KHRT ND News – 11/25/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 112521 – 0700
BISMARCK, ND – The new Drought Briefing from the National Weather Service shows a small area of extreme drought across northwestern North Dakota. Drought is expected to persist through the winter across almost all of North Dakota. Little change to the Drought Monitor is expected during the winter season. Over the past 4 months, North Dakota has been warmer than average. Precipitation amounts have varied significantly across the state, with the northwest corner still well below normal, while areas in the southeast have received enough precipitation to be removed from all drought categories.
La Niña conditions are ongoing, which is a major factor in what we are expecting during this winter. This is the second La Niña winter in a
row, which favors a mild end to fall before a transition to near normal or colder than normal temperatures during the winter and early spring. There is some indication that the second of back-to-back La Niñas favors North Dakota for above average snowfall during the winter.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The state Board of Medicine brought 11 formal disciplinary actions against North Dakota doctors this year. The number includes three sanctions that resulted in physicians losing their license to practice in the state. Figures show the number of disciplinary actions in 2021 was two fewer than the previous year, but matched the annual tally in 2018 and 2019. Alcohol-related incidents typically make up the bulk of the board’s sanctions. Doctors in the state also were disciplined for such things as incompetence, unethical behavior, substandard care, and criminal offenses. The group reviews up to 120 cases against doctors annually.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota health officials say the rate of flu vaccinations for children continues to decline. The state Department of Health says that 13,000 fewer dozes of influenza vaccine have been administered to children this fall compared to the same time last year. That’s on the heels of an 8% decline in the number of shots in the 2020-21 season. State Health Officer Dr. Nizar Wehbi says children are especially vulnerable to the flu, which is spread through coughs, sneezes, shared saliva and the touching of contaminated surfaces. The severity of the disease can range from mild to deadly. Health officials recommend that anyone older than six months of age be vaccinated against the flu.
MINOT, ND – The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons bring many opportunities to give to others. One of those begins on Black Friday as Eagle’s Wings Community Fellowship will host ‘Buy A Tree Change A Life’ for the sixth year. Eagles Wings sells live Fraser Fir Christmas trees and gives away all of the money to help children. ‘Buy A Tree Change A Life’ is part of a nationwide movement that has given away almost $4-million since 2012 to help children globally and locally. This year the local portion will go to Minot Youth For Christ.
Pastor Travis Hovde says supply chain issues did effect their order this year as they had to alter the sizes of the trees to get the full shipment of 300 trees. Hovde says people who want a tree should come early, especially if you want a certain size. He noted that last year they sold out in a week.
Hovde said for those that don’t want to buy a live tree for themselves, you can buy a tree that will be donated to those at the Minot Air Force Base. They also will sell wreaths and evergreen branches for crafters.
The ‘Buy A Tree Change A Life’ tent will be open 9 AM – 6 PM on Black Friday and Saturday, and from 12 PM – 6 PM Sunday through Friday. Eagles Wings is across from Arrowhead Mall on 16th Street Southwest in Minot.
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