Commissioner Robert Entringer will retire Nov. 30, Gov. Doug Burgum announced, extending his gratitude to Entringer for his 35 years with the department.


Burgum waives hours of service for anhydrous haulers

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an emergency executive order granting a waiver of hours of service for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.


Burgum declares flood disaster for 10 counties, Turtle Mountain reservation

Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a flood disaster for 10 counties and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation in response to spring flooding across portions of northern North Dakota.


Burgum disappointed in vote on BLM flaring and venting rule

Gov. Burgum released a statement after the U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to reject a resolution of disapproval for the Bureau of Land Management’s “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation” rule, commonly known as the flaring and venting rule.


Burgum announces retirement of NDDOT Director Grant Levi, thanks him for many years of service

Gov. Burgum has announced the retirement of North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Grant Levi, extending his gratitude to Levi for his dedication and contribution to the state’s transportation system over more than three decades.


Burgum completes bill signings, uses vetoes to cut spending and protect executive branch authority

BISMARCK, N.D. (May 3, 2017) – Gov. Doug Burgum has signed the remaining bills from the recently adjourned 2017 legislative session, exercising his veto authority on nine additional bills to reduce spending and protect executive branch authority and the flexibility needed to reinvent government.


Burgum welcomes federal funding for DAPL costs, seeks presidential disaster declaration

Gov. Burgum welcomed news that North Dakota will receive up to $15 million in federal funding to partially reimburse the state for costs resulting from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests.


Burgum: Session funds priorities, leaves state well-positioned for the future

North Dakota is well-positioned for the future with a leaner, more efficient state government and smaller budget that provides permanent property tax relief, fully funds K-12 education and uses innovative approaches to support other priorities, Gov. Doug Burgum said after the 65th Legislative Assembly adjourned sine die.


Burgum signs landmark legislation creating permanent property tax relief

Gov. Burgum has signed landmark legislation creating permanent, sustainable property tax relief by transitioning county social services costs to the state.


Supreme Court Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner submits resignation notice

North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner submitted her notice of resignation to Gov. Doug Burgum, who thanked her for more than 18 years of exceptional service on the state’s highest court.


Burgum signs landmark Justice Reinvestment bill; officials highlight reforms to corrections, behavioral health

ov. Burgum has signed justice reinvestment legislation and additional bills that together form a comprehensive plan to provide support for people suffering from behavioral health issues and substance abuse while substantially reducing corrections costs.


Burgum seeks applicants for commission that will study ballot measure process

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed Senate Bill 2135 and is now seeking applicants for the Initiated and Referred Measure Study Commission created by the legislation.


Burgum signs proclamation commemorating 20th anniversary of Red River flood

Gov. Burgum signed a proclamation commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Red River flood.


Burgum declares emergency for additional counties experiencing flooding

Gov. Burgum has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for nine counties experiencing spring flooding in northern North Dakota.


Burgum shares health care reform ideas with HHS Secretary Price

Gov. Burgum shared his ideas about how health care reform can improve patient care and reduce costs during a phone call with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.


Burgum, Baesler applaud innovative education bill

Gov. Burgum, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler, state legislators and others took part in a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 2186, which promotes innovative approaches to education in North Dakota.


Burgum signs bill creating Department of Environmental Quality

Gov. Burgum signed legislation separating the Environmental Health Section from the North Dakota Department of Health to create a standalone Department of Environmental Quality.


Burgum appoints Melissa Baker to lead Parks and Recreation Department

Gov. Burgum has appointed Melissa Baker, the assistant administrator and chief of operations for Montana State Parks, to lead the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department.


North Dakota among seven states selected for Rural Health Learning Collaborative

North Dakota and six other states will participate in a new collaborative to identify and deploy strategies to improve access to high-quality, cost-effective health care in rural America, the National Governors Association announced.


Burgum, Sanford attend opening of new McKenzie County Combined Law Enforcement Center

Gov. Burgum congratulated project officials, saying the facility provides much-needed space and is a great example of how government agencies can achieve efficiencies when they work together to solve common problems.


Burgum vetoes House Bill 1153, citing intrusion upon executive branch authority

BISMARCK, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum today vetoed the following bill:

House Bill 1153 – An act to amend and reenact section 54-06-31 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to state employee recruitment and retention bonus programs.


Burgum declares state of emergency for Walsh County based on flood threat

Gov. Burgum has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for Walsh County based on the threat of major flooding. The county and the city of Grafton have been working together the past month to prepare for potential record flooding .


Burgum signs “constitutional carry” bill into law

BISMARCK, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum today signed legislation allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun if they have possessed a valid North Dakota driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year.


Burgum renews safety alliance for five years

Gov. Burgum has signed an agreement extending for five years an alliance aimed at promoting greater workplace safety in the oil and gas industry.


Burgum appoints Shawn Riley to lead ITD as chief information officer

Governor Burgum has appointed Shawn Riley to be the state’s chief information officer and lead the North Dakota Information Technology Department (ITD).


Governor presents revenue forecast to legislators, says difficult decisions ahead

Gov. Burgum presented updated revenue projections for the remainder of the 2015-2017 biennium and a new revenue forecast for 2017-2019, both of which predict substantially less revenue than the conservative assumptions adopted by legislators in January.


Burgum appoints Kroshus to Public Service Commission

Gov. Burgum appointed Brian Kroshus to the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC), emphasizing his background as a business and community leader and his experience in looking out for the public interest.


North Dakota ranked fourth-best state by U.S. News & World Report

North Dakota has been recognized as the overall fourth-best state in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever “Best States” rankings.


Burgum meets with President Trump on health care, gives update on protests

Gov. Burgum participated in a meeting with President Donald Trump and other governors from across the nation to discuss how to improve the U.S. health care system and redefine the federal government’s relationship with the states.


Burgum signs bills into law to protect landowner rights, deter criminal activity

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday signed four bills designed to protect landowner rights, deter criminal activity and expand the ability to appoint outside law enforcement officers to assist North Dakota agencies.


Burgum participates in health care reform meeting with Texas Congressman Mike Burgess

Gov. Burgum participated in a health care reform meeting Wednesday with Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Congressman Mike Burgess, R-Texas, who will be one of the chief architects as Congress works to repeal and replace the deeply flawed Affordable Care Act.


Burgum issues emergency evacuation order

Gov. Doug Burgum signed an emergency evacuation order out of concern for the safety of people who are residing on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in southern Morton County and to avoid an ecological disaster to the Missouri River. 


Burgum appoints Dr. Casey Ryan to Board of Higher Education

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Dr. Casey Ryan of Grand Forks to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.


Burgum reappoints Neset to Board of Higher Education

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum today reappointed Kathleen Neset of Tioga to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.

 

Burgum announces co-op's plans for soybean processing plant at Spiritwood

Gov. Doug Burgum and leaders of Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) announced that MnSP is taking steps toward construction of a $240 million soybean processing plant – the first of its kind in North Dakota – at Spiritwood, N.D. 


Benjamen Johnson appointed to judgeship in Northwest Judicial District

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Tioga attorney Benjamen J. Johnson to a judgeship in the Northwest Judicial District, effective March 13.


Burgum appoints Christopher Jones to lead Department of Human Services

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed health care executive Christopher D. Jones to lead the Department of Human Services, putting a proven strategic planner in charge of North Dakota’s largest state agency.


Mylynn Tufte appointed State Health Officer, will lead Department of Health

Health management executive and former critical care nurse Mylynn Tufte will serve as North Dakota’s next State Health Officer, bringing an extensive clinical, business and technology background to the top leadership role in the Department of Health, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Wednesday.


Burgum appoints entrepreneur Jay Schuler to lead North Dakota Department of Commerce

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday appointed GIANT Sunflower Seeds co-founder Jay Schuler to lead the North Dakota Department of Commerce, citing Schuler’s successful track record as a job creator and entrepreneur for more than 40 years.


Burgum meets with tribal, camp leaders

Gov. Burgum and Lt. Gov. Sanford met Wednesday night with tribal leaders and representatives of the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp to listen and discuss emptying the camp before spring flooding, ensuring safety and preventing the camp’s population from swelling.


Burgum signs first bill as governor

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed his first piece of legislation, providing additional borrowing authority to cover law enforcement support costs related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.


Governor, state agencies unveil efforts to provide timely information on disaster and emergency response activities

Gov. Burgum and state officials unveiled a new website, NDResponse.gov, and related social media sites designed to provide information during issues of significant public impact and involving a multi-agency response.


Live Stream of the ND Response Press Conference

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Burgum issues statement about President Trump’s executive action on Dakota Access Pipeline

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement today in response to the executive action by President Donald Trump directing federal agencies to expedite the review and approval process for the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Burgum directs flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Deputy Colt Allery

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Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies across the state to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in honor of Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputy Colt Allery, who died in the line of duty this past week.


Burgum statement on the death of Rolette County Sheriff's Deputy Colt Allery

Gov. Doug Burgum released a statement today regarding the death of Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputy Colt Allery, who was fatally shot in the line of duty Wednesday.


BURGUM PRESENTS BUDGET PROPOSAL TO LEGISLATIVE LEADERS

Gov. Doug Burgum presented legislative leaders Monday with an executive budget proposal that recommends additional cuts and realigns spending priorities to spur innovation, creativity and the reinvention of government.


BURGUM MEETS WITH FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO HEAR PROTEST-RELATED CONCERNS

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum, members of his cabinet, District 31 legislators and Morton County officials met with local farmers and ranchers Wednesday in an effort to better understand their perspective and concerns about the impacts of the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests.


BURGUM CONCLUDES FIRST ROUND OF MEETINGS WITH TRIBAL NATIONS

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford have concluded their first round of meetings with leaders of the Native American tribes headquartered in North Dakota as the administration seeks a fresh start to improving dialogue and strengthening relations between state government and tribal nations.


GOVERNOR, FIRST LADY HOST EVENTS FOCUSING ON ADDICTION, TRIBAL RELATIONS

BISMARCK –  Governor Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum brought together health professionals, tribal leaders and others from across the state this week to discuss a collaborative approach to facing addiction in North Dakota communities.


Burgum Delivers 2017 State of the State Address

Governor urges North Dakotans to embrace change; rethink budgeting, education, addiction treatment, tribal relations

BISMARCK – In his first State of the State address, Governor Doug Burgum on Tuesday said the state’s revenue challenge presents an opportunity to reinvent state government and embrace technology to hold down costs and build an economy and workforce for the 21st century.


Burgum to Deliver State of the State Address

BISMARCK – Governor Doug Burgum will deliver the State of the State Address to a joint session of the 65th North Dakota Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, January 3, in the House Chamber of the state Capitol in Bismarck.


Burgum, Archambault Stress Cooperation in Bridge Testing

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum and Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault applauded Thursday’s successful testing of the Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806 as an important step in rebuilding relations between the state and the tribe.


Governor, Standing Rock Chairman Begin Dialogue, Agree to Bridge Testing

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault met Monday to begin establishing direct communication between leadership with the goal of building trust and normalizing relations between the state and tribe.


Burgum directs flags to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of John Glenn

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BISMARCK, ND – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed state government agencies and encouraged North Dakotans to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff to honor the memory of astronaut and public servant John Glenn. 


Burgum announces Governor’s staff, creates new model to deliver results

As he takes office today, Gov. Doug Burgum has announced a new structure for the Office of the Governor of North Dakota, creating Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administrative Officer roles in an effort to make government more efficient and responsive. 


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