KHRT ND News – 11/26/21

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MINOT, ND – A basement fire in southeast Minot damaged an apartment on Thanksgiving day and displaced residents from four apartments. No injuries were reported. The Minot Fire Department responded to 400 18th Avenue SE #39 at 9:38 a.m. Thursday for a report of an active fire in the basement. The first firefighters on scene found light smoke exiting the structure from a basement window. Firefighters quickly gained access to the basement and extinguished a fire in the laundry/electrical room. The tenants of the structure safely exited without injury. During a search of the building, firefighters located the family’s missing pet, which was returned to its owners unharmed.
Due to extensive damage to the electrical panel in the unit where the fire originated, electrical crews on scene shut off power to three adjoining units to prevent further hazards to occupants. Three engines, one ladder truck, and one command vehicle responded to the incident. Fire crews remained on scene to provide fire watch until the scene was turned over to property management. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
DEVILS LAKE, ND – Three teenagers were injured in an early morning accident on Thanksgiving day. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 4:20 AM on Thursday about six miles south of Devils Lake. Troopers say a 16-year old boy driving an SUV lost control and it overturned in the ditch coming to rest upside down in several inches of water. The driver and two passengers exited the vehicle. Troopers say the driver and an 18-year old boy from Minnesota suffered serious injuries. A 13-year old girl suffered minor injuries. All were transported by ambulance to the hospital in Devils Lake. None were wearing seatbelts. The Patrol say the driver is charged with DUI and the investigation continues.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An agency key to implementing new in-state investment components of North Dakota’s $8.3 billion oil tax savings has a new leader. The State Investment Board recently named Retirement and Investment Office interim Executive Director Jan Murtha to take over the role on a permanent basis, the Bismarck Tribune reported. The office oversees about $20 billion of assets. Murtha, who is an attorney, has led the agency in the interim role since June, when Dave Hunter resigned for a job in Alabama. Murtha was hired in 2020 and previously was the office’s deputy executive director and chief retirement officer.
The agency is key to effecting new in-state investment mandates of the Legacy Fund approved by the Legislature, which include making investments in companies in the state. During the Legislature’s special session earlier this month, state lawmakers approved an additional six full-time employees and $1.8 million for salaries and expenses. Murtha has said those resources will help the office meet the new investment requirements.
BISMARCK, ND – The weekly COVID-19 report from the North Dakota Department of Health for November 20-26 lists 3,008 active cases, a drop of 534 from last Friday. There were 2,898 new positives over the week with a rolling 14-day positivity rate of 7.4%. Hospitalizations are at 178, up 30 over the week. There were 25 deaths in the last seven days among those who were positive.
MINOT, ND – If you need to get tested for COVID-19 this Thanksgiving weekend, the North Dakota Department of Health can help. The North Dakota Department of Health will be offering free COVID testing today and Saturday from 8:30am – 1:00pm on a walk-in basis. The testing will be done in the Old Armory at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. Park in the north lot and enter through the far northeast door. Masks are required.
No appointments are needed, but everyone to be tested should pre-register at Anyone can be tested, regardless of residency or reason for testing, and all tests are free. Both the PCR molecular test and the BinaxNow rapid test will be available. Results of the PCR test will be available within 72 hours, and the results of the rapid tests will be available in 2 hours. More information can be found at
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Based on the numbers, there is a good chance that the Thanksgiving turkey you enjoyed came from Minnesota. Minnesota farmers grow about 45 million turkeys a year on more than 500 farms, or nearly 18% of the country’s turkey supply, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Americans ate about 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving. Minnesota was the nation’s leader in turkey production in 2020 with 40 million birds. That is 9 million more than North Carolina, which is No. 2 in production. South Dakota produces about 5 million turkeys a year and North Dakota about 1 million.
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