KHRT ND News – 09/07/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 090721 – 1200
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has thrown out the death sentence for a man convicted in the 2003 slaying of a North Dakota college student. Judge Ralph Erickson ruled Friday that misleading testimony from a medical examiner and limitations on mental health evidence violated Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.’s constitutional rights. He ordered a new sentencing phase be conducted. Rodriguez has been on death row for nearly two decades. He was convicted of killing Dru Sjodin, a Minnesota woman who was abducted from a Grand Forks mall parking lot in November 2003. Rodriguez, a sex offender, was arrested the following month. Sjodin’s body wasn’t found until the following April near Crookston, Minnesota.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – Mandan police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the Heart River. Deputy Chief Lori Flaten says the body of the 32-year-old man was found in the river Monday morning. He has not been identified. A bicyclist spotted the body in the river near the Sitting Bull Bridge on Highway 1806 in Mandan and notified police about 10:30 a.m. It’s unclear how long the body had been in the river or what caused the man’s death. Flaten says it appeared the man had been fishing.
BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota have dropped since last Friday. The Department of Health reports 2,590 active today, down 318 over the holiday weekend. Today’s daily positive rate is 9.71% with 272 new positives. The number recovered is at 308 today. Those in the hospital with the virus is at 99, with 12 of those in ICU. By comparison, there were 105 hospitalized on Friday. Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) have 210 positives since Friday, four hospitalizations over the long weekend, and no deaths.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health will host a live Town Hall event today at 12:30 PM CT to discuss COVID-19 testing and treatment. They will be discussing topics including the importance of testing, monoclonal antibody treatment and the use of Ivermectin. Members of the public can view the Town Hall event live at and submit questions to the panel using the “Q&A” feature on Microsoft Teams. Advance registration is not required to attend.
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 090721 – 0700
POWERS LAKE, N.D. (AP) – A 75-year-old man has died after a fiery crash in northwestern North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the crash happened on Sunday night about four miles south of Powers Lake. The man was in a pickup truck when he drifted into a ditch and struck a grove of bushes. The man tried to back up and get out of the ditch but couldn’t, and then the truck caught fire. It was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The idea to split North Dakota’s legislative districts in half for House seats hasn’t gained traction with lawmakers, but some voters groups say the concept would benefit tribal nations that don’t have enough residents to stand alone as legislative districts. The Legislature’s Redistricting Committee meets Wednesday in Fargo as the state continues to examine redrawing legislative districts. North Dakota Native Vote Executive Director Nicole Donaghy said subdistricts would allow “people on reservations to elect candidates of their choice.” Others have said it would give Native Americans more of an opportunity for representation.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) – The fastest-growing county in the U.S. is in the oil fields of North Dakota. That’s according to new figures from the Census Bureau. The first newcomers to arrive in McKenzie County were oil workers drawn by the drilling boom. Soon they brought families who needed housing, schools and places to shop. Before long the community was transformed from a quiet farming region to a bustling center of the energy industry. The growth shattered the county’s rural innocence as crime rates and fatal road accidents increased. But it also brought youth, diversity and better wages. The additional residents breathed new life into somnolent towns that had been losing population since the 1930’s. From 2010 to 2014, the amount of crude produced in the county grew 1,800%. By the end of the decade, census figures show, its population more than doubled (130%), to 14,704 residents.
BISMARCK, ND – There’s been a lot of change in the past year and those changes have come to Brave the Shave as well. Brave the Shave supports children with cancer and their families. They also support research in partnership with the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. This year Brave the Shave is moving the event to September, Children’s Cancer Awareness month. The main event will be on September 18th at the YMCA in Bismarck. Other events are also moving forward during September, including our events in Mandan, Minot and Williston.
COVID-19 has changed plans for Brave the Shave this year and it has dramatically impacted the amount of money they have been able to raise. “We’ve had to postpone almost all of our events,” says Taner Ohlsen, event organizer. “The safety of our children, who are already immunocompromised, is our top priority.” At the same time, family needs have increased over the past year. Brave the Shave is seeing an increase in overall requests as donations are going down. Brave the Shave is hoping to bridge the gap funding by encouraging everyone to participate and donate.
Upcoming Events
– 2021 Williston Event (September 11)
– 2021 Flagship Event (September 18)
– 2021 Minot Event (September 25)
– 2021 Mandan Go Bowl Go Bald (October 2)
– 2021 Bismarck Moose Shave (October 16)
For more information on Brave the Shave, go to
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