KHRT ND News – 09/14/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 091421 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – Flood insurance premiums will soon be going down for Minot residents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says Minot’s Class 6 rating with the Community Rating System will take effect in 2022. That means residents who are required to have flood insurance will receive a 20% discount on their premiums, beginning April 1, 2022. Minot had previously held a Class 8 rating, which provided a 10% discount. Any new policies on or after April 1, 2022, are eligible for the Class 6 discount. Any existing policies on that date will see the change when the policy is renewed. Other than Grand Forks and Fargo, which are Class 5 communities, Minot will be the next lowest at Class 6. Ward County is at a Class 7.
 
Under the Community Rating System, communities earn points for accomplishing various activities, such as public outreach, flood plain property acquisitions, and preserving open space in a flood plain. The points translate to a classification, which can lead to discounts on flood insurance premiums.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger reported today that North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases for the second quarter of 2021 are up 21.2% compared to the same timeframe in 2020. Taxable sales and purchases for April, May, and June of 2021 were $5.28 billion.
 
“As we remember, the state was greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in the second quarter of 2020,” Rauschenberger said. “The increases we are now seeing a year later show positive economic growth as the economy stabilizes. I am cautiously optimistic that the economy will continue to grow, despite the statewide drought and continuing impacts of the pandemic.”
 
Thirteen of the 15 major sectors reported taxable sales and purchases increases when compared to the second quarter last year. Most notably, the Accommodation and Food Services sector increased by $130.7 million (a 41.6% increase) and the Retail sector increased by $226.6 million (a 12.3% increase).
 
“This quarter’s report shows that as pre-pandemic activity returns, taxable sales are rebounding to more normal levels,” stated Rauschenberger. “The growth across most of the sectors, especially the Retail sector, reflects the soundness of North Dakota’s economy and the positive direction our economy is moving toward.”
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The developer of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park will keep its construction permit active, even after it has faced delays and received two extensions. North Dakota environmental officials have determined Meridian Energy Group has made enough progress on the $1 billion project this summer to keep the permit active. Meridian cited several reasons for the delays, including lawsuits filed by environmental groups over the permitting process, as well as the coronavirus pandemic, which led to a downturn in the oil industry last year. Meridian first proposed the refinery just 3 miles from the park in 2016, with the goal of having it operating by next year.
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BISMARCK, ND – Another drop today in the number of active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota. Information from the Department of Health list 2,712 active, down 103 from yesterday. Of those active 877 are under 20, 894 are 20-39, 553 are 40-59, and 388 are 60+. Today’s daily positive rate is 8.48%. Health officials report 373 new positives with 434 recovered. Hospitalizations are down 9 to 100, with 15 of those in ICU. There were three deaths reported among those with COVID-19 (1576). Breakthrough numbers (fully vaccinated) include 78 new positives today (2862), seven hospitalizations (163), and no deaths (22).
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 091421 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, ND – A 57-year old man has died in a single vehicle accident. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that the accident happened around 6:30 PM on Sunday about 15 miles northeast of Bottineau. Troopers say the vehicle left the gravel road and struck a tree in a ravine. The driver was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
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BISMARCK, ND – A two-vehicle crash in Max resulted in two people injured. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident occurred one mile north of Max around 1 PM on Sunday. 54-year old William Lone Fight of New Town was turning onto Highway 83 when he failed to yield and was struck by a pickup driven by 18-year old Jacob Waltz of Belgrade, MN. Lone Fight and a passenger, 82-year old Edward Lone Fight of New Town, were injured in the crash and transported to the hospital in Minot. William Lone Fight was cited for driving without a license and failing to yield at an intersection. Waltz and a passenger, 19-year old Ridge Stratton of Surrey, were not injured.
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BISMARCK, ND – An Alexander man was seriously injured in an ATV accident. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 9 PM on Sunday one mile east of Alexander. 32-year old Nathan Rippy lost control of the ATV he was driving and it entered the ditch and rolled. Rippy was ejected. He was taken to the McKenzie County Hospital, then transported to Trinity Hospital in Minot with serious injuries. Rippy was charged with DUI.
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PARSHALL, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say a man walking in the middle of a northwestern North Dakota highway before sunrise was seriously injured after he was struck by two vehicles. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened about 5:30 a.m. Monday on state Highway 23, about 3 miles northeast of Parshall. A 49-year-old man from Parshall, was wearing dark clothing in an area that was not illuminated by streetlights. The patrol says the man was struck first by the left mirror of a Ford pickup driven by a 60-year old Granville man, which knocked him down. He was then run over by a Nissan Murano driven by a 58-year old Minot man. The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to a Minot hospital with serious injuries. His condition is not known. The patrol says the drivers of the two vehicles were not injured. The accident remains under investigation.
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BISMARCK, ND – A Belcourt man died in a head-on vehicle collision. The accident happened around 8 AM on Monday 1 1/2 miles east of Rolla, according to the Highway Patrol. The 44-year old man was driving a minivan and tried to pass a vehicle stopped to make a turn while yielding to an oncoming vehicle. The minivan and oncoming vehicle collided and wound up in the ditch. The driver of the minivan suffered fatal injuries. Three passengers were seriously injured including a 38-year old woman, a 7-year old girl, and a 13-year old boy, all from Belcourt. The driver of the oncoming vehicle, 22-year old Charles Vondal, Jr. of Rolla, was also seriously injured. Troopers say all occupants needed to extricated due to the severe damage. The crash remains under investigation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A three-day symposium in Bismarck to discuss the history and revitalization of the American bison has been postponed due to the coronavirus. The Dakota Bison Symposium had been scheduled Thursday through Saturday. Organizers say many of the national speakers have recently decided against traveling to North Dakota, where researchers say one in every 253 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week. Bismarck State College and its partners decided against a virtual format and rescheduled the event for next spring. The North Dakota Department of Health Monday confirmed 180 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,815 active cases throughout the state.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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