KHRT ND News – 11/11/21

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today released the following statement in observance of Veterans Day. Burgum addressed the Veterans Day ceremony this morning at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.
“On Veterans Day, we give thanks to the more than 50,000 military veterans in North Dakota and those veterans who are no longer with us for their incredible service and sacrifice in the name of freedom,” Burgum said. “To these veterans and the families who have served alongside them, we owe a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. As Americans who enjoy the liberty that our men and women in uniform have defended for the past nearly 250 years, we all have a duty to honor their service, uphold the values they fought to protect and ensure they know how much we appreciate and support them.”
MINOT, ND – The Minot Public School District is informing residents about a bond referendum that will be decided December 7th. A $100-million bond is expected to solve the congestion issue at Minot Public School’s middle and high schools. School administration expects to have more than 1,800 students in middle school by 2024. The project would transform the former Cognizant building in north Minot into a new high school. Central Campus would then become a third middle school. The realignment project also includes a plan to improve the quality of education and activities. Part of the funding would be used to construct a pool and athletic complex.
Superintendent Mark Vollmer said the additional space is very much needed. “We are servicing our middle school kids right now in 14 portable classrooms at Jim Hill. I want people to know that when we built Ramstad after the floods, we added an additional 150 seats to that building and we’re full up and the numbers dictate we’re going to be more and more overcrowded as time goes on,” Vollmer said.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is announcing a new opportunity for all North Dakota professionals working in schools to help support the behavioral health of their students with emphasis on suicide prevention. All private, public and tribal school administrators, teachers and support staff can access Kognito, a free online simulation-based learning program that will help enhance their knowledge of identifying signs of behavioral health concerns among students, learn effective conversation strategies, and find out how to refer to appropriate resources if necessary. Users can complete the interactive evidence-based modules at their own pace and receive feedback in real-time.
“Suicide prevention efforts are vital for North Dakota as behavioral health needs of students continue to grow,” said Pamela Sagness, division director. “This program will equip education professionals beyond recognizing symptoms, so they can engage and continue to support students who may be struggling.”
With COVID-19 rates increasing throughout the state, the behavioral health of North Dakotans, including students, is important to prioritize. According to the 2019 North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the percentage of high school students in the state who have seriously considered attempting suicide has increased from 12.4% in 2009 to 18.8% in 2019. Also, over half (61.2%) of high school students reported their mental health was not good on at least one day during the 30 days prior to taking the survey.
The implementation of this program is supported through the Behavioral Health in Education Resources and Opportunities Technical Assistance Center in partnership with the Behavioral Health Division and the Central Regional Education Association. It is the result of Senate Bill 2311 passed by the 2021 North Dakota Legislature.
“I had the pleasure of working with a young lady from my legislative district in the development of this bill,” said Sen. Joan Heckaman, sponsor of Senate Bill 2311. “School personnel play an important role in supporting the behavioral health of students.” Legislation was also passed in 2019 that provided mental health awareness resources and suicide prevention to education professionals including designating one individual within a school to serve as a behavioral health resource coordinator.
“Addressing mental health and suicide prevention by providing training for those who work with youth in public and nonpublic schools is a positive step. This program could change lives. Hopefully schools will take advantage of this training opportunity. My sincere appreciation to the Behavioral Health Division for assisting with this legislation and to Sen. Heckaman for introducing the bill,” said Rep. Cindy Schreiber-Beck, vice chairman of the House Education Committee.
Individuals interested in learning more about Kognito and how to access the interactive training program can visit
BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 are up by 173 today to 3,865. There are 631 new positives and 488 newly recovered. The daily positive rate is 6.85%. Hospitalizations are down by 10 to 131, with 15 of those in ICU. Health officials report two more deaths among those who were positive (1804).
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MINOT, ND – The Ward County Sheriff’s office is asking for help in locating a runaway. 17-year old Glenna Lee Rue was last seen in northwest Minot on Monday. She is described as a Native American female, 5’8″ tall, and weighing 150 lbs. Rue voluntarily walked out of a facility and left with a Native American male wearing a face covering and a baseball cap who was reported to have been driving a dark gray four-door sedan with Turtle Mountain Tribal plates. Anyone who has seen Rue or knows of her whereabouts is asked to please call the Ward County Sheriff’s Office at (701) 857-6500.
BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota’s Senate passed one of its largest spending bills this special session. It will allocate $571 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to roughly 40 different state needs, including $150 million for a natural gas pipeline. Senate members debated amendments and commented on the bill at length before passing it on a 41-6 vote. The next step for the bill is to be voted on in the House.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A coalition of 10 states, including North Dakota, has filed a lawsuit challenging a new rule by President Joe Biden’s administration requiring millions of health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The suit filed Wednesday in a Missouri federal court follows similar ones filed by Republican-led states against Biden’s vaccine requirements for federal contractors and businesses with more than 100 employees. It contends the vaccine requirement issued by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid is unprecedented, unreasonably broad and infringes on states’ rights. Biden’s administration has said its rules supersede state policies and are necessary. Joining the lawsuit were the attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wyoming.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – A Moorhead, Minnesota, man has been sentenced to probation, house arrest and community service for participating in the U.S. Capitol riot Jan. 6. A federal judge in Washington, D.C. Tuesday gave 32-year-old Kenneth Stotts 60 days of home confinement and two years of probation for his role in the insurrection as Congress was finalizing the 2020 presidential election results. He must also perform 60 hours of community service. Stotts previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. Three other charges were dismissed as part of a plea bargain. Stotts was arrested by the FBI in northern Minnesota in March after he turning himself in.
MINOT, ND – VFW Post 753 will be hosting a ceremony today to honor veterans in Minot and the surrounding area. The ceremony starts at 11:00 AM at the Minot Municipal Auditorium Armory. Colonel Gary Kramlich with the U.S. Army will be giving the keynote address. All are welcome to attend.
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