KHRT ND News – 12/16/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 121621 – 1200
 
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – A Jamestown police officer is recovering from injuries after being assaulted while responding to a welfare check. Police say they were called to an apartment on Wednesday because a mental health professional wanted an officer present. Officials say family members of the man also went to the apartment and a fight eventually broke out, with the assailant punching a relative in the neck and face. The officer intervened in the fight and the man eventually starting punching him. The officer was taken to the hospital for facial injuries. The man was taken to jail.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows the economy remains strong in the region, but some bankers said they are worried about how inflation will affect farmers. The overall economic index slipped from November’s 67.7 to 66.7 in December but any score above 50 suggests growth. The report released Thursday said high inflation is a concern as land costs and the price of supplies farmers need are expected to keep growing next year. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
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BISMARCK, ND – Cold weather has settled into North Dakota and forecasters with the National Weather Service advise people to get used to it. They say near to below average temperatures are forecast in the week leading up to Christmas.
 
There is a moderate to high risk (40 to 60% chance) for much below normal temperatures for December 24 – 27 across parts of western and central North Dakota. Based on similar weather patterns in the past, there is a 40-50% chance of at least 2 inches of snow, so hazardous travel around the Christmas holiday is possible.
 
Daily high temperatures at times could range 10 to 15 degrees below average. (In general, average highs in mid to late December are in the lower to mid 20s). There is a 90% chance for wind chills to be colder than -20°F in the December 23 – 29 period.
 
Colder than normal temperatures are expected to continue through January, which is typical during La Niña. This does not mean that there won’t be mild periods, but the overall temperature pattern is expected to be below average, especially in the northern half of North Dakota.
There is some indication of above average precipitation during this period as well. This signal is not as strong as the temperature pattern, but there is more guidance in support of above average precipitation compared to below average precipitation.
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Salvation Army has announced that they will not be able to hold the free Community Christmas Day Meal this year. No reason was given for the decision. In a Facebook post, they thanked businesses, churches and individuals helped with past meals and said they hope that the meal can return next year. Cornerstone Church, 1000 3rd St NE, will offer a free Christmas Day meal, drive through only, from 11 am-12:30 pm.
 
Salvation Army officials also say they are still in need of bell ringers at their red kettles. Learn more at registertoring.com
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 121621 – 0700
 
NEAR THE RIO GRANDE, TEXAS – Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota National Guard’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, visited the 125 soldiers from the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company serving along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Wednesday, getting a first-hand look at their border mission and thanking them for their service in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The multi-role bridge unit was mobilized in October as requested by the U.S. Army through the National Guard Bureau to continue the southwest border military mission that began in 2018. They are expected to be deployed for approximately one year.
 
“These highly trained North Dakota National Guard soldiers are serving a critically important role in support of U.S. border security efforts along the southwest border,” said Burgum, who serves as commander-in-chief of the North Dakota National Guard. “From the southwest border to our shared northern border with Canada, border security affects every state in the nation, from ensuring the safe and efficient flow of goods and services to stopping illegal immigration and drug and human trafficking. We’re deeply grateful to our North Dakota soldiers for doing their part with courage and professionalism to support the efforts to end the humanitarian crisis and secure the southwest border.”
 
While at the border, Burgum and Dohrmann received briefings from CBP and Guard officials and met with the soldiers and command team from the 957th to understand first-hand the ground truth of the record number of illegal crossings into the United States.
 
“I couldn’t be more proud of the professionalism I saw within our soldiers during the visit down here,” Dohrmann said. “I also gained a greater appreciation for the enormous challenge that Customs and Border Protection is facing down here, and really gained an appreciation for the work they do, the professionalism of that organization. I’m proud and humbled that the North Dakota National Guard can be part of the solution.”
 
At nearly 2,000 miles long, the southwest border is the most frequently crossed international border in the world, with approximately 350 million documented crossings annually. More than 1.6 million migrants have been apprehended trying to cross the border illegally since January 2021. October data from CBP reported a record 164,303 apprehensions, a record for the month.
 
In the two months the 957th has been deployed at the border, members through their surveillance mission have assisted CPB in 30,000 apprehensions. For the year ending Sept. 30, CBP officials recorded nearly 260,000 encounters with migrants attempting to cross the border illegally, compared with 40,000 the previous year in the 957th’s operating sector. Burgum was among 26 Republican governors who sent President Biden a letter in September requesting a meeting with the president to discuss the ongoing crisis at the border. The request has not been granted.
 
Created in 1987, the 957th has a rich history of mobilizations and has been extremely active the last 20 years, with several key deployments including Iraq in 2003-2004, Kosovo in 2009-2010 and Kuwait in 2019-2020. The unit also contributed to North Dakota’s historic statewide flood fight in 2011.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Senate majority leader said Wednesday he’s following through on a decision he made three years ago to retire from the state Legislature after more than three decades of service. Republican Sen. Rich Wardner, 79, of Dickinson, was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1990. He moved over to the Senate in 1998 and was elected majority leader in 2011.
 
The retired teacher and coach said the official announcement is a “bittersweet day” but he is proud of the “many goals” he has accomplished. He specifically cited numerous energy and education bills, behavior health issues and two infrastructure bills, one for massive improvements in the oil patch and another to fund statewide projects with oil tax revenue. “I have worked hard to help improve the quality of life for all North Dakotans, and I have fought tirelessly for conservative values,” Warner said.
 
U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Dickinson resident and former state lawmaker, said Warner’s “steadfast leadership” has made North Dakota a better place. “I hope he enjoys some well-deserved downtime,” Armstrong said. “He has most definitely earned it.”
 
Another longtime Republican lawmaker, Rep. George Keiser, of Bismarck, also announced Wednesday that he won’t seek reelection next year. Keiser was first elected to the Legislature in 1992.
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FARGO, ND – Acting United States Attorney Nicholas W. Chase announced that on Monday U.S. District Court Chief Judge Peter D. Welte sentenced Josiah
 
Thomas Aguilar, age 21, Dilworth, MN, to 100 months in federal prison for two counts of Interference with Commerce by Threats and Violence – Hobbs Act Robbery; Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence; Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribute Controlled Substances; and Aiding and Abetting. Chief Judge Welte also sentenced Aguilar to 3 years supervised release and a $400 Special Assessment.
 
It is alleged that from January 2019 through May 2019, Abbot Aho, led a criminal gang known as the “Slither Gang,” members of which conspired with Aho and other individuals to target robbery victims who were themselves alleged drug traffickers in North Dakota, Minnesota, and elsewhere. Aguilar and the co-conspirator gang members carried out a string of robberies by threats of violence, the infliction of violence, and the brandishing of firearms and other dangerous weapons. Aguilar and the co-conspirators often resorted to home invasions or setting up victims to meet at a public place, and then robbed them of drugs, money, firearms and personal property, later selling the drugs they
stole.
 
 
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