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KHRT ND News - Thursday - 09/12/19 - Morning Edition

U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development awarded grants totaling $620,054 to eight recipients......

    WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development awarded grants totaling $620,054 to eight recipients for Rural Business Development initiatives. These funds are given to help enhance local economic development and improve quality of life in rural areas.

    The following recipients received USDA funds:

    - Adams County Development Corporation received $150,000.
    - Leeds Economic Development Corporation received $150,000.
    - Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa received $109,821.
    - Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corporation received $63,300.
    - Tribal Nations Research Group received $51,577.
    - Linton Industrial Development Corporation received $46,600.
    - Hettinger County received $27,000.
    - Bowman County Development Corporation received $21,756.

    Specifically, this investment will directly create at least 23 jobs within these localities.


    PALM BEACH, FL - The American Red Cross has committed an initial $2 million to support those affected in the Bahamas by Dorian, and is also helping evacuees arriving in the U.S.

    The Red Cross is also working in close coordination with our partners at Palm Beach County Emergency Management to provide shelter in West Palm Beach, Florida for evacuees arriving from the Bahamas. In addition to offering safe haven as evacuees plan their next steps, the Red Cross will provide food, water, hygiene items, health services and emotional support. Volunteers will also help reconnect families and provide referrals to those in need with the generous support available through community resources.

    Meanwhile, here at home, the Red Cross continues to support people affected by Hurricane Dorian across multiple states. As flood waters recede and power is restored across the east coast, most people have returned home. More than 2,800 trained Red Cross responders from all over the country have supported relief efforts.

    You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian in both the U.S. and the Bahamas. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS ((1-800-733-2767), or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services recently was notified that FEMA has made available $410 million in federal funding through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation.

    The grant programs are available to assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments in strengthening the nation's ability to reduce the potential cost of natural disasters to communities and their citizens, as well as protecting life and property from future disaster damages.

    Eligible applicants for the grant program funding can begin the application process through NDDES to obtain a 75 percent federal cost share grant for eligible projects and activities. Those eligible applicants include state, local, tribal and territorial governments that currently have, or have participated in, the creation of a FEMA-approved Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. State agencies that fall under North Dakota's MHMP are eligible to apply for funding, as well.

    Some of the projects admissible under the grant programs include: property acquisition/demolition and relocation, structure elevation, mitigation reconstruction, dry floodproofing, critical facility generators, flood risk reduction, structural and non-structural retrofitting, safe room construction, infrastructure retrofitting, soil stabilization, wildfire mitigation, utility protection and MHMP creation/updating.

    "Based on previous grant awards and sub-applicant interest, we would like to focus on projects dealing with storm shelters, utility and infrastructure protection and MHMP creation/updating, whenever possible. However, all project types under the grant programs can be applied for through the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services," said Todd Joersz, state hazard mitigation officer.

    According to a study by the National Institute for Building Standards, pre-disaster mitigation saves an average of $6 for every $1 spent. Additionally, the Pew Research Center recently identified that North Dakota saves an average of $6.55 for every $1 spent on mitigation projects.

    Applications for the PDM and FMA programs are due no later than Dec. 20, 2019. For more information, applicants can contact Joersz at 701-328-8261 or email or Justin Messner, disaster recovery chief, at 701-328-8107.


    BISMARCK, ND - North Dakota Information Technology's Chief Technology Officer Duane Schell has been selected as the Secretary/Treasurer on the 2020 Executive Board of the National Association of State Technology Directors. The organization represents information technology professionals from all 50 states who are involved in all facets of managing technology services and facilities for state and public entities.

    "This is a great opportunity not only for North Dakota to share the ways we're using technology to empower people, improve lives and inspire success, but it gives us valuable insights into best practices and thought leadership nationwide as part of our commitment to continuous improvement, " said Schell.

    "North Dakota is transforming the ways we harness technology to serve citizens, from data management and analytics to how we use artificial intelligence to solve business needs," said Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley. "This leadership position will open new avenues for us to elevate these kinds of priorities as relevant to virtually every industry and public and private sector organization."

    This member-driven organization's purpose is to advance and promote the effective use of information technology and services to improve the operation of state government. NASTD offers member benefits including networking, shared resources and professional development opportunities including regional calls and an annual conference. NASTD was founded in 1978 and has been an affiliate of the Council of State Governments since 1980.


     ULEN, Minn. (AP) - Classmates of a teenager recently killed in a car crash in northwestern Minnesota have honored her memory in a special way. Alivia Mortensen was posthumously crowed homecoming queen at Ulen-Hitterdahl high school this week. The 17-year-old standout athlete and honor student died in a crash in Clay County June 2, just days after finishing her junior year.

    KFGO reports school counselor Kim Skjold explains that last spring before school was out, Alivia was selected as a candidate for homecoming queen. Skjold says that when the senior class and senior court were making a selection this summer, the students decided there was no better person to receive the honor than Mortensen.

    Her family agreed. Members attended Monday night's coronation and accepted the crown in Alivia's honor.


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


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