KHRT ND News – 07/07/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 070721 – 1200
MINOT, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in a crash between a pickup and a UTV near New Town. The crash happened just before 9 AM on Monday about 12 miles north of New Town. Troopers say that 23-year old Garrett Hoelscher of Ross was driving a Polaris Ranger UTV that was struck while crossing Highway 1804 by a pickup driven by 31-year old Geran Rick of Lignite. Hoelscher and a passenger, 16-year old Alex Ruud of Ross, were pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say neither was wearing a seatbelt or a helmet. Rick was not injured in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – The Mandan City Commission has agreed to equip the community’s police force with body cameras. The commission approved the cameras unanimously Tuesday with no discussion. The police department received a quote from Digital-Ally, which already has cameras inside the police vehicles. The package of 28 body cameras, upgraded in-car cameras, accessories, set-up, training and cloud storage would cost about $165,000 for a five-year subscription. The Lincoln Police Department began using body cameras in early 2020. The Bismarck Police Department and the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department do not use the technology.
BISMARCK, ND – The Essential Worker Cross-Border Vaccination Initiative has reached a new milestone, with more than 2,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine given to Manitoba truck drivers in North Dakota, Premier Brian Pallister and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced today.
“Thanks to the generosity of our southern neighbors in North Dakota, we’ve been able to boost Manitoba’s vaccination efforts and protect truck drivers who are working tirelessly through the pandemic to deliver essential goods and services to Manitobans and across the border,” said Pallister. “Based on demand from Manitobans passing through North Dakota on their delivery routes, the successful partnership is extended through July and this strong cross-border cooperation will continue to benefit both our communities and our economies.”
“The success of this first-of-its-kind program between North Dakota and Manitoba is a testament to our strong commitment to protecting public health and providing safe, effective vaccines to those essential workers who transport goods and services across our border,” Burgum said. “By extending the program through July, we can continue to protect the health of our citizens and our economies as we move closer to the reopening of our shared border.”
Announced in April, the Essential Worker Cross-Border Vaccination Initiative has coordinated the opportunity for Manitoba-based truck drivers transporting goods to and from the United States to schedule immunization appointments on routine trips. The first clinic opened April 21 at a northbound rest area on Interstate 29 (I-29) near Drayton, N.D. To date, 2,523 doses have been administered to Manitoba truck drivers in North Dakota, with 1,719 receiving a first dose and 804 receiving a second dose. Pallister noted the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) and its members have helped the province identify and coordinate to recruit eligible individuals.
The state and province established a joint operations group to manage the initiative, with the North Dakota Department of Health providing nurses and other staff to administer first and second doses. There is no cost to the state or province as the U.S. government supplies the vaccine and reimburses the costs to administer.
The North Dakota Department of Health has extended the Drayton pop-up vaccination clinic through the month of July to accommodate Canadian traffic. The department noted an average of 45 to 50 Canadians are vaccinated each day at that site. It has also arranged a weekend pop-up site at the GasTrak off I-29 in Pembina, N.D.
Manitoban truck drivers are currently able to get vaccinated at two clinics in North Dakota:
– GasTrak at 700 W Stutsman St. in Pembina every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and
– Drayton rest area on I-29 near Drayton every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
These locations and hours will be effective through July.
MINOT, ND – Habitat for Humanity Northern Lights is one of more than 220 Habitat organizations awarded a grant from Wells Fargo as part of its nationwide initiative to help low-to-moderate income families construct and improve homes across the country. Habitat for Humanity Northern Lights will receive $15,000 and use the funding to build wheelchair ramps and renovate a Habitat house in Minot. “Until we raise the funds to build a new house, we try help homeowners with items like building these ramps,” said Roxy Volk, Executive Director.
The grant is part of a $7.75 million donation Wells Fargo is making to Habitat for Humanity International through Wells Fargo Builds, an initiative that provides philanthropic financial support and volunteerism to create sustainable affordable housing. More than 340 homes will be constructed or repaired with Habitat in over 40states through the initiative this year. Wells Fargo Builds is part of Wells Fargo’s $1billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 070721 – 0700
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – Minot police say a woman has been arrested for leaving a 1-year-old child unattended in a vehicle and then leaving the scene when officers arrived. The incident happened Monday evening outside a Minot business. Police say the child had been alone for 30 minutes in a vehicle that was running but unlocked. The registered owner of the vehicle, 31-year old Loni Carpenter of Minot, lied to officers about her identity and left the area. Police say Carpenter returned to the scene about 90 minutes later and was arrested for child neglect, false information and previous warrants. The child is in the custody of relatives.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota National Guard says about 125 soldiers from a Bismarck-based unit will be sent to the U.S. border with Mexico later this year for an undetermined amount of time. The soldiers from the 957th Engineer Company are expected to begin the deployment this fall. Gov. Doug Burgum’s office says the request was made Department of the Army. Burgum says the soldiers will “support the efforts to secure our border.” The governor’s office says the deployment is being funded by the federal government. Burgum is among a growing list of Republican governors promising to send law enforcement officers to Texas. Republican governors from Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska and Iowa have all committed to sending law enforcement officers for border security.
BISMARCK, ND – COVID-19 vaccination rates in North Dakota are holding steady. The Department of Health lists 45.1% (296,994) of residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. Of that total 73.1% (90,452) of those 65 and older are fully vaccinated. Those 12 and older who have received at least one dose stands at 47.9% (315,139).
UNDATED (AP) – Those who have lost loved ones know that the grief never really goes away; it just lessens over time. But for some of the survivors of COVID-19 victims, even that is not happening. Deprived of traditional hospital visits, funerals or get-togethers with relatives, these people are suffering from what is known as prolonged grief. Experts say such grief can prevent people from moving beyond a death and beginning to function normally. Social media has become the place where many connect to share stories of loved ones and loss. One private Facebook page dealing with COVID-19 losses has more than 10,000 members.
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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