KHRT ND News – 12/01/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 120121 – 1200
 
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – The trial continues for a Williston man accused of running over several neighbors with his truck, killing one of them. Steven Rademacher is charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorizing in a July 2019 confrontation with some neighbors. Prosecutors say Rademacher sped past the neighbors who urged him to slow down. According to court records, Rademacher turned his truck around and headed toward the neighbors, striking several, including Dyson Bastain who was killed. Authorities say Rademacher drove away after the people were hit and was arrested a short time later. Law enforcement witnesses dominated Tuesday’s testimony. Jurors were shown video and pictures from the crime scene.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority are suggesting they may make sweeping changes to limit abortion in the United States. The high court is hearing arguments today in which the justices are being asked to overturn the court’s historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe. The case in point today involves a Mississippi law that would limit abortions to women who are 15 weeks or less pregnant. But Mississippi is also asking that Roe v. Wade be thrown out.
 
The head of North Dakota’s sole abortion clinic says the stakes have never been higher in the debate over a woman’s right to an abortion. North Dakota Republican state Sen. Janne Myrdal, who heads a pro-life legislative caucus, calls it “the strongest opportunity to see Roe turned back to the states.”
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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (AP) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday went to Minnesota to pitch his completed infrastructure deal and a giant social spending bill that he’s still trying to get passed, but also found himself reassuring the nation he would fight the evolving COVID-19 threat without resorting to “shutdowns and lockdowns.” Biden met with students at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount before delivering a speech criticizing GOP lawmakers for opposing his social services and climate spending bill. Biden has been eager to build momentum for his agenda, but finds himself once again forced to divert attention to battling the virus.
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Area Council of the Arts will host their final Arts in the City event of 2021 on Sunday, December 5th at 6:00 pm. Arts in the City – Sundays at the Library will wrap up at the Carnegie Center in downtown Minot with fan-favorite Jessie Veeder sharing her mix of folk and country music accompanied by stories to entertain all ages.
 
“December’s concert is extra special because it’s our last one of 2021, but also because it’s the first to be held at the Carnegie Center since MACA took over management,” said Justin Anderson, Executive Director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts. Anderson said that this is the first of what he hopes is many art events hosted in the historic building.
 
Though this free event is not being held at the Minot Public Library, it is still co-sponsored by MPL according to Library Director Janet Anderson. “I’m excited to co-host this event at the original location of the Minot Public Library and to be able to help share Jessie Veeder’s music with our community,” Anderson said. The concert begins at 6:00 pm and there is no cost to attend.
 
This collaboration between the Minot Public Library and the Minot Area Council of the Arts, which began in the fall of 2019, presents local music and local art once a month. In addition to live music, the Minot Area Council of the Arts will also have art from featured artist Hannah Auer.
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 120121 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is encouraging residents of North Dakota’s northern tier of counties to consider applying for the State Board of Public School Education, which plays an important role in the state’s educational system. The board’s membership includes Baesler, who serves as its executive secretary, and six members who represent groups of counties that are specified in state law. All six members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms.
 
Incumbent board member Maria Effertz-Hanson plans to resign. A resident of McHenry County, Effertz Hanson represents Benson, Bottineau, Cavalier, McHenry, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Rolette, Towner, and Walsh counties on the board. Effertz-Hanson’s successor must be a school board member and a resident of one of the 11 specified counties. The person will be chosen to complete Effertz-Hanson’s term, which ends June 30, 2024. State law says two of the six appointed board members must be a member of the North Dakota School Boards Association, and Effertz-Hanson is one of the two NDSBA members now serving on the board.
 
Eligible North Dakotans who are interested in succeeding Effertz-Hanson on the board should apply online through the governor’s office. State law says the governor shall appoint new board members from a list of names submitted by a committee consisting of the president of North Dakota United, the president of the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders, and the president of the North Dakota School Boards Association. The application deadline is Dec. 15.
 
The Board of Public School Education acts on requests from school districts to dissolve, reorganize, or transfer property. It supervises the development of a state learning continuum, which identifies skills that are crucial for the well-rounded education of a high school graduate. It has charge of the state K-12 Education Coordination Council, which reviews the effectiveness of North Dakota’s education programs.
The Board of Public School Education’s members automatically become part of the state Board of Career and Technical Education, which oversees North Dakota’s CTE department and CTE programs. The CTE board will have major new projects to consider soon. During its special session this month, the Legislature approved $88.3 million in grants to develop, equip, and maintain area career centers. Individual grants may total up to $10 million.
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BISMARCK, ND – The deadline for applications for the emergency feed transportation assistance program has been extended until Jan. 21, 2022.
 
“We encourage producers to first seek assistance from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program (ELAP),” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “If you do not qualify or choose not to apply for USDA funds, the state program will offer assistance to producers who have specific transportation costs associated with moving livestock or feed.”
 
Many producers have had to purchase and transport supplemental feed due to the drought. The program is being extended to allow more time for transportation as producers are still moving feed. This program will assist producers who have transportation costs for feed, silage or co-products, and moving breeding livestock to a feed source.
 
Transportation costs for feed purchased or put up outside of normal operation due to loss of feed incurred between April 8, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021, will be eligible. Feed must be used for the purposes of the producer’s own livestock operation. For a complete list of eligibility requirements and details on the program, visit www.nd.gov/ndda/eftap. Producers with further questions may email haytransportnd.gov or call 1-844-642-4752. Applications are available on the Department of Agriculture’s website at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/eftap and will close Jan. 21, 2022.
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MINOT, ND – Parents, guardians, and teacher all across America are growing concerned with the state of the mental health of the nations’ youth. Recent studies indicate that many officials are calling for a national state of emergency over the dramatic spike of childhood mental health concerns. Young people of all ages report struggling with depression, isolation, and thoughts of suicide due to the current pandemic, leaving many wondering how to respond to this troubling trend.
 
For Youth For Christ, a fixture in the youth ministry community in America for the past 77 years, these startling numbers reinforce the importance of their mission to reach young people at pivotal moments in their lives and come alongside them, living life together while sharing the Gospel of Christ. One chapter, YFC Minot, is determined to address this national mental health crisis impacting America’s youth.
 
David Pellenwessel, executive director at YFC Minot, commented on their reach and mission in the community. “Here at YFC Minot, we have a Campus Life program that started about 40 years ago, a Core ministry that mobilizes students to reach other young people in their schools, communities, and in other spheres of life, a Juvenile Justice Ministry (JJM), a YFC Nations ministry that reaches the Native American reservations, and a new Military Life program. All of these ministries all address the basic need that these young people are struggling with-the need to be understood, appreciated, and loved.”
 
Regarding the mental health issues affecting local youth, Pellenwessel stated, “One big issue that’s been hitting our community right now is the mental health epidemic for youth-suicide, depression, and drug use are at an all time high. This was a problem before Covid but the pandemic has only magnified it. We have been ministering directly to students after suicides and in the mental health unit to combat this issue. Hopefully we can get some of the students who are recovering from some of their hurt and their pain and whatever else that led them to a drug problem and get them plugged in with some YFC volunteers.”
 
In addition to this new outreach, YFC Minot is finding other ways to connect with youth. Pellenwessel shared, “Our Campus Life ministry spends a lot of time trying to reach local youth at a skate park nearby, and we met a kid there once that we shared some food with and told him the Gospel. He was very skeptical at first, and continually asked us if he was signing up to go to a church. We assured him that we were just there to love on him and show him that we cared. The next year, we went with our JJM to a local detention center and that same kid was there and remembered us all by name! He said that something stuck out to him and he accepted Christ right there in that jail cell. We were actually with him every step of the way out of incarceration, through his time on house arrest, and now he is a greeter at a local church and his life is completely changed.” Pellenwessel concluded, “We try to be present and available to teachers, students, and parents, and just be a light in the community.”
 
YFC chapters impact thousands of communities across the nation, seeking out and serving youth from all walks of life. Young people are silently struggling through a wide variety of challenging issues-and through the YFC ministry God empowers, they see the living power of a loving God. YFC trains its leaders in a proven, relational ministry model called 3Story®, which encourages staff and volunteers to be good news while also sharing the stories of the Good News of Jesus. It involves building relationships through the ups and downs of everyday life to lead people to Christ.
 
YFC has been a pillar of missional ministry since 1944, when the Rev. Billy Graham served as YFC’s first full-time staff member. Since then, Youth For Christ has continued to be both a rural and urban ministry on mission, and it is always about the message of Jesus. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement. Youth For Christ operates in over 100 nations and has 137 chapters that impact communities across America.
 
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