Some in North Dakota wish for tougher virus tack by governor

Some in North Dakota wish for tougher virus tack by governor

Some in North Dakota wish for tougher virus tack by governor FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Burgum will face Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shelley Lenz in the Nov. 3, general election. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File) FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Burgum will face Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shelley Lenz in the Nov. 3, general election. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File) BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — James Yantzer strode into a Harbor Freight Tools store in one of North Dakota’s worst hot spots for the coronavirus, brushing off a sign telling customers to wear a face mask. “If they kick me out, I’ll go somewhere else,” Yantzer said, calling masks about as effective at blocking the virus as “stopping sand with chicken wire.” Despite the Bismarck store’s mask requirement, the 69-year-old trucking company owner wasn’t asked to leave. “I just don’t take B.S. from people,” Yantzer said. “I rely on my own common sense.” It’s a common attitude in highly conservative North Dakota, and one many believe has contributed to the state’s ranking in recent weeks among the worst in the nation for coronavirus spread. The state’s worsening numbers have prompted sharp questions over how Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, who is up for reelection next month, has handled the ...
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