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" Burgum announces steps 7 l 779 W 927 W RAILROAD AVE SHELTON, WA 9858+3847 27in 7r SMALL TOWN PAPERS "0005 to help with hospital capacity . BISMARCK Gov. DOug Bur gum on Nov. 9 announced steps to help reduce the pressure on North Dakota hospitals and health care workers as a result of increasing hos- pitalizations for COVID-l9 and other care needs. Burgum also announced that all remaining counties in the moderate risk (yellow) level under the ND Smart Restart guidelines are being moved to the high-risk (orange) level, indicating the seriousness of the situation. Businesses and events/ gatherings are recommended to reduce occupancy to 25 percent, with a cap of 50 people. No standing room options should be allowed, and face coverings should be required. Our hospitals are under enor mous pressure now, Burgurn said. We can see the future two, three weeks out, and we know that we have severe constraints Despite some hospitals already hiring traveling nurses, suspending elective surgeries and implementing their surge plans, maintaining staffing levels continues to be a chal- lenge amid heavy patient counts, Burgum said, noting hospitalizations due to COVID 19 account for 14 percent of current hospitalizations. Looking back at Editor's note: In the early 1900s, the state had a live free or die cul- ture that encouraged self reliance and independence from ercely loyal political partisanship. Now, an over- whelming majority identify as Re- publicans. How did the electorate change from voting for a Congres- sional delegation of Democrats? This series, produced by Forum News Service and the N .D. Newspa- per Association Education F ounda- tion, seeks to answer that question. By Sam Easter Forum News Service & NDNA Education Foundation On Nov. 2, 2010, Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D was hours away from the end of his political career. He didn t know it for sure yet he was clinging to a slim hopehe might survive but he could feel that the political tides, turning in North Dakota for decades, might nally drag him under. Before results came in, he wrote a concession speech. That night, Pomeroy sat with his staff in a Fargo hotel r00m and watched television reporters count the votes. Western North Dakota, as they'd expected, was looking red. But Cass County trickled in with less support than he'd like. Grand Forks and Barnes were looking anemic, too. Pomeroy, after 18 years in Con- gress, had seen enough. He practiced the speech he'd written a few times; he wanted, he said in a July inter- view, to make sure he didn't choke up. Then he went downstairs and de livered it. . Just a short walk away, at another Fargo hotel, Rick Berg s night was going well. The former state House majority leader and now a GOP congressman-elect was crowing about the sudden, seismic shift in North Dakota and national politics that was sweeping him into of ce. "Two years ago, people wanted change, Berg told the crowd. But what they wanted was for Washing- ton to change." They got their wish. Pomeroy s departure meant that, for the rst timein three decades, the state s lone congressman wouldn't be a Democ rat. And across the country, the Tea Party revolution was sweeping De- mocrats away. The GOP would pick up 63 US. House seats the biggest power shift in congressional To help address staffing issues, Burgum announced an amended State Health Officer order that now allows asymptomatic, COVID-l9- positive health care workers to work in the COVID unit of a licensed health care facility,'so long as they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are taken as recom- mended by the U.S. Centers for Dis ease Control and Prevention and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) to protect the worker and the community; The state also is directing addi- tional rapid testing resources to health care workers to help identify cases more quickly get staff back to caring for patients. Starting this week, 12,000 BinaxNOW tests will be delivered weekly to local public health units across the state. for test- ing of health care workers, first re- sponders and public health staff. BinaxNOW tests also are being di- rected to long-term care facilities, tribal nations, K-12 schools and col- leg'es and universities. In addition, the NDDoH is ex- panding efforts to hire emergency medical services personnel to pro- vide valuable support for testing ef forts, including assisting with testing Lou" . New alerts Darcie out ts wear from blue f0 r554; midterm elections in generations. It s hard to pick a date that the Democratic-NPL s golden years ended. One answer might be in the early 1990s, when the govemorship slipped away. In an interview, former Sen. Byron Dorgan called Ed Schafer s 1992 win a watershed: It meant that the GOP could suddenly control the ow of political ap- pointees and build a political bench ensuring they d have better can didates in elections to come. Another moment might be as late as 2018, when Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost to then-GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, surrendering the party s last statewide of ce. But by then, the state had become so red that it be came hard to imagine when there might be another statewide Democ- rat again. This is the nal installment in a series produced by Forum News Service and the North Dakota News paper Association Education Foun dation, exploring North Dakota s political history. The series has charted the course nearly from state: hood, beginning with the rise of the Nonpartisan League a prairie po- litical rebellion built on farmers grievances through the Depres sion years, the New Deal, the Cold War arrival of Air Force bases and the discovery of the state s vast oil reserves. Each of those has had a profound, effect on state politics. Pomeroy, looking back on his career, sees his own undoing in the political ght over the Affordable Care Act the health care law that the 2010 election was nominally about but knows there was more on the ballot. Nothing stays the same, and so North Dakota's economy changes, Pomeroy said like farms getting bigger, smaller towns withering and the arrival of an oil industry reshap- ing state politics. The knockout round came in 2010, but the GOP had been punching stronger for We Have The Right Checking Account For You As times have changed, so have Checking Accounts. Today you can get ' more bene ts than ever by using a Checking Account. We offer both personal and business accounts. Come in and discover all the bene ts offered by our Checking Accounts. site management, data collection and specimen collection. The NDDoH is hiring paramedics, emergency med- ical technicians and advanced EMTs V' for testing missions throughout the .' state on a full- or part time basis, helping to free up nurses who are working on testing and allow them to support inpatient care. State officials today began hold- ing a daily standup meeting with the state s major health care systems to share information and discuss poten- tial ways to address issues such as ca- pacity and staffing. Citizens also can do their part to help slow the spread and reduce pres sure on the health care system by: 0 Physical distancing 0 Wearing masks in public - Seeking regular routine outpaL tient care ' ' Washing hands 0 Avoiding or eliminating oppor- tunities for .mask less crowding in public, including bars O EnSuring u immunizations 0 Limiting all private social gath erings to the immediate household. For more information on North Dakota s COVID 19 response, visit wwwhealth.nd.gov/coronavirus or www.ndresponse.gov. Democratic-NPL's golden years. years. That s also true of state demo- graphics, which Pomeroy points out are tending more and more into an overlap with. the core Republican base: whiter than the rest of the coun- try with fewer college graduates but more modest incomes and of- tentimes at church on Sundays. I think the Republican Party is going to be in pretty good shape for a pretty good while given its align- ment with that demographic base, Pomeroy said. But while it might be hard to pin point where the Democratic-NPL s golden age ended, it s a lot easier to pick when it started. Probably the best answer is the election of Gov. Bill Guy in 1960 just a few years after the Democratic Party and the long-time populist Nonpartisan League merged. Guy came to power after an early career as a Cass County farmer. He was a school board member, then he was a failed legislative candidate multiple times, in fact before a steep and sudden rise to high of ce. He was elected to the state House in . 1958; he became governor in 1960 when he won just a little less than 50% of the vote, beating out his GOP rival by a little less than 5 points. And as governor, he was recog- nized as a modemizer. An obituary from 2013 quotes an effusive bunch of colleagues, including Sen, John Hoeven, R-N.D who called him a man who brought us into the 20th Century. Guy helped build the deep Democratic bench that would rule the state for years, too appointing Dorgan, the future senator, as Tax Commissioner. Democrats success would continue for years, through two more Democratic governors. ' I have no idea why he selected a 26-year old to run a state agency," Dorgan said. "I remember him very well, and I spent time with him in the car driving to events, other events in the state. I sat in his cabinet meet ings. He was just very very smart, and very interested in a wide ranging set of issues, including water policy. People knew that he was a very ac tive, very interesting man who was going to do things that could make a difference and be positive for North Golden (Continued on Page 8) 02:14 Fiat mBmi ; '54. 4' 'v ' Beach senior Tyson Mattern hauls in a catch in his team s semi-final playoff game against Cav- alier last weekend. Bucs fight to finish in historic run The deepest football playoff run in Beach football history came to an end last Week. The Buccaneers went just about as far as they could go, both in the playoffs and in actual miles traveled before the season was officially over. ea-Following a pair of playoff wins, the Bucs traveled over 430 miles last weekend to play the Cavalier Toma does. The Tornadoes came into the game undefeated and came way with a hard fought 30-20 victory. The 10- point victorywas the closest contest of the season for Cavalier. What s more, the Tornadoes won their pre- vious two playoff games by scores of 48-28 and 52-6. Cavalier grabbed the early lead thanks to a passing touchdown. The Tornadoes converted the two-point conversion to take an early 8 0 ad- vantage. Beach bounced back with their own touchdown later in the quarter. The Bucs also found points through the air as quarterback Tevin Dietz hooked up with Chance Manhart on a 23-yard touchdown. Cavalier responded in the second stanza with a 26 yard passing score but the Bucs were not deterred. Beach again out into the Cavalier lead thanks to their defense. With the lead and the ball, the Tornadoes again looked to the air for more suc- cess but went to the well one too many times. Beach s Tyson Mattern picked up the Cavalier pass and took it 35 yards to the house. Dietz ran in the two-point con- version and the lead at halftime fa vored Cavalier by only two points at 1 6- 14. Beach project amOng . BISMARCK The North Dakota Department of Environmen- tal Quality awarded loans for water and sanitary sewer projects to four communities and a water district through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Programs in September and October. . 0 Aneta received a $400,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan towards a proj- ect to replace three blocks of water main. This project will ensure the ing water. Beach received a $1.6 million DWSRF loan to replace aging cast iron water mains and service lines in the southwest part of the city. This project will improve water distribu- . .reliableand safedelivery. .of.drink . . continued. wastewater. service. tion and quality. - Dickinson received a $1.5 mil lion Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan to install ap- proximately 7,000 linear feet of 16 reclaimed water main andassoci- ated appurtenances. This project will ensure the reliable and safe de- livery of reclaimed water. - Stanton received a $650,000 CWSRF loan to televise its sanitary sewer system and replace deterio- rated lines. This project will ensure 0 North Prairie Regional Water District received a $383,000 DWSRF loan towards replacing the deteriorated water distribution sys- tem within Benedict and consolida- tion into North Prairie s system. The The third quarter preved to be the difference in the game. Cavalier added two more scores while keep- ing the Bucs off the scoreboard. The Tornadoes carried a 30-14 run heading into the fourth quarter and held on for the win. The Bucs last score came on a 49-yard pass and catch between Dietz and Ray Steiner. Dietz nished the game 4-12 for 93 yards. Tyson Mattern carried the ball 18 times for 135 yards. Kaden Volk added 30 yards on eight carries and Dietz rushed the ball two times > for 23 yards. Steiner, Manhart, Mattern and Blake Van Horn all caught a single pass for the Bucs. The Bucs ended their historic sea- son with a 7 3 record. Cavalier will play Linton-HMB this Friday at the Fargodome for the championship. awardees project will provide safe and reliable transmission of drinking water to the city s residents. The US. Environmental Protec- tion Agency provides part of the SRF Programs funding, which of- fers below-market interest rate loans to political subdivisions for financ ing projects authoriz ed under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. SRF programs operate nationwide to provide funding to . maintain and improve the infra- structure. . that . protects our vital water resources. The NDDEQ adds loan appli cants to the program s priority list, and awards are distributed based on project eligibility and ability to repay. State parks had record-breaking camping numbers The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department had their highest number of campers recorded in the department's history during the 2020 season. The department saw a 35 per- cent increase in campsite nights this season compared to the 2019 Season. The increase in camping was a trend in the 13 state parks across the state, all of which were open and operating under CDC guidelines as destinations for visi tors to recreate in an outdoor envi ronment. 872-3656 "North Dakota state parks pro- vided a safe, social distance setting during an uncertain time this camp- ing season," said Director Andrea Travnicek. "State parks have al- ways offered wide open landscapes and diverse recreation opportuni ties, so we were excited to see new and returning Visitors this Season. We saw a lot of first-time campers in our parks this summer and look forward to their return visits this winter and in the upcoming year." Typically, the camping season in North Dakota is from May through Member . FDIC www.fsbofgo|va.cOm 5% ATM in Beach Medora lobby Golva Medora Beach First State Bank 623-5000 August; however, this season, the largest increase in camping num- bers was seen during September and October. September had a 173% increase, and October had a 339% increase in camping numbers . from the 2019 season. The depart ment believes the great weather played a part in the increased num- bers this fall in addition to the safe, outside environment. This season the department also saw an increase in state visitors. Visitation from out-of state campers dropped by five percent. 872-4444