KHRT ND News – 09/17/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 091721 – 1200
MINOT, ND – A fire at a duplex in southeast Minot early this morning displaced five residents. The Minot Fire Department responded to 1015 36th Street SE at 2:23 AM for a report of a room and contents fire. After arriving on scene, firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and contained it to the room of origin. A search was conducted in both living units for occupants and pets. All occupants of the duplex safely exited the structure prior to the Minot Fire Department’s arrival on scene. Three engines, one ladder truck, and one command vehicle responded to the incident, with a total of 15 firefighters on scene. No injuries were reported. Firefighters remained on scene overnight to conduct fire watch of the structure for potential flareups. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has provided updated information on a car / motorcycle accident in Fargo. Troopers report that the accident happened a little past 8:00 PM Wednesday. The driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a car turning on to University Avenue. Originally it was reported the motorcycle driver was from Prior Lake, Minnesota. The Patrol says it was 22-year old Jasen Hernandez of Fargo. He was injured in the crash. His passenger is identified as 32-year old Krassimira Utecht of Fargo. She was seriously injured. Both were not wearing helmets. The driver of the car, a 16-year old girl, and a passenger, a 12-year old girl, both from Fargo, were not injured. Troopers say the investigation of the accident continues.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services today announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that North Dakota will receive 49 legal and fully vetted Afghan evacuees starting later this month through the Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program. The federally funded APA program is a part of Operation Allies Welcome and does not impact resources available to North Dakotans in need of safety net services. These 49 individuals are part of the 37,000 humanitarian evacuees who will be resettled to 200 communities in the U.S. through the APA program. The majority of the 49 evacuees will resettle in Fargo.
Before arriving in the country, these individuals must complete a U.S. Department of Homeland Security rigorous vetting process that includes Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint-based background checks and other security screenings. They will also receive health and medical screenings, a COVID-19 vaccination and authorization to work.
Earlier this month, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, the state’s refugee resettlement agency, submitted a proposal to the U.S. State Department to resettle 49 Afghan evacuees. The proposal was based on the availability of services provided by community organizations that welcome new Americans and teach English as a second language. The LIRS proposal was approved on Sept. 15.
“Like so many North Dakotans with immigrant roots, refugees bring ingenuity and resilience that make our communities and the economy stronger,” said DHS Executive Director Chris Jones. “Resettlement provides a life-saving solution for some of the most vulnerable people in the world and it also creates positive benefits for North Dakota.”
Resettlement efforts place heavy emphasis on connecting people with their family. North Dakota has resettled 115 Afghan refugees over the past 20 years. Past Afghan refugees have become doctors and, business owners, and have held a variety of careers that contribute to North Dakota’s economic well-being.
Brittany Sachdeva, vice president of operations for Sanford Health in Fargo, said refugees play a critical role in their workforce. “With a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Sanford Health’s journey as an organization includes continually building on the diverse talents, experiences and beliefs of our employees, as well as the patients and communities we serve,” she said. “As one of the largest employers in the state, we understand the positive impact those new to our country can have in helping solve our collective workforce challenges. We look forward to welcoming them to North Dakota and encourage them to join our Sanford family.”
Initial resettlement efforts following the U.S. military exit from Afghanistan did not include North Dakota. However, the state will collaborate on the large national effort to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked alongside the U.S. in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they safely resettle in the U.S.
BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota a nearing 3,500. Today’s information from the Department of Health list 3,486 active, up 64 from yesterday. Of those active 606 are age 11 and under, 533 are age 12-19, 489 are age 20-29, 577 are age 30-39, 435 are age 40-49, 317 are age 50-59, 270 are age 60-69, and 259 are age 70+.
Health officials report 493 new positives and 430 new recoveries today. Hospitalizations are up four to 111, and 20 of those are in ICU. There is one more death reported among those with the coronavirus (1585). Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) include 98 positives (3216), on hospitalization (177), and one death (25).
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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 091721 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says more time is needed with federal lawyers to negotiate a settlement for money that the state claims it spent on policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. North Dakota filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2019, seeking to recover more than $38 million in damages from the monthslong pipeline protests almost five years ago. State and federal lawyers met for more than three hours at the federal courthouse in Bismarck Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal presided over the negotiations, and suggested more time would be needed to reach an agreement.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A map for new North Dakota legislative districts is slowly taking shape. Among the proposals so far are those that create a new district in the Fargo area and a pair in the oil-producing region in the western part of the state. The Republican-led redistricting committee held its fourth meeting on Thursday. It’s focused on keeping 47 districts, instead of changing size of the Legislature. The addition of the three new districts means three rural districts somewhere will have to be eliminated. The committee expects a draft statewide plan to be completed next week for public review.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota district judge is facing a drunken driving charge after allegedly crashing into two parked cars in downtown Fargo. Authorities say Southeast Judicial District Judge Cherie Clark, who is based in Jamestown, was arrested after officers responded to a report of the crash about midnight Saturday. KFGO radio reports that officers conducted standard field sobriety tests and a breath test before Clark was arrested. A citation was issued Monday. Clark was appointed to bench by Gov. Doug Burgum in 2017. She previously served as a Cass County prosecutor for 11 years. Court documents do not list an attorney for Clark.
MINOT, ND – The Minot International will be the site of a Wings for All event on Saturday. The Arc of the United States, Minot Area Parent Support for Autism Spectrum Disorders (MAPS), Independence Inc,. Delta Air Lines, SkyWest Airlines and Minot International Airport (MOT) will co-host a Wings for AllĀ® event. The event is being held in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Independence, Inc.
Originated by the Charles River Center, a local chapter of The Arc in Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Port Authority, Wings for All is an airport “rehearsal” program created to alleviate some of the stress that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families experience when traveling by air.
During the event, participants will check in to receive their boarding passes, pass through the TSA security checkpoint, wait in the boarding area and board the aircraft. The program will feature a presentation on the aircraft’s features, in-flight safety protocols and take-off procedures. Wings for All also gives airport, airline, TSA professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment.
This event is open to all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Minot area and beyond who seek a safe but realistic experience of traveling through a busy airport.
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