KHRT ND News – 10/25/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 102521 – 1600
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Four additional COVID-19-related deaths occurred over the weekend in North Dakota, but state health officials say the number of active coronavirus cases continues a downward trend. Health officials on Monday reported fewer than 200 news cases sending the number of active cases to 3,030, the lowest level in more than a month. Cases statewide have been trending downward after a recent spike that began in late summer with the onset of the highly contagious delta variant. Health officials say the state’s 14-day average positivity rate dropped below 7% for the first time in a month, to 6.9%, health officials reported.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Attorney General’s office has subpoenaed a Bismarck photography firm that suddenly closed, leaving customers with no way to get their money back. Parrell Grossman, the director of the consumer protection division, says investigators are seeking relevant documents from Glasser Images and owner Jack Glasser. When Glasser Images closed in early October, the company apologized and said refunds would not be provided. Grossman says more than 500 complaints have been received from customers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and other states.
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FARGO, ND – The surge in the price of gas doesn’t appear to be frightening people away from driving. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline rose six cents over the past week to hit $3.38. The pump price has gone up every day over the past 27 days, adding approximately 20 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas.
 
In North Dakota, the average prices is 20 cents cheaper than the national average. In Minnesota its 26 cents less expensive. The averages, $3.18 and $3.12 respectively, are more than a dollar higher than this time last year.
 
“While the U.S. economy continues its recovery from the depths of the pandemic, demand for gas is robust while supplies are tight,” said Gene LaDoucer, North Dakota spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group. “We haven’t seen prices this high in the region since November of 2014.”
 
The recent rise in the pump price is due to higher demand coupled with elevated crude prices and low inventory levels of both. Global oil production is still below pre-pandemic level, according to Energy Information Agency data. Furthermore, while total domestic gasoline stocks decreased last week, gas demand increased.
 
‘Since the cost of oil accounts for more than half of the pump price, consumers will be paying more as long as crude prices remain high,” said LaDoucer.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality is pleased to release the FY2021 State Clean Diesel Grant Program application. Schools, cities, counties, and other government agencies that require larger, diesel-powered vehicles are encouraged to apply for State Clean Diesel Grant awards.
 
Environmental Quality will issue approximately $337,000 in awards funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to purchase new or newer, diesel-powered, zero-emission, hybrid, or alternatively fueled vehicles. The purpose of the funding is to reduce diesel emissions in accordance with the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of the Energy Policy Act of 2010. To date, 102 older vehicles in North Dakota have been replaced using this funding, with a reduction in air emissions of about 200 tons over the lifetime of those vehicles.
 
The application and program guidelines are available at https://deq.nd.gov/AQ/News.aspx. Applications can be mailed to the Division of Air Quality, 4201 Normandy Street, Bismarck, ND 58503-1324 or emailed to airqualitynd.gov. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. CST on Nov. 30, 2021.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Drought conditions in North Dakota have significantly improved because of widespread precipitation recently. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that much of western and central North Dakota is in severe drought. That’s an upgrade from the extreme drought category a week ago. A large portion of eastern North Dakota also has been upgraded. Much of the region is now listed only as “abnormally dry,” and most of the southeast has been moved out of any drought category.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 102521 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Attorney General’s office has subpoenaed a Bismarck photography firm that suddenly closed, leaving customers with no way to get their money back. Parrell Grossman, the director of the consumer protection division, says investigators are seeking relevant documents from Glasser Images and owner Jack Glasser. When Glasser Images closed in early October, the company apologized and said refunds would not be provided. KVRR-TV reports the attorney general’s office also intends to schedule a hearing in which Glasser would be required to answer questions under oath. Grossman says more than 500 complaints have been received from customers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and other states. Grossman says he does not believe Glasser intends to make any refunds.
 
Glasser Images attorney Tim O’Keeffe has said the company developed a plan to get wedding photos and videos that have been already shot into the hands of customers and to have subcontractors ready to cover future reservations. But O’Keeffe says the process will take some time because there have been thousands of requests for assistance.
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BISMARCK, ND – The driver of a sugar beet truck died over the weekend in a fiery crash. The North Dakota Highway Patrol say the accident happened around 7:20 PM on Saturday about 2.5 miles west of Reynolds, which is south of Grand Forks. Troopers say the truck left the road, entered the ditch, struck an approach, partially tipped and caught on fire. The driver died at the scene. The Patrol continues to investigate the accident.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Next month’s abbreviated session of the North Dakota Legislature is intended to finish the job of legislative redistricting and to determine how federal coronavirus relief aid will be spent. But some individual lawmakers want to broaden the agenda. More than two dozen bills have been submitted ahead of the session planned for Nov. 8. Details of the legislation won’t be revealed until shortly ahead of the special or reconvened session.
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BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 are down today. Information from the North Dakota Department of Health lists 3,030 active, down 144 from Sunday’s report. There are 197 new positives today with 404 new recoveries. Hospitalizations are down 12 to 173. There are no deaths reported today among those positive (1718).
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota is working to extend its contract with Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel to promote tourism in his home state. North Dakota’s top tourism official said the 48-year-old star of several “Transformers” movies has been effective in attracting visitors to the state better known for its brutal cold weather than as a vacation destination. The native of Minot and one of Hollywood’s leading men has been the face of North Dakota and its pitchman since 2013. He has been paid more than $1 million from the state since then. His current two-year tourism deal expires in December.
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 102521 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – A Minot man has been arrested on several charges, including attempted murder. Minot Police responded to northwest Minot for a report of gunshots a little after 5 PM on Saturday. Police say a subject, later identified as 29-year old Anthony Davis, fired towards another vehicle, and fled the area in a gold Chrysler 300, which was later determined to be stolen. While officers were investigating, another report came into Central Dispatch at 5:43 PM. A male victim had been shot while in his vehicle near 20th Ave and South Broadway. As officers were responding, they observed the same suspected Chrysler 300 was involved in a crash near the area of 14th Ave and 1st St SW. Officers say Davis fled the area on foot and threatened another victim by firing his weapon in the air. At approximately 5:55 PM, officers were able to take Davis into custody without further incident.
 

He was arrested for several felony and misdemeanor offenses including Attempted Murder (A Felony), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (C Felony) 2 counts of Terrorizing (C Felony), Motor Vehicle Theft (C Felony), Menacing (A Misdemeanor), Aggravated Reckless Driving (A Misdemeanor), DUI (B Misdemeanor), Driving Under Suspension (B Misdemeanor), Discharging a Firearm within City Limits. (B misdemeanor). He is currently at Ward County Jail.

Police say there does not appear to be any relation between any of the victims and Davis. The victim who was shot received medical treatment at Trinity Hospital. Officers say the two occupants of the vehicle that was struck by Davis’s vehicle were transported to Trinity Hospital for minor injuries. The investigation is continuing.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Canadian man facing the possibility of life in prison for the death of a Bismarck man two years ago has entered into a plea agreement that would send him to prison for 25 years. The Bismarck Tribune reports 43-year old Earl Howard of Bellwood, Ontario, pleaded guilty Friday to murder, arson and three conspiracy counts in the death of Chad Entzel. His body was found Jan. 2, 2020, after emergency workers responded to a call of a house fire in northeast Bismarck. An autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the head. 40-year old Nikkisue Entzel is charged with three counts of conspiracy. Authorities say she and Howard were in a relationship and plotted the victim’s death with plans to cash in on a life insurance policy. Howard entered the pleas just three days before his and Nikkisue Entzel’s joint trial was scheduled to start today.
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NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) – A college on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is offering an incentive for students to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town announced that students who can verify they are fully vaccinated will receive $500. The shots must be completed by Nov. 4. College President Twyla Baker says there has been a resurgence in the number of cases in the Fort Berthold area and across the state. She says the school’s board determined that it was “time to act.” The Three Affiliated Tribes college offers in-demand certificate programs and associate degrees as well as three bachelor’s degrees.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Members of a Bismarck-based North Dakota National Guard unit who were called to active duty in Washington, D.C. late last year have been honored for their service. Seventy soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion of the 285th Aviation Regiment were deployed last November to the the nation’s capital. The unit flies the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and was called up to transport personnel and light cargo within what’s known as the National Capital Region. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said the unit successfully flew about 1,300 hours and completed more than 50 mission requests during the nine-month deployment. Burgum and U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer attended a homecoming ceremony for the Guard members Sunday in Bismarck.
 
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