KHRT ND News – 06/10/21

KHRT NEWS – 061021 – THURSDAY – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Republicans will lead a new committee that will redraw North Dakota’s legislative districts this year. A redistricting committee of 14 Republicans and two Democrats was picked Wednesday during a meeting of Legislative Management, by a panel of lawmakers that handles the Legislature’s business between sessions. The lawmakers will craft an outline for legislative redistricting, which is done every 10 years after a federal census. It aims to ensure that each member of the Legislature represents about the same number of people. Proportionately, the new redistricting committee is in-line with the Legislature’s makeup, with Democrats holding only 14% of legislative seats.
MINOT, ND – Minot’s water situation is beginning to return to normal. After work on Monday and Tuesday, one of the City’s wells under repair – Well E in the Sundre well field – is back online. The well produces approximately 1 million gallons of raw water per day. The remaining wells undergoing repairs should be back in operation by the end of this week.
Last week, The City of Minot issued a mandatory water restriction of all outdoor water use, including any lawn watering, car washing, or other uses. The water restrictions were due to several wells in the raw water system that failed, limiting the amount of water that could be produced at the Minot Water Treatment Plant.
Sorenson said the plan is to have all down wells operational by the end of the week, which means the water restrictions could be lifted. But with hot weather continuing and little rain in the forecast, Sorenson is hoping residents continue to monitor their outdoor water usage and follow the City ordinance that allows homes with even numbers to water on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and those with odd numbers to water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) reminds drivers who are traveling the state this summer to watch for Safety Corridors and their enhanced safety features, which may include an increased law enforcement presence. Corridors are on Highway 85 from Watford City to ND 68, Highway 52 from Brooks Junction to Velva, and Highway 83 from Bismarck to Washburn.
Safety Corridors include signage indicating reduced speed, no-passing zones, information about road conditions, and reminders to buckle up, drive sober, and distraction-free. In addition to these signs, Corridors may include pavement markings that are more visible, especially in dark or wet conditions.
Safety Corridors were implemented on North Dakota highways as a part of the Vision Zero plan to help reach the goal of zero fatalities on North Dakota roads. Preliminary crash fatalities in 2021 are trending higher than previous years with 32 fatalities as of May 31, 2021.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum will present the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award to Olympic gold medalists and advocates Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson on Wednesday, July 14, in Grand Forks, N.D., where the Lamoureux twins grew up, played for the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team and live today.
Burgum announced the Lamoureux twins as the 45th and 46th recipients of the Rough Rider Award, the state’s highest commendation for its citizens, on June 11, 2020. A formal presentation of the award in 2020 was postponed because of obstacles related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor will present the award to the Lamoureux twins during a public ceremony at 4 p.m. July 14 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. The ceremony is free and open to the public and media and will be livestreamed. A reception will follow. Doors will open at 3 p.m., and event parking will be free in Ralph Engelstad Arena parking lots.
Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson rose to national and international prominence as members of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Each contributed game-changing moments in the gold medal game, with Lamoureux-Morando tying the game near the end of regulation and Lamoureux-Davidson scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout. Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson have further used their platform as gold medalists to promote gender equity and increased access for disadvantaged youth, forming the Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation in July 2019.
The Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award recognizes present and former North Dakotans who have been influenced by the state in achieving national recognition in their fields of endeavor, thereby reflecting credit and honor upon North Dakota and its citizens.
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