KHRT ND News – 08/11/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 081121 – 1200
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A man found guilty of child abuse for assaulting a woman in front of a young girl is appealing his conviction to the North Dakota Supreme Court. 53-year old Brent Castleman, of Minot, was convicted last year of child abuse. The woman had secretly recorded the assault and the girl crying after witnessing the attack. The recording was played for the jury during Castleman’s trial. He was convicted of the single child abuse charge and acquitted of second child abuse charge. Castleman argues that there was insufficient evidence for the jury to convict him of Class B felony.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A jury has reached a verdict in a civil case involving a Fargo hotel and a fatal fight outside its doors. The jury decided The Hotel Donaldson is not responsible for paying damages to the widow of the man who died in the fight and another man who was injured. The case stems from a fight in May 2017 involving Darren Patterson, Jamie Grant and Christopher Sang. Patterson was earlier convicted of throwing punch that killed Grant more than a week later. Sang suffered a traumatic brain injury in the fight. Jenny Grant and Sang sued the hotel for $2.5 million, saying staff there should have known the three men were going to fight after getting kicked out of the bar.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The leader of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is visiting Minot today. Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and United States Army Corps of Engineers commanding general, is touring the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project construction activities. Spellmon is also meeting with local officials at City Hall this afternoon. Spellmon is accompanied by Col. Karl Jansen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, commander.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and Souris River Joint Water Resource Board worked in partnership to develop the congressionally authorized federal portion of the MREFPP. This includes building a diversion channel along Maple Street parallel to the BNSF Railroad tracks, and a 1,200-foot-long earthen levee along the north side of the diversion, river control structures and road and railroad closure structures. The purpose of the Chief’s visit to the Souris River Basin is to better understand the project and the opportunities moving forward.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – An effort by 11 former University of North Dakota women’s hockey players to bring back the program that was dropped in 2017 got new life on Tuesday when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived the players’ lawsuit.
The original complaint alleged that when the Grand Forks school dropped hockey it violated Title IX laws that prohibit women from being treated differently because of gender. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the suit did not show a “substantial disproportionality” between men’s and women’s athletic opportunities in relation to the respective enrollments of men and women. The players appealed in October and a three-judge panel ruled that the athletes may be able to state an actionable Title IX claim and have the case sent back to district court.
The school said in a statement that the 8th Circuit opinion “does not reach the substance” of its decision to eliminate women’s hockey. School administrators cited budget woes due to decreased support from the state when they dropped women’s hockey, as well as men’s and women’s swimming and diving.
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WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say fires involving three oil wells in McKenzie County were brought under control over the weekend after they had burned for 16 days. Crews put out the fire at the first well northeast of Watford City last Tuesday and extinguished the final well on Saturday. An inspector from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was headed to the site to talk with personnel there and do a visual inspection. The Bismarck Tribune reports that an early estimate Petro-Hunt provided the state indicated that 100 barrels of oil and 100 barrels of produced water spilled in the incident. Produced water is also known as brine or saltwater, and it comes up alongside oil and gas in wells.
WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man was injured Tuesday when a crop-dusting plane crashed near the West Fargo Municipal Airport, the North Dakota State Patrol said. The crash happened about 4 p.m., pinning the pilot inside, a dispatcher said. He was being taken to a hospital. No other information was immediately available.
STRASBURG, N.D. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say a small airplane spraying crops struck a high voltage transmission line and has crashed in south central North Dakota, killing the pilot. The North Dakota Highway Patrols says the single-engine plane went down in a field near Strasburg in Emmons County about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Western Area Power Administration line was severed. The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted earlier that the plane was a Rockwell International S-2R, a fixed wing aircraft. The NTSB, Federal Aviation Administration and Emmons County deputies are investigating.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting the public to share their thoughts on the current state of addiction and recovery by participating in the “North Dakota Addressing Addiction” survey. Developed in partnership between the State of North Dakota and a nationally recognized nonprofit, the Addiction Policy Forum, this survey will be used to gain a greater understanding of the attitudes and knowledge the citizens of North Dakota have related to addiction. Results from the survey may also help communities identify where addiction literacy and targeted interventions may be needed.
“As we strive to find solutions to the addiction crisis, we want to hear directly from the citizens of North Dakota, because data-driven decisions make for better policies and programs,” Gov. Burgum said.
The online survey will take participants approximately 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential, no identifying information will be collected, and participants may stop taking the survey at any time.
“Addiction continues to devastate families, businesses and communities across our state,” First Lady Burgum said. “The short time you spend sharing your thoughts on this survey can help support healthy and safe communities throughout North Dakota.”
The “North Dakota Addressing Addiction” survey will be open until Tuesday, Aug. 31. People interested in participating can go to to complete the online survey.
BISMARCK, ND – The 2021 North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest for Travel and Tourism is accepting submissions. The contest celebrates the talents of North Dakotans and the appeal of our wide-open spaces and community spaces where we follow our curiosity, not the crowds. Each year, this contest provides an opportunity to capture images of our state’s vibrant communities, outdoor adventure and scenic beauty while also showcasing North Dakota as a great place to live and work. The contest is open now through August 31, 2021. More information can be found on Gov. Doug Burgum’s social media sites.
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