KHRT ND News – 10/22/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 102221 – 0700
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests strong economic growth continues in the region. The overall economic index for the region improved in October to 66.1 from September’s already-strong 62.5 reading. Any score above 50 suggests growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the area is benefiting from solid grain prices, continued low interest rates and growing agricultural exports. Goss said demand for workers is high but businesses are having trouble finding people to hire. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
BISMARCK, ND – A two vehicle crash in Williams County was caused by distracted driving. The North Dakota Highway Patrol say the accident happened about 7 miles west of Williston just before 9:30 AM on Thursday. Troopers say 29-year old Michelle Acosta of Williston was following a semi on Highway 2 when she became distracted operating the radio. The semi slowed to turn and Acosta ran into the back the the truck. The Patrol says Acosta and two juvenile boys were injured in the crash. They were taken to the hospital in Williston. Acosta was cited for distracted driving. The driver of the semi was not injured.
BISMARCK, ND – A single vehicle accident in Nelson County resulted in a livestock truck tipping over. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 51-year old Chad Wood of Dow City, Iowa was driving a semi with about 2,500 pigs around 6:45 AM on Thursday. Wood swerved to miss hitting a deer about a 1 1/2 miles southeast of Pekin, ND. Troopers say the semi entered the ditch as it slowed and then tipped on it’s side. Wood was not injured in the accident, but an unknown number of pigs did not survive.
MINOT, ND ( – A friendly competition between members of the Minot Police Department resulted in a significant contribution to a state organization that combats human trafficking. The department put together 51 Bravery Backpacks for the 31:8 Project, which works with many other groups to combat human trafficking in North Dakota.
“Unfortunately, I don’t foresee human trafficking going away anytime soon,” Police Chief John Klug said. “A lot of people involved in situations like prostitution or homelessness are victims of human trafficking and they can’t get out. And it’s all ages. The sad part is it’s not going away anytime soon but hopefully we can help bring some comfort to the victims by contributing these backpacks.”
The Bravery Backpacks put together by Minot officers will be provided to victims of human trafficking in North Dakota between the ages of 2 and 12. Each backpack contains a variety of basic essentials and other items, including:
– Personal care items, including tooth brush, toothpaste, comb or brush
– Clothing like pajamas, underwear, socks and slippers
– Coloring book, crayons/markers, a stuffed animal, and the book “When You Are Brave,” by Pat Zietlow Miller
– Non-perishable food item
The idea came from Allison Sanford, who will attend an annual law enforcement administration support conference with Ashley Olson in Bowman this month. The idea of being part of the project was brought to Klug the beginning of September and the efforts were set in motion.
“We tried to think of a creative way to get people involved. I thought having a little competition would be a great way to do that, with the winning group getting rewarded with pizza,” the chief said. “I thought maybe we get 15 backpacks or so, but they proved me wrong.”
The department was split into teams, with each team given specific age groups to focus on when creating the backpacks with a list of needed items provided by the 31:8 Project.
“The idea is to provide some basic necessities and comfort items to those youth that are in those situations,” Klug said. “I didn’t expect it to turn into this, but it was nice to load up a whole vehicle of backpacks and send them off.”
The backpacks will be brought to the upcoming conference in Bowman, and then be distributed to the members of the North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force.
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