KHRT ND News – 07/09/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 070921 – 1200
MANDAN, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Mandan. It happened around 5:15 pm on Thursday on Memorial Highway at 3rd Street Southeast. Troopers say a 42-year old woman from Mandan died in the accident. She was a passenger in a minivan that moved into the intersection when an oncoming truck hit them. Authorities say the 23-year old man driving the minivan fled and was later arrested and charged. He had two other passengers, a 21-year old woman and a 24-year old woman, who were treated for serious injuries. The driver of the truck was a 16 year old male. The investigation continues.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Police say they’ve arrested a Grand Forks man accused of abducting a young girl. Authorities say the 52-year-old man forced the girl into his vehicle in Grand Forks about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The girl was found unharmed not far from where the kidnapping occurred. According to police, the victim and some friends who witnessed the crime were able to give officers a description of the suspect and his vehicle. He was located and arrested without incident. Police are recommending the man face a felony kidnapping charge. The Grant Forks County State’s Attorney’s Office will review the case.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Midwestern network and technology services provider says it plans to invest $200 million to upgrade and expand its fiber network in North Dakota. Midco says it’s part of a larger $500 million investment to its network in the upper Midwest that will benefit telehealth, education, government operations and remote working. Upgrading to 10-gigabit speed by 2030 is a goal that the cable provider has been working toward the past couple years. But, CEO Pat McAdaragh says the company now plans to do it sooner with the upgrade beginning in earnest next year.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot took a significant step toward implementing a curbside recycling program at it’s July 6 meeting. The Council approved the plans and specifications for a recycling transfer facility and a new entrance to the current City landfill, and authorized a call for bids.
 
City of Minot Assistant Public Works Director Jason Sorenson told council members a curbside recycling program could be operational in approximately two years. Before then, the transfer facility would need to be designed, bid, and built. Sorenson said the City would have to order and store about 7,000 containers to use in curbside recycling. “As we’ve been going through the process, delays have already pushed things back a bit,” he said. “As of now, I think our best decision would have curbside recycling starting the spring of 2023.”
 
The project will also relocate the entrance to the landfill to a location off 37th Avenue Southwest, which will move considerable truck traffic from the current road through a residential area. Recycled materials would be picked up curbside, then collected at the transfer facility before being shipped to an out-of-state location.
 
In a second vote, the council rejected using up to $370,000 that would have paid for continued exploration of locating, purchasing, and developing land for a new landfill.
 
“I understand the frustrations with some of the neighboring land owners, but I also understand that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to find a location for new landfill activities,” Council President Lisa Olson said. “I just don’t feel at this time it would be money well spent to search for those properties.” “I also think it will be clearer to our staff on what to focus on. I think they have put in a lot of time to find answers for us, and I would prefer they not have to work on that any longer,” Olson added.
 
Council members Paul Pitner and Stephen Podrygula voted against stopping the search for a new landfill location; Olson, Mayor Shaun Sipma, Tom Ross, Carrie Evans, and Mark Jantzer voted in favor of the motion to end funding.
 
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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 070921 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota has sued the Biden administration over its suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water, saying the move will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation’s public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Bismarck claims the move is unlawful. It seeks to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to reschedule two lease sales that were canceled and block the agency from revoking others in the future. The lawsuit said the two canceled sales this year have cost the state more than $82 million. The Bureau of Land Management declined comment Thursday on the lawsuit.
 
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in a statement that he sued “to protect North Dakota’s economy, the jobs of our hardworking citizens, and North Dakota’s rights to control its own natural resources”. Stenehjem said his office began working on the lawsuit immediately after the lease sales were suspended after Biden took office. The suspension of the lease sales in North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, could cost the state “billions in the coming months,” Stenehjem said. “This is a very significant proposition for the state of North Dakota,” Stenehjem said in an interview. Stenehjem said oil and gas production from leased federal and tribal land in North Dakota generates nearly $94 million in royalty revenue for the state annually.
 
A judge in Louisiana temporarily blocked Biden’s suspension last month, and said his ruling applies nationwide. But the administration continues to develop plans that could extend the ban or make leases more costly. Stenehjem said he expects other oil and gas producing states to join the lawsuit.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials in western North Dakota will not pursue plans to build a bridge over the Little Missouri River across the property of landowners who objected to the project. The Billings County Commission scrapped the plans on Tuesday after a long dispute. The Bismarck Tribune reports the county would have had to use eminent domain to carry out the effort at the site in the Badlands. The three-member county commission decided unanimously to stop pursuing the project across the Short family ranch. County officials have thought for years about building another bridge over the river.
 
Family members who opposed the bridge are descendants of former U.S. Rep. Don Short and his father who established the ranch north of Medora. Among their concerns is that the bridge would have drawn oil-related traffic through the property. Proponents of the bridge said it could help emergency responders gain better access to remote parts of the Badlands, as well as benefit the oil industry and tourism.
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TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (AP) – Prosecutors in La Crosse County have charged a North Dakota woman with fleeing from police at speeds of nearly 140 mph on Interstate 90. Online court records show 36-year-old Amy Torres of Fargo, North Dakota, was charged Wednesday with attempting to elude an officer, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by the La Crosse Tribune, a town of Campbell police officer was running radar checks on Interstate 90 and clocked Torres traveling west at 119 mph in a 70 mph zone. The officer tried to stop her but she sped away. A chase ensued with Torres reaching a top speed of 137 mph. She ultimately ran out of gas on an I-90 bridge over the Mississippi River linking Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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BISMARCK, ND – The fastest growing segment of North Dakota’s workforce is mothers of young children. With a majority of North Dakota mothers returning to work after having a baby, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is encouraging businesses to support this integral part of the workforce by earning their Infant Friendly Workplace designation. The Infant Friendly Workplace designation is awarded to employers who adopt breastfeeding support policies. These policies should include guidelines for adequate break times; a clean, private location for milk expression; and available resources for clean water and breast milk storage.
 
Research from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows businesses who implement these policies experience many benefits, including increased employee retention; reduced sick time for children’s illnesses; and lower health care and insurance costs.
In addition to these benefits, Brady Nash, CEO of BNG Team, a Fargo-based business solutions company, says becoming an Infant Friendly Workplace is one way businesses can show their employees they care. “You want your employees to care about your customers. You want them to care about your business. This is just one big example of how you can show that you care about them,” says Nash. “I think that can affect turnover…your morale, your culture, and whether people want to stay and whether they recommend people coming to work for you. It’s not the end-all be-all, but I think it’s a mindset.”
 
In 2019, over 80 percent of North Dakota babies started out breastfeeding. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this rate decreases significantly after their mothers return to work. By providing the right support at work, businesses can help sustain an employee’s decision to breastfeed, as well as increase their overall feelings of workplace satisfaction and well-being.
Kelly Mead, social media specialist at BNG Team, says having a designated room is “an exceptional thing to have.” “I feel very cared for working here. Especially this room – it was just like the cherry on the top,” says Mead.
 
Funding is available through the NDDoH Maternal and Child Health Program to support businesses pursuing an Infant Friendly Workplace designation. The primary focus of the funding is to assist workplaces with creating a private space for breastfeeding employees. Businesses may request up to $500. The 2021 application deadline is August 1.
 
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