KHRT ND News – 12/07/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 120721 – 1200
BISMARCK, N.D. – Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day as Americans mark 80 years since the attacks in Hawaii that drew the United States into World War II. The U.S. and North Dakota flags are to be flown at half-staff today in honor of the day. Flags already are at half-staff because on Sunday Gov. Doug Burgum directed flags to be flown at half-staff through Thursday in honor of World War II veteran and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who died Sunday at age 98. That directive was in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden.
 
On this day Burgum issued the following statement: “Eight decades after the ‘date which will live in infamy,’ we continue to honor the legacy of those service members who paid the ultimate price for our freedom at Pearl Harbor,” Burgum said. “In the words of Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ‘They fought together as brothers-in-arms. They died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation.’ Today, and every day, we share our eternal gratitude for the heroes of Pearl Harbor and all of our military veterans and current service members who served and continue to serve our nation with courage and honor in the name of liberty and justice for all.”
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Fargo woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the death of a 1-year-old child left in her care. A Cass County District Court judge imposed the sentence Monday for 38-year-old Brandi Adeleke who earlier pleaded guilty to murder and child abuse. Meka Ducheneaux died in November 2020 from what doctors said was blunt force trauma. Adeleke claimed that she had left the child alone in the bathtub and found her unresponsive. The prosecution and defense reached a joint recommendation on the sentence, which Judge Steven Marquart approved. Adeleke will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.
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MINOT, ND – Voters in Minot are deciding the fate of a bond issue on school expansion today. It would fund a 9-12 high school at the site of the former Cognizant building in northwest Minot, turn Magic City Campus from an 11-12 high school campus into a 9-12 high school and turn Central Campus from a 9-10 high school campus into a third in-town middle school for grades 6-8. The election today is being held in one polling site, at the Minot Municipal Auditorium until 7 PM. A 60% or greater majority approval will be required to pass the bond issue.
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MINOT, ND – The Ward County Sheriff’s office is warning of a scam making the rounds. Deputies say they have received reports that people are receiving calls from someone claiming to be a Ward County Deputy and demanding they pay a fine over the phone or they will be arrested. Deputies say they do call people to tell them they have an active arrest warrant so they can resolve it, but they will never ask for payment of any fine or bond over the phone. Officers note that if you are ever asked to pay for something in gift cards over the phone, it is very likely a scam.
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 120721 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Voters in Minot will decide the fate of a bond issue today that would fund a 9-12 high school at the site of the former Cognizant building in northwest Minot, turn Magic City Campus from an 11-12 high school campus into a 9-12 high school and turn Central Campus from a 9-10 high school campus into a third in-town middle school for grades 6-8. The election today will be held in one polling site, at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. A 60% or greater majority approval will be required to pass the bond issue.
 
The ballot has three separate questions. The first will ask voters to approve $84.8 million for the main project. The second would ask voters, if they approve the first question, whether they also want to approve an additional $24.2 million to pay for construction of a 50-meter competition swimming pool, new turf and an athletic complex at the school. The third question will ask voters to approve raising the debt ceiling to allow the district’s debt to be at 10% of its assessed property value. Currently, the ceiling is at 5% of its assessed value.
 
Voting is at the Minot Municipal Auditorium from 7 am – 7 pm today.
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MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A Minot man has been convicted of murder in the slaying of his father. 31-year old Christopher Vickerman had pleaded not guilty in the May 2019 death of 55-year-old Mark Vickerman at his Minot home. A jury returned a guilty verdict on Monday, after a weeklong trial. The Minot Daily News reports that testimony at trial showed the father and son had a strained relationship, and had argued over business, money, and custody of Christopher Vickerman’s children. Mark Vickerman had told friends that his son is mentally ill and not medicated. Mark Vickerman told several people he was afraid his son would try to kill him.
 
Authorities said the son called police from his father’s home to say he found him dead. An autopsy showed the victim was shot four times in the chest. The son told investigators he had been working all day except when he left for lunch and had stopped at his father’s house to sell him a gun. Christopher Vickerman faces up to life in prison without parole. A sentencing date has not been set.
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MINOT, ND – The Ward County Sheriff’s office is warning of a scam making the rounds. Deputies say they have received reports that people are receiving calls from someone claiming to be a Ward County Deputy and demanding they pay a fine over the phone or they will be arrested. Deputies say they do call people to tell them they have an active arrest warrant so they can resolve it, but they will never ask for payment of any fine or bond over the phone. Officers note that if you are ever asked to pay for something in gift cards over the phone, it is very likely a scam.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A new analysis of North Dakota’s state-owned minerals is nearly $1 billion more than a similar estimate last year when the coronavirus created uncertainty and low prices and demand for oil declined. MineralTracker, of Watford City, which is part of First International Bank & Trust, estimates the current value of the state’s minerals is $2.4 billion. Oil prices have rebounded considerably since the 2020 downturn and even exceeded $80 per barrel this fall before dropping in recent days as fears about the omicron coronavirus variant emerged, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
 
MineralTracker examines the 8,000 wells in which the state holds an interest. Currently, about 17,000 wells are operating in North Dakota. The company’s mineral service manager Joel Brown told the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands last week that he found several trends in the latest modeling. Most wells temporarily idled during the early days of the pandemic have started operating again now that oil prices have improved, but the rate at which companies are drilling new wells has not kept pace with the price uptick.
 
Natural gas production is growing at a faster rate than oil production, though oil generally remains the sought-after commodity in the region. “As I look at wells on an individual basis, I’m blown away by the amount of gas that is being produced,” Brown said. “With gas prices where they are today, it’s nice to be realizing some value for that.” Natural gas prices have increased in recent months after spending years at lower levels amid an uptick in gas production across the U.S.
 
 
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