KHRT ND News – 09/15/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 091521 – 1200
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of a man killed over the weekend in a single vehicle crash in Bottineau County. Troopers say that 57-year old John Carl Krogen of Bottineau died in the accident that occurred on a gravel road about 15 miles northeast of Bottineau. Troopers say the vehicle left the road and struck a tree in a ravine around 6:30 PM on Sunday. Krogen was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
BISMARCK, ND – A two vehicle collision in Griggs County sent a Cooperstown man to the hospital. The Highway Patrols reports the accident happened around 2:45 PM on Tuesday about 7 miles east of Binford. Troopers say a semi driven by 23-year old Rylan Briss of Cooperstown failed to yield at an intersection. 72-year old Dale Kinzler of Cooperstown struck the semi with his car. Kinzler was flown to a Fargo hospital in stable condition. Briss was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.
MINOT, ND – A Minot man has been arrested on a terrorizing charge. Police say around 9:30 PM on Monday, 33-year old Matthew C. Picolo reportedly made threatening comments about shooting the wife of a person with whom he had an altercation. Picolo is accused to returning to the residence of the person he threatened brandishing a firearm. Picolo fled before police arrived, however he was arrested around 4 PM Tuesday on a terrorizing warrant. Police continue to investigate the case and say there may be another person involved.


BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Health Department reports a big jump in active COVID-19 cases. Today’s information lists 3,235 active, up 523 from Tuesday. Burleigh County now has the most active cases at 603, while Cass County is at 580, Stark has 255, Grand Forks at 237, and Ward County at 235.

There are 944 new positives today, with 223 of those age 19 or younger. There are 418 newly recovered. The daily positive rate is 6.57%. Hospitalization are unchanged at 100, with 17 of those in ICU. There are four more deaths today among those with the virus (1580).
Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) have 148 new positives (3010), 9 hospitalizations (172), and one death (23). The percentage of those infected after being fully vaccinated is still less than 1%.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is asking water recreationists and property owners to check for zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species when removing boat lifts, docks and other equipment from state waters. ANS coordinator Ben Holen said water recreationists and property owners play a vital role in ANS prevention, noting that a local cabin owner recently found zebra mussels attached to a boat lift in Lake Elsie, Richland County.
“Zebra mussels attach to hard surfaces that are left in the water for long periods of time, first settling in tight spaces and areas that are protected from sunlight,” Holen said. “Equipment such as boat lifts and docks are high risk vectors for spreading ANS, especially zebra mussels. It makes it easier to do a thorough search when equipment is taken out of the water in fall. Pay special attention to wheel wells, right angles on frames, and areas otherwise protected from sunlight. Feel for attached organisms that have small hair-like structures holding them in place. Small mussels can feel like rough sandpaper and adults can be as large as 2 inches long.”
Holen said if you think you’ve found a zebra mussel, take pictures, write down any relevant information, such as how many were found and where, and report it online at the Game and Fish website, or email Holen at
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 091521 – 0700
BISMARCK, ND – Officials have released the name of a Belcourt man who 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. 44-year old Nathan Yoder 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. Yoder suffered fatal injuries. Three passengers were seriously injured including 39-year Elizabeth Yoder, 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.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – An executive at the largest health care system in North Dakota says its hospitals in Fargo alone could use up to 300 more nurses to handle COVID-19 cases. Dr. Doug Griffin is the Sanford Health vice president and medical officer in Fargo, the state’s largest city. He says the Fargo system has hired 150 travel or contract nurses from other areas. The system is offering increased wages, sign-on bonuses and other unspecified perks to attract more workers. Griffin says it’s the most dire staffing situation the system has ever faced. And the peak for hospitalizations due to the coronavirus is still weeks away.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota legislative committee has been told the state’s largest and most expensive leased office space is now mostly utilized. The report comes after the building sat nearly vacant for months when an agency allowed its more than 400 employees to work from home indefinitely. The report of the unused office space spurred a legislative review of all state leases. The Department of Environmental Quality last month moved about 140 of its employees into the building. Other agencies also are using the building to hold meetings. The IT agency is funded at 479 employees, but only about a dozen are still working in the building.
MEDORA, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota native and former executive at the University of North Dakota medical school has been named chief operating officer of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation. Laura Block, a native of Grand Forks, recently served as associate dean and chief operations officer of the UND med school. Prior to that role, she was the chief financial officer of the University of North Dakota Alumni Association and Foundation for more than a decade. Block was instrumental UND Spirit Campaign that raised over $324 million for the state’s oldest and largest university. Block calls the library a “historic project for North Dakota and our nation” and says she’s “humbled and grateful” to help build the foundation.
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