KHRT ND News – 01/12/22

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 011222 – 1200
FARGO, ND (PNS) – The recent deaths of a family of seven have renewed bipartisan attempts to keep homes safe from carbon monoxide. One North Dakota fire chief welcomes federal efforts from both sides of the aisle in creating awareness. In December, the victims were found in a home near the North Dakota/Minnesota border, with carbon-monoxide poisoning suspected.
This week, U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., urged a federal agency to release more information on what’s being done to prevent these tragedies. Even with a divided government, Chief Rex Weltikol of the Minot Rural Fire Department said he hopes the response provides more opportunities to learn from what happened. “When the news comes out that all these bad things happen,” he said, “there’s got to be some good that comes out of that also.”
Specifically, the chief said, doing more to promote installing home carbon-monoxide detectors is important. In their letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the senators want details on how it’s coordinating with states on safety outreach, including educational materials that are multilingual. The victims in the recent tragedy were members of an immigrant family from Honduras.
Elsewhere, this month’s deadly apartment building fire in New York City has renewed calls to look into racial disparities in the safety threats facing renters. Weltikol said he feels this is an area where public servants can go above and beyond to help communities. “The way we look at it here,” he said, “there’s never, never enough reaching out to everybody to let them know the dangers of it.”
The two senators have co-sponsored legislation in past sessions encouraging states to require residential carbon-monoxide detectors. In 2017, state leaders in North Dakota were criticized for rejecting a bill requiring them for certain rental properties. Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed it, citing individual responsibility in adding safeguards.
MINOT, ND – The City of Minot is accepting bids to construct a fifth fire station. The project will build a new fire station in northwest Minot, along Fourth Avenue NW. Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel says it will provide a higher level of protection for the citizens of northwest Minot with a reduction in response times to that area. The bids include a general contract, mechanical contract, and an electrical contract. The opportunity to submit bids closes at Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Clyde Bellecourt, a founder of the American Indian Movement, has died. He was 85. Bellecourt died Tuesday morning from cancer at his home in Minneapolis. Bellecourt was a co-founder in 1968 of AIM, which began as a local organization in Minneapolis that sought to grapple with issues of police brutality and discrimination against Native Americans. The group would lead a string of major national protests in the 1970s, including a 71-day occupation in 1973 of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 011222 – 0700
WATFORD CITY, ND – A crash near Watford City sent a McKenzie County Sheriff’s Deputy to the hospital. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 6:20 AM on Tuesday on Highway 23. Troopers say the deputy tried to make a u-turn and failed to see a pair of vehicles behind him. One of them collided with the driver’s side door of the patrol vehicle. The deputy was taken to the McKenzie County Hospital in Watford City for non-life-threatening injuries. Highway 23 was shut down for approximately 2 hours due to the crash which remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
UNDATED – An organization that provides blood services has announced a first-ever national blood shortage. Officials with Vitalant say the average donation needed nationally is 5,300 a day, but as of last month the organization is down by 4,500 donors. Vitalant strives to have four-day supplies of various blood types, but lately, there’s only been two days’ worth of inventory because of a decline in donors. The most used types of blood are O negative and O positive. Officials say it’s a very critical situation and health care procedures could be delayed because we don’t have the blood supply needed. To learn more or schedule an appointment to give blood visit
FARGO, ND – A Rhame man was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for sexually abusing a minor for five years. Investigators say between 2013-18, 51-year-old Douglas James Schneider sexually abused a child under 12 years old. Sometime between April and July 2018, Schneider took the child from North Dakota to Montana with the intent of and engaged in unlawful sexual acts, according to a press release. Schneider was also given 10 years of supervised release and $19,215 of restitution. U.S. Attorney Nick Chase says it was an egregious case of victimization of a child. He says the sentence means that Schneider will never victimize a child ever again.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health will host a live virtual Town Hall to discuss topics surrounding the COVID-19 Omicron variant, including infectiousness, severity, vaccine protection, treatments and more. Speakers will include: NDDoH Immunization Program director Molly Howell, MPH; NDSU Center for Immunization Research & Education director Paul Carson, MD, FACP; NDDoH Disease Control & Forensic Pathology section chief Kirby Kruger; and NDDoH Health Resources & Response section chief Tim Wiedrich.
This event on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. CT open to the public; speakers will be available for questions submitted via Microsoft Teams for a short period following all prepared remarks. For the first time, the Town Hall will also be simulcast across the following NDDoH social channels: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. No registration is necessary. Due to time constraints, not all questions submitted may be presented to the speakers.
BISMARCK, ND – The federal Justice Department has awarded North Dakota’s Court System nearly $1 million for a project meant to reduce delays in criminal case processing. The three-year project will study how issues like poverty, mental health, and geography impact the time it takes for case resolution. It will also investigate the lack of legal services available in rural areas and the influence of race. North Dakota was the only state selected for this project. It covers four judicial districts: Northeast, Northeast Central, East Central, and Southeast Central. The National Center for State Courts will be the primary research body for the project. Former East Central District Judge Frank Racek will serve as a consultant on North Dakota law and case management.
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