KHRT ND News – 08/16/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 081621 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – Minot Police have released the names of those involved in a homicide investigation. Officers says the victim was 50-year old Carrie Welnel of Minot. Police were called to southwest Minot address around 7 AM Sunday for a report of a shooting. Welnel was found dead at the scene. Officers identified 23-year old Caleb Heyward-Treib as the suspect in the shooting. He was found dead in the back yard of a residence a short distance from the crime scene. Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma to Heyward-Treib and his cause of death is undetermined. An autopsy is being conducted. No further information has been released. Officers say the investigation continues.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota recorded the most deaths from drug use in a decade last year as the pandemic caused isolation and fentanyl became widely available. The Bismark Tribune reports that the state recorded 118 drug-related deaths in 2020 – a 49% jump from the previous year, according to the Division of Vital Records. Police and drug treatment counselors say social isolation due to the pandemic increased substance abuse problems, while fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, has made overdoses more common. State lawmakers have attempted to address overdose deaths in recent years.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – State officials say production of oil and gas in North Dakota is holding steady. The latest figures released Friday show the state’s oil production from May to June has plateaued at about 1.1 million barrels per day for both months. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms characterizes the Bakken as a “sleeping giant.” The coronavirus pandemic put the industry to sleep and its struggling to wake up. The state’s oil production has recovered somewhat from last summer’s lows amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s far from the record 1.5 million barrels per day produced in late 2019.
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BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota are nearing 1000 again. The weekly report from the Department of Health for the period of August 7 – 13 list 959 active cases, up 276 over the week. It’s the highest active case count since the first week of May. The 14-day positivity rate is up to 4.4%. Those hospitalized due to the coronavirus is up 20 to a total of 38. There were also three more deaths among those who tested positive.
 
Those adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19 stands at 50% (299,214), while those who have received at least one dose is at 53.4% (319,590). The Department of Health and local Public Health are trying to make vaccination convenient and have scheduled “pop-up clinics”. This week there are 100+ pop-ups in addition to static COVID vaccine clinics. More information is available online at health.nd.gov
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 081621 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot Police Department is investigating a homicide. Police were called to a southwest Minot address at 7:01 a.m. on Sunday for a report of a shooting. A 50-year old female was located and determined to be deceased. Responding officers quickly identified a suspect and began an extensive search. The 23-year old male suspect was located a short distance away and was deceased. Victim and suspect names are being withheld pending family notifications. Investigators and the crime scene team are actively processing this scene. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A child has been taken to a hospital after falling from a window in Grand Forks. Police said in a news release late Saturday night that officers were called to an address on the city’s northeast side a little before 8:30 p.m. for a report of a small child who had fallen from a third-story apartment window. The child was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. An investigation is under way. Sgt. Jay Middleton said Saturday the child is two years old and is listed in critical condition. He said the fall appears to be accidental.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – State transportation workers are getting set to begin mowing areas along state highways this week. The Bismarck Tribune reports mowing will begin Monday and focus on weeds and areas where hay has been collected. State Department of Transportation Director Wayde Swenson says typical summer mowing has been delayed to give property owners more time to collect hay during the drought. Fall mowing will begin Sept. 7 and include all remaining areas along state highways. Adjacent landowners who plan to mow non-interstate ditches for hay should do it before the state mows the areas.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an order aimed at helping livestock producers battle extreme drought conditions across North Dakota. The order waives hours of service restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles that are transporting hay, water and livestock. Producers have been forced to sell off parts of their herds or supplement their supplies because they’re running short on water and feed. The order allows commercial haulers to move additional food and water that producers need to maintain their herds and make it easier for ranchers to move their herds. The latest picture from the U.S. Drought Monitor rates 46% of the state in extreme drought and 38% in severe drought.
 
 
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