KHRT ND News – 03/31/22

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 033122 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – The Ward County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of five people in connection with numerous catalytic converter thefts dating back to 2021. Deputies say four of the people face theft of property charges while the fifth, who is a scrap metal dealer, faces charges of dealing in stolen property and failing to keep records by a scrap dealer. The metals used in catalytic converters have a high resale value and, in recent years, have prompted thefts of the converters from vehicles throughout nation. Deputies say the scrap metal dealer would receive messages with images from the four individuals looking to sell catalytic converters. Officers say they were able to match the images to the vehicles from which they were stolen.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Florida man will stand trial in Minnesota this summer on human smuggling charges following his January arrest after authorities just across the Canadian border found four migrants who had frozen to death during a blizzard. Court documents filed Wednesday show that U.S. District Judge John Tunheim scheduled Steve Shand’s trial to begin July 18. The Deltona, Florida, man is charged with bringing two people into the country illegally and illegally transporting them once in the U.S. Authorities said the four bodies were discovered near Emerson, Manitoba, which borders Minnesota and North Dakota. In addition, five Indian nationals were found on foot on the Minnesota side of the border and two others were found riding in Shand’s van.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The bird flu has been confirmed in a non-commercial, backyard chicken flock in North Dakota. Officials say the poultry flock is in Kidder County. It’s the first confirmed cases in the state since 2015. Farms that raise poultry for consumption have been on high alert and taking steps to increase biosecurity since avian influenza was recently discovered in a handful of states, including Minnesota State animal health officials have quarantined the property. All birds in the flock will be destroyed and will not enter the food system. Officials say the bird flu detections do not present an immediate public health concern.
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BISMARCK, ND – Democrats in North Dakota held their state convention last weekend in Minot. This weekend it’s the Republicans turn. The GOP convention will be held Friday and Saturday in Bismarck. Friday will include committee meetings followed by the Governor’s Reception and Dinner. The convention will be called to order Saturday with an agenda that include endorsement of candidates. The only contested nomination is between incumbent John Hoeven and State Representative Rick Becker for the U.S. Senate. Governor Doug Burgum is also expected to speak at the event. Also planned is a tribute to the late Attorney General, Wayne Stenehjem and longtime Secretary of State, Al Jaeger.
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BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Drew Wrigley is set to review petitions for a proposed ballot measure for possible prosecution. Secretary of State Al Jaeger officially referred the matter to Wrigley Tuesday because some of the signatures “were obtained in violation of the law.” Supporters of a measure for term limits submitted over 14-hundred petitions last month containing more than 46-thousand signatures, more than the amount needed to qualify to put the issue on the November ballot.
 
Jaeger said last week that he was rejecting 29-thousand signatures because of irregularities. He cited abuses like signatures that were “likely forged” in the presence of notary public, petition workers who were paid bonuses based on their production, and a “significant number” of signatures from residents of other states. Some people who circulated petitions were not citizens of the United States, Jaeger
noted.
 
Wrigley says he will review the materials to determine if additional investigation is needed.
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BISMARCK, ND – A portion of North Dakota residents are now eligible for the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA authorized the fourth dose recently for the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. The new dose is available in some health care provider locations and will be available within the week at hundreds of locations. The booster is meant for those 50 or older or 12-years and up with a weakened immune system. Those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are also eligible.
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STATEWIDE, N.D. – The national distracted driving enforcement campaign U Drive. U Text. U Pay. begins Friday in North Dakota. Law enforcement across the state will have extra patrols to enforce the state’s distracted driving law from April 1 – 30. This campaign is part of the Vision Zero strategy to eliminate motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.
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DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) – A Dickinson woman attributes her longevity to a healthy lifestyle and keeping busy. Helma Lein celebrated birthday number 106 with family and friends at her retirement home this week. Lein says she enjoys crafts and writing. Lein was born on a farm in Grant County in 1916. She says her mother died from the flu at a young age, but despite losing her, Lein graduated from school and worked for the Bismarck Tribune. She moved to San Diego when her husband was called to service in World War II. The couple had three children they raised in North Dakota. Lein’s advice to the younger generation is to cherish time with family and maintain your faith.
 
 
 
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