KHRT ND News – 12/14/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 121421 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Mandan man has pleaded guilty to charges resulting from a drunken driving crash that killed a pedestrian. 20-year old TC Younger Carry Moccasin entered the plea to two felonies, including criminal vehicular homicide, and two misdemeanors Monday as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Two drug charges were to be dismissed as part of the deal. Police say Carry Moccasin struck and killed 42-year-old Mark Streeper in Mandan in November 2020. Streeper was standing next to his parked car on Main Street at the time. South Central District Judge Pamela Nesvig delayed acceptance of the plea agreement pending the outcome of a presentence investigation. Sentencing wasn’t immediately scheduled.
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BISMARCK, ND – A Silver Alert issued last night by the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been cancelled. The Tioga Police Department requested the alert for 64-year-old Alan Walter Biwer, who was last seen at his residence in Tioga on December 13th at 7 a.m. Authorities said he has a medical condition that causes him to get confused and he may be lost. Early this morning authorities reported that Biwer had been safely located and the Silver Alert was cancelled.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Summit Midstream Partners, LLC, recently notified the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality of a produced water spill from a gathering line they operate in Williams County about 11 miles north of Williston. Produced water is a by-product of oil production. Summit Midstream Partners, LLC initially reported the spill on Dec. 5 as ten barrels of produced water. After further investigation, the company estimates that approximately 176 barrels of produced water discharged, impacting agricultural land. The cause of the spill is under investigation. Personnel from Environmental Quality are inspecting the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 121421 – 0700
 
MANDAN, N.D. (PNS) – Redistricting in North Dakota is now complete, but advocates for Native American voters say there is a lot to do between now and the next time district maps are drawn, in 2031. They hope to build off a key accomplishment in the most recent redrawing of district boundaries. This fall, state lawmakers approved new maps which split House districts for the Fort Berthold and Turtle Mountain Indian Reservations.
 
Nicole Donaghy, executive director of the nonprofit North Dakota Native Vote, said they would like to see the same approach for all tribal communities. And over the next decade, she said they will keep pushing to have redistricting hearings on reservations when lawmakers revisit the issue. “We need to be better prepared; we need to find a way to make it inclusive,” Donaghy explained. “We need to include every ability that we have to include technology in the process, and that way, we’re creating equity.”
 
This fall, public hearings did include online participation, but tribal advocates argued it can be harder to access technology on reservations. In addition to in-person meetings, they hope workable solutions for virtual engagement can be found. As for the new split districts, Donaghy pointed out they open the door to seeing the communities elect lawmakers who have their constituents’ best interests at heart. “The benefits of that is having the representation,” Donaghy contended. “It draws self-interest to the communities. You know, voter turnout will increase, and so, there’s a lot that rides on who is representing us.”
 
Donaghy added her group will continue civic engagement on reservations to show how matters like these affect tribal members. “So, we show them through custom content,” Donaghy emphasized. “If we’re working in Standing Rock, we’ll have like content for Standing Rock.”
Currently, only 1% of the North Dakota Legislature is made up of lawmakers who identify as Native American.
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MINOT, ND – Trinity Health Foundation is undertaking a fundraising effort to add an additional ambulance to the current fleet of vehicles. Trinity Health’s Community Ambulance Service, Inc (CAS) is the areas only fully staffed Advanced Life Support (ALS) team of health professionals. The team provides advanced ALS ambulance service 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to residents in the city of Minot and nearly 2,000 square miles of the surrounding service area.
 
Community Ambulance Service, Inc completes approximately 11,000 responses per year which equates to 30 every single day. Officials say the current fleet size of service vehicles is inadequate and makes it extremely difficult to meet the growing demands placed on the emergency services in the region. CAS’ fleet includes four primary response vehicles, a 4 x 4 used for inclement weather, and an older ambulance used only for standby events. In addition, CAS serves as a critical support system for the numerous communities they serve and also provides direct support to the Minot Fire and Police Departments, as well as the Ward County Sheriff’s Department and additional First Responder Groups. CAS also provides ALS intercept services to many of the ambulance services in northwestern North Dakota.
 
Officials say as the demand for services and the region’s population continue to grow, an additional ambulance has become necessary in order to provide essential care with up to date medical technology for our communities. A fully equipped 2021 Crestline Type III Ambulance will cost $138,341. The Trinity Health Foundation has been awarded a $20,000 grant towards the new vehicle and is currently pursuing other grants, but we still have over $100,000 to raise in order to complete the purchase. The Trinity Health Foundation needs the community’s assistance in helping to contribute to this much needed emergency response vehicle to ensure continued and advanced care for residents throughout the region. To make your gift, you may donate online at https://foundation.trinityhealth.org. You may also contact the Foundation at 701.857.5432 to discuss other payment options.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot’s 10 compost sites will close for the season on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
 
Between Dec. 27 and Jan. 8, the City will accept Christmas trees at compost site #3 on the east side of Oak Park and at compost site #7 at 16th Avenue/16th Street SW (near KMOT).
 
As a reminder, the City’s sanitation crews do not collect yard waste curbside. Residents using City sanitation services can bring yard waste to the City of Minot landfill for free. The City landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
 
Residents can call Public Works at 857-4140 to schedule curbside pickup of bulk items, including couches, appliances, and furniture. There is a $10 fee for each bulk item collected.
 
 
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