KHRT ND News – 04/05/22

KHRT ND NEWS – 04/05/22 – 1200
BISMARCK, ND – Both of North Dakota’s U.S. Senators say they will vote against the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kevin Cramer called her nomination “historic” Sunday but said he had fundamental differences with her views on how decisions from the bench should be made. Cramer says he worries that her “judicial philosophy is far to the left of anyone else on the court.” John Hoeven says he is “concerned that she will not strictly uphold the Constitution and law as written, and will engage in judicial activism. I am also concerned by her history of providing sentences below sentencing guidelines and her treatment of terrorists at Guantanamo as criminals rather than prisoners of war.” A vote by the Senate on the confirmation is expected this week.
MINOT, ND – Firefighters successfully extinguished a grass fire that threatened the Minot International Airport Monday afternoon. No flights were impacted, no injuries were recorded, and all structures were protected. Fire crews were dispatched at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 4 after reports of a grass-fire in Northeast Minot. Strong winds fueled the fire quickly as it scorched approximately 100 acres. The fire was under control by 6 p.m. Monday evening.
“It grew quickly but thanks to the quick response and help from all responding agencies we were able to avoid any critical damage,” says Battalion Chief Glen Hardy. “Things can really take a hard turn with dry conditions and strong winds like that.” The cause of the fire is still under investigation says Hardy, adding that any spark can lead to major grass fires if the ground is dry enough. Hardy stresses the importance of knowing the fire index if you plan on any type of outdoor fire as well. Area fire indexes can be found on the ND Response State website:
Minot Fire Department, Minot Rural Fire, Surrey Fire Department, Burlington Fire Department, and Minot Air Force Base Fire Department all assisted in the call. Minot International Operations staff aided in securing the airfield. Normal airport operations resumed by 6 p.m. at Minot International Airport. Incoming flights were able to use an alternate runaway during the fire.
BISMARCK, ND (PNS) – North Dakota has some of the lowest student-loan debt rates in the U.S., but like all states, payments are a growing burden for older adults, not just younger populations. Borrowers are urged to monitor an upcoming date: May 1 is when the federal government might lift the moratorium on student-loan payments. It is still uncertain whether the two-year freeze will be extended.
Stacie Iken, a Bismarck resident, is among borrowers calling attention to the loans they are repaying after age 50. In the past, she did not envision her own college costs would intersect with retirement planning. “It was interesting for me to go, ‘Well, that would be, you know, X number of dollars I would not put toward a smaller home or to put away back into some sort of retirement fund,’ but to take care of the existing bills,” Iken explained. Iken is still paying off grad-school loans after a midcareer change and is a co-signer for college loans for her two children.
No matter when the moratorium is lifted, groups such as AARP urge those in similar situations to explore repayment and forgiveness options. Borrowers 50 and older now account for roughly 20% of the nation’s student-loan debt. Iken pointed out the thought of taking out expensive loans well past early adulthood should not prevent peers from considering their options.
“I would not deter anyone from considering graduate education,” Iken emphasized. “I would consider encouraging them to look at what alternatives might they have. Is it working for a grant program? Anything that might help offset the cost ahead of time.”
Marnie Piehl, associate state director of communications for AARP North Dakota, said while student loan payments often are locked in at certain amounts, the trend coincides with other forms of financial stress, such as rising prescription-drug costs. She noted planning for multiple payments is something her family is sorting out, and likely will be a complex maze for many other households in the years to come. “You know, people want to make sure that their children have all the opportunities they deserve from an educational standpoint,” Piehl observed. “And figure out the debt they have from their own education.”
KHRT ND NEWS – 04/05/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Minot police say on 04/01 at approximately 6:53 PM, an off-duty law enforcement officer witnessed a female being dragged by a vehicle in SW Minot. A Minot Patrol Sergeant located the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop near Western Ave and South Broadway. The driver, later identified as 34-year old Darrell SCHIFF, failed to stop for several blocks. At 8th St and West Central Ave, SCHIFF stopped, and then intentionally backed into the patrol car. SCHIFF fled and a pursuit ensued through NW Minot. The vehicle eventually came to a stop at 24th St NW and 4th Ave after officers used a tire deflating device. SCHIFF was taken into custody and arrested. The 34-year old female victim was inside the car and was transported to Trinity Hospital by ambulance for her injuries. SCHIFF was also transported to Trinity Hospital where he received minor treatment. After being released, SCHIFF was taken to the Ward County Jail. SCHIFF was initially arrested for the following offenses: Reckless Endangerment – Domestic Violence (C-Felony); Criminal Mischief (Three [3] counts, two B-Misdemeanor and one C-Felony); DUI (Third offense A-Misdemeanor); Fleeing/Eluding an Officer in a Motor Vehicle (C-Felony); Felonious Restraint (C Felony); Preventing Arrest (C-Felony); Reckless Endangerment – Extreme Indifference (C Felony); Drove While License Suspended; Liability Insurance Required; Seat Belts Required.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota tribal nation on Monday officially assumed ownership of mineral rights under the Missouri River, taking the title back from the state in a dispute that has gone on for more than two centuries. The interior solicitor in the Biden administration said in an opinion released in February that the mineral rights under the original Missouri River riverbed belong to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes. That reversed a May 2020 Trump administration opinion concluding that the state is the legal owner of submerged lands beneath the river where it flows through the Fort Berthold Reservation.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs filed notice in federal court on Monday that it recorded title to the tribes for 123 tracts of land. At stake is an estimated $100 million in unpaid royalties held in trust and future payments certain to come from oil drilling beneath the river, which was dammed by the federal government in the 1950s. That flooded more than a tenth of the 1,500-square-mile Fort Berthold Reservation to create Lake Sakakawea.
The state has argued it assumed ownership of the riverbed when North Dakota became a state in 1889, citing cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court has held that submerged lands were not reserved by the federal government. The Three Affiliated Tribes base their premise on three previous federal opinions dating back to the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie that confirms their ownership of the riverbed.
The February memo marked the fourth time the Interior Department had addressed the issue since January 2017, when Solicitor Hilary Tompkins, an appointee of President Barack Obama, affirmed tribal ownership. Solicitor Daniel Jorjani, President Donald Trump’s appointee, ruled in favor of the state in 2020. Jorjani’s opinion was scrapped in March 2021, after President Joe Biden took office.
MINOT, ND – The Minot Fire Department along with several other departments battled a grass fire at Minot International Airport Monday afternoon. Winds made the fire challenging. Minot Fire was aided by Surrey Fire and Minot Rural Fire Department. Crews reported no injuries and no loss of structures.

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