KHRT ND News – 08/20/21

KHRT NEWS – FRDAY – 082021 – 1200
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A jury found a chiropractor and Navy veteran guilty today in the killings of four people at a North Dakota property management firm two years ago. Jurors returned guilty verdicts on all counts against Chad Isaak, who was charged in the April 1, 2019, deaths of RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner 52-year old Robert Fakler and employees 42-year old Adam Fuehrer, 50-year old Bill Cobb and his 45-yearold wife, Lois Cobb.
The 47-year old Isaak, of Washburn, whose mobile home was on property managed by RJR, pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder and three other counts. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. Isaak, in handcuffs, looked down before the verdicts were read but showed little emotion as the jury’s decision on each count was announced. A jury of six men and six women deliberated four and a-half hours before finding Isaak guilty following the three-week trial. Judge David Reich did not immediately schedule a date for sentencing.
It was one of the most heinous crimes in North Dakota history, defense attorney Bruce Quick acknowledged in his opening statement. Three of the victims were shot and stabbed at the business in Mandan, a city of about 20,000. Combined, the four of them were stabbed about 100 times. Quick said during the trial that the case amounted to a rush to judgment based on bad information that led to the wrong conclusion. The defense rested its case Wednesday.
Prosecutor Karlei Neufeld described the horrific crime scene during the trial and said evidence that included photos, surveillance video, bullet fragments, a knife and other items found during searches of Isaak’s home and vehicle led to the charges against him. Prosecutors presented the case as a puzzle in which all of the pieces pointed to Isaak, including a knife found in his clothes washer, gun parts found in his freezer and security camera footage tracking his pickup.
BCI Supervisory Special Agent Arnie Rummel testified that investigators were not able to determine a motive, but that a motive isn’t a requirement for conviction.
The defense maintained that authorities overlooked numerous possible alternative suspects. Isaak’s attorneys also questioned the sourcing, collection and processing of evidence; said some testimony doesn’t match police reports; and questioned the absence of visible blood on the clothing of a person seen in security camera footage leaving RJR the morning of the killings.
Prosecutors showed security camera footage from numerous businesses that authorities said tracked Isaak’s white pickup from Mandan to Washburn on the day of the slayings, along with footage from a week earlier that they said indicated the killer planned out the attack.
Forensic experts testified that fibers on the clothing of the slain workers were matches for fibers taken from Isaak’s clothing, and that DNA evidence found in Isaak’s pickup truck was linked to Fakler and possibly Lois Cobb.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A patient at long-term care center in Fargo has died more than two weeks after police say the resident was assaulted by an employee. Fargo police responded to Maple View Memory Care Aug. 3 on a report of an assault on a resident. An investigation was initiated and 59-year old Rachel Cooper was arrested at her home in Fargo Aug. 18. Cooper was being held on a probable charge of endangering a vulnerable adult. Police were notified Thursday that the 78-year old male victim had died. An autopsy will determine whether the man’s injuries contributed to his death.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released more information about a fatal vehicle accident east of Bismarck. Troopers say the accident happened around 7:30 PM on Wednesday about 18 miles east of Bismarck on Interstate 94. The driver lost control of a 1999 Chevy Tahoe causing it to enter the center median where it rolled and then came to rest in the opposite traffic lanes.
The Patrol says further investigation discovered that the driver was the only one wearing a seatbelt. Two passengers were ejected. All the men were from Owatanna, Minnesota. The driver was identified as Dilson Flores Redando. A passenger who was ejected died of his injuries at the hospital and is identified as Yony Joel Zavala Garcia. Another passenger ejected, Humberto Dominguez Perez, was seriously injured, and the final passenger, Luis Vazquez Sanchez, had minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health reports that the daily positive rate for COVID-19 tests is 7.99% today. There were 301 positives from 3,987 tests processed. Cass County had the most adding 69, Burleigh added 41 and Ward 37. Active cases up by 142 to 1,495. Hospitalizations due to COVID are up 7 to 51. Dr. Nwaigwe is the First District Health Officer and a board-certified in Infectious Diseases. He says we’re finding more cases in younger people than we’ve previously seen. Nwaigwe adds that hospitalizations are also on the rise.

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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 082021 – 0700
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – A jury ended its first day of deliberations without a decision in the trial of a North Dakota chiropractor accused of killing four people. Jurors were dismissed late Thursday afternoon at after about three hours of deliberations. They were scheduled to resume discussions this morning. Chad Isaak is accused of fatally stabbing and shooting RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner Robert Fakler and his employees, Adam Fuehrer, and Bill and Lois Cobb, in Mandan on April 1, 2019. Isaak lives in a mobile home on property managed by RJR. No motive has been established in the case.
FARGO, ND (August 19, 2021) – According to the latest research from AAA, the average annual cost of new vehicle ownership is $9,666, or $805.50 per month. The biggest factor pushing the annual price tag is depreciation. It accounts for 40 percent of all ownership expenses, outpacing additional costs like fuel and maintenance. With low inventory at dealerships due to the semi-conductor chip shortage, AAA urges new car buyers to be aware of all the expenses associated with ownership so that they can negotiate the best deal for their budget.
“Consumers have to remember the expense of owning a car goes far beyond the monthly payment,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering and industry relations. “Plus, we are seeing costs increase for a number of products recently, and cars are no exception. This trend will likely continue as new vehicles come equipped with the latest technology, which naturally drives up the sticker price.”
The 2021 AAA Your Driving Cost study reviewed nine categories of vehicles – consisting of 45 models – to determine the average annual operating and ownership costs of each. AAA selects top-selling, mid-priced models and compares them across six expense categories: fuel; maintenance/repair/tire costs; insurance; license/registration/taxes; depreciation and finance charges.
Other key findings of this year’s Your Driving Costs include:
Fuel Costs: On average, fuel costs 10.72 cents per mile. This is based on data from May 2020 to May 2021, which does not include recent spikes in gas prices. Fuel costs vary widely by vehicle type, ranging from a low of 3.66 cents per mile for electric vehicles, to 15.81 cents per mile for pickup trucks.
Maintenance, repair and tire costs: On average, maintenance and repair costs 9.55 cents per mile. Just like fuel, electric vehicles are on the lower end of the spectrum, costing 7.70 cents per mile, while medium sedans are the most expensive at 10.43 cents per mile.
Finance charges: The cost of vehicle loans decreased due to a drop in the prime lending rate. The average interest rate in 2021 is 4.12 percent, which is 1.056 percentage points lower than last year.
As part of the Your Driving Costs study, AAA tracks changes in buying patterns and makes changes to the type of vehicle categories considered to match those trends. For several years now, buyers have moved away from previously popular categories like sedans to newer styles like compact SUVs. For 2021, AAA added two new categories: subcompact SUVs and midsize pickup trucks. These replaced large sedans and minivans, both of which no longer offer enough new models to be tracked.
The average price of a new vehicle for 2021 is $32,903, which is $1,502 (4.78%) higher than last year, but is mostly due to the addition of new models to the Your Driving Costs study. Models in the small sedan, medium sedan, medium SUV and hybrid categories averaged an increase in vehicle price of $3,064, led by hybrids as consumers opt for larger (hence more expensive) models in this category. Pickup trucks saw an increase of $4,684 (an average of 11%); however, this has not affected their popularity, as they remain the best-selling category of those included in the study.
Buying a car is the second biggest purchase behind a home that most people will make in their lifetime. The car buying process can be seen as difficult, time-consuming and stressful. With strains on inventory this year, it is critical for consumers to do as much research as possible before beginning the buying process. Understanding all of the options available as well as individual needs can ease some of the anxiety associated with purchasing a car. AAA offers the following guidance when it comes to shopping for your next vehicle:
Before considering any specific makes or models, consumers should determine what makes sense for their budget including trade-in value and down payment amount. Another important consideration is whether to finance or lease. For someone who is an early adopter of new technology, likes to change cars often or doesn’t put a lot of annual miles on a vehicle, leasing may make more sense. Consumers should evaluate both options and pick the one that will best suit long-term needs.
Manufacturers and dealerships sometimes offer extended loan terms as an incentive to buyers. In some cases, these loans can be as long as 84 months with interest as low as zero. Initially, a loan like this may be attractive to a buyer since it helps lower the monthly payment. However, consumers should know that with long-term loans comes a period of time when the vehicle will hold less value than what is owed due to depreciation.
Look at pricing options for both new and slightly used vehicles. New vehicles typically come with longer warranties, buying incentives from the automaker, the latest features and are widely available. When it comes to used vehicles – there are two types to choose from – certified pre-owned and used. The advantage of a certified pre-owned vehicle is the original owner has absorbed the majority of the depreciation cost, while the vehicle still has quite a few of the latest features and a manufacturer’s warranty.
Consumers should test drive the exact model of the car they want to purchase. If possible, they should pick a route that mirrors their daily driving routine. It is a good idea to test the car’s ride quality and handling on a number of different road surfaces: city streets, hills, freeways and winding roads.
The most important thing to remember is in most cases, there are three separate negotiations that occur when purchasing a car: the price of the new vehicle, trade-in value and finance rate if applicable. Consumer should take their time and negotiate them individually. Consumers can calculate their annual driving cost through AAA’s digital brochure on AAA offers a number of resources consumers can use while car shopping including the AAA Car Guide and AAA’s car buying program.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) awarded four loans to three communities and a water district through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program in July.
Coleharbor received a $700,000 loan to upgrade its pump station, replace an underground concrete reservoir and install new water meters. This project will ensure the system maintains consistent pressures during fluctuating usage and that water usage is accurately metered.
East Central Regional Water District received a $1,372,000 DWSRF loan towards installing rural pipeline and associated appurtenances, including a pipeline from the Larimore water treatment plant. This project will allow the district to better meet existing water usage.
Horace received a $2,740,000 loan for two projects which will replace old drinking water infrastructure, improve water distribution capabilities, and regionalize the city by connecting to Cass Rural Water District. These projects will allow the city to provide higher quality drinking water for residents.
Jamestown was awarded a $1,808,000 loan to replace portions of the existing distribution system where leaks and breaks occurred. This will allow the city to provide safe water for its residents and reduce service interruptions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides part of the DWSRF Program funding, which offers below-market interest rate loans to political subdivisions for financing projects authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act. DWSRF programs operate nationwide to provide funding to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our vital water resources.
Loans are awarded to projects listed on the NDDEQ project priority list based on project eligibility and repayment ability. Please contact the NDDEQ regarding specific detail on any of the projects mentioned above.
MINOT, ND – On Wednesday, August 25th at 6:00 pm, the Minot Public Library is hosting the first Adulting 101 program of the season. Adulting 101 will be offered the 4th Wednesday of the month this fall.
Why the need for this free program? “Adulthood is not as easy as one might have expected and the Minot Public Library hopes to help make it a little easier,” said Library Director Janet Anderson. Once a month, Adulting 101 will go over basic skills that adults need in order to get by. “Skills that were once shared between one generation and the next may no longer be passed down and MPL hopes to bridge this gap,” Anderson explained. Skills such as sewing or changing a tire will be demonstrated by Library staff and local “adulting experts” who are ready to help.
Adulting 101 is a free class offered by the Library and intended to teach some basic skills such as new recipes to try at home or even how to manage your money. The goal is to help people with day-to-day skills they need to be a functioning adult while having some fun. On Wednesday, August 25th participants will learn basic kitchen skills by making pizza in an air fryer. Participants will also learn to jump start a car and basic tire maintenance.
This program is open for adults 18 and up. Teens 16 and 17 may attend with a signed waiver. Please call the Library at (701) 852-1045 for more information.
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