KHRT ND News – 08/19/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 081921 – 1200
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – Jurors hearing the case against a chiropractor accused of killing four people are beginning deliberating today. Attorneys for Chad Isaak rested their case Wednesday at the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan after questioning six witnesses. Closing arguments were presented this morning, after which the jury got the case.
Isaak is accused of fatally stabbing and shooting RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner 52-year old Robert Fakler and his employees 42-year old Adam Fuehrer, 50-year old Bill Cobb and his 45-year old wife, Lois Cobb at the company’s building in Mandan on April 1, 2019. The 47-year old Isaak lives in a mobile home in Washburn on property managed by RJR. No motive has been established in the case.
Prosecutors have presented the case as a puzzle in which all of the pieces point to Isaak, including a knife found in his clothes washer, gun parts found in his freezer and the security camera footage tracking his pickup, the Bismarck Tribune reported. The defense has painted the case as a rush to judgment, maintaining that authorities overlooked numerous people as possible suspects. Isaak’s attorneys also have questioned the sourcing, collection and processing of evidence. They said some testimony doesn’t match police reports and they have questioned the absence of visible blood on the clothing of a person seen in security camera footage leaving RJR the morning of the killings.
A jury of six men and six women heard the case. If convicted, Isaak could face life in prison without parole.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests continued economic growth in the region, but some say worsening drought could threaten their banks. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index dropped slightly in August to 65.3 from July’s 65.6. Any score above 50 suggests growth. The survey shows nearly 16% of bankers reported that continuing drought conditions are the greatest threat to banking operations over the next year, while more than 40% of bank CEOs see low farm loan demand as their bank’s greatest challenge over the next year. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota has it’s most active cases of COVID-19 since January 18th. The Department of Health reports there are 1,353 active cases, up 122 from yesterday. There are 254 new positives today from 5,329 tests processed for a daily positive rate of 5.01%. Cass County added 56 positives, Burleigh had 39, and Ward 27. The 14-day positivity rate is over 5%, a level not seen since late December. Hospitalizations are up three today to 44. There was also one more death among those who tested positive.
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 081921 – 0700
DEVILS LAKE, ND – Authorities have identified a Grand Forks man whose body was discovered floating in Devils Lake on Tuesday morning. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office says 62-year-old Douglas Almquist was fishing from shore and somehow ended up in the water. An autopsy determined that Almquist’s death was an accidental drowning. The accident apparently happened between 9:00 PM on Monday and 7:00 AM on Tuesday, when Almquist’s body was discovered.
JAMESTOWN, ND – A Lisbon man was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Steele County. The North Dakota Highway Patrol say the accident happened around 6:30 AM Wednesday 12.5 miles south of Finley. Troopers report that a 35-year old Lisbon was driving a pickup that crossed the center line and crashed head on into a semi. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi, 54-year old Ernest Matelski of Hillsboro, was not injured. The Patrol says the accident remains under investigation.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, ND – Due to rising COVID-19 cases in the area, Minot Air Force Base has entered HPCON Bravo status. The increase in HPCON includes preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of personnel and their families. Changes include:
– Minot AFB personnel will be required to wear masks indoor on and off base, regardless of vaccination status.
– Personnel may continue to use all on and off base retail and personal services, provided that mask and social distance protocols are adhered to.
– Bars whose primary purpose is to serve alcohol are prohibited.
– At the commander’s discretion and mission requirements, telework or alternate work schedules are allowed.
– Indoor gatherings are limited to 75% of a room’ fire code capacity, not to exceed 100 people.
– Places where social distancing cannot be maintained are prohibited. This includes indoor rallies, fairs, concerts, conventions, and trade shows.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum’s office attorney is retiring. Leslie Bakken Oliver has served as general counsel for the governor’s office since Burgum took office in December 2016. Oliver’s retirement is pending the transition to her successor. Oliver says she looks forward to more time with family. She called her position “rewarding, meaningful and thoroughly enjoyable.”
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