In his Thursday afternoon press conference, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz encourages people in his state to “not go to North Dakota” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our friends in North Dakota are not the problem with this,” Walz said. “But we all need to get on the same page.”

Walz’s comments follow Burgum’s recommendation that North Dakotans, who own lake property in Minnesota, could still travel to their property as long as they follow other CDC recommendations for social distancing.

The Governor says he does not believe travel, in general is advised during the pandemic. He says his government believes it is best “to shelter close to home.”

Walz says his frustration is with the national policy and allowing states to come up with their own, essentially ‘pitting’ one state against another.

“Our neighbors in North Dakota are our friends and family,” he said. “I am not about to try and get into battles with governors.”