KHRT ND News – 09/22/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 092221 – 1600
 
WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has selected the City of Minot to receive a $9.8 million grant to support the fifth phase of the region’s flood protection project. The award, which must be officially accepted by the city, is being made under the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP), a funding opportunity that Hoeven began advancing following a hearing of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee in May. “This flood protection project is critical not only to the safety and prosperity of the communities in this region, but also to the efficient operation of the Minot Air Force Base’s two nuclear missions,” said Senator Hoeven. Hoeven will join city officials on Saturday at a signing ceremony to finalize and formally accept the grant, as well as outline the importance of the funding in advancing permanent flood protection for the region.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The head of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is asking a federal agency overseeing the environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cut ties with a contractor conducting the analysis, citing a conflict of interest. Chairman Mike Faith and other tribal leaders sent a letter Wednesday to a top U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official, taking issue with the Environmental Resources Management, a London-based company that’s doing the review, and its ties to the oil industry. Among their concerns is that the company is a member of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group that lobbies for the oil industry and has submitted court briefs supporting Dakota Access.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department continues to monitor an ongoing epizootic hemorrhagic disease outbreak. To date, the most heavily affected area is along a portion of the Missouri River extending from just south of Bismarck/Mandan to the Garrison Dam, as well as a smaller area near Williston. EHD is a naturally occurring virus spread by a biting midge that is often fatal to white-tailed deer, and less commonly to mule deer, pronghorn and elk. Humans are not susceptible to the virus. The public is asked to continue reporting any dead deer to the Game and Fish Department through the online wildlife mortality reporting system.
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee member, announced today the National Park Service has awarded seven grants totaling $1,351,768 for state and local recreation projects in North Dakota. The grants are as follows:
 
$496,967 to the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District to renovate Sertoma Park.
 
$292,773 to the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District to acquire land to expand Lions Park.
 
$215,595 to the Grand Forks Park District to replace the infield turf at the Montgomery Field in the Apollo Sports Complex with synthetic turf.
 
$137,500 to the Mountrail County Park Board for a new Van Hook Recreation Area West Bathhouse.
 
$96,530 to City of Gackle for updates to the Gackle Little Park.
 
$69,558 to Turtle Lake-Mercer Public School for playground improvements.
 
$42,845 to the City of Mercer for new playground equipment at Mercer Memorial Park.
 
“The funds announced today will go toward improving playgrounds and expanding parks all across North Dakota,” said Senator Cramer. “This result is why we reformed the Land and Water Conservation Fund program and passed the Great American Outdoors Act: to ensure more investments go to locally-driven projects and our parks and public lands remain a top destination for our constituents.”
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 092221 – 1200
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A former employee of a Fargo memory care center has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and endangering a vulnerable adult in the death of a resident. Fifty-nine-year-old Rachel Cooper is charged in the death of Gary Pearson, a retired businessman and radio station owner in Grafton. Police were called to Maple View Memory Care for a report of an assault of a patient by a caregiver Aug. 3. According to a criminal complaint, Cooper was cleaning Pearson’s bathroom and that the two appeared to have struggled over the bathroom door. The complaint says Cooper pushed the 78-year-old resident, causing him to fall backward and suffer fatal injuries.
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BISMARCK, ND – A Bismarck woman was injured in a rear-end crash on Monday. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports the accident happened just before 5:00 PM on Interstate 94 in Bismarck. 44-year old Jessica Wilkins came to a stop due to backed up traffic. A 17-year old boy driving a pickup was distracted by a tow truck parked along the road with its lights activated and crashed into the rear of Wilkins vehicle. Troopers report Wilkins received minor injuries. A passenger in her car, a 16-year old boy from Bismarck was not injured. The driver of the pickup was not injured, but was cited for following too close.
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BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota rise by 206 today to 3,310. Information from the Department of Health lists 640 new positives with 469 new recoveries. The daily positive rate is 6.30%. Hospitalizations are down 5 to 119, with 21 of those in ICU. There were two more COVID-19 deaths today (1595).
Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) have 141 new positives (3805), four new hospitalizations (195), and one death (29).
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department continues to monitor an ongoing epizootic hemorrhagic disease outbreak. To date, the most heavily affected area is along a portion of the Missouri River extending from just south of Bismarck/Mandan to the Garrison Dam, as well as a smaller area near Williston. EHD is a naturally occurring virus spread by a biting midge that is often fatal to white-tailed deer, and less commonly to mule deer, pronghorn and elk. Humans are not susceptible to the virus.
 
“With the help of public reports, we are able to get a pretty good idea on where the outbreak is occurring,” said Casey Anderson, Department wildlife division chief. “Tracking an outbreak like this would not be possible without the public’s involvement.”
Based on continuing reports along the Missouri River of white-tailed deer mortality attributed to EHD, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is now offering refunds for returned licenses from the special herd reduction bow season license holders in south Bismarck/Mandan and northern Burleigh County.
 
EHD outbreaks rapidly slow after a series of hard frosts kill the midge that transmits the virus. Department personnel will monitor reports they receive through the opening weekend of pheasant season. They will then determine in which units the severity of the outbreak warrants refunds for the gun hunting season for those seeking refunds.
 
The public is asked to continue reporting any dead deer to the Game and Fish Department through the online wildlife mortality reporting system.
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 092221 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota lawmakers have moved to raise the threshold on new legislation that limits spending of federal money by a governor-led panel. The law was passed shortly before the Republican-led Legislature adjourned in April. The legislation came after the Emergency Commission, headed by GOP Gov. Doug Burgum, largely determined how to spend $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief the state received last year. Many lawmakers believed the full body should have that responsibility. The law caps the Emergency Commission’s spending authority of federal funds to $50 million and to $5 million in so-called special funds in a budget cycle.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A Grand Forks company has been awarded a $17 million Navy contract to build a ground support station to control unmanned aircraft and sensor system. The work by Ideal Aerosmith will enable mission planners to access classified and non-classified information from one place, including data from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, operations, like those flown out of the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Sen. John Hoeven, a ├ímember of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, as worked with Ideal Aerosmith and the Navy to secure the contract. Hoeven says the technology developed under this contract will help missions across the globe to be better informed, supporting the safety and effectiveness of servicemembers.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The company that operates the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appellate ruling ordering additional environmental review. Energy Transfer says the review puts the line at risk of being shut down. A Circuit Court of Appeals panel in D.C. earlier this year supported the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes’ argument that the project deserves a thorough environmental review and is currently operating without a key federal permit. The study will determine whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reissues a permit for the line to cross the Missouri River in south-central North Dakota.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum will address attendees at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting today at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford also plans to attend the meeting and will participate in a panel discussion on North Dakota’s energy future at 10:05 a.m. Thursday. North Dakota regulators announced this week that the state has officially lost its status as the nation’s second-biggest oil producer to New Mexico. North Dakota ranked second, behind Texas, in oil production for nine years.
 
 
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