KHRT ND News – 10/12/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 101221 – 1200
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has sentenced the driver of a prisoner transport van involved in a fatal crash to probation. The Bismarck Tribune reports that 58-year-old Geraldine Miller of Towner was driving the Pierce County van on Aug. 4 when it collided with another vehicle at an intersection between McClusky and Goodrich. Eighty-one-year-old Philemena Evenson, a passenger in the other vehicle, was killed. Miller pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment and was sentenced to nearly a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $325 in court fees. She remains a correctional officer at the Rugby jail. She declined comment to the Tribune.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Investigators are trying to figure out why a man jumped out of a vehicle on Interstate 29 in Fargo. KFGO reports the 33-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle heading south on I-29 about 4:30 p.m. on Monday. He jumped out near an exit and was partially run over by the vehicle before he tried to leap over the overpass’ concrete guardrail. Two people restrained him and kept him from hurting himself further. He was taken to a hospital and was in serious but stable condition.
BISMARCK, ND – A major storm system making its way through the central U.S. should impact North Dakota tonight through Thursday. Winter storm warnings and advisories are posted for Wyoming and much of eastern Montana today and Wednesday. Those advisories also extend into northwestern South Dakota and into Slope, Golden Valley, and Bowman counties in southwestern North Dakota. Forecasters say much of Wyoming and southeastern Montana could see 6 to 12 inches of snow. The mountains could get two feet of snow along with 50 mph wind gusts. Southwestern North Dakota could see 2 to 5 inches of snow. The rest of North Dakota should get anywhere between one to three inches of rain and winds gusting to 40 mph. Much of the state could also see a widespread freeze.
BISMARCK, ND – Today’s COVID-19 numbers from the North Dakota Department of Health lists a daily positive rate of 9.04%. There are 725 new positives and 630 new recoveries. Active cases increase by 128 to 3,864. Hospitalizations drop by 30 to 181, with 22 of those in ICU. There are 10 deaths reported among those who were positive (1652). Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) include 155 new positives (6891), hospitalizations drop four (319), and two deaths (55).
BISMARCK, ND – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, CHI St. Alexius Health is adding additional hours for mammography services during the month of October. CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck is hosting Mammography Happy Hour on October 14 and 19, 2021, with additional appointment times available from 3 to 6 p.m. Individuals can schedule a 3D mammogram by calling 701.530.5550.
CHI St. Alexius Health Minot Medical Plaza is extending mammography hours until 8 p.m. on select days, and adding Saturday appointments. For more information on extended hours and to make an appointment, please call 701.857.8002.
Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, accounting for almost one in three (30%) newly diagnosed cancers. One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Individuals should visit with their provider about personal risk factors and mammogram screening recommendations, as they vary depending on age and risk.
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 101221 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) – Older North Dakotans are being bombarded with reminders about Medicare enrollment. While it is tempting to block out some messaging, state officials said there is important information that could help save money on prescription drug costs. Enrollment for Medicare ‘Part D,’ for people already on Medicare, begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.
Karri Morris, Medicare State Health Insurance Counseling manager for the North Dakota Insurance Department, said there are few significant changes to the process this year, but enrollees should still see if there is a better drug plan for them. “If they have medications that they are taking, they will want to review and compare the overall costs of the prescription plan, rather than just looking at the premium costs,” Morris advised.
She pointed out people too often focus on premium costs and overlook big changes in out-of-pocket expenses for their medications. And with national celebrities doing television ads for services such as Medicare Advantage, Morris cautioned some of what is being offered either might not be available to them, or would not meet their needs.
Locally, Sanford Health is offering a new Medicare Advantage plan, but it is only available in select counties, which Morris contended is why it is important to reach out to the Insurance Department and speak with a counselor. They are scheduling appointments now, and Morris said it is best not to wait. “You don’t want to wait until the end of open enrollment,” Morris cautioned. “At that time, they can encounter long wait times, or take the risk of missing the deadline of getting enrolled into a new plan.”
Josh Askvig, state director for AARP North Dakota, said scammers will not be taking a break this year, either. He urged people to be mindful of anyone who might call or email and sound helpful, but really is not. “They try and use that open enrollment period to heighten awareness, and they’ll call and say, you know, ‘In order to enroll, you need to pay this small fee,'” Askvig explained. He said neither the state nor Medicare officials will call with such a message. Appointments for Medicare counseling can be scheduled on the Insurance Department’s website, or by calling 888-575-6611.
MINOT, ND – City of Minot crews were busy during the annual fall clean up week recently, collecting more than 316 tons of items during the week-long curbside collection event. As usual, what they collected varied greatly. It included 232 appliances, 583 tires, and four propane tanks. Officials say 233 people also brought 60 tons of debris to the city landfill for free dumping.
City officials also remind residents that the City of Minot landfill began winter hours on Monday. During winter hours, the landfill will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

MINOT, ND – The 2022 Norsk Høstfest has been scheduled for the end of September following an agreement with EPIC Events of North Dakota. North America’s largest Scandinavian festival has been sidelined for two years by COVID-19 and its associated travel restrictions. The newly re-formed Høstfest Board of Directors have hired West Fargo and Minot based firm, EPIC Events, to book the entertainment, sponsorship, design, and logistical arrangements. This will assure a return of the festival that has become a mainstay of North Dakota attractions.

Board President Tim Mihalick says EPIC already has people assigned to the Minot office of Norsk Høstfest to begin the process of making the 2022 event a reality. “The enthusiasm, focus, and attention to detail that EPIC Events brings to the table will make it possible for us to bring Høstfest back to Minot and North Dakota. We as a board of directors are excited to have such a
dedicated team working to make sure that the best celebration of Scandinavian heritage on the continent will be coming back to life.”

Mihalick noted that local volunteers that have made Høstfest possible through its first four successful decades will continue to be essential to the festival’s return. He says sponsorships have also played a key role in making Høstfest viable over the years. He’s optimistic that businesses who have faithfully supported the event will continue to be a large part of the festival.

EPIC Events is an independent, entertainment & event promoter located in North Dakota. Their main goal is to bring live events (concerts, comedians, speakers and more!) to the surrounding region. They are also committed to the arts and will strive to bring opportunity to artists to display their work publicly.

“We look forward to continuing the Scandinavian tradition that Minot and North Dakota have been devoted to for many years. We want to carry on with all the vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters that have been around and keep the momentum going by attracting even more people to this next year’s event,” said spokeswoman McKenzy Braaten for EPIC Events.

Mihalick says information will be coming soon on exact dates of the 2022 Norsk Høstfest, as will details on entertainment and ticket availability. “We hope tens of thousands of loyal patrons of Norsk Høstfest will plan to be a part of the 2022 event to help us re-launch a treasured celebration of the region’s Scandinavian heritage.”

EPIC Events is an offshoot of EPIC Companies, who has over 25 mixed-use buildings in North Dakota and Minnesota.

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