KHRT ND News – 08/24/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 082421 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, ND – Active COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North Dakota. Information from the Department of Health lists 1,688 active cases today, a rise of 180 since yesterday. Today’s daily positive rate is 8.03% with 401 new positives. Hospitalizations drop by 8 to 58 today. The number of adults fully vaccinated stands at 50.3% (301,704).
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum issued the following statement on Monday in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 for ages 16 and up. The vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization for those ages 12 to 15.
 
“The health and safety of North Dakota citizens remains our top priority, and safe, effective vaccines are our best tool to preserve hospital capacity and protect against COVID-19, including the highly contagious delta variant spreading rapidly across our state,” Burgum said. “Today’s announcement that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine meets the FDA’s high standards for full approval instills further confidence that the vaccine is safe and effective and helps address vaccine hesitancy related to the emergency use authorization. Individuals who still have questions or concerns about the vaccines are encouraged to visit with their doctor or medical provider.”
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota regulators were to hear from wildlife officials concerned about protecting the habitat of the sage grouse, a bird whose population has declined in North Dakota and elsewhere. The Public Service Commission is holding a hearing today and must decide whether to issue a permit for a wind farm that bumps up against sage grouse country in southwestern North Dakota, the only part of the state where the species lives. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says fewer than 30 male sage grouse exist in North Dakota. The agency recommends that regulators stop allowing energy projects within certain conservation areas and within a 4-mile radius of where the birds mate.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota University System has launched a search for the next president of North Dakota State University. The 13-member search committee represents a broad spectrum of NDSU stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the business community. Starting the search now will ensure the process is aligned with the hiring cycle of campus executives.
 
Co-chairing the NDSU Presidential Search Committee are Jill Louters, Ed.D., State Board of Higher Education vice chair, and Greg Lardy, Ph.D., NDSU’s vice president for agricultural affairs. Other committee members include:
 
Stacey Ackerman, NDSU Alumnus & Managing Director for Abbot Downing
Barry Batcheller, NDSU Alumnus & Chairman of the Board, Appareo Systems
Peggy Cossette, NDSU Staff, Asst. to the Dean, Human Science and Education
Carin Engler, NDSU Staff, Administrative Clerk, Residence Life
David Goodin, NDSU Alumnus & President/CEO for MDU Resources
Kayla Jones, NDSU Student, President of the Black Students Association
Kalpana Katti, Ph.D., NDSU Faculty, University Distinguished Professor, College of Engineering
Charles Peterson, Pharm.D., NDSU Administration, Dean, College of Health Professions
Elizabeth Skoy, Pharm.D., NDSU Faculty, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, College of Health Professions, School of Pharmacy
Steve Swiontek, NDSU Alumnus & Chairman of the Board, Gate City Bank
Alyssa Teubner, NDSU Doctoral Student & Assistant Director of New Student Programs
 
Ex-officio members of the committee include NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott and NDSU Foundation President/CEO John Glover.
 
Back in June the board approved a contract to keep Dean Bresciani on until December 2022.
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 082421 – 0700
 
ELLENDALE, ND – The Ellendale Police Department is looking for 62-year old Everett Rains. Rains was last seen leaving his residence in Ellendale, North Dakota on August 22, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. He was driving a white 2002 Ford F-250 with North Dakota plates 359CBW. The vehicle has a ratchet strap on the right side holding the tailgate shut. Rains left without his cellphone and medication. Ellendale Police are concerned for his safety as he may become disorientated without his medication. If you see his vehicle or him, please contact the Ellendale Police Department at (701) 535-0887. Rains may have traveled to South Dakota.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum has chosen a new leader for the state Game and Fish Department. Burgman announced Monday that he has picked Wildlife Division Chief Jeb Williams to lead the agency effective Tuesday. Williams replaces Terry Steinwand, who retired July 31 after more than 15 years as director. Williams joined the department in 1999 and has served as a biologist and wildlife resource management supervisor. He was named chief of the Wildlife Division in 2014 after serving as assistant wildlife chief since 2011. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Dickinson State University.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota wildlife managers are encouraging hunters to take advantage of electronic map tools that can help identify private land before venturing out in the field. Map resources, mobile apps and printable maps can be found on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website. The department says each have different strengths. Some require cell service while others can work offline. Others offer the ability to determine who posted the land or a point of contact. The Bismarck Tribune reports the Legislature this year passed a law making electronic posting equal to physical posting and penalties, and defining a fence.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A state collection program has taken in about 130 tons of chemicals this year. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Project Safe Sent Program gives farmers, ranchers, pesticide handlers, government agencies and homeowners a way to dispose of herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides they can’t use for free. The state Agriculture Department said collections in 12 communities this year totaled more than 258,100 pounds of unusable pesticides. Nearly 350 farmers, ranchers, applicators, homeowners and others took part in the program. Last year the program collected about 57 tons at eight sites. The record is nearly 261 tons, set in 2019.
 
 
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