KHRT ND News – 01/15/22

KHRT NEWS – SATURDAY – 011522 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, ND – Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says North Dakota’s oil production for November 2021 was up 4.4% – an increase that hasn’t been seen in more than a year. The state produced 1.16-million barrels a day compared to 1.11-million in October. There were 60 wells completed in November, bringing the state to a record number of producing wells at 17,238. Natural gas production also increased 2.4%.
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MINOT, N.D. – If you are needing to get a COVID test this weekend, the North Dakota Department of Healh will be offering additional days of COVID testing in Minot. COVID testing will be offered today, Monday, and next Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. Testing will be done in the front ticketing area. Park in the main south parking lot. Testing will be on a walk-in basis. No appointments are needed, but everyone to be tested should be pre-registered at testreg.nd.gov. Anyone can be tested, regardless of residency or reason for testing, and all tests are free. Masks are required. Both the PCR molecular test and the BinaxNow rapid test will be available. Results of the PCR test will be available within 72 hours, and the results of the rapid tests will be available in 2 hours.
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MINOT, ND – Tourism officials say that COVID-19 policies at the Canadian border are affecting travel into North Dakota. In November Canada lifted its non-essential travel ban. However, just days before Christmas, the country reinstated its PCR testing requirement. Before Dec. 21, Canadian travelers did not have to submit a PCR test if they were in the U.S. for less than 72 hours. Now, Canadian travelers must submit a test regardless of how long they stay in the states. Officials with Visit Minot say travel into the state has been impacted as people need to do a little more planning than usual, even if it’s just an overnight trip.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The president of the University of North Dakota is publicly defending ├íthe school’s draft gender inclusion policy. Andrew Armacost says the intent is to align the Grand Forks-based school with existing federal and state laws and policies to better protect LGBTQ students from harassment and discrimination. Armacost’s presentation Friday comes after widespread criticism from state lawmakers, North Dakota’s two Roman Catholic bishops and Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski, The policy as presently written would require the use of a transgender person’s preferred pronouns and the use of locker rooms, bathrooms and other living facilities that align with a person’s gender identity.
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has approved a bill championed by Gov. Kristi Noem to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity. The Republican governor has aggressively pushed the bill this year. It received approval in the Republican-dominated Senate State Affairs committee on Friday, clearing a legislative hurdle that has been a key roadblock to similar South Dakota bills in the past. Every Republican on the committee approved the bill, despite warnings from opponents that it alienates and bullies transgender students. Opponents say it exposes schools to legal action for a political cause that has not been an issue in South Dakota.
 
 
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