KHRT ND News – 06/11/21

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MINOT, ND – The Minot Police Department is working with the North Dakota State Forensic Examiner’s Office and the North Dakota State Crime Laboratory to identify the human remains found in the vehicle fire from June 3rd. The Forensic Examiner’s Office has determined the remains are of an adult female, but due to extreme circumstances surrounding this case, police must wait for DNA results for a positive identification. DNA identification is a time consuming process and can take weeks to complete. Investigators have strong evidence to suggest the identity of the victim, but cannot release this information until a positive identification is made. Offices say they have been in contact with family of the presumed victim.
 
The Police Department is investigating this death as a murder. Investigators are actively following up all leads in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Minot Police Department at 701-852-0111 or Crime Stoppers at 701-852-7463 (701-85-CRIME). Callers may remain anonymous. Reference Case #21-15675.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot has ended a week-long mandatory water restriction of outdoor water use, including any lawn watering, car washing, or other uses. Assistant Public Works Director Jason Sorenson said repairs have been made to City wells that were not working last week; two of the repaired wells are back online, with the remaining two wells expected to begin providing normal levels of raw water early next week.
 
“We appreciate the public’s assistance in lowering our overall water usage while these wells were offline and undergoing repairs,” Sorenson said. “Because of the lower demand for water, we were able to refill our reservoirs to ensure the integrity of our overall system and make sure we had enough water in reserve in case there was a large fire in our community.”
 
Even with the treatment plant operating at normal levels again soon, Sorenson is asking residents to continue monitoring 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.
 
“We’re ending the mandatory restriction on outdoor watering, but we hope the public remains vigilant about using water appropriately,” Sorenson said. “Summer is always our peak usage time, and while we want residents to enjoy their lawns, gardens, and pools, we also want to ensure we don’t need to enact restrictions again.”
 
Besides the city of Minot, other users of Minot water include rural water systems, Minot Air Force Base, and those communities that receive water through the Northwest Area Water Supply system, including Kenmare, Berthold, and Mohall.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s rural lawmakers worry that when new political maps are drawn this year their political influence will shrink due to population growth in and around a handful of the state’s larger cities. Legislative redistricting occurs every 10 years after a federal census. It aims to ensure each lawmaker represents about the same number of people. Some lawmakers expect some partisan political bickering during the process. But they say the biggest task will be striking a balance between urban and rural interests. Republican Sen. Jerry Klein of Fessenden says rural priorities increasingly don’t mirror those in bigger cities.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced Thursday that the application window for the Technical Skill Training Grant is anticipated to open on June 15.
 
“We saw tremendous success with the first round of this grant in fall 2020 when we launched it using Coronavirus Relief Funds with the intention of helping displaced workers develop new skills and pursue new opportunities in North Dakota,” Commerce Workforce Division Director Katie Ralston said. “We have supported the launch and expansion of programs in several sectors across the state, including health care, information technology, welding and commercial driver’s license training. We are thrilled to once again provide this support to public and private sector training providers as we work together to meet the state’s workforce needs.”
 
Although a wide range of programs may qualify, Commerce anticipates that skilled trades and labor training programs are well-suited to develop accelerated programming or expand capacity in existing programs. New and existing programs that began after March 1, 2020, may qualify for this grant to support operating and participation expenses for current participants.
 
Commerce was allocated $1 million by the 67th Legislative Assembly to administer the Technical Skills Training Grant to support accelerated, skills-based and hands-on workforce training programs. More information and the Technical Skills Training Grant application can be found at belegendary.link/Technical-Skills-Training-Grant.
 
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