KHRT ND News – 08/14/21

KHRT NEWS – SATURDAY – 081421 – 0700
MINOT, ND – A cooking fire caused minor damage to an apartment in southwest Minot on Wednesday. The Minot Fire Department was called to 700 6th Ave SW for a report of smoke coming through an apartment door. Upon arrival, fire crews found a lower level apartment full of smoke. Crews made entry and conducted a search of the apartment. They found one person asleep in a bedroom, and evacuated him from the structure. Crews continued their search and found a fire that had burned itself out in the kitchen. Fire crews checked the area for further signs of fire and ventilated the building. The fire caused minor damage to the apartment. The fire was caused by unattended cooking materials. There were no working smoke detectors in the apartment. No injuries were reported.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum issued the following statement Friday in response to the Biden administration’s statement suggesting OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) increase oil production to offset high fuel prices.
“This is another glaring example of the Biden administration’s failed and misguided energy policies, including issuing executive orders restricting U.S. energy production and transportation, putting up red tape and creating regulatory roadblocks,” Burgum said. “Instead of urging foreign nations to boost oil output to reduce U.S. gasoline prices, the administration should be encouraging and supporting states like North Dakota to increase oil production to pre-pandemic levels to reduce our reliance on foreign energy sources. We can and should be selling energy to our friends and allies, not buying it from nations that oppose U.S. interests. The White House’s call for OPEC to ‘do more’ to support global recovery and reduce the price at the pump is wrong for American workers, consumers and our nation’s energy security.”
“We have the resources, the skill and the drive to usher in a new era of U.S. energy independence, and the administration should focus on supporting America instead of looking overseas and increasing our dependence on others,” Burgum continued. “And anyone who cares about the global environment should be insisting that the U.S. produce its own energy, since we produce energy cleaner and safer here than anywhere else. Mr. President, please, let us do what we do best – fuel and feed the world.”
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – 54 Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment (EUD) were honored at a sendoff ceremony at the Lake Region State College campus in Devils Lake in preparation of a year-long U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) mission. Nearly 400 Family, friends and fellow Guard members attended the ceremony.
Addressing the departing Soldiers were the commander-in-chief of the North Dakota National Guard Gov. Doug Burgum, U.S. Senator John Hoeven, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, N.D. National Guard senior enlisted leader. The unit was alerted February 2021 and is commanded by Capt. Justin Johnson and the senior enlisted Soldier is Sgt. 1st Class Charles Holzer.
“North Dakota National Guard units have consistently proven to be the best in the country, and we are confident the highly skilled 835th EUD will prove it again with the successful completion of this mission,” Burgum said. “These Soldiers and their families have our unending gratitude and support for their courageous service and sacrifice in defending our most cherished freedoms. We wish them a successful mission and safe return home.”
The unit will be supporting Operation Spartan Shield, a multi-component – active duty, National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve operation. The mission is to maintain U.S. military posture in Southwest Asia, strengthen defense relationships, and to build partner capacity. The unit’s specific tasks would consist of vertical construction and utility work to support units already in theater.
“Our Soldiers are expert carpenters, plumbers, electricians and equipment operators who will use their engineer skills to improve the lives of others,” said Dohrmann, “We continue to be grateful for the support and sacrifice of our Guard families, as well as the support of our employers and communities. Thanks to their outstanding support, we are able to accomplish our missions time and time again.”
This is the first overseas mobilization for this unit. Including the 835th EUD, the North Dakota National Guard has almost 600 Soldiers and Airmen mobilized or scheduled for mobilization. About 70 Soldiers assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment are returning from a nine-month deployment to the National Capital Region where 225 Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, who left in June, are currently serving. The 957th Engineer Company has 125 Soldiers preparing for deployment to the Southwest border in early autumn while the North Dakota Air National Guard has about 115 Airmen mobilized to various locations.
BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota’s pronghorn lottery has been held and all 1,720 licenses were issued. All total, 13,909 applications were received, including 687 gratis applications. Individual results are available online at North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at
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