KHRT ND News – 09/09/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 090921 – 1200
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota transportation officials say a special law enforcement campaign aimed at seat belt use generated nearly 3,300 citations. The Department of Transportation says most of the citations, 1,325, were for speeding. More than 1,200 citations were for failure to wear a seat belt and 34 were child restraint citations. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign ran from July 1 to Aug. 19. Besides speeding and seat belt use, citations were issued for failing to have insurance, suspended or revoked licenses and distracted driving. Also, arrests were made for drugs, warrants and driving under the influence.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota National Guard will conduct an observance ceremony on Saturday, September 11, at the Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), near the entrance to Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and is a solemn observance of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The public and media are invited. The local streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and parking is available at the Bank of North Dakota, 1200 Memorial Highway, Bismarck.
Due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. COVID-19 precautions to include masks and social distancing are recommended in accordance with the North Dakota Department of Health guidelines.
Governor Doug Burgum, commander-in-chief of the North Dakota National Guard, U.S. Senator John Hoeven, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. National Guard adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, senior enlisted leader for the N.D. National Guard are scheduled to render remarks. The emcee for the observance ceremony will be Mrs. Connie Sprynczynatyk. The observance will be livestreamed at the North Dakota National Guard homepage.
Dedicated on Sept. 11, 2009, the Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism honors North Dakota military members who lost their lives in the GWOT. The memorial commemorates the sacrifice of 29 service members, 14 of whom are North Dakota National Guard Soldiers. It was established to provide a place where families, friends, and fellow citizens could reflect and remember the service and sacrifice of the fallen. The memorial is a joint venture between the city of Bismarck and the North Dakota National Guard and was funded through private donations.
MINOT, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota are approaching 3,000. Today’s information from the Department of Health lists 2,945 active, up 231 from yesterday. Cass County has 621 active, Burleigh with 487, Grand Forks at 268, and Ward at 200. There are 617 new positives today and 391 recovered from the virus. The daily positive rate is 6.32%. Hospitalization rise by 17 today to 111, and 14 of those are in ICU. Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) include 25 positives (2463), one hospitalization (148), and one death (22).
WASHINGTON, DC – Air Force officials have announced that active-duty airmen and Space Force guardians must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Nov. 2 unless they have a valid exemption. Air Force reservists and Guardsmen have until Dec. 2 to meet the requirement, which was announced two weeks after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered all troops to get the shot after the Food and Drug Administration fully approved the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Aug. 23. The obligation to meet the vaccination deadline will only be waived for service members who are granted medical or administrative exemptions, including for religious reasons. Military officials say those who don’t have an exemption but refuse to have the vaccine could be punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 090921 – 0900
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Republican-controlled legislative committee is discussing ideas for new legislative maps. The Legislature must draw new political boundaries based on the 2020 census to make sure every lawmaker is representing about the same number of people. The 16-member committee has little option than to shift the political balance of power to the state’s urban areas for the next decade. It held its second meeting Wednesday. North Dakota’s population is estimated at a record 779,000, up almost 16% during the last decade and mostly in urban areas. The panel has focused on keeping 47 districts, rather than changing the Legislature’s size.
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 shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday about 13 miles west of Mandan. The trooper joined Morton County sheriff’s deputies in chasing a reported reckless driver. 45-year old Craig Knutson of Billings, Montana, was killed in the shooting. The patrol says a gun was found in Knutson’s vehicle, but Maj. Thomas Iverson declined to say whether Knutson had fired it or was holding it before the trooper shot him. It’s not clear if any dash-camera video recorded the shooting, and none of the officers were wearing body cameras.
NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Highway Patrol says two people have died and a third has been injured in a highway crash in Mountrail County. The patrol says the driver of an SUV and a passenger were killed Tuesday when their vehicle left Highway 8 near New Town, entered a ditch and rolled over several times. All three people in the GMC Envoy were thrown from the vehicle. The driver, a 31-year-old Mandan woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 39-year-old male passenger from Minot was taken by air to Trinity Hospital where he died. A 23-year-old male passenger from New Town was taken to Trinity Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota-based Sanford Health says it is giving $350 million to a clinical initiative that aims to create a virtual care center to treat people in rural and underserved areas of the Midwest. The center will serve people from across Sanford Health’s network of hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities. It will also house innovation, education and research initiatives to work on digital healthcare solutions for the future. Sanford bills itself as one of the largest rural healthcare systems in the country. It has 46 hospitals, 1,500 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. It is based in Sioux Falls and has major medical centers in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota, and Bemidji, Minnesota.
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