KHRT ND News – 01/11/22

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 011122 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A pipeline operator that plans to transport carbon dioxide to North Dakota for disposal will partner with an ammonia plant developer to pick up its emissions from a Grand Forks facility. Pipeline developer Summit Carbon Solutions and ammonia plant developer Northern Plains Nitrogen announced the partnership this week. Northern Plains Nitrogen’s plant will supply low-carbon, nitrogen-based fertilizer products to farmers in the northern United States and Canada. The company expects to annually capture 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Summit plans to inject the ammonia plant’s emissions into rocks deep underground in Oliver and Mercer counties where its pipeline system will end.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – State Republican Rep. Shannon Roers Jones of Fargo is running for mayor in North Dakota’s biggest city. Roers Jones is an attorney and Fargo native, She has served in the Legislature since 2017. She will face Mayor Tim Mahoney, who has held the post since 2015. That’s when he took over as acting mayor when then-Mayor Dennis Walaker died after a long battle with kidney cancer. Mahoney, a general surgeon who says he’s a political independent, plans run for re-election in the city’s June balloting. Roers Jones said she was undecided if she would seek re-election to her House seat.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The public nomination process is open for the 2022 North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor. Located in the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck, the annual ND Native American Hall of Honor program and exhibition recognize Native Americans who have gone above and beyond in representing their tribes and cultures. The program is a partnership of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, and the State Historical Society Foundation.

Traditional and contemporary achievements are recognized in these categories: Arts and Culture, Athletics, Leadership, Legendary, and Military/Veterans. Nominees can be living or in memoriam. Online applications are available at the ND Indian Affairs Commission website. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 18, 2022, at 5 p.m.

“This program brings great honor to Native historical and contemporary leaders for their significant contributions. These individuals are the inspiration for future generations,” said Nathan Davis, North Dakota Indian Affairs commissioner.

Up to two people per category are accepted into the Hall of Honor each year. The honoring ceremony will be Sept. 8, 2022. Recipients will be featured in the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor exhibit at the State Museum. The 2021 exhibition featuring current honorees is open to the public.

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BISMARCK, ND – Lashae Graf has taken on the role of Executive Director for Brave the Shave. Graf has many years of experience in community engagement having been the Director of the Life Center and the Bismarck Missouri Valley YMCA for nearly ten years. She left that position in 2020 to take care of her son Ashton who was diagnosed with cancer that year. Since undergoing treatment Ashton is doing well and Graf is anxious to help give back to the community that helps support children with cancer.
 
“We’re excited to have Lashae as part of the Brave the Shave family,” said Taner Ohlsen, Brave the Shave family coordinator. “She has a natural energy and enthusiasm for helping people that really brings people together.”
 
Brave the Shave believes all kids deserve a healthy, worry-free childhood which is why we are committed to supporting the full spectrum of their cancer journey by providing assistance to the families and supporting critical research. The Brave the Shave Family Fund honors and supports nearly 150 area families impacted by childhood cancer. The Family Fund, guided by our steering committee, facilitates wrap-around services and support to honoree families to help make a difference in their plight. The Family Fund serves to lessen these families’ burdens so they can focus on what’s most important – their child’s health. Brave the Shave has also partnered with the Andrew McDonough B+ “Be Positive” Foundation to support cutting edge research.
 
Brave the Shave will be holding many events this year including their main event at the YMCA in Bismarck on April 9th. The past two years have been difficult one for area families facing cancer and requests for support have increased significantly. For more information on Brave the Shave and our 2022 events, please go to www.bravetheshave.net.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 011122 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Republican House Majority Leader Chet Pollert says he is retiring from politics and will not run for re-election. Pollert has served as the House majority leader for two legislative sessions and in the Legislature for 24 years. He says he wants to spend more time with his family and travel. The 66-year-old Pollert has represented a district in east-central North Dakota since 1998. He was elected majority leader in 2018. Pollert’s announcement means Republicans will have new leadership teams in both the House and Senate in the next session. GOP Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner announced last month he would not seek re-election.
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MINOT, ND – Fire destroyed a mobile home in northwest Minot Sunday morning. The Minot Fire Department was dispatched to Northland Mobile Home Park Lot 83 at 11:24 a.m. for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found flames exiting the roof of the mobile home. Fire department personnel extinguished the blaze by 12:17 p.m. One resident was home at the time of the fire and had safely evacuated the structure when fire-fighters arrived on scene. The resident was treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation.
A pet cat died in the fire; there were no other injuries in the incident. Three engines, one ladder truck, and one command vehicle responded to the fire.
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MINOT, ND – Downtown Minot could get a little quieter under a plan approved by the Minot City Council. A project to create a railroad quiet zone through the downtown area was added to the City’s capital improvement plan after gaining support from Council members. City Engineer Lance Meyer said the quiet zone project will be added to the 2022-2026 CIP.
 
Railroad quiet zones have long been a topic of discussion in Minot. The City created its first quiet zone in 2014 on the west side of town on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks. That project eliminated 85 percent of train horns through the majority of Minot, but no quiet zones currently exist at CP Rail crossings.
 
Following a study by City staff and SRF Consulting Group, Inc., the recommendations were to create one quiet zone for the entire Canadian Pacific Railroad through Minot, including crossings at 8th Avenue SE, 9th Street SE, 3rd Street SE to Main Street North, and 3rd Street near the Amtrak Depot. Train horns would be silenced in those locations.
 
The current crossing at Maple Street is scheduled to be removed as part of the construction of the Maple Diversion phase of flood control, but could be closed sooner if included within the quiet zone.
 
Several crossing safety improvements were also part of the recommendation, including:
 
-3rd Street SE: Four quadrant gates. Estimated cost $402,000
-Central Avenue East: Medians. Estimated cost $103,000
-3rd Street/Amtrak Depot: Gates and medians. Estimated cost $390,000
 
Meyer said the City has studied various configurations of a quiet zone through downtown, and had gathered input from several property owners that could be impacted by potential changes. “We spent a significant amount of time looking at different access configurations and improvements for these roadways downtown,” Meyer said.
 
He said the project could potentially be scheduled to start design in 2023. If the Council approves funding, the City would hire a consultant and apply to the Federal Railroad Administration, which could take between 12 months and 18 months to determine eligibility. The City could work on the design and prepare for the project while the eligibility is determined, Meyer said.
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BISMARCK, ND – Drought conditions continue to improve for North Dakota. Today’s Drought Briefing from the National Weather Service lists a small area of extreme drought over northwest North Dakota. Since the start of the water year (October 1st), North Dakota has been almost entirely warmer than average. Precipitation amounts have been more consistent across the state, as much of the central and east have seen 150% to 200% of normal precipitation, but the far northwest corner is still below average. Drought conditions have improved across much of the state, with a large part of the east completely removed from drought designation. Drought is expected to hang on in some form across most of western North Dakota, even as improvement is the current trend.
 
 
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