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KHRT ND News - Friday - 08/16/19 - Noon Edition

A Bismarck man is accused of assaulting two guards at the Burleigh Morton Detention Center....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck man is accused of assaulting two guards at the Burleigh Morton Detention Center. Authorities say 27-year-old Efrain Knowles was being escorted by the guards August 7th when he began resisting, was taken to the ground and kicked them in the abdomen. The guards sought medical treatment.
 
     The Bismarck Tribune says Knowles was in jail on two misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and giving false information to law enforcement. He now faces two felony assault charges. Court documents do not list a defense attorney.

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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Health Department says crude oil and wastewater overflowed from a tank in near Williston, impacting an unknown amount of pastureland.
 
     State environmental scientist Bill Suess says the tank is on a well pad owned and operated by Kraken Operating LLC. He says the company on Thursday reported the spill that occurred about 16 miles northeast of Williston. Suess says about 200 barrels of oil and produced water overflowed from the tank, and about 10 barrels migrated off the well pad. Suess says crews were cleaning up the spill today. He says no water sources were affected.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Regulators say the volume of natural gas flared in June reached an unprecedented level due to shutdowns of several natural gas processing facilities and pipelines. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the amount of natural gas burned off as a byproduct of oil production during June jumped 155 million cubic feet per day, to 687 million cubic feet per day. Statewide, companies flared 24% of all gas produced, or double the 12% target.

    North Dakota set an oil production record in June at 1.42 million barrels per day.

    Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says July flaring numbers could still be high, but they could improve in August and later in the year as more pipelines and processing plants come online.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting people to Recovery Reinvented on November 12th at the Bismarck Event Center.

    The daylong event will feature state and national addiction and recovery experts who will focus on reinventing recovery by empowering communities to take action, creating recovery-friendly workplace environments, and eliminating the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction.

    The event will also include an Empowerment Expo, which will connect people to extensive addiction, recovery, and mental health organizations and resources from across the state. Information and resources will be available to family members to help guide conversations around addiction and recovery. Recovery Reinvented awards will honor local individuals and groups that are making a tremendous impact in the field of addiction and recovery.

    The featured speakers include:

    - Gary Mendell, the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit focused on reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his had suffered. Since founding Shatterproof in 2012, Mendell has been a national leader in the addiction space, creating solutions that will create more access to treatment for opioid and substance use disorders, including the creation of the Shatterproof National Principles of Care to guide providers, payers and patients to quality treatment. He advocates for state and federal policy changes and soon will be launching a national strategy and call to action to address stigma related to opioid and substance use Disorders.

    - Carol McDaid, principal at Capitol Decisions Inc. in Washington, D.C. As a person in long-term recovery with over 25 years of federal legislative experience in Washington, McDaid brings a breadth of knowledge and policy expertise in combatting the disease of addiction and supporting recovery. McDaid played a strong role in the passing of landmark legislation requiring insurers to treat addiction, mental and physical health problems equally. Having established one of Virginia's leading peer-to-peer recovery community organizations with her husband, her experience will translate how to effectively engage communities to support recovery.

    - Dr. Leander "Russ" McDonald is the current president of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. McDonald is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Nation and a proud descendant of the Sahnish, Hidatsa, and Hunkpapa Nations. Prior to beginning his role as president of UTTC in 2014, McDonald served as chairman for the Spirit Lake Nation and was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health.  His published research focused on Native elders' health risks and disparities, American Indian veterans' access to health care, and American Indians' behavior risk factors. An example of the power of recovery, McDonald is a person in long-term recovery for 25 years after going through treatment 16 times.

    Local stories of recovery from across North Dakota will be highlighted throughout the day as well.

    "This year's Recovery Reinvented event is focused on providing people with a toolkit to take direct action in their communities to eliminate the stigma of addiction and create cultures of support for recovery," First Lady Burgum said. "We are fortunate to have powerful national and local speakers who will inspire everyone - from grassroots community members to our state leaders - that being part of the solution is tangible and necessary."

    Recovery Reinvented is scheduled for November 12th at the Bismarck Event Center. The Behavioral Health Conference will be held the following days on November 13th-15th, also at the Bismarck Event Center. Registration for Recovery Reinvented will open on September 3rd, and event information is available at www.recoveryreinvented.com.

 

 

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