KHRT ND News – 03/09/22

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 030922 – 1200
DEVILS LAKE, ND – Authorities are investigating the case of a body found in Devils Lake. Police say the woman’s body was found partially clothed on Monday in a snowbank behind some garages. The woman has been identified as 33-year-old Katherine Lenior. Authorities say she does not have a permanent address. At this time, police say no foul play is suspected in her death. Lenior’s body is undergoing an autopsy to determine a cause.
ROLETTE, ND – The FBI says no foul play is suspected in the death of 46-year-old Erion Peltier. Peltier’s body was found Feb. 19. He had gone missing Feb. 4 and the Rolette County Sheriff’s Department had been searching for him. The FBI investigation continues.
BISMARCK, ND – Governor Doug Burgum is inviting President Biden to visit North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields. Burgum sent Biden a letter on Tuesday saying he believes North Dakota could play a role in ensuring the nation’s security. The governor said he wants Biden to “see firsthand” the ways North Dakota’s clean, efficient production practices can increase the nation’s energy independence. North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong paired up with Texas Congressman August Pfluger in an earlier letter inviting the President to their respective states to see how each can meet the country’s energy needs following the President’s ban on Russian oil imports.
BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota health officials are responding to new guidelines issued by the CDC regarding distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Providers are now allowed to open vials that could vaccinate several people for just one shot if needed because they say supplies are strong. Officials with the North Dakota Department of Health say they try make sure that doses are being utilized across the state. Immunization surveillance coordinator Jenny Galbraith says the department tries to limit the number of vaccines available in the state to what is needed to meet demand before they expire.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – More hunting licenses for elk will be offered by North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department this year, but there will be fewer moose licenses. A bighorn sheep hunting season could also take place, depending on the pending results of summer sheep population surveys. The status of that season will be determined Sept. 1, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
The state is making 563 elk licenses available for the fall hunt, an increase of 40 from last year. There are 404 moose licenses available, a decrease of 70. Because of a reduced number of moose, a couple of units, M4 and M1C will remain closed in northeastern North Dakota.
Bighorn applicants must apply for a license at the same time as moose and elk, but not for a specific unit. Once total licenses are determined for each unit in late summer, the bighorn lottery will be held and successful applicants contacted to select a hunting unit.
Those who are not selected will not receive a hunting fee refund. Successful applicants will not receive a refund if a season isn’t held.
The deadline to apply for elk, moose and bighorn sheep licenses is March 23. The licenses are once-in-a-lifetime in North Dakota, so hunters who have received a license in the past are not eligible to apply for that species again.
Hunter success during the 2021 season was 65% for elk, 80% for bighorn sheep and 90% for moose, according to Game and Fish statistics.
MINOT, ND – The City of Minot’s new utility billing system will go live on April 18. Current City utility customers who use electronic bank transfer or recurring credit card payments will need to create a new account when the new system begins operating, according to Finance Director Dave Lakefield. Accounts can only be created once the new system is in use.
“The new system includes features that make viewing bills and paying online much more convenient,” Lakefield said. “This will be a major improvement for our customers, but they will need to create a new account to access the system. If you aren’t currently using electronic methods to pay your City utility bill, April 18 is the start of an excellent opportunity to make the switch to online billing.”
Under the new system, customers will have options to perform a variety of functions, including ways to view a bill online, link a bank account for auto pay, link a credit card for recurring payments, and make one-time credit card payments. Customers will still have options to pay bills by mail and by phone.
The City will provide updates and information to utility customers regarding the new system, Lakefield said. Information will be distributed through the City of Minot’s website at, on City social media pages, in the twice-monthly electronic City newsletter, and in letters included with monthly utility bills.
MINOT, N.D. – The Minot Public School Board has revealed results of their community survey on a name and mascot for the new high school. School officials say about 1,500 people gave input. Some of the top names included Great Northern, North Hill, North Minot High, North Prairie, and Northern Lights. Top mascot names were Eagles, B-52’s, Falcons, Bombers, and Jets. The new Minot high school will be in the former Cognizant building on 21st Avenue Northwest and is slated to be complete for fall 2024.
BISMARCK, ND – Forecasters with the National Weather Service say it may not feel like it, but the meteorological winter season came to an end at the beginning of the month. For the December 2021 – February 2022 time period, precipitation was generally near normal, with some areas above normal some below. As far as temperatures, much of the southwest was near to above normal while the remainder of the state was below normal. Forecasters say it will feel more like spring next week with high temps in the 40’s and possibly 50’s for some areas of the state.
BISMARCK, ND – This coming weekend is when we spring forward to Daylight Saving Time. It officially happens at 2 am on Sunday when clocks are pushed forward to 3 am. Safety officials say it is also a great time to check, or change, batteries in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and your NOAA weather radio.
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