COVID-19 Brought Out the Best in Some, the Worst in Others


MINOT, N.D. — Barring some unexpected turn of events between now and then, Gov. Doug Burgum will allow restrictions he put in place on certain businesses to expire on April 30.

That sound you heard Monday was a collective sigh of relief.

There’s no putting this toothpaste back in the tube. Even if we see a spike in COVID-19 cases, it’s going to take something dramatic to convince North Dakotans to lock themselves down again.

The virus is awful, yes, but so is watching, helpless, as your business dies.

I’m not sure how much longer we would have seen widespread compliance with Burgum’s orders, anyway. Some, like state Rep. Luke Simons, R-Dickinson, were ready to re-open their businesses despite the orders and refuse to pay the fines.

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