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KHRT ND News - Thursday - 08/15/19 - Morning Edition

The proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt may have to be built within the boundaries of the former president's namesake national park in North Dakota's Badlands....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt may have to be built within the boundaries of the former president's namesake national park in North Dakota's Badlands.

    Former Gov. Ed Schafer says there are only a few options for the library's location. Schafer, who heads a foundation overseeing developing in the area, says the city of Medora already is cramped and nearby state land is in a flood plain.

    Gov. Doug Burgum and others support putting the facility in the park. State legislators in April approved $50 million to operate the library, but that must be matched by $100 million in private money. The library's foundation is meeting next month to discuss the location.


     STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - A man and a woman from North Dakota have died of carbon monoxide poisoning while camping during the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota. Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin identifies the pair as 55-year-old Daniel Baker of Arnegard, North Dakota, and 58-year-old Donna Cuccia of Turtle Lake, North Dakota.

    Authorities discovered the bodies inside an enclosed trailer at a campground Monday. The Rapid City Journal reports a relative called after the couple failed to come home. The couple had used the trailer to haul a motorcycle to the rally, then placed a mattress on the floor along with a gas-powered generator to power a cooling fan.

    An Omaha, Nebraska, man also died from asphyxiation in his motor home and three motorcyclists died in crashes during the rally, which ended Sunday.

     RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Highway Patrol has arrested a 56-year-old suspect in a park in south Reno who is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in North Dakota. A state trooper says he had stopped at Anderson Park to give his canine a break Monday morning when a person with small children approached with concerns about two men who were sleeping in the bushes. The trooper found the men and determined one of them was the fugitive wanted in North Dakota.

    Steven Hurley of Reno was arrested and booked into the Washoe County Jail where he was being held Wednesday without bail. It's not clear if he has a lawyer or will be appointed one at a pending court appearance. He's expected to be extradited back to North Dakota to face charges there.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum kicked off the third annual Governor's Summit on Innovative Education on Wednesday, a two-day event focused on sharing best practices and addressing behavioral health challenges in the classroom.

    More than 500 people registered to attend the free public summit at Jamestown High School, including teachers, administrators, legislators, behavioral health professionals, parents and students.

    "North Dakota continues to make tremendous progress in implementing and sharing innovative education practices as we build on the momentum of the previous two summits, the recommendations of the Innovative Education Task Force and related legislation," Burgum said, highlighting the 2019 Legislature's passage of SB 2215, which creates a K-12 Education Coordinating Council. Applications for the council are now being accepted through the governor's website at

    "This year's summit also shines a spotlight on the significant challenges posed by behavioral health issues in the classroom," Burgum added. "By sharing best practices and learning from one another, we can tackle these challenges, identify new opportunities to improve student outcomes and become a national leader in education."

    The second day of the summit today will focus on behavioral health in an educational setting. Among the featured speakers will be Dr. Stuart Ablon, director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor and Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, who will address the topic of school discipline.

    "The Governor's Summit on Innovative Education helps to showcase the successes that we have in North Dakota public education, and how we are striving to improve it for our students and families," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said. "This involves listening to the voices of our students, our families, our educators and our taxpayers as we move forward. I am also grateful for the Summit's focus on behavioral health issues in our schools, which our educators have identified as something that needs to be addressed urgently."

    For the second consecutive year, #InnovativeND Awards also were presented during the summit to recognize outstanding work being done by North Dakota educators to prepare students for success in a global economy being driven by rapid technological change. The recipients are:

    Classroom Leadership Award: Marie Snyder of Devils Lake Public Schools, and fellow teachers John McLaurin and Kristine Bommersbach, for incorporating real-world learning applications that take advantage of North Dakota's great outdoors.

    Student Leadership Award: Natasha Willardson, a junior at Williston Public Schools, for her work in STEM education including robotics and programming, and for her leadership in her school's Girls Go Cyberstart team during the national competition.

    Building Leadership Award: New Town Middle School Teaching Team led by Principal Kara Four Bear, for redesigning the educational experience, integrating technology and engaging their community, including implementing a National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center curriculum.

    District Leadership Award: Dale Hoerauf, CTE director with Bismarck Public Schools and Bismarck Career Academy, for his key role in leading his district and the state in career and technical education, introducing students and the community to the ever-increasing range of career opportunities and preparing the next generation for success in the 21st century workforce.

    Burgum expressed his gratitude for the summit's partners - the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, North Dakota Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division, North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders, ND United and North Dakota School Boards Association - and its sponsor, the Bush Foundation.

    The summit continues through today with a focus on behavioral health. Registration is free and attendees can register on-site at Jamestown High School.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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