KHRT ND News – 03/21/22

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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a Missouri River channel in Mandan. Authorities say the 22-year-old Lincoln man was reported missing Sunday afternoon. Items believed to belong to the missing man were found on the ice of the river channel where he was last seen Saturday evening. Dive teams from the Morton County and Burleigh County sheriff’s offices found the man’s body in an area of open water in the channel. There was no immediate word late on whether foul play is suspected. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and an autopsy will be performed. The man has not been identified.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – Police have arrested a driver wanted for striking and killing a pedestrian in Mandan. The victim, a 77-year-old Mandan man, was fatally struck in the parking lot of All Seasons Arena about 7:30 a.m. Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup involved left the scene. A police officer in Bismarck later spotted the pickup in that city and tried to make a traffic stop. But, the driver did not pull over, drove down a hill, into the parking lot of the Motel 6 and struck the building. Bismarck police arrested the 39-year-old man behind the wheel.
JAMESTOWN, ND – A woman abducted from South Dakota was located in North Dakota over the weekend. Authorities in Brown County South Dakota were notified of the abduction round 10:30 pm on Friday. A 41-year old woman was taken
from her mother’s residence in South Dakota by 35-year old Ryan Degroat. Law Enforcement was able to use cellphone technology to located his vehicle at a rest area 8 miles north of Edgeley, North Dakota around 2:20 am on Saturday. Degroat was taken into custody by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. He is charged with kidnapping, felonious restraint and terrorizing. The woman was
transported to Jamestown Regional Medical Center by ambulance and treated for injuries sustained throughout the incident. The case remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

FARGO, ND – Starting today, when people donate blood through Vitalant they can learn if they have antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 and find out if their plasma can be used to help COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems. For a limited time, all donations will be tested and results will be available in donors’ online accounts about two weeks later.

Vitalant can produce convalescent plasma from donations that test sufficiently high for COVID-19 antibodies while red blood cells and other blood components may help trauma victims, cancer patients and other patients with serious health conditions. The antibodies in convalescent plasma can give COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems an extra boost to help fight the disease. Learn more at

“Many people may be curious about their antibody status as more COVID-19 variants continue to emerge,” said Vitalant Senior Vice President Cliff Numark. “This testing also empowers donors to help the most vulnerable COVID-19 patients with their donation.”

Added benefits of donating blood are a mini-physical and full panel of tests each donor receives, now including antibody testing. The mini-physical check of pulse, blood pressure, hemoglobin and cholesterol can be tracked with each visit in the donor’s secure and confidential online account.

To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate, please visit or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Donors who meet all eligibility requirements can give regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Donors who’ve recovered from COVID-19 are eligible after a brief waiting period. Masks are optional at Vitalant donation locations except where required by local regulations or blood drive host. Complimentary masks are available at all Vitalant sites.

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DETROIT (AP) – Canadian Teamsters and CP Rail blamed each other for a work stoppage Sunday that brought trains to a halt across Canada and interrupted fertilizer and other shipments to and from the U.S. More than 3,000 Canadian Pacific Rail conductors, engineers, train and yard workers represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference are off the job after both sides couldn’t reach a deal by a midnight deadline. Both sides say they are still talking with federal mediators.
Canadian Pacific covers much of the U.S. Midwest and is a large shipper of potash and fertilizer for agriculture. It also carries grain from the U.S. to its northern neighbor for domestic use and exports. The railroad serves the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and other states, according to a map on its investor website. CP also operates in New England and upstate New York, spokesman Patrick Waldron said. CP says it’s the leading carrier of potash, a plant nutrient used in the production of multiple crops. The company says in investor documents that it carries 70% of the potash produced in North America, all from mines in Saskatchewan.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota health officials say they’re shifting from daily to weekly COVID-19 reports as the disease continues to wane across the state. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state health department made the move on Friday. Department officials say updating their website daily was time-consuming and results from the growing use of at-home test kits aren’t required to be reported to the state, leading to increasing inaccuracy in state data. The state’s daily virus dashboard debuted on March 26, 2020, 15 days after the first confirmed case in the state was announced and the day the first virus-related death occurred in North Dakota. The first weekly report showed 336 cases. Gov. Doug Burgum announced earlier this month that state would begin treating COVID-19 as an endemic disease.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Stepping out of his muddy pickup with a claw hammer hanging from his hip, Patrick Hart admits he probably doesn’t look the part of the head of North Dakota’s Democratic party. “People ask, ‘How could you end up a Democrat?” Hart, a Bismarck contractor and former oil field worker, said. “I tell them, ‘How could I not be?'”
As Democrats prepare to open their state convention this week in Minot, Hart is pondering how to restore relevancy to a party that has dwindled to almost nothing in the Legislature, and that struggles to find candidates in a state dominated by conservatives. “I grew up in a small town where people believe in helping each other,” said Hart, a native of Pembina in northeastern North Dakota. “The values of rural America are Democrats’ values, but we don’t see that being supported at the ballot box.”
The convention runs through Sunday; warmup activities get underway Thursday. Endorsements begin on Friday. But days from the convention, Democrats had no announced candidates for attorney general, secretary of state, agriculture commissioner, tax commissioner and for two seats on the Public Service Commission, which regulates gas and electric utilities, coal mining, land reclamation, grain elevators and auctioneers.
One idea from Hart is to get people to do short videos on social media proclaiming their pride in being a Democrat. He said it would help other Democrats know they are not alone in the highly conservative state.
Democrats haven’t had a majority in the state House or Senate or held the governor’s office since the early 1990s. Democrats held all three of North Dakota’s seats in Congress from 1987 to 2011, but that ended long ago, and the GOP now holds them all. In the state Legislature, Republicans have 80 House seats to Democrats’ 14, and a 40-7 edge in the Senate. All but one Democrat is up for re-election this year. North Dakota hasn’t backed a Democratic U.S. presidential candidate since the 1960s.
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) – Scores of weightlifters are headed to Dickinson this week for a powerlifting competition. The city will host the King of the North Powerlifting Competition on March 26 and 27 at the West River Ice Center. Organizers say more than 100 lifters from around the nation are expected to compete in the bench press, squat and deadlift. The competition will include local vendors, a bounce house, and other entertainment.
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