KHRT ND News – 03/02/22

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum issued a proclamation today declaring today a day of prayer for the people of Ukraine as they continue to defend against attacks by Russian armed forces. The proclamation notes that many North Dakotans can trace their ancestral roots to Ukraine and that the United States and Ukraine share common values, including freedom, democracy and the rule of law. “North Dakota joins the international community in condemning this violence and the threats to innocent civilians in Ukraine and stands in support of the citizens of Ukraine and their sovereignty,” Burgum stated in the proclamation. To show support for Ukraine and its people, the Governor’s Residence will be lit in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag tonight.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s biggest oil driller says it will commit $250 million to help fund a proposed pipeline that would gather carbon dioxide produced by ethanol plants across the Midwest and pump it underground for permanent storage. Billionaire oil tycoon Harold Hamm’s Continental Resources made a formal announcement of the investment into Summit Carbon Solutions’ $4.5 billion pipeline this morning at an ethanol plant in Casselton. The plant is one of 31 ethanol facilities across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas where emissions would be captured and piped to North Dakota to be buried. Continental officials say they have no plans to use the gas for enhanced oil recovery.
Gov. Doug Burgum participated in today’s announcement with Summit Agricultural Group CEO Bruce Rastetter and Continental Resources Chairman Harold Hamm and CEO Bill Berry during a press conference hosted by North Dakota entrepreneur Gary Tharaldson at the Tharaldson Ethanol Plant in Casselton.
“Combining the considerable resources and geologic expertise of one of North Dakota’s most productive and pioneering oil and gas operators with this visionary model of carbon capture and storage is a win-win-win for our farmers and ethanol plants, environmental stewardship and U.S. energy security,” Burgum said. “By capitalizing on our geologic jackpot of enormous underground storage capacity, we can safely store not only our own carbon dioxide but also our neighbors’ CO2 while creating jobs, generating income for North Dakota landowners and strengthening our economy.”
Summit Carbon Solutions said the project is on track to be operational in the first half of 2024.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address.
“From the unsecured southern border to the underutilized oil fields of North Dakota, President Biden’s misguided policies continue to put U.S. citizens at risk and hold America back,” Burgum said. “Today’s news that the Biden administration has again failed to meet its obligation to hold a federal oil lease sale is further proof that this administration isn’t serious about U.S. energy security. The President needs to reverse his anti-oil policies and unleash American energy production to protect U.S. consumers and return our nation to a position where we can sell energy to our friends and allies instead of importing it from adversaries like Russia. Our nation needs to support American freedom and entrepreneurship, not stifle it. Working together with an all-of-the-above energy strategy, environmental stewardship and innovation such as carbon capture and storage, we can unlock the full potential of states like North Dakota that feed and fuel the world and become a better, stronger America.”
WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials in Richland County say a man who started a fire at the corrections center was seen on surveillance video lighting some sort of device before fleeing. Sheriff Larry Leshovsky says it’s difficult to identify the device that held the material that was set on fire about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby of the Richland County Law Enforcement Center in Wahpeton. The device was taken to a federal lab for examination. Authorities have not said whether the person on video surveillance could be identified. Officials are still looking for that person. The fire caused moderate damage to the lobby area and smoke throughout the building. Inmates were transferred to other jails.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Worries about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and other concerns undermined the confidence of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a new monthly report released Tuesday. The report’s confidence index fell to its lowest point ever in February when it hit 19.5, falling from January’s already low 36.2. The indexes in the report range from 0 to 100 with any score below 50 suggesting a negative outlook. A score above 50 suggests optimism or growth in an index.
“Concerns about the impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war, higher interest rates, soaring inflation, and supply chain disruptions combined to hammer business confidence,” said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey. Businesses are worried that the war in Ukraine will worsen the ongoing supply chain problems and push commodity prices higher, Goss said.
The outlook for the next six months turned especially negative in February even though manufacturing activity continues at a healthy pace in the region today. The overall economic index for the region improved to 64 in February from January’s 56.2. The employment index also improved to 56.6 in February from January’s negative 43.6 reading. But inflation remains high. The wholesale price index declined to 80.5 in February from 87.5 in January.
The monthly survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
BISMARCK, N.D., March 1, 2022 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday announced the start of competition for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for the 2022-23 school year. The 21st Century CCLCs provide opportunities, outside of regular school hours, for student learning and literacy improvements in reading, mathematics, and other core subjects, as well as programs that complement traditional academic offerings, said Joe Kolosky, director of school approval and opportunity for the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.
Grants of more than $50,000 annually for three years may be available, depending on whether federal funds are provided. The grants may be used to establish new centers or expand existing ones. Beginning Tuesday, March 8, the NDDPI will be accepting grant applications from school districts, regional education associations, consortiums, nonprofits, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations that do not have a 21st CCLC grant at present.
An application form and instructions will be posted on the agency’s WebGrants site on March 8. Applicants should have a WebGrants account and post applications and documents to that site. The deadline for applications is 3 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, May 25.
Eligible agencies and organizations must provide at least seven hours of programming each week on average. They must collaborate with schools that have a large percentage of students from low-income families. Center services may be provided during the summer.
The NDDPI will host a bidders’ workshop at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, to take questions and provide information on 21st Century CCLC programs and the grant application process. A recording of the workshop will be posted on the NDDPI website.
MINOT, ND – An advocacy group that opposes “government overreach” is planning a series of truck convoys that will travel across the country to Washington, DC. The American Truckers Freedom Fund is urging truck drivers across the nation to join one of several convoys heading to the nation’s capital in March. According to the organization’s website, there are plans for one of the convoys to travel through Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo on Thursday before heading east through Minnesota.
“We are a movement of peaceful, non-violent Americans who are dissatisfied with the unscientific, unconstitutional government overreach in regards to mandates” according to a statement on the organization’s website. The organization says the truckers will be participating to call attention to several issues, which include reopening the Keystone Pipeline. Other issues on the website include “national energy independence,” “big tech/government censorship,” “agricultural regulations that disproportionately affect farmers,” “big pharma control over independent liberty” and “reinstate liability to pharmaceutical companies for vaccine damage/death.”
MINOT, ND – The Minot Police Department is excited to announce we are taking applications for the 2022 Citizens Police Academy. This four-session event scheduled for May 3rd through May 24th, on Tuesday evenings 6pm – 9pm each meeting. All sessions and events will be conducted in compliance with and local public health recommendations existing at that time.
The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to invite members of the public for a hands-on, behind the scenes, look at how the Minot Police Department serves the community. Class sessions are very informal and participants are encouraged to ask tough questions and participate in discussions on the challenges facing law enforcement and the community we serve. This annual event is one means the Minot Police department responds to the public’s expectation of transparency and opportunity for voice with those entrusted to enforce the law in this community. Feedback from previous Citizens Academy participants has consistently demonstrated this event is an effective tool in this effort.
Course content includes instruction in the areas of Patrol Operations, Crime Scene Response Unit, Special Operations (SWAT, K9, Bomb Squad), Use of Force and Weapons Familiarization. Academy instructors have a wide range of law enforcement and training experience and enjoy the opportunity to not only show what and how we do our jobs, but why we perform our duties the way we do. Each participant is also invited to also schedule a ride-along with the Patrol Division, to see first-hand the duties and responsibilities of their law enforcement officers in the Magic City.
The minimum age to apply for participation is 18, and applicants must consent to a background check. Some negative history with law enforcement or the judicial system is NOT automatically disqualifying. All interested area residents are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Friday, April 19th. People interested in receiving an application or have questions can email or call Master Police Officer Aaron Moss of the Community Outreach Division at at 701-857-4711.
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