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DOUG BURGUM

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The pyramid and surrounding buildings near Nekoma, North Dakota were created to defend the country’s nuclear weapons during the Cold War. They've been empty for decades. But soon the facility will be a cryptocurrency mine, whose heat will warm an on-site greenhouse.
The U.S. border remains closed to Canadians, while Americans will be able to cross the Canadian border beginning Aug. 9.
Work will start soon to raise a four-mile stretch of Interstate 29 south of Fargo that will elevate the freeway above the 500-year floodplain, keeping it high and dry when the metro flood diversion operates in extreme floods.
The state will shift from a high to moderate COVID-19 risk designation on Friday, Jan. 8. The move means establishments will be permitted to serve up to 65% of their normal occupancy.
In a charged political environment, the COVID-19 health crisis became an ultimate test of the North Dakota governor's data-centered approach.
Minnesota's Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has had a heavier hand in his coronavirus response, while North Dakota's and South Dakota's Republican Govs. Doug Burgum and Kristi Noem have left public health safety up to residents' personal choices.

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