KHRT ND News – 10/27/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 102721 – 1200
BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a Cease and Desist Order banning John Moser III, of Minot, ND from conducting any further business in the state. Moser, doing business as J3 Construction, LLC, has a history of fraudulent business practices in North Dakota.
In 2017, after investigating numerous complaints that he had taken advance payments from consumers totaling more than $30,000 to do contracting work, but failed to complete the jobs, the Consumer Protection division obtained a civil judgment. Moser was banned from engaging in contracting work or obtaining a contractor’s license for five years and until he had repaid the amounts owed to consumers. The amounts owed to consumers under the 2017 civil judgment remain unpaid.
In 2020, Moser submitted an application to the Secretary of State’s office for a contractor’s license, in which he falsely claimed that there were no outstanding judgments against him and that he had not been a party to a civil lawsuit in which fraud was alleged. Moser solicited and accepted an advance payment of $7,500 from a consumer but failed to complete the contracting job. In February 2021, Moser submitted an application to renew his contractor’s license, again making false statements. The Consumer Protection division took legal action to protect consumers, obtaining a civil judgment banning Moser from obtaining a contractor’s license or engaging in any contracting. In addition, Moser was ordered to pay civil penalties in the amount of $2,000.
ROLLA, ND – The Rolette County Sheriffs office is looking for the public’s assistance. On Sunday, October 24th, a report was made at the sheriffs office of an individual dropping off a litter of puppies south of Belcourt ND on BIA road 7. A preliminary investigation showed that the litter of puppies were shot with what is believed to be a shotgun. These acts are deemed intentional. If anyone has any information regarding this incident please contact the Rolette County Sheriff’s Office at 701-477-5623. All information will remain anonymous.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health reports 11 more deaths among those who were positive with COVID-19 (1746). Active cases increase by 211 to 3,490. There are 649 new positives today and 438 new recoveries. Hospitalizations are down by three to 166, with 16 of those in ICU.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Department of Health has switched off comments on its social media accounts in an effort to stop the spread of misinformation, mostly about the coronavirus. Spokeswoman Marie Moe says rhetoric on the agency’s various accounts had grown so heated that people were discrediting information about anything the agency posted. U.S. health officials have said misinformation on social media platforms has caused some to resist getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. North Dakota has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. at a little over 55%, and hospitals have come under increasing pressure due to the delta variant.
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 102721 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) – A portion of American Rescue Plan funding sent to North Dakota has yet to be divvied up. Groups that want to improve the child-care system say the state shouldn’t miss an opportunity to boost access and affordability. Some of the funds North Dakota received from the federal pandemic-relief package in March already have been spent or set aside, but there’s still room to distribute roughly $700 million of the aid.
April Fairfield, a member of the North Dakota Children’s Caucus said dedicating substantial funding for child care should be a priority. “Many areas, many communities, rural and urban in North Dakota, lack accessible and affordable child care,” she said. “So, we are looking at the American Rescue Plan as a way to fortify that and to really try and get North Dakotans back to work.” She said more aid would help with worker shortage issues.
This week, legislative committees are holding more meetings on what to do with the remaining funds. Gov. Doug Burgum’s priorities include matching grants for employers who offer a child-care benefit, but Prairie Action ND has said his plan commits only 2% of funding to address the crisis and looks to the Legislature to change that.
Xanna Burg, the Kids Count coordinator for North Dakota, said the statewide average child-care cost for an infant is 13% of a family’s budget. She said she thinks that’s a good place to start in committing federal funds. “We’re really calling on the state to think about investing that same amount – 13%, or $130 million – towards child care, to really address better access for families, making child care more affordable for families, and also helping child-care businesses pay their workers more than poverty-level wages.”
Burg said failing to boost child-care workers’ pay could force more providers to close, creating economic harm to the state. Earlier this year, a Kids Count report said 14 North Dakota counties meet less than 60% of the child-care demand for working families. Votes are expected during this week’s committee meetings to advance proposals for the Legislature to consider in special session.
MINOT, ND – A fire damaged a home in southeast Minot early Tuesday morning. The Minot Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire at 1301 1st Street Southeast at 8:13 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters arrived on scene and found smoke coming from a window of the residence. Crews quickly deployed a hose line and entered the structure to perform fire suppression and search and rescue operations. Crews located all residents inside the structure and helped them safely evacuate. One resident was treated by Community Ambulance at the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
MINOT, ND – The Minot Public Library has cancelled its in-person children’s programs for the remainder of 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The final in-person children’s event will be the Halloween Puppet Show on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Masks are strongly encouraged for anyone attending the puppet show. Weekly take-and-make craft kits will be available at the Children’s Library front desk beginning Monday, Nov. 1. “We are hopeful we will be able to restart our children’s programs in 2022,” Minot Public Library Director Janet Anderson said. “We understand this may be frustrating, but we are doing what we believe is necessary to keep our staff and our patrons safe.”
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