KHRT ND News – 11/23/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 112321 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota farmer has been accused of attempting to arrange the assassination of a Ukrainian official and has been detained in the country. North Dakota’s congressional delegation has asked the U.S. Department of State to ensure the well-being of 50-year-old Kurt Groszhans, KFGO reported. Groszhans grew up in the central part of North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University. He and a Ukrainian woman are accused of trying to assassinate Roman Leschenko, the current Agrarian Policy and Food Minister. Groszhans had business dealings with the agriculture minister. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says his office contacted the Department of State after hearing from Groszhans’ family and friends.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. Department of Energy will make available releases of 50 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to address high gas prices and supply-demand imbalance.
 
“Today’s announcement that the Biden administration is releasing oil from our nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve is truly baffling. Executive actions taken by this administration have done nothing but erect roadblocks for our domestic oil industry to recover to pre-pandemic levels, and Americans are feeling the pain in their wallets. No one produces energy more cleanly and efficiently than we do. But instead of encouraging U.S. operators to produce more oil, this administration has repeatedly urged OPEC to boost oil output and is now tapping into reserves intended to be used for national emergencies – not to soften the blow of self-inflicted price increases caused by misguided energy policy. We urge President Biden to work with North Dakota and other oil-producing states to continue to grow our domestic oil supply now, rather than taking it from future generations or buying it from foreign sources.”
 
Gasoline prices are at about $3.40 a gallon, more than 50% higher than a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association.
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MINOT, ND – Minot Fire Department successfully battled a small kitchen fire in northwest Minot on Monday evening. Crews were dispatched to 435 2nd Ave NW Minot at about 6 PM to extinguish a blaze caused by a stovetop grease fire. Firefighters saw smoke billow from the door of the home and successfully extinguished the fire within minutes of arriving. Crews ventilated the home after smothering the flames and secured area. No occupants or firefighters were harmed. Crews from all four Minot Fire Department Stations were dispatched to the home.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in 2019, cooking fires contributed to about 50% of residential fires in the U.S. It is best to not use water to fight grease fires and residents should always keep a fire extinguisher within the home. Covering the flame with a lid or using baking soda to smother the fire are also effective methods. It is still best to dial 9-1-1 while experiencing any in home fires.

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MINOT, ND (MINOTND.ORG) – Thanksgiving is the start of the busiest season for travel. The Minot International Airport sees some of its largest volume over the next month. Here are five tips to help you manage the air traffic rush. Be prepared for other holiday travelers.
The busiest times at the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Minot International Airport are generally 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.. While the hottest days at MOT over the Thanksgiving holiday are the Monday prior (November 22) and the following Monday (November 29).
 
COVID-19 protocols are still in place, so don’t forget to wear a mask. The federal requirement to wear a mask anywhere in the nation’s transportation system remains in effect through January 2022. Travelers are required to wear a mask anywhere in the airport and while onboard an aircraft. Travelers will be asked to momentarily adjust their masks to verify their identity when providing their photo ID and boarding pass at the entrance to the checkpoint.
 
Traveling with holiday food and drinks? Make a plan. We know that many passengers like to travel with special foods and drinks to share with friends and families during the holidays. Remember that not all foods can be transported in carry-on luggage. If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it AND the quantity exceeds 3.4 ounces, pack it in a checked bag. Cakes, pies and casseroles can travel in carry-on luggage, but may require some additional screening.
 
Use gift bags instead of wrapping paper. Wrapped items are screened just like any other item. If a wrapped item alarms the security screening technology whether in carry-on or checked luggage, a TSA officer may have to unwrap it to determine what the item is and confirm it does not pose a security threat. Consider traveling with unwrapped items or placing them in a gift bag for easy access.
 
Download the free myTSA app and follow TSA on social media. The free, downloadable myTSA app is a trusted source for last-minute travel questions. It provides travelers with 24-hour access to the most frequently requested airport security information. It also features a searchable “Can I Bring” database where you can type in the name of an item and the app will let you know if you should pack it in your checked or carry-on bag. The app is available from the App Store or Google Play.
 
Take these tips to the bank and to the terminal at Minot International Airport. Safe travels!
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 112321 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has unveiled a plan to bring landowners, conservation groups, scientists, and others together to restore native grasslands. The agency says North Dakota has lost more than 70% of its native prairie, which is essential for wildlife, pollinators, ranching operations and communities. The so-called Meadowlark Initiative allows producers to plant marginal cropland back to diverse native perennial grasslands for grazing. Funding is available to establish the grass and to install grazing infrastructure, such as fencing and water. Producers also are eligible to receive rental payments for the first three years as the land transitions from cropland to grazing land.
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MINOT, ND – An unattended candle is responsible for a house fire in southwest Minot Monday morning. Firefighters responded to a reported house fire at 315 16th ST SW Monday morning. Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from the basement of the home. Within minutes Minot Fire Department was able to access the single room quickly to control the blaze. Homeowners reported three cats and one dog missing while firefighters were on scene. All four house pets and residents were located and unharmed. Minot Fire Department determined an unattended candle was the source of the fire. In the U.S. 36% of all candle fires are due to leaving it unattended. It is important to always monitor burning candles. Three engines and one command vehicle were dispatched to the home. The first engine was on scene within three minutes of the call.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top water official on Monday to abandon the Biden administration’s proposal to revive the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Sanford shared his and Gov. Doug Burgum’s concerns with EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jaime Pinkham during an EPA WOTUS listening session hosted by U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer today at Bismarck State College. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring also were among those participating. Under the Trump administration, the 2015 WOTUS rule was repealed in 2019 and replaced with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
 
“The Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule provided common sense and clarity for farmers, landowners and state agencies on which waters aren’t subject to federal control, including most farm and roadside ditches and features that only hold water when it rains,” Sanford said. “We urge the current administration and EPA to reject the Obama-era WOTUS rule, which will create uncertainty about jurisdiction and place unnecessary, burdensome and costly regulations on North Dakota farmers, ranchers and industry at a time of rising inflation and food prices. Any proposed changes to federal water rules should work with, not against, our state regulations that already protect both surface water and groundwater, because no one cares more about North Dakota’s clean water than the people who live here.”
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FARGO, ND – AAA Tow to Go is back just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, serving as the last line of defense to keep impaired drivers off the road. Tow to Go is available Nov. 24-29. When called, a tow truck transports the would-be impaired driver and their vehicle to a safe place within a 10 mile radius. The service is free, yet should be treated as a backup plan.
 
“AAA takes the persistent problem of impaired driving seriously,” says Gene LaDoucer, North Dakota director or public affairs for AAA-The Auto Club Group. “Now as North Dakotans enjoy the holiday weekend, none of them will have an excuse for driving impaired. We still strongly encourage people to identify a safe ride home prior to consuming alcohol and treat Tow to Go as their last resort.”
 
Since 1998, AAA Two to Go has removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from the road in the areas the service is offered. As a North Dakota Vision Zero partner agency, AAA reminds motorists to take steps ahead of time to avoid driving impaired.
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019, there were 10,142 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers impaired by alcohol. Of those fatalities 417 were during the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA predicts more than 53 million Americans will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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