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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving North Dakota Newsletter for Sunday May 10, 2020 ( 8 items )  

Campaign Legal Center, North Dakota Voters First Challenge In-Person Signature Collection Requirement During COVID-19 Pandemic
FARGO, North Dakota, May 7 -- The Campaign Legal Center issued the following news release: North Dakota Voters First (NDVF), a grassroots coalition of North Dakotans working to modernize the state's elections, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Dakota challenging the state's in-person signature requirements to place a ballot initiative before voters in the November general election. They are represented by Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and local counsel Tim P  more

Center for Rural Health: Schroeder, Arnold Earn MHTTC Awards
GRAND FORKS, North Dakota, May 6 -- The Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota issued the following news: Shawnda Schroeder and Julie Arnold of the Center for Rural Health were recently recognized for their efforts to spread awareness of the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC). Each was presented with an MHTTC Brand Ambassador Award. The Brand Ambassador Award recognizes those who promote the MHTTC Network, which is funded by the Substance Abuse  more

Center of the American Experiment: Coal Creek's Closing Means Energy Will Come at a Higher Cost
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minnesota, May 8 -- Center of the American Experiment issued the following statement by policy fellow Isaac Orr: Great River Energy announced it would be closing the Coal Creek Station, a large power plant in North Dakota, by the second half of 2022, decades before the end of its useful life. The company plans to replace this plant with wind turbines, and electricity purchased from other electricity providers when the wind is not blowing. * * * "Great River Energy's decision to  more

Grow America's Infrastructure Now Coalition Applauds State AGs for Dakota Access Pipeline Support
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- Grow America's Infrastructure Now Coalition issued the following statement: Fourteen state attorneys general filed a brief last week urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to keep the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline operational while it undergoes additional environmental review. The AGs argue closing the pipeline, which has safely transported more than 500,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to southern Illinois for nearly three years, would h  more

Institute for Justice: Homemade Food Producers Join Lawsuit to Restore Food Freedom to North Dakota
BISMARCK, North Dakota, May 6 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release on May 5: Two North Dakota women joined a lawsuit with the Institute for Justice (IJ) against the North Dakota Department of Health for defying the Legislature and illegally crippling the Cottage Food Act. Their lawsuit aims to restore the food freedom North Dakotans had from 2017 until 2020, when North Dakotans could sell virtually any homemade food or meal directly to informed consumers. The lawsuit h  more

Sanford Health: Advice for Living Life in the 'New Normal'
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, May 6 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Many states are opening back up after more than a month with several sectors of the economy closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, going to the grocery store or getting a haircut will be a much different experience than it was before. Some businesses have even started requiring customers to wear masks in their stores. "By now, everyone should be wearing some sort of mask whenever they are out and about,"   more

Sanford Health: Herd Immunity - The Goal in Race to Slow Down Coronavirus
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, May 8 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: The term "herd immunity" has a long history. Sooner or later, that history most likely will include slowing down the coronavirus. Because there is not yet an effective vaccination, it might not happen as quickly as everyone would like. It remains, however, the ultimate goal as the world continues its battle in harnessing the pandemic. "This virus is three or four months old, so we are like new parents," explained Dr  more

Upper Midwest Electric Co-Ops Urge Members of Congress to Provide Economic Relief for Rural America
DES MOINES, Iowa, May 8 -- Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives issued the following news release: More than 30 electric co-ops serving over 3 million member-consumers across the Upper Midwest have signed on to a letter urging members of Congress to provide economic relief for rural America. The letter was addressed to members of Congress from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Specifically, the letter calls for Congress to support additional stimulus package relief  more