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Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - July 14, 2019

ND Indian Education Summit gathers educators and students at Capitol

More than 180 educators from around the state attended the North Dakota Indian Education Summit in Bismarck to discuss efforts to improve education outcomes in tribal schools and beyond. Gov. Doug Burgum delivered remarks at the event and thanked attendees for their commitment to innovating and improving schools.

"We have to find resources; we also have to find people like yourselves," Burgum said when addressing the educators who had gathered for the summit. "We know that not every problem is solved with just money because the problem can run much deeper than that."

Burgum also congratulated the students from Solen High School's DECA program, who presented their work at the summit. The program offers project-based learning experiences that expose students to business and leadership skills.

Sanford tours biorefinery project in Grand Forks

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford toured construction of the Red River Biorefinery in Grand Forks this week with BioMass Solution, the company developing the facility.

When completed, the refinery will convert more than 500,000 metric tons of agricultural byproduct, such as waste from sugar beet production, into advanced biofuels annually.

"Value-added projects like this are great for North Dakota’s economy," Sanford said. "By capturing the underutilized byproducts of our agricultural industry and converting them to renewable energy, we can expand our state's energy dominance."

The biorefinery is expected to be completed early next year.

First Lady attends graduation ceremony for Cass County Drug Court

First Lady Kathryn Burgum attended a graduation ceremony for participants in the Cass County Drug Court program, including Gov. Burgum's 2019 State of the State guest, Jyssica Noble.

Adult Hybrid DWI/Drug Courts are court-supervised, treatment-oriented programs coordinated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in partnership with North Dakota courts. The program is open to high-risk/high-need and nonviolent participants whose legal issues have stemmed from substance use. Graduation from the drug court program can result in early termination of a graduate's probation.

The first lady highlighted the efficacy of these programs and praised their focus on recovery, saying that creating alternatives to incarceration is key to improving services for individuals suffering from the disease of addiction.

Cabinet members convene for strategic planning, leadership training

Gov. Burgum, Lt. Gov. Sanford, First Lady Burgum, Cabinet leaders and Governor's Office staff met for a strategy and leadership training session at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake.

Over the two days, agency leaders discussed enhancements to citizen services, ways to better incorporate technology to improve government and optimizing agency performance and collaboration.

Camp Grafton Training Center is a National Guard Maneuver Training Center operated by the North Dakota National Guard. Camp Grafton North is located on the shores of Devils Lake and consists of 1,000 acres with numerous training opportunities, lodging and dining facilities. Government agencies and private groups often host offsite meetings and training at Camp Grafton.

New podcast episode talks Department of Health, prevention and medical marijuana

State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte sat down with Gov. Burgum for the latest episode of Work Worth Doing, where they discussed the variety of work the Department of Health does to keep North Dakotans healthy, including prevention efforts, as well as medical marijuana.

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