KHRT ND News – 08/12/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 081221 – 0700
STRASBURG, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say a Linton man died when the crop-spraying airplane he was piloting struck a high voltage transmission line Tuesday and crashed in southern North Dakota. The Highway Patrol says 63-year-old Michael Gunia died in the crash when the single-engine plane went down in a field near Strasburg about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Gunia was pronounced dead at the scene. Strasburg is about 75 miles southeast of Bismarck. The Highway Patrol, Federal Aviation Administration and Emmons County deputies are investigating.
WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified an Omaha, Nebraska man who was seriously hurt when he crashed a small plane west of Fargo. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says Jeffrey Kloster had just left the West Fargo Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon when the plane struck treetops and crashed into a soybean field. KFGO radio reports it took fire crews about 40 minutes to free Kloster from the wreckage. West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller says it appeared Kloster suffered serious leg injuries and possible internal injuries. Kloster is hospitalized in Fargo. His condition is not known. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services is inviting current or past Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program clients to take a short customer experience survey now through Aug. 31, 2021. The department wants to better understand TANF clients’ needs and identify opportunities for improving support.
“Strong, stable families is a key department priority,” explained Economic Assistance Division Director Michele Gee. “The survey will help us understand the experiences of TANF participants, including the changing needs of families, so that we can better support their economic health and well-being.”
The survey can be completed online at TANF participants unable to complete an online survey can call program administrator Joan Schatz at 701-328-4005, 711 (TTY) to complete it by phone. Responses are confidential.
Gee said the survey is part of a comprehensive review of the state’s TANF program, which began earlier this year with support from the Office of Family Assistance Peer Technical Assistance Network. The review includes examining the delivery system, policy and administration of TANF in North Dakota.
The TANF program serves low-income families with children who are deprived of parental support or care due to divorce, separation, death or disability. Its purpose is to move families from public assistance toward self-sufficiency by providing time-limited cash assistance along with work readiness, training and job placement services for parents.
Between July 2019 and March 2021, the program served an average of 980 North Dakota households per month, and 79% of participants were children. The average TANF benefit was $323 a month.
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – A crew from the Minot Air Force Base was part of an Air Force Global Strike Command that launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday morning. The missle was equipped with a test re-entry vehicle and launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. Air Force officials say the launch demonstrate the readiness of U.S. nuclear forces and provides confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.
This launch involved a Hi Fidelity Joint Test Assembly re-entry vehicle that detonated conventional (i.e. non-nuclear) explosives prior to hitting the surface of the water approximately 4,200 miles downrange near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
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