KHRT ND News – 12/23/21

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BISMARCK, N.D. – State Rep. George Keiser, R-Bismarck, died Wednesday afternoon, following a battle with ALS. He was 75. Keiser was a U.S. Army veteran and owner of Quality Printing Service. He had represented District 47 in Bismarck since 1993 and served as a Bismarck city commissioner from 1988 to 1992.
“Rep. George Keiser served the citizens of North Dakota and District 47 with passion and dedication for nearly three decades, applying his experience and wisdom as a successful business owner and employer to his role as chairman of the House Industry, Business and Labor Committee,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. “He was a longtime supporter of the business community through his efforts on workforce safety and insurance policy and was a strong advocate for health care reform, fairness in health insurance and transparency in prescription drug costs, always looking out for the well-being of North Dakota’s workers and families. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues in the Legislature.”


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A jury has awarded a North Dakota man and two oil field companies associated with him almost $4 million in a legal dispute. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Southwest Judicial District Judge William Herauf signed the final order in the case on Tuesday. The jury ruled in favor of Shawn Kluver, Seven Star Holdings and Little Knife Disposal in October. Kluver sued oil field service providers Environmental Driven Solutions and Renewable Resources after they fired him in 2017, seeking salary and severance payments. The two companies filed a countersuit against him and others, alleging he created other companies to compete against them while he was still working for them. That case is still pending.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum issued the following statement regarding the announcement that North Dakota Soybean Processors LLC plans to construct a state-of-the-art soybean processing plant near Casselton.
“This soybean crushing facility is another landmark investment in North Dakota agriculture, one that will add tremendous value for our soybean growers, create quality jobs and benefit all North Dakotans through greater economic activity and tax revenue that supports essential services and critical infrastructure,” Burgum said. “Investments like this put more money in the pockets of our farmers by expanding local markets while also building connections between our ag and energy industries for further value-added activity. We’re grateful to our highly productive soybean growers, North Dakota Soybean Processors, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, North Dakota Department of Transportation, City of Casselton, Casselton Economic Development, Cass County Commission, The Harvest Group, Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC and everyone whose dedication and hard work on this project made today’s announcement possible.”
North Dakota Soybean Processors, a joint venture between CGB Enterprises Inc. and Minnesota Soybean Processors, said the new facility is expected to crush 42.5 million bushels of soybeans in the first year and create 50 to 60 new jobs once fully operational in 2024, subject to various approvals. Groundbreaking is slated for spring 2022.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Every holiday season many people travel back to North Dakota or to rural areas to visit loved ones. North Dakota Department of Human Services officials say that family. Holiday gatherings provide a good opportunity to visit with aging parents and other relatives with physical disabilities about their changing needs, and to do some planning for future care needs.
“If people notice that a loved one needs help with house cleaning or chores, meal preparation, managing medications, transportation to the grocery store, or more personal needs, this is a great time to talk about needs and to research care options, including in-home and community-based support services,” Nancy Nikolas Maier, director of the department’s Adults and Aging Services Division said.
Individuals who may benefit from added support and their family members can get help researching options by contacting North Dakota’s Aging and Disability Resource Link (ADRL) toll-free at 855-462-5465, 711 (TTY), or by email at Trained resource specialists answer the ADRL phone line Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT. Individuals can also use the online database to research
options or apply online for services at
The department funds a variety of long-term support services. In-home support services range from minimal support helping people maintain health and well-being such as home-delivered meals, and health maintenance and companionship services, to 24-hour in-home support and supervision services for qualifying individuals. Services help several thousand North Dakotans each year – including many who qualify for nursing home care – to remain living independently in their homes and communities. Functional and financial criteria vary by program.
“Many people are not aware that Medicare funding for extended long-term care services is very limited. In 2021, care in a skilled nursing setting in North Dakota cost, on average, $313 per day,” Maier said. “There are alternatives, and we encourage people to know more about their options, so they can make informed choices. Family members who are caregivers can even access training and support allowing them to take short respite breaks from caregiving responsibilities.”
According to the federal Administration for Community Living, at some point, about six in 10 American adults will need help with things like getting dressed, transportation, or making meals. Understanding service options and planning ahead can help individuals live independently longer.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say seven members of an immigrant family from Honduras whose bodies were found inside a Minnesota home last weekend died of apparently accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Relatives of the family discovered the victims Saturday night in a home in south Moorhead when they went to check on them after not hearing from them. Police are still working ton a time frame of the deaths but said the three children who lived there were not in school on Friday. Police Chief Shannon Monroe said Wednesday that the carbon monoxide came from either the home’s furnace or a van in the garage.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities in Bismarck are investigating a fire that sent two people to the hospital. According to a Bismarck Fire Department news release, firefighters responded to the fire at a twin home on the city’s northwest side around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. They found heavy smoke coming from the front door. All occupants from both sides of the home were already outside. Two occupants were taken to a hospital and treated for injuries. One half of the home sustained significant damage. The release offers no further details. Deputy Fire Chief Brooks Martin didn’t immediately return a message The Associated Press left at his office late Wednesday morning.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Fargo pawnshop worker accused of shooting at a fleeing robber accused in a string of thefts has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Kyle Ramsey was working at the Mister Money pawnshop in June when the store was robbed by Hunter Havisto, police said. Owner Daryn Kapaun has said Ramsey fired at the robber’s car to mark it for police. Cass County prosecutor Birch Burdick said the agreement calls Ramsey to serve 360 days on probation and pay $325 in court fees. If Ramsey completes probation the case will be dismissed and sealed.
Investigators said Havisto, 21, got away with about $2,700 at Mister Money and a total of $4,600 from the five establishments he’s accused of robbing. Havisto has signed a plea deal in federal court admitting to robberies in Fargo on June 6 at Tropical Smoothie, June 8 at Walmart and Casey’s General Store, June 9 at M&H gas station, and June 10 at Mister Money. Havisto’s deal calls for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Jan. 4.
CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) – A deal has been finalized for construction of a soybean processing plant in eastern North Dakota that has been in the works for two years, project developers said Wednesday. Louisiana-based CGB Enterprises, Inc. and Minnesota Soybean Processors announced that they have formed a joint venture, North Dakota Soybean Processors LLC, that will own and operate the plant. It’s slated to be built in Casselton, about 25 miles west of Fargo, company officials said. The plant is scheduled to be fully operational by 2024 and create up to 60 new jobs. It is expected to crush 42.5 million bushes of soybeans in the first year.
“This state-of-the-art soybean processing plant is a commitment to North Dakota agriculture.,” said Steve O’Nan, senior vice president of CGB Soybean Processing. “Its strategic location will produce soybean meal for the livestock industry and food grade soybean oil to service the rising demand of food users and also the renewable fuel industry.”
Groundbreaking is slated for this spring with the operation of the facility subject to various federal, state, and local permitting, infrastructure, and incentive approvals.
“It is a unique opportunity to add value right here, provide a local market for North Dakota soybeans and boost economic growth in our state,” North Dakota Agricultural Commissioner Doug Goehring said.
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