KHRT ND News – 03/11/22

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BISMARCK, ND – The latest flood outlook from the National Weather Service for the Souris River Basin says not much has changed with respect to the overall flood risk across the Basin. The risk of flooding upstream of Minot remains well below normal and greatly increases once you are in the Towner to Westhope reach of the Souris River. Essentially, the above normal snow-water equivalent found in eastern Ward, McHenry, Bottineau, and Renville counties causes more concern as flood risk is greater than normal. Locations with a greater than normal risk of flooding include: the Wintering River near Karlsruhe, Souris River near Towner, Bantry and Westhope; and Willow Creek near Willow City.
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BISMARCK, ND – The new flood outlook from the Weather Service for the Missouri River and James River notes no major issues. The only significant changes to flood risk is that most locations have actually gone down in risk when compared to the previous version of this outlook. A somewhat drier weather pattern over the past couple of weeks has lessened the relative ranking of where the Snow-Water Equivalent (SWE) stands in comparison to historical averages. At this point only portions of the James River Basin are considered to have an above normal SWE content in its snowpack, but are still well below the SWE levels observed during the springs of 2009, 2010, and 2011 that caused widespread major flooding.
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UNDATED (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted a Montana woman and accused her of using her in-laws’ Bismarck bank account and their identities to make a $134,000 payment on a home. 56-year old Carol Feist, of Whitehall, is charged with bank and wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. The indictment states that Feist called the Bismarck bank in October 2021 and claimed to be her mother-in-law, Johanna Feist, and used Johanna and Andrew Feist’s bank account information to arrange a $134,000 wire transfer to a title company in Helena, Montana. Court documents do no list an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
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GRAND FORKS, ND – An SUV driver died after a head-on collision with a semi in northeastern North Dakota. Around 10 am Thursday a semi was traveling south from Minto on US Highway 81 when an SUV entered the southbound lane and struck the semi head-on. The driver of the SUV suffered fatal injuries from the crash and the driver of the semi was uninjured. The crash is still under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
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MANDAN, ND – A 71-year-old Bismarck man and 5-year-old Bismarck girl are in the hospital with injuries after a three-vehicle crash in Mandan just before 3:45 pm on Thursday. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the 71-year-old turned in front of a 29-year-old Bismarck woman at the intersection of Twin City Drive and Main Street. A third vehicle driven by a Mandan man crashed into the back of the 71-year-old’s vehicle, seriously injuring him. The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Public Service Commission is receiving a grant to help reclaim abandoned coal mines in the state. The Department of the Interior gave the commission nearly $3-million dollars to be used for three projects planned this summer. Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann says the effort to reclaim the mines saves lives. Planned projects include exploratory drilling and grouting near Garrison and filling a surface mine north of New Salem.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will be making changes to the type of data displayed on the Coronavirus Dashboard and the frequency of updates on the Coronavirus Dashboard and the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. The changes, effective on Friday, March 18, align with the current state of the pandemic and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Level framework released in late February.
 
“Throughout the pandemic response, the NDDoH has worked to provide data to help North Dakotans understand what is happening in our counties and in the state, so they can make informed decisions. Since March 2020, most of the COVID-19 case data came from testing, extensive interviews, and collaboration with partners,” said North Dakota State Epidemiologist, Dr. Tracy Miller. “Two years later, with vaccinations, antibody treatment, decreased hospitalizations, and the availability and use of at-home test kits, which are not reported to or verified by the state, we have decided to refine our dashboard to better reflect the spread of disease and the burden to our health care system in the state. These changes align with the new COVID-19 Community Levels and Indicators tracked by the CDC.”?
 
The weekly dashboard will be simplified in how data is presented and will shift from a focus on daily case counts and percent positivity rates and have an increased focus on trends over time and severity of disease.
 
Hospitalization data previously included only individuals who were North Dakota residents hospitalized due to COVID. The new dashboard will align with national reporting and will include all individuals hospitalized with or due to COVID who are in North Dakota hospitals, regardless of their state of residency. The dashboard will have charts to illustrate statewide hospital capacity. The change to align with national reporting practice will initially result in a significant increase in the number of hospitalizations reported.
 
In addition to updating the data shown on the dashboard, the NDDoH will move to a weekly publication of data on its Coronavirus Dashboard and COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. Effective March 18, 2022, the data will be published weekly instead of daily. According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, most states have already adopted a weekly cadence to report cases and deaths, with only 10 states reporting daily.
 
“Weekly updates are more consistent with how some of the other infectious diseases are reported,” said Kirby Kruger, NDDoH Disease Control and Forensic Pathology Section Chief. “Daily numbers fluctuate. A look at the data on a weekly basis gives a clearer picture of what is happening at any given time and helps our citizens to make decisions for their health.”
 
The NDDoH has also developed new guidance and resources for businesses. For these resources and more details about upcoming changes to the dashboard reporting visit www.health.nd.gov.
 
This week Gov. Doug Burgum said North Dakota’s coronavirus approach would shift from pandemic to an “endemic” phase. Diseases are endemic when they occur regularly in certain areas according to established patterns, while a pandemic refers to a global outbreak that causes unpredictable waves of illness.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering free seed for the 2022 growing season to landowners interested in planting wildlife food plots for pheasants. Department private land section leader Kevin Kading said rather than a traditional corn or sunflower food plot, Game and Fish is offering a seed mix that provides increased plant diversity, including flowering plants from spring through fall, which will attract insects, the major diet component of pheasant chicks. Additionally, he said the mix will provide needed cover during spring and summer, as well as a winter food source. Other wildlife species will also benefit from this mix.
 
“Most Game and Fish food plots are part of the department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen program,” Kading said. “This food plot campaign does not require a PLOTS contract, but we are asking participating landowners to allow reasonable public access, which could mean simply providing access permission to hunters from time to time, putting up ‘Ask Before You Enter’ signs around the area, or not posting the surrounding land.” Kading added that landowners participating in this promotion cannot charge a fee for hunting.
 
The department will provide enough seed to cover up to a maximum 5-acre planting at no cost to the landowner. Landowners interested in receiving the food plot seed must sign up online by April 1. Seed will be available in April at Game and Fish offices in Bismarck, Jamestown, Devils Lake, Harvey, Dickinson, Williston and Riverdale.
 
Game and Fish private land biologists can provide technical assistance on food plot location and site preparation. Landowners interested in additional financial incentives may be considered for the PLOTS program as well. More information is available by contacting a private land biologist at any Game and Fish office in the state, or email ndgfnd.gov.
 
 
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