KHRT ND News – 12/09/21

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two men have been indicted for murder in connection with a fatal beating on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota. An FBI affidavit alleges Edward Finley and Kenneth Grady, both age 30, caused the death of 38-year-old Valentino White Jr. by punching and kicking him in an October attack at a New Town mobile home. The affidavit says White at one point allegedly was upset with another man and pulled a knife. Later Finley allegedly punched White and knocked him off a chair and when White tried to fight back witnesses said Finley and Grady punched and kicked him in the head during the altercation, which later resulted in his death.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health says hospitalizations remain very high statewide, for COVID-19 as well as other illnesses and injuries. Health officials say only 9.2% of all inpatient hospital beds and 7.6% of all ICU beds are currently available as of December 8. There are a total of 2,098 inpatient beds available in the state and 238 ICU beds. Williams and Adams counties listed no ICU beds available, Stark and Grand Forks counties listed one each, Ward and Burleigh counties each had two ICU beds available, Stutsman had three and Cass listed four. Health officials encourage you to please take precautions to stay out of the hospital, including being up to date on your immunizations and practicing injury prevention.
MINOT, ND – Trinity Health has adjusted visitation guidelines at both of their hospital campuses to achieve a better balance between safety concerns and patients’ emotional wellbeing.
– Patients at Trinity Hospital and Trinity Hospital – St. Joseph’s are allowed two visitors at a time.
– Children are permitted to visit if they are accompanied by an adult.
– Patients in isolation rooms can have a limited number of visitors under special guidance that includes donning PPE, among other
– Visiting hours are extended from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in most areas.
Visiting hours in Behavioral Health Units may vary by program.
Visitors will be screened upon entry and mask requirements will continue to be enforced at all Trinity Health facilities.
Visit for full visitor guidelines.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota University System (NDUS) is offering a way for students to accelerate degree completion through intersession courses offered over the upcoming winter break. Courses during the intersession offer a way for students to take classes during the break between fall and spring semester to meet graduation requirements, repeat courses, explore new topics or complete their degree sooner.
An intersession is a shortened session that occurs in the three weeks between the fall and spring semesters. Intersession classes condense what would have been a full semester class into a much shorter timeframe. Intersession courses are online and open to students from other colleges and universities. Courses are transferrable to other academic institutions.
Claire Weltz of Minot is a student at the University of North Dakota who found intersession courses contributed to her college success. She said, “Taking an intersession course allowed me to discover new topics in an academic setting that I wouldn’t have otherwise considered.” Weltz also said her intersession course created an opportunity to gauge her interest in a new topic. “I was enrolled as an engineering student and planned to switch to communications in the spring. Although I had already selected my full-time courses for the spring semester, the intersession course provided an opportunity to ‘dip my toes in the water’ of my new major. Because the course was modified to fit the break, I didn’t feel as if I had to commit to a semester-long class or risk taking a withdrawal on my transcript. Knowing that I could earn credit for my efforts also encouraged me to try an intersession course” she said.
“It’s great to see students, like Claire, taking advantage of the courses offered during the intersession to accelerate degree completion and explore new and emerging fields of academic study,” NDUS Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Lisa Johnson said.
Students are not limited to courses offered through their current enrolled institution. To see the entire list of course offerings during the upcoming intersession, enroll or for additional information, go to
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum is set to travel to the southern border to visit North Dakota National Guard troops. The Bismarck Tribune reports Burgum will travel to Texas next week to visit with soldiers from the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company. The troops are supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The unit deployed in early October and will serve at the border for a year. Burgum’s itinerary includes briefings from National Guard and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials and visits with the soldiers. The governor’s office declined to say specifically when Burgnum is leaving and how long the trip will last, citing security reasons.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A longtime lawmaker has been chosen to head an advisory board developing guidelines for in-state investments from North Dakota’s voter-approved oil tax savings account. Fessenden Republican Sen. Jerry Klein was elected chairman Wednesday of the newly reconfigured Legacy and Budget Stabilization Fund Advisory Board. GOP Rep. Keith Kempenich had led the board for nearly a decade. Kempenich has been criticized by some lawmakers for allegedly delaying the implementation of bipartisan legislation approved in March aimed at creating a broader investment policy for the state’s Legacy fund. Kempenich and Klein say implementing the legislation is complex and takes time.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) – A Valley City man charged with attempted murder has changed his plea to guilty. Twenty-seven-year-old Alex Mooridian previously pleaded not guilty. He’s accused of shooting another man in Valley City last February. The victim has since recovered. The man who was shot told police he woke up to find Mooridian standing over him holding a pistol. The victim says he and Mooridian talked for a moment before the man stood up and grabbed an unloaded assault-style rifle. Officials say that’s when Mooridian shot the man once in the abdomen. Mooridian surrendered at the Valley City Police Department.
MINOT, ND – The KHRT Horn of Plenty received a surprise gift Wednesday. The Trinity Health Foundation presented a check to Horn of Plenty administrator Roy Leavitt for more than $16,000. Foundation Director Dusty Zimmerman says the funds were primarily raised among Trinity Health employees. This year’s total is $3,000 more than last year donation. Zimmerman says that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected workers at Trinity. Having seen the effects first hand she notes many of them have become more compassionate and graceful to those in need. Zimmerman says the Trinity Health Foundation deeply involved in supporting local communities.
Leavitt says the funds will be used to brighten the Christmas of nearly 250 families this year. In it’s 38th year, the KHRT Horn of Plenty provides needy families in the area with a week to two weeks of food, including everything needed for a Christmas day meal, toys for the kids, and a ministry gift, which this year is a Bible. Deliveries will begin this weekend.
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