KHRT ND News – 12/11/21

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BERTHOLD, N.D. – A routine traffic stop late Wednesday night by Berthold police resulted in a drug bust. Nearly 200 fentanyl pills along with methamphetamine were found after a K9 officer alerted police to the drugs. According to a criminal affidavit filed Friday, the officer pulled over 38-year old Dwight Canady Jr. of Williston for an unlit rear plate. During the stop, Bodhi, the K9 officer, discovered the methamphetamine. Canady later admitted to investigators that he regularly sold narcotics in the area, and a search of him at the jail turned up 174 pills, investigators said. Canady faces five total charges, including three B-felonies, according to online records. He also has several prior drug convictions out of California, according to the affidavit. He made his initial appearance Friday and will be arraigned Jan. 13.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – The Minot Head Start program is preparing to fire 18% of its staff next month because they’ve refused to comply with a federal mandate to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Minot Daily News reports that the program is funded entirely with federal dollars so teachers and staff must comply with the mandate by January. The program’s director says the firings will force the closure of six Head Start classrooms and three Early Head Start classrooms. About 100 children in Head Start and 16 in Early Head Start will lose their slots. Parents were notified last week.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Prosecutors have accused Mapleton’s fire chief of drunken driving after she was involved in a crash. KFGO-AM reports Kayla Cross has been charged with misdemeanor DUI refusal. She has pleaded not guilty. According to court documents, she was cited by a West Fargo police officer just before 2 AM on Nov. 13 after she was involved in a crash. Details of the crash weren’t included in the documents. Mapleton Mayor Andrew Draeger says city officials haven’t decided whether to take any disciplinary action against the chief. Cross, who also serves as assistant fire chief in Moorhead, Minnesota, declined to comment.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Federal prosecutors have recommended no jail time for a Wisconsin man who smuggled a bear carcass from Canada into North Dakota. The Wisconsin hunter brought the bear from Canada after exceeding a limit in Manitoba by killing two bears in the same year, KFGO-AM reported. The man pleaded guilty to Unlawful Transportation of Wildlife in Foreign Commerce, which carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. However, prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence him to one year of unsupervised probation and pay a $5,000 fine.
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota National Guard officer Jon J. Erickson was promoted to brigadier general Friday at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck during a ceremony witnessed by family, friends and fellow Guard members. The North Dakota adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, presided over the ceremony. Promotions to general officer rank are reserved for only the highest leadership positions within the U.S. Army. Erickson, who assumed command of the North Dakota National Guard’s Land Component Command on Nov. 20, has served on active duty and in the National Guard for over 27 years.
“Congratulations to Jon Erickson on this well-earned promotion to general officer,” said Gov. Doug Burgum, commander in chief of the North Dakota National Guard. “This promotion and command of our Guard Soldiers clearly demonstrates the trust and level of responsibly placed in him by the National Guard. His service to the citizens of our state is greatly appreciated.”
Erickson commands over 3,000 North Dakota National Guard Soldiers. His wife Janelle assisted with the promotion by affixing the single star onto his uniform.
“Jon Erickson has demonstrated his ability to successful lead Soldiers at all echelons of command, during federal deployments and in support of state emergency response,” said Dohrmann. “This promotion is fully deserving because of his continual demonstrated dedication to mission accomplishment.”
Erickson has nearly three decades of military experience. In 1994, he was commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer through the ROTC program at the University of North Dakota. His assignments include command of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas where he deployed his unit to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch in 2000; Command of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, which deployed to the National Capital Region in support of Operation Noble Eagle in 2013; and command of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fargo, where he served as commander for a multi-national force during Operation Saber Guardian in Romania in 2019.
He is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Signals Intelligence Electronic Warfare Officer School, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Air Defense Artillery Officer Transition Course, and Command and General Staff College. He earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2014.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Army Commendation Medal (4 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. He is a recipient of the Ancient and Honorable Orders of Saint Barbara.
In addition to commanding the N.D. National Guard’s Land Component Command, Erickson serves as the full time Director of Joint Staff for the North Dakota National Guard.
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