KHRT ND News – 03/24/22

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 032422 – 1200
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Bismarck police have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with a homicide that left a man dead of an apparent gunshot wound Wednesday morning. Officers responded to a residential neighborhood shortly before 9 a.m. on a report of shots fired. They arrived to find a victim had died in the parking lot of an apartment complex. A witness said the suspect fired out of the window of a pickup. Police said the shooter and victim knew each other. Bismarck police identified the victim as 22-year-old, Michael Shane. A second victim identified as a 30-yearold man suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was treated at a local hospital Wednesday afternoon. The suspect, 26-year old Kyle Riley, is being held on murder charges.
BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota officials are announcing a new workforce grant program. The North Dakota Regional Workforce Impact Program will provide grants to regional economic and workforce development agencies and will put in place plans to address workforce challenges in all sizes of businesses. The plan is part of Governor Doug Burgum’s Accelerate ND proposal last fall to the Legislature. The Accelerate ND initiative would require hundreds of millions of dollars in federal COVID aid. Lawmakers approved $15-million for regional workforce grants in their special session in November. The North Dakota Department of Commerce, which is administering the program, is now accepting applications for RWIP grants at
BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Senator Erin Oban is officially leaving her seat in District 35. Oban submitted a letter of resignation from her state Senate seat in Bismarck which becomes effective March 27th. Oban is taking a position as the state director of USDA Rural Development in North Dakota. The appointment was announced last Thursday by the Biden administration. The Rural Development agency manages programs aimed at helping rural communities. The District 35 Democratic-NPL committee will appoint Oban’s replacement to finish out her remaining term. Last month the committee endorsed former state senator Tracy Potter as their candidate for the District 35 Senate seat in the November election.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota animal health officials have canceled all shows, public sales, swaps and exhibitions of poultry and other birds in the state because of concerns about potential exposure to avian influenza. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says nationally, the outbreak has affected more than 13 million commercial and backyard birds in 17 states. South Dakota recently euthanized 85,000 birds in hopes of containing an avian flu outbreak at two factory farms in Charles Mix County. North Dakota’s State Board of Animal Health is urging poultry owners to immediately report unusual death losses, a drop in egg production or sick birds to their local veterinarian and try to keep wild birds away from those in captivity.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Sunday, March 27, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who passed away Wednesday at age 84. The governor’s directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden.
WILLISTON, N.D. – The Williston Police Department has released thier annual report for 202. It notes that police had nearly 39,000 calls in 2021, which is about the same amount compared to 2020. There were 1,200 arrests made, which is a five-year low. The Northwest Narcotics Task Force, which operates throughout Williams, Divide, and McKenzie Counties, said $629,350 worth of drugs were seized last year, which included 4,497 grams of meth and 1,558 pills of Fentanyl. Officials said combatting the opioid crisis on the streets is one of their top priorities.
HORACE, N.D – Farm Rescue has honored Charlie Bartsch and Garry Deckert with its annual Good Samaritan Award. Bartsch and Deckert’s combined service to Farm Rescue spans more than 2 decades. Farm Rescue founder Bill Gross say through their dedication and leadership, they helped form the early foundation from which the nonprofit organization was built and they have impacted the lives of many farm families throughout Farm Rescue’s 17-year history and inspired many other volunteers to follow in their footsteps.
Deckert is originally from Arena, ND. He began volunteering with Farm Rescue in 2012. In addition to supporting Farm Rescue’s planting, haying, harvest, livestock feeding and hay hauling assistance efforts, Deckert has been a short-notice volunteer, moving equipment and vehicles at the drop of a hat.
Bartsch was born and raised on his family farm, near Bergen, ND. After his retirement in 2008, Bartsch signed-on as a volunteer for Farm Rescue in it’s early years. He joined a small, but extremely hard-working crew that powered the organization’s early assistance efforts, traveling the region and extending a helping hand to dozens of farm families in need.
The Good Samaritan Award was created in 2016 to honor individuals who support Farm Rescue with the compassionate heart of the Good Samaritan. That support may include an overwhelming contribution to further the mission of the organization, serving as an ambassador for the nonprofit, or going above and beyond as an Angel in Blue volunteer to help farm and ranch families in crisis. Beginning in 2019, Farm Rescue began recognizing two honorees with this annual award.
MANDAN, N.D. – The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery was recognized Wednesday for its commitment to the state’s military personnel and their families. Hundreds of North Dakota servicemembers and their families are laid to rest in the Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan every year. Many of those who work at the cemetery are, themselves, servicemembers. That’s one reason the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve honored the Veterans Cemetery with the Seven Seals Award. The award is meant to recognize the Veterans Cemetery’s organizational achievement in creating a supportive work environment for military personnel.
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