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Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - July 18, 2021

Burgum presents Rough Rider Award to Olympic gold medal-winning Lamoureux twins in Grand Forks

Gov. Burgum presents the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award and portrait to Monique Lamoureux-Morando (left) and Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson.

Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday presented North Dakota’s highest citizen honor to the state’s first Olympic gold medal winners, officially inducting twin sisters and hockey stars Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson into the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame.

Burgum presented the award and helped unveil the official portrait that now hangs in the Hall of Fame at the Capitol in Bismarck during a public ceremony attended by over 150 family members, friends, state and local officials, and supporters at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, where the twins played for the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team.

Burgum noted that Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson are the first siblings inducted into the Hall of Fame and, at 32 years old, are also the second- and third-youngest individuals to receive the Rough Rider Award – only Roger Maris was younger.

“Throughout their careers, they have demonstrated the power of values that many North Dakotans hold dear – an incredible work ethic, a love of family and community, a dedication to continuous improvement and a focus on success,” Burgum said during the ceremony. “When they took their hard-won and well-deserved place on top of the podium at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the eyes of the world were fixed upon them, and all of North Dakota stood in awe of their accomplishment. Two athletes from North Dakota, from Grand Forks, from right here, realizing the dream they had been working so hard to achieve since childhood.
“They turned that dream into a platform for sharing their guiding principle, which is ‘cheering for the one behind.’ And they’ve used that platform in an increasingly impactful way, advocating for equity for all – in both sports and life.”

Burgum announced the Lamoureux twins as the 45th and 46th recipients of the Rough Rider Award on June 11, 2020. A formal presentation of the award in 2020 was postponed because of obstacles related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson rose to national and international prominence as members of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Each contributed game-changing moments in the gold medal game, with Lamoureux-Morando tying the game near the end of regulation and Lamoureux-Davidson scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout. Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson have further used their platform as gold medalists to promote gender equity and increased access for disadvantaged youth, forming the Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation in July 2019.

Governor tours Grand Forks businesses, meets with leaders adapting to solve workforce challenges

Gov. Burgum with Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski and LM Wind Power team members.

On Wednesday, Gov. Burgum visited businesses in Grand Forks to hear first-hand from local leaders about their challenges in addressing the workforce shortage.

"Workforce continues to be our No. 1 issue in North Dakota," Gov. Burgum said. "Even if every college graduate in the state entered the workforce we would still have open jobs to fill. This past legislative session we worked with lawmakers to approve $70 million for career academies, which will greatly assist our energy, agriculture and manufacturing industries and is a great step forward for workforce retention and attraction."

The governor visited LM Wind Power and True North Equipment to see how local businesses are addressing workforce recruitment and retention. North Dakota had a total of 18,017 open and available online job openings in June, up 58.5% from the same month one year ago.

Gov. Burgum also met with leaders from the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. and The Chamber - Grand Forks/East Grand Forks to discuss current workforce challenges not only in Grand Forks but across the state, as well as recruitment and retention efforts aligned with the Main Street Initiative.

Burgum addresses Cultivate Conference at Grand Farm, helps announce FarmGrid project

Gov. Burgum on Thursday delivered keynote remarks during the Cultivate Conference at Grand Farm near Fargo, speaking about the importance of North Dakota's role as a leader in agricultural innovation and technology as well as carbon market opportunities for farmers and ranchers.

"Whether it’s our geological jackpot of underground storage or current farming practices like no-till, North Dakota has huge opportunities to capitalize on emerging carbon markets," Burgum said. "We can fuel and feed the world with policy that fosters innovation over regulation."

Burgum also joined officials from Grand Farm, Emerging Prairie, Trilogy Networks and the Rural Cloud Initiative for a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the FarmGrid Precision Agriculture Solution.

The project is the partnership of Trilogy Networks and its Rural Cloud Initiative members GenXComm, Veea, Microsoft, Intel and Dakota Carrier Network, along with North Dakota State University. The project aims to deliver an all-in-one solution for farmers to purchase precision ag equipment that integrates on Trilogy's FarmGrid platform.

“One of the major challenges currently faced by farmers deploying precision agriculture equipment is that today’s network cannot support tomorrow’s equipment requirements,'' says Brian Carroll, director of the Grand Farm Research and Education Initiative. “The FarmGrid Precision Agriculture Solution project allows us to research and test integrations on the FarmGrid platform and will position Grand Farm on the global stage as a true center of excellence, innovation and collaboration for the AgTech industry.”

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Gov. Burgum visits with Trilogy Networks Inc. President and CEO George Woodward during Thursday's Cultivate Conference at Grand Farm near Fargo.

Registration open for 2021 Main Street ND Summit

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced that registration for the 2021 Main Street ND Summit is now open.

This year’s Main Street ND Summit will be held Oct. 12 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Rustad Recreation Center in West Fargo. Both in-person and virtual options are available to those wishing to attend.

Registration for the 2021 Main Street ND Summit can be found at msnd.link/2021-registration. Visit msnd.link/MainStreetND-2021 for more information and updates about this year’s summit.

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.