KHRT ND News – 10/18/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 101821 – 1200
 
CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting that happened early today in Casselton. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a man who is believed to be responsible for the shooting called dispatch to say that he shot someone. The name of the suspect and male victim are not being released at this time. Sheriff Jesse Jahner tells KVRR-TV that deputies are also talking to a woman who could have more information about the shooting.
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COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) – Authorities have released the name of the road construction worker who was struck by a dump truck and killed while on a work site in the eastern North Dakota community of Cooperstown. The Highway Patrol said 50-year-old Melissa McMahon of Odessa, Minnesota, died in the Friday evening incident. The Highway Patrol says the truck was backing up to pour asphalt on the roadway when McMahon was hit. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The Highway Patrol is investigating.
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FARGO, ND – The average cost for a gallon of gas rose five cents in North Dakota last week to hit $3.15. The national average also rose a nickel to hit $3.32. Retail gasoline prices have jumped to the highest averages since November 2014, and several more cents are expected to be tacked on over the coming days, according to AAA. The primary driver of this surge is the cost of crude oil, which is now trading above $82 a barrel. In August, the price of crude was as low as $62 per barrel. The global market is digesting strengthening demand while simultaneously witnessing tightening supply. Compared to the price of gas a year ago, it now costs consumers about $17 more to fill up their vehicles, according to Gene LaDoucer, North Dakota director of public affairs for AAA-The Auto Club Group.
 
“Typically, softening demand this time of year results in easing of pump prices, but the higher cost for crude is preventing that from happening,” said LaDoucer. “With oil prices continuing to move higher, gas prices will follow suit because the cost of crude oil accounts for more than half the price of each gallon of gas.” Forecasts from the International Energy Agency for more robust oil demand, especially heating oil this winter, is helping keep crude oil prices elevated.
 
Today’s averages for North Dakota’s largest cities are: Bismarck, $3.16; Fargo, $3.08; Grand Forks, $3.12; and Minot, $3.19.
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BISMARCK, ND – The number of active COVID-19 cases is down since Friday, but deaths are up. Today’s information from the North Dakota Department of Health lists 3,210 active cases, down 176 from Friday’s report. Deaths among those who were positive rises by 11 to 1,680 since the pandemic began. There are 199 new positives today and 215 new recoveries. Hospitalizations since Friday at down two to 191, with 21 of those in ICU.
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 101821 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Mandaree man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for leading state and federal authorities on a January chase that ended when he and a passenger abandoned a stolen vehicle in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. A jury in May found Clancey Lone Fight guilty of domestic assault, fleeing, and other charges. The incident started with a Jan. 25 call to authorities of a pickup being stolen from a Fairfield residence. Officers initiated a chase that reached speeds close to 100 mph. Lone Fight was arrested at a Dickinson hospital when he sought medical attention for frostbite.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A road construction worker was killed in the eastern North Dakota community of Cooperstown when she was struck by a dump truck. The Highway Patrol says the truck was backing up to pour asphalt on the roadway when it hit the 50-year-old woman from Odessa, Minnesota. She was pronounced dead at the scene about 5 p.m. Thursday. Her name wasn’t immediately released. The patrol is continuing to investigate.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A former West Fargo teacher has been convicted of luring a minor by computer. Prosecutors say 59-year-old Ron Thompson believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl. West Fargo police received a tip from an out-of-state investigator on Jan. 28 that Thompson was attempting to solicit a minor online. The “minor” who Thompson was attempting to lure was actually an out-of-state investigator posing as a minor. The jury deliberated about four hours before reaching a verdict Friday. Thompson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Rhode Island man accused by prosecutors of having a “leadership role” an international fentanyl trafficking operation has been sentenced in North Dakota to 33 years in federal prison. Steven Pinto is one of more than 30 people, including a handful of Chinese nationals, accused of dealing large amounts of the powerful opioid in the U.S. and Canada. Deaths from the drug traced to the operation have been reported in North Dakota, North Carolina, New Jersey and Oregon. The 40-year-old Pinto, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, was convicted by a jury in June following a five-week trial. The investigation known as “Operation Denial” began after 18-year-old Bailey Henke, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, died from a fatal overdose in January 2015.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The tribal college on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the University of North Dakota are working together to digitally preserve Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara language and culture. The schools will use a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund the initiative. It includes a separate effort to boost the study of American Indian history in the Dakotas. The 2021 North Dakota Legislature approved a bill that requires elementary school instruction to include an emphasis on the state’s federally recognized Indian tribes. They include the Three Affiliated Tribes, Standing Rock Sioux, Spirit Lake Nation, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Nation. The Standing Rock and Sisseton Wahpeton reservations both stretch into South Dakota.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Enbridge has failed to meet a deadline set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for cleaning up a site where an aquifer ruptured during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline. The DNR had given the company until Friday to repair the damage to the artesian aquifer near Clearbrook. Regulators will require compensation for the additional time it takes to stop the groundwater flow. The Star Tribune reports that regulators are also investigating two other sites where the company may have caused additional groundwater damage. Enbridge spokeswoman Julie Kellner says the company is “fully cooperating” with the DNR. Line 3 starts in Alberta, Canada, and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing Minnesota en route to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.
 
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