KHRT ND News – 12/22/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 122221 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A former newspaper publisher who spent five years on the North Dakota Public Service Commission has been appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum to take over as tax commissioner. Burgum appointed Brian Kroshus to serve as North Dakota’s next tax commissioner, citing his experience as a business leader and his background in defending the public interest as a member of the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) for approximately five years.
Kroshus was appointed to the PSC by Burgum on Feb. 28, 2017. He was elected by voters in 2018 and then re-elected in 2020. He previously was a division leader and executive team member for Lee Enterprises, including serving as group publisher for Mandan-based Lee Agri-Media, the nation’s largest network of agricultural newspapers across a 15-state region, and as publisher of the Bismarck Tribune from 2005 to 2015.
“With his combination of private sector experience in leading a complex business operation and public sector experience in looking out for the best interests of consumers, Brian Kroshus is well-suited to fairly and effectively administer the tax laws of North Dakota,” Burgum said. “We are deeply grateful for his outstanding service to our citizens as a public service commissioner and look forward to his continued commitment to taxpayers as state tax commissioner.”
Kroshus will begin leading the Office of State Tax Commissioner Jan. 4. The agency currently has budgetary authority for 118 permanent team members and hires about 25 additional team members on a temporary basis for each income tax filing season. Kroshus will serve out the remaining year of the unexpired four-year term of current Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, who is resigning effective Jan. 3.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the highly capable team in the Office of State Tax Commissioner and look forward to serving North Dakota citizens in this new capacity,” Kroshus said. “Treating taxpayers with fairness, transparency and efficiency will be my top priority, understanding that this office and its duties are administered with the people’s money. We’ll also continue to work across state government and with our tribal and private sector partners to create and maintain a stable tax and regulatory environment that will support economic growth and prosperity for all.”
Kroshus, a Fargo native, earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and economics from North Dakota State University in 1987. He spent 10 years with Forum Communications in Fargo before joining the Bismarck Tribune in 1997. He was promoted to group publisher for Lee Agri-Media in 2004. Kroshus has served on the board of directors of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, Bismarck-Mandan Development Association and the United Way, and on the board of trustees for the Bismarck State College Foundation, Sanford Health Foundation and Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.
MOORHEAD, MN – Moorhead police have released the names of seven people who were found dead in a Moorhead home Saturday night. The victims are identified as 37-year-old Belin Hernandez, 34-year-old Marleny Pinto, 16-year-old Breylin Hernandez, 7-year-old Mike Hernandez, 5-year-old Marbely Hernandez, 32-year-old Eldor Hernandez Castillo and 19-year-old Mariela Guzman Pinto. Most immigrated from Honduras.
Preliminary autopsy results showed the victims who lived together in Moorhead did not die from “any obvious trauma,” but a cause of death has not been determined, police said. Police said blood samples from the victims have been sent to a lab for further examination. Noticias Digital of Honduras published a report that says the victims – a mom, dad, three kids, an aunt and a niece from Honduras – died from suspected “gas poisoning,” although an official cause of death has not been released. A GoFundMe page has been established to help cover funeral expenses. The goal is $50,000.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Parents and caregivers play a powerful role in supporting the behavioral health of their children. Parents Lead, an evidence-based prevention program, provides parents, caregivers and other trusted adults with tools and resources that can help support the behavioral health of their children during the holiday season.
“The upcoming school holiday break provides an excellent opportunity to re-engage in a child’s life,” said Laura Anderson, assistant director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division. “This connection is essential to their development and well-being and is an important factor in preventing behavioral health issues like underage drinking, drug use, depression and anxiety.”
Parents Lead offers holiday-specific resources on how to connect with loved ones and create new family traditions that will last beyond the holiday season. There are also conversation starters to help adults talk with children about setting safe and practical expectations around holiday activities, and a calendar of fun ideas and activities people can do together to foster connectivity such as sharing a favorite holiday memory, recording a greeting to share with loved ones and creating a food basket for a neighbor in need. These resources are online at
The Parents Lead website also has a variety of other behavioral health promotion tools and resources not only for parents, but for community members and professionals who work with children, parents and families. The primary goal of Parents Lead is to provide parents, caregivers and trusted adults with tools and resources to support them in promoting the behavioral health and well-being of their children.
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