KHRT ND News – 03/30/22

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 033022 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – John Hoeven has easily won Republican convention delegates’ endorsement for office, first as governor and later as a U.S. senator. But his endorsement is not as certain as it has been in the past two decades as he seeks a third Senate term. That’s due to a growing faction of Republicans led by his GOP challenger, Rick Becker. Up to 2,000 delegates are expected at the Bismarck Event Center, where the convention opens Friday as candidates begin staffing booths and mingling to coax support. They’ll eventually endorse candidates in eight statewide offices. Becker says he will not continue on to the primary if he doesn’t win delegates’ endorsement. Hoeven would not say.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A Grand Forks police officer suffered a broken arm during a struggle with a suspect who resisted arrest. Authorities say the incident started about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when officers tried to pull over a 19-year-old Grand Forks man for running a stop sign. After a short pursuit, the suspect left the vehicle and fled on foot. He was eventually found hiding in a dumpster. The man was handcuffed and placed in the squad car, where he became agitated and attempted to remove the cuffs. Officer Luke Wentz’s arm was broken while trying to get him under control. Wentz was treated and released at a local hospital. The suspect faces a half-dozen charges.
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GRAND FORKS, ND – The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an escaped inmate. Authorities say Ryan Clarkin didn’t return to jail from furlough on March 25th. Clarkin was serving a sentence for terrorizing. Officials say he has a small “T” tattooed under his left eye and has long hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, black shoes, and a black jacket.
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MINOT, N.D. – The City of Minot is updating its comprehensive plan and asking residents to be involved in the process. The plan includes the city’s goals and policies for growth and development. The last plan was adopted in 2012 and the city typically updates it every 10 years. The city’s comprehensive plan committee is going straight to residents for feedback on what type of growth they would like to see in the coming years. Minot residents can take the survey to share their opinions about the growth of Minot. The survey closes Thursday, March 31.
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BISMARCK, ND – Budget writers in the North Dakota Legislature are facing challenges as the state’s main revenue source remains volatile and there is a persistent spending gap. The interim Legacy Fund Earnings Committee heard on Tuesday that general fund revenues were 14% higher and oil taxes were 29% higher than was projected for the 2021 to 2023 budget cycle. The Legislature also faces a gap between ongoing general fund revenues and ongoing spending. Lawmakers have filled the gap by tapping into funds arising from oil taxes. Legislators say 21-percent of the current budget’s revenue comes from oil tax money. North Dakota’s constitution requires a balanced budget.
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BISMARCK, ND – Corn grower leaders from North Dakota and 18 other states sent an open letter to President Biden calling on him to use the administration’s existing emergency authorities to tap more homegrown renewable fuels, like ethanol, to help stabilize energy markets and lower the price of fuel for consumers. The letter comes as Russia’s attack on Ukraine has impacted energy markets, increasing oil and gas prices.
 
The letter called on the president to prevent consumers from losing the choice of E15, often marketed as Unleaded 88, a higher ethanol blend that costs less and reduces emissions. A 2021 court decision resulting from oil industry efforts to limit the growth of higher ethanol blends reversed year-round market access for E15 beginning this summer.
 
“We urge your administration to act to prevent consumers from losing access to a lower-cost fuel option on June 1,” the letter read. “As gas prices have increased following the rise in oil prices, higher ethanol blends have provided drivers with savings, with ethanol priced an average of 78 cents less per gallon than unblended gasoline at wholesale during March.”
 
Supporters say the Biden administration has several tools to use, including acting under Section 211 of the Clean Air Act, having the EPA use its enforcement discretion or issuing an executive order. Increasing the use of lower-cost and lower-emission E15 could easily replace previous oil imports from Russia, according to the letter.
 
“If we replaced just one-third of regular E10 fuel sales with E15, we would fully replace all gasoline from previously imported Russian oil,” the corn grower leaders said. “When it comes to cost, blending more ethanol, not less, is an immediate step to help lower fuel prices.”
 
Farmers can quickly help policymakers bring down the fuel prices, the letter noted. “American farmers stand at the ready to help lower costs at the pump, decarbonize liquid fuels, support domestic manufacturing jobs and revitalize the U.S. economy with clean energy, all while continuing to meet demands for food, feed and exports, due to our increased productivity and sustainability,” said the farmer leaders.
In addition to emergency action from the Biden administration, the National Corn Growers Administration is also asking Congress to advance legislation to ensure continued access to E15 to lower fuel prices and work on policy, such as the Next Generation Fuels Act, which will provide a permanent pathway to higher ethanol blends.
 
NDCGA President, Rob Hanson, stated, “We need to fight to keep access to Unleaded 88 for consumers year-round. Consumers need to understand the benefits go beyond just a cheaper source of fuel. Along with being less expensive, ethanol is a home grown and renewable source of fuel which is better for our environment and our economy.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Thriving families depend on strong support systems that include family, friends, neighbors and others in the community. Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota (PCAND) and the North Dakota Department of Human Services invite North Dakotans to join them in wearing blue on Friday, April 1, to show support for children and families during National Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month and to reinforce this year’s theme “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together.”
 
“This is the third year we have observed Child Abuse Prevention Month during the pandemic,” said child advocate and PCAND Executive Director Dan Halverson. “During this time, many families have faced additional stresses and uncertainty, all factors that can put children at higher risk of abuse and neglect. Now more than ever, we need to work together as communities to support and grow safe, stable and healthy, nurturing families so that North Dakota children grow up happy and healthy.”
 
The nonprofit and department suggest the following ways to help raise awareness and promote positive change in April:
 
– Show support for children and families by wearing blue on April 1, Wear Blue Day, by posting a picture or video on your favorite social media channel(s) and including #WearBlueDay2022, #BeAConnection, #preventchildabuseamerica or #aprilischildabusepreventionmonth hashtag.
 
– Be a source for social and emotional connectedness and support for children and families by reaching out to them and sharing information and resources, such as those found online at www.pcand.org.
 
– Participate in one of the Child Abuse Prevention Month awareness events and community activities sponsored with support from DHS and highlighted on PCAND’s website at www.pcand.org/child-abuse-prevention-month or their Facebook page.
 
– Help connect families experiencing economic and other stressors by referring them to programs, services and resources available online on helpishere.nd.gov.
 
– Contact community leaders and show support for family-friendly policies and programs that help reduce stress on parents and caregivers.
 
– Follow PCAND on Facebook, share PCAND’s posts and encourage friends to do the same. Use the hashtags #PCAND and #aprilischildabusepreventionmonth to show a commitment to helping children, families and communities to thrive.
 
The department’s Children and Family Services Division contracts with PCAND to implement primary prevention strategies to support children and families and reduce child maltreatment. The division supports and funds numerous statewide child abuse and neglect prevention programs and activities in collaboration with PCAND, the North Dakota State University Extension Service – Parent Education Network and other public and private partners.
 
During the 2021 federal fiscal year, 1,349 North Dakota children were victims of child abuse or neglect.
 
The department reminds individuals that if they suspect a child in North Dakota is being abused or neglected, they should call the statewide toll-free Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Line at 1-833-958-3500. If it’s an emergency and a child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
 
Calls are answered Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT (7 a.m. – 4 p.m. MDT). Outside of business hours, there are child protection workers on call in North Dakota’s human service zones to respond to emergencies when contacted by law enforcement.
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Area Council of the Arts will host their final Arts in the City – Sundays at the Library event of 2022 on Sunday, April 3rd at 6:00 pm. This free concert will wrap up at the Minot Public Library with the talented Minot native Chloe Marie.
 
This collaboration between the Minot Public Library and the Minot Area Council of the Arts, which began in the fall of 2019, presents local music and local art once a month from fall to early spring. In addition to live music, the Minot Area Council of the Arts will also have art from featured artist Wendy Kimble.
 
MPL Library Director Janet Anderson said that while hosting live concerts in the middle of the Library may seem unusual, she embraces the opportunity to reach more people. “I’m especially excited to have this event on Sunday because it’s the first day of National Library Week which celebrates how libraries connect communities,” Anderson said. “We always strive to be a welcoming place for people to come and not only use our resources, but to connect to one another.”
 
“This concert may be the last for the Sundays at the Library series, but that just means we are heading into the summer concert series,” said Justin Anderson, Executive Director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts. “We will have big changes for Thursdays Downtown and great music for Sundays in the Park this summer, but first join us for one last wonderful performance at the library,” he explained.
 
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