KHRT ND News – 04/04/22

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BISMARCK, ND – The latest Drought Briefing from the National Weather Service says a small area of extreme drought persists in northwest North Dakota. Much of the remainder of the western and central part of the state is anywhere from abnormally dry to severe drought. The eastern half of the state is no longer in drought. There has been a slight worsening of drought conditions in parts of western and central North Dakota. Drought will continue across most of western North Dakota, with little expectation for improvement in the next few months.
 
Since the start of the water year (October 1st), precipitation has been up to 200% of normal in parts of the central and east, but parts of the west and north are still below average. Western and parts of central North Dakota have been warmer than average, while eastern North Dakota has been slightly below average.
 
Dry weather during the month of March has led to a slight worsening of drought conditions across parts of the west and central, and drought is expected to continue for the west. Near to above normal precipitation since October 1st in the Red River Valley has led to streamflow being near to even slightly above normal. In contrast, streamflow has been and continues to be well below normal west of Highway 83.
 
There is no strong signal in guidance for the month of April, although there is a hint of a more active pattern for the first two weeks. Looking further ahead, North Dakota is favored for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation during the summer season and into the beginning of fall.
 
Fire weather concerns will develop for larger dead fuels, beyond the typical dry grass, in areas where dry conditions persist.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The latest outlook from North Dakota State University researchers finds the state’s economy is poised for growth this year. The quarterly report indicates growth in salaries and wages, as well as a growing labor force, decreasing unemployment rates, strong tax collections and a rising gross state product.
 
“The overall economic outlook for the state has improved from the previous forecast in December 2021,” writes NDSU economics professor Jeremy Jackson, director of the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise. Jackson says the report shows a reduced risk for decreases in the labor force despite small labor force declines in recent quarters. Total wages and salaries are forecast to continue growing at about 2% per quarter. The state unemployment rate is forecast to hold steady at just above 3%, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
 
North Dakota’s gross state product is forecast to decline slightly and then grow as the year progresses. Total tax collections are predicted to remain stable. The report notes that North Dakota’s economy is heavily tied to oil, and its economy can be influenced by changes in the price of crude. Oil prices recently spiked after Russia invaded Ukraine late last month. “The data used in this analysis predates the conflict in Ukraine. Because of this, current trends in the WTI crude price are not reflected in the model,” Jackson wrote, referring to West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. oil pricing benchmark.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Insurance Department has released the results of an annual survey of the cost comparison of auto insurance in North Dakota. 20 auto insurance companies were invited to participate in the survey. The companies in the survey sell more than 80 percent of the auto insurance purchased in the state. The list of participating companies is not an endorsement or recommendation by the department but was chosen based on the volume of business in North Dakota.
 
“The survey is another reminder of the importance of meeting with your insurance agent, discussing your coverage, comparing rates, and finding the right coverage for you and/or your family,” said Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread. “We encourage you to conduct these reviews on an annual basis to make sure you have the coverage you expect, should something happen.”
 
The survey asked companies to report on prices for 12 different scenarios of fictional North Dakotans and what the price of insurance would be in different parts of the state. The price of insurance varies by each insurer’s evaluation of a driver’s riskiness. Factors include age, sex, marital status, credit score, use of vehicle, driving record, and more. Results can be found at www.insurance.nd.gov
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is pleased to support National Public Health Week, running April 4-10, as a thank you to local public health providers across the state. This year’s National Public Health Week theme is “Public Health is Where You Are.”
“In our state, access to health care is more challenging in rural areas,” said Dr. Nizar Wehbi, North Dakota State Health Officer. “Local Public Health Units are critical in bridging that gap and making health care and related services more accessible to all North Dakotans. We express our deepest gratitude to our local public health partners for everything they do to keep our state healthy.”
 
There are 28 Local Public Health Units in North Dakota, operating 52 offices in 50 counties statewide. According to the American Public Health Association, there is a significant difference in health status, such as obesity, poor mental health, and drug use, among people living in rural areas compared with people living in urban areas, and this variance increases because rural residents are often more likely to face social determinants that negatively impact health, such as poverty, transportation barriers and lack of economic opportunity.
 
Public health professionals help communities prevent, prepare for, withstand, and recover from the impact of a full range of health threats, including disease outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, measles, natural disasters and disasters caused by human activity. Public health action—together with scientific and technological advances—has played a major role in reducing and, in some cases, eliminating the spread of infectious disease, and in establishing today’s disease surveillance and control systems.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven won the endorsement Saturday of Republican convention delegates for a third term, besting a challenge from GOP state Rep. Rick Becker, who leads a growing ultraconservative wing of the party. It took just one ballot for Hoeven to get more than 50% of the votes from GOP convention delegates to win the nomination. He tallied 1,224 votes, just over the needed 1,161 to reach 50% of those tallied. Becker got 1,037 votes. More than 2,300 delegates were in attendance at the Bismarck Event Center Saturday afternoon, in what GOP organizers say was the best-attended convention in history. The only contested race at the convention was the U.S. Senate seat held by Hoeven.
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WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — West Fargo authorities are investigating a fire at a storage facility Saturday that resulted in injuries to people who were illegally living in one of the units. Fire officials say flames were visible from several units when crews arrived on scene about 2:30 p.m. Authorities later discovered that an unknown number of people living there were treated at a local hospital for burns. Their names and conditions were not released. Officials say there was significant damage to some of the units, although the extent of the damages has not been determined. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No fire department personnel were injured, authorities said.
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North Dakota’s moose and elk lotteries have been held, and individual results are available by visiting My Account at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. A total of 19,426 applications were received for bighorn sheep, 23,427 for elk and 26,038 for moose. The bighorn sheep lottery is scheduled in September, after summer population surveys are completed and total licenses are determined. Once the lottery is held, successful applicants will be contacted to select a hunting unit.
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MINOT, ND  –  April 3-9, 2022 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Connect with Your Library,” which demonstrates how libraries are places to get connected to technology, programs, ideas, books, media, and much more. Most importantly, libraries also connect communities.
 
The Minot Public Library (MPL) encourages all Minot community members to visit their library in person or online to discover services and programs. MPL offers a wide array of programs, classes, and resources that are available in person or from the comfort of home. This includes ND State Park Passes, gardening tools, craft programs for all ages, eBooks, online language classes, and more.
 
By expanding resources and embracing inclusion in their programming, resources, and collections libraries of all types continue to go above and beyond to keep their communities connected. MPL, like libraries across the country, is improving people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources for homework help, Wi-Fi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home, and homebound delivery among other services. MPL supports the community with services like Universal Class (which has access to over 500 online courses) as well as the ability to check out Chromebooks, Wi-Fi hotspots, and graphing calculators.
 
During National Library Week, MPL is specifically celebrating their staff and patrons. “It’s been a difficult couple of years,” said Library Director Janet Anderson. “We are using this week to make sure people know all that their local library has to offer, but also to have fun,” Anderson said they will be giving away gifts, hosting contests, sharing stories, playing games, attending a Grandparent’s Tea, and solving murders. She also said that staff are planning a Spirit Week with different dress-up days and she encourages visitors to dress up to win prizes. “People shouldn’t be surprised if they come in this week and see our staff in pajamas or prom dresses, instead they should join us!”
 
Anderson also added that the Hidden Treasures Book Sale room will be open at 9:00 am Monday through Friday and visitors will find some great items to take home. No prices are set for any of the items, but a donation box will be available.
 
This National Library Week, you can show your appreciation and support for libraries by visiting MPL in person or online and following them on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. For more information, call (701) 852-1045, visit the library’s website at www.minotlibrary.org or follow them on social media.
 
 

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