KHRT ND News – 06/05/21

KHRT NEWS – SATURDAY – 060521 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The City of Minot has issued a mandatory water restriction of all outdoor water use, including any lawn watering, car washing, or other uses. Public Works Director Dan Jonasson said the overall water usage is still exceeding the production capacity at the Minot Water Treatment Plant due to reduced raw water capacity. All commercial and residential users are urged to shut off their sprinklers and only water new lawns or sod that has been planted or landscaping on an as needed basis. City water reservoirs are at critical low levels and due to high water usage, reservoirs are not able to be refilled. Besides the city of Minot, other users of Minot water include rural water systems, Minot Air Force Base, and those who receive water through the Northwest Area Water Supply system.
Jonasson said the water restrictions are due to several wells in the raw water system that have failed, limiting the amount of water that can be produced at the Minot Water Treatment Plant. Crews are expected to be on site Monday to complete well repairs and restore the raw water ca-pacity for treatment. Water usage in the city has risen to about 11 million gallons per day, which is approximately one million gallons a day more than the treatment plant can currently produce with the limited amount of incoming raw water.
“We need all of our water customers to limit their water usage until repairs to the well are done. With reservoirs at a critical low level, we have concerns with adequate fire flow for fire sprinkler systems and overall firefighting capability,” Jonasson said.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday named a Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tribal leader as director of the state Indian Affairs Commission. Nathan A. Davis, who also is a descendant of the Spirit Lake Nation, begins the job July 1. He succeeds Scott Davis, who had been executive director of the commission since 2009, when he was appointed by then-Gov. John Hoeven. Scott Davis plans to join Sanford Health as head of Native American outreach. Burgum says Nathan Davis’ leadership experience and “bridge-building skills” will be valuable in the position.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Police in Fargo have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a teenage girl. According to a police news release, officers found the 14-year-old girl unconscious outside a strip mall just west of Interstate 29 early Friday morning. She was taken to a hospital where she was listed in stable condition. A witness said they say a man wearing a bloody T-shirt and black sweat pants leaving the area. Police tried to use a dog to track the man but were unsuccessful. Police spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker said in a follow-up email to reporters Friday afternoon that a man had been taken into custody in connection with the attack. She said she didn’t have any additional details.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a crash that left one person dead in Barnes County. KFGO reports the crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 94 just west of Sanborn. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said an SUV and a semitrailer were eastbound when the semi slowed for a grass fire. The SUV tried to pass the semi, drifted over the center line, sideswiped the semi’s rear tires and overturned, ending up in the westbound lanes. The SUV’s 24-year-old driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, suffering fatal injuries. A 62-year-old passenter in the SUV was treated for his injuries and released. The semi driver wasn’t hurt.
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