K-Heart Sports – 07/20/21

K-HEART SPORTS – TUESDAY – 072021 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Expedition League is in the All-Star break with festivities being held in Casper, Wyoming. Last night was highlighted by the Homerun Derby. Jordan Williams represented the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs. He hit three homers in the first round and moved on to the second round where he hit three more. Williams faced JT Waldon of the Western Nebraska Pioneers in the final where both men hit one homer. In the tiebreaker, Waldon hit a homerun to win it. The All-Star game will be played tonight in Casper. The Sabre Dogs have eight All-Stars and the coaching staff that will participate tonight.
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MINOT, ND – Both the Minot Vistas and Metros played against Grand Forks yesterday. The Vistas hosted the Royals at Corbett Field, while the Metros were on the road.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class AA
 
Grand Forks Royals 2, Minot Vistas 1
Minot Vistas 8, Grand Forks Royals 3
 
Class A
 
Grand Forks Blues 7, Minot Metros 6
Grand Forks Blues 9, Minot Metros 7 (5 due to weather)
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MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments begins in the area today.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
First Round
#4 Hazen vs #5 Belfield/South Heart, 8:30 am
#3 Hettinger vs #6 Washburn, 30 min after
#2 Beulah vs #7 Bismarck, 30 min after
 
Second Round
#1 Garrison vs Hazen/Belfield winner, 30 min after
Hettinger/Washburn winner vs Beulah/Bismarck winner, 30 min after
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
First Round
#1 Renville County, bye
#4 Stanley vs #5 Kenmare, 12 pm
#3 Makoti vs #6 Crosby, 2:30 pm
#2 Surrey vs #7 Burlington, 7:30 pm
 
Second Round
#1 Renville County vs Stanley/Kenmare winner, 5 pm
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District 3 Tournament – Velva
 
First Round
Velva vs Rolla, 11 am
Cando vs Bottineau, 1:15 pm
 
Loser Out
Velva/Rolla loser vs Cando/Bottineau loser, 3:30 pm
 
Semifinal
Velva/Rolla winner vs Cando/Bottineau winner, 5:45 pm
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a game-ending three run homer in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Chicago White Sox a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a doubleheader. Minnesota won the opener 3-2 in eight innings, but the White Sox avoided a sweep when Sheets turned on a 3-1 fastball from Twins ace José Berrios and drove it deep to right for his fifth home run. Berrios entered the seventh having allowed only two hits – solo shots by José Abreu and Yoán Moncada. Then Brian Goodwin led off with a single and Berrios hit Andrew Vaughn with a pitch. A wild pitch moved the runners up, and Sheets connected to win the game for Chicago.
 
Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after tying the game with a solo shot in the sixth, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Jorge Polanco added an RBI single in the eighth as Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak and beat division rival Chicago for just the third time in 13 games. Tim Anderson homered for the third straight game for the White Sox and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Jon Lester pitched seven scoreless innings and homered, Juan Soto hit two home runs and the Washington Nationals routed the Miami Marlins 18-1. Lester turned in his longest outing of the season, allowing six hits while striking out seven without a walk. Lester hit his fourth career homer and added a single for his fourth career multi-hit game. Soto continued his torrid post-All Star game pace, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs. He’s 10-for-17 (.588) with five homers, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored in four games since the break. Trea Turner drove in four runs with a homer and a triple as Washington began a stretch of six games against the last-place Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles.

 
In other Monday action:
 
– Caleb Smith pitched 6 2/3 stellar innings, Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer for the second straight game and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2. It was a nice bounce-back outing for Smith, who was rocked for nine earned runs in one inning during a 22-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the All-Star break. The left-hander even earned his first career stolen base, surprising the Pirates by getting a huge jump and swiping second. Escobar’s homer was his 22nd of the season.
 
– Ramon Laureano hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning as Oakland finally got on the board once Shohei Ohtani left the mound, and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1. Laureano connected against Steve Cishek after Ohtani left following six scoreless innings and eight strikeouts. It marked the two-way star’s second outing on the mound when he also had at least a share of the Major League home run lead. All-Star Matt Olson hit his team-leading 24th homer in the eighth for the A’s.
 
– Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, Thairo Estrada had a key double in the seventh and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in the opener of a pivotal four-game series between the NL West rivals. Posey had two hits and drove in two runs in his first game back after he missed two weeks due to a bruised left thumb. Estrada came through with a two-run double in the seventh inning as the Giants broke open a close game by scoring four times. Max Muncy and Justin Turner homered for Los Angeles, which was held to four hits.
 
– Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after tying the game with a solo shot in the sixth, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Jorge Polanco added an RBI single in the eighth as Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak and beat division rival Chicago for just the third time in 13 games. Tim Anderson homered for the third straight game for the White Sox and extended his hitting
 
– The game between the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres was postponed on Monday night because of rain and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. Wednesday’s first game will start at 12:20 p.m. as scheduled. The makeup game will begin at 5:20 p.m. Yu Darvish was supposed to start for San Diego, against Atlanta.
 
– Yordan Alvarez snapped an 0-for-22 slump with at two-run homer to help the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. The Astros were up by 1 with one out in the fifth inning when Alvarez connected off rookie J.C. Mejia (1-5) on his soaring shot to the second deck right field to make it 4-1. Houston starter Zack Greinke (9-3) yielded five hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Ryan Pressly walked one in a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.
 
– Dylan Carlson homered and drove in four runs, Jake Woodford pitched 5 2/3 strong innings in his first start of the season, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3. Woodford, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to the game, struck out six and didn’t allow a walk. Carlson’s four RBIs tied a career high set earlier this season on April 7 against Miami. Only one of the five runs allowed by Cubs starter Alec Mills was earned.
 
– Miguel Cabrera drove in five runs, including a bases-loaded double in a four-run fifth inning, and the Detroit Tigers went on to defeat the Texas Rangers 14-0. The Rangers have lost six straight, the last three by a combined score of 29-0. The last major league team to allow that many runs while being shut out in three straight games was the 1906 Brooklyn Superbas, who were outscored 31-0 between July 6-9.
 
– Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam, Kike Hernandez drove in three runs with two homers and the Boston Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays 13-4. Rookie Jarren Duran hit his first major league homer, Dylan Santana and Rafael Devers added blasts, and J.D. Martinez broke out of a slump with four hits as the Red Sox stopped a two-game skid. Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta allowed four runs on 11 hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
 
– Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a game-ending three run homer in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Chicago White Sox a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a doubleheader. Minnesota won the opener 3-2 in eight innings, but the White Sox avoided a sweep when Sheets turned on a 3-1 fastball from Twins ace Jose Berrios and drove it deep to right for his fifth home run.
 
– Rookie right-hander Spenser Watkins gave up one run in six innings as the Baltimore Orioles tied a season high with their third consecutive win, 6-1 over the Tampa Bay Rays. The 28-year old Watkins, making his third start and fourth career appearance, scattered four hits, walked two and struck out seven. His ERA dropped from 1.74 to 1.65 in 16 1/3 innings. Watkins was signed as a minor league free agent in February after not pitching in 2020 and spending 2014-19 in Detroit’s organization.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – New York Mets manager Luis Rojas has been suspended for two games and fined for excessive arguing with umpires. Rojas’ outburst followed a bizarre play at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Rojas started his suspension Monday night at Cincinnati. Bench coach Dave Jauss has temporarily taken over managerial duties. The argument followed a misplay by Mets starter Taijuan Walker that allowed the Pirates to score three runs. Walker swatted at a ball that he thought was foul, but it was called fair and no Mets players retrieved it. Rojas says he still believes the ball was foul.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– San Francisco’s injury woes have now hit arguably its best player during the first half of the season. The Giants placed All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford on the 10-day injured list Monday due to an oblique strain. The move came as they opened a pivotal four-game series against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Gabe Kapler said Crawford’s MRI revealed a mild strain, and he was hopeful it would be a short stint on the IL.
 
– The Miami Marlins have placed infielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. and infielder/outfielder Garrett Cooper on the 10-day injured list. The pair got hurt a day earlier at Philadelphia. Chisholm left in the first inning with a left shoulder contusion following a diving attempt on Bryce Harper’s single in short right field. Cooper departed in the eighth inning after a collision at first base with Travis Jankowski. He has a left elbow sprain.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Raiders team president Marc Badain has resigned just before the start of training camp after helping orchestrate the team’s move to Las Vegas. Owner Mark Davis announced Monday that Badain is leaving the organization and that executive vice president and general counsel Dan Ventrelle will take over on an interim basis. Badain went from being a ball boy for the team to a 30-year career with the organization. He eventually became the chief financial officer for the team and was an assistant to former CEO Amy Trask.

In other NFL news:
 
– Coming off an ACL injury that cost him most of last season, Saquon Barkley either doesn’t know or isn’t saying how much he will be able to do when the New York Giants report to training camp next week. Speaking during a break at a youth football camp Monday, Barkley said he is continuing to rehabilitate his right knee and he is taking things day by day. The Giants report to came July 27.
 
– The Dallas Cowboys are returning to California for training camp after staying home last year because of the pandemic. The Cowboys finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs. The offense is healthy again, led by Dak Prescott. The star quarterback signed a $160 million, four-year contract after a gruesome ankle injury ended his 2020 season in Week 5.
 
– Bill Cowher’s long road from journeyman linebacker to Pro Football Hall of Famer is complete. The former Pittsburgh Steelers coach will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next month, 15 years after his coaching career ended. Cowher guided the Steelers to victory in one Super Bowl and a berth in another after being hired to replace four-time champion Chuck Noll.
 
– ESPN has finally landed Peyton Manning as a “Monday Night Football” commentator. Walt Disney Company announced on Monday a partnership with Manning and his Omaha Productions company in which Peyton and Eli Manning will be part of a “Monday Night Football” MegaCast for 10 games a year the next three seasons. Manning, who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams won’t be playing for Nigeria in the Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their appeal. The WNBA players had asked the CAS to grant them a provisional allowance and add them to the roster until a hearing could occur. The pair had been notified last week by FIBA that their petition to play for the African nation had been denied because they played for the U.S. national program for too long.

 
In other Olympic news:
 
– Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says the world needs to see that Japan can stage a safe Olympics. He spoke to Olympic officials in a closed-door meeting in Tokyo. Events start Wednesday and the formal opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday. Tens of thousands of athletes, officials and workers are arriving in Japan amid a local state of emergency during the coronavirus pandemic. The postponed Olympics face opposition from many Japanese people. There will be no local or foreign fans at events. Suga says Japan “can bring success to the delivery of the Games” and this should be communicated to the world.
 
– An alternate on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19 in an Olympic training camp in Japan. Kara Eaker’s coach says she tested positive after being vaccinated against the coronavirus two months ago. Eaker and fellow alternate Leanne Wong have been placed in isolation. The positive test was the latest in a growing line of daily reports of athletes and others testing positive at the pandemic-delayed Olympics. The Games are set to open Friday with a state of emergency in force in Tokyo.
 
– Katie Lou Samuelson is out of 3-on-3 basketball at the Olympics after contracting COVID-19 while training in Las Vegas. She’ll be replaced on the roster by Jackie Young, who played for the U.S. in a 3-on-3 training camp in 2020 and also competed in the event in the 2019 World Beach Games. Young joins Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and her Las Vegas Aces teammate Kelsey Plum. Samuelson says in a statement that she’s fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and took every precaution.
 
– The Czech Republic beach volleyball team says it will try to postpone its opening game after one men’s player tested positive for COVID-19 at the Olympic Village in Tokyo. The player (Ondrej Perusic) was taken to isolation at a hotel, seven days before his opening game. On Sunday, two men’s soccer players from South Africa were reported positive. Their team’s first game is Thursday against Japan.
 
– Toyota won’t be airing any Olympic-themed advertisements on Japanese television during the Tokyo Games despite being one of the IOC’s top corporate sponsors. The extraordinary decision by the country’s top automaker underlines how polarizing the Games have become in Japan as COVID-19 infections rise ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony. Being a corporate sponsor for the Olympics is
 
– Michael Phelps will be part of NBC’s Olympics coverage as a correspondent and swimming commentator. Phelps will call selected swimming events with Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines and contribute features as a correspondent during primetime coverage. Phelps won the most medals and gold medals in Olympic history, swimming in five Games from 2000-2016.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NCAA FINANCES

UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA spent nearly $68 million on legal services during the fiscal year 2019-20, according to tax documents. NCAA revenue was down more than 50% over the previous year, from more than $1.1 billion to just over $520 million. That drop is blamed mostly on the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament in 2020 due to the pandemic. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA in the association’s appeal of a federal court’s ruling in an antitrust case. Nearly $35 million of those legal expenses were spent on defense of the so-called Alston antitrust case.

 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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KHRT ND News – 07/19/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 071921 – 1200
 
FARGO, N.D. (PNS) – North Dakota is reaching out to those who have fallen behind on their rent due to the pandemic and may not know there’s help. Application counselors are seen as a bridge in getting funds to those who need it. Most of the $352 million the state received this year in federal emergency rental aid is still unclaimed. The nation’s eviction moratorium expires July 31, creating concerns about a wave of people being forced from their homes.
 
Carmel Froemke, statewide outreach coordinator for the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota (CAP-ND), said her staff is getting new training to handle urgent cases, and those who still might see their situation worsen. “We know that the effects of COVID aren’t just going to go away. There’s long-term effects of that,” Froemke explained. “And so, we’re hoping to be able to provide a more sustainable assistance over the course of time.”
 
CAP-ND is contracted with the state through next February to carry out application assistance, with 30 counselors to provide one-on-one help from agency offices, to those unsure about navigating the online portal. They can help vulnerable populations who don’t have access or experience with technology. State officials say eligibility has been expanded to ensure program recipients have a less-rocky recovery from their hardship. Eligibility was boosted to 80% of area median income, and a person can now receive rental aid for up to 12 months.
 
Andrea Olson, executive director of the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota, said it suggests part of the issue in reaching households is people who have never relied on aid programs before may now need it, but do not know they exist. “They make just enough to survive,” Olson explained. “But when there’s something that happens like a global pandemic, they don’t have sufficient savings to carry them through.”
 
Froemke added once people get through the initial application stage, there is a lot of information to submit, including details from the landlord. “Once the rent is approved, the landlord will be paid directly through a vendor service process,” Froemke confirmed. She added that is why counselors will follow up with applicants, so aid is not pulled back over a key detail. They can also assist if a recipient is renewed for more funds.
 
Nationwide, Census Pulse Survey data show more than 6 million households are behind on rent. It is estimated the updated North Dakota program could serve up to 25,000 households.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A soon-to-be-vacant South Central District judgeship will stay in Mandan. The North Dakota Supreme Court made that decision following Judge John Grinsteiner plans to retire Aug. 20. When a district judge leaves, the Supreme Court determines whether to keep the judgeship in the present location, move it elsewhere or abolish it. The decision is based on statewide caseload data and comments from interested parties including attorneys and judges.
 
Justices said the district has experienced a 23% population growth since 2000, and more than 80% of the population lives in Burleigh-Morton counties, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Caseload trends project felony filings to increase significantly this year. “This Court determines the office is necessary for effective judicial administration in the South Central Judicial District,” justices said in their order.
 
The South Central Judicial District includes Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sioux and Sheridan counties. It has seven judges chambered in Bismarck, two judges in Mandan, and one judge in Washburn.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – With nearly half the cattle in North Dakota in extreme drought locations, ranchers are making some tough decisions on thinning their herds. At Kist Livestock Auction in Mandan, weekly sales are up by 1,000 head over a normal year, an increase of one-third.
 
Some cattle stay in the state, said Matt Lachenmeier, the auction barn’s field representative. But, there’s demand for cattle in nearby states as well, including Minnesota. “Now we’re starting to run out of homes for them,” he said. “There’s a lot of cattle moving.” Lachenmeier said ranchers are selling replacement heifers or older cows first and trying to hang on to younger cows. He said it’s hard to lose animals that have been part of a long-term breeding program, the Bismarck Tribune reported. “That’s been their life and their livelihood,” he said. “Selling feeder cattle is easy. You don’t fall in love with them.”
 
The span from October 2020 to March 2021 is the driest on record, said Janna Block, extension livestock systems specialist at North Dakota State University’s Hettinger research center. “We came into spring with no soil moisture,” she said. “Things haven’t picked up.”
 
It’s almost impossible to buy cattle back for the same price, Block said. Some more productive cows are worth more than their sale price.
The rancher loses the genetics along with the time and effort it took to build the herd. There could be income tax implications too, and other financial issues still exist after the sale. “They still have their fixed costs but fewer cattle,” Block said.
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 071921 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A change to the state constitution that would place term limits on the governor and members of the Legislature is a step closer to bringing the matter to a public vote. Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Friday announced he approved for circulation a petition for the proposed measure. Supporters have one year to gather 31,164 signatures to put the measure to voters next year. The initiative would add a new article to the state constitution imposing term limits of eight cumulative years each in the House and Senate. The governor could not be elected more than twice.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say thousands of North Dakota landowners have electronically posted millions of acres of private land in what is believed to be the first system of its kind in the nation. The 2021 North Dakota Legislature passed a law making electronic posting equal to physical posting and penalties and also defines a fence. It allows only lawful hunters and anglers to access fenced, unposted land for hunting and fishing activities only. The law takes effect Aug. 1. North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department opened the system for electronic posting in May. The deadline to post was Thursday, in advance of fall hunting. The Bismarck Tribune reports that about 7,000 landowners posted 3.75 million acres around North Dakota. That it about 8.3% of the state’s total area.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Mothers may breastfeed their children in public without having to do so discreetly. Citizens can stand their ground and use whatever force necessary to protect themselves or their home. Booze will be allowed to be sold much earlier on Sunday mornings and state officials may not mandate face coverings. These changes are among hundreds of new state laws that take effect Aug. 1, representing the work of the 2021 Republican-led Legislature.
 
Lawmakers passed legislation in 2009 that exempted breastfeeding from the state’s indecent exposure laws, as long as “the woman acts in a discreet and modest manner.” Bipartisan legislation signed by GOP Gov. Doug Burgum removed that language that backers argued was outdated. A nearly identical bill was rebuffed by the Legislature two years ago, even after a small army of moms with babies in arms descended on the Capitol to push for reform.
 
Beginning next month, legislation takes effect that eases restrictions on citizens’ rights to use deadly force in self-defense and allows someone to use deadly force without retreating in certain circumstances. Backers of the legislation said criminals have had an advantage over potential victims, who should not have to retreat in a life-threatening situation. The legislation doesn’t apply to someone who provokes someone and then uses deadly force.
 
Another new law allows alcohol to be sold beginning at 8 a.m. on Sundays. Currently, bars and restaurants can’t serve alcohol from 2 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays. And liquor stores can’t sell alcohol until noon on Sundays. Budget-writers estimate Sunday morning alcohol sales could raise $312,000 over the next two-year budget cycle in tax revenue for the state.
 
The Legislature overrode Burgum’s veto of a bill that would prohibit state officials from mandating face coverings beginning in August. Burgum called the legislation irresponsible. Backers of the legislation argued there was no proof that masks work to slow the spread of the coronavirus and they questioned the government’s role in mandating them.
 
Also beginning next month, underage booze drinkers will no longer face the prospect of jail time. Under current law, anyone under 21 who “consumes, purchases or possesses an alcoholic beverage” may be charged with a class B misdemeanor, carrying up to a $1,500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. The law makes it an infraction, that carries up to a $1,000 fine with no possibility of jail time.
 
People will also soon be barred from suing over asbestos exposure unless they’ve already been sickened by it. Backers argued the legislation was needed to guard against fraudulent claims. Labor unions and veterans groups are urged North Dakotans who may have been exposed to asbestos to get screened before a new law takes effect.
 
Another new law is aimed at shielding schools and teachers from lawsuits arising from posting the Ten Commandments in classrooms. Burgum signed the legislation despite warnings from attorneys and school officials that the legislation is unconstitutional and would spur costly and unwinnable legal fights.
 
Industry-backed legislation signed by Burgum reduces the amount of interest and penalties the state can charge companies for unpaid oil and gas royalties, from 30% to 15% beginning Aug. 1. The law, which sailed through the Legislature, also does not allow the state to collect unpaid royalties before August 2013. Officials estimate the legislation will cost the state about $70 million in royalty reimbursements, the bulk of which is meant to support public education.
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TOWNER, N.D. (AP) – A California man rode his bike to North Dakota to celebrate his mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. Brian Gonsalves, who lives in the San Diego area, isn’t new to long-distance bike rides. The X-ray technician rode to Georgia in 2018, a trip totalling 2,709 miles. The Minot Daily News reports he used that to celebrate his 50th birthday and raise money for Scripps trauma services, as a survivor of a 2016 bicycle accident. With his wife, Dorreen Drader-Gonsalves, providing his mobile support, he started the 2,143-mile trip from California on June 18 and made it to the International Peace Garden on July 11. From there, they drove the 65 miles to Towner for Beverly Lynch’s birthday party.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/19/21

K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 071921 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – In a battle of division leaders in the Expedition League, the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs win the series at Western Nebraska this weekend. Ethan Moore hit a grand slam yesterday as the Dogs won 11-3. Souris Valley also won on Saturday 10-8 after losing the opener on Friday 14-8. At the All-Star break the Dogs lead the Lewis Division with a record of 33-15. Western Nebraska lead the Clark Division at 32-14.
 
All-Star events will be today and tomorrow in Casper, WY. The Homerun Derby highlights today’s schedule. Jordan Williams will represent the Sabre Dogs in the competition. The All-Star game will be played on Tuesday.
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BISMARCK, ND – The Bismarck Senators and Williston Oilers finished the regular season on Sunday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
Bismarck Senators 11, Williston Oilers 7
Williston Oilers 9, Bismarck Senators 6
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
DETROIT (AP) – Jeimer Candelario homered, drove in three runs and started two double plays as the Detroit Tigers finished a weekend sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 7-0 win. The game was the seventh in a row between the teams. Minnesota swept a four-game series at home immediately before the All-Star break before losing three in Detroit. The series was originally scheduled for four games, but Friday’s doubleheader was rained out. The Tigers swept a doubleheader on Saturday.
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LOONS-SOUNDERS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Robin Lod scored a late goal and Minnesota United beat Seattle 1-0 to end the Sounders’ MLS-record 13-game unbeaten streak to open a season. Lod’s one-touch finish of a cross by Niko Hansen gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the 81st minute. The Sounders were the first team to go unbeaten through the first 13 games of an MLS season, breaking a record set by the LA Galaxy in the league’s inaugural 1996 season and tied three other times. Minnesota United has just one loss in its last nine games.
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GOLF-BRITISH OPEN

SANDWICH, England (AP) – Whether it’s beginner’s luck or just solid play, Collin Morikawa has set himself apart in golf history. The 24-year-old Morikawa is the first golfer to win two different majors in his first attempt after rallying to capture the British Open at Royal St. George’s. He began the day one stroke behind leader Louis Oosthuizen before closing with a bogey-free, 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth. Morikawa made three straight birdies from the seventh hole to overtake Oosthuizen, who was seeking a wire-to-wire win. Morikawa played the final 31 holes without a bogey and finished at 15-under 265. That’s the lowest score in the 15 times the British Open has been played at Royal St. George’s. Sunday’s win follows his victory last year in his first PGA Championship. Oosthuizen shot a 1-over 71 on Sunday to finish in a third-place tie with Jon Rahm, another near miss for the 2010 Open champ. Oosthuizen was the runner-up at the last two majors.

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NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIRE

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) – Aric Almirola has earned the first NASCAR Cup win of the season for Stewart-Haas Racing, taking the summer race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Almirola raced to his third career Cup victory and first since 2018, a needed boost for Ford that also played havoc with the playoff setup with only four races left before the 16-driver field is set. The race was delayed nearly two hours by rain and NASCAR called it early due to darkness, leaving it eight laps shy of its scheduled conclusion. Christopher Bell was second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. Bell was the only non-Ford driver among the top 6.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Nationals were able to wrap up a disturbing weekend by splitting two with the Padres on Sunday. Alcides Escobar homered in the eighth inning and hit a game-ending single in the ninth to give the Nats an 8-7 win against San Diego. Washington blew a 4-0 lead and trailed 6-4 following Manny Machado’s seventh-inning blast. Escobar’s round-tripper and Juan Soto’s two-run homer put the Nationals ahead 7-6, only to have Brad Hand surrender an RBI single by Trent Grisham with two out in the ninth. Escobar’s final hit ended Washington’s six-game losing streak and came a day after a game with the Padres had to be suspended following a shooting outside Nationals Park. The Padres took the suspended game by a 10-4 margin after four San Diego relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings. Fernando Tatis Jr. had his third four-hit game of the season and scored twice for the Padres.

 
Elsewhere in the Majors:
 
– The Rockies pulled out a 6-5 win over the Dodgers on Charlie Blackmon’s solo homer in Colorado’s two-run 10th. Trevor Story hit a tying sacrifice fly and Blackmon followed with a drive to right. Will Smith and Justin Turner each homered for the Dodgers, who remain one game behind the NL West-leading Giants.
 
– Harrison Bader’s check-swing single went off the glove of first baseman Lamonte Wade Jr., bringing home the deciding run in the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ 2-1 downing of San Francisco. Paul DeJong homered for the Cardinals and Matt Carpenter sparked the go-ahead rally with a double. Darin Ruf homered for the Giants, who dropped two of three in each series with the Redbirds this season.
 
– The Brewers complete a three-game sweep and stretch their lead in the NL Central to seven games by slamming the second-place Reds, 8-0. Corbin Burnes struck out 12 while allowing five hits and a walk over 8 1/3 innings. He didn’t allow a runner past first until the Reds loaded the bases in the ninth. Christian Yelich hit a solo homer in the seventh and Willy Adames added a two-run shot in the ninth.
 
– Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer and the Diamondbacks avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-4 win over the Cubs. Merrill Kelly needed just 75 pitches to navigate the Cubs’ lineup through eight innings and threw 59 strikes. He was helped by two spectacular catches by Kole Calhoun and was pulled after allowing back-to-back hits to start the ninth.
 
– The Mets avoided a three-game sweep by storming back from a 6-0, first-inning deficit to beat the Pirates, 7-6. Michael Conforto crushed a two-run homer in the ninth to end New York’s three-game skid, all against the last-place Bucs. Pinch-hitter Travis Blankhorn got the Mets within 6-4 with a three-run blast in the fourth, his first major league homer.
 
– J.T. Realmuto had a big day at the plate, following a two-run walk-off homer in the completion of Saturday’s suspended game with a 3-for-5 performance and two RBIs as the Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-4. Realmuto’s two-run 10th-inning homer gave the Phillies a 4-2 win in the suspended game. Andrew McCutchen and Didi Gregorius also homered in Sunday’s scheduled game for the Phillies, who rallied from a 4-2 deficit to win for the 10th time in 14 games.
 
– The Yankees blew past the Red Sox, 9-1 as Gleyber Torres and Rougned Odor homered to back another strong start from Jameson Taillon. Taillon pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball in his 100th Major League start, improving to 4-0 in his past five outings. The Yankees won their second straight against rival Boston after dropping the first seven meetings this year.
 
– Yandy Diaz homered during a four-run seventh that sent the Rays past the Braves, 7-5. The Rays trailed 3-0 after four innings and 4-3 before completing their 28th come-from-behind win. Kevin Kiermaier doubled home the tying run and Austin Meadows lifted a sacrifice fly that put Tampa Bay ahead in the rubber match of the three-game set.
 
– The Blue Jays began a doubleheader sweep with a 5-0 shutout of the Rangers. Hyun Jin Ryu threw a three-hitter for his third career shutout and Danny Jansen homered. Toronto combined its double-shutout in a twinbill and became the first team to blank Texas twice in the same day since the franchise moved from Washington 50 years ago.
 
– Lourdes Gurriel Jr. launched a first-inning grand slam and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged his 31st homer of the season as part of the Blue Jays’ 10-0 assault on the Rangers. George Springer and Randal Grichuk also went deep to back Steven Matz, who combined with two relievers on a three-hitter.
 
– The White Sox won for the seventh time in eight games as Carlos Rodon allowed one hit over seven innings of a 4-0 shutout of the Astros. Abraham Toro’s third-inning single was the only hit off Rodon and accounted for Houston’s only baserunner. Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson hit solo homers, for the White Sox, who took the last two games of the series after dropping their first five meetings with the Astros.
 
– Bradley Zimmer had three hits, including a home run on All-Star Chris Bassitt’s first pitch to set the tone in the Indians’ fifth win in six games, 4-2 at Oakland. Daniel Johnson connected for his first career home run and made a sparkling defensive play to help Cleveland take the rubber match of the three-game set. Zach Plesac pitched six strong innings to win in his second start since breaking his right thumb while taking off his jersey in late May.
 
– The Mariners overcame Shohei Ohtani’s Major League-leading 34th home run to beat the Angels, 7-4. Ty France hit a three-run homer, Luis Torrens added a home run and Logan Gilbert struck out a career-high nine in Seattle’s fifth win in seven games. Angels second baseman David Fletcher went 0-for-5 to end his 26-game hitting streak, the second longest in team history.
 
– Jeimer Candelario homered, drove in three runs and started two double plays as the Tigers dumped the Twins, 7-0 for a three-game sweep. Wily Peralta (3-1) pitched seven shutout innings for the second time in three starts, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out four. Minnesota swept a four-game series at home immediately before the All-Star break before losing three in Detroit.
 
– The Orioles earned a 5-0 win over the Royals as Matt Harvey ended his nine-game losing skid with his best performance in years. The former All-Star allowed just three singles, walked one and struck out two against his former team. This was the first time since September 2018 that Harvey pitched at least six innings and didn’t allow a run.
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F1-BRITISH GP

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) – Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix by overcoming two early obstacles. The seven-time F1 champ roared back from a first-lap incident that sent championship leader Max Verstappen to the hospital. He also dealt with a 10-second penalty to earn his first victory in his last six races. The Mercedes driver cut the gap to Red Bull’s Verstappen from 33 points to eight.

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CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE

PARIS (AP) – Tadej Pogacar has won the Tour de France for a second straight year after a mostly ceremonial ride into Paris. The Slovenian rider with UAE Team Emirates successfully defended his huge lead of 5 minutes, 20 seconds over second-place Jonas Vingegaard. The 22-year-old Pogacar won his first title last September when he became the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years.

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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Mets are putting pitcher Jacob deGrom on the 10-day injured list with right forearm tightness. The right-hander first experienced the tightness before the All-Star Game and determined on Friday that he would be unable to make his scheduled start on Sunday at Pittsburgh. DeGrom underwent an MRI on Friday that confirmed the issue is in his forearm and that there is no structural damage to his elbow. DeGrom has also battled through back, lat and shoulder injuries this season, but has maintained a major league-best 1.08 ERA.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– Mariners outfielder Jake Fraley has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list after testing positive on Saturday. Fraley will be quarantined for at least 10 days from the day he first started showing symptoms.
 
– The fan who hit Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium stands has been banned for life from
attending big league games. Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field in the sixth inning Saturday night after Verdugo was struck in the back by a ball thrown from the left-field seats.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – U.S. tennis player Coco Gauff won’t get a chance to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. The 17-year-old American has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing her out of the Summer Games. Gauff revealed her positive test in a tweet on Sunday. She is No. 25 in the WTA rankings and is coming off a fourth-round appearance at Wimbledon.

 
In other Olympics news:
 
– The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee says an alternate on the United States women’s gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19 in a training camp in Japan. The USOPC did not say if Olympic champion Simone Biles or any of the other favorites to win gold are isolated because of contact tracing. The infected athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine.
 
– Three Olympic athletes inside the Olympic Village in Tokyo have tested positive for COVID-19. They are two men’s soccer players from South Africa and a Czech Republic member of the men’s beach volleyball team.
 
– Two people with knowledge of the situation have told The Associated Press former distance runner Tegla Loroupe has tested positive for COVID-19. Loroupe is the chief of mission for the IOC’s Refugee Olympic Team and is the reason the team has been stuck in Doha, Qatar.
 
– Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini has announced his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics due to a thigh injury sustained at the grass-court tournament. The 25-year-old Italian said on Instagram that he had an MRI scan the day before and “was informed I will not be able to compete for a couple of weeks.”
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/16/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 071621 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the murder sentence of a Minot man convicted in a fatal shooting outside a Williston motel. Alex Eggleston was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 30 years for the murder of Vance Neset, which took place in the Super 8 motel parking lot in 2017.
 
Eggleston appealed his sentence to the state Supreme Court, arguing the law was unconstitutionally vague as applied to him and a violation of his due process. In upholding the sentence, the high court found that Eggleston’s argument was not adequately presented to the district court, so it will not hear the issue for the first time on appeal, KXMB-TV reported.
 
During the trial, Eggleston argued that he acted in self-defense. He testified that he pulled a gun on Neset and another man after they’d threatened him and that he’d only shot Neset because he was afraid for his own life.
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BISMARCK, ND – The weekly COVID-19 report from the North Dakota Department of Health lists a 14-day rolling positivity rate of 1.6%. There were 157 positives from 8,534 tests processed in the last week. Active cases are up 43 to 190. Those hospitalized due to the coronavirus are up two to 10. Four more deaths are reported among those who tested positive increasing the overall total since the pandemic began to 1,536. Vaccination rates among adults include 51.4% (306,717) receiving at least one dose, while 48.7% (290,723) are fully vaccinated.

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BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is advising all North Dakotans to be on the alert for unlicensed contractor Stephen Webster Hill, who has pending criminal charges and appears to be continuing to defraud unsuspecting homeowners in Bismarck -Mandan and the surrounding rural areas. Hill was banned from acting as a contractor by court order in 2011 as a result of his fraudulent activities as an unlicensed contractor. At that time, Hill owed restitution to multiple consumers in an amount exceeding $19,000.

 
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division learned in July 2020 that Hill was again operating as an unlicensed contractor, in violation of the 2011 court order and state law. The Attorney General had received complaints indicating Hill had failed to pay two of his subcontractors approximately $11,000. Investigators notified Hill to cease his unlawful activities, but Hill has ignored efforts by the Consumer Protection division, which initiated another fraud investigation against him and his businesses, Renovation Solutions, Inc. and Colina Design Systems, Inc.
 
Hill also has been criminally charged in Burleigh County with four counts of “Contracting Without a License,” and on June 16, 2021, the court issued a warrant for Hill’s arrest. “Mr. Hill’s deliberate actions in continuing to operate illegally as an unlicensed contractor creates an unacceptable risk of further harm to North Dakota consumers,” said Stenehjem. “My office will take all necessary steps to hold Hill accountable.” Stenehjem reminds consumers to make sure a contractor is properly licensed before hiring them or giving them any money.
 
Parrell Grossman, director of the Consumer Protection division urged anyone who is aware of any current contracting by Hill to contact the Attorney General’s Office. “Mr. Hill’s past conduct has resulted in many thousands of dollars in unpaid restitution to homeowners,” said Grossman.
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BISMARCK, ND – Heavy rain and hail occurred across central North Dakota this morning. The National Weather Service reports that just over three inches of rain fell 13 miles south of Minot, in the South Prairie area. Two to two and a half inches of rain was reported in Minot along with one inch hail. Most of that rain came over a period of two to three hours and did cause some minor flooding. The storms slowed moved southeast along Highway 83 throughout the morning dropping heavy rain. Forecasters say sunshine and high temps in the mid-90’s are expected today.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 071621 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The same stronger-than-forecast oil prices that are swelling North Dakota’s treasury also could shrink dollars for road construction next year, officials said Thursday. Oil is used for road construction and making asphalt. The state Department of Transportation already has approved 174 contracts for road, bridge and other projects this year that total $350 million, agency spokesman David Finley said. Bids on those projects came in earlier this year before oil prices began surging, he said. Bids for next year’s construction projects will begin coming in November but most will come in spring 2022, Finley said.
 
Steve Salwei, DOT’s director of transportation programs, said none of the state-funded projects being done this year are affected by higher crude prices. Next year, however, things may be different. “We can only construct with money we have to pay for it,” he said. Contractors appear to be ample at present and bidding competition could lower project costs, Salwei said. The state typically is required to match 20% of federal funding used road construction, Salwei said. North Dakota’s share of the funding won’t be known until a new federal highway bill is passed, he said.
 
Oil prices are a key contributor to the wealth of North Dakota, which is neck-and-neck with New Mexico as the No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. North Dakota budget officials estimate every dollar that a barrel of oil either increases or decreases has a more than $40 million impact on the state treasury annually. Lawmakers this spring assumed oil prices at $50 a barrel when crafting their present two-year budget. Including federal funds, the spending plan is $17 billion, or about $2.1 billion more than the budget cycle that ended June 30. North Dakota oil has been fetching about $65 a barrel in recent weeks.
 
In 2015, slumping oil prices that forced North Dakota’s Legislature to trim some state spending also stretched road construction dollars further due to cheaper petroleum-based asphalt, allowing for more projects to be completed.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Police say an armed man has been arrested after a nearly five-hour standoff with police that started when he barricaded himself inside a Fargo motel room. Authorities say the 59-year-old, Moorhead man was armed with a knife. Other guests at the motel were evacuated and the Red River Valley SWAT team was called to help police during negotiations. The man is facing charges of terrorizing, preventing arrest and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also wanted on two unrelated warrants. No injuries were reported.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests continued economic growth in the region, even as nonfarm jobs in most of those states remained below pre-pandemic levels. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index dropped to 65.6 in July from June’s 70.0. Any score above 50 suggests growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says federal labor statistics show nonfarm jobs across the region came in at 55,000 fewer jobs than before the COVID-19 pandemic began. But three states – Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota – reported nonfarm employment levels above pre-pandemic levels. áBankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
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MINOT, ND- The Minot Park District is currently studying their indoor recreation facilities and are looking to the community for their feedback and opinions on the existing facilities and programs as a part of a long-term master planning effort. Ron Merritt, Executive Director of the Minot Park District said, “We believe planning for the future is an integral part of a successful community.” says, Merritt. “Planning for the future allows us to organize our communities wants and needs as well as plan our budget in a fiscally responsible manner.”
 
The Minot Park District is asking their community to take part in planning for the future by completing an indoor facility survey online to help develop future plans for Minot Park District and the community they serve. “Who better to ask about the future of the Minot Park District than our community members, who use our parks and facilities on a daily basis.” says Merritt.
The Minot Park District is working with JLG Architects on an indoor recreation facility study to analyze future uses of the Minot Municipal
 
Auditorium and the land adjacent to the MAYSA Arena. The target date for completion of the study is fall of 2021. “We want everyone to understand this study is part of a long-term master plan.” says, Merritt. “As a Park District this allows for us to plan projects, budgets and fundraising efforts to impact our community’s quality of life in the most efficient way possible.”
 
The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MinotParks or www.minotparks.com under “News”.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/16/21

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 071621 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – A handful of Legion Baseball games were played in the are yesterday.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class AA
 
Minot Vistas 20, East Grand Forks 1
 
Class A
 
Bismarck Reps 16, Minot Metros 4
Minot Metros 7, Bismarck Reps 5
 
Class B
 
Velva 2, Garrison 1
Garrison 5, Velva 1
 
Expedition League Baseball
 
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 14, Badlands Big Sticks 3
(Dogs begin a 3 game series at Western Nebraska tonight)
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MSU WRESTLING-CHAYSE JACKSON
 
MINOT, N.D. – Chayse Jackson has been named the Head Men’s Wrestling Coach at Southwest Minnesota State University. Jackson served as the Head Assistant Coach for the Minot State wrestling program the last three seasons under Evan Forde.
 
During his time at Minot State, the Beavers had a historic 2018-19 season with three academic All-Americans, four Super Region V place-winners, and a school record two national qualifiers. In 2019-20, the wrestling team recorded a DII era record six dual wins, as well as victories over three top 25 programs. The wrestling program also received its first ever DII National Ranking at #23.
 
Prior to Minot State, Jackson was a four-year starter and two-time team captain at Grand Canyon University. Following a season-ending injury during his senior season, Jackson became a volunteer coach for the Antelopes. He helped coach three National Collegiate Open All-Americans and one national champion during his tenure at GCU. During his two years at Dubuque, Jackson helped to coach the programs first NCAA Championship qualifier in five years when Quincy Kalkbrenner qualified at 157 pounds. He also was active in study hall and game management operations. Jackson, who is from Roseburg, Oregon, was a High School state champion and a two-time junior Greco-Roman state champion.
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MINOTAUROS-ENTRY DRAFT
 
MINOT, ND – The 2021 NAHL Entry Draft was held this week and the Minot Minotauros selected six players through seven rounds to reach the roster limit for the summer. Their top pick was #15 in the first round where they took Reid Pabich, a forward with four seasons of USHL experience. He spent three seasons with the Madison Capitols and then played last season with the Sioux Falls Stampede as the Capitols were not playing due to COVID. Over his last two seasons, Pabich has posted 23 goals and 29 assists in the USHL. The next step for these six new Tauros, and every other player hoping to report for training camp in Minot in just over a month is a good showing at Main Camp in Stillwater, MN in two weeks.
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BRITISH OPEN
 
SANDWICH, England (AP) – The rough at Royal St. George’s has claimed its first victim in Will Zalatoris. The Masters runner-up withdrew from the British Open with a back injury after opening with a 69. Zalatoris says the shot he tried to hit out of thick grass on the 15th hole Thursday sent a tingle down his left leg. He says he’s been advised not risk any further damage. Zalatoris says he thought about not not playing the final three holes but felt he should finish the round. He says he tried to hit balls Friday morning and do more work in the gym. His back didn’t get any better. He says he was gutted to have to pull out.
 
Louis Oosthuizen was the first-round leader at the British Open, one shot ahead of Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman. Oosthuizen opened with a 6-under 64, saving par from a fairway bunker on No. 18 to tie the Royal St. George’s record. The South African opened with seven straight pars and followed with six birdies in his next nine holes. Stewart Cink and Webb Simpson were at minus-4, as are Mackenzie Hughes, Dylan Frittelli, and Benjamin Hebert. PGA champion Phil Mickelson opened with an 80. That’s his worst start in 27 appearances at the British Open and it left him in a tie for last place.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were scheduled to be the first two teams playing after the All-Star break. Instead, they could be the last. The clubs were supposed to open a four-game series Thursday in the Bronx, the only game on the Major League Baseball schedule. But the game was postponed following positive COVID-19 tests among three Yankees pitchers. Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta were the players who tested positive. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said all three pitchers are fully vaccinated. Cashman expects three other players to test positive. Today’s game is also in jeopardy. This was the eighth COVID-related postponement this season but the first in nearly three months.

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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Seattle Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago’s 10-game suspension has been upheld by MLB special adviser John McHale Jr. Santiago will start serving the suspension today, when the Mariners open their post-All-Star break schedule at the Los Angeles Angels. Santiago became the first player suspended under MLB’s crackdown on unauthorized sticky substances. Santiago also was fined.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Braves have bolstered their outfield by acquiring Joc Pederson from the Cubs for minor league first baseman Bryce Ball. Pederson is batting .230 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 73 games this season. He comes to Atlanta less than a week after the Braves lost Ronald Acuna Jr. to a season-ending knee injury.
 
– Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale had an encouraging outing Thursday as he tries to return to the Majors for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2020. He threw three scoreless innings for the FCL Red Sox at the FCL Orioles Orange, his first competitive action in almost two years. The 32-year-old left-hander allowed four hits and struck out five.
 
– Canada’s deputy chief public health officer says the Blue Jays’ return to their home ballpark is “trending in a very good direction,” although he would not say when an announcement would be made about the Blue Jays’ return to Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays played their home games this year in Dunedin, Florida, and Buffalo, New York, while the U.S.-Canada border has been closed to nonessential travel. Canada plans to open the border to vaccinated Americans in mid-August.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with offensive tackle Taylor Moton, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person told The Associated Press that the deal includes $43 million in guaranteed money. The deal was reached about an hour before the 4 p.m. league-wide deadline for signing franchise players to long-term deals. If a deal had not been reached, Moton would have had to play the season under a one-year contract worth $13.7 million under the franchise tag. Moton has started all 16 games in each of the past three seasons at right tackle and has been the team’s top offensive lineman during that span.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– A King County District Court Judge has ordered free agent defensive back Richard Sherman released from jail without bail following his arrest on suspicion of trying to break in to his in-laws’ home. The judge found probable cause that Sherman committed criminal trespassing, malicious mischief, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. A police report obtained by The Associated Press says Sherman’s father-in-law armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper-spray at the NFL cornerback to protect his family as Sherman tried to bust in the door of his in-laws’ home.
 
– Four NFL teams remain under 50% vaccinated less than two weeks from the start of training camp. That’s according to a person familiar with the vaccination rates who tells The Associated Press that Washington, Indianapolis, Arizona and the Los Angeles Chargers had the four lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the league as of Thursday. Pittsburgh, Miami, Carolina and Denver have the highest vaccination rates and are among seven teams that have achieved at least 85%. About 70% of players have been vaccinated.
 
– The Jets and Marcus Maye were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract. The star safety will now play this season under his franchise tag tender. Maye will make $10.6 million this season and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has waived his no-movement clause to be exposed in the Seattle expansion draft after approaching the team with the idea. The move allows Dallas to protect veteran goalie Anton Khudobin from the Kraken. Young goalie Jake Oettinger is exempt from the draft. Bishop missed last season recovering from right knee surgery. The 34-year-old Bishop is signed for two more seasons at an annual salary cap hit of $4.9 million.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Panthers have bought out the remainder of veteran defenseman Keith Yandle’s contract. Yandle was signed for two more seasons at a salary cap hit of $6.35 million. The 34-year-old holds the longest active ironman streak in the NHL at 922 consecutive regular-season games played.
 
– The Avalanche have sent veteran defenseman Ryan Graves to the Devils for forward Mikhail Maltsev and a second-round selection this year. With Graves gone and Erik Johnson agreeing to waive his no-movement clause, the Avalanche can protect defensemen Devon Toews, Cale Makar and Samuel Girard in next week’s expansion draft.
 
– Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks was hailed as a friend and hero during a memorial service for the player who died on the Fourth of July from an errant fireworks mortar blast. Authorities have said the firework at a private home northwest of Detroit tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby. Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and was trying to move out of the way of the firework when he was struck.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Today’s Olympic men’s basketball tuneup between the United States and Australia in Las Vegas has been canceled due to health and safety protocols. USA Basketball cited “an abundance of caution” in making the decision. The news followed word that Washington Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal would miss the Tokyo Games after being placed into health and safety protocols. USA forward Jerami Grant has also been placed in health and safety protocols. The Americans are still slated to play Spain on Sunday. Friday’s women’s game between the US and Australia will be played as scheduled.

 
In other Olympics news:
 
– An Olympic athlete and a staffer linked to the Tokyo Games tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan, according to organizers. The two people were not identified and were among six new cases reported by the Tokyo local organizing committee. That number includes four contractors who are residents of Japan.
 
– Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams have been notified by FIBA that their petitions to play for Nigeria in the Olympics were denied because they played for the U.S. for too long. That’s according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press.
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OBIT-DENNIS MURPHY

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dennis Murphy, a sports entrepreneur who co-founded professional leagues in basketball, hockey, tennis and roller hockey, has died at age 94. His son, Dennis Murphy Jr., says Murphy died Thursday in the Orange County city of Placentia, California. He co-founded the American Basketball Association, World Hockey Association, World Team Tennis and Roller Hockey International. Each of the leagues used ground-breaking marketing and promotional tactics, new rules and a style of play that forced the evolution of already established rival leagues. Murphy co-produced the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.

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KHRT ND News – 07/15/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 071521 – 1200
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Police have evacuated a Fargo motel as they deal with an armed man who barricaded himself inside. Authorities say the man has a knife and is contained to his room at the at the Super 8 Motel Thursday. Police have established a perimeter around the motel as they try to negotiate with the man. So far they have not been successful in communicating with him. The Red River Valley SWAT team has been called to the motel.
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BISMARCK, ND – An Ellendale man was seriously injured in a single vehicle rollover. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened Wednesday about 17 east of Ashley. A 23-year old man lost control of the pickup he was driving and it rolled in the ditch coming to rest in a slough. Troopers say the man was treated at the scene and then air lifted to the hospital in Aberdeen, SD. The crash remains under investigation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota has seen major growth in wind energy, but turbines help with more than just power supplies, according to new research measuring the industry’s economic footprint. Since 2002, North Dakota State University (NDSU) researchers showed wind energy production in North Dakota has gone from nearly five megawatts of production capacity to more than 3,600.
 
Dr. Nancy Hodur, director of the Center for Social Research at NDSU, said coinciding with that growth is the economic value, which the latest data pegs at $1.2 billion in total business volume for the state. She added the figures are concrete industry numbers. “You know, we’re not relying on estimates or secondary data, or some guess about what it looks like in some other state and applying it to North Dakota,” Hodur explained. She argued the figures are important as stakeholders evaluate investments in renewable-energy projects.
 
The report also showed direct property taxes paid by wind farms doubled from nearly $6 million in 2015 to more than $10 million in 2019. When measuring employment, researchers pointed out wind energy recently accounted for more than 3,400, including direct and non-direct positions. According to the study, land-lease payments from wind farms totaled $19 million dollars in 2019.
 
Dean Bangsund, research scientist at NDSU, said most of that went to property owners living in the state. “In other words, we’re not exporting value out of the state as the result of consuming land in North Dakota,” Bangsund reported.
 
Jon Baker, development director for the wind farm firm 0rsted North America, said while projects can still encounter pushback at the local level, they certainly help with budget stability. “Rural counties with lower population, if the wind farm comes in and pays tens of millions of dollars of property taxes over the life of the wind farm, that can be a substantive impact to local county budgets,” Baker contended.
He warned grid capacity remains a big challenge in the upper Midwest, which can stall development even when permits are approved.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 071521 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Grand Forks man has been convicted for killing his mother and a police officer during a shootout as authorities tried to evict the pair from their apartment last year. Authorities say 42-year-old Salamah Pendleton opened fire on Grand Forks police Officer Cody Holte and other officers in May 2020 while they were serving him and his mother with eviction papers. They say a stray bullet Pendleton fired killed his mother. He and a sheriff’s deputy were also wounded in the gun battle. In addition to two counts of murder with extreme indifference, the jury on Wednesday convicted Pendleton of two counts of attempted murder, terrorizing, reckless endangerment and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. He faces life in prison.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Burning wildfires in Canada are causing air quality issues in parts of the U.S., including Minnesota and North Dakota. Weather experts say the smoke sometimes stays aloft, but in this particular case it’s lingering closer to the ground. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert on Wednesday for much of the state including Moorhead, Bemidji, Roseau, and East Grand Forks out of concern for public health. Those with asthma, COPD, or other respiratory illnesses can be at risk.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Tribal and environmental groups opposed to Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline have asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision affirming the approvals of the project. The state Commerce Department, which was part of the earlier appeal, is not joining in the appeal this time. The legal move comes as protests continue along the route in northern Minnesota. More than 500 protesters have been arrested or issued citations since construction on the Minnesota leg of the project began last December. Line 3 comes out of Canada, across northeastern North Dakota, and then across northern Minnesota. Meanwhile, opponents are demanding more transparency from state officials about a spill last week of drilling mud into a river that the pipeline will cross.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum presented North Dakota’s highest citizen honor on Wednesday to the state’s first Olympic gold medal winners, officially inducting twin sisters and hockey stars Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson into the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame. Burgum presented the award and helped unveil the official portrait that will hang in the Hall of Fame at the Capitol in Bismarck during a public ceremony attended by over 150 family members, friends, state and local officials, and supporters at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, where the twins played for the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team.
 
Burgum noted that Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson are the first siblings inducted into the Hall of Fame and, at 32 years old, are also the second- and third-youngest individuals to receive the Rough Rider Award – only Roger Maris was younger.
 
“Throughout their careers, they have demonstrated the power of values that many North Dakotans hold dear – an incredible work ethic, a love of family and community, a dedication to continuous improvement and a focus on success,” Burgum said during the ceremony. “When they took their hard-won and well-deserved place on top of the podium at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the eyes of the world were fixed upon them, and all of North Dakota stood in awe of their accomplishment. Two athletes from North Dakota, from Grand Forks, from right here, realizing the dream they had been working so hard to achieve since childhood. They turned that dream into a platform for sharing their guiding principle, which is ‘cheering for the one behind.’ And they’ve used that platform in an increasingly impactful way, advocating for equity for all – in both sports and life.”
 
Burgum announced the Lamoureux twins as the 45th and 46th recipients of the Rough Rider Award on June 11, 2020. A formal presentation of the award in 2020 was postponed because of obstacles related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson rose to national and international prominence as members of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Each contributed game-changing moments in the gold medal game, with Lamoureux-Morando tying the game near the end of regulation and Lamoureux-Davidson scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout. Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson have further used their platform as gold medalists to promote gender equity and increased access for disadvantaged youth, forming the Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation in July 2019. Lamoureux-Morando said the sisters have always appreciated the support they have received from Grand Forks and the state of North Dakota.
 
“We have always understood that one day our hockey careers would be over and we would have to move on to other things,” she said. “While always being singularly focused during our hockey careers, we never lost sight of the bigger picture. Being good at hockey and winning gold medals and championships is great, but it’s how you treat others along that journey that truly matters.”
 
“If there is one thing that I have learned throughout our career, it is that there is no way to accomplish the things we have alone,” Lamoureux-Davidson said. “We have coaches, teachers, trainers, teammates, family and friends here today along with community members who have supported us throughout the years. We have traveled the world, accomplished sports’ most coveted prize, achieved our childhood dreams and, after all of it – the wins and losses, the plane and bus rides – we have always come back home to North Dakota.”
 
Guest speakers praised Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson for their work ethic, commitment to excellence and passion for ensuring equity for all. “Whether it’s on the ice as athletes leading hockey teams to victory at the very highest levels of competition, in the classroom excelling as students, or championing the cause of gender equity in sports and in society, their example has enabled girls and women to pursue their dreams,” UND President Andrew Armacost said.
 
Other speakers included Coach Gordon Stafford, director of girls’ hockey and head coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., where the Lamoureux twins played high school hockey; Dr. Colleen Hacker, mental skills coach for USA Hockey during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, in which the Lamoureux twins played; and David Cohen, senior advisor to the CEO at Comcast, who has worked closely with the Lamoureux twins in their advocacy efforts.
 
North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger and State Historical Society Director Bill Peterson, who concurred with the selection of the Rough Rider Award recipients, assisted in unveiling the official portrait of the Lamoureux twins. The portrait was painted by Minot-based artist Vern Skaug, who since 1970 has painted many of the portraits hanging in the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame at the North Dakota Capitol.
 
The Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award recognizes present and former North Dakotans who have been influenced by the state in achieving national recognition in their fields of endeavor, thereby reflecting credit and honor upon North Dakota and its citizens.
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/15/21

K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 071521 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Lots of Legion Baseball in the are yesterday.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class AA
 
Grand Forks 10, Minot Vistas 0
Grand Forks 3, Minot Vistas 2
 
Bismarck Governors 10, Dickinson Roughriders 6
Dickinson Roughriders 8, Bismarck Governors 7
 
Mandan Chiefs 15, Fargo Post 400 5
Mandan Chiefs 14, Fargo Post 400 2
 
Class A
 
Bismarck Reps 5, Mandan A’s 4
Bismarck Reps 8, Mandan A’s 5
 
Bismarck Scarlets 3, Dickinson Volunteers 2
Dickinson Volunteers 6, Bismarck Scarlets 5
 
Bismarck Capitals 6, Bismarck Senators 1
Bismarck Capitals 15, Bismarck Senators 0
 
Class B
 
Renville County 7, Velva 0
Renville County 7, Velva 6
 
Expedition League Baseball
 
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 3, Badlands Big Sticks 1
(they’ll play again tonight in Dickinson)
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NBA FINALS

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks have tied the NBA Finals at two games apiece through a lot of help from Khris Middleton. The Bucks trailed by nine in the fourth quarter before Middleton carried them to a 109-103 win over the Phoenix Suns. He drained the go-ahead basket while scoring 10 straight Milwaukee points before finishing with 40. Phoenix led by two with 2 1/2 minutes left before Middleton made the next two baskets to give Milwaukee a 101-99 edge with 1:28 to play. Giannis Antetokounmpo followed a pair of 40-point performances with 26 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and one huge block on Deandre Ayton with just over a minute remaining.

 
The only thing stopping Suns guard Devin Booker was foul trouble. He poured in 20 of his game-high 42 points in the third period but had to sit out 3 1/2 straight minutes after picking up his fifth foul early in the fourth. Chris Paul shot just 5-for-13 and finished with 10 points and five turnovers, including one big miscue in the final minute. Jae Crowder was the only other Suns player with more than 10 points, finishing with 15 and eight boards.
 
Game 5 is Saturday in Phoenix, where the Suns took the first two games of the series.
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NBA-PELICANS-COACH

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Pelicans are negotiating with Suns assistant Willie Green about taking over as head coach. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who added that no deal is in place and discussions could extend beyond the NBA Finals. The 39-year-old Green would become a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years. Green was a member of two NBA title-winning staffs with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018 before spending the last two years under Phoenix coach Monty Williams.

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MLB-DODGERS-BAUER

NEW YORK (AP) – The Blue Jays were expecting to learn from Canadian officials on Friday whether they could resume playing their home games in Toronto by the end of the month. But a government official familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that the ballclub won’t get that information this weekend. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel, causing the Jays to open their home schedule in Florida before heading to Buffalo.

 
In other Major League news:
 
– The Angels have signed veteran outfielder Adam Eaton two days after he was released by the White Sox. Eaton batted .201 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 58 games during his return season with Chicago. He is a career .278 hitter with 65 homers and 317 RBIs across a decade with Arizona, Washington and two stints with the White Sox.
 
– The television rating for baseball’s All-Star Game sank to a record low but viewers increased by 1%. The game got a 4.5 rating and 11 share, and was seen by 8,237,000 viewers ages 2 and up, Fox said Wednesday. The previous low rating was 5.0 for the 2019 midsummer classic.
 
– Former Major League pitcher Dick Tidrow has died at 74, according to the San Francisco Giants. Tidrow pitched parts of 13 major league seasons for the Indians, Yankees, Cubs, White Sox and Mets, going 100-94 with a 3.68 ERA over 620 appearances with 138 starts. He most recently served as the Giants’ senior adviser to the President of Baseball Operations,
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller announced his retirement on Wednesday in an Instagram post that he signed “Forever a Bruin.” The 33-year-old has played in just 28 games since breaking his kneecap in 2019. Miller played in 352 games over eight seasons with the Bruins, scoring 13 goals with 58 assists.

 
Also in Boston, the Bruins have signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to a six-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $4.1 million per year. The 24-year-old had three goals and one assist in 27 games last season, averaging 18:43 in ice time during his fifth year with Boston.
 
In other NHL news:
 
– Sabres forward Jeff Skinner has agreed to waive his no-movement clause, freeing the team from having to protect him during the Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft next week. The Sabres initiated the move, knowing it’s unlikely Skinner will be selected by the Kraken given the under-performing winger has six years left on an eight-year, $72 million contract. What the move does is allow Buffalo to keep an additional forward or defenseman upon submitting its protected list of players on Saturday.
 
– Penguins forward Teddy Blueger has signed a two-year contract with an average salary of $2.2 million. The fourth-line player tied a career high with 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists in 43 games for the Metropolitan Division champions this past season.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Ohio University says football coach Frank Solich is retiring after leading the program through 16 seasons of unprecedented success. The school announced that Solich was stepping down less than two months before the start of the season and his 77th birthday. Offensive coordinator Tim Albin was promoted to head coach. Solich is the winningest head coach in the history of the Mid-American Conference with 115 victories.

 
In other college football-related news:
 
– Nebraska has hired former star linebacker Trev Alberts as its new athletic director. Alberts has been the athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Omaha since 2009. He will fill the job that opened with the retirement of Bill Moos.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the coronavirus. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says it’s a “very significant change” to traditional medal ceremonies. Medals will be placed on a tray by a person wearing disinfected gloves and presented to the athletes, who will take them from the tray and place them around their necks. The tray will be presented to and athletes will take their medals from the tray. Medalists and ceremony officials will have to wear masks.

 
In other news related to the Olympics:
 
– Tokyo has reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in almost six months, climbing to 1,149. IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga both pledged that the Tokyo Olympics opening in just over a week would be “safe and secure.” That declaration came despite the games opening with Tokyo and neighboring prefectures under a national government-imposed state of emergency.
 
– Two Russian swimmers set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics have been provisionally suspended for anti-doping violations by world governing body FINA. Alexandr Kudashev and Veronika Popova Andrusenko were suspended based on evidence supplied by the World Anti-Doping Agency, according to FINA.
 
– The Team USA flag bearers in steamy Tokyo will likely be the coolest members of their packs. Ralph Lauren has built a personal air conditioning system into a roomy white jacket. The coats will be worn by the yet-unannounced athletes who will have that honor during opening ceremonies for the Olympics and Paralympics.
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TENNIS-OBIT-FRY IRVIN

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Tennis Hall of Famer Shirley Fry Irvin has died in Florida at 94. Competing as Shirley Fry, she completed a career Grand Slam by capturing three straight majors in 1956 and ’57 after coming out of retirement at age 28. Fry also won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/14/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 071421 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – Minot Police have released the name of the victim of a fatal shooting on Sunday. Officers say 29-year old Arnalyn Repalam of Minot was shot late Sunday afternoon and taken to the hospital. When police arrived at the hospital, Repalam had succombed to her injuries. 41-year old Eric Venn of Minot was arrested and charged with murder and other charges related to the incident. Police gave no details on a motive or on any relationship between Repalam and Venn. The investigation is ongoing.

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MINOT, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of a man killed in a single vehicle rollover near Ross. The Patrol says 19-year old Dayton Reynolds of Berthold failed to negotiate a curve, left the road, struck a signpost, and overturned in the ditch about 7 miles south of Ross on Monday morning. Troopers say Reynolds had moved to Berthold from Kemah, TX. He was pronounced dead at the Stanley hospital. The Patrol says investigation continues.

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BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning all North Dakota residents about another new twist to an old scam. The old scam – an email or text “notification” that a charge has supposedly been made to your Amazon or Apple account – has an updated twist. Victims are now being directed to send or upload a copy of their driver’s license to “verify” their identity. The driver’s license contains personal information that the scam artist can use to steal the victim’s identity and open new accounts in their name.
 
“Never, ever, provide a copy of your driver’s license in response to these types of notifications. If that’s what you are told to do, then you know it’s a scam,” said Stenehjem. “The real customer service people at Amazon and Apple don’t want your driver’s license and would never ask for it.”
 
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division reports that some victims have been directed to take a photo of themselves holding their driver’s license. There is also the possibility that the driver’s license photo can be used to sidestep multi-factor identification screenings, giving the scam artist direct access to the victim’s existing financial accounts.
 
Parrell Grossman, director of the Consumer Protection division, reminded consumers not to click on links in emails or text message notifications. “If you really think there might be a problem with your account, close the email or text message, open the App you usually use, and check your account that way,” said Grossman. Information about scams and preventing identity theft is available from the Consumer Resources page of the Attorney General’s website.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds people to take healthy precautions while enjoying summer activities and events such as fairs, festivals, carnivals and rodeos. Certain germs, like Campylobacter, E. coli and influenza, can be passed back and forth between humans and animals.
 
“Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities and gatherings,” said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the NDDoH. “Reduce the spread of germs at summer events by taking simple precautions such as washing your hands with soap and clean, running water before and after being around animals and staying home when you are sick.”
 
General recommendations:
 
– Always supervise children around animals.
– Wash your hands before and after petting or touching any animal or anything in the areas where animals are housed. You do not have to touch an animal to get sick. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
– Avoid contact with any animal or viewing animals in enclosed spaces, such as barns, if you are sick or if the animal looks sick.
– Do not take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, strollers or similar items into animal viewing/petting areas.
– Do not eat or drink around animals and keep food and drinks away from animal areas.
– Do not let children sit or play on the ground in animal areas.
– Avoid bringing your pet. Consider leaving your pet at home and never leave pets in vehicles.
– NEVER touch an animal unless invited to do so by the animal’s owner.
– Always adhere to posted instructions, notices, and warnings when visiting animal viewing areas.
 
Anyone at risk for serious complications from infectious diseases like influenza or E. coli should consider avoiding contact with live animals and their environments at fairs or similar events. High-risk individuals include young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older and those with long-term health conditions. People with respiratory conditions should consider avoiding enclosed spaces where livestock are present, such as barns and indoor arenas. Anyone who becomes ill after contact with livestock or other animals should contact a health care provider and should tell them about the animal contact.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 071421 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The attorney for a man charged with killing his mother and a Grand Forks police officer during a shootout with law enforcement who were serving eviction papers says his client shouldn’t be found guilty of murder even though he caused both deaths. Defense attorney Steven Mottinger told a jury during his closing arguments Tuesday that Salamah Pendleton was experiencing “extreme emotional disturbance” because officers came to evict him and his mother from their Grand Forks apartment despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and later because he thought the officers had killed his mother. He says manslaughter convictions would be more suitable in the May 2020 killings. Jurors deliberated for about four hours on Tuesday and are scheduled to resume discussions today.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Facing criticism from small cities that feared losing status and funding, the federal government says that it won’t raise the population threshold for what qualifies as a metro area. The Office of Budget and Management said Tuesday that it will keep the minimum population needed in a community’s core city at 50,000 residents in order to be designated a “metropolitan statistical area.” The federal government had been considering doubling that threshold to 100,000 people. Leaders of metro areas like Bismarck, North Dakota; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Auburn, Alabama, had worried the change would prevent urban areas from getting designated federal funding.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials say North Dakota’s trust fund for oil taxes is realizing hefty earnings due to a rebounding economy and better-than-expected stock investments. Revenue from the Legacy Fund for the two-year budget cycle that ended last month was about $872 million. That’s up from the $736 million that budget writers and the Legislature had forecast. Nearly half of the extra revenue will be used to reimburse a constitutional fund that benefits schools but had been shortchanged in error for about a decade. Money from the Common Schools Trust Fund is distributed to North Dakota’s public schools.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said educators will review the progress of North Dakota’s Native American Essential Understandings school instructional project at the state’s annual Indian Education Summit this week. The summit is taking place Thursday and Friday at the State Capitol and the neighboring North Dakota Heritage Center. Lucy Fredericks, the Department of Public Instruction’s director of American Indian and multicultural education, said Tuesday that 169 people have registered to attend the event in person, the summit’s largest expected attendance ever.
 
It will include 27 group breakout sessions, about subjects ranging from literacy instruction, strategies for school improvement, encouraging use of the Lakota language, using Native cultural teachings in the classroom, and promoting good mental health among Native youth.
 
Fredericks said more than 10 percent of North Dakota’s K-12 enrollment is Native American. “Including curriculum in our classrooms that
speaks to the culture of our Native American students is essential to helping them learn,” she said. The summit will feature speeches by a representative of the North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy and by state Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, who will speak on “Native American Education for All.”
 
Earlier this year, the North Dakota Legislature approved a bill that requires North Dakota studies instruction in elementary school to include an emphasis on the state’s federally recognized Indian tribes: the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation; the Standing Rock Sioux; the Spirit Lake Nation; the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa; and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Nation. Breakout sessions will explore the progress of the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings initiative, which Baesler began in 2015. It provides information about the history, culture and traditions of North Dakota’s tribes, including a resource document for classrooms and a website with interviews of tribal elders.
 
“All of our North Dakota students should know the history of the Native people who came before us, and how they contribute to our state today,” Baesler said. “We continue to work to promote this awareness, and to provide our teachers with the materials they need to do this.”
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/14/21

K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 071421 – 0700
 
WEST FARGO, ND – The Lion’s All-Star Basketball series finished last night in West Fargo. Just like the night before, Class A swept both games.
 
The Class A girls won 66-50. Mo Hakim of Fargo Shanley and Jailynn Martinson of Devils Lake each tallied 11 points. Mackenzie Hughes of Thompson led Class B with a game high 12, while Carlee Sieben of Grafton added 11.
 
The Class A boys won 98-89, led by Gunner Swanson of Bismarck High and Jackson Moni of West Fargo Sheyenne with 19 points each. Carter Birrenkott of West Fargo added 16. Class B was led by Jase Crockett of Northern Cass with a game high 21. Aiden Rebel of New England tallied 16 and Alex Huber of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier added 13.
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MINOT, ND – In Legion Baseball, the Minot Metros split with the Senators.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class A
 
Minot Metros 5, Bismarck Senators 1
Bismarck Senators 8, Minot Metros 1
 
Class B
 
Surrey 2, Velva 0
Velva 6, Surrey 4
 
Renville County 12, Stanley 2 (5)
 
Garrison 11, Beulah 1
Garrison 12, Beulah 2
 
Expedition League Baseball
 
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 4, Pierre Trappers 0 (Dogs sweep two-games. Host Badlands tonight.)
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MLB-ALL-STAR GAME

DENVER (AP) – The American League has earned its eighth consecutive All-Star Game victory. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Mike Zunino hit solo homers and Xander Bogaerts had two of the AL’s nine hits in a 5-2 victory over the National League. Marcus Semien put the junior circuit ahead to stay with an RBI single in the second, one inning before Guerrero went deep. Guerrero also poked an RBI grounder and Bogaerts added a run-scoring single. Guerrero is the first Toronto Blue Jay to be named the MVP of the All-Star Game.

 
J.T. Realmuto put the NL on the board with a solo shot in the fifth. Jared Walsh made a sliding catch in left field on Kris Bryant’s tricky liner with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning, keeping the AL ahead. Angels star Shohei Ohtani made history as the first All-Star to be selected as both a pitcher and a hitter. He was the AL starting pitcher and worked a perfect first inning to get the win but finished 0-for-2 at the plate. Corbin Burnes took the loss, yielding two runs and four hits over two frames. The AL owns a 46-43-2 lead in the all-time series.
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MLB-MANFRED

DENVER (AP) – Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says banning or limiting defensive shifts would be an effort to restore Major League Baseball to how it was played before offense was suffocated by analytics. Speaking before the All-Star Game in Denver to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Manfred said seven-inning doubleheaders and starting extra innings with runners on second base likely will be dropped after this season. He said extending the DH to the NL could be possible. Manfred said MLB was considering having umpires explain video review decisions to fans at ballparks over the public-address system, similar to the procedure in the NFL. Manfred says the fate of the Athletics in Oakland will be determined in the next few months. A’s owners have proposed a new ballpark in the Howard Terminal area of Oakland. Manfred said if the stadium project is not approved, the team would move forward with either a move to Las Vegas or a wider relocation search.

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NBA-CLIPPERS-LEONARD INJURY

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It turns out that Kawhi Leonard’s knee injury was a lot more serious than the Los Angeles Clippers originally announced. The All-Star forward has undergone surgery to repair a partial tear of his right ACL. Leonard first got hurt in Game 4 of the team’s second-round series against the Utah Jazz. He was held out of the last eight postseason games, including the Clippers’ 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Suns in the West finals. The Clippers continued to announce that Leonard had a knee sprain as the team completed its playoff run. They never offered further details and he was ruled out on a game-by-game basis the rest of the playoffs. The Clippers said there is no timetable for his return.
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NHL-NEWS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has announced his retirement after 15 NHL seasons. The Finland native says he’s been on an incredible journey, with the Predators taking him to more places than he could imagine. Rinne says this decision wasn’t easy but the right one at the right time. The 2018 Vezina Trophy winner earned a 5-0 win over the Hurricanes in his last start on May 10. It was his 60th career shutout and tied him with Tom Barrasso for 19th on the NHL wins list with 369.

 
Elsewhere in the NHL:
 
– Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois has confirmed that star forward Nikita Kucherov played in the Stanley Cup Final with a non-displaced rib fracture. Kucherov was hurt on a cross-check during Game 6 of the conference final against the Islanders. Defenseman Victor Hedman played the entire postseason with a torn meniscus, which occurred March 30.
 
– Dominique Ducharme has been promoted to head coach of the Montreal Canadiens after leading the club to its first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 28 years. The Habs have announced that Ducharme has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season. The 48-year-old was promoted to the role of interim head coach on Feb. 24 after the struggling Canadiens fired former head coach Claude Julien.
 
– The Wild are buying out the contracts of veteran stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter with four years remaining on each. They signed identical $98 million, 13-year deals in 2012. The buyouts will combine to cost the Wild almost $15 million against the salary cap.
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NFL-OBIT-GIBBS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos say innovative offensive line coach Alex Gibbs has died at 80 following complications from a stroke. Gibbs was known for his zone-blocking scheme that powered the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories in the late 1990s. The no-nonsense Gibbs had three stints with the Broncos and coached six other teams while building a reputation as one of the best assistant coaches in the NFL.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/13/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 071321 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – A 19-year old Berthold man has died in a single vehicle rollover. The North Dakota Highway Patrol the accident happened around 6:40 AM on Monday about 7 miles south of Ross. Troopers say the man failed to negotiate a curve, left the road, struck a signpost, and overturned in the ditch. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the Stanley hospital. Troopers say the accident remains under investigation.
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MINOT, ND – A new program to help businesses improve their exterior facades was recently by the Minot City Council. The program will provide public funds as part of a private/public partnership with building owners to improve exterior facades. The program is available to businesses located in the central business district.
 
“Downtown is a special asset in a number of ways,” Jonathan Rosenthal, economic development administrator for the City of Minot, told Council members. “It’s a special animal. It was built without a lot of parking. It was built before a lot of the current building codes were in place. There are some investments that go on in other parts of the city that aren’t the same as what happens in downtown.”
 
Rosenthal explained to Council members that the program has several key goals, including:
 
– Promote private redevelopment and investment in downtown properties (exterior and interior);
– Inspire local commercial development to address market failures;
– Encourage beautification in Minot, generally, and in the Central Business District, specifically;
– Revitalize downtown as a unique cultural and retail hub of Minot;
– Reduce vacancies in the downtown;
– Provide a unique experience that draws visitors and residents, and supports other economic development.
 
Several business owners from downtown voiced support for the program during the Council meeting before the council unanimously supported the project.
 
The program will operate as a forgivable loan program that will respect the historic nature of downtown buildings while updating their functionality and energy efficiency. A qualifying business owner with a building located in the central business district would be required to provide 25% of the necessary funding for a complete facade restoration, with the City providing the remaining 75% through reimbursements when the project was completed. Building owners would enter into a 10-year agreement to maintain the facade, among other conditions. The maximum amount of funding provided by the City on a single application would be $100,000.
 
Applications will be reviewed by City staff and submitted to the Renaissance Zone Review Board, which will forward recommendations for final approval to the City Council.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot, in conjunction with Minot Air Force Base and the Ohio Air National Guard, has scheduled aerial spraying for mosquito control in the Minot area for an evening between tonight and Friday, weather permitting. Crews will choose the day and time of the spraying depending on weather and wind conditions to spray when mosquitoes are most active. Updates on the timing of the spraying will be provided on the City of Minot’s social media platforms.
 
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered pesticide will be used. The active ingredient in the spray is Naled, which poses a minimal risk to the general population, pets and wildlife when applied in this method. Naled is toxic to insects, including honeybees. Beekeepers in the surrounding area will be notified of the scheduled spraying. More information about Naled is available from the Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/naled-mosquito-control.
 
Mosquito spraying is provided by the 910th Airlift Wing’s Air Force Aerial Spray Squadron from Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio. The application will be made using a C-130 cargo aircraft.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 071321 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) – A federal eviction moratorium ends July 31, but states like North Dakota are still flush with emergency rental assistance tied to federal relief packages. Aid groups and the state are ramping up efforts to reach anyone who might be having access issues.
 
This year alone, North Dakota has received $352 million from the federal government to distribute to people behind on their rent. But so far, a little more than $3 million has been used. Rich LeMay, executive director for Legal Services of North Dakota, said there appears to be a disconnect in reaching some populations. “We’re finding people that are contacting us, haven’t heard anything about rent help,” LeMay explained. “To me, that speaks that there is a serious problem.” He noted lack of internet connections, email addresses or cell-phone minutes are likely factors.
 
The Department of Human Services cites having to wait for the Legislature to sign off on spending the aid. It’s working with local agencies to set up application counseling services. Nikki Aden, housing stability administrator for the North Dakota Department of Human Services, said multiple factors are to blame for the federal funding still going largely unused, but agreed underserved areas face barriers in the application process. “Folks that did struggle sometimes with getting assistance to upload documents, or turn documents to PDFs or pictures,” Aden observed. In addition to providing specialized counseling in the coming weeks, Aden pointed out they also plan to streamline the web portal to apply for aid.
 
The Center for Public Integrity has reported that nationwide, a significant portion of CARES Act money last year didn’t make it to renters or landlords in need. With the federal eviction moratorium fast approaching, LeMay would like to see a greater sense of urgency. “This needs to really be put in full swing if we’re going to actually avoid people being evicted,” LeMay urged. He added Legal Services is devoting the bulk of its resources to connecting people with assistance or help with applications. In the past year, it has seen a 15% increase in requests for help with housing issues.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot has scheduled an open house to present information about the project to renovate the former Wells Fargo building in downtown Minot into a new City Hall. The open house will be held July 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the current City Hall, located at 512 2nd Ave. SW. Officials from the City of Minot and JLG Architects will be in attendance to present information about the renovation project and to answer questions from the public.
 
“We want to provide an opportunity for the public to gather more information about this project, and to see where we are in the design process,” City Engineer Lance Meyer said. “City Hall is the centerpiece of our organization, and we want to keep the public up to date on what’s happening with this important facility.” Renovation work on the former Wells Fargo building is expected to begin later this year.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder, providers and other interested stakeholders are invited to provide public comment on proposed amendments to the state’s Medicaid autism spectrum disorder waiver. The North Dakota Department of Human Services is seeking federal approval to amend the waiver to reflect recent state legislative changes. Comments will be accepted through July 30, at 5 p.m. Central Time.
 
The Medicaid autism spectrum disorders waiver provides services to eligible children and supports parents in their efforts to maximize their child’s development, while also preventing out-of-home placements. The waiver is being amended to increase the qualifying age of children who can be served from through age 13 to through age 15 and to add 54 more slots to serve a total of 150 children. The waiver is also being amended to add electronic visit verification requirements to respite services and to increase provider rates. The North Dakota Legislature granted providers a two percent increase in 2021 and a 0.25 percent increase in 2022. The services affected by these increases are service management and respite care.
 
The draft waiver amendment is online at www.nd.gov/dhs/autism/index.html. Copies will also be provided upon request. Individuals can submit comments by emailing dhsautismnd.gov, or calling 800-755-2604 or 701-328-4630, or 711 (TTY), or by fax at 701-328-1544. Comments can also be mailed to the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Medical Services Division, Attn: Autism Services, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 325, Bismarck, N.D., 58505-0250.
 
After the public comment period ends, the waiver will be submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Based on the CMS timeframes for review and approval, the waiver is expected to be effective in November 2021.
 
 
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