KHRT ND News – 09/30/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 093021 – 1200
MINOT, ND – A Minot man is in custody on several charges, including drug and stolen property charges. The Ward County Narcotics Taskforce and the Minot Police Department executed a search warrant at a northeast Minot residence around 11:30 AM on Tuesday. It resulted in recovery of stolen property, firearms, and a large amount of drug evidence to include a substantial quantity of fentanyl. Officers and agents seized approximately 6.5 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of around $300,000, and approximately 170 grams of fentanyl, with a street value of $350,000. Police also located a large amount of marijuana, a stolen bicycle valued at approximately $2,000, and firearms. Police say the occupant of this residence, Loren Berg Jr., was also wanted on Ward County warrants for domestic violence and terrorizing. Berg was arrested on numerous charges.
FARGO, ND – A Belcourt man has been sentenced in an child assault case. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Peter D. Welte sentenced 40-year old Adam Jason Poitra to 36 1/2 years in federal prison for aggravated sexual assault of an 11-year old minor child. Welte also sentenced Poitra to lifetime supervised release and a $100.00 special Assessment. An investigation revealed that between September 2017 and May 2018, Poitra sexually abuse an 11-year old child countless times while in Belcourt.
BISMARCK, ND – Another 309 active cases of COVID-19 are reported in North Dakota today by the Health Department. It brings the total to 4,339. The daily positive rate is 7.24%. There are 766 new positives and 488 new recoveries today. Hospitalizations are up by 27 to 155, with 20 of those in ICU. One more death among those with the virus brings the total for September to 46, the most in a single month since January (1611).
MINOT, ND – First District Health Unit officials say they are now giving booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, in accordance with CDC recommendations. The new recommendations authorize providers to offer a booster dose to:
– everyone 65 or older
– anyone 18 and older who has an underlying medical condition, including cancer, diabetes, Down syndrome, a heart condition, hypertension, overweight or obesity, pregnancy, history of smoking, and substance abuse disorder; or
– works in a high-risk setting, such as health care workers, first responders, education staff, food and agriculture workers, grocery store workers and other frontline essential workers; or
– lives in a high-risk setting; for example, long term care, correctional facilities and homeless shelters.
The booster dose is given at least 6 months after the completion of the primary vaccination series. The booster is only authorized for people who received the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are expected to apply for authorization in the near future.
Guidelines remain in place for a third dose, also called the additional dose, of COVID-19 vaccine for people with moderately to severely compromised immunity. The additional dose can be given at least 28 days after the second dose of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
First District continues to encourage everyone 12 and older to get vaccinated, eat healthy meals, get plenty of sleep, and stay physically active. Healthy lifestyles help the immune system and improve the body’s ability to fight diseases like COVID-19. It is also important to stay home if you are sick.
An appointment for the primary series of COVID vaccinations, the booster shot, or an additional dose can be scheduled online by visiting the First District website,, or by calling your local First District Health Unit office.
FARGO, ND – Law enforcement agencies across the state participated in the Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign from August 20th to September 6th to deter motorists from driving impaired. Of the 108 alcohol or drug-related citations issued, there were 37 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. Alcohol-related charges also include 21 arrests or citations for minor in consumption, minor in possession and open container. This enforcement period also resulted in 28 drug-related arrests.
Officials report that approximately one in seven adult arrests in North Dakota in 2020 were for DUI. Alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle crashes, fatalities and arrests are 100% preventable. Every driver and vehicle occupant can help meet the state’s goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries by taking personal responsibility when traveling. This means wearing a seat belt at all times, transporting children in child passenger safety seats appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight, driving distraction-free, driving sober and obeying all posted speed limits. High-visibility enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a collaborative effort to eliminate vehicle deaths in North Dakota.
HORACE, N.D, – Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting, haying, harvesting and livestock feeding assistance free of charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, will soon complete its 800th assistance case.
The farm of Eugene and Katie Birklid, near Fort Ransom, ND, will be the site of this milestone service event. Eugene recently underwent his fourth brain surgery to combat a problematic cyst. This intensive procedure requires up to 6 weeks of recovery, which conflicts with the family’s crucial harvest operations. Farm Rescue is honored to provide equipment and volunteers to assist with the Birklid’s soybean crop.
Farm Rescue assisted its very first family in 2006. Since then, the nonprofit has continued adding services to help a larger number of rural families stricken by unexpected crises. The organization now serves seven states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Reaching the 800 mark is the result of a tremendous collaborative effort from volunteers, sponsors, donors and staff, who fulfill the patriotic and compassionate mission of Farm Rescue.
“The altruistic mission of Farm Rescue continues to have a positive impact throughout farming and ranching communities,” said Bill Gross, Founder & President, Farm Rescue. “It has been a great honor to partner with donors, sponsors and volunteers to provide vital assistance to 800 families who have experienced unexpected crises.”
Farm Rescue is currently accepting applications for harvest assistance throughout its entire 7-state service territory. Any farm family experiencing a major injury, illness or natural disaster is encouraged to submit an application at or by calling 701-252-2017. Referrals are also welcome.
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 093021 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Republican-led committee rearranging the boundaries of North Dakota’s new legislative map has decided to separate House districts on two American Indian reservations. Tribal leaders believe the so-called subdistricts increase the odds for electing their own members to the Legislature. The subdistricts would be on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation and the Fort Berthold reservation. The chairmen for the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux say a lawsuit is likely because their reservations were not divided into subdistricts in the newest map that still must be approved by the full Legislature.
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 – 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 Wednesday, an increase of 336 from Tuesday. There are 830 new positives Wednesday with 521 new recoveries. 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).
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.
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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