KHRT ND News – 11/10/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 111021 – 1200
BISMMARCK, ND – A strong storm system will bring snow and wind to North Dakota this week. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say periods of snow are expected Thursday into Friday. Strong winds of 40 to 55 mph are possible across the state Thursday, and across the east Friday. The combination of snow and strong winds could bring low visibility and slippery roads at times. Forecasters say in general look for 1 to 3 inches of snow across the central and into the eastern part of the state, with some locally higher amounts possibly in excess of 4 inches in the northeast. Areas of blowing and drifting snow will bring reduced visibility at times. Travel may also be difficult for high profile vehicles.
FARGO, ND – Snow and cold weather can make driving conditions more difficult and the first snowfall of the year often catches motorists unprepared. As periods of heavy or drifting snow may greet motorists in the coming days, AAA North Dakota is advising motorists to allow extra time to get to a travel destination, monitor weather conditions and follow advice from authorities. If it is not safe and you don’t have to travel, don’t drive.
When taking to the road during winter weather, remember to drive with caution to help maintain your safety as well as that of passengers, fellow motorists and roadside workers. AAA recommends the following tips for winter driving:
– Before starting out in snowy weather, take time to remove the snow from the entire car so it doesn’t blow onto your windshield or the windshields of other drivers. Make sure your mirrors and lights are clean.
– Go slow in snow. Posted speeds are for ideal conditions.
– Watch for icy surfaces on bridges and intersections, even when the rest of the road seems to be in good condition.
– Look farther ahead in traffic. Actions by other drivers will alert you to problems and give you extra seconds to react.
– When changing lanes, avoid cutting in front of trucks, which need more time and distance than passenger vehicles to stop.
– Don’t use cruise control when roads are wet, snowy or icy.
– Remember that four-wheel drive helps you to get going quicker, but it won’t help you stop any faster.
– In the event of a skid, ease off the accelerator and don’t lock the brakes. Carefully steer in the direction you want the vehicle to go and straighten the wheel as soon as the car begins to go in the desired direction.
Preparing for cold weather conditions will help keep your vehicle on the road, advises AAA. Motorists can help keep their vehicles on the road by ensuring scheduled maintenance is completed. A routine inspection of battery, brakes, belts, hoses, oil, fluids, tires and other vehicle systems can help prevent inconvenient and costly break downs.
AAA also recommends motorists keep emergency supplies in the vehicle, including a cell phone, boots, gloves, blanket, an alternate heat source, shovel and first aid kit. If stranded, stay with the vehicle. If the engine starts, run it only long enough to keep warm. Make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. It’s also advised to keep the fuel tank at least half-full to avoid fuel-line freeze-up and to provide extra fuel for running the engine if stranded.
If you encounter an emergency vehicle with flashing lights along the road, slow down well in advance and carefully move over one lane, if available. Slipper roads make for dangerous conditions for those helping other motorists on the roadside.
BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 rise by 237 in today’s report from the North Dakota Department of Health, to 3,692. There are 646 new positives today and 422 newly recovered. The daily positive rate is 6.60%. Hospitalizations are down by 9 today to 141, with 16 of those in ICU. There are 6 more deaths reported among those who were positive (1802).
MINOT, ND – A snack food company started in Velva has been purchased by Hershey. Hershey is buying fast-growing Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels and its Midwest co-manufacturer Pretzels Inc., for $1.2 billion – a combined deal that would be the second-largest deal in its history – in an effort to broaden the company’s snacking portfolio and reach more consumers with a broader mix of salty and sweet offerings. Created more than a decade ago in Velva by founder Dot Henke in her home kitchen, Dot’s Pretzels started as a special family snack that she shared with family, friends, and neighbors.
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 111021 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s House on Tuesday endorsed a new legislative map that creates three new districts in the state’s fastest-growing areas but erases an equal amount in population-lean rural regions. Representatives voted 73-18 to approve the new map that also separates House districts on two American Indian reservations in the state, a move tribal leaders believe will increase the odds for electing their own members to the Legislature. Several GOP House lawmakers argued against the split districts on reservations, saying it was unfair and not needed. Backers said the state faced a federal lawsuit if the split districts were not included in the plan. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration, where it is expected to be approved with little opposition.
A North Dakota legislative district now has one senator and two House members, each elected to represent the entire area. In a subdistrict, the senator would still represent the entire district. It would be split in half for House representation, with one House member representing each half. The split districts are on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in northern North Dakota and the Fort Berthold reservation, in the heart of the state’s oil patch in the western part of the state and home to the Three Affiliated Tribes.
Turtle Mountain and Three Affiliated were the only tribes of the five that occupy American Indian reservations in the state that had the needed population to qualify under the federal Voting Rights Act for split House districts, which is about 8,450 people at present for each divided district. During the Legislature’s redistricting effort in 1991, the Three Affiliated Tribes filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force lawmakers to create subdistricts on the Fort Berthold reservation. A judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying a subdistrict would lack a majority of American Indian voters. Finley GOP Rep. Bill Devlin, chairman of the committee that drew the new legislative maps, said the split districts were necessary under the Voting Rights Act.
The new redistricting plan was required due to population shifts shown by the 2020 federal census, and was drafted over several weeks earlier this year. Each district is supposed to include approximately the same number of people, although small variances are allowed. The principle is called, “one person, one vote,” and is intended to give each district similar voting power in the Legislature.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The father of a missing Bismarck High School senior is offering a reward for information that helps authorities find his son. Darius Hurdle, of Minneapolis, said the reward of $5,000 to $10,000 would be distributed after 18-year-old Chase Hurdle is found. Chase has been missing for more than a week. “We have that available as an incentive for anyone that gives us a lead that leads to us finding him,” Darius Hurdle said.
Chase Hurdle has had amnesia issues and also went missing in July, his father said. He couldn’t remember his name, and police took him to a local hospital. Chase was last seen the morning of Nov. 2 on foot near Memorial Bridge. Authorities issued a Silver Alert for him Nov. 4, alerting the public to his disappearance, The Bismarck Tribune reported. Family members have placed flyers at several parks in Bismarck and Mandan asking anyone with information about Chase to contact authorities. “We just want him to come home and let him know we’re here to help,” Darius Hurdle said. “If anyone sees him, offer him help or take him to a hospital.”
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Federal authorities say five people are accused in a large-scale drug trafficking operation that brought more than 350 pounds of methamphetamine to two American Indian reservations in North Dakota in the last three years. A grand jury indicted Uzziel Garcia, 25, of Arizona; Allan Widmayer, 57, of Minot; Corey Baker, 50, of Sheyenne; Nathan Smith, 40, of Fort Totten; and Charlsie Walking Elk, 36, of Tokio. The group is charged of conspiring to move the drugs to North Dakota for distribution primarily on the Spirit Lake and Turtle Mountain reservations.
A key moment in the case came when Smith was arrested with 73 grams of meth following a high speed chase and the Spirit Lake Reservation is northeastern North Dakota, authorities said. Further investigation showed that that he Baker and Walking Elk were involved in the distribution. Baker was arrested in a June traffic stop in Grand Forks, were police seized 8 ounces of meth and $27,000. Baker’s sources were identified as Widmayer and Garcia. Widmayer was found to have 30 pounds of meth and $32,000 cash at his house in Minot, prosecutors said. Authorities said Baker had allegedly received up to 3 pounds of meth per month from Widmayer and Garcia since 2018. Garcia was arrested after she traveled to North Dakota to collect money. All five defendants face the possibility of life in prison without parole.
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