KHRT ND News – 10/19/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 101921 – 1200
 
BUXTON, N.D. (AP) – The University of North Dakota’s aerospace school has cancelled all flight activities after a student pilot from Chicago was killed in an airplane crash. The University of North Dakota plane went down about 8:30 p.m. Monday in a field near the Traill County community of Buxton, in northeastern North Dakota. The Grand Forks-based school identified the victim as 19-year-old John Hauser, a student majoring in commercial aviation from Chicago. Robert Kraus, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, ordered a “safety stand down,” halting all flight activity today. University officials said counseling services are being offered to students.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health list 734 new COVID-19 cases today with a daily positive rate of 9.16%. There are 603 new recoveries and 3,310 active cases, an increase of 100 today. Hospitalizations rise by 7 to 198, with 20 of those in ICU. There are 10 more deaths among those would were positive (1690).
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and health care providers across the state are encouraging volunteers and individuals with health care experience to join the health care workforce during this time of unprecedented staffing need.
 
“As are other health systems nationwide, Sanford Health is experiencing a historic workforce shortage, not only in nursing but in other patient care and non-clinical areas,” said Theresa Larson, vice president of nursing and clinical services at Sanford Health in Fargo. “We are seeing an increase in the volume of patients seeking health care today. In addition to treating COVID-19 patients, our hospitals are at peak capacity.”
 
“CHI St. Alexius Health would welcome additional mission-driven team members who are able to provide support to our frontline care team staff for various hours, shifts, and roles in an effort to expand our services and meet the growing needs of our community and state,” said Raumi Kudrna, vice president of patient care services at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck.
 
To help expand the health care workforce, NDDoH has reinstated its Temporary Nurse Aide registration process, and the North Dakota State Board of Respiratory Care is offering a six-month temporary respiratory therapist license for those currently licensed in good standing in another state.
 
“North Dakota is experiencing an urgent need for more staff in our health care facilities,” said State Health Officer Nizar Wehbi, MD. “Staffing shortages can have negative effects on patient care and limits the capacity of hospitals and health care facilities. We are asking for volunteers and anyone with experience in the health care field to join or rejoin the workforce.”
 
Please contact the human resources department at your local hospital or health care facility to see how you can help. Shift lengths and schedules can be very flexible. Even if you are only available for 4 to 8 hours a week, consider making the call and helping during this time of urgent need for staffing.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health’s immunization director & assistant section chief of disease control Molly Howell is the 2021 recipient of the North Dakota Medical Association’s (NDMA) highly coveted Friend of Medicine Award. The award was announced on October 12 during NDMA’s Annual Meeting.
 
NDMA, a member organization dedicated to protecting physician practices and patient care, created the Friend of Medicine Award in 1999. The award formally acknowledges non-physician citizens who have distinguished themselves by serving as effective advocates for health care, patient services, or the profession of medicine in North Dakota.
 
Howell was nominated for the award by NDMA member Dr. Joan Connell who said Molly has worked tirelessly to optimize immunization rates throughout our state.
 
“While Molly’s work in overall immunizations continues, her outstanding efforts to maximize COVID-19 immunizations are recognized by many and serve as a role model for other states,” said Dr. Connell.
 
The North Dakota Medical Association leadership recognizes that Molly’s achievements and dedication to medicine are outstanding in many areas of her commitment to public health. She is a dedicated professional and does what it takes to get the job done. She works the extra hours to assure vaccine program details are disseminated throughout the health care networks and the public.
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FARGO, N.D. (PNS) – People with Down syndrome are having a bigger impact on society, and their advocates in the Dakota region say it’s time for the public to take notice. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. It’s widely known that people born with this condition have an extra chromosome that affects their development, but some say there’s more to it.
 
The New Directions Down Syndrome Association connects parents in a four-state region, including parts of North Dakota. Brandon Tilus, president of its board of directors, said he feels public perception is being outdated by the lives many with Down syndrome are carving out for themselves.
 
“People with Down syndrome born today have a really good chance of living a life where they’re independent, that they get married, that they do all of these things that we expect all individuals to do,” he said. He credited early-intervention programs and advancements in therapy for establishing better outcomes. However, he said strong government funding still is needed to ensure more families have access to these services. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Down syndrome occurs in about one in every 700 births.
 
Tilus said another way to overcome any stigma is for people to make others with Down syndrome feel more at ease in their interactions. He also advises that some ways of communicating should be avoided. “‘I use my hands more to talk to them, because I’m not sure they’re going to understand me.’ And, those types of things – sort of, coming into an interaction with those individuals with those preconceived notions – I think can make it a little bit more difficult,” he said.
 
Tilus, whose 6-year-old daughter was born with the condition, said the best thing to do is treat a person with Down syndrome like anybody else. All they may need is a little extra time to respond, and be given the opportunity to take the lead in a conversation, to feel comfortable.
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 101921 – 0700
 
BELCOURT, N.D. (PNS) – Renewable-energy advocates in North Dakota are hoping for more federal support to advance projects, after a key meeting with a Biden cabinet member this month. U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm took part in a roundtable discussion last week, hosted by the governor, who along with fossil-fuel leaders promoted practices such as carbon storage in adapting fuel technology. Other stakeholders pushed for more focus on helping North Dakota pursue avenues such as wind, solar and geothermal heating.
 
Wes Davis, director of facilities and sustainability at Turtle Mountain Community College, wants more federal resources to educate tribal communities about clean energy infrastructure. “If we’re able to develop curriculum to train these people at tribal colleges, then we can create trades,” Davis explained. He pointed out the approach could create more economic opportunities and sustainability in tribal communities. The meeting coincided with the Department of Energy announcing $20 million to help certain states advance carbon capture and storage.
 
The University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center will share in the money, but clean-energy advocates argued the approach is too costly and won’t be as effective in reducing harmful emissions.
 
Meanwhile, other groups attending Granholm’s visit said regulators should set a tone to make it harder for larger wind and solar companies to swoop into North Dakota, set up shop and reap the benefits. Jim Kambeitz, owner of Lightspring Solar, said local companies want to make a difference, but don’t have an edge. “I mean, who has $26 million in tax liability that they can just write off?” Kambeitz observed. “It’s very hard to compete on that high corporate level. There should be something that levels the playing field.” When it comes to solar opportunities, Kambeitz feels there is a lot of room for growth in North Dakota. “North Dakota is ranked 12th to 13th in the most amount of sunlight hours of all 50 states,” Kambeitz noted. According to industry rankings, North Dakota routinely falls near the bottom in solar output.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. 22, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for retired Gen. Colin Powell, who passed away today at age 84. The governor’s directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden.
 
“General Colin Powell was a trailblazing statesman, soldier and four-star general who served his nation with courage and dignity, serving two tours in Vietnam and receiving the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Legion of Merit,” Burgum said. “As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and through his foreign policy work as U.S. Secretary of State, he had an unwavering commitment to defending freedom and advancing American interests, twice receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Kathryn and I extend our heartfelt prayers to his wife, Alma, and his family, friends and colleagues.”
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BISMARCK, ND – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new training initiative, Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach (ELSWPEO), which includes a free Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training in Bismarck, North Dakota on October 30. Contractors who are tribal members or serve the tribal community are encouraged to attend. The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness about childhood lead exposure and protect environmentally overburdened and underserved communities across the United States from lead exposure in accordance with the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing environmental justice.
 
Many homes, apartments and child-care facilities built before 1978 contain lead-based paint. When disturbed, lead-based paint can release toxic lead dust and cause lead exposure, which is particularly harmful to children. While lead is dangerous to all children, lead exposure disproportionately impacts low-income families and their communities, making the free trainings offered by ELSWPEO an important step toward achieving environmental justice.
 
“Unfortunately, underserved communities are still dealing with the hazards of lead exposure,” said Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Michal Freedhoff. “These trainings have a dual purpose of increasing economic opportunities and expanding the understanding of lead’s potential impacts on children’s health. Both are critical in giving communities the tools they need to protect themselves.”
 
ELSWPEO aims to serve local communities and advance environmental justice by increasing both the number of RRP certified firms and consumer demand for lead-safe work practices. This two-pronged approach to reducing lead exposure includes the following initiatives:
Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training for contractors: EPA will provide free trainings, in both English and Spanish depending on the location, for contractors working in selected communities, offering an opportunity for them to become RRP lead-safe certified. Anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 per the Lead RRP Rule must be certified, and this training is designed to equip contractors and firms with the tools they need to serve their communities and adhere to the Lead RRP Rule. Normally the 8-hour course can cost between $250 to $350. Sign up now since seats are limited.
 
Lead Awareness Curriculum Train-the-Trainer sessions for community leaders: EPA will offer free Lead Awareness Curriculum Train-the-Trainer sessions, in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation, designed to equip community leaders with tools and resources needed to educate their communities about lead, lead exposure and actions that can be taken to reduce and prevent childhood lead exposure, including hiring RRP certified contractors. The Lead Awareness Curriculum is a series of four modules which include lesson plans, worksheets, key messages, presentation slides, and kids’ activity sheets that community leaders and other instructors can use to improve public awareness of the dangers associated with lead exposure and promote preventative actions.
 
The RRP trainings and Lead Awareness Curriculum Train-the-Trainer sessions work hand in hand to increase awareness of the potential dangers of lead exposure and actions that can be taken to reduce potential exposure to lead, including the availability of RRP certified contractors in traditionally underserved communities. Register for the free RRP training in Bismarck on October 30 at http://und-eti.com/courses/10-lead-renovation-repair-painting-rrp-initial/.
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CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) – One person is dead after a shooting early Monday in Casselton, and authorities say they have released the person who may have fired the shot. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said a male believed to be responsible for the shooting called dispatch early Monday to say that he shot someone. A deputy in the area responded and detained him, then began life saving measures on the male victim until paramedics took over. The person was initially in custody, but sheriff’s deputies said Monday afternoon that he was released upon review of evidence, witness statements and a discussion with prosecutors. Authorities plan to release more information Tuesday.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s oil industry may soon have more options for disposing of radioactive waste. About 100,000 tons of radioactive oil field waste is produced in the state each year. Before a slurry well started operating near Watford City in April, but all of that waste was trucked to other states for disposal in landfills. Regulators recently permitted another well in McKenzie County and officials see potential for additional wells in the Bakken region in the future. The well recently approved by regulators still needs to get a radioactive material license from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality. It’s slated to be built north of Alexander.
 
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