KHRT ND News – 11/03/21

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MINOT, ND – Officials at Trinity Health say they are now offering appointments to Minot and Williston area families seeking pediatric doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a recommendation Tuesday allowing for distribution of a smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. Minot area parents who would like to have their children aged 5 years and older vaccinated may call Trinity Health’s Pediatric Department for an appointment at 701-857-5413. Trinity Community Clinic – Western Dakota in Williston will also offer appointments for pediatric doses at 701-572-7711. Masks are required in all Trinity Health facilities.
 
According to Pfizer, its pediatric vaccine is 91% effective in protecting kids 5 to 11 from symptomatic infections of SARS-CoV-2. The pediatric version is comprised of a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine – 0.2 milliliters compared with 0.3 for adults.
 
Officials with Sanford Health says they also have lower-dose vaccines already on hand and started administering them today. Sanford says parents can schedule the vaccine appointment through their My Chart or by calling 877-701-0779.
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BISMARCK, ND – Today’s COVID-19 information from the North Dakota Department of Health lists 642 new positives along with 462 newly recovered. The daily positive rate is 6.40%. Active cases rise by 198 to 3,474. Of those active 865 were age 19 and under; 1,218 were age 20-39; 827 were age 40-59; and 564 were are 60+. Hospitalizations drop by 14 to 149, with 12 of those in ICU. There are five more deaths reported among those who were positive (1779). That’s 23 in the first three days of November. Health officials say October’s final COVID related death count was 152, the fourth highest monthly total since the pandemic began.
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BISMARCK, ND – A Silver Alert has been issued at the request of Bismarck Police Department. 18-year old Chase Wade Hurdle of Bismarck is a Black male, 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown eyes. Hurdle’s last known whereabouts were on Tuesday at 9:45 AM near Memorial Bridge in Bismarck. He is believed to be on foot. Wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and plastic framed glasses Hurdle has amnesia issues and may not know who or where he is. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Sgt. Gaddis at 701-223-1212.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum said the way to address methane emissions is through innovation, not further regulation which he says will only drive energy production overseas. Burgum and other Republicans in North Dakota have denounced Democratic President Joe Biden’s methane reduction plan which he announced at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland this week. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency would target reductions from existing oil and gas wells nationwide, rather than focus only on new wells as previous regulations have done. Burgum says the Biden administration should be allowing industry to reinvest in existing and future infrastructure to protect the environment and human health while also reducing regulatory costs.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The Office of the First Lady invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree will be on display in Memorial Hall at the State Capitol.
 
Submitted ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary arts. Items that are commercially produced or made from kits are not eligible. This year’s ornament motif is “Share Your Story,” and ornaments can be of any shape or medium of the designer’s choosing. The “Share Your Story” theme is inspired by First Lady Kathryn Burgum’s platform of encouraging people to share their experiences of how addiction and recovery has impacted their lives, but also broadly applies to the notion that every person has a story worth sharing.
 
Each ornament should include the name of the person entering it, their email address and a brief one- or two-line description of the ornament that includes the art form used and the special circumstances through which it was created, such as a class or senior center project. Ornaments must be received in the Office of Management and Budget no later than Nov. 30. The ornaments become the property of the Office of the First Lady and may be hung on the state tree in ensuing years. Please mail ornaments to State of North Dakota, Office of Management and Budget, Julie Strom, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505.
 
 
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement Tuesday after the Biden administration announced plans to impose redundant regulations on oil and gas producers to address methane emissions, following a similar Obama administration proposal that was removed under the Trump administration.
 
“North Dakota continues to have some of the cleanest air in the nation while maintaining its position as one of the country’s top oil producing states. Rather than imposing duplicative and costly regulations and driving up energy costs for U.S. consumers, the Biden administration should be allowing industry to reinvest in existing and future infrastructure to protect the environment and human health while also reducing regulatory costs,” Burgum said. “Working with industry, our state has substantially reduced emissions from all phases of oil development, including wellheads, transmission and gas processing. The way to address methane emissions is through innovation, not redundant and burdensome regulations that will only drive energy production overseas where it is produced less cleanly and efficiently.”
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FARGO, N.D. (PNS) – In its latest Food Price Outlook, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said rising food costs might not level off until next year. In the meantime, a North Dakota project involving hunters could connect households with a key source of nutrition. Community Action Partnership (CAP) is again carrying out its Sportsmen Against Hunger initiative. Each fall, hunters are encouraged to donate some of their deer and elk meat and other designated game to pre-approved meat processors. The products are delivered to food shelves throughout North Dakota.
 
Carmel Froemke, statewide outreach coordinator for CAP, said some families might still be recovering from economic hardships caused by the pandemic. She added there’s now the issue of more expensive groceries. “If you’ve bought any steak or hamburger, chicken, turkey, everything is a higher cost,” Froemke observed. She said the donated meat can serve as a vital source of protein for families in need, especially when these types of products are traditionally hard for food shelves to obtain. Last year, the program saw a record of roughly 4,000 pounds of donated meat. This year, the USDA said food-at-home prices have increased by 2.5%.
 
Froemke pointed out the rich tradition of North Dakota families going out each fall on hunting trips serves as an inspirational backdrop in the effort to fight hunger. She describes the awareness of sharing the haul with others. “Some people don’t eat deer meat, or they get too much for their family to consume,” Froemke noted. “And it’s just a great way to benefit the whole community by donating it.” Froemke said they could use the assistance of more processors in western North Dakota to help ensure product is prepped for area food shelves. As for recipients, organizers say they are not required to take any additional steps to take home the donated product.
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DENVER – FEMA has approved more than $6.1 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in North Dakota. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 1, 2020. FEMA has provided more than $126.2 million in Public Assistance funding for the North Dakota COVID-19 response to date.
 
The latest round of FEMA funding includes:
 
– $2.7 million to the North Dakota Department of Health to store, transport and distribute COVID-19 laboratory tests kits and samples for diagnosis. The Department also leased a warehouse to store related medical materials, equipment and supplies, and secured warehouse services.
 
– $3.4 million to the North Dakota Department of Health to facilitate the storage of temperature sensitive COVID-19 vaccines through the rental of storage containers, equipment, and CO2 tanks to produce dry ice for the transport of vaccines. The Department leased a warehouse and purchased, stored, and distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to support the vaccinations of those living at vulnerable facilities such as long-term assisted living, childcare, hospitals, and clinics.
 
For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The Cass County sheriff has fired a deputy who was arrested for driving drunk and crashing his vehicle with his children inside. In a termination letter, Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner says Deputy Jacob Danielson violated several of his office’s policies, including those which deal with standards of conduct and performance. Danielson pleaded guilty in court on Oct. 15 to a misdemeanor DUI charge and received 360 days of probation. The charge stems from an August arrest by police when Danielson was in a crash at Custom Express Car Wash in Fargo.
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UNDATED (AP) – US health officials have given the final OK to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 5. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the go-ahead Tuesday night. The announcement came only hours after a CDC advisory panel unanimously decided Pfizer’s shots should be given to children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer has already shipped millions of doses to states, doctors’ offices and pharmacies. And pediatricians are getting ready to put shots into little arms. The special kid shots contain just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
 

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