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KHRT ND NEWS - THURSDAY - 09/14/17 - MORNING EDITION

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis delivered a subtle message with his visit to a North Dakota nuclear weapons base...

     MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis delivered a subtle message with his visit to a North Dakota nuclear weapons base: America is a mature nuclear power not intimidated by threats from an upstart North Korean leader who flaunts his emerging nuclear muscle.
 
     On Wednesday Mattis inspected a mock-up nuclear warhead at Minot Air Force Base, but there was no Kim Jong Un-like posing for photographs. He chatted with nuclear missile launch officers in their underground command post, but there was no talk of unleashing nuclear hell on North Korea. Mattis cast his visit as part of an effort to ensure that the U.S. maintains the kind of nuclear firepower that convinces any potential nuclear opponent that attacking would be suicidal.
 
     The Pentagon chief is getting classified briefings today at Strategic Command, just outside of Omaha, Nebraska.
 
    Mattis says he's become convinced that the U.S. must keep all three parts of its nuclear force - rather than eliminate one of them, as he once suggested. That force consists of land-based missiles - known as intercontinental ballistic missiles - as well as missiles launched from submarines and from planes. Before Mattis became President Donald Trump's Pentagon chief in January, he'd suggested ICBMs might be expendable. But he says his view has changed.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says she'll seek a second term in the U.S. Senate. Heitkamp, a Democrat who narrowly won her seat in 2012, had been widely expected to make another run. She made her announcement on her brother Joel Heitkamp's Fargo-based radio talk show on KFGO-AM. Heitkamp, 61, has stockpiled $3 million for what's expected to be an expensive and hard-fought campaign.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across the region.

    Wildfires in western Montana are sending smoke across North Dakota and other parts of the United States. Particulate matter climbed overnight to elevated levels across North Dakota, with the highest levels found in the western and central portions of the state. Particulate matter consists of extremely small particles of ashes and soot found in the air.

    Particulate matter can be irritating to the respiratory system, especially for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or conditions such as asthma and allergies. The NDDoH advises people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and young children to limit prolonged outdoor exposure. People reacting to smoke to the extent that it is affecting breathing should seek immediate help from a medical provider.

    For up-to-date information on the region's current air quality and tips on respiratory protection during a smoke event, visit http://www.ndhealth.gov/AQ/Wildfire.aspx.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Industrial Commission has approved a low-interest loan program for ranchers dealing with drought. The commission voted Wednesday to authorize the state-owned Bank of North Dakota to offer the loans to help ranchers rebuild breeding stock and to pay for feed to sustain herd levels. Bank president Bank president Eric Hardmeyer says he expects the loans to total about $25 million.
 
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    BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota National Guard's 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) will be conducting field training exercises this weekend at the Kimball Bottoms area, south of Bismarck. The recreational area, including the off-highway vehicle trails, will be closed to the public from 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, until 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

    More than 120 Soldiers will be at the site conducting boating and bridging operations on the Missouri River. The Kimball Bottoms area will be closed to vehicle traffic for the safety of the public. The river will not be closed to the public, but visitors are asked to exercise caution while in the area.

    The N.D. National Guard is asking the public to be aware of the training activities near Kimball Bottoms and to use extreme caution since there will be increased vehicle and boat traffic during unit training operations.

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    MINOT, N.D. - State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has announced that Lynae J. Holmen, a special education teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Minot, is a finalist for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year award.

    Baesler visited Longfellow today to inform Holmen that she had been chosen as one of the five finalists for the prestigious award. The superintendent is visiting each finalist in his or her school to call attention to the achievement and to celebrate teaching excellence in North Dakota's public schools.

    On Sept. 28, Baesler and Gov. Doug Burgum will honor the person who is chosen as North Dakota's 2018 Teacher of the Year. Holmen and Heather Tomlin-Rohr, a kindergarten teacher at Louis L'Amour Elementary in Jamestown, have been announced as finalists thus far. Baesler will visit the other three finalists next week.

    Holmen teaches students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and students who have learning disabilities. An alumna of Minot State University, Holmen has taught at Longfellow Elementary for 34 years.

    "The most important thing that I do each day is build relationships with my students. Relationships grow the brain. Relationships are key for students to feel respected and valued," Holmen said.

    "Working with these special students, following them through the grade levels, watching them become independent and creative learners and thinkers, seeing them develop strategies to succeed and graduate, and having them keep in touch as they become adults, is my greatest accomplishment," she said.

    Holmen grew up in Great Falls, Mont., where her parents, uncle and aunt were educators. The Montana School for the Deaf and Blind is located in Great Falls, and Holmen had friends who were deaf and friends with deaf parents.

    Holmen took American Sign Language in high school and worked as a student assistant in the class. She volunteered at the School for the Deaf and Blind, and the preschool teacher with whom she worked became a mentor. "She taught me much about this field that I love, and she let me work with the students," Holmen said.

    She attended Minot State, which Holman described as having "an exceptional program of deaf education," and "I knew that I was doing exactly what I was meant to be doing," Holmen said.

    Tracey Lawson, an assistant superintendent in the Minot school district and a former principal at Longfellow, said she marveled "at the way Lynae connects with kids and differentiates her instruction to challenge every student to achieve at their highest level."

    "She makes learning fun for students," Lawson said. "Lynae loves teaching, and it shows in everything she does."

    North Dakota Teacher of the Year candidates may be nominated by people within a teacher's school or community. Nominees are asked to provide their educational history and awards, and to write several essays, including descriptions of their teaching philosophies, what influenced them to become teachers, and their thoughts on major education issues.

    The applications are reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee that chooses five finalists. The Teacher of the Year is picked from among those finalists.

    The committee includes representatives from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and groups representing teachers, school administrators, career and technical education and nonpublic schools. The incumbent Teacher of the Year is also asked to participate.

 

 


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