KHRT ND News – 09/13/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 091321 – 1200
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – The Grand Forks Police Department has issued a warning about a powerful illegal opiate making the rounds locally. Officers said they responded to numerous narcotics-related drug overdoses Saturday evening, including a death. Police say illegal drug users ingested what they believed to be heroin and began overdosing. Immediate medical intervention was needed to revive them. According to police, the substances were in fact a more dangerous and powerful opiate that caused the overdoses. The person who died was not immediately identified. The Grand Forks Police Department and Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force are investigating to determine the source of the narcotics.
During the first seven months of 2021 police recorded 37 suspected overdoes and three opioid overdose deaths. Police and firefighters have administered naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose 27 times this year.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials say a planned reduction in releases out of Garrison Dam could lower Missouri River water levels by as much 2 feet in coming weeks. The Bismarck Tribune reports the drop will affect private boat docks and marinas along the river and likely call into service public low water boat ramps that have been unused for more than a decade.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to slow releases over the next several weeks. The agency says the 2-foot drop along the Missouri River is a level that will hold until the river ices over. The Corps says the reduced releases are not uncommon is dry years. The immediate effect could be a loss of access to the river for some people, especially pontoon owners.
Garrison Project Operations Manager Todd Lindquist said a number of low water ramps were installed during the drought of the early 2000s. Officials are coordinating with concessionaires and leases for access to those ramps.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota agriculture officials have confirmed a second case of cattle anthrax in Kidder County. The case was confirmed by the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on Friday, according to the state Agriculture Department. The first case was reported in August.
Officials say producers in the county and surrounding areas should check with their veterinarians to see if they should start vaccinating their cattle for anthrax. The disease is caused by bacterial spores that can lie dormant in the ground for decades and become active under ideal conditions, such as drought. Anthrax vaccines are readily available, but it takes about a week to establish immunity, and the vaccine must be administered annually.
Two cases of anthrax were reported in North Dakota in 2020. In 2005, more than 500 confirmed animal deaths from anthrax were reported with total livestock losses estimated at more than 1,000.
BISMARCK, ND – Weekend COVID-19 numbers from the North Dakota Department of Health include 895 new positives combined from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday’s reports. A combined 1,183 new recoveries are listed. Active cases dropped by 278 since Friday to 2,815 today. Cass County tallied 527 of those active cases, while Burleigh had 517, Grand Forks has 235, and Ward with 191.
Hospitalizations are down five since Friday to 109, with 17 of those in ICU. There were two deaths over the weekend among those who tested positive for the virus. Breakthrough numbers (those of the fully vaccinated) include 193 new positives since Friday (2784), five hospitalizations (156), and no deaths (22). The percentage of who were infected after being fully vaccinated is 0.849%.
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 091321 – 0700
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say a 26-year-old man shot and killed a woman after an apparent argument inside a Grand Forks residence. Police said officers were responding to a call of a suspicious person about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when they heard a gunshot inside the residence on the north side of the city. Police say woman came out of the residence and fell to the ground. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The suspect left the residence on his own and was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, felon in possession of a firearm and theft of property. A handgun was recovered at the scene. Authorities are investigating the relationship between the victim and suspect. They believe the two knew each other.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Moorhead police say the are investigating shooting death as a homicide. Police said they responded to calls of gunshots about 8 p.m. Friday on the south side of the city. When officers arrived, a bystander was treating an adult victim. Emergency responders conducted medical care but resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful. No arrests have been made in the case. The name of the victim has not been released.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say one person was injured in an explosion during a fireworks display in southeast Bismarck. It created a dense cloud of black smoke that could be seen throughout the city. Bismarck Rural Fire Chief Dustin Theurer says fireworks or an explosive ordnance was the “likely” cause of Saturday’s explosion. Authorities didn’t immediately offer other details on what happened or where exactly the incident occurred, saying the investigation was ongoing. The Bismarck Tribune reports that one person was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.
BISMARCK, ND – Sunday’s COVID-19 numbers from the North Dakota Department of Health lists a daily positive rate of 5.53%. There were 210 new positives and 458 new recoveries. Active cases drop to 2,914. There are 105 hospitalized with the virus, 17 of those in ICU.
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