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Mme WW, 6 1790041000 “’27P 6T 3mg. Town PAPERS “sees 92? w RNLROAD AVE . SHELToM. WA $534384? a; Ag producers, library expected to benefit from funding laws By News/Pioneer Staff The federal fiscal year 2021 fund- ing legislation approved by Congress on Monday included a number of pro- visions that will have direct effects on North Dakota. “We were able to secure priorities important for North Dakota, including funding for our military members and their missions, assistance for our farmers and ranchers impacted by dis- asters, resources for the new BIA law enforcement training center at Camp Grafton, and legislation to advance the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.,a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a press release. Some of the provisions for North Dakota: . 0 Legislation enabling the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Li- brary Foundation to purchase Forest Service land in Billings County to construct a library and museum hon— oring the life and legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. 0 Minot Air Force Base: More than $2 .3 billion to keep nuclear modem- Iization efforts on schedule, as well as $194 million for new helicopters and $590 to maintain the existing ICBM Tfleet. - Water Resource Development Provisions: Includes authorization for Ithe Minot region’s flood protection project, enabling federal funding for construction of the project’s fourth phase, and extends Hoeven’s provi- sion that prevents the Corps from- charging fees for using water from the Missouri River reservoirs through 2030. Fossil Energy R&D: The bill in- cludes $750 million in funding for fossil energy research and develop- ment to advance new technologies that allow to continue harnessing oil ' and coal resources, including support for Project Tundra and the Plains Car- bon Dioxide Reduction Partnership Initiative. Hoeven and Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., opposed the inclusion of a one-year extension of the wind pro- duction tax credit (PTC) and offered a provision to strip the PTC extension, however the amendment was blocked. The funding legislation was paired with legislation to provide additional COVID—19 relief for American fami- lies, small businesses and schools as well as additional support for testing and vaccines. The passage of $900 billion in COVID—19 relief aid includes $13 bil— lion for farmers and ranchers. “We pushed hard for additional support for farmers and ranchers im— pacted by market disruptions and we’re glad that funding was included in the bill,” said North Dakota Farrn— ers‘ Union President Mark Watne. “This support will put farmers on bet- ter footing heading into the 2021 crop year.” The assistance will be distributed as a supplement to Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments. Ap- proximately $11.2 billion will be in the form of direct payments and other support to producers and processors. Row crop farmers can expect to re— ceive $20 an acre, and cattle produc- ers will receive a top-up payment to cover gaps. Additionally, Watne said the pack- age contains $28 million for farm stress programs administered by state departments of agriculture; a 15% in— crease in Supplemental Nutrition As— sistance Program benefits and additional funding for food banks and hunger programs; and authorization for the secretary of agriculture to pro- vide direct support to biofuel plants. “We are glad to see Congress fi- nally granting authority to support biofuel producers, many of whom are struggling to stay in operation,” Watne said. “Their livelihood directly impacts the bottom line, of farmers everywhere.” _ “Given the continued challenges of this pandemic, this legislation pro- vides targeted relief for families, small businesses and health care needs,” Hoeven said regarding the COVID—19 Shown is the new south entrance to the Capitol Building in Bismarck. (courtesy Photo) Tunnel replaced with new entrance to Capitol BISMARCK — The North Dakota Office of Management and Budget says the 'North Dakota State Capi- tol’s remodeled south entrance is now open. “The new south entrance is a great improvement to the building that all Capitol visitors can enjoy,” Lt. Gov. and Capitol Grounds Plan- ning Commission (CGPC) Chair- man Brent Sanford said. “The modernization of this main entrance will enhance the citizen experience upon entering the Capitol." The new design improves acces- sibility, including additional handi- capped accessible parking spaces and an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant pathway leading to the entrance. . The CGPC chose the new design for the Capitol building’s south en- trance remodel project at a meeting held on Dec. 13, 2019. “The remodeling of the south en— trance of the Capitol was completed at the end of last week,” said Direc- tor of Facility Management John Boyle. “This was an eight—month construction project that has greatly enhanced the building’s public en- trance, both inside and out.” The update also includes removal of the tunnel and drive lanes to cre- ate a lobby and an east-facing en- trance, and significant changes to the landscaping in front of the build- mg. “The three prime contractors did an outstanding job of making the new entrance fit aesthetically with the traditional'look of the Capitol,” Boyle said. “This entrance had re- mained unaltered since the capitol building was constructed in 1934.” Citizens accessing the Capitol will now be asked to use the south entrance and should note some changes in the COVID-19 screening process. Beginning Dec. 23, the North Dakota Highway Patrol is Merry Christmas “In spite of everything, we Americans are still uniquely blessed, not only with the rich bounty of our land but by a bounty of the spirit a kind of year-round Christmas spirit that still makes our country a beacon of hope in a trouble world and that makes this Christmas and every Christmas even more special for all of us who number among our gifts the birthright of being an American.” ' - President Ronald Reagan We wish all of you a Merry Christmas! makers. .4. ..,.‘-~r-:.-:z.n _;- s. x- a;:..,j ' relief bill. The legislation builds on v the CARES Act Congress passed ear- lier this year and includes another round of PPP to help our small busi— nesses and their employees. Addition- ally, the legislation utilizes unspent funds from the CARES Act to provide assistance in a targeted way that helps meet the challenges of this pan- dernic.” The funding for agriculture also in- cludes: - Funding for a grant program to allow small meat processors to make improvements to become federally in— spected. 0 Support for producers forced to depopulate livestock due to insuffi- cient processing capacity. Additionally, the legislation: ' Provides up to $600 in direct fi- nancial assistance for individuals. - Supports health care providers, including vaccine development and distribution. ' 0 Provides funding to help schools and teachers. - Extends pandemic unemploy- ment insurance programs and in- cludes a $300 federal supplement for 16 weeks. - Provides rental assistance and ex- tends the federal moratorium on evic— tions through Jan. 31. - Extends forbearance for federal student loans through April 1. equipping all Capitol entrances with COVID-19 screening kiosks. Coughlin said the screening con- sists of a temperature scan and ques- tions, and that all individuals entering the facility will be required to complete the screening via a kiosk every time they enter the fa- cility. Additional screening details may be found on OMB’s website and on the Highway ~Patrol’s YouTube channel. Tours of the North Dakota State Capitol remain suspended due to COVID- 19. However, the Capitol is open to the public from 7: 15 am. to 5:30 pm. lul’, fill "l BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Bur— gum on Monday signed an amended executive order paving (the way for restaurants and bars to resume .normal hours of operation as active cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have decreased in North Dakota. Bars, restaurants and other food . service establishments have been closed to in-person service between the hours of 10 pm. and 4 am. since Nov. 16, One of several miti— gation measures announced Nov. 13 to slow the spread of COVID—19 as active cases and hospitalizations were peaking. Take-out, curbside and delivery services were allowed to continue during those hours. Under the new executive order, bars, restaurants and other food service may resume normal operat- ing hours at 8 am. Tuesday, Dec. 22, consistent with local and state requirements. These establish- ments remain limited to 50 percent of their licensed seated capacity, not to exceed 150 patrons, until 8 am. Jan. 8 to limit opportunities for virus transmission. Seating arrangements and tables must allow for at least 6 feet of physical distance between individual par- ties; dance areas must be closed; service must be provided to seated patrons only; and masks must be worn by owners, managers and em- ployees at all times, and by patrons except when eating or drinking. “These businesses are an impor— tant part of our economy, and we’re deeply grateful for their efforts and saCrifices to help slow the spread of COVID—19 and reduce active cases and hospitalizations,” Bur- gum said. “With the great efforts and personal responsibility of North Dakotans, the combination of the other mitigation measures we still have in place, and the promise and expanding deploy- ment of vaccines, rapid tests and therapeutics, we can allow restau— rants and bars to resume normal operating hours and still continue to protect the vulnerable, preserve hospital capacity and keep students in the classroom.” A state health officer order re- quiring face coverings to be worn in indoor businesses and indoor public settings as well as outdoor Order allows normal hours for restaurants “These busi- nesses are an im- portant part of our economy, and we’re deeply grateful for their efforts and sacrifices to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and re- duce acflve cases and tions.” Gov. Doug Burgum hospitaliza- public settings where physical dis- tancing isn’t possible, remains in effect until 12:01 am. Jan. 18. Banquet, ballroom and event ven- ues also remain limited to 25 per— cent of their maximum occupancy, not to exceed the ND Smart Restart capacity limits, until 8 am. Jan. 8. Hospitalizations due to COVID- 19 in North Dakota have decreased to 158 from a peak of 341 on Nov. 11, while active cases have de— creased to 2,655 since peaking at 10,293 on Nov. 13, according to the Department of Health. The state’s 14-day rolling average pos‘— itivity rate also has decreased from 15.7 percent to 6.2 percent since Nov. 17. While hospitalizations due to COVID—19 have decreased by more than half from their peak, some hospitals continue to report increased usage of intensive care unit beds due to higher non- COVID cases. To avoid another surge in COVID-19 cases and hos- pitalizations, the governor urges residents to physically distance, wear masks, wash hands, limit hol— iday gatherings and take advantage of testing opportunities. Visit for more information on testing times and locations. “The next 10 days over the hol— idays are a period of high risk for transmission, and it’s up to all North Dakotans to ensure we con— tinue'trending in the right direc— tion,” Burgum said. Active COVID cases inmost area counties decrease By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter The number of individuals in North Dakota who tested positive and died from any cause while in— fected with COVID-19 now totals ,1.,.2.33.- .T 11538.6. figuresars as .01? .Dep- . 22. The first number is the total of cases per county since the pandemic began, and the second figure is the number of active cases. These state health department figures are also as of Dec. 22. The number of active cases in Billings, Slope and Bow- man counties have' increased since Dec. 10, while the number of cases in the other counties has decreased. ‘ North Dakota: " ' McKenzie: 1,010, 48 ' Golden Valley: 193, 5 0 Billings: 48, 2 Dunn: .346, 8 Stark: 3,965, 105 - Slope: 26, 3 0 Hettinger: 265, 8 0 Bowman: .293, 19 0 Adams: 194, 5 Long-term care: Regarding long-term care or con— gregate facilities in North Dakota, the status of cases isvreported on dif— ferent dates depending upon when testing was done. Recent results show the following positive cases for staff and residents per facility, Golden Valley Manor, Beach, 0; Dickinson: Benedictine Court, 0; Park Avenue Villa, 0; St. Luke’s Home, 2; Country House, 0; Hawks Pointe, 1; Kensington Evergreen, 1; St. Benedict's Health Care Center, 0; Western Horizons Care, Het— tinger, 1; Western Horizons Assisted Living, Hettinger, 0; Hilltop Home and Legacy Lodge, Killdeer, 0; McKenzie County Health — Good Shepherd, Watford City, 2; Horizon ’Assisted Living, Watford City, 0; Sunrise Village, Bowman, 0; and Southwest Healthcare, Bowman, 1. Area deaths: The number of deaths per county: Stark, 45; McKenzie, 10; Dunn, 7; Hettinger, 3; Bowman, 4; Adams, 2; and no deaths were at— tributed to Golden Valley, Billings, or Slope. . Montana deaths: In Montana, there have been a total of 881 deaths. Deaths per nearby counties: Richland, 9; Wibaux, 4; Dawson, 22; and Fallon, 1. 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