KHRT ND News – 07/15/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 071521 – 1200
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Police have evacuated a Fargo motel as they deal with an armed man who barricaded himself inside. Authorities say the man has a knife and is contained to his room at the at the Super 8 Motel Thursday. Police have established a perimeter around the motel as they try to negotiate with the man. So far they have not been successful in communicating with him. The Red River Valley SWAT team has been called to the motel.
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BISMARCK, ND – An Ellendale man was seriously injured in a single vehicle rollover. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened Wednesday about 17 east of Ashley. A 23-year old man lost control of the pickup he was driving and it rolled in the ditch coming to rest in a slough. Troopers say the man was treated at the scene and then air lifted to the hospital in Aberdeen, SD. The crash remains under investigation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota has seen major growth in wind energy, but turbines help with more than just power supplies, according to new research measuring the industry’s economic footprint. Since 2002, North Dakota State University (NDSU) researchers showed wind energy production in North Dakota has gone from nearly five megawatts of production capacity to more than 3,600.
 
Dr. Nancy Hodur, director of the Center for Social Research at NDSU, said coinciding with that growth is the economic value, which the latest data pegs at $1.2 billion in total business volume for the state. She added the figures are concrete industry numbers. “You know, we’re not relying on estimates or secondary data, or some guess about what it looks like in some other state and applying it to North Dakota,” Hodur explained. She argued the figures are important as stakeholders evaluate investments in renewable-energy projects.
 
The report also showed direct property taxes paid by wind farms doubled from nearly $6 million in 2015 to more than $10 million in 2019. When measuring employment, researchers pointed out wind energy recently accounted for more than 3,400, including direct and non-direct positions. According to the study, land-lease payments from wind farms totaled $19 million dollars in 2019.
 
Dean Bangsund, research scientist at NDSU, said most of that went to property owners living in the state. “In other words, we’re not exporting value out of the state as the result of consuming land in North Dakota,” Bangsund reported.
 
Jon Baker, development director for the wind farm firm 0rsted North America, said while projects can still encounter pushback at the local level, they certainly help with budget stability. “Rural counties with lower population, if the wind farm comes in and pays tens of millions of dollars of property taxes over the life of the wind farm, that can be a substantive impact to local county budgets,” Baker contended.
He warned grid capacity remains a big challenge in the upper Midwest, which can stall development even when permits are approved.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 071521 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Grand Forks man has been convicted for killing his mother and a police officer during a shootout as authorities tried to evict the pair from their apartment last year. Authorities say 42-year-old Salamah Pendleton opened fire on Grand Forks police Officer Cody Holte and other officers in May 2020 while they were serving him and his mother with eviction papers. They say a stray bullet Pendleton fired killed his mother. He and a sheriff’s deputy were also wounded in the gun battle. In addition to two counts of murder with extreme indifference, the jury on Wednesday convicted Pendleton of two counts of attempted murder, terrorizing, reckless endangerment and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. He faces life in prison.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Burning wildfires in Canada are causing air quality issues in parts of the U.S., including Minnesota and North Dakota. Weather experts say the smoke sometimes stays aloft, but in this particular case it’s lingering closer to the ground. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert on Wednesday for much of the state including Moorhead, Bemidji, Roseau, and East Grand Forks out of concern for public health. Those with asthma, COPD, or other respiratory illnesses can be at risk.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Tribal and environmental groups opposed to Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline have asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision affirming the approvals of the project. The state Commerce Department, which was part of the earlier appeal, is not joining in the appeal this time. The legal move comes as protests continue along the route in northern Minnesota. More than 500 protesters have been arrested or issued citations since construction on the Minnesota leg of the project began last December. Line 3 comes out of Canada, across northeastern North Dakota, and then across northern Minnesota. Meanwhile, opponents are demanding more transparency from state officials about a spill last week of drilling mud into a river that the pipeline will cross.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum presented North Dakota’s highest citizen honor on Wednesday to the state’s first Olympic gold medal winners, officially inducting twin sisters and hockey stars Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson into the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame. Burgum presented the award and helped unveil the official portrait that will hang in the Hall of Fame at the Capitol in Bismarck during a public ceremony attended by over 150 family members, friends, state and local officials, and supporters at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, where the twins played for the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team.
 
Burgum noted that Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson are the first siblings inducted into the Hall of Fame and, at 32 years old, are also the second- and third-youngest individuals to receive the Rough Rider Award – only Roger Maris was younger.
 
“Throughout their careers, they have demonstrated the power of values that many North Dakotans hold dear – an incredible work ethic, a love of family and community, a dedication to continuous improvement and a focus on success,” Burgum said during the ceremony. “When they took their hard-won and well-deserved place on top of the podium at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the eyes of the world were fixed upon them, and all of North Dakota stood in awe of their accomplishment. Two athletes from North Dakota, from Grand Forks, from right here, realizing the dream they had been working so hard to achieve since childhood. They turned that dream into a platform for sharing their guiding principle, which is ‘cheering for the one behind.’ And they’ve used that platform in an increasingly impactful way, advocating for equity for all – in both sports and life.”
 
Burgum announced the Lamoureux twins as the 45th and 46th recipients of the Rough Rider Award on June 11, 2020. A formal presentation of the award in 2020 was postponed because of obstacles related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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. Lamoureux-Morando said the sisters have always appreciated the support they have received from Grand Forks and the state of North Dakota.
 
“We have always understood that one day our hockey careers would be over and we would have to move on to other things,” she said. “While always being singularly focused during our hockey careers, we never lost sight of the bigger picture. Being good at hockey and winning gold medals and championships is great, but it’s how you treat others along that journey that truly matters.”
 
“If there is one thing that I have learned throughout our career, it is that there is no way to accomplish the things we have alone,” Lamoureux-Davidson said. “We have coaches, teachers, trainers, teammates, family and friends here today along with community members who have supported us throughout the years. We have traveled the world, accomplished sports’ most coveted prize, achieved our childhood dreams and, after all of it – the wins and losses, the plane and bus rides – we have always come back home to North Dakota.”
 
Guest speakers praised Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson for their work ethic, commitment to excellence and passion for ensuring equity for all. “Whether it’s on the ice as athletes leading hockey teams to victory at the very highest levels of competition, in the classroom excelling as students, or championing the cause of gender equity in sports and in society, their example has enabled girls and women to pursue their dreams,” UND President Andrew Armacost said.
 
Other speakers included Coach Gordon Stafford, director of girls’ hockey and head coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., where the Lamoureux twins played high school hockey; Dr. Colleen Hacker, mental skills coach for USA Hockey during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, in which the Lamoureux twins played; and David Cohen, senior advisor to the CEO at Comcast, who has worked closely with the Lamoureux twins in their advocacy efforts.
 
North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger and State Historical Society Director Bill Peterson, who concurred with the selection of the Rough Rider Award recipients, assisted in unveiling the official portrait of the Lamoureux twins. The portrait was painted by Minot-based artist Vern Skaug, who since 1970 has painted many of the portraits hanging in the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame at the North Dakota Capitol.
 
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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