KHRT ND News – 10/05/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 100521 – 1200
 
HETTINGER, ND – The Adams County Sheriff’s office is investigating a shooting at Hettinger Public School. Officers say a student walked in to a classroom at approximately 11:15 AM Monday and shot themself. The school went into emergency lockdown. The student involved in the shooting was taken for emergency medical treatment. No other students, staff or faculty were involved.
 
There is no school or sports activities today, according to a Facebook post from Hettinger Public School. The post says there is counseling services at the Centennial Chappel (Evenson Jenson Funeral Chappel) today from 1 to 4 p.m., and there will be school Wednesday and Thursday for those who feel comfortable attending. Counseling services will be available Wednesday and Thursday on the school campus as well.
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WILLISTON, N.D. – The Williston Police Department is asking for the public’s help in investigating a shooting Sunday night. According to a press release, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 200 block of 32nd Street East, where they found evidence of multiple shots fired into a vehicle with one striking an individual’s hand. A person of interest has been identified and the investigation is ongoing. Both names have not been released. If you have any information pertaining to the shooting, contact the Williston Police Department at 701-577-1212.
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BISMARCK, ND – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has released a public safety alert regarding an increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. According to the alert, deadly, counterfeit pills, that are being mass-produced by criminal drug networks, are being seized by the DEA and its law enforcement partners at record rates. The number of DEA-seized counterfeit pills with fentanyl has jumped nearly 430 percent since 2019. DEA lab testing reveals that 2 out of every 5 pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose.
 
Data collected through the North Dakota Violent Death Reporting System (NDVDRS), indicates the state has recorded more than 250 drug overdose deaths since January 2019, of which a majority were opioid-related, many involving fentanyl.
 
According to the DEA alert, some of the most common counterfeit pills are made to look like prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Oxycontin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and alprazolam (Xanax®); or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall®). Fake prescription pills are widely accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms – making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including teens and young adults. The North Dakota Department of Health reminds North Dakotans that the only safe medications are ones prescribed by a trusted medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. Pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal and can be dangerous or lethal.
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BISMARCK, ND – The 14-day rolling positivity rate of COVID-19 in North Dakota is at it’s highest level since mid-December. The Department of Health reports that rate is up to 7.81%. Active cases rise by 181 today to 4,093. Health officials report 861 new positives and 700 new recoveries. Hospitalizations rise by 9 today to 166, with 25 of those in ICU. There are two more deaths among those who were positive (1623). Breakthrough numbers (those of the fully vaccinated) have 278 new positives (5897), 21 new hospitalizations (275), and five deaths (41).
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BISMARCK, ND – Locally and nationally, it has been a long and active fire season. North Dakota alone has seen almost 2,400 wildfires in the state, burning more than 125,000 acres. The State Fire Marshal, North Dakota Forest Service, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and local firefighting resources are committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our state. Thus, Governor Doug Burgum has declared October 3-9, 2021, as Fire Prevention Week in North Dakota. North Dakotans everywhere are encouraged to do their part in preventing fires, both in and outside the home.
 
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics show that in 2019, U.S. fire departments responded to 339,500 home structure fires, which caused 2,770 fire deaths. These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help make the most of that time, giving everyone enough time to get out. Residents are encouraged to make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
 
There are a number of fire prevention methods you can practice outside the home as well. Avoid parking machinery and vehicles on or near dry vegetation. Ensure your equipment is properly maintained, and cross chains when hauling to prevent sparks. Farmers harvesting crop should be sure to keep their machines clean, mount fire extinguishers in and outside the cab, and know how to use them. Extinguish campfires and properly discard cigarettes. Teach your children about fire safety, and adhere to any burn bans or red flag warnings in effect.
 
Local jurisdictions – city, county, or tribal – may institute burn bans in accordance with the fire danger index, if conditions require. To learn more about your local Burn Ban restrictions and daily Fire Danger rating, visit https://www.ndresponse.gov/burn-ban-restrictions-fire-danger-maps. You can also consult with your local fire department or emergency management office for the most current information regarding restrictions in your area.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 100521 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A former North Dakota legislator who once was the Republican Party’s nominee for lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate has died. According to her obituary, Donna Nalewaja, died Sept. 30 from COVID-19 at the age of 81. Nalewaja served in the state House from 1983 to 1986 and in the state Senate from 1987 to 1998. She was the running mate of Leon Mallberg on the Republican gubernatorial ticket in 1988, losing to Democrats George Sinner and Lloyd Omdahl. Nalewaja also ran unsuccessfully against Democrat Byron Dorgan for U.S. Senate in 1998, after which she left politics.
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MANDAN, ND – A Washburn man who was convicted of murdering four people in Mandan will be sentenced late this year. Chad Isaak will be sentenced for his quadruple murder convictions on December 28. Morton County Court documents say the hearing will happen at 8:30 am in a Mandan Courthouse. Isaak was found guilty in August after a 3-week trial on charges he murdered four RJR Maintenance and Management employees in Mandan. RJR co-owner Robert Fakler and employees William Cobb, Lois Cobb, and Adam Frueher were killed in the early morning hours of April 1st, 2019.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Passenger traffic at North Dakota’s eight commercial airports declined in August after a more robust July. North Dakota Aeronautics Commission director Kyle Wanner says July is historically one of the busiest months out of the year for air travel, so lower passenger numbers heading into the fall as leisure travel begins to slow down is not so surprising. About 82,400 passengers boarded planes in August, nearly double the same month last year, but well below the nearly 102,000 boardings in August 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Year-to-date boardings are ahead of the 2020 pace at all eight airports.
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BISMARCK, ND (NDGF) – The state Game and Fish Department’s annual fall aerial mule deer survey is set for mid-October in western North Dakota. Weather permitting, the survey takes about two weeks to complete. During the survey period, people could notice low-flying small airplanes over some parts of the badlands. Game and Fish biologists have completed aerial surveys of the same 24 badlands study areas since the 1950s. The survey is used to collect mule deer population data for monitoring demographic trends, such as buck-to-doe and fawn-to-doe ratios.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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