KHRT ND News – 11/05/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 110521 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Three North Dakota men are accused of committing financial crimes while working at banks in Beulah and Glen Ullin. All three defendants are from Beulah. Brady Torgerson is charged with committing bank fraud, misapplication of bank funds, making false entries in bank records and committing aggravated identity theft. The indictment alleges that the 34-year-old Torgerson issued bank funds to individuals not entitled to these funds, failed to register banking transactions, created fraudulent loan obligations and made moves to conceal his activities. Torgerson’s father, 60-year-old Brent Torgerson, and 32-year-old Kelly Huffman are each charged with one count of misapplication of bank funds.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Bills to prevent vaccine mandates and the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism will get hearings when the Legislature returns to the Capitol next week for a special session. The original intent of the special session was to approve a new map of legislative districts and the spending federal coronavirus relief aid. The special session called by Gov. Doug Burgum last week has no time restriction and may last indefinitely, though legislative leaders said they hoped it would only last five days.
MINOT, ND – First District Health Unit will be giving COVID-19 vaccinations to children 5 to 11 years old starting today. Officials say appointments can be scheduled online at Children in this age group must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The vaccine is given as a two-dose series, three weeks apart. Health workers say the flu and COVID vaccines can be given in the same visit.
Health officials say the only vaccine currently authorized for children is the Pfizer BioNTech brand, which is over 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 through 11 years. Officials say getting your child vaccinated can help protect them against COVID-19 and reduce transmission in schools and the community. After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, children may have some side effects similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines, such as a sore arm or slightly elevated temperature. These are normal signs that their body is building protection, and should go away in a few days.
First District continues to encourage everyone 12 and older to get vaccinated, eat healthy meals, get plenty of sleep, and stay physically active. Healthy lifestyles help the immune system and improve the body’s ability to fight diseases like COVID-19. It is also important to stay home if you are sick.
Appointments for the COVID or flu vaccinations can be scheduled online by visiting the First District website,, or by calling your local First District Health Unit office.
MINOT, ND – Arts in the City – Sundays at the Library is back for their November concert featuring the Dakota Drifters. The Minot Public Library and Minot Area Council of the Arts are pleased to present the November concert, the second in their monthly concert series. This month’s concert with music from the Dakota Drifters, will also feature visual art from local artist Katie Dotson.
With musicians from Minot, Stanley, and the Turtle Mountains, the Dakota Drifters perform old time music including country, gospel, and some rock and roll, with songs from Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Chet Atkins and other similar classic artists. “They always get people up and dancing and we enjoy the opportunity to show that libraries are more than just a quiet place to store books,” says Janet Anderson, Library Director. “This Arts in the City – Sundays at the Library concert with the Dakota Drifters will be the last in-person program MPL hosts in 2021, so I hope to have people of all ages dancing among the book shelves while listening to live music on Sunday evening.”
“The Minot Public Library has given us a unique space to continue our concerts beyond the summer months,” said Justin Anderson, Executive Director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts. “We really enjoy putting on concerts there and seeing people appreciate art and music in that setting.” Due to changes brought about by the ongoing pandemic, the December Arts in the City – Sundays at the Library concert will be held at the original location of the Minot Public Library – the Carnegie Center in downtown Minot. Anderson says “we are excited to have live music in this new venue and are hopeful that we will be able to use both locations in February.”
This collaboration between the Minot Public Library and the Minot Area Council of the Arts, which began in the fall of 2019, presents local music and local art on the second floor of the Minot Public Library on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 pm (December at the Carnegie Center, no concert the first Sunday of January). To keep up with arts events in and around Minot, follow the Minot Area Council of the Arts on Facebook or Instagram, visit, or call (701) 852-2787.
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