KHRT ND News – 07/14/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 071421 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – Minot Police have released the name of the victim of a fatal shooting on Sunday. Officers say 29-year old Arnalyn Repalam of Minot was shot late Sunday afternoon and taken to the hospital. When police arrived at the hospital, Repalam had succombed to her injuries. 41-year old Eric Venn of Minot was arrested and charged with murder and other charges related to the incident. Police gave no details on a motive or on any relationship between Repalam and Venn. The investigation is ongoing.

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MINOT, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of a man killed in a single vehicle rollover near Ross. The Patrol says 19-year old Dayton Reynolds of Berthold failed to negotiate a curve, left the road, struck a signpost, and overturned in the ditch about 7 miles south of Ross on Monday morning. Troopers say Reynolds had moved to Berthold from Kemah, TX. He was pronounced dead at the Stanley hospital. The Patrol says investigation continues.

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BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning all North Dakota residents about another new twist to an old scam. The old scam – an email or text “notification” that a charge has supposedly been made to your Amazon or Apple account – has an updated twist. Victims are now being directed to send or upload a copy of their driver’s license to “verify” their identity. The driver’s license contains personal information that the scam artist can use to steal the victim’s identity and open new accounts in their name.
 
“Never, ever, provide a copy of your driver’s license in response to these types of notifications. If that’s what you are told to do, then you know it’s a scam,” said Stenehjem. “The real customer service people at Amazon and Apple don’t want your driver’s license and would never ask for it.”
 
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division reports that some victims have been directed to take a photo of themselves holding their driver’s license. There is also the possibility that the driver’s license photo can be used to sidestep multi-factor identification screenings, giving the scam artist direct access to the victim’s existing financial accounts.
 
Parrell Grossman, director of the Consumer Protection division, reminded consumers not to click on links in emails or text message notifications. “If you really think there might be a problem with your account, close the email or text message, open the App you usually use, and check your account that way,” said Grossman. Information about scams and preventing identity theft is available from the Consumer Resources page of the Attorney General’s website.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds people to take healthy precautions while enjoying summer activities and events such as fairs, festivals, carnivals and rodeos. Certain germs, like Campylobacter, E. coli and influenza, can be passed back and forth between humans and animals.
 
“Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities and gatherings,” said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the NDDoH. “Reduce the spread of germs at summer events by taking simple precautions such as washing your hands with soap and clean, running water before and after being around animals and staying home when you are sick.”
 
General recommendations:
 
– Always supervise children around animals.
– Wash your hands before and after petting or touching any animal or anything in the areas where animals are housed. You do not have to touch an animal to get sick. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
– Avoid contact with any animal or viewing animals in enclosed spaces, such as barns, if you are sick or if the animal looks sick.
– Do not take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, strollers or similar items into animal viewing/petting areas.
– Do not eat or drink around animals and keep food and drinks away from animal areas.
– Do not let children sit or play on the ground in animal areas.
– Avoid bringing your pet. Consider leaving your pet at home and never leave pets in vehicles.
– NEVER touch an animal unless invited to do so by the animal’s owner.
– Always adhere to posted instructions, notices, and warnings when visiting animal viewing areas.
 
Anyone at risk for serious complications from infectious diseases like influenza or E. coli should consider avoiding contact with live animals and their environments at fairs or similar events. High-risk individuals include young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older and those with long-term health conditions. People with respiratory conditions should consider avoiding enclosed spaces where livestock are present, such as barns and indoor arenas. Anyone who becomes ill after contact with livestock or other animals should contact a health care provider and should tell them about the animal contact.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 071421 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The attorney for a man charged with killing his mother and a Grand Forks police officer during a shootout with law enforcement who were serving eviction papers says his client shouldn’t be found guilty of murder even though he caused both deaths. Defense attorney Steven Mottinger told a jury during his closing arguments Tuesday that Salamah Pendleton was experiencing “extreme emotional disturbance” because officers came to evict him and his mother from their Grand Forks apartment despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and later because he thought the officers had killed his mother. He says manslaughter convictions would be more suitable in the May 2020 killings. Jurors deliberated for about four hours on Tuesday and are scheduled to resume discussions today.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Facing criticism from small cities that feared losing status and funding, the federal government says that it won’t raise the population threshold for what qualifies as a metro area. The Office of Budget and Management said Tuesday that it will keep the minimum population needed in a community’s core city at 50,000 residents in order to be designated a “metropolitan statistical area.” The federal government had been considering doubling that threshold to 100,000 people. Leaders of metro areas like Bismarck, North Dakota; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Auburn, Alabama, had worried the change would prevent urban areas from getting designated federal funding.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials say North Dakota’s trust fund for oil taxes is realizing hefty earnings due to a rebounding economy and better-than-expected stock investments. Revenue from the Legacy Fund for the two-year budget cycle that ended last month was about $872 million. That’s up from the $736 million that budget writers and the Legislature had forecast. Nearly half of the extra revenue will be used to reimburse a constitutional fund that benefits schools but had been shortchanged in error for about a decade. Money from the Common Schools Trust Fund is distributed to North Dakota’s public schools.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said educators will review the progress of North Dakota’s Native American Essential Understandings school instructional project at the state’s annual Indian Education Summit this week. The summit is taking place Thursday and Friday at the State Capitol and the neighboring North Dakota Heritage Center. Lucy Fredericks, the Department of Public Instruction’s director of American Indian and multicultural education, said Tuesday that 169 people have registered to attend the event in person, the summit’s largest expected attendance ever.
 
It will include 27 group breakout sessions, about subjects ranging from literacy instruction, strategies for school improvement, encouraging use of the Lakota language, using Native cultural teachings in the classroom, and promoting good mental health among Native youth.
 
Fredericks said more than 10 percent of North Dakota’s K-12 enrollment is Native American. “Including curriculum in our classrooms that
speaks to the culture of our Native American students is essential to helping them learn,” she said. The summit will feature speeches by a representative of the North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy and by state Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, who will speak on “Native American Education for All.”
 
Earlier this year, the North Dakota Legislature approved a bill that requires North Dakota studies instruction in elementary school to include an emphasis on the state’s federally recognized Indian tribes: the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation; the Standing Rock Sioux; the Spirit Lake Nation; the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa; and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Nation. Breakout sessions will explore the progress of the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings initiative, which Baesler began in 2015. It provides information about the history, culture and traditions of North Dakota’s tribes, including a resource document for classrooms and a website with interviews of tribal elders.
 
“All of our North Dakota students should know the history of the Native people who came before us, and how they contribute to our state today,” Baesler said. “We continue to work to promote this awareness, and to provide our teachers with the materials they need to do this.”
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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