KHRT ND News – 10/07/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 100721 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – A fire in a four-unit apartment complex displaced seven residents on Wednesday evening. The Minot Fire Department responded to the 800 block of Soo Street at 9:08 PM on Wednesday for a bedroom that was on fire. The first arriving firefighters found flames coming from a bedroom window. Fire crews entered the structure and quickly knocked down the fire and contained it to the apartment of origin. While the fire was being extinguished, crews conducted a search of the structure; all occupants were able to exit safely. One cat was found deceased in the apartment where the fire originated. 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 fire was caused when hot materials were improperly disposed of in a garbage can.
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BISMARCK, ND – Five more deaths are reported today in North Dakota among those who were COVID-19 positive (1634). Information from the Department of Health lists another 709 new positives and 642 new recoveries. The daily positive rate is 7.31%. Active cases rise by 111 to 4,490. Hospitalizations are up 6 to 178, with 23 of those in ICU. Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) include were not available at the moment.
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UNDATED (AP) – Pfizer is asking the U.S. government to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11. If regulators agree, shots could begin within a matter of weeks. Pfizer already had announced that a lower dose of its vaccine worked and appeared safe in a study of the youngsters. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech officially filed its application with the Food and Drug Administration today. FDA’s advisers are scheduled to debate the evidence later this month. Until now the vaccine was available only as young as 12, and many parents and pediatricians are clamoring for protection for younger kids. North Dakota health officials report that 51.7% (343,467) of residents age 12 and up have been fully vaccinated.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s Board of Chiropractic Examiners has revoked the license of Chad Isaak, the man convicted of killing four people at a property management company in Mandan. The seven-member board voted unanimously recently to revoke Isaak’s state chiropractic license which had been suspended pending the outcome of his murder trial. In August, a Morton County jury convicted Isaak in the April 2019 slayings of RJR co-owner Robert Fakler, employees Adam Fuehrer and Bill and Lois Cobb. Isaak lived in Washburn on property owned by RJR, but no definitive motive was established for the crime. All four victims were shot and stabbed. Isaak is scheduled in court Dec. 28 where he faces the possibility of life in prison on each of his four murder convictions.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot landfill will begin winter hours on Saturday, Oct. 11. During winter hours, the landfill will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM. The Household Hazardous Waste drop off site at the landfill will also be closed beginning on Monday, and reopen in the spring. Residents can still bring used oil and antifreeze to the landfill; these are accepted all year. Empty or dried paint cans are acceptable to be placed in your waste carts. Paint cans may also be solidified with concrete powder and floor dry, and may be placed in the waste carts after it has hardened. The HHW building at the landfill will reopen in April, followed by another HHW/E-Waste collection event held at Public Works.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 100721 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has announced a new grant program to fund learning opportunities outside of school for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. School districts and other organizations, including for-profit companies, nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations, and higher education institutions, as well as regional education associations and city and county government agencies, are eligible to apply for “Out of School Time” grants.
 
Three-year grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with up to $2 million in grant money available. Grant applications must address students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, and provide learning opportunities outside of school, along with activities to complement students’ regular academic programs during the school day. Grant recipients will be required to collaborate with schools that serve students who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
 
Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. Potential applicants with questions should contact program administrator Becky Eberhardt at raeberhardtnd.gov, or by phone at 701-328-2295.
 
“This is a new grant opportunity that is funded by federal pandemic emergency aid. It will offer enriched educational opportunities to students before and after school, on weekends, and in the summer to counter the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their instruction,” Baesler said. “This grant program offers our schools and other organizations a chance to provide new, innovative learning opportunities for students outside of school hours.”
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INDIANPOLIS – The Internal Revenue Service is reminding an estimated 32,800 North Dakota residents who asked for an extension to file their 2020 tax return, that they have until October 15, 2021 to file and avoid the penalty for filing late. The IRS urges everyone to file electronically in order to avoid delays and speed the processing of their return.
 
“October 15 is the deadline for just about everyone,” said IRS spokesperson Stacy Engle. “Members of the military and others serving in a combat zone, have more time. They normally have 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file and pay any taxes due.”
 
There is usually no penalty for failure to file if the taxpayer is due a refund. However, people who wait too long to file and claim a refund, risk losing it altogether. The safest and fastest way for people to get a refund is to file electronically and have their refund electronically deposited into their bank or other financial account. Taxpayers can use direct deposit to deposit their refund into one, two or even three accounts.
 
IRS Free File is still available in English and Spanish giving taxpayers who earned $72,000 or less in 2020 a way to file and claim credits like the Recovery Rebate Credit, Advanced Child Tax Credit. The Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms, is also available for people comfortable preparing their own taxes.
 
Those who still have to file a 2020 tax return, owe tax, and did not request an extension can generally avoid additional penalties and interest by filing the return as soon as possible and paying any taxes owed. Taxpayers can file now and schedule their federal tax payments up to the Oct. 15 due date. Electronic payment options are the optimal way to make a tax payment.
 
– IRS Direct Pay allows taxpayers to pay online directly from a checking or savings account for free, and to schedule payments up to 365 days in advance.
 
– The IRS2Go app provides the mobile-friendly payment options, including Direct Pay and debit or credit card payments on mobile devices.
 
– Payment options and tax information is available in several languages by clicking on the “English” tab on the front page of IRS.gov.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced that their Community Services Division received more than $7.5 million in funding for weatherization, and energy furnace and cooling repair programs. Community Services received $2,891,278 in funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program from the U.S. Department of Energy, $2 million in funding for weatherization from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and $3 million in funding for the LIHEAP Emergency Furnace and Cooling Repair and Replacement Program. The combination of funding received is a 32% increase from the previous year.
 
“This year’s increase in funding will allow us to expand our ability to serve the residents of North Dakota,” Commerce Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Commissioner Shawn Kessel said. “Low-income homes spend a much higher percentage of their income on energy. Weatherizing and repairs to heating and cooling systems will allow saved dollars to be used for other necessities.”
 
Community Services contributed to a total of 611 weatherization, 1,215 emergency finance, and 337 cooling jobs from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The Weatherization Assistance Program, led by Commerce and administered by local Community Action Agencies, uses various measures to increase energy efficiency in homes while strengthening the health and safety of the home. The program is available to renters and owners, whether they live in mobile homes, traditional wood-framed homes or apartments. There is no fee for applicants. Renters may also use the program but, they must meet the income guidelines and their landlord must comply with other program requirements.
 
Eight Community Action Agencies in North Dakota have been weatherizing homes through the program since 1976. Since 2001, over 12,500 homes have been equipped with energy-conserving measures. These measures typically save each homeowner 25% of heating costs per year.
 
Individuals qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program based on income guidelines. Applicants for the LIHEAP Emergency Furnace and Cooling Repair and Replacement Program are required to be a fuel assistance client. Both Weatherization Assistance and LIHEAP programs are administered by Community Action Agencies. To apply for the Weatherization Assistance Program, contact your local Community Action agency or visit NDWAP.com.
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DENVER – FEMA has approved more than $258 million in total assistance to North Dakota as of October 1, supporting the state’s fight against COVID-19 over the last 18 months. The assistance was authorized under the major disaster declaration issued for North Dakota on April 1, 2020. Earlier this year, following new guidance from President Biden, FEMA increased reimbursement from 75 percent to 100 percent funding for projects related to the pandemic response, retroactive to January 20, 2020.
 
This federal funding was received by the state and distributed to North Dakota tribes, counties, cities, individuals, and other state and local partners.
 
The total includes $117 million from FEMA’s Public Assistance program for vaccines, testing sites, medical staffing and supplies (including ventilators, masks and personal protective equipment), alternate care facilities, and other identified COVID-19 related management, communication, transportation and administrative costs.
 
An additional $86 million was provided by FEMA to reimburse other agencies that provided staffing or resources to augment state efforts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Defense all supported COVID-19 operations in North Dakota.
 
FEMA also contributed $37.5 million in Lost Wages Assistance to individuals to help ease the economic burden of North Dakotans struggling financially because of the coronavirus pandemic, and $1 million for Crisis Counseling to assist individuals and communities in recovering from the psychological effects of the pandemic through outreach and educational services.
 
Another $4.2 million has been approved for FEMA Funeral Assistance, which delivers funding to families for pandemic related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Those in need of such aid can call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. The helpline is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time). At this time, there is no deadline to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance for families who have lost a loved one.
 
North Dakota also has been allocated $12.3 million from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to invest in mitigation planning and projects that reduce risks from natural disasters.
 
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