KHRT ND News – 11/15/21

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BERTHOLD, ND – Berthold police report a drug bust resulting from a traffic stop. Police say an early morning traffic stop in Berthold today led to the arrest of 35-year old Trevor Auth of St. John. Officers say they found 152 fentanyl pills and other narcotic related material in his vehicle. Auth was charged with B Felony possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, possession of fentanyl paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence. Berthold police continue to investigate.
BISMARCK, ND – November marks Diabetes Awareness Month. The North Dakota Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (NDDPCP) at the NDDoH is partnering with health systems, pharmacies and community-based organizations across the state to increase awareness and action around prediabetes and diabetes care.
“In North Dakota, almost 10% of adults are currently living with diabetes, and many more have at least one risk factor that increases their likelihood of developing the disease; including obesity (71%), high blood pressure (30%), or gestational diabetes/diabetes in pregnancy (9%),” said Brianna Monahan M.S., RDN, LRD and NDDPCP Coordinator at the NDDoH.
Assessing individual risk for Type 2 diabetes takes less than one minute and can be done by using a 7-question risk test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The best way to address the growing burden of diabetes is through prevention and increasing access to care,” said Monahan. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is available across North Dakota to help individuals reduce their risk of the disease through lifestyle change. For those already living with diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management and Support (DSMES) services can help improve quality of life by increasing an individual’s knowledge of and confidence in managing their condition. To find out your risk or find to find services, visit
BISMARCK, ND – Active COVID-19 cases dropped over the weekend. Numbers from the North Dakota Department of Health list 3,006 active today, down 638 from Friday. Hospitalizations since Friday at down by 10 to 147, with 16 of those in ICU. There have been 11 more deaths since Friday among those who were positive (1815). Health officials report 48.3% (362,225) of residents age 5 and up are fully vaccinated.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Employee housing is a priority as officials make plans for improving and upgrading Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s aging facilities. The park’s planning team is consulting with American Indian tribes and the State Historic Preservation Office about the long range goals for North Dakota’s top tourist attraction. Park Superintendent Wendy Ross has a proposed list of improvements that also include upgrades to administrative facilities, visitor centers, park entrances and parking. Public comments on the plans are due by Nov. 30. Ross says housing needs to be addressed and is “the No. 1 driver of improvements and deferred maintenance in the park.”
BISMARCK, ND – Today kicks off American Education Week across the United States. Festivities honor the team of people who work in our nation’s public schools, everyone from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker and administrative staff, plus countless others.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Game & Fish reports that fisheries crews completed their annual salmon spawning operation on the Missouri River System, collecting more than 1.8 million eggs. North Dakota Game and Fish Department Missouri River System fisheries biologist Russ Kinzler said crews collected enough eggs to stock 400,000 smolts planned for Lake Sakakawea in 2022.
The majority of eggs were collected from Lake Sakakawea, with a significant contribution from the Missouri River below Garrison Dam. Average size of female salmon was 7.4 pounds, which is about 1 pound smaller than last year. The largest salmon this year were about 14.5 pounds, which is about 2 pounds heavier than the largest salmon last year. “We’ve had good numbers and size of rainbow smelt, which is the primary forage for salmon in Lake Sakakawea,” Kinzler said. “That has led to some larger salmon the last couple years.”
Chinook salmon begin their spawning run in October. Since salmon cannot naturally reproduce in North Dakota, Game and Fish personnel capture the fish and transport them to Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery where they are relieved of their eggs. Once the eggs hatch, young salmon spend about 6 months in the hatchery before being stocked in Lake Sakakawea.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Police in Fargo have arrested a man wanted for murder in Tennessee. Police officers with Fargo’s Metro Street Crimes Unit learned on Friday that the man was staying in the city, according to spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker. He had been issued a warrant for First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder in Shelby County, Tennessee. Schindeldecker said police worked through late Friday to find the man. He was placed in Cass County Jail.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Commissioners in North Dakota’s largest city will be asked Monday to consider ending a wildlife management program that allows bow hunters to kill deer within city limits. Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibloski said a recent study shows that harvest rates are low, the plan is no longer effective and it has created a public safety threat. Zibloski said he will ask the commission to eliminate the program, KFGO radio reported. The program started more than 15 years ago in several city parks along the Red River after complaints over the growing number of deer in the city. Zibolski says he has received petitions containing more than 300 names, both from city and regional residents who support the recommendation to dump the bow hunting program. Zibolski adds that the hunt is time-consuming for the officers who manage it.
FARGO, N.D. – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation has awarded this year’s Healthcare Leader scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to Melissa Kainz, a graduate student attending the University of Mary in Bismarck. Kainz is pursuing her doctor of nursing practice organizational leadership degree and currently works as the community clinical coordinator in the Division of Health Promotion for the state of North Dakota.
“We received many strong applications for the BCBSND Caring Foundation Healthcare Leader scholarship, and we are pleased to recognize Melissa Kainz as this year’s recipient,” shares Pam Gulleson, BCBSND Caring Foundation executive director. “Kainz demonstrates all the qualities of an emerging leader in health care through her work experience, scholastic honors, strong work ethic and her commitment to population health.”
Core to the scholarship is the development of an innovative and impactful project in health care, which incorporates a leadership plan designed to support a successful project outcome, as well as academic and personal growth. Kainz’s project will focus on Alzheimer’s disease. Her action plan will be to improve the health and well-being of individuals who may develop the disease by early detection and intervention that will be imperative to delay progression of the disease. The goal of Kainz’s project will be to increase the percentage of individuals who experience subjective cognitive decline, recognize their symptoms and discuss them with a health care professional. This will be accomplished by engaging key stakeholders in the discussion.
“I have always had a passion for helping others and taking care of people. My passion is population health and promoting health activities within the state of North Dakota,” Kainz shares. “It is also important to consider the inclusion of all backgrounds so that every North Dakotan has equitable access to care that will promote the best health and well-being for that individual to live their best life.”
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