Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - December 2, 2018

Dohrmann reappointed as adjutant general of North Dakota National Guard

Gov. Doug Burgum announced Wednesday he 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.

As adjutant general, Dohrmann commands nearly 4,100 North Dakota Air and Army National Guard members – with approximately 1,100 full-time federal and state employees – and oversees state and national missions. He also serves as director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, made up of the Division of Homeland Security and the Division of State Radio Communications.

“Through periods of calm and considerable unrest, Maj. Gen. Dohrmann has demonstrated exceptional and unflappable leadership of the outstanding men and women in the North Dakota National Guard and Department of Emergency Services,” Burgum said.

Dohrmann joined the North Dakota National Guard in 1990 and has served in various leadership roles at home and overseas, including as commanding general of the Multinational Task Force East that supported NATO’s mission in Kosovo in 2009-2010.

“We have a top-notch team here in the North Dakota National Guard, and it’s an honor to be able to continue to lead and work with our superb soldiers, airmen and civilian employees,” Dohrmann said.

Governor announces $30M funding proposal for UAS infrastructure at State of Tech

Highlighting how North Dakota is embracing technology to reinvent government, improve services for taxpayers and spur economic development, Gov. Burgum on Friday 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 made the announcement during the annual State of Technology Conference in Fargo hosted by U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

The proposal is part of Burgum’s executive budget recommendation for the 2019-21 biennium. Funding would come from earnings from the state’s Legacy Fund.

The investment would establish a statewide BVLOS network to enable UAS efficiencies for state agencies, local communities and the commercial sector, including automated farming and precision agriculture.

The executive budget also will propose $3 million to upgrade infrastructure at Grand Sky and $3 million to support operations at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site.

“We have gifted researchers, entrepreneurs and technology right here in North Dakota – as well as natural attributes such as open skies, variable climate, agriculture and energy – to diversify our economy and continue our trajectory as a national leader in UAS,” Burgum said.

Sanford participates in Hess toy truck STEM event

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford on Monday joined State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and officials from Hess Corp. at Liberty Elementary School in Bismarck to celebrate the oil and gas company’s announcement that it will donate Hess Toy Truck and STEM education kits to every elementary school in North Dakota, totaling more than 8,000 trucks.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has partnered with Hess to identify new opportunities for interactive teaching and learning. The STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) uses the newest model of the iconic Hess toy to introduce elementary school students to various STEM concepts. Transforming education is one of the administration’s five strategic initiatives.

“Governor Burgum and I would like to thank Hess for their great investment in North Dakota. These fun tools promise to spark innovation across our education system and provide North Dakota students with inspiration and excitement for learning in STEM education,” Sanford said.

The trucks will be shipped to elementary schools in January.

Governor to deliver budget address Wednesday

Gov. Burgum will present his 2019-2021 executive budget recommendation to a joint session of the 66th Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the House chamber of the state Capitol building, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck.

The governor is expected to touch on a number of themes, including the need to adopt a structurally balanced budget and replenish reserves; benefits of the strategy review process, including proposals to reorganize and realign with agency missions and better serve constituents; a significant investment in employee compensation and retirement; strategic investments in North Dakota’s economy, education, workforce and the well-being of its people; and a plan for using Legacy Fund earnings.

The budget address – Burgum’s first since taking office Dec. 15, 2016 – will be livestreamed at www.governor.nd.gov.

Tree lighting ceremony Thursday

Gov. Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum encourage the public to join them for holiday readings, music and carols at the annual North Dakota State Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Memorial Hall at the Capitol.

The theme for this year’s holiday tree is “Dream. Hope. Act.,” inspired by the first lady’s platform of eliminating the stigma of the disease of addiction, encouraging those struggling to reach out for help and instilling that there is always hope for recovery.

This year’s ceremony will include traditional songs and readings and will feature pianist Joel Gilbertson and the Simle Singers. All are welcome to attend and view the submitted handmade ornaments featured on the tree.

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