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Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - October 10, 2021

Burgum holds roundtable discussion, tours Grand Forks with city and business leaders

Gov. Doug Burgum listens to Harry's Steakhouse owner Hal Gershman explain how the restaurant's spindles are custom-made in Cavalier, N.D., during the governor's tour of Grand Forks on Tuesday.

Gov. Doug Burgum met with local business and government leaders in Grand Forks on Tuesday to see the development and progress downtown has made since the governor visited in 2018 to discuss his Main Street Initiative with city leaders and community members.

"The City of Grand Forks is moving in the right direction. We are grateful to all involved in creating a community that's shaping the future of our state and region," Burgum said. "Main Street Initiative principles are on full display, driven by strong leaders in local government and the business community."

Along with Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski and City Administrator Todd Feland, the governor hosted a roundtable discussion with local business leaders to hear about economic development efforts in Grand Forks.

Following the roundtable, Burgum toured multiple sites in downtown Grand Forks including the Mill Square building and fashion boutique Kittsona, a ribbon-cutting at the intersection of historic North 3rd Street and DeMers Avenue, the 701 co-working space, the Argyle building, Bd custom metal works, Edgewood Corporate Plaza, Cloud 9 event center, Harry's Steakhouse and Hugo's Pure Market.

The tour concluded with a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of The Beacon, a three-building multi-use project consisting of a 40,000-square-foot, city-owned plaza and event space.

Gov. Burgum tours Hugo's Pure Market in downtown Grand Forks.
Gov. Burgum meets Tessa Hiney, owner of the fashion boutique Kittsona located in the Mill Square building on North Third Street.

Burgum attends sendoff for North Dakota National Guard members mobilizing to southern border

Gov. Burgum on Friday attended the sendoff for 125 members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Engineer Company who are deploying to a mission along the border.

The soldiers from the Bismarck-based multi-role bridge unit will support U.S. Customs and Border Protection in ongoing efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. The mobilization of North Dakota National Guard soldiers was requested by the U.S. Army through the National Guard Bureau and is a continuation of the southern border military mission that began in 2018. Burgum concurred with the deployment, which is expected to last about a year.

“We’re grateful for the courageous men and women of the North Dakota National Guard for their readiness to protect our great state and nation when needed," Burgum said. "We know they will serve with professionalism, compassion and integrity as they support efforts to end this humanitarian crisis and secure the southern border.”

The governor said he plans to visit the soldiers at the border during their deployment and stands in solidarity with fellow governors who gathered at the border Wednesday to raise awareness of the need to address the border crisis.

Main Street ND Summit to be held Tuesday in West Fargo and virtually

The 2021 Main Street ND Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12, virtually and in person at the Rustad Recreation Center in West Fargo. A pre-summit event Monday, Oct. 11, will provide an in-depth and interactive learning experience centered around infrastructure, while also providing a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity for those attending.

This year’s theme, “Smart, Efficient Infrastructure,” will provide insight into both the physical elements of infrastructure and the critical need to grow a next-generation community with economic development, workforce and leadership development.

The full agenda is now available. Among the featured keynote speakers:

  • Charles Marohn, known as one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of All Time, is the founder and president of Strong Towns. As a professional engineer with decades of experience, Marohn has presented Strong Towns’ concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America.
  • Tristan Cleveland, a community designer, researcher and urban columnist, is the leader of the Healthy Communities research and planning with The Happy City Experiment. Cleveland has led projects with national and municipal governments in Canada and United Arab Emirates to help operationalize health research into design and policy.
  • Joe Minicozzi of Urban3 is a planner who imagines new way to think about and visualize land use for urban design and economics. Urban3's work establishes new conversations across multiple professional sectors, policy makers and the public to creatively address the challenges of urbanization. Urban3’s extensive studies range geographically over 30 states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the summit will also provide six breakout sessions with topics including transportation, real estate, community development, sustainable community growth and more.

Attendees can bring a friend for free! For those unable to join in person, all virtual participation is now free so register today at mainstreetsummitnd.com.

Gov. Burgum poses with Tim Samuelson, whose "Prairie Dog Embrace" photo won the Best in Show award in the 2021 Governor's Photo Contest.

2021 North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest winners announced

Gov. Burgum along with North Dakota Commerce Tourism and Marketing Director Sara Otte Coleman and North Dakota Council on the Arts Executive Director Kim Konikow presented the winning submissions from the 18th annual North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.

Launched in 2004, the Governor’s Photo Contest encourages North Dakota amateur photographers to submit photos that capture the unique things to see and do in North Dakota.

“We are deeply grateful for these talented photographers who captured the spirit of what makes North Dakota a great place to visit, live, work and raise a family,” Burgum said. “They do a fantastic job of highlighting the wide-open spaces, outdoor adventure and diverse opportunities available in our communities.”

Photographers submitted photos to one or more of the following categories: Recreation, Road Trips, Badlands Scenery, Beyond the Badlands Scenery and Wildlife. Winning submissions will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s promotional materials.

“The Governor’s Photo contest categories continue to provide stunning imagery that inspire travel and community experiences,” Tourism and Marketing Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “Road trips have been a large part of our marketing efforts and we look forward to using these unique photos to inspire trips both near and far.”

This year's contest had a total of 543 submissions, with a limit of 10 entries per photographer. Among the 15 photographers selected, 12 were first-time Governor’s Photo Contest award winners. Since 2004, the annual contest has received more than 17,100 photos.

MHA Nation and ND Highway Patrol sign agreement to facilitate cooperative law enforcement efforts

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol on Monday signed an agreement that allows law enforcement the necessary authority to provide mutual aid, while maintaining existing court jurisdiction over criminal charges.

"Our top priority and our most sacred responsibility in government is and should always be the safety of our citizens," said Gov. Burgum, who signed the agreement with MHA Chairman Mark Fox and Col. Brandon Solberg, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. "And this agreement today extends that care and concern to enhance the safety of our citizens, strengthening our state-tribal relationship and also our county-tribal relationships with that mutual understanding."

The agreement is intended to facilitate cooperative law enforcement efforts between the North Dakota Highway Patrol and MHA Nation to provide mutual aid and assistance to each other for the safety and protection of the citizens of North Dakota and those persons who live or travel within the boundaries of the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Also in attendance at the ceremonial signing were members of the MHA Tribal Business Council; Sgt. Jenna Clawson Huibregtse, cultural liaison coordinator with the Highway Patrol; local county sheriffs; and members of the North Dakota Legislature.

For the state to enter into a mutual agreement with the Tribe, two laws needed to be changed. In 2019, HB 1234 was passed adding the Bureau of Indian Affairs Police to the definition of federal law enforcement officer. And in 2021, HB 1126 was passed, allowing the ND POST Board to waive the training requirement for tribal 638 police officers.

Register today for Recovery Reinvented on Oct. 25

Gov. Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting the general public to join them for Recovery Reinvented on Oct. 25 at the Bismarck Event Center. The event will be free and open to the public. A robust, online experience will also be available to all.

The daylong event will feature state and national addiction and recovery experts who will focus on reinventing recovery through:

  • Sharing of stories.
  • Creating recovery-friendly cultures in the workplace and community.
  • Eliminating the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction.

This year’s event will create more opportunities for the public to get involved in shaping and participating in the event, including:

  • Submitting nominations for the Recovery Champion awards, which honor local individuals and groups that are making an impact in the field of addiction and recovery.
  • Musicians and artists contributing their talents through recovery-inspired performances.
  • Volunteering at the event.
  • Addiction and recovery-related nonprofit organizations and service providers participating in the Recovery Resources Expo, which will connect people to extensive addiction, recovery, and mental health organizations and resources from across the state.

The Behavioral Health Conference will be held the following days on Oct. 26-28 also at the Bismarck Event Center.

Governor congratulates Julie Burgum on Excellence in Local History award from State Historical Society

Julie Burgum of Casselton receives the Excellence in Local History award from State Historical Society Board President Steve Martens (left) and SHS Director Bill Peterson.

Gov. Burgum congratulated his sister-in-law, Julie Burgum, on receiving the Excellence in Local History Award on Thursday from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

The award was presented at the Casselton Heritage Center. Julie Burgum helped lead efforts to restore and repair the stone church and breathe life into it as a community event center.

"Julie's dedication to preserving the rich history and heritage of the Casselton area is simply remarkable and second to none," Burgum said in a video played at the award ceremony. "She has volunteered countless hours as a historic preservationist and a financial steward to ensure that the current and future generations can learn about and appreciate the impressive history of this special city, that special building and what that's given to our state."

Team ND is working as one to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and other state agencies continue to work to slow the spread of COVID-19 in North Dakota and administer safe and effective vaccines. In partnership with federal, local and tribal partners, Team ND has tackled this pandemic through a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach.

  • For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, see the NDDoH website.
  • NDResponse.gov is your one-stop site for the latest news, as well as state and federal resources for COVID-19.