KHRT ND News – 10/14/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 101421 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 are above 4,000 again. Today’s information from the Department of Health lists 4,001 active, a rise of 22 since yesterday. There are 633 new positives today with 649 new recoveries. The daily positive rate is 5.99%. Hospitalizations are up by 19 to 202, with 21 of those in ICU. There are four more deaths reported among those who were positive (1662).
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BISMARCK, ND – The state Game and Fish Department is allowing hunters with whitetail or “any” deer gun licenses in several units in western North Dakota the option of turning those licenses in for refunds. Casey Anderson, Wildlife Chief, said the decision is based on continuing reports of white-tailed deer mortality caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, and evidence of moderate to significant deer losses in some areas that might affect hunting success in those locations. The first confirmed EHD report occurred in early August.
 
Hunters with antlered whitetail, antlerless whitetail, any antlered and any antlerless licenses are eligible for refunds in units 2H, 2I, 2J1, 2K1, 3A1, 3A3, 3B1, 3B2, 3B3, 3C, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F. Hunters who return their licenses will have their bonus points restored, if applicable, to the same number of points prior to the 2021 deer gun lottery.
 
“Compared to previous years, a much larger portion of the state seems to be affected,” Anderson said. “Unfortunately, substantial mortality has been documented in some areas.” Game and Fish made license refunds an option for hunters in 2020 because of an EHD outbreak in limited units.
 
Department staff will continue to monitor reports to determine if licenses in additional units should become eligible for refunds due to the EHD outbreak. Hunters and landowners should report any dead deer along with photos, if possible, to the department through the online wildlife mortality reporting system, at gf.nd.gov/mortality-report.
 
Before deciding to turn in a license, Anderson urges license holders to make local contacts to find out the extent of mortality in their hunting unit. “Consistent with previous EHD outbreaks, the impact can at times be severe in localized areas while other areas within the unit have little to no impact and a good deer harvest may still be needed,” he said.
 
License holders who qualify and want a refund must mail their tag, along with a note requesting a refund due to EHD, to the Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office no later than Nov. 4. Envelopes postmarked Nov. 4 will be accepted.
 
EHD, a naturally occurring virus that is spread by a biting midge, is often fatal to infected white-tailed deer, while mule deer do not usually
die from the disease. Hunters do not have to worry about handling or consuming meat from infected deer because the virus that causes EHD is not known to cause disease in humans. In addition, the first series of hard frosts typically kills the midge that transmits the EHD virus and will slow or halt the spread of the disease.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota University System has appointed David Krebsbach as the permanent vice chancellor for administrative affairs and chief financial officer. He was first appointed interim for the duties in August. Krebsbach will take on responsibilities as the system’s vice chancellor for administrative affairs and chief financial officer as of October 16, 2021.
 
Krebsbach has worked for the NDUS since August 2016. In his current role, he is responsible for all budget related and fiscal matters of the system office. He works closely with all 11 NDUS institutions on accounting, financial management and budget formulation. He has also played an integral role in preparing fiscal research, reports and testimony during legislative session. The position fills the need for leadership-level oversight of financial administration and other financial functions at the system level.
 
Prior to his work at the NDUS, he was a finance manager for Job Service of North Dakota for eight years. He also has experience working as a comptroller and as a senior accountant. Krebsbach obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, and is a Certified public accountant.
 
Chancellor Mark Hagerott said Krebsbach continues to be an exemplary fit to the organization. “David has proven leadership skills and extensive experience in administrative operations, as well as knowledge about the higher education funding formula. He comes to this position familiar with the legislative process and a work philosophy that will continue to be an asset to the NDUS,” Hagerott said. “He and the administrative affairs team have enabled us keep a balanced budget across the system. His professional approach has helped us navigate a budget plan through our COVID response and he continues to align our budget and strategic processes, all while maintaining a primary focus on our students and campuses.”
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota residents experienced a range of weather events this week, with rare October tornadoes in the southeastern part of the state, an early season snowstorm in the west and record rainfall. KFGO reports that preliminary reports indicate two tornadoes touched down on Wednesday in the southeast part of the state. Meanwhile, the Bismarck area saw 1.47 inches of rain Wednesday, a record for Oct. 13. Minot also saw record rainfall for the date at 1.60 inches. The western part of the state saw near-blizzard conditions. Northern Golden Valley County saw as much as 8 inches of snow.
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MINOT, ND – The numbers have been finalized for the 4th Annual Fuel The Fight fundraiser. Trinity Health Foundation say $80,000 was raised for the program which provides fuel vouchers for Trinity CancerCare Center patients. The fundraiser was held September 10th at Dakota Square ARCO in Minot. Officials say plans are already underway for Fuel the Fight 2022!
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 101421 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum is asking supporters to sign a petition endorsing his plan to use some of the state’s bulging surpluses to offset income taxes. It’s being viewed by lawmakers as an end-run on a Legislature that has signaled no appetite for the idea. The second-term Republican governor recommended using a portion of the state’s hefty and better-than-forecast ending fund balance of $1.1 billion in the last two-year budget cycle to provide income tax relief to residents. GOP Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says he hasn’t heard of a single lawmaker who supports the governor’s idea.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A former North Dakota oilfield executive has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges for misleading shareholders about his company’s value, in a scheme that eventually forced it to go bankrupt and led to more than $886 million in losses. Joseph Kostelecky, of Dickinson, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count each of wire fraud and securities fraud. The 60-year-old Kostelecky faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced Jan. 10. Kostelecky served as the highest ranking U.S. executive for Poseidon Concepts Corp., a fluid storage tank supplier based in Calgary, Alberta. Prosecutors say he made false and misleading claims about the company’s finances in order to inflate its stock price.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Departing North Dakota Department of Trust Lands Commissioner Jodi Smith has been hired by the governing group that is managing the Red River diversion project in Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota. Smith announced Tuesday she was leaving the the Land Department at the end of October, just five months into her second term. She was appointed to the post by the state Board of University and School Lands, known as the Land Board, in 2017. Smith will serve as director of lands and compliance for the Metro Flood Diversion Authority, a group of local and county leaders. Joel Paulsen, the authority’s executive director, said Smith’s background in complex land management and “track record of reaching across many constituencies” made her an ideal candidate for the job.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An attorney for a North Dakota photography business that abruptly went out of business and left many wedding couples in limbo says the company is working to release photos and images, It’s unclear whether customers who paid in advance for uncompleted work will be refunded. Two state agencies are investigating the shutdown of Glasser Images last week and the business owner is facing several lawsuits. Fargo attorney Tim O’Keeffe said the photos and videos are being secured and “kept safely” on hard drives, but it’s a “logistical challenge” to get them to customers and it could take weeks. Glasser Images photographed weddings throughout the Dakotas, Minnesota and Colorado without charging for travel costs, according to the company website.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – City officials in Moorhead have raised the legal age to buy tobacco products and banned all flavored tobacco products from stores. KFGO reports that the City Council voted 7-1 on Tuesday to adopt an ordinance that raises the legal age from 18 to 21 and bars all flavored products from licensed stores, including menthol cigarettes, flavored chewing or smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and vape juices. The ordinance brings the city into compliance with a federal law that raises the minimum legal sales age for all tobacco products from 18 to 21. Alderman Matt Gilbertson cast the lone dissenting vote, saying prohibition doesn’t work and people will just cross into North Dakota to buy tobacco in Fargo.
 
 
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