Work Worth Doing with Gov. Doug Burgum

By Gov. Doug Burgum

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Welcome to Work Worth Doing, hosted by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far and away the best prize life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” On Work Worth Doing, we tell the stories of people across North Dakota doing exactly that.

Episode Date
Main Street On The Street: Grand Forks, Cavalier and Lakota

More than 65 communities across North Dakota have signed up to be involved in the Main Street Initiative. Every one of these communities is different, but what are the best practices that all communities can adapt? To find out, we took a road trip to visit with local leaders like Blue Weber and Katie Rehder in Grand Forks, Cavalier Mayor Lacey Hinkle and Amie Vasichek, city auditor of Lakota.

Find out more about the Main Street Initiative at and register for the Main Street Conference on Oct. 29-31 in Bismarck, ND.

Aug 09, 2019
Innovative Education: Supporting Students, Educators and Communities

On this episode, we’re giving you a special preview of the 3rd annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education. Hundreds of educators, students and community leaders will come from all across the state to gather in Jamestown, North Dakota on Aug. 14-15, 2019. They’ll talk about the latest innovations in education and how we can work together to support better behavioral health in our schools.

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Jul 26, 2019
Medical Marijuana, Prevention and the ND Dept. of Health

Everybody around the world wants the same thing for their loved ones: long, healthy lives. State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte and the North Dakota Department of Health work to educate the public on ways to stay healthy and avoid preventable illnesses. To learn more about their efforts, visit

Jul 12, 2019
Cryptocurrency, Micro-investing & More: Protecting North Dakota Investors

Innovations in financial technology are making it easier than ever to invest your money. But the wide range of new financial services available can open investors up to unfamiliar risks. Karen Tyler, commissioner of the North Dakota Securities Department, joins us to explain how her team is helping protect North Dakota investors.

To learn more about the Securities Department, visit

Jun 29, 2019
Safe and Secure: Hitting the Road With the ND Highway Patrol

Colonel Brandon Solberg, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, discusses how troopers keep the state's highways safe and efforts to reduce traffic fatalities, while Trooper Jeremiah Bohn takes Governor Burgum on a ride-along and Trooper Jenna Clawson Huibregtse explains her role as a cultural liaison officer.



Jun 14, 2019
Always Ready, Always There

Major General Al Dohrmann offers an inside look at the North Dakota National Guard and the Department of Emergency Services while discussing lessons in leadership. Dohrmann, the Adjutant General of North Dakota, commands over 4000 North Dakota Air and Army National Guard men and women with approximately 1100 full-time federal and state employees.

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May 31, 2019
BONUS: Statewide UAS Network

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford joins us for a bonus episode of "Work Worth Doing" to discuss the plan for a new statewide traffic control network for unmanned aircraft systems. Find out why North Dakota is America's proving grounds for UAS.

May 17, 2019
#8 - Tribal Engagement: Respect, trust & collaboration, with Scott Davis

The future of government-to-government partnerships and relationships is exciting in North Dakota. Between federal, state and tribal governments, we’re seeing greater collaboration and communication, leading to better outcomes for all.

Scott Davis, Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, joins us to talk about what's on the horizon.

May 03, 2019
#7 - In the Reeds, with Terry Steinwand

North Dakota's wide variety of landscapes provides a friendly home for a diverse group of wildlife. Its abundant natural resources have instilled a culture of conservation and a love for hunting and fishing that spans generations of North Dakotans. Terry Steinwand, director of the North Dakota Game & Fish Department, joins Gov. Burgum to talk about what the department does to manage these natural resources and work alongside the state's hunters and anglers.


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Apr 19, 2019
#6 - Now Hiring: Growing North Dakota's workforce, with Michelle Kommer

For the first time in recorded history, there are more jobs available in the United States than people seeking jobs. For North Dakota, that means the No. 1 barrier to growing our economy is a workforce shortage. Michelle Kommer, Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, joins us to discuss what North Dakota is doing to address our workforce challenge.

Apr 05, 2019
#5 - Campfire Stories: How parks build community, with Melissa Baker

North Dakota's natural beauty is perhaps best encapsulated by our parks ecosystem. As director of our Parks and Recreation Department, Melissa Baker is responsible for taking care of these special places and making sure that visitors can enjoy the splendor of our state.

Mar 22, 2019
#4 - NDDOT: On a wing and a plow

Snow plow drivers are the heroes of the winter in North Dakota. Governor Burgum joins Craig Sperling, a plow driver for more than three decades, to learn how a statewide fleet of drivers clears thousands of miles of roads after every storm. He also chats with Tom Sorel, director of the ND Department of Transportation, on the future of transportation.

Mar 08, 2019
#3: Shawn Riley: Building North Dakota's Cyber Moonshot

As our Chief Information Officer and director of the Information Technology Department, Shawn Riley is working to make sure the state is equipped for today and prepared for tomorrow. On this episode, we talk about cyber security, technology in schools and working as one across state government.

Feb 22, 2019
#2 - Theodore Roosevelt V: A North Dakota legacy

Ted Roosevelt V, conservation advocate and great-great-grandson of our nation’s 26th President, has recently turned his attention towards a project in North Dakota: the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. He joins us to discuss the legacy of TR in North Dakota and the future of this project.

Feb 08, 2019
#1 - Leann Bertsch: Making better neighbors

Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, has received national attention for her work on prison reform. She joins us for our very first episode to discuss how her department is making better neighbors.

Jan 27, 2019