KHRT ND News – 09/29/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 092921 – 1200
BISMARCK, ND – A Missouri man was injured in a two-vehicle accident in the oil patch. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 10 AM on Tuesday about 3 miles south of Fortuna. Troopers say 40-year old David Walker was driving a flatbed truck that was run into by a pickup pulling a trailer. Both vehicles were part of a larger work convoy. The Patrol says the driver of the pickup, 22-year old Luke Clinton of Florence, Missouri, was following Walker, but in the heavy dust didn’t notice we was going slower. Clinton was trapped in the pickup and had to extracated by the Grenora Fire Department. He was transported to a Williston hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Walker was not injured. Troopers say Clinton was cited for following too close.
BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Game and Fish director Jeb Williams has appointed 20-year department employee Casey Anderson as Chief of the Wildlife Division. “Casey has certainly proven himself as a leader,” Williams said. “His experience and communication skills will serve the agency well as wildlife chief.” Anderson has been the Assistant Wildlife Chief since 2014. He has also held private land field coordinator and biologist positions. A native of the Turtle Lake-Mercer area in McLean County, he has a bachelor’s degree in the Fish and Wildlife Management option of Zoology from North Dakota State University.
BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 are at their highest level since early December. Information from the North Dakota Department of Health list 4,030 active cases today, an increase of 336 from yesterday. 1,131 of them are age 19 and under, 1,289 are age 20-39, 933 are age 40-59, and 677 are age 60+. Sioux County has the most active cases per 10,000 residents at 97, Stark County is 95, Dunn is at 93, Morton and Burleigh are each at 90.
There are 830 new positives today with 521 new recoveries. The daily positive rate is 7.85%. The 14-day rolling positivity rate is 7.1%. Hospitalizations are down 7 to 128, with 18 of those in ICU. There are three more deaths reported among those with COVID-19 (1610).
Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) have 178 new positives today (4873), four hospitalizations (223), and one death (33).
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is encouraging groups to participate in the Mountain Plains Crunch Off in celebration of Farm to School Month in October. North Dakota is competing with seven other states to see which state can get the most “crunches” into a piece of local produce, per capita.
“We are encouraging students, teachers, farmers, parents, community members and local food enthusiasts to participate,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “The Crunch Off is a great way to celebrate Farm to School Month and supports local agriculture.”
Those interested in hosting a Crunch event should register at to be counted in the state total. Crunch events may be held anytime through Oct. 15, 2021. A complete Crunch Off Toolkit may be obtained by visiting
The Crunch Off is one of many educational activities NDDA will be promoting as part of Farm to School Month. Each October, schools, farms, communities and organizations across the country celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch trays filled with local ingredients during the event. Farm to School Month was created to spread awareness about the national Farm to School program which supports students eating more locally produced fruits and vegetables and encourages education on food production and eating local.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A cold front moving through the region has eased record-breaking heat this week in North Dakota. The National Weather Service says Tuesday’s reading of 100 in Dickinson appears to be the latest in the year that the state has recorded a triple-digit temperature. The temperature in Dickson was 2 degrees higher that the city’s previous record, set in 1905. Bismarck also had a record high Tuesday of 98 degrees, 1 degree higher than the city’s 1905 record for the date. Hot weather also covered eastern North Dakota. Grand Forks eclipsed its century-old record with a high of 91 degrees.
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 092921 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A panel of lawmakers putting the final touches on North Dakota’s new legislative map has delayed action n a proposal to create separate House districts on two of the state’s five American Indian reservations. Some members of the 14-member Republican-led committee said Tuesday they wanted more legal guidance before voting on the motion. The committee is scheduled to meet again Wednesday. Some North Dakota tribal leaders appealed to lawmakers last week to split legislative House districts that include reservations, a move they believe will increase the odds for electing American Indians to the Legislature.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The developer of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota has a new contract with a company that will buy and market all diesel and gasoline produced at the facility. Developer Meridian Energy Group says its 10-year contract with Musket Corp. covers 360 million gallons of diesel and 280 million gallons of gasoline produced annually. The fuels make up 90% of the volume of refined products at the plant. Meridian first proposed the refinery just 3 miles from the park in 2016, with the goal of having it operating by next year.
MINOT, ND – Minot Fire investigators have determined the cause of an explosion and fire at a home early Monday morning. Crews responded to the home in the 1200 block of 2nd Avenue SW shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday and found the rear of the home engulfed in flames. Investigators determined hot coals started a carpeted deck on fire on the rear of the home. The fire blew an aerosol can, which prompted the fire to spread. A person walking by heard the explosion and alerted the occupants to evacuate. No one was hurt, but the fire caused significant damage to the home. The Red Cross is assisting four people displaced by the fire.
MINOT, ND (TRINITY HEALTH) – Trinity Health is accepting appointments for booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The boosters are available to individuals determined to be eligible for a third dose by federal health authorities. Guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says four groups are eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. The guidance allows for a single booster dose to be administered at least six months after completion of the full two-dose Pfizer series. Those eligible are:
Individuals over age 65
Individuals 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions placing them at risk for severe COVID
Individuals 18 and older living in a group setting such as nursing homes or group homes
Individuals 18 and older working in occupations placing them at risk. Examples are nursing home staff, healthcare workers, teachers, and day care staff, among others.
Appointments for the Pfizer boosters are available by calling Trinity Health’s Vaccination Line at 701-857-2515. Vaccine appointments are open to adults 18 years of age and older and can be obtained Monday thru Friday or at a special Saturday vaccine clinic scheduled October 2. Masks are required in all Trinity Health facilities.
Both the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are available by appointment. Patients have the option of getting a “two-shot combo” by receiving their flu shot at the same time as their COVID-19 vaccination.
“People can get a COVID-19 vaccine-the first, second or third dose-and a flu shot at the same time,” said Infectious Disease Specialist Casmiar Nwaigwe, MD. “Experience has shown that the body’s immune response and side effects are generally the same whether the vaccines are administered at the same time or separately. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations.”
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