KHRT ND News – 09/08/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 090821 – 1200
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed a man following a pursuit on Interstate 94 in the western part of the state. The patrol says the shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday about 13 miles west of Mandan. The trooper was assisting Morton County Sheriff’s Office deputies in a chase that originated from a report of a reckless driver. The lone occupant of the vehicle, a 45-year-old Billings, Montana man, was killed in the shooting. A firearm was recovered from his vehicle, the patrol said. The incident is being handled by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The trooper has been placed on standard administrative leave pending the investigation and review by the Morton County State’s Attorney. The officer’s name has not been released.
MINOT, ND – The Minot City Council has hired a new director for the Minot International Airport. Jennifer Eckman will begin her new job on October 4th. She takes over for Rick Feltner who retired as director in June.
Eckman has been the manager of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks since January 2019. She was previously the airport manager in Jamestown, the deputy airport director for finance and administration in Rapid City, S.D., and served as the airport administrative assistant and airport real estate specialist at Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Wash.
Originally from North Dakota, Eckman completed a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in airport management from the University of North Dakota in May 1999, and received a Masters of Fine Arts from California State University-Long Beach in May 2004. She is scheduled to complete her Master of Business Administration in May 2022.
BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 have risen to 2,714 today, up 124 from yesterday. The North Dakota Department of Health reports a daily positive rate of 6.33%. There are 637 new positives today with 455 recovered. Hospitalizations of COVID positive people is down five to 94, with 12 of those in ICU. Breakthrough number (those fully vaccinated) have 225 positives (2438), 10 new hospitalizations (147), and no deaths (21). Health officials say 51.3% (308,753) of adults in North Dakota have been fully vaccinated.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Several North Dakotans will share their personal testimonies of battling addiction, finding recovery, providing support to a loved one and their experiences with shame and stigma at the fifth annual “Recovery Reinvented.” Registration is open for the event on Oct. 25 at the Bismarck Event Center. The experience will be hosted by Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum and will be free for both in-person attendees and online via livestream broadcast on
The daylong event from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bismarck Event Center will feature state and national addiction and recovery experts who will focus on reinventing recovery through sharing addiction and recovery stories, creating recovery-friendly cultures in the workplace and community, eliminating the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction and creating meaningful connections with others.
“As challenging as the past 18 months have been, we recognize the importance of lifting up the voices and experiences of North Dakotans facing addiction,” First Lady Burgum said. “Attendees will have the opportunity to connect to diverse stories from those in tribal communities, professionals in recovery, service providers on the front lines, family members and more.”
Joining the North Dakota stories will be four keynote speakers which include:
Dr. Joseph Lee, president and CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. With 13 years of prior experience as a psychiatrist and as medical director for Hazelden Betty Ford’s nationally renowned youth services, Lee is one of the nation’s top addiction therapists and physicians. Having worked with countless young people and their families, he embodies the recovery values of humility, empathy, grace and love, and is committed to lifting up recovery voices to positively impact the broader society. Lee has established himself as a thought leader on all matters related to addiction, mental health and recovery, and will share his perspectives on the human condition, the needs of the human spirit, and the power of community and connection.
Jonathan Holth, community and client development manager for JLG Architects and co-owner of The Toasted Frog restaurants and Urban Stampede Coffee Bar. Holth is a lifelong North Dakotan, entrepreneur and consultant who wears his long-term recovery on his sleeve. After spending 28 life-changing days in treatment in 2008, Jonathan has dedicated much of his life to community service and sharing his journey with others in hopes that it will help normalize conversation around the disease of addiction and help more people find recovery. Jonathan will share his journey to sobriety and lessons he’s learned along the way. He will also speak about what those in recovery can do to help erase the stigma of addiction, and what those who are not in recovery can do to be strong recovery allies and help decrease the chances of relapse.
Laurie Johnson Wade, co-founder of Lost Dreams Awakening Recovery Community Organization in Pennsylvania. As a person who brings over 30 years of active, ongoing, lived-recovery experience, Johnson Wade is a staunch representative of the recovery community locally, statewide and nationally. She serves on the board of Faces and Voices of Recovery, the Association of Recovery Community Organizations’ (ARCO) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee and was named the 2020 Advocate of the Year by the Pittsburgh Recovery Walk. Johnson Wade also works as an advanced implementation specialist with the Opioid Response Network at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She will share insights on how any individual can get involved with creating and supporting a vibrant recovery culture in their home, workplace or community.
Dr. Valerie Earnshaw, social psychologist specializing in stigma and substance use disorders and principal investigator on the North Dakota Addressing Addiction survey. Earnshaw is an associate professor at the University of Delaware and is currently leading interventions funded by the National Institutes of Health to reduce stigma toward people with substance use disorders among clinicians and help people in recovery decide whether and how to disclose to others. Earnshaw will discuss the research of how stigma leads to substance use and undermines recovery from addiction.
Initial results and insights from the “North Dakota Addressing Addiction” survey will also be shared at the event. Over 2,300 people participated in the statewide survey representing areas such as health care, businesses, the justice system, law enforcement, tribal and local communities.
“Recovery Reinvented continually seeks to innovate and inspire by bringing both experts and people with lived experience of addiction to the table to talk about solutions,” Gov. Burgum said. “We have an incredible opportunity to listen and learn from North Dakotans on what they know and how they feel about addiction so we can more effectively identify the gaps and areas to enhance programs and services.”
The event will also include a Recovery Resources Expo, which will connect people to a wide variety of addiction, recovery and mental health resources from across the state. Information and resources will be available to family members to help guide conversations around addiction and recovery. Recovery Reinvented awards will honor local individuals and groups that are making a tremendous impact in the field of addiction and recovery. Opportunities to volunteer at the event are also available.
Recovery Reinvented is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit Registrants will be asked to indicate if they will attend in-person or virtually for the day-of experience and may update their registration status at any point.
MINOT, ND – Two new books and cartoons by a local artist have been added to the Story Stroll along the walking path in Oak Park in Minot. The Story Stroll features enlarged pages from children’s books that have been blown up, laminated, and nailed to each side of a board along the path. The display is changed each month during the summer months.
Recently the Story Stroll was updated with the last books of the season. Joining the story books this time, is Minot author/illustrator Timmothy Timm’s cartoons. The cartoons Timm featuring hamsters Titus and Philemon and their owner, Joe.
The Story Stroll, a collaboration between the Minot Public Library, Ward County Library, the Adult Learning Center, and MPS Title I Program, and the Minot Park District.
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 090821 – 0700
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota health officials used an internet town hall to promote COVID-19 treatments and discourage use of the anti-parasitic medicine ivermectin. Ivermectin has a limited scope for human treatment, sometimes prescribed for worms, scabies and head lice. It is more popular in veterinary form as a treatment for parasitic infections and infestations in cows and horses. North Dakota health officials say the state’s poison control has only documented a couple of cases of ivermectin issues. Doctors say antibody treatments, steroids and antivirals like remdesivir are FDA-approved options for people with COVID-19.
FARGO, N.D. (PNS) – This month, Congress could give final approval to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. With cold weather on the horizon, there could be extra money to help qualifying North Dakotans protect their homes from winter chills. Since the mid-1970s, the Weatherization Assistance Program has helped low-income homeowners and renters make their homes stronger and more energy-efficient. Its usual annual budget is about $300 million, and the infrastructure plan would tack on $3.5 billion.
Andrea Olson, executive director of the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota, said its weatherization staff often works with seniors who want to stay in their own homes, but need assistance to make them livable. “It needs some additional work to keep that home safe for them,” Olson explained. “We also want to help them, you know, save money from heating costs.”
Upgrades often include furnace repairs and installing insulation. Currently, there’s a waiting list of nearly 300 in North Dakota for weatherization services, and Olson noted the additional funding would allow them to expand their reach. The current version infrastructure bill has bipartisan support, after Republicans argued the original plan was too large.
Brandon Kjelden, energy and rehab coordinator for the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency, said certified crews do a lot of important work to ensure a home is energy efficient and safe. “For example, we verify how much air is leaking in and out of the house, prior to weatherization and after,” Kjelden recounted. Fuel-burning appliances also are tested to ensure they’re not emitting harmful emissions. Agency officials say it protects the health of residents, and helps them avoid future medical costs.
And Olson added investing in home weatherization is also an economic boost to local communities. “The majority of these dollars is locally spent,” Olson observed. “We work with contractors that are local.”
The Senate already passed the spending bill, and a final House vote is expected by the end of this month.
MINOT, ND – Installation of accessible pedestrian ramps and a mill and overlay project will impact vehicle and pedestrian traffic on a long stretch of Burdick Expressway beginning this week. The outside east/west lane of Burdick Expressway are closed to vehicle traffic between South Broadway and Valley Street. Crews are installing new accessible ramps on the southeast corner of each intersection on that stretch of Burdick. When those new concrete ramps are completed, crews will install new ramps in the southwest corners of each intersection before moving to install new ramps in the northwest and northeast corners of the intersections.
While the work is happening on the south side of Burdick Expressway, pedestrians are encouraged to use sidewalks on the north side of Burdick. When accessing locations on the south side of Burdick, pedestrians should cross Burdick at the nearest intersection with traffic signals, including 16th Street SW, 6th Street SW, Broadway, Main Street, 3rd Street SE, Valley Street, or by using the pedestrian crosswalk at 1st Street SE.
When the ramp work is done between Broadway and Valley Street, that section of Burdick will be resurfaced through a mill and overlay project. The project will also install new accessible ramps between 16th Street SW and 27th Street SE. The North Dakota Department of Transportation project is expected to last seven weeks.
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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