KHRT ND News – 09/01/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 090121 – 0700
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota health officials on Tuesday confirmed 520 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest reported daily total since mid-December. Officials say the increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks is due to the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by nearly 129%, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. One in every 519 people in North Dakota tested positive in the past week. The cases posted Tuesday were the most since 575 tests came back positive on Dec. 10, 2020.
The update comes a day after a small group of North Dakota State University students marched around campus to protest a university rule that requires maks to be worn in classes and hallways. Senior Carter Elsinger, who organized the demonstration, told KFGO radio that wearing a mask should be a personal decision, not an order by the university. He said his group is seeking a full repeal of the mask mandate. About two dozen students carried signs calling for the end of the mask mandate as they walked from outside the student union to the president’s house just up the street. Elsinger, a member of the student senate, said he plans to ask the governing group to vote on the issue.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford met with members of a Japanese business delegation on Tuesday to discuss opportunities for partnership and investment in North Dakota’s economy and advancing North Dakota’s carbon neutrality goal. During the discussions with the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO), Burgum and Sanford shared information about the continued growth and potential for carbon capture, storage and utilization (CCUS), enhanced oil recovery, using carbon in agriculture and the future of hydrogen in North Dakota. Burgum also highlighted his challenge for North Dakota to become a carbon-neutral state by 2030, emphasizing the administration’s approach of innovation over regulation.
“North Dakota has big opportunities in energy, agriculture and technology, and we are looking for partners in research and investment,” Burgum said. “We are excited to welcome these Japanese companies to our state and begin building the partnerships that will benefit North Dakota citizens for decades to come.”
“We continue to look for ways to attract investment and increase trade with foreign countries,” said Sanford, who serves as chair of the North Dakota Trade Office Board. “We are very pleased to have this delegation, representing a large number of Japanese businesses and organizations, here to visit about our future goals and present opportunities for North Dakota and Japan.”
Burgum and Sanford provided remarks during a daylong meeting organized and hosted by the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Trade Office. Companies in attendance included Toshiba America Energy Systems Corp., Kawasaki Heavy Industries (USA) Inc., Hitachi Zosen Inova, Mitsubishi Power Americas Inc., Toyota Motor North America, Choshu Industry Corp. of America Inc., Kanematsu USA Inc., Mitsui & Co. USA Inc., and Sumitomo Corp. Americas (Energy Group). Also in attendance were Haruka Sakamoto from the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago and representatives from JETRO Chicago, JETRO Los Angeles and Keidanren USA. The delegation will participate tomorrow in a driving tour of North Dakota energy sites and visit Medora.
BISMARCK, N.D. – “Requiem for 9/11” will be performed by Dakota Pro Musica Sept. 12, 2 PM at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. This 20th anniversary commemorative concert will feature three compositions: Hollis Thoms’ “Requiem for 9/11,” Edward Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings,” and Samuel Barber’s famous “Adagio for Strings.” The three pieces are presented as a reflection of the feelings and emotions of the three days surrounding Sept. 11, 2001. The performance is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature Natalie Campbell, soprano, and Jason Thoms, artistic director. Campbell teaches voice at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has performed as a soloist and chorister with many professional vocal ensembles. She serves as the artistic director of the Sioux Falls Children’s Choir. Thoms, a professional singer and chorister, is director of choral activities at Bismarck State College and host of Dakota Sings on Prairie Public Radio. He founded Dakota Pro Musica, a non-profit performing arts organization.
The performance is part of the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s Sensational Sundays series. Sensational Sundays are free cultural programs that include a variety of lectures, concerts, movies, and tours.
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