KHRT ND News – 10/11/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 101121 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Dozens of North Dakota National Guard troops are head to the southern border. The Bismarck Tribune reports 125 members of the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company have been deployed to the border for a year to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents as they contend with surges of migrants. The U.S. Army activated the Guard troops. Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann addressed the troops during a send-off ceremony on Bismarck on Friday. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, who visited the border in March, joined the event virtually.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has been notified of a produced water spill from a pipeline in Mountrail County last Thursday. The incident occurred about 7 miles northwest of New Town. The cause of the spill was due to a third-party contractor striking a gathering line. Goodnight Midstream estimates that approximately 285 barrels of produced water were discharged, with all but 30 barrels immediately recovered from the trench. Produced water is a by-product of oil production. Personnel from Environmental Quality are inspecting the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The National Weather Service reports that two tornadoes touched down in Minnesota and North Dakota during storms on Saturday. KFGO reports that the weather service has confirmed a tornado with estimated peak winds of 100 mph touched down in Park Rapids, Minnesota, about 10:30 p.m. It tore roof panels from a church and a car dealership. A tornado with estimated peak winds of 70 mph touched down briefly in a field southeaster of Lidgerwood, North Dakota. No one was hurt in either instance.
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BISMARCK, ND – A storm system coming out of the Rockies could send wind, rain, and perhaps snow flakes to North Dakota. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the storm will impact the state tonight through Thursday. Widespread precipitation of 1 to 3 inches of rain, winds gusting to 45 MPH, freezing temperatures, and the first snowfall of the season for western North Dakota are expected. Minimal, if any, accumulation of snow is possible. Forecasters say the greatest impacts could come on Wednesday.
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BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 have dropped in North Dakota. Information from the Health Department list 3,736 active cases, down 749 from Friday. Hospitalizations are up by 27 since Friday to 211, with 24 for of them in ICU. There have been 7 more deaths among those who were positive (1642). Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) include 269 new positives since Friday (6736), 19 new hospitalizations since Friday (323), and 9 deaths since Friday (53).
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota wildlife officials are urging people to keep an eye out for migrating whooping cranes. The North Dakota Fish and Game Department says a portion of a population of 500 cranes are crossing the state on a 2,500-mile migration from nesting grounds at Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada to wintering grounds in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. The agency says anyone who spots cranes should leave them alone but record the date, time, location and the birds’ activities and report the sighting to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The reports help biologists locate crane habitat areas, monitor marked birds and determine population numbers and migration routes.
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 101121 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A state lawmaker from southeastern North Dakota who’s accused of misdemeanor theft in Bottineau County says he’s surprised by the charge and believes it’s fabricated. Republican Sen. Jason Heitkamp, of Wahpeton, tells The Associated Press he was in Bottineau earlier this week to retrieve some of his belongings from his former girlfriend and did not steal anything. He says he has been served with a summons but had not seen a copy of the complaint. Heitkamp says he does not yet have an attorney. His first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 2.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Wyndmere man facing four counts of felony child endangerment in Burleigh County is again scheduled for trial after missing several court dates since being charged nearly two years ago. Tory Fowler was stopped in November 2019 for speeding on U.S. Highway 83 near Wilton. A Burleigh County deputy sheriff noticed the odor of burned marijuana in Fowler’s car and later found marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Four children were in the car. Since his arrest Fowler has missed three pretrial conferences, which resulted in the cancellation of three jury trials. A trial is set for Nov. 24.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) – Attorneys for a North Dakota man accused of wounding two Wisconsin police officers while he was on the run from an attempted murder charge in his home state are petitioning for a jury pool from a different county. Twenty-four-year-old Nathanael Benton, of Fargo, North Dakota, has pleaded not guilty in the shootings of two Delafield police officers in November 2020. The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shootings that occurred in Waukesha County, about 27 miles (43 kilometers) west of Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Benton’s lawyers said in a petition that local news coverage and social media surrounding police shootings has created too much prejudice among Waukesha County residents. They also said there is a “growing public bias” about the case.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The abrupt closure of a North Dakota-based photography business has left couples in a four-state area scrambling to locate wedding photos or find new photographers for upcoming nuptials. Glasser Images owner Jack Glasser said that due in large part to COVID-19 the Bismarck studio “simply couldn’t keep up with our ongoing costs, debt repayment, salaries, rent and other business expenses.” He told customers in an email he cannot offer refunds. The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office said it had fielded more than 170 complaints about the situation by Friday afternoon and was investigating. Glasser’s attorney, Tim O’Keeffe, tells The Bismarck Tribune he and Glasser will talking to customers in the next couple of days. The company did business in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Colorado.
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Most abortions in Texas are banned again after clinics that had raced to provide them during a two-day legal reprieve canceled appointments Saturday following an appeals court ruling. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the law reinstated Friday. It prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks. That’s before some women know they’re pregnant. The Biden administration sued Texas to block the law and could take its case back to the Supreme Court. For now the closest options for abortions for Texas patients will be clinics in Oklahoma and Louisiana. Republican lawmakers in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota said they would consider introducing bills similar to the Texas law.
 
 
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