KHRT ND News – 03/22/22

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 032222 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – Minot police are investigating a bomb threat. Officers say that this morning they received an anonymous threat towards Magic City Campus. Officers worked in conjunction with Minot Public Schools to investigate and evaluate the threat. Police made a sweep of the high school and determined there were no explosives. It was determined to have very low credibility and school resumed normal operations. Officers say the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say a driver who fled from a North Dakota State Patrol trooper is hospitalized in Fargo with severe hypothermia after hiding in a slough to avoid arrest. According to the patrol, the trooper attempted to stop the man on Interstate 94 near Jamestown about 7:30 p.m. Monday. Officials say the man left the interstate, traveled down a gravel road and waded or swam across the swamp. Law enforcement officers entered the water and located the suspect about 1 1/2 hours later. He was taken by ambulance to a Jamestown medical center, then later transferred to a Fargo hospital.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Velva man is seeking the Democratic Party endorsement to run for North Dakota Public Service Commission. Trygve Hammer is seeking the seat held by Republican Sheri Haugen-Hoffart, who was appointed to replace Brian Kroshus when he was appointed to be state tax commissioner. Haugen-Hoffart is running for the remainder of Kroshus’ four-year term. Hammer is a military veteran and former high school science teacher. The PSC regulates gas and electric utilities, coal mining, land reclamation, grain elevators and auctioneers. Democrats have no announced candidates for attorney general, secretary of state, agriculture commissioner, tax commissioner and a second seat on the PSC. The DFL convention is scheduled later this week in Minot.
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BISMARCK, ND – Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed this week, March 20-26, as North Dakota Agriculture Week and today, March 22, as North Dakota Agriculture Day.
 
“Our farmers and ranchers produce a wide array of products, used here and around the world,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “We want them to know that North Dakota appreciates all they do.”
 
This year marks the 49th anniversary of National Ag Day. It is a good reminder of the impact agriculture has in North Dakota.
 
– Agriculture generates between $8-12 billion in cash receipts in North Dakota annually, which translates into $30-40 billion of economic activity in the state each year.
 
– Over 39 million acres of land in North Dakota are owned, operated or managed by farmers and ranchers.
 
– North Dakota is home to 26,000 farms with an average size of 1,512 acres.
 
– Production agriculture and agriculture-related industries support almost 25 percent of the workforce in North Dakota.
 
– North Dakota is No. 1 in the production of 10 different commodities and produces over 50 different commodities.
 
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
 
– Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
 
– Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
 
– Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
 
– Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
 
The proclamation mirrors National Ag Week and National Ag Day.
 
 
(Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 032222 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. – A Bismarck woman is accused of stealing from her employer. Police say 41-year old Carissa Hanson has been charged with theft for taking more than $95,000 from a Bismarck construction company. Hanson apparently forged checks and made deposits into her personal accounts and used the owner’s credit card to make thousands of dollars in purchases between 2021 and 2022. Court documents report that most of the purchases were placed on Hanson’s personal Amazon account, but she also used the money at a number of Bismarck establishments. She told police she spent nearly $20,000 to pay tuition for her children’s education, but the access to the money was due to “mistake.” Hanson is in custody at the Burleigh Morton County Detention Center.

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DICKINSON, ND – A missing Idaho man has been found dead in North Dakota. 29-year old Carter Strain of Idaho Falls was reportedly found dead by sheriff’s deputies on Saturday near Belfield. No foul play is suspected in Strain’s death. Strain’s body and his pickup truck were found by deputies southwest of Belfield on Saturday. He was last seen at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the Rusty Rail Bar in Belfield and was subsequently reported missing.

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The National Weather Services says any fears of an extended spring flooding season in the Red River Valley have been virtually eliminated thanks in large part to the area’s soil-stained snow. The weather service said Monday that the area’s good flooding forecast was a strange benefit of two unwelcome weather woes – a summer drought followed by a winter season of numerous blizzards. The lack of precipitation made the topsoil receptive to the spring thaw and the gales of winter picked up loose dirt to color the snow and make it absorb more heat than usual. Meteorologist Amanda Lee says the dirty snow and the last week’s sun and warm temperatures are thought to have helped the snowpack disappear quickly.
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BISMARCK, ND – Animal health officials with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and North Dakota Department of Agriculture are monitoring a national outbreak of a foreign strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza detected in a number of central and eastern states since December. The virus can cause high levels of sickness and death in domestic poultry but has also been attributed to a number of cases in free ranging waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. Cases of HPAI may be detected in North Dakota as waterfowl migrate into the state and may persist into spring.
 
Avian influenza viruses rarely infect people, but hunters should consider precautions to limit exposure. These include avoiding handling sick animals, wearing gloves when dressing game, washing hands and equipment thoroughly, and cooking meat to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. The Game and Fish Department asks the public’s help in monitoring the outbreak in wild birds. Report any sick or dead birds through the online form gf.nd.gov/mortality-report.
 
(Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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