KHRT ND News – 12/02/21

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KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a woman crossing a road to help a motorist whose vehicle was disabled was struck and killed near Killdeer. The patrol says the 73-year-old Killdeer woman had pulled over on the shoulder of the highway and was walking across the road to assist a driver who had a flat tire. Authorities say a 58-year-old Berthold man who was driving down the highway wasn’t able to avoid the victim and struck her with his pickup. The woman died at the scene. The crash happened about 4:30 pm Wednesday. The patrol says it was dark and cloudy at the time. The investigation continues.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health reports the hospitalizations remain very high statewide, for COVID-19 as well as other illnesses and injuries. Only 8.0% of all inpatient hospital beds and 5.5% of all ICU beds are currently available as of December 1st. Ward, Stark, and Adams counties report no available ICU beds. Burleigh and Grand Forks counties each have just one ICU bed available. Officials report 167 COVID-19 hospitalizations today. Health officials ask at this critical time that you please take precautions to stay out of the hospital, including being up to date on your immunizations and practicing injury prevention.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services is seeking public comments on the renewal of the state’s Medicaid waiver that pays for services that help older adults and adults with physical disabilities who qualify for skilled nursing care to live in their own homes and communities. The Aging Services Division proposes to renew the 1915(c) Medicaid waiver, which provides in-home and community-based services in individuals’ homes and communities so they can live in the most integrated setting. The waiver’s goal is to help people remain living in their own homes and communities if they choose and to delay or divert from institutional care.
 
The draft waiver renewal application can be viewed online at: www.nd.gov/dhs/info/pubs/medical.html. A copy will be provided upon request. Comments will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2021, until 5 p.m. CST on Dec. 30, 2021. The anticipated effective date of the proposed renewal is April 1, 2022. Comments can be submitted to the North Dakota Department of Human Services – Aging Services Division, Attn: HCBS, 1237 W. Divide Ave., Suite 6, Bismarck, N.D., 58501, dhshcbsnd.gov, toll-free 855-462-5465, or 711 (TTY). Individuals who have questions about the proposed waiver renewal application can contact Sandi Erber at srerbernd.gov or 701-328-8915.
 
North Dakotans can get help accessing Medicaid waiver services and other in-home and community-based long-term services and support by contacting the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Link toll-free at 855-462-5465, 711 (TTY) or by email at carechoicend.gov. Individuals can also apply for these services online or search the online database at https://carechoice.nd.assistguide.net/.
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BISMARCK, ND – Wednesday was a record setting day across western North Dakota. The National Weather Service says that Minot, Bismarck, and Dickinson all set record high temperatures. Minot was 58-degrees, four degrees warmer than the old record in 1969. Bismarck reached 66-degrees, four degrees warmer than the old record in 1969. Dickinson was 68-degrees, two degrees warmer than the old record in 1998. Bismarck and Dickinson also tied their records for the warmest temperatures ever recorded in the month of December. Both previously occurred in 1939. Forecasters say a change is on the way with accumulating snow over the northern part of the state possible on Saturday.
 
 
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A legal battle is headed to North Dakota’s Supreme Court over access to thousands of documents related to the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the company that oversaw security during construction. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer and a subsidiary sued the state board that regulates security firms, seeking the return of some 16,000 documents. The company argues the records could present a security risk if released publicly. Separately, litigation has arisen over release of the documents to the media. An online news organization sued North Dakota last year, seeking to obtain the documents, citing the state’s open records law.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum joined Bismarck State College President Doug Jensen, state legislators, business leaders and others on Wednesday in highlighting the critical importance of BSC’s future Polytechnic Education Center in meeting the state’s significant workforce needs. State lawmakers approved and Burgum signed legislation last month providing $38 million for the BSC Polytechnic Education Center. Funding for the project was included in the governor’s Accelerate ND proposal announced in September, and Burgum thanked state legislators today for increasing the funding amount during their special session in November.
 
Burgum praised the project’s concept of equipping students with workplace-ready skills, credentials and degrees driven by local demand for customized career pathways. He also commended BSC’s leadership for embracing a polytechnic focus that is responsive to the unstoppable forces of demographics, economics, technology and culture that are creating challenges for higher education institutions across the country.
 
“Education has to be more responsive to workforce needs and more responsive to the signals from the private sector,” Burgum said during today’s press conference at BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence. “This is far more than just a new building. This is a new pathway for higher education in North Dakota.”
 
Jensen said BSC will break ground in 2022 on the region’s only polytechnic institution facility. The state-of-the-art polytechnic center will feature project-based learning and nontraditional, hands-on collaborative working environments; flex labs where business and industry can partner on developing projects and ideas; and space for operating and building new programming and equipment and advancing applied research. “BSC is now positioned to build a talent pipeline that will impact the economy for many years to come,” Jensen said.
 
Job Service North Dakota reported nearly 18,400 open and available online job openings in October, an increase of 40.8% compared with October 2020, and Burgum noted the actual number of job openings in the state is estimated at more than 30,000.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) – Over the coming weeks, North Dakotans will be clicking the “purchase” button as they order holiday gifts online, and fraud experts say scammers are finding ways to exploit consumers. Amy Nofziger, director of fraud victim support for AARP, urged the public to avoid abrupt transactions done with little research, adding fake social-media ads are a big concern this year.
 
She said as people quickly scroll through online ads, they might not do enough vetting to make sure the company behind a post is real. She added supply chain issues could prompt people to bypass trusted companies through internet searches. “And they’re finding these websites that look legitimate, but they’re not,” Nofziger observed. “Take the name of the company, put it in a search engine, and do your research. “
 
When entering the unknown company’s name, she suggested typing the words review, scam and complaints to see what pops up. Another common scam right now is getting a message disguised as a warning from well-known delivery companies, indicating something went wrong with a shipment to your address. Experts pointed out the messages often include harmful links.
 
Parrell Grossman, director of the consumer protection and antitrust division for the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, said they continue to field calls for a variety of scams, including online romance situations where someone loses their money to the person they connected with. He worries people might be more vulnerable to those scenarios right now. “When you’re lonely at the holidays, it might be the time you decide to engage with someone over the internet,” Grossman remarked. “And they can be very convincing, and they will have a myriad of reasons why they need money.”
 
Nofziger emphasized you should never feel ashamed about falling victim to a scam, and taking immediate action is the best approach. “These are good criminals that are targeting you to steal your money,” Nofziger cautioned. “You should be mad, you should be empowered to report it.”
 
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