KHRT ND News – 08/23/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 082321 – 1200
 
CARPIO, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say a man was killed in a three-truck crash that caused a spill that forced the temporary closure of U.S. Highway 52 near Carpio. The Highway Patrol says 41-year-old Adrian Benson, of Burlington, was driving a GMC pickup that was trying to pass a Ford pickup when his vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming semi around 1 AM Sunday. The GMC caught fire, while the semi overturned. The Ford ran off the roadway.
 
Benson died at the scene. The Highway Patrol says the semi was hauling a “diesel-based substance” that leaked, requiring an extensive cleanup. The driver of the semi, 22-year old Karamyong Grewal of Edmonton, Alberta, and a passenger, 29-year old Suhkveer Gaidu of Edmonton, Alberta, were injured. The driver of the Ford, 32-year old Jacobus Barkhuizen of Mohall, was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.
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MINOT, ND – Minot police are asking for help from the public in a case involving gunshots fired. Minot Central Dispatch received multiple 911 calls around 9 PM Friday for gunshots in the area of 16th Ave and South Main Street. Officers say they found multiple shell casings on South Main Street between 14th Ave and 16th Ave. Witnesses saw a silver or white sedan and possibly an orange SUV heading south bound on South Main and turning eastbound on to 16th Ave SW. According to witnesses, these cars did not appear to be involved in a chase, as was reported on some social media posts. Police are asking residents in the area of the incident to look at their surveillance footage around 9:08 to 9:10 pm for a white sedan and orange SUV. Please contact the Minot Police Department with any information at 701-852-0111 or Crime Stoppers at 701-85-CRIME (701-852-7463).
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MINOT, ND – A fire caused minor smoke damage at Minot High School-Magic City Campus on Friday evening. The Minot Fire department responded to Magic City Campus at 8:40 p.m. for a heat detector activation in the basement of the boiler room. Firefighters found smoke coming through the mechanical room entrance. Firefighting crews were able to gain access to the basement and quickly knock down the fire, which was contained to the room of origin.
 
Magic City Campus was vacant at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported. An investigation found the cause of the fire to be combustible materials stored too close to a heat source. Fire crews remained on scene until all the smoke was ventilated out of the structure. Three engines, one ladder truck, and one command vehicle responded to the incident.
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BISMARCK, ND – The number of those hospitalized with COVID-19 in North Dakota is at it’s highest level in seven months. The Department of Health reports that 66 people are currently in the hospital due to the virus, with 12 of those in ICU. Active cases are at 1,508 today. In the past day there were 105 positives from 952 tests processed for a daily positive rate of 11.34%.
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FARGO, ND – As North Dakota roads are about to get more crowded with students and teachers returning to school, AAA is launching its “School’s Open Drive Carefully”. As part of its annual campaign, AAA reminds drivers to slow down, eliminate distractions and obey traffic laws when passing buses and driving through neighborhoods and school zones.
 
As schools open their doors for the new school year, drivers can expect an increase in:
 
Congestion – more drivers during the morning and afternoon commutes in larger metros
Pedestrians – students walking to and from school or the bus stop
Buses – picking up and dropping off students
Bicyclists -traveling to and from school
 
“Drivers should have a heightened sense of awareness from the moment they back out of the driveway,” said Gene LaDoucer, regional director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Kids will be making their way to schools or bus stops early in the morning and again in the afternoon. Many of them might not be looking for you, so make sure you’re looking for them.”
Areas of Concern
 
School zones are areas with high vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Children on bicycles can be unpredictable and can make sudden
changes in direction.
 
When driving through a school zone, lower your speed and increase your awareness, to ensure you can respond to any potential hazards on the roadway.
 
Passing a school bus that is loading or unloading students is very dangerous. Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arm extended.
 
Safety Tips
 
Children should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Parents should teach them to play it SAFE:
 
Stay five steps away from the curb.
Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the bus driver signals for you to board. Be alert and remove headphones so you can hear oncoming traffic.
Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.
Exit the bus when it stops and look left-right-left for cars before crossing a street.
 
Motorists are reminded to:
 
Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
 
Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
 
Eliminate distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.
 
Children can move quickly; crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by avoiding distractions like using your cell phone or eating while driving.
 
Share the road. Children on bicycles are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride.
 
Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 082321 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted a North Dakota man following a crash that killed three people and severely injured another person. Winter Skye Bigtrack is charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Court documents say the 18-year-old St. Michael man was driving a vehicle on the Spirit Lake Reservation Aug. 11, when it veered off the road and rolled over. Three of five passengers, a adult male, a girl and a boy were killed. Another girl suffered severe injuries that left her in intensive car at a Fargo hospital.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Criminal charges have been filed against an employee of a Fargo care center which allege she pushed an elderly resident who fell and later died. The Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged 59-year-old Rachel Cooper with manslaughter and endangering a vulnerable adult. Authorities say 78-year-old Gary Pearson was assaulted at Maple View Memory Care center on Aug. 3. Cooper was arrested Wednesday at her home in Fargo. Police were notified Thursday that Pearson had died. A district court judge on Friday set Cooper’s bond Friday at $5,000, 10% of which can be paid in cash for her release.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. and Marathon Petroleum Corp. are partnering to operate a soybean processing plant near Jamestown. The facility will supply soybean oil for Marathon’s renewable diesel plant near Dickinson. Marathon’s Dickinson oil refinery recently converted so that it now produces renewable diesel, a fuel that can be used in diesel engines. ADM will own 75% of the joint venture it and Marathon have formed to run the soybean facility. Marathon will own the rest. The soybean plant is expected to be complete in 2023 in Spiritwood east of Jamestown.
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FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) – President Joe Biden’s administration is sticking by former President Donald Trump’s decision to lift protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. But a top federal wildlife official on Friday told The Associated Press there is growing concern over aggressive hunting and trapping for the animals in the Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Assistant Director for Ecological Services Gary Frazer suggested the agency could intervene if wolf populations suffer declines that could again threaten them with extinction. Idaho, Montana and Wisconsin have adopted rules intended to drive down the predator’s numbers. Gray wolves in parts of the U.S. over the past several decades rebounded from widespread extermination in the 1900s.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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