GOP governor offers emotional plea to the anti-mask crowd: Stop this senseless culture war (Washington Post)

Washington Post: GOP governor offers emotional plea to the anti-mask crowd: Stop this senseless culture war. “As states across the country have gradually pushed forward with reopening in recent weeks, protesters representing a small but apparently growing movement — especially within the Republican Party — have continued to push for it to go faster. And one very visible thing has somehow turned into a perceived political statement: wearing a mask. A reporter at a Minnesota news station — one who happens to be an old college friend of mine — was even harassed this week for wearing a mask while covering these protests. Across the border in North Dakota, though, GOP Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday offered a plea to stop the madness.”

KX Net: State Flood Risk Map Now Available To Residents

KX Net: State Flood Risk Map Now Available To Residents.”The North Dakota Water Commission recently unveiled a new interactive map you can check out before the water starts to rise. Officially called the North Dakota Risk Assessment Map service, the new, free tool will show users flood depths, surface elevations as well as scenarios for 100-and 500-year floods.”

Bismark Tribune: Remote public access approved for ND court records in ‘major sea change’

Bismark Tribune: Remote public access approved for ND court records in ‘major sea change’. “Remote, electronic access will soon be available for North Dakota court system records. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday adopted a rule governing public access to court documents.”

BuzzFeed News: North Dakota Democrats Ran A Misleading Facebook Ad Discouraging Hunters From Voting

BuzzFeed News: North Dakota Democrats Ran A Misleading Facebook Ad Discouraging Hunters From Voting. “The North Dakota Democratic Party has placed a misleading Facebook ad warning people they could lose their out-of-state hunting licenses if they vote in the midterm elections next week.”

Valley News Live: North Dakota’s education dashboard aims to bring more transparency

Valley News Live: North Dakota’s education dashboard aims to bring more transparency. “A new education dashboard aims to bring more transparency and accountability to North Dakota schools. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says it is now online and includes a wide variety of information about the state’s schools. The dashboard is part of North Dakota’s new accountability system to measure the quality, performance and progress on improvement of its schools, Baesler said.”

Library of Congress: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online

Library of Congress: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online . “The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000. The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900. The states available include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s. By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s.”

North Dakota Quarterly Gets an Open Access Archive

The North Dakota Quarterly now has an open access archive. (It’s a literary journal.) “I’m very happy to announce that we’ve worked with the HathiTrust to release the first 74 volumes of North Dakota Quarterly to the Open Access University under a CC-BY-ND license. The ND for all you open access crusaders who saw that and immediately started to sharpen blades is an unfortunate necessity because for much of NDQ’s history we published without contracts or with very restricted contracts that only allowed works to appear in a particular volume of NDQ. We know that it’s not idea, but it is better than nothing or a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.”