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KHRT ND News – 01/21/22

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 012122 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, ND – The weekly COVID-19 report from the North Dakota Department of Health lists 10,860 active cases, an increase of 2,300 over the week. It’s a record high for active cases, even more than the peak of November 2020. There were 15,819 new positives from January 15th through today. There are 166 hospitalized, up 31. There were 21 people who died while positive over the week.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota corrections officials say the state’s prisons have been hit hard by the coronavirus omicron variant. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says active COVID-19 cases total 151, more than double last Friday’s total and infecting about one-tenth of the prison system population. There are three dozen more cases among prison staff. Inmates have a choice on whether to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Vaccination rates as of Jan. 13 ranged from about 82% at the Heart River Correctional Center in Mandan to about 90% at the Missouri River Correctional Center in Bismarck. The rate at the State Penitentiary in Bismarck is about 86%.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Bismarck-area Republicans have named a new state lawmaker to fill out the term of Rep. George Keiser, who died last month. District 47 GOP Vice Chairman Robb Eckert will serve the remaining 10 months of Keiser’s term. He will not run for election this year. Eckert owns Bob Eckert Painting. Keiser died Dec. 22 at age 75 after battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. Keiser was first elected to the North Dakota House in 1992. Eckert says he will “continue to work for those Republican policies which make Bismarck and North Dakota one of the best places to live.”
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, including North Dakota, remains strong, according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region released Thursday, but those bankers said they have growing concerns about the rising costs associated with running farms. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index fell in January to 61.1 from December’s 66.7. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy, while a score below 50 suggests a shrinking economy.
 
“Solid grain prices, the Federal Reserve’s record-low short-term interest rates, and growing agricultural exports have underpinned the Rural Mainstreet Economy,” Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, said. Bankers surveyed listed their top concern for farmers in 2022 as rising inflation that’s driving up the prices of farm supplies, from fuel to fertilizer. Disruptions of the delivery of farm supplies ranked second among bankers’ concerns, and rising interest rates ranked third.
 
“Inflation is a serious problem here,” Jim Eckert, president of the Anchor State Bank in Anchor, Illinois, said for the report. “Gasoline prices have nearly doubled since November 2020.”
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 012122 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – A key phase of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project has received a major financial boost. Sen. John Hoeven announced this week that $61.45 million has been secured to complete funding for Phase 4, also known as the Maple Diversion.
 
“This is great news for Minot and everyone in the Souris River Basin,” Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma said. “With funding for this phase, we can finish design work and move toward construction of this critically important piece of infrastructure. It’s been a long process to reach this point, and we’re very thankful that our partners have stood strong with us along the way.”
 
The project will construct a high-flow diversion channel in southwest Minot to a location near the new Broadway pump station; the channel will divert water in times of high river levels instead of letting water flow through sections of Minot that previously flooded, including the area near the former Ramstad Middle School. Completion of phase 4 will connect four other phases and help protect approximately 60 percent of Minot from future flooding.
 
“We are grateful that our federal partners have delivered on their commitment to provide funding for flood protection in the Mouse River basin. Federal support allows us to stretch state and local funds further throughout the basin,” Souris River Joint Board Chairman David Ashley said.
 
North Dakota’s congressional delegation has been instrumental in moving this phase of the project forward, helping the Maple Diversion phase gain support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and securing funding from federal partners.
 
“We’ve worked hard over the last decade to secure federal funding and approval to advance permanent flood protection in the region,” Hoeven said. “This $61.45 million in federal funding will fulfill the federal commitment for the project and enable completion of phase 4. This is a big win for the community and will help to ensure the safety and well-being of those living in the Souris River Valley, as well as the region’s long-term economic stability and growth.”
 
City of Minot Public Works Director Dan Jonasson said the total cost of the Maple Diversion phase is approximately $90 million. State and local funds will cover the remaining 35 percent of the project’s cost.
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – A Florida man has been charged with human smuggling after the bodies of four people, including a baby and a teen, were found near the Canada United States border. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota said Steve Shand, 47, has been charged with human smuggling after seven Indian nationals were found in the U.S. and the discovery of the bodies. A U.S. Border Patrol in North Dakota stopped a 15-passenger van just south of the Canadian border on Wednesday. Court documents said five other people were spotted by law enforcement in the snow nearby. The group told officers they’d been walking for more than 11 hours in frigid conditions.
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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of assaulting a Mandan tobacco shop employee with a stun gun and threatening to kill her is facing four felony charges. Court documents say 27-year-old Joshua Badhawk punched and kicked the 40-year-old woman at Big Willies tobacco store last Friday. An affidavit says Badhawk tried to get behind a counter and the woman used a stun gun on him. But, he took the gun and used it against her, burning her hand and knee before hitting her in the head with it. The affidavit says Badhawk also choked and threatened to kill her and damaged the store during the attack.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Bismarck Rep. Rick Becker has announced he won’t seek another term. The Bismarck plastic surgeon and former gubernatorial candidate, says will retire from the Legislature when his current term ends in December. Becker says his family, businesses and other obligations has had him contemplating retiring from the legislation for about a year. Becker would not comment or rule out on a potential run for a statewide office. Becker formed the Bastiat Causcus after being elected in 2012. The group supports limited government and spending and privacy and gun rights.
 
 
 
(Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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K-Heart Sports – 01/21/22

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 012122 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The top two teams in the District 12 boys basketball standings met last night and Bishop Ryan defeated Surrey 73-61, in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. Ian Johnson led the way with 22 points, including six 3’s while Brady Feller added 16. The Lions made 22 of 28 freethrows, including 16 of 17 in the second half. Surrey had four players in double-figures, led by Lucas Vollmer with 18, Jagger Dickman added 16, Will Mayo had 15, and Kekoa Munos with 12. Bishop Ryan improves to 8-3 overall, 3-0 in District 12. The Mustangs drop to 9-2 overall, 1-1 in District 12.
 
Other scores from Thursday:
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
Dickinson 79, Watford City 63
 
Class B
#7 Powers Lake 55, Kenmare 46
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 69, Glenburn 25
Our Redeemer’s 51, South Prairie 45 OT
Bottineau 69, Westhope-Newburg 56
Rugby 74, Nedrose 36
Harvey-Wells County 62, Dakota Prairie 39
Rolla 56, Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 52
White Shield 80, Williston Trinity Christian 60
Stanley JV 48, Alexander 40 OT
Shiloh Christian 89, Max 47
Glen Ullin-Hebron 75, Hazen 62
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class B
Bishop Ryan 63, Stanley 57
Nedrose 45, Velva 41
Rolla 49, Bottineau 44
Nelson County 57, Rolette 53
Washburn 47, Wilton-Wing 33
Beulah 62, Richardton-Taylor 29
New England 62, Hazen 43
New Town 65, Williston Trinity Christian 27
 
High School Boys Hockey
Minot 3, Bismarck High 1
Bismarck Century 3, Mandan 0
Dickinson 4, Hazen-Beulah 0
 
High School Girls Gymnastics
Mandan Starstruck Triangular
1. Dickinson, 146.200
2. Jamestown, 143.275
3. Mandan, 129.150
 
High School Boys Wrestling
 
Class A
Minot 64, Mandan 13
Bismarck Legacy 74, Turtle Mountain 6
Jamestown 38, Bismarck St. Mary’s 35
Bismarck High 52, Dickinson 18
 
Class B
Velva 43, Bishop Ryan 28
 
High School Girls Wrestling
Minot 48, Mandan 4
 
College Mens Basketball
Oral Roberts 80, North Dakota 76
Kansas City 80, North Dakota State 77
 
College Womens Basketball
North Dakota 53, Oral Roberts 34
Kansas City 67, North Dakota State 62
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MSU BASEBALL-COACHES POLL
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Coming off a strong finish last spring, the Minot State baseball team was tagged as one of the league’s top contenders by the coaches of the NSIC as the Beavers were picked to finish fourth again this spring in the 2022 NSIC Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The 2018 NSIC regular-season champion Beavers, who finished fourth in the NSIC last season, earned 159 points in the preseason poll and were just behind No. 3-pick St. Cloud State, which received 162 points in the poll. Reigning NSIC champion Minnesota State, Mankato was selected by the coaches to repeat as champion this spring as the Mavericks earned nine first-place votes and 190 points, just edging out No. 2 pick Augustana, which received six first-place votes and 188 points. The Beavers open their 2022 season on the road in Colorado playing a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Metro State.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Indiana has beaten Purdue for the first time in 10 tries. Rob Phinisee scored a season-high 17 points in the first half then made the decisive 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to send the Hoosiers past the fourth-ranked Boilermakers, 68-65. Phinisee finished with a career-high 20 points to help Indiana move to 12-0 at Assembly Hall this season. Xavier Johnson added 18 points and Phinisee had four steals. Jaden Ivey scored 19 of 21 points in the second half for Purdue but missed two shots in the final seven seconds, including a 3 at the buzzer.

 
Also on Thursday’s college basketball schedule:
 
– Drew Timme delivered 23 points and Chet Holmgren added 22 for top-ranked Gonzaga in a 78-62 win against San Francisco. Anton Watson scored 11 points and Andrew Nembhard 10 as the Zags earned their eighth straight win overall and 62nd in a row at home.
 
– Oumar Ballo provided 21 points and third-ranked Arizona dominated Stanford in an 85-57 blowout. Bennedict Mathurin and Pelle Larsson each added 13 for the 15-1 Wildcats, who are off to their best starting since opening the 20-13-14 with 21 straight wins.
 
– Ninth-ranked UCLA was a 63-58 winner over Utah as Johnny Juzang dropped in 28 points. Jules Bernard had 14 points and seven boards for the Bruins.
 
– No. 16 Southern California ended three years of frustration against Colorado with a 61-58 victory. Chevez Goodwin scored all 18 of his points in the second half and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Trojans.
 
– Ed Croswell scored 15 points and Noah Horchler had 14 with seven rebounds as 21st-ranked Providence defeated Georgetown, 83-75. Al Durham had 15 points and Nate Watson 10 for the 15-2 Friars.
 
– Tyrese Martin scored 25 of his career-high 27 points in the second half to guide No. 25 UConn to its second win over Butler this week, 75-66.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Phoenix Suns were able to improve on their NBA-best record by winning a matchup of hot teams. The Suns have completed a perfect five-game road trip with a 109-101 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Devin Booker dropped in 28 points and Chris Paul had 20 with 11 assists, helping Phoenix improve to 35-9. Paul’s 3-pointer with 19 seconds left gave the Suns a 107-99 lead. Luka Doncic had 28 points, Jalen Brunson added 19 and Kristaps Porzingis had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks. Doncic has scored 20 or more points in nine straight games.

 
Checking out Thursday’s NBA action:
 
– Keifer Sykes hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 left in overtime and a layup the next possession to push the Indiana Pacers past the Golden State Warriors, 121-117. Chris Duarte scored 27 points and the Pacers became the first Eastern Conference team to beat the Warriors. Steph Curry scored 39 but none in overtime, missing a 3 from the top of the arc with 16.5 seconds left.
 
– Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Pelicans dumped the Knicks, 102-91. Josh Hart added 17 points for New Orleans, which opened the second half on a 32-12 run to take a 24-point lead.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Bruins returned to their winning ways following their 7-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Charlie McAvoy’s power-play goal with 45 seconds left was the difference as the Bruins won for the ninth time in their last 11 games, 4-3 versus the Capitals. The man advantage was created when Washington’s Nic Dowd was called for throwing his stick with just 2:34 left in the third. David Pastrnak scored twice and Patrice Bergeron also had a goal for the Bruins. The Capitals rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits but took just 17 shots on Linus Ullmark.

 
The Panthers are as hot as the Bruins, improving to 9-1-1 in their last 11 with a 6-0 thrashing of the Oilers. Aleksander Barkov had two goals and an assist to back Sergei Bobrovsky, who handled 40 shots in his first shutout of the season. Carter Verhaeghe, Anthony Duclair, Sam Bennett and Owen Tippett also scored as Florida handed Edmonton its seventh consecutive loss.
 
Even hotter are the Avalanche, who rolled to a 4-1 win over the Kings to move to 10-0-1 in their last 11 games. Kiefer Sherwood scored for the first time in nearly three years, and Mikko Rantanen had a power-play goal. Darcy Kuemper made 40 saves as Colorado won the second game back-to-back after defeating Anaheim 2-0.
 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Mike Matheson had two goals and an assist as the Penguins won for the 14th time in their last 16 games, 6-4 against the Senators. Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby also scored while the Pens were building a 5-1 lead, but Ottawa got within one before Jake Guentzel scored an empty-netter.
 
– Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund each scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Predators’ first win in five games, 5-2 versus the Jets. Eeli Tolvanen, Luke Kunin and Tanner Jeannot also scored for Nashville, Roman Josi had two assists and Juuse Saros made 36 saves. Josi became the team’s all-time assist leader with 357, surpassing David Legwand.
 
– The Golden Knights pulled out a 4-3 win over the Canadiens on Shea Theodore’s overtime goal. The Golden Knights outshot the Canadiens 53-27, with Montreal’s Sam Montembeault making 49 saves.
 
– The Flyers have their second 10-game losing streak of the season after Oliver Bjorkstrand and Patrik Laine scored for the Blue Jackets in a 2-1 victory at Philadelphia. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 33 shots and blanked the Flyers until Garrett Mayhew beat him in the third period.
 
– The Stars ended their seven-game road losing streak by getting two goals and an assist from both Jason Robertson and Tyler Seguin in a 5-4 comeback over the Sabres. Roope Hintz added a goal and an assist, John Klingberg set up three tallies and Braden Holtby made 20 saves as Dallas sent Buffalo to its ninth consecutive home loss.
 
– Carson Soucy had the first two-goal game of his career and Calle Jarnkrok scored in the third period of the Kraken’s 3-2 victory against the Sharks. Seattle won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 27 and 29. Seattle snapped a nine-game losing streak with a shootout victory over Chicago on Monday.
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TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Rafael Nadal has advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Karen Khachanov. The sixth-seeded Nadal is aiming for a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title. He was facing his first seeded opponent and dropped his first set of the tournament. Nadal struggled in the third set when the 6-foot-6 Russian broke to go up 3-1 before taking the set in 57 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. But the 35-year-old Nadal quickly regained control with two service breaks in the fourth set against the Olympic silver medalist.

 
Defending women’s champion Naomi Osaka didn’t make it to a much-anticipated fourth-round contest against top-ranked Ash Barty. Amanda Anisimova ensured that the so-called final-before-the-final didn’t happen when she beat the four-time major champion 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Barty will now face Anisimova for a spot in the quarterfinals after beating 30th-seeded Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3. She has conceded only eight games in the first three rounds.
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the first time since 2016 after overpowering 15th-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-0, 6-2. She will next play French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.
 
Also at the first Grand Slam of the year:
 
– Fifth seed Maria Sakkari beat Veronika Kudermetova, 6-4, 6-1 to move into a fourth-round match against American Jessica Pegula, who beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz, 7-6, 6-2.
 
– French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova rallied from a set and a break down against Jelena Ostapenko to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and advance to the fourth round at Melbourne for the first time.
 
– Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Radu Albot, a No. 124-ranked qualifier from Moldova. The third-seeded Zverev finished it off with his third match point in just under two hours.
 
– Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini fended off 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz 6-2, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (5) to reach the fourth round.
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NCAA-CONSTITUTION

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – NCAA member schools have ratified a new, pared-down constitution. It clears the way for a decentralized approach to governing college sports that will hand more power to schools and conferences. The NCAA’s three divisions will now be empowered to govern themselves, a move that college sports leaders hope will reduce legal exposure after a resounding rebuke from the Supreme Court last year. It means little change for Division II and III, But there could be a massive overhaul in Division I, which has hundreds of big schools and millions of dollars tied closely to football and basketball.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – An arbitrator has ruled that UConn improperly fired former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie and must pay him more than $11 million, according to Ollie’s attorney. Ollie was fired in March 2018 after the school reported numerous NCAA violations in his program. His attorney said UConn has 10 business days to comply with the arbitration order. The school called the decision “nonsensical” but did not say whether it would seek to have the award vacated. UConn was placed on probation for two years and Ollie was sanctioned individually for those violations, which occurred between 2013 and 2018.

 
In other college basketball news:
 
– The Nebraska men’s basketball game at No. 19 Ohio State on Saturday has been postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Cornhuskers’ program. Nebraska said in a statement it would not have the Big Ten minimum of seven scholarship players available.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UNDATED (AP) – California football coach Justin Wilcox has signed an extension through the 2027 season. Wilcox has a 26-28 record and led the Bears to back-to-back winning seasons and bowl games in 2018 and 2019 for the first time in a decade. Cal went 5-7 this season but beat rivals Stanford and Southern California down the stretch.

 
In other college football news:
 
– Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall will miss spring football practice after offseason surgery. The school announced Thursday that McCall, defensive end Josaiah Stewart and tight end TJ Ivy Jr. will be absent from the workouts that are scheduled to start Feb. 8. All three players are expected to be ready for the regular season.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is hopeful that star edge rusher Nick Bosa will be cleared to play in Saturday’s NFC playoff game against the Packers in Green Bay. Bosa left last week’s wild-card win at Dallas in the first half with a concussion but has made good progress in his recovery. Bosa returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday and was a full participant on Thursday.

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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Bulls say guard Lonzo Ball will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Ball has missed three games since a 42-point loss to Golden State last week. He had the same knee scoped in 2018 when he was with the Lakers. Ball has been a major contributor in Chicago’s rise to the top of the Eastern Conference this season, averaging 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for cursing at a fan in Cleveland on Monday. He used profanity in reminding the fan that he helped the Cavaliers win the NBA championship in 2016.
 
– Brooklyn assistant coach David Vanterpool was fined $10,000 and the Nets were penalized $25,000 by the league for interfering with play in a victory at Washington. Vanterpool reached across the sideline and deflected a pass with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Nets’ 119-118 victory on Wednesday.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Locked-out baseball players plan to make a counteroffer to management on Monday, 11 days after clubs gave the union a proposal when snail-paced negotiations resumed following a 42-day break. The sides differ on luxury tax thresholds and rates, arbitration eligibility, revenue-sharing level, postseason size, amateur draft changes and other ways to address the union’s allegation of improper service time manipulation by clubs.

 
In other baseball news:
 
– The Rays’ proposed plan to split the season between Florida and Montreal has been rejected by Major League Baseball. Despite reaching the World Series in 2008 and 2020, the Rays have ranked near the bottom in attendance annually.
 
– Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A. MLB’s website posted a hiring notice seeking seasonal employees to operate the Automated Ball and Strike system.
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OLYMPICS-US ATHLETES

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – The U.S. Olympic team’s top doctor says all of the 200-plus athletes heading to Beijing for the Winter Games next month are fully vaccinated, and not a single one asked for a medical exemption. Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Finnoff told The Associated Press the 21-day quarantine period the IOC is requiring for unvaccinated participants, combined with the education the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee provided, “really resonated with the athletes.”

 
In other Olympic news:
 
– ESPN has joined the increasing number of media companies that will not be sending reporters to next month’s Beijing Games. The network cites continued concerns about rising COVID-19 cases worldwide and China’s strict policy about those who test positive.
 
– China is limiting the torch relay for the Winter Olympics to only three days amid coronavirus worries. Officials say the flame will be displayed only in enclosed venues that are deemed “safe and controllable.” The relay will run from Feb. 2-4. China says only selected spectators will be allowed to attend the events.
 
 
(Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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KHRT ND News – 01/20/22

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 012022 – 1200
MINOT, ND – A Rugby man injured last week in a single vehicle accident has died. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that 74-year old John Gustafson of Rugby succumbed to his injuries at a Grand Forks hospital. Troopers say the accident happened the morning of January 12th on Highway 2 just east of Niagra. Gustafson lost control on frosty/icy roads and the vehicle slid into the ditch and overturned. Gustafson sustained serious injuries. A passenger, 89-year old Laverne Gustafson from Rugby, sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to the hospital in Grand Forks where John later died.
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MINOT, N.D. – Hospitals in North Dakota are running out of available staffed beds for patients, including Trinity Hospital her in Minot. One reason for the shortage has to do with staffing. Trinity is licensed for 251 beds, but can only make beds available if they have enough nurses to run them. The healthcare provider says the hospital had between 50 and 60 employees out sick, which could impact the number of available beds. Trinity officials say they try to divert patients when they can, but other facilities in the state are filling up as well, so some must wait days before getting in.
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BISMARCK, ND – Officials say COVID-19 cases are spiking in correctional facilities across the state. The spike includes inmates and staff at various state and local facilities. North Dakota Corrections and Rehabilitation Director of Communications and Public Information Officer Kayli Richards says the agency has been preparing for the impact COVID is having on facilities. Richards says no severe cases have been reported and that most inmates are vaccinated.
 
The general public is also seeing a spike in cases. The North Dakota Department of Health reports 9,525 active cases of COVID-19 today, the highest since a peak of 10,444 was reached in November of 2020. There are 170 hospitalized.
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NEW YORK, NY – A controversial monument for former president Teddy Roosevelt is being moved to North Dakota. The statue will be on long-term loan to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora. It was removed this week from outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The museum says it removed the statue after it had drawn racist accusations for years. The statue showed Roosevelt on horseback with Native American and African figures on both sides of him. The request for its removal was placed in 2020 after the killing of George Floyd and demonstrations protesting racism.
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 012022 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, ND – Birth defects and infant disorders are common, costly, and critical conditions that can cause lifelong health challenges. Birth defects are structural changes that can affect almost any part of the body, such as the heart, brain, or foot.
 
As medical care and treatment have improved, babies and children with birth defects are living longer and healthier lives. Recent reports show that rates of infant deaths due to birth defects have declined by 10% in the United States. However, even today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every 4½ minutes a baby is born with a major birth defect. It can occur in any family regardless of race, ethnicity, health history, or economic status. That’s why the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is promoting Birth Defects Prevention Month and working to increase awareness.
 
The 2022 Birth Defects Prevention Month campaign theme, “Healthy Communities, Healthy Babies” aims to raise awareness of the roughly 1 in 33 babies that are born in the United States with a birth defect each year. In 2020, birth defects affected an estimated 42 infants in North Dakota. “While we can’t prevent all birth defects, we can promote healthy choices before and during pregnancy to help lower the risk,” explained Kimberly Hruby, Special Health Services Division Director at the NDDoH. Examples of such healthy choices are to:
 
– Take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
– Schedule a visit with your health care provider.
– Become up-to-date with vaccines.
– Care for your body and mind before and during pregnancy to set you and your baby up for success.
– Avoid harmful substances during pregnancy, such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
 
“Birth defects are a common cause of death in the first year of a baby’s life, but change happens through awareness,” added Hruby. Special Health Services is a division within the North Dakota Department of Health that offers services for children and youth with special health care needs.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Health Department reports that hospitalizations remain very high statewide-for all kinds of illnesses and injuries-with only 9.2% of all inpatient hospital beds and 8.4% of all ICU beds currently available on January 19. Ward, Stark, and Adams counties had no ICU beds, Burleigh and Grand Forks each had one, Williams and Stutsman had 3 each, and Cass had 6 ICU beds available. Health officials ask that at this critical time, please take precautions to stay out of the hospital, including being up to date on your immunizations and practicing injury prevention.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 7,647 wild turkey licenses for the 2022 spring hunting season, 635 more than last year. Ten of the 22 hunting units have more spring licenses than last year, one has fewer licenses and 10 remain the same. Unit 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) is again closed due to lack of turkeys in the unit. One noteworthy change from last year is handguns are no longer a legal firearm. Only shotguns, including muzzleloading shotguns, no larger than 10 gauge are legal. Spring turkey applicants can apply online at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The deadline for applying is Feb. 16. The spring turkey season opens April 9 and continues through May 15.
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MINOT, ND – North Dakota writer and musician, Jessie Veeder, released her first children’s book, “Prairie Princess” this month. To celebrate, she is touring libraries statewide to conduct a reading, signing, discussion, and creative activity for all ages. She will be making a stop at the Minot Public Library on Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 pm.
 
“Prairie Princess” is a celebration of rural living and our connection to the land told through the perspective of a young girl. Veeder’s visit to the library will be focused on reading the book and talking about the inspiration and what it takes to go from an idea to print. She will share some music and conduct a fun and engaging creative writing and art project that will encourage participants of all ages to explore and commemorate the place they love most.
 
Veeder will also be appearing that evening at the Carnegie Center for a concert at 6:00 pm as part of the Minot Arts Council on the Arts Concert Series. Veeder was originally scheduled to perform at the Arts in the City December concert, but had to reschedule due to weather. Both events are free to the public.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/20/22

K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 012022 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Two of the top teams in District 12 boys basketball meet tonight as the Surrey Mustangs host the Bishop Ryan Lions. Surrey is 9-1 on the year and received votes in the Class B Boy’s Basketball poll this week. The Lions are 7-3 on the season. Pre-game is set for 7:05 pm on 106.9 K-Heart, online at khrt.com, and through the app.
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MINOT, ND – Bismarck Century remains atop both Class A basketball polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class A Boys Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)      Record  Points   Last Week
 

1. Bismarck Century (11)     9-1         69        1
2. Minot High (2)                   9-1          57        2
3. Bismarck High (1)            9-1         41         4
4. Fargo Davies(1)               7-1          38        3
5. West Fargo Sheyenne     9-1          19        5

Others receiving votes: West Fargo (8-2)

 
 
Class A Girls Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
 

1. Bismarck Century (15)   9-0          75         1
2. Bismarck High                8-1          56         2
3. West Fargo                     9-1          42        4
4. Fargo Davies                  7-1           25       NR
5. Minot High                       8-1           21        5

Others receiving votes: Grand Forks Red River (6-1)

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MSU WOMEN’S HOCKEY
 
O’FALLON, Ill. (MSU) – For the second straight day Ensley Fendelet turned in a big offensive game for the Beavers who completed a two-game sweep of host McKendree on Wednesday afternoon. After scoring a pair of goals in a win Tuesday for the Minot State women’s hockey team, Fendelet added another goal and two assists on Wednesday as the fifth-ranked Beavers beat the sixth-ranked Bearcats 4-1. Riley Ball also added a goal and an assist for Minot State (17-4-0 overall, 9-2 WMCH), which has won three straight on their current eight-day, six-game road trip against Top-10 foes. Minot State wraps up the week-long trip playing Friday and Saturday at No. 9 Maryville. Friday’s game starts at 1:30 p.m., and the puck drops at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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LANG-BSC
 
MINOT, ND – An Our Redeemer’s volleyball player will continue her career in Bismarck in the fall. Cheyenne Lang signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to continue her education and volleyball at Bismarck State College. Lang is an all-district and all-region player that finished her high school years with over 1,000 kills. She joins a Mystics team that went 25-4 last fall, losing in the Region 13 semifinals.
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MSU MEN’S HOCKEY-RANKINGS
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State men’s hockey team remains locked in at No. 2 in the nation. The Beavers held strong in the second spot in the latest ACHA Men’s Division I Hockey Top 25 Poll released Wednesday, right behind unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Lindenwood. The Beavers (19-2-0 overall) next play at Jamestown in the Hockey Day North Dakota Outdoor Game on this Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., a battle of Top-10 teams as the Jimmies retained their No. 9 ranking in the current poll. Minot State returns home to host ACHA Division II Williston State on Sunday, Jan. 23, at Maysa Arena at 5 p.m.
 
Right behind the Beavers in this week’s national poll is Liberty, which moved up from No. 4 to the third spot. The Beavers swept the Flames in two games in North Dakota back in October and will play Liberty in a two-game series the first weekend of February in Virginia. UNLV moved up a spot to No. 4 in this week’s poll while Iowa State fell from third to No. 5 to round out the ACHA’s top five teams.
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MSU WOMEN’S HOCKEY-RANKINGS
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State women’s hockey team climbed a spot in the first national rankings of the new calendar year, moving up one spot to No. 5 in the third ACHA Division I poll of the season, which was released this week. The Beavers (16-4-0 overall, 8-2-0 WMCH) switched places in the current poll with the McKendree University (Ill.) Wildcats, who fell to No. 6 in the current poll. Lindenwood University (Mo.) also moved up one spot in this week’s poll from No. 4 to No. 3. Liberty University remained No. 1 in the current poll, and Adrian College held strong in the No. 2 spot. Indiana Tech was ranked No. 4 in the current poll.
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MSU WOMEN’S WRESTLING
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State women’s wrestling program continues to grow as another talented local wrestler from the great state of North Dakota has joined the Beavers newest athletic program. Shelby Zachmeier from Mandan has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to join the Beaver women’s wrestling team as a freshman in the classroom at Minot State, and on the mats, starting in the fall of 2022. Zachmeier becomes the fifth member of the new Minot State women’s wrestling program which begins its inaugural season of competition during the 2022-23 academic year. She also is the second wrestler from Mandan High School to sign with the Beavers, joining current teammate Carolyn Goebel who signed with Minot State in November. Zachmeier, who currently is wrestling in the 155- and 170-pound weight classes for the Mandan Braves, is a national team member for North Dakota and a contender at the Fargo Nationals tournament.
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WOLVES-HAWKS
 
ATLANTA (AP) – Trae Young scored 23 of his 37 points in the third quarter, sparking Atlanta’s comeback, and the Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 134-122. Young had 14 assists. The Hawks opened the second half with a 20-2 after the Timberwolves led 73-61 at halftime. Minnesota’s big lead was 16 points in the first quarter. De’Andre Hunter had 22 points for Atlanta. D’Angelo Russell led Minnesota with 31 points. Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards drew two technical fouls and was ejected in the third quarter. Edwards thought he had been fouled on a drive to the basket and continued to argue his case.
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VIKINGS-INTERVIEWS
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have completed head coach interviews with the two top assistants for the Dallas Cowboys: offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Moore just finished his fourth season with the Cowboys and third in the coordinator role. He played quarterback at Boise State and for six years in the NFL, with Detroit and Dallas. Quinn was the head coach in Atlanta for five-plus years until he was fired by the Falcons five games into the 2020 season. He joined the Cowboys’ staff in 2021.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Wednesday’s Top-25 men’s basketball schedule included a pair of upsets. Justin Lewis buried a 3 from the top of the arc with 11.5 seconds left to send Marquette to a 57-54 win over No. 11 Villanova. The bucket ended the Wildcats’ 29-game on-campus winning streak. Lewis hit five 3’s and scored 21 points for the Golden Eagles. Eric Dixon led Villanova with 15 points.

Alabama has handed 13th-ranked LSU its second straight loss. Keon Ellis made two free throws with 5 seconds left as the Crimson Tide held off the Tigers, 70-67. The Tide led by eight with 1:08 remaining, but Brandon Murray hit two free throws and a 3-pointer to help LSU get within 68-67. Jaden Shackelford led the 12-6 Crimson Tide with 26 points, while Jahvon Quinerly scored 17. Murray scored 19 points for the Tigers.
 
Also on the Top-25 men’s basketball slate:
 
– Walker Kessler had 15 points and six blocked shots to lead a half-dozen scorers in double figures for No. 2 Auburn in an 83-60 rout of Georgia. The 17-1 Tigers built a 25-point halftime lead and earned their 14th straight win, tying David for the nation’s longest current streak. Auburn is 6-0 in the SEC for the first time in 63 years.
 
– Sahvir Wheeler scored 12 points and No. 12 Kentucky used a strong second half to outlast Texas A&M, 64-58. The victory extends Kentucky’s winning streak to four games and snaps an eight-game winning streak for the Aggies.
 
– Jack Nunge provided 15 of his 23 points in the second half, and No. 20 Xavier rallied for a 68-67 victory over DePaul. Colby Jones had 13 points for the 14-3 Musketeers, who trailed by as many as 12. Paul Scruggs finished with eight points and seven assists.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Joel Embiid tied his career high for points in a game despite playing just 27 minutes. Embiid torched the Orlando Magic for 50 points as the Philadelphia 76ers coasted to a 123-110 victory. He also had 12 rebounds and three blocks while making 17 of 23 field goals and 15 of 17 free throws. The four-time All-Star and MVP candidate played just 58 seconds of the fourth quarter. Tobias Harris added 21 points in the 76ers’ ninth win in 11 games.

 
Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:
 
– Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks in a 126-114 decision over the Grizzlies. Khris Middleton chipped in 27 points against the short-handed Grizzlies, who were without Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane in losing for the second time in 14 games. Ja Morant had 33 points and 14 assists, and Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 29 for Memphis in the opener of a four-game road swing.
 
– The Bulls halted their four-game skid by closing on a 14-2 run to beat the Cavaliers, 117-104. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and 12 rebounds to the victory. Cleveland pulled within 103-102 on a 3-pointer by former Bulls player Lauri Markkanen and free throw by Isaac Okoro.
 
– Kyrie Irving scored 22 of his 30 points in the first half of the Nets’ 119-118 win at Washington. LaMarcus Aldridge added 27 points for Brooklyn, which led by as many as 16. James Harden had 18 in helping the Nets win for only the fifth time in their last 12 games and snap a four-game losing streak at Washington.
 
– Caleb Martin dropped in 26 points and Bam Adebayo added 20 with 11 rebounds in the Heat’s 104-92 victory over the Trail Blazers. Max Strus scored 15 points for Miami, including a 3-pointer that put the Heat up 10 with 2:01 remaining. Kyle Lowry missed the game for personal reasons and Tyler Herro entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Wednesday.
 
– Garrison Mathews furnished 23 points, including five 3-pointers in the Rockets’ third win in four games, 116-111 versus the Jazz. Jae’sean Tate contributed 18 points and Eric Gordon scored 16. Bojan Bogdanovic had a team-high 29 points and Rudy Gobert had 23 points and nine rebounds for Utah.
 
– Luka Doncic scored a season-high 41 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:01 to play in the Mavericks’ 102-98 downing of the Raptors. Doncic also tied a season best with 14 rebounds and Kristaps Porzingis contributed 18 points and seven boards. Dallas has won four straight and 10 of 11.
 
– Nikola Jokic notched his third straight triple-double with 49 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the Nuggets outlasted the Clippers, 130-128 in overtime. Jokic completed his 10th triple-double of the season by feeding Aaron Gordon for a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left. Gordon made his fourth 3 of the game to give him 28 points.
 
– The Hornets earned a 111-102 win over the Celtics as LaMelo Ball recorded a triple double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Terry Rozier had a team-high 28 points, Miles Bridges had 22 and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 in the Hornets’ ninth win in 12 games. Dennis Schroder paced Boston with 24 points, but Jayson Tatum had just 12 on 5 of 19 shooting.
 
– The Pacers won for just the second time in 12 games as Caris LeVert provided 22 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter of a 111-104 victory against the Lakers. Domantas Sabonis had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Pacers snapped their four-game losing streak. LeBron James finished with 30 points and 12 boards, including the 10,000th rebound of his career.
 
– Dejounte Murray recorded his eighth triple-double of the season by delivering 23 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in the Spurs’ 118-96 rout of the Thunder. McDermott scored 20 points and Devin Vassell had 19 for San Antonio, which hit 15 3-pointers.
 
– Trae Young scored 23 of his 37 points in the third quarter to sparking the Hawks’ comeback in a 134-122 decision over the Timberwolves. Young also had 14 assists and Atlanta opened the second half with a 20-2 run after Minnesota carried a 73-61 lead into halftime. De’Andre Hunter had 22 points for Atlanta and D’Angelo Russell led Minnesota with 31 points.
 
– Cory Joseph made a 14-foot jumper with 25.9 seconds remaining to cap a game-ending 11-0 run that rallied the Pistons past the Kings. 133-131. Saddiq Bey had 30 points and seven rebounds to help the Pistons (11-33) win their fourth in seven games.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Rangers won for the seventh time in nine games by erasing a pair of two-goal deficits against Toronto. Ryan Strome scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period of the Rangers’ 6-3 victory over the Maple Leafs. Ryan Reaves scored twice and Adam Fox had two goals and an assist as the Rangers reclaimed the Metropolitan Division lead by two points over Carolina. The Hurricanes have four games in hand. Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist for the Leafs, who are 2-2-1 since a four-game winning streak.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– The Avalanche ran their point streak to 10 games as Pavel Francouz made 34 saves for his second career shutout, a 2-0 decision over the Ducks. Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist as Colorado moved to 15-1-2 in its last 18 games.
 
– The Coyotes posted a 4-1 win over the Devils as Lawson Crouse scored a goal and added an assist. Dysin Mayo, Travis Boyd and Johan Larsson also scored Karel Vejmelka made 35 saves in Arizona’s third win in five games.
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TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu has lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to Danka Kovinic in the second round of the Australian Open. Raducanu won the U.S. Open as a qualifier last September in just her second main draw appearance at a major. She entered the Australian Open as the 17th seed and beat 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round. Raducanu had treatment for what appeared to be blisters on her right hand after five games and against after the second set. No. 98 Kovinic took full advantage and reached the third round of a major for the first time.

 
Also at Melbourne:
 
– Daniil Medvedev overcame Nick Kyrgios and the constant noise of a boisterous crowd to advance to the third round of the Australian Open. The second-seeded Medvedev had to work hard for his 7-6 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over 115th-ranked Kyrgios. Medvedev, last year’s U.S. Open champion and Australian Open runner-up is the quasi No. 1 at Melbourne Park after nine-time champion Novak Djokovic was deported for failing to meet Australia’s strict COVID-19 requirements.
 
– Andy Murray is out of the Australian Open two days after posting his first win at the season-opening tennis Grand Slam tournament in
five years. The former No. 1-ranked Murray lost to 120th-ranked Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.
 
– Fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 7-6 (1), 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 win over Sebastian Baez in a match featuring two former junior world No. 1 players.
 
– Other winners among the men include No. 5 Andrey Rublev, No. 15 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 20 Taylor Fritz, 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic and No. 32 Alex de Minaur. No. 24 Dan Evans moved on when the player he was supposed to face in the second round, Arthur Rinderknech, pulled out with an injured wrist.
 
– Sam Stosur has finished her 20th and last Australian Open in the singles main draw. The 2011 U.S. Open champion lost her second-
round match 6-2, 6-2 to No. 10-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, her sometimes doubles partner.
 
– Second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka shrugged off a shaky serve and 19 double-faults to beat Wang Xinyu 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the third round.
 
– Iga Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, No. 19 Elise Mertens and Sorana Cirstea were among the other women advancing.
 
– No. 3 Garbine Muguruza has become the highest-seeded player to lose a match at this year’s Australian Open, bounced in the second round by Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3. Muguruza is a two-time Grand Slam champion and was the runner-up at Melbourne Park in 2020. She exited only minutes after No. 6 Anett Kontaveit lost to 19-year-old Clara Tauson 6-2, 6-3.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-BENNETT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett is returning for another season after leading the Bulldogs to their first national championship in 41 years. Bennett began his Georgia career as a walk-on. He then transferred to a Mississippi junior college before returning to the Bulldogs. As a senior in 2021, Bennett replaced JT Daniels as the starter and then kept the job. Bennett will take advantage of the NCAA’s “Super Senior” rule to use the added year of eligibility granted in 2020 because of the pandemic.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Mayfield initially was hurt in Week 2 and continued to play while wearing a protective harness. His uneven season has led to speculation the Browns might look for another quarterback. However, last week general manager Andrew Berry said the team is confident Mayfield will bounce back. Mayfield said the surgery “went great” and that he’s looking forward to “the road to recovery.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says he’ll appeal a $50,000 fine imposed by the NFL for slapping the helmet of one of his players during last Sunday’s 31-15 NFC wild-card playoff victory over the Eagles. Arians said he was trying to prevent safety Andrew Adams from drawing a penalty for pulling players out of a pile when he stepped a short distance off the sideline and struck the player’s helmet with his hand before trying to push Adams away from Eagles players. Arians said on Monday that he didn’t feel he had done anything wrong.
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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Three NBA teams shuffled their rosters through one trade that was completed on Wednesday. The Nuggets acquired veteran wing player Bryn Forbes from San Antonio, the Spurs received Juancho Hernangomez from Boston and the Celtics picked up injured players Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier from Denver.

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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Despite postponing more than 100 games for coronavirus-related reasons, the NHL is still on track to complete the regular season on time by the end of April. While it came at the expense of players competing in the Beijing Olympics, the new schedule keeps the top hockey league in the world on pace to award the Stanley Cup before July 1. The NHL has revealed new dates for 98 postponed games, keeping the initial target date of April 29 for the end of the regular season. A total of 104 games have been postponed this season, including dozens linked to attendance restrictions in Canada.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has been suspended two games for kneeing Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers during Tuesday’s game. Orlov was not penalized for the knee-on-knee hit late in regulation of the Capitals’ game against the Jets. Ehlers was injured on the play and is considered out indefinitely.
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OLYMPICS-NBC

UNDATED (AP) – NBC will have a smaller presence in Beijing next month. The network will not be sending its announcers and most hosts to the Beijing Olympics due to continued concerns about rising COVID-19 cases worldwide and China’s strict policy about those who test positive. NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes said in a phone interview the network no longer plans to send announcing teams for alpine skiing, figure skating and snowboarding to China. Those had been among the handful of announcers expected to travel, but NBC’s plans changed over the past couple of weeks. It is the second straight Games for which the broadcast teams will work mostly out of NBC Sports headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, rather than the host city.

 
 
 
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KHRT ND News – 01/19/22

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 011922 – 1200
 
MINOT, N.D. – It’s been a long time coming, but the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project looks to take another step forward. Senator John Hoeven today announced that he worked with Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young to secure $61.45 million in federal funding for permanent flood protection in the Souris River Valley. This funding will fulfill the federal funding commitment and provide the funding necessary to complete phase 4, which will tie the previous three phases together and provide protection to 60 percent of the region’s residents.
 
“We’ve worked hard over the last decade to secure the federal funding and approval to advance permanent flood protection in the region,” said Hoeven. “This $61.45 million in federal funding will fulfill the federal commitment for the project and enable completion of phase 4. This is a big win for the community and will help to ensure the safety and well-being of those living in the Souris River Valley, as well as the region’s long-term economic stability and growth.”
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MINOT, ND – North Dakota hospitals are being forced to turn some patients away rather than admitting them as beds fill up. The state Department of Health says Trinity Health in Minot and Sanford Health in Bismarck had no available ICU or regular inpatient beds as of Wednesday. CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck reported six available ICU and inpatient beds. The shortage is becoming critical as cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 continue to surge. The Department of Health reports that there are 8,337 active cases of COVID-19 today with 157 hospitalized.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s State Investment Board has filled a position key to implementing new investment requirements of the state’s $8.5 billion oil tax savings account. The board has tapped Scott Anderson as chief investment officer for the state Retirement and Investment Office, which oversees about $20 billion of assets. Anderson begins this week. He succeeds Dave Hunter, who left last year. Anderson has more than 20 years of investment management experience. His previous roles include managing director of asset and risk allocation for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, and a managing director with American Family Insurance.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Minnesota-based cooperative plans to receive power from what is expected to be the largest stand-alone wind farm in North Dakota. The Great River Energy cooperative and wind developer Apex Clean Energy formally announced plans Tuesday for the 400-megawatt Discovery Wind project slated for southern McLean County near Coal Creek Station. When the wind farm is producing power, that electricity will displace energy from Coal Creek under an agreement reached with affiliates of Rainbow Energy Marketing Corp., which are purchasing the coal-fired power plant and power line from Great River.
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NEW TOWN, ND – The New Town School Board says superintendent Beth Zietz is leaving the district. Interim Superintendent Marc Bluestone Sr. says the board “separated amicably” with Zietz on Friday. Zietz had been placed on administrative leave in November while an investigation into her handling of multiple situations proceeded. Zietz released a statement saying that she wishes the students and staff well and thanks the board for its efforts toward an amicable separation. Bluestone says he will serve as interim superintendent through the rest of the school year, and the board will make a decision on advertising the position next month.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot is taking nominates for the Citizen of the Year award. The recognition is aimed at rewarding community impact excellence in the city of Minot. Who best carries the spirit of the Magic City? Is it a frequent volunteer? A neighbor always helping out? A new resident that fully embraces the community? This is the second time the city will be honoring a resident with the title. Mayor Shaun Sipma will announce the recipient at the State of the City Address on February 18, 2022. The Citizen of the Year will receive a cash donation to a local charity of their choice. Nominations are open through the end of the month at the city website minotnd.org.
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 011922 – 0700
 
FARGO, ND – 2022 will see a renewed focus on farmer safety in North Dakota. A key position has been filled to focus on education designed to reduce accidents and fatalities on farms. It’s been more than 15 years since North Dakota had a farm and ranch safety coordinator through North Dakota State University Extension Services, a gap attributed to cuts in federal funding. But with new money from the Legislature, Farm and Ranch Safety Coordinator Angie Johnson has been hired.
 
She said these days, producers face so many pressures, and it can be hard for them to think about slowing down and being extra careful. “We are under Mother Nature’s control, and also with the markets,” said Johnson. “And so, how do you make really good, rational, safe and healthy decisions for yourself when you’re under that kind of pressure?” She said it’s about more than just avoiding rushing on the job – things like healthy sleep habits also are important.
 
Johnson said it’s hard to get true data on accidents in North Dakota, because so many family farms aren’t required to report to OSHA. But in 2020, the state ranked second in the nation for injuries in confined spaces on farms.
 
Shane Sickler – a fourth-generation farmer and member of the North Dakota Farmers Union – was injured in an accident several years ago. He said he had noticed the decline in safety outreach, and feels a rejuvenated program will help producers, especially those seeing higher turnover with their staff. “We’re moving so much faster,” said Sickler. “Equipment changes a lot, so you have to adapt to the equipment more often. And with inexperienced help that comes – that you hire, maybe every year – you have to re-educate ’em about the equipment and stuff.”
 
As she shapes prevention education, Johnson said she’ll gather feedback from local extension agents on the types of accidents they’re seeing too often in their counties. She also encouraged farmers to not ignore mental health concerns, so they’re in the best position to run a safe operation. “Take advantage of the rural mental health services we have,” said Johnson. “They’re so, so much better – they’re improving. Telehealth has been a huge factor.”
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Five candidates have been selected to interview for North Dakota State University president. The prospects will visit the Fargo campus later this month. Finalists will be selected to return to campus final interviews on Feb. 23. The candidates are David Cook, vice chancellor for public affairs on economic development at the University of Kansas; Hesham El-Rewini, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Marymount University; Mary Holz-Clause, acting executive chancellor at the University of Minnesota in Morris and Crookston; Debra Larson, provost and vice president of academic affairs at California State University in Chico; and Michael Tidwell, immediate past president of the University of Texas in Tyler.
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BISMARCK, ND – Tuesday’s stormy weather was fueled by extreme wind. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say peak wind gusts in western North Dakota included Garrison at 67 mph, Minot Airport 64 mph, Jamestown Airport 62 mph, Bismarck and Williston airports each reported 60 mph, Stanley 58 mph, Tioga 55 mph, Minot Air Base 53 mph, and New Town 52 mph. Even though the winds have subsided, the arctic air has settled in with a Wind Chill Warning until Noon Thursday. Dangerously cold wind chills expected as low as 45 below zero.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/19/22

K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 011922 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Due to the stormy weather, most of the high school sports schedule on Tuesday was either postponed or cancelled.
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
#4 Bismarck High 73, Bismarck Legacy 62
Dickinson 83, Mandan 65
Williston 87, Watford City 53
 
Class B
Beulah 75, New England 36
Shiloh Christian 80, Solen 35
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#2 Bismarck High 65, Bismarck Legacy 43
Mandan 68, Dickinson 54
 
High School Boys Hockey
Mandan 5, Bismarck High 4 OT
 
High School Girls Hockey
Bismarck 7, Dickinson 0
 
College Womens Hockey
Minot State 5, McKendree University 0
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MSU FOOTBALL-STAFF
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) -Minot State head football coach Mike Aldrich is pleased to introduce the newest addition to the Beaver football team as Lee Pronschinske has been hired as the Beavers new defensive coordinator. Earlier this month he helped North Dakota State as an assistant coach win the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national title. The defensive quality control coach the last two seasons for the Bison, Pronschinske was involved in all aspects of defensive game-planning, was offensive coordinator for the scout team and coordinated the scout team’s special teams, did all opponent breakdowns and scouting reports, assisted with recruiting, and was an assist linebackers and defensive backs coach at NDSU.
 
The Beavers new defensive coordinator not only brings NCAA Division I experience with him to Minot State, but knowledge of the NSIC both as a coach and player. A graduate of Winona State with a bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies, Pronschinske played safety and linebacker for the Warriors and earned NSIC All-Academic honors. He begins his duties with the Beavers immediately.
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SUMMIT LEAGUE-RESCHEDULED GAMES
 
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of North Dakota men’s basketball home game originally scheduled against St. Thomas (Jan. 15) has been rescheduled. The Fighting Hawks will now take on the Tommies inside the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center at Noon on Tuesday, Feb. 22, The Summit League announced on Tuesday afternoon.
 
Summit League officials also announced Tuesday that the rescheduled men’s basketball game between St. Thomas and North Dakota State will be played on Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Fargo. The rescheduling of the St. Thomas game also necessitated a shift of the previously rescheduled game between South Dakota and North Dakota State. The Coyotes will now play the Bison on Monday, Feb. 7, in Fargo. Both games will tip at 7 p.m. inside the Scheels Center.
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WOLVES-KNICKS
 
NEW YORK (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns converted a go-ahead three-point play with 29 seconds leftt and the Minnesota Timberwolves edged the New York Knicks 112-110. The Knicks got a strong game from Kemba Walker in his return from a nine-game absence with a sore left knee and nursed a lead for most of the fourth quarter. But the Timberwolves rallied and then held on when Alec Burks missed a 3-pointer that would have won it for New York. Anthony Edwards scored 21 points and Towns had 20 for the Wolves, who won for the sixth time in eight games to level their record at 22-22. D’Angelo Russell added 17 points.á
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VIKINGS-CANDIDATES
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have added Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris to their candidate list for head coach. A person with knowledge of the process confirmed the Vikings have requested a meeting with Morris about the vacancy created by the firing of Mike Zimmer. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the organization is not announcing interviews before they’re completed. The Rams play Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs. Morris has three-plus years of experience as an NFL head coach with both Tampa Bay and Atlanta.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UNDATED (AP) – LJ Cryer scored a career-high 25 points in his second start of the season, and No. 5 Baylor snapped a two-game losing streak with a 77-68 victory over West Virginia. Baylor bounced back after losing twice at home and relinquishing the No. 1 ranking. The defending national champion Bears have won 13 straight away from home, including four consecutive true road games. Matthew Mayer added 20 points for Baylor. Cryer started in place of leading scorer James Akinjo, who sat out with a bruised tailbone sustained in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State. Malik Curry scored 19 points to lead West Virginia.

 
In other college basketball action:
 
– RayQuan Evans made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left in overtime, John Butler blocked Wendell Moore Jr.’s driving attempt in the lane with 2 seconds remaining, and Florida State stunned No. 6 Duke 79-78. Florida State let a nine-point lead slip away in regulation and needed Evans’ driving layup high off the glass with 2 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Paolo Banchero had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Duke. Caleb Mills had 16 of his 18 points in the second half and overtime for Florida State, which won its fourth straight game.
 
– Kevin Obanor scored 13 of his 15 points after halftime as 18th-ranked Texas Tech beat No. 15 Iowa State 72-60. The Red Raiders have won their last three games when facing a ranked opponent and four of five games since losing at Iowa State with only seven healthy players two weeks ago. Bryson Williams had 16 points to lead the Red Raiders, and Davion Warren had 11. The Cyclones were led by Caleb Grill’s 17 points. Both teams are 14-4 with our wins over Top 25 teams.
 
– Jalen Wilson scored 16 points, Christian Braun hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 10.9 seconds left and No. 7 Kansas defeated Oklahoma 67-64. Braun’s corner 3 gave the Jayhawks a 65-62 lead, and he drained two free throws with four seconds remaining to help seal it. Big 12 scoring leader Ochai Agbaji had all 10 of his points in the final six minutes and Braun finished with 15 as Kansas won its third game in a row.
 
– Johnny Davis scored 27 points, helping No. 8 Wisconsin beat Northwestern 82-76. Wisconsin earned its seventh straight win, building on its best start since it was also 15-2 during the 2014-15 season. Wisconsin’s Chucky Hepburn banked home a 60-foot heave at the halftime buzzer for two of his 14 points.
 
– Kyler Edwards had 23 points and seven rebounds, Fabian White Jr added 16 points and five rebounds, and No. 10 Houston won its eighth straight by beating South Florida 74-55. Josh Carlton finished with 15 points and five rebounds on Tuesday night, and Taze Moore scored 13 points for the Cougars, who are 16-2 and 5-0 in American Athletic Conference play. Houston now has the third-longest active home-winning streak in the nation behind Gonzaga and Liberty.
 
– E.J. Liddell had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 19 Ohio State never trailed in its 83-37 win over IUPUI. Liddell extended his streak of double-figure scoring to 27 games and recorded his third double-double this season.
 
– Luke Williamson made five 3-pointers and scored 15 points, and No. 22 Loyola Chicago won its 10th straight game, routing Evansville 77-48. Chris Knight added 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Ramblers, who improved to 5-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. That’s their best start in league play since joining the MVC for the 2013-14 season. Loyola entered the AP Top 25 on Monday for the first time this season.
 
– Mark Smith scored 22 points, Nijel Pack made a go-ahead layup with 1:13 left, and Kansas State held No. 23 Texas scoreless for the final 3 1/2 minutes to rally for a 66-65 win. Marcus Carr scored 19 of his season-best 25 points in the second half for Texas but missed a jumper with 2 seconds left, one of Texas’ two chances to take the lead in the final minute.
 
– Uros Plavsic’s short jumper with 55 seconds left broke a tie at 60, and 24th-ranked Tennessee held off in-state rival Vanderbilt 68-60 for the Vols’ ninth straight win in this series. Vanderbilt has yet to win a SEC game at home despite being 2-0 on the road in league play. Coach Jerry Stackhouse now is 0-5 against Tennessee.
 
– Adama Sanogo scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead No. 25 UConn over Butler 76-59 in the first of two games this week between the two programs. It was the third straight double-double for Sanago, who also blocked four shots. He was joined by Andre Jackson, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Connecticut, which returned to the top 25 this week for the first time since mid December.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns converted a go-ahead three-point play with 29 seconds leftt and the Minnesota Timberwolves edged the New York Knicks 112-110. The Knicks got a strong game from Kemba Walker in his return from a nine-game absence with a sore left knee and nursed a lead for most of the fourth quarter. But the Timberwolves rallied and then held on when Alec Burks missed a 3-pointer that would have won it for New York. Anthony Edwards scored 21 points and Towns had 20 for the Wolves, who won for the sixth time in eight games to level their record at 22-22. D’Angelo Russell added 17 points.

 
In other NBA action:
 
– Klay Thompson scored 21 points, Stephen Curry had 18, and the Golden State Warriors returned from a tough trip to beat the Detroit Pistons 102-86. Curry was back after a one-game absence. He shot 6 for 11 with four 3-pointers and added eight assists. He fell on his right hand during a win at Chicago on Friday, then missed Sunday’s 119-99 loss at Minnesota. Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points for the Warriors, who were coming off a 1-3 road stretch. Thompson found a groove in his second home game since returning from two devastating injuries and surgeries that cost him more than 2 1/2 years.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored twice during Carolina’s five-goal first period, Jaccob Slavin added a goal and two assists after a two-game absence, and the Hurricanes snapped the Boston Bruins’ five-game winning streak with a 7-1 victory. Teuvo Teravainen, Seth Jarvis, Derek Stepan and Andrei Svechnikov also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight and seven of nine. They earned the win playing in their first road game in 17 days because of COVID-19 postponements. The six-goal loss was Boston’s worst of the season.

 
In other ice action:
 
– Victor Hedman had two goals and an assist, Nikita Kucherov extended his scoring tear since returning from injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning topped the Los Angeles Kings 6-4 for their fourth straight win. Hedman was one of only four Tampa Bay defensemen who dressed after three were scratched due to injuries. Kucherov had a power-play goal in the second period along with an assist. The right wing, who missed 32 games with a lower-body injury that required surgery, has 11 points in six games since returning to the lineup.
 
– Sean Monahan scored twice for the first time this season and the slumping Calgary Flames beat the NHL-leading Florida Panthers 5-1. Rasmus Andersson got his first goal of the season, Matthew Tkachuk and Blake Coleman also scored and Johnny Gaudreau had four assists for Calgary. The Flames snapped a four-game skid and won on home ice for the first time since Nov. 29. They were 2-7-1 in their past 10 games. Jacob Markstrom had 28 saves for Calgary. He had given up at least four goals in his previous five starts.
 
– Christian Dvorak scored twice, Sam Montembeault made a career-high 48 saves for his second win of the season and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 for their third road win. Dvorak and Michael Pezzetta scored 22 seconds apart in the second period, and Tyler Toffoli, Dvorak and Josh Anderson beat Jake Oettinger three times in 3:15 for a 5-2 lead early in the third. Braden Holtby replaced Oettinger after Anderson’s goal at 4:18. Jacob Peterson, Tyler Seguin and Joe Pavelski scored for Dallas, which never led. The Stars have been outscored 15-5 during a three-game losing streak.
 
– Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 27th goal of the season, Tom Wilson scored in overtime and the Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. Wilson’s goal 26 seconds into the 3-on-3 OT gave the Capitals their first victory in that situation this season. Ovechkin’s goal was the 757th of his NHL career. The Jets have lost four of five.
 
– Michael Houser made 43 saves in his season debut and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1. Houser became the sixth goalie to start a game for Buffalo this season. Mark Jankowski, Dylan Cozens and Alex Tuch scored for the Sabres. Drake Batherson had the lone goal for Ottawa, and Anton Forsberg stopped 30 shots. Ottawa’s first home game since Dec. 11 was played without fans because of COVID-19 regulations.
 
– Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the ninth round of a shootout to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win and send the Philadelphia Flyers to their ninth straight loss. Wahlstrom finally got one past Carter Hart to help the Islanders beat the Flyers for the second straight night. Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers. Casey Cizikas tied it at 3 for the Islanders when he scored with 4:28 left in regulation.
 
– Thatcher Demko made 31 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 victory over the skidding Nashville Predators. Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and Juho Lammikko scored for Vancouver. The win ended the Canucks’ stretch of nine consecutive road games on a high note.
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Defending champion Naomi Osaka has advanced to the third round at the Australian Open by beating Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-4. The four-time major champion is still on course for a fourth-round match against top-ranked Ash Barty at Melbourne Park. Osaka will next face Amanda Anisimova.

 
Barty was front and center when the Australian Open celebrated its inaugural First Nations Day. But not for very long. She was on and off the court in 52 minutes in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over 142nd-ranked qualifier Lucia Bronzetti.
 
Rafael Nadal didn’t get it all his own way on Rod Laver Arena. He needed five match points to beat No. 126-ranked German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with injuries to his right thumb and right shoulder as he prepares for Saturday’s divisional round playoff game at Green Bay. Garoppolo was limited at practice Tuesday for the 49ers. He played through the thumb injury the past two weeks after missing one game, and hurt his shoulder in the first half of last week’s 23-17 playoff win over Dallas. But Garoppolo says that there’s “no time to rest right now.”

 
In other NFL news:
 
– The Minnesota Vikings have added Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris to their candidate list for head coach. The vacancy was created when Mike Zimmer was fired. Morris has three-plus years of experience as an NFL head coach with both Tampa Bay and Atlanta.
 
– Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says all options are on the table when it comes to finding a starting quarterback in 2022. Ben Roethlisberger is likely heading toward retirement after 18 years. Backups Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins will get a chance to compete for the job, but Tomlin did not rule out using free agency or the NFL draft. Tomlin did indicate offensive coordinator Matt Canada will return for a second year, but added that longtime defensive coordinator Keith Butler and general manager Kevin Colbert could both retire in the coming months.
 
– According to a person familiar with the situation, the Carolina Panthers have expanded their offensive coordinator search to include former Washington coach Jay Gruden and three others. Along with Gruden, former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo, Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy and former Houston Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly also have interviewed for the position.
 
– The Seattle Seahawks have fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and passing game coordinator Andre Curtis. Seattle was 28th in total defense and 11th in scoring defense this season. The Seahawks created just 18 turnovers this season, ranking 25th in the league.
 
– Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen kicked off the New York Giants’ search for a GM last week and he got the opening second-round interview Tuesday. The Giants said the 42-year-old met with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara at the team’s headquarters. He also talked with members of the team’s front office and toured the facility. New York plans to bring back Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles on Wednesday.
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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner is expected to miss at least two weeks with an injured left foot. Team officials say Turner has been examined by multiple specialists who diagnosed Turner with a “stress reaction.” He will continue to receive treatment and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The NHL will stop testing asymptomatic players, coaches and staff who are fully vaccinated following the All-Star break. The only exception is when the tests are needed for crossing the U.S.-Canada border. The league and Players’ Association agreed to keep the five-day isolation period that went into place in late December. The league says positive COVID-19 test results are declining. The NHL and NHLPA will review protocols again Jan. 31. So far this season, 104 games have been postponed. Several of those postponements were prompted by attendance restrictions in Canada.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Montreal Canadiens have hired player agent Kent Hughes as their general manager, hoping he can turn around a team with the worst record in the NHL. The 51-year-old Montreal native replaces Marc Bergevin, who was fired Nov. 28 following the Canadiens’ poor start.
 
– Centers Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche and Mika Zibanejad of the New York Rangers, and Anaheim winger Troy Terry have won the final roster spots for the NHL’s All-Star Weekend as a result of fan voting. The league said Zibanejad cannot attend the Feb. 4-5 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for personal reasons. He will be replaced by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel, who finished second in the Metropolitan Division voting. The event features a three-game tournament played in a 3-on-3 format, with 11-man teams from each of the league’s four divisions.
 
– Willie O’Ree’s No. 22 now has a permanent home in Boston’s TD Garden. The first Black player to appear in an NHL game, O’Ree became the 12th player in franchise history to have his number retired prior to the Bruins’ matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes. The honor came 64 years to the day after he became the league’s first Black player on Jan. 18, 1958.
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MLB-NEWS

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers have promoted Jim Henderson to take over as bullpen coach for the departing Steve Karsay. The Brewers also named Matt Erickson infield and assistant hitting coach and hired Daniel Vega as an assistant strength and conditioning specialist. Brewers officials said Karsay has stepped down to spend more time with his family after three seasons with the team.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted former Major League pitcher Brandon Gomes to general manager in a move to fill a spot that had been vacant since 2018. Gomes had been an assistant GM with the team since 2019.
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OBIT-LUSIA HARRIS

UNDATED (AP) – Women’s basketball pioneer Lusia Harris has died at the age of 66. Harris was the only woman to be drafted by an NBA team and scored the first points in women’s basketball history at the Olympics. She was officially drafted by the New Orleans Jazz in the seventh round in 1977, but didn’t try out for the team because she was pregnant at the time. Harris helped Delta State University win three straight national titles in the 1970s and earned a silver medal for the United States at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Harris averaged 25.9 points and 14.4 rebounds at Delta State, lifting the team to a 109-6 record during her time there. She’s still the school’s all-time leader in scoring with 2,981 points and rebounding. Harris was named to the U.S. women’s team in 1975. The following year, women’s basketball made its Olympic debut and Harris scored the first points in the first game of the tournament.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 01/18/22

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 011822 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota State University Presidential Search Committee has narrowed a large, nation-wide pool of applicants to five candidates who will interview on campus between January 24-Feburary 3, 2022.
 
The candidates are:
 
David Cook, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs & Economic Development
University of Kansas (at Lawrence)
 
Hesham El-Rewini, Ph.D., P.E.
Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
Marymount University (in Washington, D.C. area)
 
Mary Holz-Clause, Ph.D.
Acting Executive Chancellor
University of Minnesota (dual campus, at Morris and Crookston)
 
Debra Larson, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
California State University (at Chico)
 
Michael Tidwell, Ph.D.
Immediate Past President University of Texas (at Tyler)
 
“The candidates bring leadership experience from flagship universities, institutions with robust and growing research portfolios, and land grant institutions,” said Dr. Jill Louters State Board of Higher Education vice chair. “We’re excited to bring these talented leaders to campus.” Dr. Louters is co-chairing the NDSU Presidential Search Committee with Dr. Greg Lardy, NDSU vice president for agriculture. Both said they were impressed with the extremely strong pool of candidates.
 
During their campus visits, the candidates will meet with students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and campus and community leaders, with the search committee soliciting feedback from these key stakeholder groups. Following the on-campus interviews, the search committee will recommend an unranked slate of finalists to the State Board of Higher Education. The board will conduct final interviews on the NDSU campus on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, with the selection of the next NDSU president announced thereafter. It is anticipated that the new NDSU president will assume office in June 2022.
 
Originally, 47 candidates met qualifications and were forwarded to the Presidential Search Committee for their initial review. The committee met in executive session on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, to discuss candidates. A round of in-person interviews took place in Minneapolis, January 5-6. Following those interviews, the search committee narrowed the pool to the five candidates invited to campus.
 
The North Dakota University System voted last summer to not renew President Dean Bresciani’s contract beyond it’s expiration date in 2022. Bresciani has been President of the College since 2010.
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MINOT, ND – Trinity Health Community Ambulance Service and NorthStar Criticair have integrated ground and air ambulance services under one division line, officially known as Trinity Health First Response.
 
Community Ambulance Service has served the region since 1981 and is the largest Advanced Life Support provider, responding to nearly 11,000 calls annually within a 2,000-square-miles area. NorthStar Criticair has provided critical care response and rescue for 30 years to northwestern North Dakota and eastern Montana through its Minot-based helicopter and fixed-wing services in Minot and Williston. A notable improvement will be the availability of First Response air ambulance services to transport patients to any facility within the United States.
 
“While the First Response helicopter can accept missions within 150 miles, the fixed-wing aircraft has the capacity to transport patients anywhere across the country,’ said Amy Thomas, director of Transport Services and First Response. “This capability allows us to streamline emergency transportation efforts, saving time and possibly the lives of those whom we are entrusted to deliver safely and quickly to their destination.”
 
In addition to ground and air transportation, First Response services include First Call dispatch center and the EMS education center. First Call dispatch center receives and coordinates all incoming radio and telephone communications concerning air/ground medical transport, as well as provider consults and requests for transfers to Trinity Hospital from other facilities. The First Response EMS Education Center provides certification as specified by the American Heart Association (AHA) and offers education from entry level CPR and first-aid, to advanced healthcare provider courses. The staff also teaches a variety of EMS classes designed for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Paramedics.
 
“Locating all services under the Trinity Health First Response umbrella provides a trusted name in patient care and supports a collaborative approach to resource allocation that better serves our partners and customers when they need us most,” Thomas added.
Leaders within the service lines include: Amy Thomas, Transport Services and First Response director; Tami Petersen Ness, EMS education coordinator; Sharla Ramirez, chief paramedic ground ambulance; Heather Goff, First Call dispatch center supervisor; Eric Demory, nurse manager air ambulance.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Investigators say a fatal weekend fire in Grand Forks was the result of an accident. Fire Marshal Rod Freitag said Tuesday it was caused by improper handling of smoking materials. Officials say a smoldering cigarette ignited combustible materials next to a bed. And, the burning materials ignited the mattress. The fire early Saturday killed 40-year-old Sarah Gatica. Firefighters rescued a second resident who was taken to Altru hospital. The bedroom sustained moderate damage. Fire officials say there was smoke and heat damage throughout the main floor.
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 011822 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has postponed his State of the State address due to laryngitis. The speech was scheduled for Wednesday in Fargo. The governor’s office said in a release that Burgum is “currently having challenges with his voice and does not want this to distract from the annual message.” The governor’s regular test for COVID-19 came back negative on Monday, A new date for the address has not set. The governor delivered similar talks to the Legislature on two occasions last year, once in January and again in November for a five-day special session. Lawmakers do not meet for a regular session this year.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Less than a month after he was appointed North Dakota tax commissioner, Brian Kroshus said he plans to run for the post in the 2022 election. Kroshus, a Republican, was appointed tax commissioner by Gov. Doug Burgum and started on Jan. 4. Kroshus previously served as a member of the Public Service Commission. He was appointed to the position by Burgum in 2017, elected by voters in 2018 and re-elected in 2020. He was chair of the PSC in 2019 and 2020. Burgum tabbed Kroshus to replace Ryan Rauschenberger, who resigned after seven years as tax commissioner to focus on recovering from alcohol problems.
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BERTHOLD, ND – A Montana man was arrested in Berthold after a traffic stop. Berthold police say 46-year old Bryce Dean of Malta, MT was arrested early Monday morning in Berthold during a traffic stop. Methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia, and a concealed handgun were seized from the vehicle.
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MINOT, ND – The fifth annual State of the City, featuring an address from Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma, will be held Feb. 18. The Noon luncheon event will take place at the former Cognizant building located at 2000 21st Avenue NW. The building is now owned by the Minot Public School District, and is scheduled to become the city’s second public high school. The event is open to the public. Tickets for the lunch portion of the event are available at www.minotnd.org/RSVPStateoftheCity. The cost for lunch is $15; lunch will be served at Noon, with the mayor’s speech to follow. All other portions of the event are free.
 
“We’re excited to hold the State of the City in-person again after being limited in 2021 by the pandemic,” Sipma said. “We’re thankful to work with great community partners to make this event a success. We look forward to reflecting on the events of 2021 and sharing our vision for 2022 with the residents of Minot.”
 
Minot Area Chamber EDC is partnering with the City of Minot to organize the event; Minot Public School District is again providing the venue. The event will be streamed live on City of Minot social media platforms, including the City’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
 
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/18/22

K-HEART SPORTS – TUESDAY – 011822 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – South Prarie-Max outscored Nedrose 17-7 in the fouth quarter to secure a 40-31 win last night, in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. McKya Gerding led the Royals with 10 points, while Lilly Nelson came off the bench to tally 8 for the Cardinals. South Prairie-Max improves to 5-4. Nedrose drops to 3-10.
 
Other scores from the area:
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class B
#6 Garrison 71, Standing Rock 29
Powers Lake 50, Berthold 40
St. John 66, Dunseith 53
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class B
Bishop Ryan 61, Des Lacs-Burlington 48
Our Reeemer’s 49, Berthold 42
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 60, South Prairie 43
Surrey 70, Glenburn 43
TGU 49, Bottineau 44
St. John 78, Westhope/Newburg 60
Kenmare 69, Tioga 47
Shiloh Christian 73, Hazen 54
Trenton 64, White Shield 38
Wilton-Wing 56, Center-Stanton 51
Harvey-Wells County 55, Lakota 42
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MINOT, ND – Kindred remains #1 in this week’s Class B Girls Basketball poll, while Four Winds-Minnewaukan remains atop the boys poll. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class B Girls Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)               Record    Points    Last Week
 
1. Kindred (15)                              12-0          159         1
2. Four Winds-Minnewaukan (1)  12-0          145         2
3. Central Cass                             10-1          110         3
4. Rugby                                        11-0           107        4
5. Grafton                                        9-2           103        5
6. Garrison                                     12-0            71        7
7. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier           12-0           60         8
8. Thompson                                   8-2            48         9
9. Linton-HMB                                 10-2           46         6
10. Bowman County                       10-1           18        NR
 
Others receiving votes: Shiloh Christian (10-4), LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (9-1), Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (8-2), Hatton-Northwood (11-1)
 
 
Class B Boys Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)                 Record     Points    Last Week
 
1. Four Winds-Minnewaukan (16)   7-0          160            1
2. Kindred                                         7-1          135            2
3. North Border                                 7-0          132            3
4. Enderlin                                        7-3            96            4
5. Ellendale                                      7-0             95            6
6. Central Cass                                8-0            78             8
7. Powers Lake                                8-0            60             9
8. Flasher                                        10-1           47             5
9. Thompson                                    6-2           24             NR
10. Bowman County                         8-1           17             NR
 
Others receiving votes: Hazen (6-2), LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (4-1), Hillsboro-Central Valley (4-4), North Star (8-1), Dunseith (5-3), Shiloh Christian (6-2), Standing Rock (6-1), Surrey (8-1)
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UND-BOROWICZ HONORED
 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (UND) – North Dakota’s Kacie Borowicz earns this week’s TicketSmarter Summit League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award, league officials announced Monday. She averaged 26.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.5 spg in a pair of road wins last week. In the 76-65 victory over Western Illinois, Borowicz led the Fighting Hawks with 33 points, matching her single-game high that she earned against Montana State earlier this season. In addition to her point total, she pulled down five rebounds, dished out four assists and secured a pair of steals. At St. Thomas, Borowicz was one of three Fighting Hawks to finish in double figures in the 66-55 win. She netted 19 points, grabbed three rebounds, recorded two assists and added a steal to help North Dakota extend its win streak to four games.

In the last four games, Borowicz has averaged 23.0 ppg for a total of 92 points. She currently sits third in the nation for free throw percentage (95.9 percent). She went 14-for-14 from the charity stripe in UND’s two wins last week. She sits as the leader for the Hawks in free-throw percentage with .959 (70-73). North Dakota returns home to host Oral Roberts at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

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WILD-AVALANCHE
 
DENVER (AP) – Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped 24 shots in relief of injured Darcy Kuemper and three more in the
shootout, and Colorado beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 for its 14th straight home win. Kuemper was injured Minnesota’s Jordan Greenway ran into him in the crease and knocked him down. The play drew the ire of Kurtis MacDermid, who dropped the gloves with Greenway. Kuemper was down on ice for a few minutes, but remained in the game until he was replaced by Francouz with 10:34 left in the second period.
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NFL-SCHEDULE

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) – Matthew Stafford passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns in his first playoff victory and the Los Angeles Rams roared out of the wild-card round with a 34-11 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams will visit the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday for a spot in the NFC championship game. Odell Beckham Jr. and Cooper Kupp made touchdown catches for the NFC West champion Rams while they jumped to a boisterous 28-0 lead. David Long also scored on a 3-yard interception return while the Rams’ defense harassed Kyler Murray into a calamitous playoff debut.

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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Sasha Stefanovic scored 22 points, including a go-ahead 3 at the start of double overtime that sent No. 4 Purdue over No. 17 Illinois 96-88. The Boilermakers improved to 15-2. Purdue hit four straight shots to take an 89-83 lead with 1:03 left in double overtime, including two baskets by Eric Hunter Jr. Alfonso Plummer scored 24 points for Illinois, which is 13-4. Andre Curbelo, who had missed 11 games after being injured, had 20 points, six rebounds and three assists. His basket with 14 seconds remaining in regulation tied it at 69.

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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Desmond Bane and Ja Morant scored 25 points each, and the Memphis Grizzlies dominated the short-handed Chicago Bulls 119-106. Brandon Clarke added 15 points and seven rebounds in the main event of the 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The Grizzlies have won 12 of their last 13. DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 24 points and five assists, while Coby White finished with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Chicago lost its fourth straight.

 
In other NBA action Monday:
 
– LeBron James scored 25 points and Stanley Johnson had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 101-95 win over the Utah Jazz. Russell Westbrook added 15 points and the Lakers snapped a three-game losing streak, rebounding after an ugly 37-point loss to the Denver Nuggets two days earlier. Mike Conley had 20 points and Rudy Gobert had a double double with 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz.
 
– Devin Booker had a season-high 48 points and the Phoenix Suns dominated the fourth quarter to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 121-107 for their fourth straight victory. Chris Paul added 15 points and 12 assists as Phoenix won its sixth straight on the road and fifth consecutive in San Antonio. Spurs center Jakob Poeltl had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Dejounte Murray added 18 points. Booker was 18 for 33 from the field and 5 for 13 on 3-pointers in eclipsing his previous high of 38 points, which he collected twice.
 
– Darius Garland strengthened his All-Star case with 22 points and 12 assists, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Isaac Okoro added 15 points and Jarrett Allen had 14 and 10 rebounds for the Cavs, winning their fifth straight. Kyrie Irving scored 27 points in his fourth game of the season and James Harden added 22 for Brooklyn, which was playing its first game since Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, sprained his left knee. He’s expected to be out several weeks.
 
– Trae Young scored 30 points and the struggling Atlanta Hawks rallied for a 121-114 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks to snap a 10-game home losing streak. The Hawks trailed much of the game, but managed to win at State Farm Arena for the first time since Nov. 22. The Hawks avoided their longest stretch without a home victory since an 11-game skid in the 2004-05 season. Khris Middleton scored 34 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 for the Bucks.
 
– Miles Bridges scored a career-high 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 97-87 victory over the New York Knicks. Terry Rozier added 22 points. He and Bridges combined to outscore the Knicks by themselves in the first half. The Hornets played without LaMelo Ball but didn’t miss their flashy point guard, with Bridges driving them to a strong start. He scored 28 points in the first half and got the basket that tied his previous high of 35 points in the fourth quarter.
 
– Jayson Tatum scored 27 points and the Boston Celtics erased an 18-point first-half deficit with a 104-92 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Dennis Schroder SHROO’-dur and Jaylen Brown each had 23 points, Al Horford 12 and Grant Williams 10 for Boston. The Celtics have won five of their last six games. New Orleans center Jonas Valanciunas recorded his 30th double-double this season with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Herbert Jones had 16 points, and Brandon Ingram scored 15 points with 10 rebounds. The Pelicans fell to 6-17 on the road.
 
– Luka Doncic had 20 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his third triple-double in five games, and the surging Dallas Mavericks withstood a late run by the Oklahoma City Thunder to win 104-102. Dorian Finney-Smith added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Kristaps Porzingis had 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Mavericks, who have won three straight and nine of their last 10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 34 points to lead the Thunder, who have dropped seven of their last eight games.
 
– Tyler Herro scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler got a triple-double in the game’s final moment and the Miami Heat held off the Toronto Raptors 104-99. Bam Adebayo, in his first game back after missing six weeks following thumb surgery, scored 14 points for Miami. Butler finished with 19 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds – the last of those coming as time was expiring.
 
– CJ McCollum scored 16 points in his first game back from a collapsed lung, Jusuf Nurkic added 21 points and a season-best 22 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Orlando Magic 98-88. McCollum missed 17 games over six weeks after being injured Dec. 4. The ninth-year pro started Monday but played on a minutes restriction. He made 7 of 13 shots and 2 of 4 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
 
– Kyle Kuzma had 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Bradley Beal added 13 points in his return from a three-game absence to lift the Washington Wizards to a 117-98 victory over Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. and Assistant Pat Delany missed the game after entering health and safety protocols. Assistant Joseph Blair to take over for this game. Embiid scored 32 points for the 76ers, but he was on the receiving end of the game’s biggest highlight when Kuzma dunked over him in the second quarter.
 
– Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 32 points, Reggie Jackson added 26 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Indiana Pacers 139-133 in a matchup of sub-.500 teams. Marcus Morris added 21 points for the Clippers, who snapped a two-game skid. Caris LeVert scored 26 points before fouling out with 28 seconds to play and Chris Duarte added 24 points to lead seven Pacers in double figures. They’ve lost four in a row and 10 of 11.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped 24 shots in relief of injured Darcy Kuemper and three more in the shootout, and Colorado beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 for its 14th straight home win. Kuemper was injured when Minnesota’s Jordan Greenway ran into him in the crease and knocked him down. The play drew the ire of Kurtis MacDermid, who dropped the gloves with Greenway. Kuemper was down on ice for a few minutes, but remained in the game until he was replaced by Francouz with 10:34 left in the second period.

 
In other ice action:
 
– Jason Zucker scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-3. Pittsburgh scored five unanswered goals to improve to 13-2-0 since Dec. 4, including a 4-2-0 mark on its six-game road trip – the team’s longest of the season. Vegas, which had five days off, dropped to 2-3-2 since Dec. 31, with all seven games coming at home. Teddy Blueger, Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby also scored for the Penguins, and Tristan Jarry made 22 saves. Chandler Stephenson, Evgenii Dadonov and Nic Roy scored for Vegas, which was outshot for the first time in 24 games. Robin Lehner made 32 saves but dropped to 2-4-3 against Pittsburgh.
 
– Brayden Schenn and Ivan Barbashev each had two goals and two assists as the St. Louis Blues came from behind to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3. Ryan O’Reilly added a goal and two assists in the first meeting between the teams since they played back-to-back games in February 2020. St. Louis’ victory left the clubs tied for second place in the Central Division with 51 points apiece. Ville Husso made 32 saves for the Blues. Yakov Trenin, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen scored for Nashville, and Juuse Saros made 24 saves.
 
– Dylan Larkin scored the tying goal in regulation and notched the winner 2:07 into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres in snowbound western New York. Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Red Wings, who beat Buffalo for the second time in three days.
 
– Timo Meier set a San Jose franchise record with five goals, and the Sharks used a huge first period to beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-2. Meier notched a hat trick before the first period even ended. The first-time All-Star scored his fourth less than two minutes into the second period and broke the Sharks’ record with his fifth just 27 seconds before the second intermission. Erik Karlsson had three assists, including the 500th of his career.
 
– Ryan Donato scored the tying goal early in the third period, Joonas Donskoi scored in the shootout and the Seattle Kraken snapped their nine-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Donskoi scored the winner past Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury made 35 saves and had 14 in the third period alone.
 
– Brock Nelson and Casey Cizikas scored less than three minutes apart in the second period and the New York Islanders beat Philadelphia 4-1, handing the Flyers their eighth straight loss. Anthony Beauvillier and Matt Martin also scored, and Ilya Sorokin stopped 26 shots to help the Islanders get their fifth win in seven games. New York coach Barry Trotz was back on the bench after missing three games, the last two in COVID-19 protocols. Sorokin improved to 6-0-1 with a 1.50 goals-against average in seven career games against Philadelphia. Travis Konecny scored and Martin Jones finished with 27 saves for the Flyers, who are 0-6-2 during their losing streak.
 
– Nick Schmaltz and Johan Larsson each had a goal and an assist, and Arizona stretched Montreal’s losing streak to six games after a 5-2 win. Travis Boyd and Janis Moser also scored for the Coyotes, who were without coach Andre Tourigny and four players due to COVID-19 protocols. Clayton Keller added a an empty-net goal and Karel Vejmelka had 24 saves.
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TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Five-time finalist Andy Murray needed a tough five-setter over a player he beat last week to register his first win at the Australian Open since 2017. Murray beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 to move into the second round. Murray had beaten Basilashvili last week on the way to the final in a Sydney tuneup event. In another tough five-setter, Maxime Cressy beat fellow American and 22nd-seeded player John Isner 7-6 (2), 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4.

 
Also, on Day 2 competition
 
– Title favorite Daniil Medvedev has moved into the second round with a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Henri Laaksonen, extending his Grand Slam winning streak to eight matches. That includes his victory in the U.S. Open final last September, a result that denied top-ranked Novak Djokovic a calendar-year Grand Slam tournament.
 
– Nick Kyrgios says his recent bout of COVID-19 “hit me pretty hard.” The 26-year-old Australian says he was practicing hard, “feeling extraordinary, and then it hit me and I was bedridden.” Kyrgios skipped a tuneup tournament after his positive test for the coronavirus has recovered to win his first-round match at the Australian Open against qualifier Liam Broady. This was Kyrgios’ first competitive match of 2022. He advanced to a meeting against No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev, the U.S. Open champion and runner-up at the Australian Open last year.
 
– Emma Raducanu beat Sloane Stephens 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 in a seesawing first-round match between U.S. Open champions. The No. 17-seeded Raducanu won the first set in 17 minutes and seemed to be in complete control of her debut main draw match at the Australian Open. But 2017 U.S. champion Stephens converted her fifth breakpoint chance to open the second set in a 12-minute game that finished on a pair of double-faults from Raducanu. Two early service breaks gave 2021 U.S. Open winner Raducanu the match-winning advantage. The match brought Day 2 to a close when it finished minutes after men’s fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Mikael Ymer on Rod Laver Arena.
 
– Garbine Muguruza has extended her first-round success record at Melbourne Park. The 2020 Australian Open finalist and winner of the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon tournaments has never lost a first-round match in her now 10th year of competition here. Muguruza beat Clara Burel 6-3, 6-4 to open play on Rod Laver Arena.
 
– Leylah Fernandez has lost to a 133rd-ranked wild-card entry in her first Grand Slam match since her runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. The 19-year-old Canadian had an upset 6-2, 6-4 loss to Maddison Inglis on Tuesday in the first round of the Australian Open. It’s the third straight year she’s failed to progress to the second round at the first tennis major of the year. Sixth-seeded Anett Kontaveit and seventh-seeded Iga Swiatek advanced in straight sets.
 
– Second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka rallied from a set and a break down to beat wild card Storm Sanders 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the first-round night match on Rod Laver Arena. Sabalenka lost her opening matches at two tune-up tournaments and appeared to be headed the same way when she trailed No. 128-ranked Sanders 3-1 in the second set. But she rebounded to win the next nine games and 11 of the last 13 to secure the win. Sabalenka will next play Wang Xinyu.
 
– Tennis Australia has issued a statement two days after nine-time champion Novak Djokovic lost a legal challenge against his visa cancellation to say that the entire saga would be subject to a review after the Australian Open. The tournament started Monday. Three judges in the Federal Court on Sunday rejected Djokovic’s bid to have his visa reinstated and he was deported later that night, flying back to Serbia via Dubai. The statement says: “There are always lessons to learn, and we will review all aspects of our preparation and implementation to inform our planning.”
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-POLL

UNDATED (AP) – Preseason No. 1 Gonzaga has climbed back to the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll, ending Baylor’s five-week run. The Bulldogs got 25 first-place votes, 11 fewer than No. 2 Auburn, but edged the Tigers in overall points to take the top spot. Auburn has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1999-2000 after moving up two spots. Arizona, Purdue and Baylor round out the top five. A wild week of upsets led to big changes in the AP Top 25. Baylor saw its 21-game winning streak end with consecutive losses and 13 ranked teams lost last week, including nine on Saturday. Baylor plunged four spots to No. 5 while Southern California toppled 11 places to No. 16.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Las Vegas Raiders have fired general manager Mike Mayock after three seasons and will begin a search for a coach and GM following their second playoff berth in the past 19 seasons. Owner Mark Davis began lining up interviews with general manager and coaching candidates, leaving interim coach Rich Bisaccia in limbo. The players have advocated for Bisaccia to remain after he led the Raiders to the playoffs where they lost 26-19 to Cincinnati.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker is being evaluated for a concussion after he appeared to briefly lose consciousness following a helmet-to-helmet collision Monday night late in the third quarter of a playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams. Baker was taken off on a stretcher following the play. Rams running back Cam Akers lowered his shoulder as Baker went in for the tackle but Baker still made contact with Akers’ helmet. Baker immediately went down and teammates signaled for medical attention.
 
– The New York Giants wrapped up the first round of interviews for their vacant general manager’s job, interviewing two executives with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. Co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara and and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara, John’s brother, spoke with Niners assistant general manager Adam Peters and San Francisco director of player personnel Ran Carthon. The Giants interviewed nine men for the job that opened a week ago Monday when Dave Gettleman retired after four losing seasons. There will be another round of interviews for some candidates.
 
– The Baltimore Ravens have re-signed cornerback Kevon Seymour for the 2022 season. Seymour played nine games this season and made his first two starts since the 2017 season as the Ravens’ secondary was decimated by injuries.
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NHL-NEWS

BOSTON (AP) – Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s color barrier on Jan. 18, 1958. Sixty-four years later, the Boston Bruins will retire his No. 22 jersey at Tuesdays game against the Carolina Hurricanes. He’ll be the 12th player in team history to have that honor. O’Ree will participate virtually from his home in San Diego. Since 1998, O’Ree has been an NHL diversity ambassador, working to foster more inclusion and combat the racism that still exists in league.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 01/17/22

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 011722 – 1200
 
WILLISTON, ND – A Montana man has died following a truck accident in the oil patch. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident occurred six miles north of Cartwright, in McKenzie County around Noon on Friday. A semi with an empty dump-side trailer failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a semi loaded with saltwater. The driver of the empty truck, 60-year old Allen Ray Emly of Fairview MT, was transported to the hospital in Sidney MT where he died of his injuries. The driver of the saltwater truck was not injured. Troopers say no hazardous material was released. The Patrol continues to investigate.
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JAMESTOWN, ND – A Steele ND man died in a single vehicle rollover. The Highway Patrol says 20-year old Brett Harr of Steele lost control of his vehicle on scattered ice on Interstate 94 about 8 miles east of Tappen. The vehicle rolled and Harr, who was not whereing a seatbelt, was ejected and died at the scene. The Patrol says the accident happened around 12:30 AM on Sunday. They continue to investigate.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A weekend house fire in Grand Forks has taken the life of a 40-year-old woman while another person was rescued. Firefighters were dispatched to the house shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. One of the residents of the house called for help and told dispatchers he or she was trapped in the house. First responders were able to see the individual through a side window. Firefighters entered the home and were able to get the person out of the house through the window. Once inside, firefighters found the second person and both were taken to Altru where Sarah Gatica was pronounced dead. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A nearly yearlong effort at collecting race data on defendants to identify any potential bias in North Dakota’s justice system will come to an end soon. The court rule that took effect in March 2021 requires that prosecutors filing criminal complaints include the race of adult defendants as perceived by law enforcement officers’ reports. The judiciary’s Minority Justice Implementation Committee will look at the data this spring and identify any issues or disparities. The committee’s chairman, Northeast District Judge Anthony Swain Benson, says the ultimate goal is identifying any types of racial prejudice that may exist in the justice system.
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer is one of seven U.S. senators who are in Ukraine to meet with that country’s president and other officials. The bipartisan delegation consists of four Democrats – Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Murphy, Amy Klobuchar and Richard Blumenthal – and three Republicans – Rob Portman, Kevin Cramer and Roger Wicker. Members said they will meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Ukraine as it tries to solidify its democracy while facing an increasingly belligerent Russia.
 
“Our bipartisan congressional delegation sends a clear message to the global community: the United States stands in unwavering support of our Ukrainian partners to defend their sovereignty and in the face of persistent Russian aggression,” said Shaheen, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation.
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 011722 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, ND – A national blood shortage is further stressing the nation’s fragile healthcare system. Vitalant, which services about 900 hospitals across 28 states, including all of western ND, currently is experiencing a historic, two-year low blood supply. The fast-spreading omicron variant is the latest COVID-19 complication forcing additional community blood drives to cancel and lessening the number of healthy and available donors.
 
All eligible donors, especially those with the most transfused blood type O, which is currently at less than half of the desired four-day supply, are critically needed to make an appointment now to give in the days and weeks ahead. As a special thank you during January, National Blood Donor Month, all those who give with Vitalant any time this month will be entered into the $5,000 Big Game Giveaway to win one of four, $5,000 prepaid gift cards redeemable by email.
 
“It’s important for people to remember that they can give blood immediately after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re healthy and well,” said Vitalant Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ralph Vassallo. “To ensure patient care isn’t jeopardized, we need people to schedule an appointment today. Even if the appointment is several weeks from now, setting and keeping it will help replenish what’s needed for both routine treatments and emergencies.”
 
Blood donations at Vitalant fell short of the need by more than 4,500 donations in December and the trend has continued into January. In addition to the effects of the omicron variant, severe winter weather in parts of the U.S. has further impacted blood drives, resulting in uncollected donations.
 
“Now is the time when new blood donors, those that haven’t given in a while and regular donors are all needed to step up and help address this critical healthcare issue.” “Astonishingly, only about 3% of the population donates blood, but most people are eligible. If more people start donating, shortages could be prevented,” said Jennifer Bredahl regional director of Vitalant blood centers.
 
This shortage is not unique to Vitalant. Associations representing all blood services organizations in the U.S. warned the nations blood supply is at a dangerously low level and this trend must reverse to prevent hospitals from having to postpone potential lifesaving treatments.
 
To make an appointment or for more information, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL. Donors must feel well on the day of their donation. Like the COVID-19 vaccine, there’s no waiting period to donate for those who receive a seasonal flu vaccine if all other eligibility requirements are met.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has denied North Dakota’s request for an order forcing the federal government to hold oil lease sales. The Bureau of Land Management is planning to hold such a sale in the first quarter of 2022 after canceling all sales last year. U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor ruled against the state Friday in part because a U.S. Justice Department attorney has offered an assurance that the bureau plans to hold the sale imminently. Traynor wrote in his order that he agreed with the federal government’s assessment that the state had made “a premature request.”
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A commercial beekeeping supply business has opened in far southwestern North Dakota that will serve people in three of the top five honey producing states in the country. State Department of Commerce officials say Commercial Bee Supply in Hettinger is meant bolster the beekeeping and other agriculture sectors in the community and region. It is within comfortable driving distance for producers in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. North Dakota leads the nation in honey production, and together with Montana and South Dakota produced nearly half of all U.S. honey in 2019, according to Department of Agriculture. The project was backed by local and state incentive programs. It is expected to create 12 full-time jobs.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A proposed science museum in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota area has received a $1 million donation from a local business leader. Officials with the Fargo-Moorhead Science Museum say the gift from John Ballantyne will help with facility planning and feasibility studies for facility in the community of about 250,000 people. Ballantyne is co-founder of the Fargo biological sciences company Aldevron and serves as its chief scientific officer. The museum focus on the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, collectively known as STEM. The plans includes a mobile STEM classroom. Aldevron’s operations began in a laboratory at North Dakota State University in 1998 and have grown to include sites in Madison, Wisconsin, and Freiburg, Germany.
 
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/17/22

K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 011722 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The first of four nights of high school basketball come your way tonight on K-Heart. It’s girl’s basketball tonight as South Prairie-Max will host Nedrose. Pre-game is set for 7:05 PM on 106.9 K-Heart, online at khrt.com, and through the Share Faith app.
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MSU WOMEN’S HOCKEY
 
ST. CHARLES, MO – The Minot State women’s hockey team split their weekend series at No. 4-Lindenwood University. After losing 3-1 on Saturday, Aspen Cooper netted the overtime winner with 2 minutes, 21 seconds left in the extra session, lifting the sixth-ranked Beavers to a 4-3 win over the Lions on Sunday. Minot State outshot Lindenwood 34-19 on the night. Haylie Biever finished with 16 saves in the win for the Beavers (15-4-0 overall, 7-2-0 WMCH).
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TIMBERWOLVES-WARRIORS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-99 victory over the worn-out Golden State Warriors, who played without star Steph Curry on Sunday night. Jaylen Nowell scored 17 points and Malik Beasley added in 16 on five second-half 3-pointers on an especially productive night for the reserves. The Timberwolves outscored a Warriors team wrapping up a four-game trip 40-19 in the last 16 minutes. Jordan Poole scored 20 points and Jonathan Kuminga had 19 points for the Warriors. They played again without Draymond Green and lost for the fifth time in seven games.
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VIKINGS-INTERVIEWS
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have interviewed Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett for head coach and Tennessee director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort for general manager. The team confirmed the completion of the interviews. Both the Packers and the Titans are on a first-round bye in the playoffs. Hackett is one of seven candidates the Vikings have requested interviews with to replace Mike Zimmer. Ossenfort is one of eight candidates the Vikings have requested interviews with to replace Rick Spielman.
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NFL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have moved on in the AFC playoffs while spoiling what’s expected to be the final game of a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The Chiefs’ offense was at full throttle as Patrick Mahomes completed 30 of 39 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-21 dismantling of the Steelers. Travis Kelce also threw a short TD pass and had five receptions for 108 yards and a score. Byron Pringle grabbed Kelce’s touchdown pass after snaring one from Mahomes. The Chiefs scored on six straight possessions during the middle part of the game and earned a meeting with the Buffalo Bills in Kansas City next weekend. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a forgettable performance. The 39-year-old was 29 of 44 for 215 yards with two meaningless TD passes late in the game, providing the coda to a career that includes six Pro Bowl trips.

 
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers have advanced to the NFC divisional round. Tom Brady threw for 271 yards while the Buccaneers were building a 31-0 lead in a 31-15 rout of the Eagles in the NFC wild-card round. The seven-time Super Bowl winner finished off the Eagles with TD passes of 2 yards to Rob Gronkowski and 36 yards to Mike Evans, improving his dazzling playoff record to 35-11 in a record 46 postseason starts. Brady was 29 of 37 for 271 yards without an interception. Evans had nine receptions for 117 yards for the defending Super Bowl champs, capping his TD with a somersault in the end zone. Philadelphia didn’t score until Boston Scott’s 34-yard run in the fourth quarter. Jalen Hurts threw for 258 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Eagles. The Bucs will host the winner of Monday’s game between the Rams and Cardinals.
 
The 49ers have advanced to the NFC divisional round by holding off the Cowboys, 23-17 near Dallas. Receiver Deebo Samuel ran 26 yards for a touchdown that put the Niners ahead, 23-7 in the third quarter, one play after Dak Prescott was intercepted. Eli Mitchell carried 27 times for 96 yards, including a four-yard TD. Prescott threw for 254 yards and a TD. He also ran for a score and later got Dallas to the San Francisco 24, but the clock ran out before the Cowboys could get off a snap. Next up for the 49ers is a trip to Green Bay to face the top-seeded Packers.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Villanova and Ohio State were the winners in Sunday’s two-game slate of top-25 men’s basketball teams. Collin Gillespie drained five 3-pointers while scoring 17 points as the 14th-ranked Wildcats clobbered Butler, 82-42. Justin Moore delivered 15 points, while Eric Dixon and Jermaine Samuels each scored 14 points in Villanova’s sixth straight win. The Wildcats shot 71% in the first half and opened the second on an 11-0 run.

 
The 16-ranked Buckeyes pulled out a 61-56 win over Penn State behind E.J. Liddell’s 19 points. Kyle Young forced a steal with 1:25 remaining and sank a pair of free throws 20 seconds later to hold off the Nittany Lions. Ohio State won despite shooting just under 39% overall and going the final five minutes without a basket.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Phoenix Suns have begun the second half of their schedule in the same manner they played the first half. Devin Booker scored 30 points and the Suns improved to a league-best 33-9 by blowing out the Pistons, 135-108. JaVale McGee finished with 20 points on 9 of 10 shooting, taking over after Suns starting center DeAndre Ayton left in the first quarter because of a sprained ankle. Cameron Payne also had 20 points for Phoenix, which also has the best road record at 16-4.

 
Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:
 
– Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 19 rebounds in his return to Utah’s lineup, helping the Jazz post a 125-102 romp over the Nuggets. Gobert had missed the previous five games after testing positive for COVID-19. Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 21 points as the Jazz ended a four-game skid.
 
– Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a 119-99 romp over the worn-out Warriors, who played without star Steph Curry. Jaylen Nowell scored 17 points and Malik Beasley pitched in 16 points on five second-half 3-pointers. Jordan Poole scored 20 points and Jonathan Kuminga had 19 points for the Warriors, who played again without Draymond Green and lost for the fifth time in seven games.
 
– Eric Gordon made a clutch bucket with 12.5 seconds remaining as the Rockets held off the Kings, 118-112. Christian Wood had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Houston, while Kevin Porter Jr. added 23 points and seven assists. Buddy Hield scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Sacramento.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Capitals failed to cut into the New York Rangers’ lead in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division. The Capitals are 1-3-2 in their last six games following a 4-2 loss to the Canucks. Elias Pettersson scored twice in the first five minutes of the second period, ending his seven-game goal drought dating to Dec. 14. Thatcher Demko turned back 31 shots to help the Canucks end a three-game skid. Bo Horvat scored a power-play goal and JT Miller had an empty-netter for Vancouver. Alex Ovechkin notched his 26th goal of the season and 756th in his career. He’s tied with Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl for the league lead this season.

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TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – The Australian Open has begun in Melbourne.

 
Rafael Nadal has renewed his bid for a record 21st Grand Slam singles title with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over American Marcos Giron. Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are tied with 20 major singles titles each. Djokovic is gone from the tournament after his visa was pulled for being unvaccinated for COVID-19.
 
Naomi Osaka started her title defense by winning the first five games on the way to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Camila Osorio.
 
Fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari beat Tatjana Maria 6-4, 7-6 in the first match completed on the main show court in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
 
Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3, and 15th-seeded Elina Svitolina got past Fiona Ferro 6-1, 7-6.
 
Bencic will next meet Amanda Anisimova, who beat qualifier Arianne Hartono 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
 
A back injury has forced ninth seed Ons Jabeur to withdraw from the Australian Open before her scheduled first-round singles match.
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PGA-SONY OPEN

HONOLULU (AP) – Hideki Matsuyama made up a five-shot deficit on the back nine and then won the Sony Open in a playoff with one of the best shots he never saw. Matsuyama hit a 3-wood into the sun to 3 feet for an eagle to beat Russell Henley and earn his eighth career PGA Tour victory, tying him with K.J. Choi for most tour victories by an Asian-born player. Matsuyama hammered a driver on the par-5 18th in regulation to set up a two-putt birdie for a 7-under 63. He got into a playoff when Henley missed a 10-foot birdie putt and closed with 65.

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NBA-NETS-DURANT

NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets have given no timetable for the return of forward Kevin Durant, who sprained the MCL in his left knee during Saturday’s win over the Pelicans. The injury occurred when teammate Bruce Brown was knocked backward and fell into his knee. The NBA’s leading scorer had an MRI exam Sunday that confirmed the injury. Brooklyn starts a four-game road trip Monday in Cleveland.

 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/16/22

K-HEART SPORTS – SUNDAY – 011622 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Saturday’s scores from the area:
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
#2 Minot 69, Williston 44
#4 Bismarck High 129, Turtle Mountain 62
Jamestown 85, Watford City 42
 
Class B
Bishop Ryan 52, Bottineau 50
Our Redeemer’s 52, Westhope-Newburg 34
Velva 50, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 48
Des Lacs-Burlington 63, Glenburn 26
Max 67, Richardton-Taylor 55
 
Ray Shootout
Burke County 51, Mandaree 41
Tioga 57, Alexander 51
#9 Powers Lake 47, Trenton 40
Williston Trinity Christian 72, Ray 60
 
Dickinson Trinity Shootout
Heart River 55, Central McLean 32
Bowman County 69, Stanley 60
New England 63, New Town 30
Dickinson Trinity 57, #5 Flasher 53
 
Devils Lake Shootout
Rolette 59, Midway-Minto 39
St. John 62, Sargent County 49
Rolla 62, Park River-Fordville-Lankin 45
MayPortCG 68, Benson County 38
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#2 Bismarck High 77, Turtle Mountain 50
Jamestown 81, Watford City 49
 
Class B
Bishop Ryan 39, Bottineau 37
Our Redeemer’s 71, Westhope-Newburg 46
Des Lacs-Burlington 39, Nedrose 20
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 68, Velva 41
 
Ray Shootout
Mandaree 73, Burke County 26
Parshall 42, Tioga 38
Divide County 47, Trenton 41
Ray 46, Williston Trinity Christian 38
 
Dickinson Trinity Shootout
Central McLean 68, Heart River 61 OT
Dickinson Trinity 64, Flasher 30
 
Devils Lake Shootout
New Rockford-Sheyenne 69, Midway-Minto 33
Sargent County 50, St. John 35
Benson County 73, Richland 55
Dunseith 61, MayPortCG 52
Rolla 60, Devils Lake JV 54
 
 
High School Boys Hockey
Jamestown 5, Minot 2
Bottineau-Rugby 7, Bismarck High 5
Williston 3, Bismarck Century 2 OT
 
High School Girls Hockey
West Fargo United 4, Minot 2
Fargo North-South 7, Jamestown 1
 
College Mens Basketball
Western Illinois 90, North Dakota State 79 OT
 
College Womens Basketball
Minot State 71, Wayne State 70
North Dakota 66, St. Thomas 55
North Dakota State 63, Western Illinois 55
 
College Womens Hockey
Lindenwood 3, Minot State 1
 
NAHL Hockey
North Iowa Bulls 5, Minot Minotauros 4
Bismarck Bobcats 4, Aberdeen Wings 1
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VIKINGS-COACH SEARCH
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have begun the search for a new coach. They are seeking interviews with an initial slate of seven candidates that includes Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. A person with knowledge of the process confirmed the names to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the organization was not publicizing the requests. The Vikings have also asked to interview Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
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NFL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The NFC playoffs have begun with a tight game in Cincinnati and a blowout in Orchard Park. The Bengals had dropped eight consecutive postseason games over 31 years before Joe Burrow tossed a pair of scoring passes in a 26-19 win over the Raiders. Burrow was 24 of 34 for 244 yards, with Ja’Marr Chase grabbing nine for 116 yards. CJ Uzomah and Tyler Boyd caught TD passes while Cincinnati built a 20-6 lead. Cincinnati scored on four straight possessions after Daniel Carlson hit a field goal to cap the game’s opening drive. Josh Jacobs ran for 83 yards and Derek Carr threw for 310 with one TD and an interception for Las Vegas.

 
Josh Allen and the Bills have advanced to the AFC divisional round by blasting the Patriots, 47-17. Allen set a team playoff record with five touchdown passes, two to Dawson Knox. Allen was 21 of 25 for 308 yards for the Bills, who scored on each of their first seven possessions that didn’t end with a kneeldown. Devin Singletary ran for two scores in the first half for Buffalo, which split its two games against New England in the regular season. Pats QB Mac Jones struggled in finishing 24 of 38 for 232 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Top-ranked Baylor has now followed a 21-game winning streak with its first home losing skid in nearly six years. Bryce Thompson scored the game’s final six points and finished with 19 as Oklahoma State beat the Bears, 61-54. Baylor fell behind by as many as 17 before a 14-2 run brought the defending national champs to within 55-54. The only time Oklahoma State trailed was after Kendall Brown’s basket that made it 4-3 only 2 1/2 minutes into the game. The Bears then missed 10 shots in a row over a span of more than six minutes.

 
In other Top 25 men’s action:
 
– Drew Timme scored 32 points and Andrew Nembhard had 19 as second-ranked Gonzaga routed Santa Clara, 115-83 for its 24th consecutive West Coast Conference victory. Timme shot 14-for-18 and had eight rebounds for the Zags, who broke the game open with a 27-5 run in the first half.
 
– Johnny Juzang scored 19 of his 24 points while third-ranked UCLA was pulling away in the second half of an 81-65 trouncing of Oregon State. Jaylen Clark added 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting in his first career start for the 11-2 Bruins.
 
– No. 4 Auburn rallied from an early 14-point deficit to beat Mississippi, 80-71 and run its winning streak to 13 games. Walker Kessler scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who also received 15 points from Jabari Smith.
 
– Oregon knocked off a top-five team for the second time in two games, beating No. 5 Southern California, 79-69 behind Will Richardson’s career-high 28 points. De’Vion Harmon had 16 points and N’Faly Dante added 12 in the Ducks’ fifth straight win.
 
– Azoulas Tubelis scored 32 points, Christian Koloko added 16 points and No. 6 Arizona dominated Utah inside for an 82-64 win. Arizona outscored Utah 56-28 in the paint, including 12 during a 21-0 run that turned a close game into a blowout.
 
– Mark Williams just missed a triple-double and Paolo Banchero had a team-high 21 points as eighth-ranked Duke beat North Carolina State, 88-73. Williams had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in the return of head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who missed one game due to a non-COVID illness.
 
– Ninth-ranked Kansas outscored West Virginia 52-28 in the second half of an 85-59 rout of the Mountaineers. David McCormack provided 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Jalen Wilson added 23 points and eight boards for the Jayhawks, who have never lost to WVU in 10 meetings at Allen Fieldhouse.
 
– Ryan Young delivered 18 points and eight rebounds as Northwestern pulled off a 64-62 upset of 10th-ranked Michigan at East Lansing. The Wildcats held on after Malik Hall missed a 3-pointer with four seconds left and Marcus Bingham failed to hit the front end of a one-on-one with seven-tenths of a second to play.
 
– Kyler Edwards made seven 3-pointers as part of his 29 points that allowed 11th-ranked Houston to avoid an upset by Tulsa, 66-64. The Cougars blocked Sam Griffin’s potential game-winning, 3-point try at the buzzer.
 
– Jaylin Williams hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with slightly more than a minute to play, sending Arkansas to a 65-58 comeback over No. 12 LSU. Williams had 11 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and helped the Razorbacks close on a 17-2 run.
 
– Gabe Kalscheur scored 22 points as 15th-ranked Iowa State held on to beat No. 21 Texas, 79-70. Kalscheur hit 6 of 12 attempts from 3-point range, including a pair of long-range shots that helped the Cyclones hold off a late charge by the Longhorns.
 
– No. 17 Xavier rallied to defeat Creighton, 80-73 as Colby Jones scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. Xavier had six players in double figures scoring, helping the Musketeers bounce back from a tough loss on Wednesday to No. 14 Villanova.
 
– Freshman TyTy Washington Jr. scored a career-high 28 points and 18th-ranked Kentucky shot a season-high 68% to blow out No. 22 Tennessee 107-79. Sahvir Wheeler returned from injury to add 21 points to the blowout.
 
– Nijel Pack dropped in 14 points, Mark Smith made a key 3-pointer with just over a minute left and Kansas State ended a four-game losing streak by beating 19th-rated Texas Tech 62-51. Smith finished with 12 points and Mike McGuirl had 10 for the Wildcats.
 
– Greg Elliott made a tiebreaking free throw with 1.7 seconds left and Marquette withstood a long second-half drought to beat No. 20 Seton Hall 73-72 for its fourth straight victory.
 
– Andersson Garcia made a free throw with 3.7 seconds left and Iverson Molinar had a game-high 24 points for Mississippi State in a 78-76 triumph over No. 24 Alabama.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets won a game but lost their top player. Kevin Durant sprained his left knee in the second quarter of the Nets’ 120-105 victory over the Pelicans. He finished with the 12 points and was walking with a limp when he left the arena midway through the fourth quarter. Coach Steve Nash said he will have an MRI exam on Sunday. James Harden had 27 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for the Nets, Patty Mills added 21 points and Kessler Edwards chipped in 16 to the win.

 
Checking out Saturday’s NBA schedule:
 
– Joel Embiid scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half as the 76ers beat the Heat, 109-98. Embiid helped the Sixers outscore Miami 66-48 over the final two periods.
 
– The Raptors earned a 103-96 victory over the Bucks behind Pascal Siakam, who had 30 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his second career triple-double. OG Anunoby added 24 points and Toronto came back from 15 down to beat the defending champs for the third time this season.
 
– Darius Garland had 27 points and 18 assists in the Cavaliers’ fourth win in a row, 106-102 versus the Thunder. Evan Mobley added 20 points and Jarrett Allen had 13 with 13 rebounds for Cleveland.
 
– Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 of his 19 points in the first quarter of his first game in two weeks, sparking the Mavericks to a 108-92 win against the Magic. Luka Doncic scored 23 points in the eighth win in nine games for the Mavericks.
 
– The Nuggets stormed to a 133-96 laugher over the Lakers as Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds for his eighth triple-double of the season. Rookie Bones Hyland had career highs of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Jeff Green scored a season-high 26 points in Denver’s second straight blowout victory.
 
– The Spurs’ five-game skid is over after Derrick White had 19 points in his return from a five-game absence, a 101-94 win against the Clippers. White was 7 for 11 from the field after sitting out in the NBAs health and safety protocols.
 
– The Knicks earned their third straight win as RJ Barrett scored 26 points Julius Randle added 24 in their 117-108 decision over the Hawks. New York improved to 22-21, the first time it’s been over .500 since Dec. 2.
 
– Robert Williams hit a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds left, capping the Celtics’ game-ending, 8-0 run in a 114-112 downing of the Bulls. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Williams contributed 14 points and 13 boards.
 
– The Wizards’ three-game winning streak is over after Anfernee Simons and Jusuf Nurkic had double-doubles in the Trail Blazers’ 115-110 victory at Washington. Simons scored 31 points and tied a career high with 11 assists, while Nurkic had 23 points and 14 rebounds.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Bruins needed overtime to complete their fifth straight win and eight in nine games. Taylor Hall scored 1:41 into the extra session to send the B’s past the Predators, 4-3. Brad Marchand, Craig Smith and Mike Reilly also scored to support Linus Ullmark’s 26-save performance. Colton Sissons, Luke Kunin and Ramon Josi each had a goal for Nashville, which is 13-4-1 in its last 18 games despite their second consecutive loss. Juuse Saros made 40 saves for the Predators.

 
In other rink action:
 
– The Panthers bombarded the Blue Jackets, 9-2 as Carter Verhaeghe and Anton Lundell each scored twice and MacKenzie Weegar tied a career-best with four points. Aaron Ekblad had three assists for Florida, which is a league-best 26-7-5.
 
– The Hurricanes stopped a two-game skid as Martin Necas and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 downing of the Canucks. Sebastian Aho and Steven Lorentz had the other Carolina goals and Andrei Svechnikov posted two assists in the victory.
 
– Ross Colton had the tiebreaking goal on a breakaway midway through the third period of the Lightning’s 3-1 verdict over the Stars. Brayden Point and Alex Killorn also scored as Tampa Bay handed Dallas its seventh straight road loss.
 
– The Avalanche were 5-0 winners over the Coyotes behind two goals apiece from Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. Darcy
Kuemper had 20 saves for his first shutout of the season, helping Colorado improve to 7-0-1 in its last eight games.
 
– Chris Kreider scored with 6 1/2 minutes left and fellow All-Star Adam Fox had two assists in the Rangers’ sixth win in eight games, 3-2
at Philadelphia. Mika Zibanejad and Filip Chytil also scored against the Flyers, who have dropped seven in a row.
 
– Capitals netminder Vitek Vanecek stopped 23 shots in his third career shutout and seventh win of the season a 2-0 decision over the Islanders. He got all the support he’d need when Tom Wilson scored 4 1/2 minutes into the game.
 
– The Penguins pulled out a 2-1 win over the Sharks on Jake Guentzel’s goal 37 seconds into OT. Guentzel and Kris Letang each scored a goal and had an assist to back Luis Domingue, who had 40 saves in his season debut.
 
– Ilya Mikheyev capped off a back-and-forth affair with a goal on Toronto’s 40th shot of the night to push Toronto past St. Louis, 6-5. Timothy Liljegren, Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, John Tavares, and Michael Bunting also scored as the Leafs gave St. Louis its first home loss in 14 games since Nov. 16.
 
– Josh Norris scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal as the Senators tallied five times in the third period to rally past the Oilers, 6-4. Alex Formenton and Adan Gaudette each had a goal and an assist in Ottawa’s first win of the season when trailing after 40 minutes.
 
– Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 37 shots for his third shutout of the season and the Blackhawks’ fourth consecutive win, 3-0 against the Ducks. Brandon Hagel, Patrick Kane and Dominik Kubalik provided the scoring as Chicago moved to 14-9-3 under interim coach Derek King.
 
– The Kings also made it four straight wins as Adrian Kempe scored his 17th goal of the season early in the first period before Phillip Danault tallied twice in a 3-1 win versus the Kraken. Seattle has dropped nine straight and 12 of 13.
 
– Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 22 shots for his fourth career shutout to lead the Red Wings to its first loss in five games, 4-0 against the Sabres. Tyler Bertuzzi had a goal and two assists, and rookie Lucas Raymond had his first goal since Dec. 1.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – JuJu Smith-Schuster’s season isn’t over after all. The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated the star wide receiver off injured reserve. The move clears the way for Smith-Schuster to be on the field Sunday when the wild-card Steelers visit Kansas City. Smith-Schuster hasn’t played since injuring his right shoulder during a victory over Denver on Oct. 10.

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TENNIS-NEWS

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic has left Australia after losing his final bid to avoid deportation and play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19. A court earlier unanimously dismissed the No. 1-ranked tennis player’s challenge to cancel his visa. The 34-year-old Serb said he was “extremely disappointed” by the court ruling but respected it. He left on a flight to Dubai, the same United Arab Emirates city he flew to Australia from. Djokovic has won a record nine Australian Open titles, including three in a row, but this time won’t even get the chance to try. In Serbia, President Aleksandar Vucic criticized the court hearing as “a farce with a lot of lies.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the ruling will help keep Australians safe.

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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The death of Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez near his home in Fort Worth, Texas, has been ruled a suicide. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office in Texas released the finding on Thursday, three days after the 28-year-old’s body was found. The Rays announced the death in a Twitter post last Tuesday but did not release details.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-HALL

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Former Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall has died at age 93. Hall succeeded longtime coach Adolph Rupp and led Kentucky to a national championship in 1978. Wildcats coach John Calipari Hall “my friend, my mentor and an icon in our state and in our profession.” A moment of silence was held for Hall in Rupp Arena before No. 18 Kentucky blew out 22nd-ranked rival Tennessee on Saturday, 107-79.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 01/15/22

KHRT NEWS – SATURDAY – 011522 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, ND – Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says North Dakota’s oil production for November 2021 was up 4.4% – an increase that hasn’t been seen in more than a year. The state produced 1.16-million barrels a day compared to 1.11-million in October. There were 60 wells completed in November, bringing the state to a record number of producing wells at 17,238. Natural gas production also increased 2.4%.
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MINOT, N.D. – If you are needing to get a COVID test this weekend, the North Dakota Department of Healh will be offering additional days of COVID testing in Minot. COVID testing will be offered today, Monday, and next Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. Testing will be done in the front ticketing area. Park in the main south parking lot. Testing will be on a walk-in basis. No appointments are needed, but everyone to be tested should be pre-registered at testreg.nd.gov. Anyone can be tested, regardless of residency or reason for testing, and all tests are free. Masks are required. Both the PCR molecular test and the BinaxNow rapid test will be available. Results of the PCR test will be available within 72 hours, and the results of the rapid tests will be available in 2 hours.
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MINOT, ND – Tourism officials say that COVID-19 policies at the Canadian border are affecting travel into North Dakota. In November Canada lifted its non-essential travel ban. However, just days before Christmas, the country reinstated its PCR testing requirement. Before Dec. 21, Canadian travelers did not have to submit a PCR test if they were in the U.S. for less than 72 hours. Now, Canadian travelers must submit a test regardless of how long they stay in the states. Officials with Visit Minot say travel into the state has been impacted as people need to do a little more planning than usual, even if it’s just an overnight trip.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The president of the University of North Dakota is publicly defending áthe school’s draft gender inclusion policy. Andrew Armacost says the intent is to align the Grand Forks-based school with existing federal and state laws and policies to better protect LGBTQ students from harassment and discrimination. Armacost’s presentation Friday comes after widespread criticism from state lawmakers, North Dakota’s two Roman Catholic bishops and Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski, The policy as presently written would require the use of a transgender person’s preferred pronouns and the use of locker rooms, bathrooms and other living facilities that align with a person’s gender identity.
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has approved a bill championed by Gov. Kristi Noem to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity. The Republican governor has aggressively pushed the bill this year. It received approval in the Republican-dominated Senate State Affairs committee on Friday, clearing a legislative hurdle that has been a key roadblock to similar South Dakota bills in the past. Every Republican on the committee approved the bill, despite warnings from opponents that it alienates and bullies transgender students. Opponents say it exposes schools to legal action for a political cause that has not been an issue in South Dakota.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/15/22

K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 011522 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Friday’s scores from the area:
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
#4 Bismarck High 105, Dickinson 65
Mandan 76, Watford City 50
 
Class B
#1 Four Winds-Minnewauken 81, #7 Hillsboro-Central Valley 50
Shiloh Christian 76, Beulah 68 OT
Stanley 59, Burke County 24
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#2 Bismarck High 62, Dickinson 40
Bismarck St. Mary’s 71, Turtle Mountain 56
Mandan 78, Watford City 35
 
Class B
Trenton 53, Mandaree 36
 
High School Girls Hockey
Bismarck 3, Mandan 2 SO
West Fargo United 4, Williston 1
Dickinson 3, Watford City 19U 0
 
High School Girls Gymnastics
Bismarck Ziegler Invite
1. Dickinson, 145.875
2. Bismarck Century, 132.775
3. Bismarck Legacy, 128.575
4. Mandan, 127.150
5. Bismarck High, 34.000
 
High School Boys Wrestling
Class A
Dickinson 34, Bismarck Legacy 32
 
College Womens Basketball
Augustana 79, Minot State 71
 
NAHL Hockey
Minot Minotauros 4, North Iowa Bulls 1
Bismarck Bobcats 5, Aberdeen Wings 2
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WILD-DUCKS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello scored four seconds apart early in a four-goal third period, and the Minnesota Wild routed the Anaheim Ducks 7-3. Zuccarello finished with two goals and an assist, Boldy and Ryan Hartman had one of each, and Kirill Kaprizov added two assists in his return. Minnesota won its 10th straight against the Ducks, the longest win streak against an opponent in team history. Max Comtois, Derek Grant and Trevor Zegras scored for Anaheim, which played much of the night without two of its top scorers.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Purdue has been prone to slow starts since the start of the men’s basketball season. The Boilermakers rectified that situation on Friday. Zach Edey poured in 22 points and Jaden Ivey had 17 as seventh-ranked Purdue pounded Nebraska, 92-65. The Boilermakers opened on a 23-4 run over the first seven-plus minutes. The Cornhuskers got within 29-17 before Purdue went on a 10-2 spurt to regain control. The Boilermakers are 14-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten following their sixth win in seven games.

In the only other Top-25 game of the night, Kofi Cockburn scored 21 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to help No. 25 Illinois post a 68-53 win against Michigan. Trent Frazier scored 16 points in the second half on 5-of-11 shooting, including a stretch where he had 11 straight for the Illini. He finished with 18 points and a career-high seven assists.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies’ team-record, 11-game winning streak is over. The Dallas Mavericks dominated the second half of a 112-85 thumping of the Grizzlies, outscoring Memphis 62-30 over the last two quarters. Luka Doncic got the better of Ja Morant in an anticipated matchup of guards, posting a triple-double of 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Morant had 19 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who actually led by five at halftime. Tim Hardaway Jr. was among seven Mavs to score in double figures, finishing with 16 off the bench.

 
Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:
 
– Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul sent the league-leading Suns to a 112-94 win at Indiana. Booker was high scorer with 35 points, while Ayton had 27 points and 12 rebounds. Paul chipped in 12 points and nine assists for Phoenix, which was tied at 76 in the third quarter before embarking on a 23-2 run.
 
– Rookie Jonathan Kuminga finished with 25 points and Jordan Poole scored 22 for Golden State in a 138-96 thrashing of the Bulls in Chicago. Andrew Wiggins dropped in 21 points and Stephen Curry had 19 for the Warriors, who had dropped four of five before building a 78-47 halftime lead. The Bulls lost star Zach LaVine to a left knee injury in the opening minutes. He’s scheduled for an MRI.
 
– Darius Garland scored 28 points in the Cavaliers’ third straight win, 114-109 at San Antonio. Jarrett Allen finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds to help Cleveland deal San Antonio its fifth loss in a row. Dejounte Murray had 30 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Spurs, who are 1-7 in the new year.
 
– The 76ers reeled off a 28-2 run in the first quarter before coasting past the Celtics, 111-99. Joel Embiid had 25 points and 13 rebounds but was unable to set a team record with his ninth consecutive 30-point performance. Tyrese Maxey scored 23 points, and Tobias Harris and Seth Curry each added 17 to help the 76ers win for the eighth time in nine games.
 
– Jimmy Butler returned from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle to deliver 23 and help the Heat rally in the fourth quarter to beat the Hawks, 124-118. Tyler Herro scored 24 points for Miami, which trailed by 10 in the second half and held Atlanta without a field goal over the final 3:13. Trae Young had 24 points for the Hawks, who trailed 30-13.
 
– The Pistons held the Raptors to 32% shooting in a 103-87 victory. Trey Lyles finished with 21 points, while Cade Cunningham and Hamidou Diallo each added 18. Josh Jackson had 13 points off the bench for the Pistons, who are 5-3 this year after finishing 2021 with 18 losses in their last 19 games.
 
– The Magic’s 10-game losing streak is over after the Wagner brothers led them to a 116-109 win over the Hornets. Moe Wagner scored a season-high 26 points, while younger brother Franz added 19 points and seven assists. Gary Harris added 18 points for the Magic, who trailed by three entering the fourth quarter before winning for the first time since Dec. 22.
 
– The Kings were 126-114 winners over the Rockets as De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III combined for 53 points. Fox furnished 27 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Bagley had 26 points and 13 boards. Buddy Hield contributed 19 points off the bench and Tyrese Haliburton had a team-high 12 assists for Sacramento.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Florida Panthers continue to be one of the NHL’s top teams at home. Sam Bennett’s second hat trick of the season highlighted the Panthers’ blowout win over the Stars, 7-1. Bennett finished with four points and Jonathan Huberdeau added a goal and three assists, giving him 51 points. Anthony Duclair got into the act with a goal and two assists for the Cats, who are 7-0-1 since the COVID-19 pause and 19-3-0 overall at home. Jake Oettinger was pulled after allowing four goals on 17 shots. He was lifted after Carter Verhaeghe and Huberdeau scored 30 seconds apart in the second period. Roope Hintz had the lone goal for Dallas, which is 4-11-1 on the road this season.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello scored four seconds apart while the Wild collected four goals in the third period of a 7-3 trouncing of the Ducks. Zuccarello finished with two goals and an assist, Boldy and Ryan Hartman had one of each, and Kirill Kaprizov added two assists in his return. Kaapo Kahkonen made 39 saves for the rested Wild, who won their 10th straight against the Ducks.
 
– Nazem Kadri scored the shootout winner and the Avalanche extended the NHL’s longest home winning streak in nearly four years to 13 with a 4-3 victory over the undermanned Coyotes. Mikko Rantanen, Tyson Jost and Andre Burakovsky scored in regulation for Colorado and Pavel Francouz stopped 23 shots. Arizona took a 3-2 lead on Shayne Gostisbehere’s goal 39 seconds into the third period, but Burakovsky tied it just 29 seconds later.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips says now is not the time for College Football Playoff expansion. Phillips told reporters on a conference call Friday that with the NCAA about to embark on a transformation of Division I, CFP expansion should not be the priority. He also cited the continuing need for federal legislation regarding name, image and likeness compensation for athletes.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs will be without Clyde Edwards-Helaire for their wild-card playoff game against the Steelers on Sunday night. The starting running back was unable to put together a full week of practice because of a hurt collarbone. He worked out with the team on a limited basis Wednesday, but did not practice at all Thursday or Friday. The Chiefs should have Darrel Williams in the backfield after hurting his toe in their regular-season finale. Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon will also be available.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Five players, including dynamic pass catchers Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams, are unanimous choices for The Associated Press 2021 NFL All-Pro Team. Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt, and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald also were unanimously selected.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Toronto Maple Leafs have added three more players to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol as an outbreak on the team that started in December continues to drag on. The Leafs say forwards Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie and defenseman Justin Holl have been added to the list. Twenty Maple Leafs players have entered the protocol since the team’s outbreak began last month. Toronto’s next game is Saturday at St. Louis. More than 100 games have been postponed this season because of coronavirus concerns.

 
In other hockey news:
 
– Islanders forward Ross Johnston was suspended for three games without pay by the league for an illegal check to the head against Devils forward A.J. Greer. Johnston was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head early in the first period of the Islanders’ 3-2 home victory on Thursday.
 
– A showcase game in Canada featuring prime prospects eligible for the NHL draft has been postponed because of COVID-19 concerns. The 2022 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game was originally scheduled for Feb. 2 at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Rangers.
 
– Claude Julien has been named coach of Canada’s men’s hockey team for the Beijing Olympics, and Shane Doan has been named general manager. They replace St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong and Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper, who vacated their positions on the national team when the NHL pulled out of an agreement to send its players to the Olympics last month.
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TENNIS-EVERT-CANCER

UNDATED (AP) – Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert says she was diagnosed last month with an early stage of ovarian cancer and has begun chemotherapy treatments this week. The 67-year-old Evert revealed the illness in a story posted Friday on ESPN.com; she is an on-air announcer for ESPN. Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings and was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1995.

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TENNIS-DJOKOVIC

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic is back in immigration detention after his legal challenge to avoid being deported from Australia for being unvaccinated for COVID-19 was moved to a higher court. A Federal Court hearing has been scheduled for Sunday, a day before the men’s No. 1-ranked tennis player and nine-time Australian Open champion is due to begin his title defense at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. Australian media reported that Djokovic was back in a detention hotel where he’d spent four nights before he was released last Monday. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has blocked the 34-year-old Serb’s visa, which was originally revoked when he landed in Melbourne.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 01/14/22

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 011422 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, ND – COVID-19 cases continue to spike in North Dakota. Today’s weekly report from the Department of Health lists a 14-day rolling positivity rate of 15.6%. There were 11,756 new positives reported January 8th through today. Active cases have almost doubled over the last week to 8,560, up by 4,073. Cass County has 4,100 of those active cases, Burleigh with 1,681, Grand Forks is at 1,227, while Ward County has 767. There are 135 hospitalized which is up 17 and 22 of those are in ICU. Deaths among those who tested positive are up 18 over the week to a total of 2,046 since the pandemic began.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota health officials warned residents at a virtual town hall Thursday that the COVID-19 spike is going to get worse and were met with some skepticism from people questioning the number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus and the safety of the vaccines.
 
Four panelists said the surge from the omicron variant that was first seen in large cities like New York and Chicago is now hitting North Dakota, with the number of cases exceeding the first spike in November 2020 that preceded the delta variant and happened before vaccines were widely available.
 
The rolling average of daily new cases in the state over the last two weeks has increased by more than 334.5%, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.
 
“I think we probably have several weeks before we see a peak here,” said Kirby Kruger, the disease control and forensic pathology section chief for the state Department of Health. “I’m hoping I’m wrong. I’m hoping it’s earlier. Generally we lag a little bit behind what’s happening in other parts of the United States … we were a little bit late to the arrival of the omicron game in North Dakota.”
 
The omicron variant spreads more easily than other coronavirus strains and has already become dominant in many countries. It also more easily infects those who have been vaccinated or had previously been infected by prior versions of the virus. Early studies show omicron is less likely to cause severe illness than the previous delta variant.
 
North Dakota health officials said Thursday that while the COVID-19 vaccine may in most cases fail to prevent an omicron infection, it’s still limiting severe infections and hospitalizations in the state. However, they noted that nearly 40 percent of residents have not received a single shot.
 
“North Dakota rates, sadly, are below the U.S. average for all of (the) age groups,” said Molly Howell, the state’s immunization program director.
 
The panel spent the last 30 minutes taking questions online. One came from someone who claimed to know of “several friends and relatives who have had severe reactions including strokes, heart attacks and deaths shortly after taking a vaccine shot.”
 
Dr. Paul Carson, director of the North Dakota State University Center for Immunization Research and Education, said he has heard similar sentiments from people around the region. Carson cited several studies rebuking the safety complaints of the vaccine, including a U.S. survey showing that deaths from any other cause but COVID-19 were lower among vaccinated than unvaccinated people.
 
“We’re just not seeing these problems,” Carson said. “The vaccines are just turning out to be remarkably safe.”
 
Carson also addressed speculation on whether deaths attributed to COVID-19 were actually people with the virus whose causes of death were from some other disease. Carson said if health officials were inflating COVID deaths and inappropriately listing it on death certificates, the overall death rates shouldn’t be rising.
 
“But they went up dramatically in 2020 and in 2021,” Carson said, noting there were anywhere from 5,000 to 45,000 more deaths every week in those two years compared to five-year averages.
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MINOT, ND – Trinity Health says a nationwide shortage of monoclonal antibodies has altered the way doctors are able to allocate the lifesaving treatment for COVID-19. The Trinity Emergency/Trauma Center has suspended infusing patients in the ER; COVID-positive patients seeking oral antiviral medication or monoclonal antibody infusion therapy will need to obtain a referral for those treatments from their provider. Local supply of the infusion drugs will be allocated to patients based on their clinical indicators and other factors.
 
Monoclonal antibody therapy is an infusion treatment for people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are deemed to be at high risk for complications. If administered early, it’s been shown to prevent serious illness and the need for hospital care. Oral antiviral medications have recently gained emergency use authorization from the FDA for use in certain circumstances.
 
Casmiar Nwaigwe, MD, Trinity’s infectious disease specialist, says active cases of COVID-19 have spiked recently in the state, and he expects that trend to continue with the Omicron variant gaining a strong foothold. “The dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. and here in North Dakota has boosted demand for monoclonal antibodies and caused a shortage of what has proven to be life-saving treatment,” Dr. Nwaigwe said. “Because of the limited supply of these drugs, monoclonal antibody treatments will not be available for all patients who might otherwise benefit from them.”
 
The federal government allocates these approved treatments to states based on case burden and utilization rates. The N.D. Department
of Health then determines how the supplies will be distributed within the state. Last week, North Dakota received 51 doses of the drug Sotrovimab, found to be effective against the Omicron virus, and seven doses were allocated for Trinity Health, far fewer than what is needed.
 
Dr. Nwaigwe says given the national and local shortage of these proven therapies, vaccination remains a person’s best bet against severe infection. “Clearly, patient demand has exceeded the available supply for these drugs in the short term, so the best way to prepare for the current surge is to be fully vaccinated and boosted to protect yourself against serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19,” Nwaigwe said. Vaccination appointments are available by calling Trinity’s hotline, 701-857-2515, or contact First District Health Unit in Minot for an appointment.
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MINOT, ND – It’s a third day for SRT customers without email service. Mail2World, SRT’s third party email provider, continues to experience an outage that affects all SRT email customers. Mail2World attributes the outage to a ransomware attack and reports that customer data has not been compromised.
 
SRT email customers have not been able to send or receive emails since Mail2World reported the unplanned technology-related service interruption on Wednesday morning, January 12. While the email provider had estimated restoration by mid-afternoon on January 13,
 
Mail2World is still working on restoring their servers and has not issued a revised timeline.
“The ransomware attack is on Mail2World’s server that controls distribution of email, not on SRT directly,” said Cassidy Hjelmstad, CEO and General Manager of SRT. “We believe Mail2World’s statement that our customers’ information has not been compromised. We know this is a highly sensitive issue and we will continue to ask questions of our email provider. But for now, we are hoping they can resolve the issue soon.”
 
Founded in 2000, Mail2World supports email hosting services for companies across the country and millions of mailboxes globally. The company is headquartered in the United States with offices located worldwide.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 011422 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota health officials say the COVID-19 spike is about to get worse. Officials held a virtual town hall Thursday and were met with some skepticism from people questioning the number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus and the safety of the vaccines. Officials say the surge from the omicron variant that was first seen in larger cities like New York and Chicago is now hitting North Dakota. The number of cases in the state has exceeded the first spike in November 2020. Some residents are still questioning the vaccines, which panelists said may not prevent omicron but are safe and limiting severe illnesses and hospitalizations in the state.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An Illinois appellate court has set aside a decision by state regulators that would allow the Dakota Access oil pipeline to double capacity to 1.1 million barrels daily. The appellate court ordered the Illinois Commerce Commission to review the public need for the project that moves North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois. The court says regulators must also consider regulatory violations in Pennsylvania by one of the pipeline’s owners. The court ordered Illinois regulators to issue a new decision within 11 months, while restricting the pipeline’s capacity to 570,000 barrels per day.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum has named Mandan attorney Ryan Norwell as his new general counsel. Norwell will succeed Leslie Bakken Oliver, who is retiring. Oliver served as general counsel for the governor’s office since Burgum took office in December 2016. Norwell assumes the role on Feb. 28. Norrell has served as general counsel for Farm Credit Services of Mandan since 2015. He’s previously served as legal counsel for the North Dakota Public Service Commission and as state’s attorney for LaMoure County. Norwell earned his law degree from the University of North Dakota.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Minnesota-based window and door maker is expanding its operations in Fargo, North Dakota. Marvin plans to build a 127,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a 148,000-square-foot distribution center in Fargo. The expansion is expected create 300 new jobs. The unemployment rate in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota area was 1.8% in November, according to the most recent federal data. The were three job openings for every unemployed person in the state last fall. Warroad, Minnesota-based Marvin first opened a factory in Fargo 25 years ago. It now has six facilities in the area that employ 1,700 people. Marvin also announced it is bumping its starting wage from $18.50 to $20 an hour and giving new hires access to benefits on the first day.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/14/22

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 011422 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Garrison scored the first points of the game and led throughout in defeated Kenmare 66-48 last night in a girls basketball game that we broadcast on K-Heart. Sweet Cedar Perkins led four Lady Troopers in double-figure scoring with 21 points, including four 3’s; Mia Gehring added 16; Karli Klein with 11; and Katie Zook had 10. Mashae Miller led the Honker attack with 18 points, coming on six made 3’s. #7 Garrison remains undefeated at 11-0, while Kenmare drops to 7-5.
 
Other scores from Thursday:
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century 58, Bismarck Legacy 48
 
Class B
#5 Flasher 104, Solen 37
#9 Powers Lake 82, Mandaree 52
North Star 60, Rugby 51
Garrison 55, Central McLean 48
New Salem-Almont 62, Max 43
Wilton-Wing 65, Washburn 45
Tioga 63, New Town 36
 
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century 72, Bismarck Legacy 42
#5 Minot 62, Jamestown 61
 
Class B
#10 Shiloh Christian 58, Grant County 46
Bishop Ryan 41, Our Redeemer’s 28
Des Lacs-Burlington 44, South Prairie-Max 32
Glenburn 46, Surrey 30
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 57, Berthold 46
Nedrose 66, Drake-Anamoose 41
Bottineau 64, TGU 50
St. John 50, Rolla 48
Powers Lake 49, Mandaree 26
Central McLean 55, New Salem-Almont 31
Beulah 67, Killdeer 22
Heart River 45, Hazen 38
 
High School Boys Hockey
Dickinson 3, Mandan 1
Bismarck Century 10, Hazen-Beulah 1
Williston 4, Bismarck High 3
 
High School Girls Hockey
Minot 5, Williston 0
 
High School Boys Wrestling
Class A
Bismarck Century 44, Bismarck St. Mary’s 24
Dickinson 36, Jamestown 33
 
College Mens Basketball
Western Illinois 73, North Dakota 68
 
College Womens Basketball
North Dakota 76, Western Illinois 65
St. Thomas 73, North Dakota State 62
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WOLVES-GRIZZLIES
 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Desmond Bane scored 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the final minutes for their 11th straight victory, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Thursday night. Ja Morant had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and John Konchar added 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds. Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 30 points. D’Angelo Russell had 29 points and six assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points and nine rebounds.

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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Third-ranked UCLA can expect to take a tumble in the AP men’s basketball poll on Monday. Head coach Dana Altman earned his 700th career win as Jacob Young poured in a season-high 23 points to lead Oregon past the Bruins, 84-81 in overtime. Young provided consecutive baskets in OT to put the Ducks ahead to stay in their fourth consecutive win. Johnny Juzang scored 23 points for the Bruins, who had won five straight.

 
Also on the Top-25 men’s schedule:
 
– Drew Timme scored 30 points on 13-of-14 shooting as second-ranked Gonzaga beat rival BYU 110-84 to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 61 games. Andrew Nembhard had 22 points and 12 assists, and Julian Strawther added 20 points for the 13-2 Bulldogs, who shot 69%.
 
– No. 5 Southern California rallied from a 51-41 deficit to defeat Oregon
State 81-71. Chavez Goodwin had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Drew Peterson added 15 points.
 
– Sixth-ranked Arizona is 13-1 after Azoulas Tubelis and Justin Kier provided 14 points apiece in a 76-55 blowout over Colorado. Arizona shot 51% and had 20 assists on 29 field goals to match its best start since 2015-16.
 
– Brad Davison provided 23 points and Tyler Wahl added 20 in No. 13 Wisconsin’s sixth straight win, 78-68 against Ohio State. Wisconsin was 10 of 23 from 3-point range in improving to 14-2 overall, 5-1 in the Big Ten.
 
– Kevin Obanor had 17 points and No. 19 Texas Tech backed up its consecutive wins over Top 10 teams with a 78-57 victory over Oklahoma State. Adonis Arms scored 13 points for the 13-3 Red Raiders, who were coming off Tuesday’s win at top-ranked Baylor.
 
– Jalen Terry scored 28 points and David Jones added 24 as DePaul stunned No. 20 Seton Hall, 96-92. The Blue Demons did it while playing most of the second half without conference scoring leader Javon Freeman-Liberty because of an apparent right leg injury.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks had a surprisingly easy time defeating the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his third triple-double of the season and the Bucks led 77-38 at halftime en route to a 118-99 rout of the Warriors. Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in his 28th career triple-double. Khris Middleton chipped in 23 points, Bobby Portis had 15 and Grayson Allen had 15 for the Bucks, who welcomed back coach Mike Budenholzer. Milwaukee had gone 1-3 while Budenholzer was in COVID-19 protocols. Andrew Wiggins had a team-high 16 points for the Warriors, while teammate Stephen Curry had just 12.

 
Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action:
 
– The Grizzlies’ team-record winning streak is now at 11 games following a 116-108 decision over the Timberwolves. Desmond Bane scored 21 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 to help Memphis avenge their 43-point loss to Minnesota on Nov. 20. Ja Morant had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and John Konchar added 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds.
 
– The Nets lost for the sixth time in their last seven home games, absorbing a 130-109 defeat against the Thunder. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander delivered 33 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Thunder, who are 14-27 at the midway mark. Rookie Josh Giddey provided 19 points to the Thunder’s first win in six games.
 
– The Nuggets carved up the Trail Blazers, 140-108 as Will Barton furnished 21 points and Nikola Jokic added 20. Barton had to leave the game for good with a strained neck after falling into the knee of Portland center Jusuf Nurkic on a drive.
 
– Brandon Ingram dropped in 24 points and Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 18 points and 16 boards in the Pelicans’ 113-89
thrashing of the Clippers. Rookie Herb Jones scored 14 points and had three steals for the Pelicans, who parlayed 15 Clippers turnovers into 23 points.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Columbus Blue Jackets grabbed a 4-0 lead against the Carolina Hurricanes on New Year’s Day, only to absorb a 7-4 loss. There was none of that on Thursday. Yegor Chinakhov scored twice and Elvis Merzlikins turned back 31 shots as the Jackets blasted the Canes, 6-0. Amil Bemstrom and Jack Roslovic each added a goal and an assist for Columbus, which put the game away with a four-goal third period. Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen gave up four goals on 32 shots, taking a seat on the bench after Patrik Laine and Chinakhov scored in a 32-second span early in the final period. The Hurricanes’ first shutout loss of the season drops them out of a first-place tie with the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.

 
Igor Shesterkin returned from COVID-19 protocol and stopped 37 shots to lead the Rangers’ 3-0 shutout of the Sharks. Chris Kreider got his first career short-handed goal and an empty-netter to reach 200 goals as the Rangers blanked San Jose for the second straight meeting.
 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Tuukka Rask made his return to the Boston nets and David Pastrnak provided the Bruins’ second hat trick in two nights, leading a 3-2 victory against the Flyers. Rask made his season debut after recovering from surgery last summer to repair a torn labrum, finishing with 27 saves in the Bruins’ seventh win in eight games.
 
– Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading 18th goal and Anthony Cirelli put the Lightning ahead to stay in a 4-2 downing of the Canucks. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves for Tampa Bay, including a stop on Elias Petterson’s breakaway in the third period.
 
– Third-period goals by Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich pushed the Blues past the Kraken, 2-1. Ville Husso made 31 saves as the
Blues extended their home points streak to 13 games.
 
– Mikey Anderson, Viktor Arvidsson and Anze Kopitar scored in a span of 1:23 of the third period to secure the Kings’ third straight win, 6-2 over the Penguins. Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist to reach 700 career points, and Sean Durzi had a goal and two assists to help Los Angeles finish 5-2 on its seven-game homestand.
 
– The Predators had won five straight before Jeff Skinner scored twice and Aaron Dell handled 29 shots in the Sabres’ 4-1 victory at Nashville. Mark Jankowski and Vinnie Hinostroza also scored for Buffalo, who snapped a six-game skid.
 
– Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season, sending the Jets to a 3-0 win at Detroit. Andrew Copp scored twice and Kyle Connor added an empty-netter in Winnipeg’s first game since a 7-1 loss in Colorado a week ago.
 
– Philipp Kurashev scored 2:24 into overtime to send the Blackhawks to their third straight win, 3-2 against the Canadiens. Dominik Kubalik and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots as Chicago handed Montreal its fifth loss in a row.
 
– The Islanders pulled out a 3-2 win over the Devils on Mat Barzal’s tiebreaking goal with 4:53 remaining. Josh Bailey and Adam Pelech scored and Zach Parise added two assists for the Islanders, who ran their point streak to five games and played for the first time since New Year’s Day.
 
– The Senators also were in action for the first time since New Year’s Day, getting two goals from Nick Paul in a 4-1 verdict over the Flames. Matt Murray made 27 saves for his first victory of the season.
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NHL-ALL STAR ROSTERS

NEW YORK (AP) – Washington star Alexander Ovechkin and high-scoring Edmonton teammates Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl headline the rosters for the NHL All-Star Weekend. Ovechkin led voting in the Metropolitan Division to earn the captaincy for the Feb. 4-5 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It’s his eighth selection. The event features a three-game tournament played in a 3-on-3 format, with 11-man teams from each of the league’s four divisions.

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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks are separated by just three games in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings, but their plans for the stretch run now appear to be divergent. The Hawks have become sellers after falling to 17-23, sending forwards Cam Reddish and Solomon Hill to the Knicks for small forward Kevin Knox and a 2022 first-round draft pick. The Knicks also get a second-round choice in this year’s draft. Reddish received regular playing time for Atlanta this season, averaging 11.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 34 games. Reddish and Knox are recent first-round picks, but Knox started just 61 of 195 games for the Knicks after being drafted in 2018. Reddish is reunited with former Duke teammate RJ Barrett as the Knicks try to improve on their 21-21 start. The deal gives the Hawks additional salary cap room this summer.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is out at least six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a core injury that has been causing him abdominal pain. The six-time All-Star has missed five games since the start of the year and 11 games overall this season because of the injury.
 
– The Bulls expect forward Derrick Jones Jr. to miss two to four weeks because of a bone bruise in his right knee. Jones was injured in the opening minute of a 138-112 home loss to the Nets on Wednesday.
 
– A trade between the Pistons and Nuggets has been rescinded after big man Bol Bol didn’t receive medical clearance with Detroit. The Nuggets had finalized a deal to send Bol to the Pistons in exchange for guard Rodney McGruder along with a 2022 second-round pick via Brooklyn.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama offensive stars Jameson Williams and Evan Neal are entering the NFL draft and skipping their senior seasons. Williams led Crimson Tide receivers with 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns in his lone season after transferring from Ohio State. Neal played left tackle last season and started 39 games on the line in three seasons. Both are All-Americans and projected first-round picks.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – David Culley is one and done as head coach of the Houston Texans. Culley has been let go following a 4-13 record in his lone season at the helm. The Texans had quarterback issues early in the season but split their last four games, finishing with a 28-25 loss to the top-seeded Titans. Culley said Monday he expected to return, but general manager Nick Caserio was said to still be evaluating him at that time. It’s the first time the Texans have fired a coach after just one season. The dismissals of Culley and Miami’s Brian Flores leave Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin as the NFL’s only Black head coach.

 
Elsewhere in the NFL:
 
– Left tackle Trent Williams practiced with the 49ers on Thursday after missing the season finale with an elbow injury. Williams is on target to play Sunday against the Cowboys, saying the elbow feels good. Williams was officially limited and wore tape on the elbow instead of a brace.
 
– The NFL has no plans to move the Feb. 13 Super Bowl to Arlington, Texas, or anywhere else despite the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the accompanying health precautions in California. Both NFL officials and local organizers say the championship game isn’t leaving the Los Angeles area.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Labor talks to end the baseball lockout have resumed for the first time in 1 1/2 months. There with little evident progress during a bargaining session that lasted about an hour on Thursday, jeopardizing a timely start to spring training. Major League Baseball imposed the lockout on Dec. 2 as soon as the five-year collective bargaining contract expired, a few hours after talks broke off. The discussions Thursday were the first on core economic issues following a 42-day gap. MLB made proposals it hoped would at least start to generate momentum, but players did not commit to a specific date to respond.

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TENNIS-NEWS

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic faces deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke says he used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds three days before the Australian Open begins. His lawyers are expected to appeal in a federal court as they successfully did last week on procedural grounds. Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomes Djokovic’s pending deportation, saying Australia has achieved one of the lowest pandemic death rates, strongest economies and highest vaccination rates in the world. Everyone at the Australian Open is required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Djokovic is not and sought an exemption because he had COVID-19 in December.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 01/13/22

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 011322 – 1200
BISMARCK, ND – Another winter storm is set to impact North Dakota tonight through Friday. Forecasters at the National Weather Service have issued several winter advisories and warnings. Heavy snow for areas east of highway 83 this evening through Friday morning. Lighter snow and light freezing rain likely from northwest to south central North Dakota. Strong north winds develop Friday
morning. A narrow band of higher snow totals with up to 10-inches is possible from the Turtle Mountains into the James River Valley. Gusty north winds will lead to areas of blowing snow where fresh snow has fallen tonight through Friday.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of killing two co-workers at a Fargo plastics factory in November will undergo a mental health exam to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Cass County Judge Wade Webb signed a commitment order Wednesday so that Anthony Reese Jr. can be evaluated at the North Dakota State Hospital as requested by his attorneys. Radio station KFGO reports that the 35-year-old Moorhead, Minnesota, man is charged with three counts of murder for the Nov. 17 shooting deaths of 43-year-old Richard Pittman and Pittman’s pregnant girlfriend, 32-year-old April Carbone, at Melet Plastics, a Fargo manufacturer that is also known as Composite America. Reese remains in custody on a $2 million bond.
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GRAND FORKS, ND – A couple from Rugby was sent to the hospital after a single vehicle rollover crash. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 9 AM Wednesday on Highway 2 just east of Niagra. Troopers say the 74-year old male from Rugby who was driving lost control on frosty/icy roads. The vehicle slid into the ditch and overturned. The Patrol says the driver sustained serious injuries. An 89-year old woman from Rugby who was a passenger sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to the hospital in Grand Forks. The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden says the government plans to double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans. Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Biden says his administration will also make the most protective N95 masks available for no charge. He spoke an event aimed at highlighting the federal government’s efforts to “surge” COVID-19 testing and send personnel to help overwhelmed medical facilities. The effort comes amid the upswing in coronavirus cases and staff shortages due to the omicron variant. Starting next week, 1,000 military medical personnel will begin arriving to help mitigate staffing crunches at hospitals.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health officials say hospitalizations remain very high statewide-for all kinds of illnesses and injuries-with only 9.2% of all inpatient hospital beds and 4.6% of all ICU beds currently available on January 12. Burleigh, Stark, and Adams counties had no ICU beds available; Ward, Williams, Grand Forks, and Cass counties had only one ICU bed each available; Stutsman had three ICU beds available. Health officials ask at this critical time that you would please take precautions to stay out of the hospital, including being up to date on your immunizations and practicing injury prevention.
 
Health officials also say the 2021-2022 flu season in North Dakota has been particularly hard on kids, with 47.7% of all flu cases affecting kids age 0-19. So far 6,638 cases of flu have been reported in the state with 133 hospitalizations and eight deaths.
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 011322 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a police investigator violated state law by confiscating a radio journalist’s cellphone without a valid warrant and has been forced to return the device. Tom Simon, who works for Williston Trending Topics News Radio Live and Coyote Radio 98.5, was asked to turn over his phone at a school board meeting Monday by Charissa Remus, an agent for the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Under North Dakota’s shield law, information obtained by a journalist cannot be seized without a hearing before a judge to determine if a search warrant is required. No such hearing took place.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – A man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl has been apprehended in Mexico 21 years after he fled following his arrest in Minnesota. Curtis Lee Brovold met the girl from Moorhead, Minnesota, online in 2000. Brovold was arrested later that year but failed to show up for a court hearing. Moorhead police detectives and FBI investigators from Fargo, North Dakota, determined that Brovold was living in Cancun. The 67-year-old Brovold was arrested without incident outside his home there on Wednesday afternoon. He will be returned to the United States and is expected to be transferred to the custody of Moorhead law enforcement.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A group that represents North Dakota’s Roman Catholic bishops is contacting parents of students at the University of North Dakota and asking that they urge administrators to reject the school’s proposed “gender inclusion” policy. The policy, which is still in draft form, would require the use of a transgender person’s preferred pronouns and the use of facilities that align with a person’s gender identity. The Catholic Conference, on behalf of Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck and Bishop John Folda of Fargo, sent a letter this week to parents. UND President Andrew Armacost says the policy is intended to protect transgender students.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – During National Radon Action Month in January, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality reminds residents that cold weather months are a great time to test their homes for radon, a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Radon-related illness claims more than 21,000 lives in the United States annually. In North Dakota, 63 percent of homes have an elevated radon level above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Action Level of 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The EPA lists North Dakota as Zone 1, meaning it has the highest potential for elevated radon levels. Due to the prevalence of radon, the EPA and Environmental Quality encourage North Dakotans to test their homes for radon and remedy any problems.
 
“Radon is a cancer-causing, naturally-occurring radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste, found throughout the soil in North Dakota,” said Justin Otto, Radon Program Coordinator for Environmental Quality. Although radon harmlessly disperses in outdoor air at low levels, when trapped in buildings, it can be harmful, especially at high concentrations.
 
“Radon test kits are simple to use and come with easy-to-understand directions,” says Otto. Environmental Quality is giving away 700 free radon test kits to North Dakota residents. If you would like to receive a free radon test kit in the mail, please visit deq.nd.gov/wm/radon. Click on the button titled, “Click here for a free radon test kit.” Then fill in the required information and click on the “Request Radon Test Kit” button. Environmental Quality will mail requested test kits while supplies last. Test kits are also available at most local hardware stores, building supply stores and online.
 
“The good news is radon mitigation systems can manage high radon levels,” said Otto. By installing a mitigation system, homeowners can effectively lower the level of radon in their homes. These systems use many conventional building materials and require few specialized tools to install. These systems may be installed by a homeowner or a radon mitigation contractor. Once in place, a properly installed system will reduce radon gas and safely vent it to the outside.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/13/22

K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 011322 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Bismarck Century is back atop both Class A basketball polls this week. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class A Boys Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)        Record    Points    Last Week
 

1. Bismarck Century (7)         8-1          53        2
2. Minot High (3)                     8-1           46        5
3. Fargo Davies (2)                 6-1          40        3
4. Bismarck High (1)               6-1          39        1
5. West Fargo Sheyenne        8-1          15       NR

Others receiving votes: West Fargo (7-2)

 
 
Class A Girls Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)     Record   Points    Last Week
 

1. Bismarck Century (13)   8-0         65         1
2. Bismarck High                5-1         46         4
3. Grand Forks Red River  6-0         32         NR
4. West Fargo                    8-1         20         2
5. Minot High                       7-1         18         3

Others receiving votes: Fargo Davies (5-1)

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MINOT, ND – We have a highly anticipated Class B girls basketball game on the air tonight as #7 Garrison puts their undefeated record on the line against the defending champions from Region 8, the Kenmare Honkers. Pre-game is set for 6:20 PM on 106.9 K-Heart, khrt.com, and through the app.
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UND-HOBEY BAKER
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – UND sophomores Jake Sanderson and Riese Gaber were named nominees for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award on Wednesday afternoon, as announced by the award committee. Awarded annually to college hockey’s top player, the Hobey Baker’s tremendously popular fan-voting will run from now until Sunday, March 6 at midnight. College hockey fans can cast their vote by going to the voting website https://www.hobeybaker.com/vote
 
Gaber and Sanderson both pace the Fighting Hawks with 22 points this season, with Gaber also leading the team in goals (9) and power play tallies (5). The Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, native has points in 15 of the 21 games that UND has played this season and is currently riding a five-goal point streak. Sanderson has emerged as one of the top defensemen in the nation, posting six goals and 16 assists in 17 games this season for the Fighting Hawks.
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UND HOCKEY-RESCHEDULED
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced additional schedule changes on Wednesday evening following the postponement of three series this upcoming weekend, including the North Dakota vs. Omaha contests. North Dakota will now host Omaha on Feb. 4-5 from Ralph Engelstad Arena. The series against Colorado College, originally slated for that first weekend in February, will move to Feb. 11-12 in Grand Forks. That weekend was previously scheduled to be an idle series for UND.
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NDSU MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
 
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (NDSU) – Summit League officials announced Wednesday afternoon that the men’s basketball game scheduled between St. Thomas and North Dakota State for Thursday has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols at St. Thomas. The game will be rescheduled at a later date that is still to be determined. Saturday afternoon’s game between NDSU and Western Illinois in Fargo will proceed as scheduled. Tip is at 1 p.m. inside the Scheels Center.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – No. 14 Villanova has won a Top-25 matchup. The Wildcats improved to 12-4 overall by pulling out a 64-60 win at 17th-ranked Xavier. Collin Gillespie dropped in 21 points and Justin Moore scored 10 of his 16 in the second half to help the Wildcats secure their fifth straight victory. Gillespie was coming off a season-high 28-point performance and Moore is the reigning Big East player of the week. Paul Scruggs and Nate Johnson each scored 15 for the Musketeers, who trailed by double digits in the second half before tying the game with 2:16 remaining.

 
Also on the Top-25 men’s basketball schedule:
 
– Paolo Banchero had 24 points and eighth-ranked Duke hit 13 straight shots to take control in a 76-64 win against Wake Forest. Fellow freshman A.J. Griffin had a season-high 22 points to help the Blue Devils bounce back from a weekend home loss to Miami. They did it without coach Mike Krzyzewski, who missed the game with what the school called a “non-COVID-related virus.”
 
– Tenth-ranked Michigan State pulled out a 71-69 win over Minnesota on Joey Hauser’s bucket with a tenth of a second left. Spartans freshman Max Christie had 16 points, Gabe Brown scored 13 points and Tyson Walker added 10 points. Eylijah Stephens scored 18 points, including four late free throws to tie the game at 69 with 18 seconds left.
 
– No. 12 LSU picked up a 64-58 win at Florida as Darius Days scored 20 points and Eric Gaines added 15 in his second start of the season. Gaines replaced injured point guard Xavier Pinson in the lineup and scored eight points in the second half, making four of five free throws down the stretch. The Gators have dropped six of nine and are 0-3 in the SEC for the first time in 41 years.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Charlotte Hornets had dropped 16 straight to the 76ers before finally winning Wednesday in Philadelphia. Gordon Hayward hit his first nine shots and poured in 30 points to guide the Hornets to a 109-98 victory over the Sixers. Hayward provided 22 points by halftime, nailing four 3-pointers while shooting 9-for-9. Terry Rozier scored 22 points and Miles Bridges added 21 to help Charlotte end the NBA’s longest active losing streak versus another team. The 76ers’ seven-game winning streak ended despite Joel Embiid, who scored 31 points for the fifth straight game.

 
Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:
 
– The Nets won a matchup of Eastern Conference leaders by blowing out the Bulls, 138-112. Kevin Durant scored 27 points and James Harden added 25 with a season-high 16 assists in the rout. Durant provided 17 points while Brooklyn outscored Chicago by 20 in the third quarter.
 
– Lamar Stevens scored 15 of career-high 23 points in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 111-91 pounding of the Jazz. Darius Garland had his first triple-double with 11 points, a career-high 15 assists and a career-high 10 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen added 20 points as Cleveland improved to 3-1 on its six-game trip.
 
– The Heat opened the second half on a 16-0 run to break open a close game in a 115-91 thrashing of the Hawks. Max Strus scored the first eight points of the second half, including two 3-pointers. Tyler Herro led Miami’s balanced attack with 21 points and 11 assists.
 
– RJ Barrett scored 32 points as the Knicks ended the Mavericks’ six-game winning streak, 108-85. Mitchell Robinson threw down three dunks in a powerful third quarter and finished with 19 points in New York’s fourth win in five games. Julius Randle ended up with 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Knicks.
 
– Jaylen Brown contributed 34 points and Jayson Tatum added 33 in the Celtics’ first win in seven road games, 119-100 at Indiana. Tatum shot 7-for-11 from beyond the arc and Dennis Schroder hit 4 of 5 from downtown while furnishing 23 points. Myles Turner had 18 points and Domantas Sabonis added 17 with six rebounds and six assists as the Pacers lost their second straight and eighth in nine games.
 
– The Kings’ season-high, five-game losing streak is over after they overcame LeBron James’ 34 points in a 125-116 downing of the Lakers. De’Aaron Fox scored 20 points and Chimezie Metu made a clutch 3-pointer with 46.7 seconds remaining. Sacramento also received 23 points from Harrison Barnes.
 
– The Wizards have a three-game winning streak after Kyle Kuzma chipped in 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 112-106 win over the Magic. The Wizards scored the first nine points, shot 68% from the field in the first quarter and led 33-16. Cole Anthony had 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Magic, who have lost 10 in a row.
 
– Eric Gordon had 31 points and the Rockets overcame Dejounte Murray’s career-high 32 to beat the Spurs, 128-124. Christian Wood scored 23 points, Kevin Porter Jr. added 18 and Jalen Green had 14 as Houston stopped a three-game skid. Murray also had 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the struggling Spurs, who have lost four straight and seven of eight.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins were victorious for the sixth time in seven games. Brad Marchand and Linus Ullmark carried the Bruins to a 5-1 win over the Canadiens. Marchand scored twice in a 15-second span of the first period and completed a hat trick with a short-handed goal in the second. Ullmark stopped 24 shots as he tries to hold onto his spot in the goalie rotation. Tuukka Rask is expected to make his season debut in net on Thursday. Boston opened four-goal leads in winning its last three games. Ullmark blanked Montreal until Michael Pezzetta scored midway through the second. Jake Allen was pulled after allowing two goals on seven shots.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Joe Pavelski notched the first five-point game of his lengthy career by collecting two goals and three assists for the Stars in a 5-2 verdict over the Kraken. Jason Robertson extended his NHL-best home point streak to 11 games in the stars’ first-ever meeting with Seattle. Dallas has won its last five home games, and 13 of 14 at the American Airlines Center.
 
– Ryan Dzingel scored twice and Karel Vejmelka stopped 45 shots to send the Coyotes past the Maple Leafs, 2-1. Dzingel doubled his season goal total while playing his first game since Dec. 10. Auston Matthews became the first player in Leafs history to score in nine consecutive road games.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Safety Eric Weddle is coming out of retirement to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams for the playoffs. The 37-year-old Weddle hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2019 season, but the Rams signed him to their practice squad Wednesday to address their glaring need at safety. Leading tackler Jordan Fuller is out for the playoffs with a right ankle injury, and fellow starting safety Taylor Rapp is in the concussion protocol. Weddle retired in February 2020 after one season with the Rams in which he made 108 tackles and called the defense’s signals. The Rams return to practice Thursday. They host the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Packers outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith is practicing again and could return for the playoffs after missing nearly the entire regular season. Smith participated in the Packers’ workout Wednesday as they begin postseason preparations. Smith hasn’t played since the season opener due to a back issue.
 
– An extra week of games, close finishes and a non-election year helped propel the NFL to its highest regular-season ratings in six years. The 272 regular-season games averaged 17.1 million viewers across television and digital platforms, a 10% increase over last season.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Blackhawks’ top prospect is slated to make his NHL debut on Thursday against Montreal. Lukas Reichel was added to Chicago’s taxi squad after he was recalled from Rockford of the AHL. Derek King has confirmed the 19-year-old forward will play Thursday. Reichel was selected by the Blackhawks with the No. 17 pick in the 2020 NHL draft. He has 11 goals and nine assists in 20 games with the IceHogs.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Sabres have signed Michael Houser to a one-year, $750,000 contract and called up Aaron Dell from the minors to shore up their injury-depleted goaltending ranks. The signing comes with Buffalo adding goalies Ukko-Pekka Luukonen and Malcolm Subban to their injured list.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Former Cubs and Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester has announced his retirement. The durable left-hander who won three World Series titles during 16 years in the majors told ESPN, “It’s kind of run its course.” Lester finishes with a 200-117 record and a 3.66 ERA in 452 career games, including 451 starts. He also was a reliable postseason performer, compiling a 2.51 ERA in 26 appearances. Lester helped Boston win the championship in 2007 and 2013 and did the same for the 2016 Cubs.

 
In other baseball news:
 
– The Rays say bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez died unexpectedly this week at the age of 28. The Rays didn’t release details of the death, which it said occurred Monday. Ramirez played three years in Tampa Bay’s minor league system before beginning a three-season stint as a bullpen catcher with the major league team.
 
– The Twins will retire the uniform number of former pitcher Jim Kaat, who was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. Kaat spent 13 seasons with the Twins and remains their all-time leader with 178 wins.
 
– The Orioles are moving the wall in left field back as much as 30 feet in an effort to make Camden Yards a bit easier on pitchers. The Orioles hit 122 home runs at home last year and 73 on the road. Baltimore’s pitchers allowed 155 homers at home, compared to just 103 on the road.
 
– Rachel Balkovec has been introduced as manager of the Yankees’ Low A affiliate in the Florida State League. In taking over the Tampa Tarpons, Balkovec will become the first female manager in the history of affiliated baseball, an appointment 10 years in the making for the former college softball player. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says “the sky’s the limit” for the 34-year-old Balkovec, who has two master’s degrees and hopes to one day become a general manager herself.
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TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN-DJOKOVIC

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic remains in limbo even after he was included in the draw for the Australian Open, with the tennis star still awaiting a government decision on whether to deport him for not being vaccinated for COVID-19. Despite the cloud hanging over Djokovic’s ability to compete, Australian Open organizers have included the top seed in the draw. He is slated to play fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic, who is ranked world No. 78., in the opening round next week. The top ranked Djokovic had his visa canceled last week when his vaccination exemption was rejected, but he won a legal battle on procedural grounds that allowed him to stay in the country. The immigration minister is still considering whether to deport him.

 
 
(Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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KHRT ND News – 01/12/22

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 011222 – 1200
 
FARGO, ND (PNS) – The recent deaths of a family of seven have renewed bipartisan attempts to keep homes safe from carbon monoxide. One North Dakota fire chief welcomes federal efforts from both sides of the aisle in creating awareness. In December, the victims were found in a home near the North Dakota/Minnesota border, with carbon-monoxide poisoning suspected.
 
This week, U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., urged a federal agency to release more information on what’s being done to prevent these tragedies. Even with a divided government, Chief Rex Weltikol of the Minot Rural Fire Department said he hopes the response provides more opportunities to learn from what happened. “When the news comes out that all these bad things happen,” he said, “there’s got to be some good that comes out of that also.”
 
Specifically, the chief said, doing more to promote installing home carbon-monoxide detectors is important. In their letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the senators want details on how it’s coordinating with states on safety outreach, including educational materials that are multilingual. The victims in the recent tragedy were members of an immigrant family from Honduras.
 
Elsewhere, this month’s deadly apartment building fire in New York City has renewed calls to look into racial disparities in the safety threats facing renters. Weltikol said he feels this is an area where public servants can go above and beyond to help communities. “The way we look at it here,” he said, “there’s never, never enough reaching out to everybody to let them know the dangers of it.”
 
The two senators have co-sponsored legislation in past sessions encouraging states to require residential carbon-monoxide detectors. In 2017, state leaders in North Dakota were criticized for rejecting a bill requiring them for certain rental properties. Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed it, citing individual responsibility in adding safeguards.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot is accepting bids to construct a fifth fire station. The project will build a new fire station in northwest Minot, along Fourth Avenue NW. Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel says it will provide a higher level of protection for the citizens of northwest Minot with a reduction in response times to that area. The bids include a general contract, mechanical contract, and an electrical contract. The opportunity to submit bids closes at Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Clyde Bellecourt, a founder of the American Indian Movement, has died. He was 85. Bellecourt died Tuesday morning from cancer at his home in Minneapolis. Bellecourt was a co-founder in 1968 of AIM, which began as a local organization in Minneapolis that sought to grapple with issues of police brutality and discrimination against Native Americans. The group would lead a string of major national protests in the 1970s, including a 71-day occupation in 1973 of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
 
 
(Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 011222 – 0700
 
WATFORD CITY, ND – A crash near Watford City sent a McKenzie County Sheriff’s Deputy to the hospital. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 6:20 AM on Tuesday on Highway 23. Troopers say the deputy tried to make a u-turn and failed to see a pair of vehicles behind him. One of them collided with the driver’s side door of the patrol vehicle. The deputy was taken to the McKenzie County Hospital in Watford City for non-life-threatening injuries. Highway 23 was shut down for approximately 2 hours due to the crash which remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
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UNDATED – An organization that provides blood services has announced a first-ever national blood shortage. Officials with Vitalant say the average donation needed nationally is 5,300 a day, but as of last month the organization is down by 4,500 donors. Vitalant strives to have four-day supplies of various blood types, but lately, there’s only been two days’ worth of inventory because of a decline in donors. The most used types of blood are O negative and O positive. Officials say it’s a very critical situation and health care procedures could be delayed because we don’t have the blood supply needed. To learn more or schedule an appointment to give blood visit vitalant.org.
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FARGO, ND – A Rhame man was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for sexually abusing a minor for five years. Investigators say between 2013-18, 51-year-old Douglas James Schneider sexually abused a child under 12 years old. Sometime between April and July 2018, Schneider took the child from North Dakota to Montana with the intent of and engaged in unlawful sexual acts, according to a press release. Schneider was also given 10 years of supervised release and $19,215 of restitution. U.S. Attorney Nick Chase says it was an egregious case of victimization of a child. He says the sentence means that Schneider will never victimize a child ever again.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health will host a live virtual Town Hall to discuss topics surrounding the COVID-19 Omicron variant, including infectiousness, severity, vaccine protection, treatments and more. Speakers will include: NDDoH Immunization Program director Molly Howell, MPH; NDSU Center for Immunization Research & Education director Paul Carson, MD, FACP; NDDoH Disease Control & Forensic Pathology section chief Kirby Kruger; and NDDoH Health Resources & Response section chief Tim Wiedrich.
 
This event on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. CT open to the public; speakers will be available for questions submitted via Microsoft Teams for a short period following all prepared remarks. For the first time, the Town Hall will also be simulcast across the following NDDoH social channels: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. No registration is necessary. Due to time constraints, not all questions submitted may be presented to the speakers.
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BISMARCK, ND – The federal Justice Department has awarded North Dakota’s Court System nearly $1 million for a project meant to reduce delays in criminal case processing. The three-year project will study how issues like poverty, mental health, and geography impact the time it takes for case resolution. It will also investigate the lack of legal services available in rural areas and the influence of race. North Dakota was the only state selected for this project. It covers four judicial districts: Northeast, Northeast Central, East Central, and Southeast Central. The National Center for State Courts will be the primary research body for the project. Former East Central District Judge Frank Racek will serve as a consultant on North Dakota law and case management.
 
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/12/22

K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 011222 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Velva held off Bishop Ryan 53-47 last night in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. The game was tied at 45 in the 4th quarter before the Aggies went on a 8-2 run to finish the game. Ben Schepp led Velva with 18 points, 16 of those came in the second half as the Aggies improve to 7-2 on season. The Lions fall to 4-3.
 
Other scores from Wednesday:
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
#5 Minot 97, Turtle Mountain 66
Mandan 70, Jamestown 59
Bismarck St. Mary’s 79, Dickinson 57
 
Class B
#9 Powers Lake 92, Ray 46
Our Redeemer’s 48, Nedrose 42
Des Lacs-Burlington 64, TGU 53
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 47, St. John 29
Rugby 69, Westhope/Newburg 66
New Town 60, Parshall 55
Trenton 75, Mandaree 36
Beulah 56, Hettinger-Scranton 32
Washburn 60, Center-Stanton 57
Wilton-Wing 79, Max 54
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#3 Minot 82, Turtle Mountain 50
Bismarck St. Mary’s 65, Dickinson 60
Jamestown 70, Mandan 62
 
Class B
#2 Four Winds-Minnewaukan 62, Benson County 41
#7 Garrison 66, Central McLean 64 OT
#10 Shiloh Christian 75, Flasher 44
New Town 60, Parshall 55
Solen 74, White Shield 27
Washburn 30, Center-Stanton 18
Nelson County 49, Harvey-Wells County 30
North Border 39, Rolette 29
 
High School Boys Hockey
Minot 4, Williston 2
Hazen-Beulah 9, Watford City 3
Bismarck High 5, Bismarck Century 1
Jamestown 8, Mandan 1
Bismarck Legacy 3, Dickinson 0
 
High School Girls Hockey
Mandan 6, Dickinson 0
West Fargo United 2, Jamestown 0
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MSU MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU)- Because of COVID protocols the Minot State men’s basketball teams weekend games hosting Augustana University and Wayne State College at the MSU Dome on Friday and Saturday have been canceled. Following NSIC agreed-upon policy, both games will be ruled as “no contest” and will not be rescheduled. The Minot State women’s basketball team will still play host to Augustana on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Wayne State on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., at the MSU Dome, as scheduled. The Minot State men’s team is now scheduled to return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 22, when the Beavers host Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Concordia University, St. Paul.
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FCS ALL-AMERICAN
 
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota had six players named to the 2021 Phil Steele FCS All-America Team. North Dakota State placed fullback Hunter Luepke on the first team, offensive tackle Cordell Volson was second team, and wide receiver Christian Watson made the third team. Defensive end Brayden Thomas and punt returner Jayden Price were fourth-team honorees. University of North Dakota offensive lineman Matt Waletzko was named to the first team. The teams are determined by Phil Steele and the DraftScout.com staff.
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TIMBERWOLVES-PELICANS
 
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Brandon Ingram capped a 33-point, nine-assist performance by hitting three 3-pointers in the final 1:13 – the last with less than a second left – and the New Orleans Pelicans edged the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-125. Josh Hart had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas added 13 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans. Anthony Edwards scored 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 for Minnesota, which saw its four-game winning streak snapped. D’Angelo Russell had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves, and his driving scoop tied the game with 3.6 seconds left.
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WILD-MERRILL EXTENDED
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with defenseman Jon Merrill on a three-year, $3.6 million contract extension. The deal runs through the 2024-25 season. The 29-year-old Merrill has tied his career high with three goals. He also has eight assists, a plus-8 rating and 51 blocked shots in 33 games this season in his Wild debut. Minnesota is his fifth different NHL team. The native of Oklahoma City signed a one-year, $850,000 contract as a free agent last summer.
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VIKINGS-FUTURE
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have been shaped by the philosophies and voices of Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer longer than the careers of almost all of their players. The firing of the general manager and the head coach this week means the atmosphere and culture around the football operation will be in for a significant shift. Vikings players expressed their desire for a more collaborative and personal environment in the building. And the team’s owners made clear they are listening to what the players want.
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USA HOCKEY-OLYMPICS
 
UNDATED (AP) – USA Hockey and Hockey Canada are eyeing several college players to play at the Olympics after the NHL decided not to participate in Beijing. North Dakota’s Jake Sanderson has already agreed to play for the U.S., and 2021 top NHL draft pick Owen Power could suit up for Canada. While Colorado’s Cale Makar does not regret turning Canada down for the no-NHL Olympics in 2018, Anaheim’s Troy Terry, Minnesota’s Jordan Greenway and Seattle’s Ryan Donato played for the U.S. in Pyeongchang. They are major proponents of college players taking the chance, even if it means missing part of the NCAA season.
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T25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
UNDATED (AP) – The nation’s longest winning streak is over after No. 19 Texas Tech won 65-62 at top-ranked Baylor. The defending national champion Bears had won 21 consecutive games. Kevin McCullar scored 12 points in his return after missing two games, including a key 3-pointer late. The Red Raiders were coming off a win over then-No. 6 Kansas. Adam Flagler and James Akinjo had 17 points for Baylor. Akinjo’s 3-pointer at the buzzer hit the front of the rim. The Bears were the last unbeaten team in Division I.
 
Southern California had also been undefeated before losing at Stanford earlier Tuesday. Harrison Ingram and Spencer Jones scored 21 points apiece and Stanford beat No. 5 Southern California 75-69 for its first win over a top five team in nearly 15 years. Stanford returned from a nearly three-week break for COVID-19 protocols and delivered a big win in a nearly empty arena. Stanford had lost 14 straight games against teams in the top five of the AP poll since beating No. 3 UCLA 75-68 on Jan. 28, 2007. Isaiah Mobley scored 16 points to lead the Trojans and Boogie Ellis added 14.
 
In other college basketball action:
 
– Freshman Jabari Smith scored a season-high 25 points and Allen Flanigan made four straight free throws in the final minute, lifting No. 4 Auburn to an 81-77 victory over rival No. 24 Alabama. The Tigers lost all of a 14-point lead before managing to avoid becoming the third Top-5 team to lose on the night. They pushed their win streak to 12 games in the rivals’ first Top 25 matchup in 35 years.
 
– Dajuan Harris hit a driving layup with 8 seconds left, and No. 9 Kansas got the better of a wild finish against No. 15 Iowa State to win 62-61. There were four lead changes in the final 38 seconds, and the Jayhawks survived when Iowa State’s Gabe Kalscheur missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer. Ochai Agbaji scored 22 points to lead Kansas, which rebounded from a loss at Texas Tech on Saturday. Christian Braun had 13 points and Harris had 12. Isaiah Brockington scored 17 points for Iowa State.
 
– Oscar Tshiebwe scored a career-high 30 points and had 13 rebounds as 18th-ranked Kentucky routed Vanderbilt 78-66 for its second straight win. Tshiebwe came in leading the nation in rebounding and second in double-doubles; this was his 12th. He became the first Kentucky player with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game since Tayshaun Prince on Dec. 8, 2001, against North Carolina. Scotty Pippen Jr. led Vanderbilt with 32 points.
 
– Andrew Jones scored a season-best 22 points and made four steals, and No. 21 Texas beat Oklahoma 66-52. Texas led by 20 points six minutes into the second half. Oklahoma cut the deficit to 11 with 5:38 left, but Timmy Allen scored inside for Texas and Jones made consecutive layups to put the Sooners away.
 
– Santiago Vescovi scored 14 points to help No. 22 Tennessee overcome a sluggish start to beat South Carolina, 66-46, in a Southeastern Conference game Tuesday night. The Volunteers, who live by the 3-point shot, missed their first five attempts and didn’t hit their first 3-pointer until 2 minutes were left in the first half.
 
– Trent Frazier scored a season-high 29 points, Kofi Cockburn had his eighth straight double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 25 Illinois held off struggling Nebraska for a hard-earned 81-71 victory. The Illini have won five straight games and 10 of 11 and are out to their best start in conference play since 2005.
 
– No. 23 Providence’s game at Creighton was canceled because of COVID-19 issues in the Friars’ program.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Ja Morant scored 29 points, including five in the final minute, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors 116-108 for their 10th straight win. Ziaire Williams and Tyus Jones had 17 points each for Memphis. Jones keyed a fourth-quarter rally that put the Grizzlies ahead for good. He finished 6 for 8 from the field, including connecting on all five of his 3-point attempts. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 27 points, while Klay Thompson finished with 14 points. Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II scored 13 each.

 
Elsewhere around the NBA:
 
– The Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 25-point deficit in the second half for a stunning 87-85 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Amir Coffey had 18 points and Reggie Jackson scored 11 of his 13 in the fourth quarter. Terance Mann scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter for the Clippers. They won despite managing a meager 28 points in the lowest-scoring first half in the NBA this season and then falling behind 59-34 midway through the third period. Aaron Gordon scored a season-high 30 points and Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Nuggets.
 
– Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30.8 seconds remaining and the Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-118 despite being without star Bradley Beal because of health and safety protocols. The Wizards worked the shot clock down, and Caldwell-Pope’s attempt from the right wing went in off the glass. The Thunder lost their fifth straight game.
 
– Devin Booker scored 16 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:02 remaining, and Chris Paul had 15 points and 12 assists as the Phoenix Suns beat Toronto 99-95 to snap the Raptors’ longest winning streak of the season at six games. Jae Crowder scored 19 points, Deandre Ayton had 16 and Mikal Bridges added 12 as the Suns improved to 31-9, matching the franchise’s best record through 40 games.
 
– Brandon Ingram capped a 33-point, nine-assist performance by hitting three 3-pointers in the final 1:13 – the last with less than a second left – and the New Orleans Pelicans edged the Minnesota Timberwolves, 128-125. Josh Hart had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas added 13 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans. Anthony Edwards scored 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 for Minnesota, which saw its four-game winning streak snapped. D’Angelo Russell had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves, and his driving scoop tied the game with 3.6 seconds left.
 
– Nikola Vucevic scored 22 points, DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls routed the Detroit Pistons 133-87. DeRozan sat for most of the final 16 minutes but still added seven assists. Eastern Conference-leading Chicago won after its season-best nine-game winning streak ended Sunday in Dallas.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Nikita Kucherov scored a hat trick, Steven Stamokos had a goal and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 Tuesday night. Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist, Ondrej Palat extended his scoring streak to four games, and the Lightning got three assists from Alex Killorn and two from Victor Hedman. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 17 saves for his 20th win of the season. Tampa Bay (24-9-5) has won three of four following a three-game skid to keep pace with the Florida Panthers atop the NHL standings with 53 points.

 
In other ice action:
 
– William Nylander scored in regulation and got the winner in a shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. Auston Matthews and Ilya Mikheyev also scored in regulation as as Toronto improved to 5-0-1 on a six-game point streak, and 21-4-2 since opening the season 2-4-1. Jack Campbell made 31 saves. Keegan Kolesar, William Karlsson and Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Golden Knights. Robin Lehner stopped 15 shots for Vegas, which has now lost four of its last five games – all at home. In the tiebreaker, Cambell denied attempts by Evgenii Dadonov, Chandler Stephenson and Jonathan Marchessault, and Lehner stopped Jason Spezza and Matthews before Nylander scored for the win.
 
– Logan Couture scored in overtime moments after a fan threw a fake octopus on the ice and the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. The octopus – a longstanding fan tradition in Detroit – hit the ice less than a minute into overtime with play in San Jose’s end. Couture directed the linesman to grab it, and play continued, with the Sharks pushing the puck to the other end. Brent Burns sent the puck toward the net and Alex Nedeljkovic stopped it but couldn’t control it. As the puck sat near the goal line, Couture knocked it in.
 
– Evgeni Malkin scored twice and had an assist in his season debut, Jeff Carter added two goals and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Malkin had not played since undergoing right knee surgery in June. The four-time All-Star and 2012 Hart Trophy winner had been skating with teammates for several weeks and was a full participant in Monday’s practice. He centered the second line between Carter and Kasperi Kapanen, which was responsible for all four Pittsburgh goals. Kapanen added two assists and Tristan Jarry stopped 25 shots for the Penguins, who bounced right back from Saturday’s loss at Dallas that snapped a 10-game winning streak. Jakob Silfverberg scored Anaheim’s goal and Anthony Stolarz made 30 saves.
 
– Matt Duchene scored two goals, including the game-winner on a power play 3:01 into overtime, and the streaking Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4. Luke Kunin also scored twice, Tanner Jeannot added a goal and Juuse Saros made 40 saves to help Nashville win its fifth straight.
 
– Sam Reinhart had two goals and an assist and the Florida Panthers handed Vancouver Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau his first regulation loss in 10 games with a 5-2 victory. Aleksander Barkov scored his team-leading 15th goal and also had an assist for Florida. Aaron Ekblad had a goal and two assists, Maxim Mamin also scored, and Frank Vatrano and Anton Lundell each had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 42 shots. The Panthers move to 6-0-1 in their past seven games.
 
– Alex DeBrincat scored twice and Calvin de Haan got his first goal in nearly a year to lift Chicago to its second straight road win. Connor Murphy also scored for Chicago, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for his 11th win.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Georgia is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after earning its second national championship – and first in 41 years – by beating rival Alabama Monday night, 33-18. The Bulldogs received all 61 first-place votes to be a unanimous No. 1 for the ninth time this season. The Tide finished No. 2, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the final rankings for the third time since 2011. Michigan was No. 3, Cincinnati No. 4, with Baylor at No. 5. Ohio State was No. 6 and Oklahoma State finished seventh. Notre Dame was eighth, Michigan State was ninth and Oklahoma was 10th, giving the Big 12 three top 10 teams.

 
In other college football news:
 
– Florida hired New York Giants offensive line coach Rob Sale to a similar position Tuesday. The move leaves new Gators coach Billy Napier with just two staff spots remaining to fill. Sale also will serve as Florida’s offensive coordinator, although Napier is planning to call plays in his first year in Gainesville.
 
– The New York Jets and Detroit Lions will get an up-close look at some of college football’s top players at the Senior Bowl. The coaching staffs of both teams were assigned by NFL Football Operations to lead the all-star squads for the game in Mobile, Alabama, on Feb. 5.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Green Bay Packers finished the regular season with the No. 1 seed in the NFC and the top spot in the final AP Pro32 poll. The Packers earned all 12 first-place votes for 384 points. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers remained at No. 2 and will open the postseason by hosting the Philadelphia Eagles. The Kansas City Chiefs inched up a spot to No. 3. The Chiefs will begin their drive for their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. And the Tennessee Titans, who have the top seed in the AFC, gained a place to No. 4. The Dallas Cowboys climbed three spots to No. 5.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– The Carolina Panthers have fired three coaches: special teams coordinator Chase Blackburn, offensive line coach Pat Meyer and defensive line coach Frank Okam. Carolina’s offensive line struggled all season and quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Cam Newton spent most of the season under duress.
 
– Baker Mayfield didn’t lose his starting job after a losing season. Browns general manager Andrew Berry said Tuesday the team expects the quarterback to return as its starter next season and rebound after an injury-filled, sub-par 2021.
 
– The New York Giants have cleaned house, firing coach Joe Judge a day after general manager Dave Gettleman retired. The Giants announced the move late Tuesday afternoon.
 
– An arrest report says Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith’s arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence came after the Washington State Patrol pulled him over for going 96 mph in a 60 mph zone and driving erratically across several lanes of traffic. Smith was taken to a hospital where he reportedly became agitated prior having his blood drawn after refusing a preliminary breath test.
 
– A final legal hurdle has been cleared for the Denver Broncos to begin the process of finding a new buyer for the team that’s valued at close to $4 billion. A judge ruled Tuesday that a right of first refusal agreement between late owners Pat Bowlen and Edgar Kaiser “is no longer valid or enforceable in any respect” and “has terminated in its entirety.” Kaiser’s estate had claimed that before his death in 2012 Kaiser had transferred his right of first refusal should the team ever hit the market.
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NBA-NEWS

CLEVELAND (AP) – A person familiar with the decision tells AP that Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman has been rewarded for the team’s turnaround with a contract extension and new job title, president of basketball operations. Altman has re-shaped the Cavs’ roster and moved them back into playoff contention. He has agreed to the extension through the 2027-28 season, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made the deal official.

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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Jack Eichel finally skated with the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time since being acquired from Buffalo and becoming the first NHL player to undergo artificial disk replacement surgery on his neck in November. Eichel said even though his new teammates were preparing for their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs while he wore a non-contact jersey as he skated around the team’s practice facility, he felt like he was part of a hockey team again. Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said it’ll take some time – “a while” – before the 25-year-old All-Star center will be able to endure contact. Eichel said he has no target date.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– A person with knowledge of the deal says goalie Tuukka Rask is signing a prorated, $1 million contract for the rest of the season with the Boston Bruins. The deal had not been announced. The 2014 Vezina Trophy winner will make $545,000 for the rest of the season.
 
– The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with defenseman Jon Merrill on a three-year, $3.6 million contract extension. The deal runs through the 2024-25 season.
 
– The Detroit Red Wings have hired Nicklas Lidstrom as vice president of hockey operations and will be based in his native Sweden and involved in every aspect of helping run the organization.
 
– New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz and defenseman Ryan Pulock have been placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Dallas goaltender Braden Holtby and forward Denis Gurianov also were placed in the protocol. Same for Chicago defenseman Jake McCabe and Blackhawks trainer Mike Gapski.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Major League Baseball and the players’ association are scheduled to meet Thursday in the first negotiations between the parties since labor talks broke off Dec. 1. MLB has been preparing a new proposal for the union. Management locked out the union on Dec. 2 following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. The dispute threatens spring training, which is scheduled to start Feb. 16 in Florida and Arizona.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– Keith Hernandez will have his No. 17 retired by the New York Mets this summer to honor his seven seasons as a player and nearly three decades as a beloved broadcaster with the franchise. The Mets announced that Hernandez will become the fourth player to have his uniform number retired by the team in a ceremony prior to a game July 9 against Miami.
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TENNIS-NEWS

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic says knew he’d tested positive for COVID-19 when he attended a newspaper interview and photo shoot in Serbia last month. Djokovic acknowledged today that he made an “error of judgment” and should have immediately gone into isolation. In a statement posted to his social media accounts, the tennis star also blamed “human error” by his support team for failing to declare that he had traveled in the two-week period before entering Australia. Upon arrival, his visa was revoked and then reinstated. The ongoing saga is over whether he should be allowed into the country despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. The back and forth has provoked outrage in Australia and overshadowed lead-up to the Australian Open.

 
In other tennis news:
 
– Five-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray has advanced to the second round of the Sydney Tennis Classic by beating Viktor Durasovic 6-3, 6-1. Murray entered the tournament with a wild card and has also been handed one for next week’s Australian Open.
– No new inductees have been selected for the International Tennis Hall of Fame for the first time in its history. None passed the threshold required for entry.
 
 
(Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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KHRT ND News – 01/11/22

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 011122 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A pipeline operator that plans to transport carbon dioxide to North Dakota for disposal will partner with an ammonia plant developer to pick up its emissions from a Grand Forks facility. Pipeline developer Summit Carbon Solutions and ammonia plant developer Northern Plains Nitrogen announced the partnership this week. Northern Plains Nitrogen’s plant will supply low-carbon, nitrogen-based fertilizer products to farmers in the northern United States and Canada. The company expects to annually capture 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Summit plans to inject the ammonia plant’s emissions into rocks deep underground in Oliver and Mercer counties where its pipeline system will end.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – State Republican Rep. Shannon Roers Jones of Fargo is running for mayor in North Dakota’s biggest city. Roers Jones is an attorney and Fargo native, She has served in the Legislature since 2017. She will face Mayor Tim Mahoney, who has held the post since 2015. That’s when he took over as acting mayor when then-Mayor Dennis Walaker died after a long battle with kidney cancer. Mahoney, a general surgeon who says he’s a political independent, plans run for re-election in the city’s June balloting. Roers Jones said she was undecided if she would seek re-election to her House seat.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The public nomination process is open for the 2022 North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor. Located in the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck, the annual ND Native American Hall of Honor program and exhibition recognize Native Americans who have gone above and beyond in representing their tribes and cultures. The program is a partnership of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, and the State Historical Society Foundation.

Traditional and contemporary achievements are recognized in these categories: Arts and Culture, Athletics, Leadership, Legendary, and Military/Veterans. Nominees can be living or in memoriam. Online applications are available at the ND Indian Affairs Commission website. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 18, 2022, at 5 p.m.

“This program brings great honor to Native historical and contemporary leaders for their significant contributions. These individuals are the inspiration for future generations,” said Nathan Davis, North Dakota Indian Affairs commissioner.

Up to two people per category are accepted into the Hall of Honor each year. The honoring ceremony will be Sept. 8, 2022. Recipients will be featured in the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor exhibit at the State Museum. The 2021 exhibition featuring current honorees is open to the public.

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BISMARCK, ND – Lashae Graf has taken on the role of Executive Director for Brave the Shave. Graf has many years of experience in community engagement having been the Director of the Life Center and the Bismarck Missouri Valley YMCA for nearly ten years. She left that position in 2020 to take care of her son Ashton who was diagnosed with cancer that year. Since undergoing treatment Ashton is doing well and Graf is anxious to help give back to the community that helps support children with cancer.
 
“We’re excited to have Lashae as part of the Brave the Shave family,” said Taner Ohlsen, Brave the Shave family coordinator. “She has a natural energy and enthusiasm for helping people that really brings people together.”
 
Brave the Shave believes all kids deserve a healthy, worry-free childhood which is why we are committed to supporting the full spectrum of their cancer journey by providing assistance to the families and supporting critical research. The Brave the Shave Family Fund honors and supports nearly 150 area families impacted by childhood cancer. The Family Fund, guided by our steering committee, facilitates wrap-around services and support to honoree families to help make a difference in their plight. The Family Fund serves to lessen these families’ burdens so they can focus on what’s most important – their child’s health. Brave the Shave has also partnered with the Andrew McDonough B+ “Be Positive” Foundation to support cutting edge research.
 
Brave the Shave will be holding many events this year including their main event at the YMCA in Bismarck on April 9th. The past two years have been difficult one for area families facing cancer and requests for support have increased significantly. For more information on Brave the Shave and our 2022 events, please go to www.bravetheshave.net.
 
 
(Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 011122 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Republican House Majority Leader Chet Pollert says he is retiring from politics and will not run for re-election. Pollert has served as the House majority leader for two legislative sessions and in the Legislature for 24 years. He says he wants to spend more time with his family and travel. The 66-year-old Pollert has represented a district in east-central North Dakota since 1998. He was elected majority leader in 2018. Pollert’s announcement means Republicans will have new leadership teams in both the House and Senate in the next session. GOP Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner announced last month he would not seek re-election.
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MINOT, ND – Fire destroyed a mobile home in northwest Minot Sunday morning. The Minot Fire Department was dispatched to Northland Mobile Home Park Lot 83 at 11:24 a.m. for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found flames exiting the roof of the mobile home. Fire department personnel extinguished the blaze by 12:17 p.m. One resident was home at the time of the fire and had safely evacuated the structure when fire-fighters arrived on scene. The resident was treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation.
A pet cat died in the fire; there were no other injuries in the incident. Three engines, one ladder truck, and one command vehicle responded to the fire.
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MINOT, ND – Downtown Minot could get a little quieter under a plan approved by the Minot City Council. A project to create a railroad quiet zone through the downtown area was added to the City’s capital improvement plan after gaining support from Council members. City Engineer Lance Meyer said the quiet zone project will be added to the 2022-2026 CIP.
 
Railroad quiet zones have long been a topic of discussion in Minot. The City created its first quiet zone in 2014 on the west side of town on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks. That project eliminated 85 percent of train horns through the majority of Minot, but no quiet zones currently exist at CP Rail crossings.
 
Following a study by City staff and SRF Consulting Group, Inc., the recommendations were to create one quiet zone for the entire Canadian Pacific Railroad through Minot, including crossings at 8th Avenue SE, 9th Street SE, 3rd Street SE to Main Street North, and 3rd Street near the Amtrak Depot. Train horns would be silenced in those locations.
 
The current crossing at Maple Street is scheduled to be removed as part of the construction of the Maple Diversion phase of flood control, but could be closed sooner if included within the quiet zone.
 
Several crossing safety improvements were also part of the recommendation, including:
 
-3rd Street SE: Four quadrant gates. Estimated cost $402,000
-Central Avenue East: Medians. Estimated cost $103,000
-3rd Street/Amtrak Depot: Gates and medians. Estimated cost $390,000
 
Meyer said the City has studied various configurations of a quiet zone through downtown, and had gathered input from several property owners that could be impacted by potential changes. “We spent a significant amount of time looking at different access configurations and improvements for these roadways downtown,” Meyer said.
 
He said the project could potentially be scheduled to start design in 2023. If the Council approves funding, the City would hire a consultant and apply to the Federal Railroad Administration, which could take between 12 months and 18 months to determine eligibility. The City could work on the design and prepare for the project while the eligibility is determined, Meyer said.
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BISMARCK, ND – Drought conditions continue to improve for North Dakota. Today’s Drought Briefing from the National Weather Service lists a small area of extreme drought over northwest North Dakota. Since the start of the water year (October 1st), North Dakota has been almost entirely warmer than average. Precipitation amounts have been more consistent across the state, as much of the central and east have seen 150% to 200% of normal precipitation, but the far northwest corner is still below average. Drought conditions have improved across much of the state, with a large part of the east completely removed from drought designation. Drought is expected to hang on in some form across most of western North Dakota, even as improvement is the current trend.
 
 
(Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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K-Heart Sports – 01/11/22

K-HEART SPORTS – TUESDAY – 011122 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Kindred remains #1 in this week’s Class B Girls Basketball poll, while Four Winds-Minnewaukan remains atop the boys poll. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class B Girls Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)               Record    Points    Last Week
 
1. Kindred (15)                              11-0        159        1
2. Four Winds-Minnewaukan (1)  10-0         145       2
3. Central Cass                              7-1         106       4
4. Rugby                                       10-0         105       5
5. Grafton                                       6-2           99        3
6. Linton-HMB                                 9-1          90        6
7. Garrison                                      9-0          57        9
8. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier          10-0          48       10
9. Thompson                                   7-2          41        8
10. Shiloh Christian                         8-3          23        7
 
Others receiving votes: Bowman County (7-1), LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (7-1)
 
Class B Boys Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)                Record    Points    Last Week
 
1. Four Winds-Minnewaukan (16)  5-0         160       1
2. Kindred                                        6-1        134        2
3. North Border                                6-0        123        4
4. Enderlin                                        5-2        104        5
5. Flasher                                         9-0          85        7
6. Ellendale                                      6-0          74         8
7. Hillsboro-Central Valley                3-2          60        3
8. Central Cass                               7-0          42        NR
9. Powers Lake                               5-0          31        NR
10. Dunseith                                    5-1          24        6
 
Others receiving votes: LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (3-0), Thompson (4-2), Hazen (6-2), Beulah (3-3), Bowman County (5-1), North Star (7-0)
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MINOT, ND – We have Class B boys basketball on the air tonight as Bishop Ryan will host Velva. Pregame is set for 7:05 PM on 106.9 K-Heart, khrt.com, and through the app.
 
Results from Monday:
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class B
Harvey-Wells County 39, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 32
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class B
#4 Rugby 56, Drake-Anamoose 36
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 54, Des Lacs-Burlington 40
Our Redeemer’s 61, Glenburn 45
Bishop Ryan 53, South Prairie-Max 34
Surrey 48, Berthold 47
Velva 67, TGU 39
Westhope-Newburg 56, Nedrose 47
Stanley 58, Ray 28
Tioga 58, North Shore-Plaza 32
Beulah 61, Dickinson Trinity 53
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NDSU MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
DENVER, Colo. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team raced out to an early lead and pulled away for an 87-69 victory over the Denver Pioneers on Monday night inside Hamilton Gymnasium. Senior Rocky Kreuser led NDSU with 24 points and nine rebounds. Five Bison scored in double figures, as Kreuser was joined by Maleeck Harden-Hayes (15), Sam Griesel (14), Tyree Eady (11), and Boden Skunberg (11). Harden-Hayes set a new season-high with his 15 points, and he averaged 12.5 points on the perfect 2-0 road trip for NDSU. The Bison improved to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in Summit League play. It was the seventh straight NDSU victory over Denver in the series.
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NDSU-ENTZ HONORED
 
SAN ANTONIO (NDSU) – The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) presented its top coaching award – AFCA National Coach of the Year Monday. North Dakota State’s Matt Entz earned his second FCS National Coach of the Year honor in his third year as a head coach by leading North Dakota State to 14-1 record, the Missouri Valley Football Conference title and the program’s ninth FCS national championship. He has an overall record of 37-4 and has led the Bison to two Missouri Valley Football Conference titles. Entz earned his first AFCA national honor in 2019 by guiding NDSU to a 16-0 record and the FCS national title.
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UND MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – In a physical game that featured 45 total fouls, North Dakota fell 75-68 to South Dakota inside the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Monday night. Paul Bruns recorded the fourth 20-point performance of his career and led UND (4-13, 0-4 SL) with 21 points and eight rebounds. Tsotne Tsartsidze just missed out on a double-double with 13 points and eight boards. Bentiu Panoam and Matt Norman each had 11 points apiece, while Panoam dished out a team-high three assists.
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MSU VOLLEYBALL-NEW COACH
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Beaver volleyball team will move forward with a new leader who is no stranger to building a program. Minot State’s Director of Athletics, Andy Carter, introduced Alex Lehocky as the new head coach for the Beaver volleyball program. Lehocky is the 10th head coach in the program’s history and will begin her duties on February 1. Lehocky joins the Minot State staff after spending three seasons building the program from scratch at New Mexico Junior College, compiling a 38-29 overall record in two seasons (the 2020 season was canceled because of COVID) and leading the Thunderbirds to the Region V West Tournament title match this past fall. Lehocky looks to build up a Beaver program that went 1-25 this fall and has not had a winning season since 2011.
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MSU WOMEN’S HOCKEY-SIGNING
 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – In the midst of a stellar season on the ice, the Minot State women’s hockey team continues to build toward a successful future, as well, by recruiting star prospects. So, before the fourth-ranked Beavers hit the road for a crucial week-long trip against Top-10 foes, head coach Ryan Miner announced that star goaltender Hali Lawrence, from Foothills, Alberta, has signed a National Letter-of-Intent and will be a freshman on the ice and in the classroom at Minot State in the fall of 2022. An honor-roll student-athlete at Foothills Composite High School who also plays golf and lacrosse, the 5-foot-7, left-handed Lawrence has a 9-3-1 overall record in 13 games this season with the Calgary Fire U18AAA team. She has a 1.30 goals against average, a .944 save percentage, and has posted three shutouts this season for the Fire in the Alberta Female Hockey League.
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VIKINGS-FIRINGS
 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have fired general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer. The move comes after a second straight absence from the playoffs. Zimmer went 72-56-1 in eight seasons. He was 2-3 in the playoffs. The 65-year-old Zimmer had the seventh-longest tenure among NFL head coaches this season. All six of the peers ahead of him on the seniority list have won a Super Bowl. Spielman was with the team since 2006 and general manager since 2012. Owner Mark Wilf said the Vikings will first choose a new general manager who will have input into the head coach hire.

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CFP-CHAMPIONSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Stetson Bennett delivered the biggest throws of his storybook career and Georgia’s defense sealed the sweetest victory in program history, vanquishing rival Alabama 33-18 to win the College Football Playoff title game. The Bulldogs won their first national title in 41 yards. Bennett connected with Adonai Mitchell on a 40-yard touchdown to give Georgia a 19-18 lead with 8:09 left. He then hooked up with Brock Bowers for a 15-yard TD on a screen to put the Bulldogs up with with 3:33 left. The final blow came from the defense. Kelee Ringo intercepted an underthrown deep ball down the sideline by Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young and returned 79 yards for a touchdown.

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NHL-SCHEDULE

WASHINGTON (AP) – Brad Marchand returned from a bloody nose to score two goals and assist on another in the Boston Bruins’ 7-3 rout of the Washington Capitals. Marchand barely missed any time after taking a hard high stick to the face in the first period. Boston improved to 9-1-1 in its past 11 road games, and got two goals from David Pastrnak and one apiece from Matt Grzelcyk, Craig Smith and Erik Haula. The Capitals’ four-game losing streak is their longest of the season. Conor Sheary scored twice for Washington and T.J. Oshie had a goal.

 
Also, in NHL action:
 
– Nazem Kadri scored a go-ahead goal late in the third period, and the surging Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Seattle Kraken 4-3. Nicolas Aube-Kubel had two goals and Devon Toews also scored for Colorado, which beat former teammate Philipp Grubauer to win its 12th straight at home and fifth in a row overall. Grubauer, who had 31 saves, received a warm reception from the crowd. Marcus Johansson, Jared McCann and Colin Backwell scored for Seattle.
 
– Phillip Danault, Blake Lizotte and Adrian Kempe scored and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-1 Monday night. Trevor Moore had two assists and Cal Petersen made 22 saves. The Kings have won four of five. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and Alexandar Georgiev made 36 saves for the Rangers, who have lost two of three to start their longest road trip of the season. Kris Knoblauch served as temporary coach for New York after Gerard Gallant tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – LaMelo Ball hit the go-ahead basket with 15 seconds left, Terry Rozier scored 27 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks for the second time in three nights, 103-99. Ball scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, and Miles Bridges added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won six of eight games and improved to 12-5 at home. Khris Middleton had 27 points and 11 assists, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 26 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Bucks, who also lost 114-106 to the Hornets on Saturday night.

 
In other NBA action:
 
– Anfernee Simons had 23 points and 11 assists, and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers took advantage of James Harden’s absence for a 114-108 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Monday night. Harden was out with a hyperextended left knee. Kyrie Irving started in his second game of the season and finished with 22 points. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets. Robert Covington had 21 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Blazers, who had all five starters in double figures.
 
– Jarret Allen had 18 points and 17 rebounds, Darius Garland also had a double-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Sacramento Kings 109-108. Kevin Love scored 19 points, Evan Mobley added 17 and Lauri Markkanen and Cedi Osman finished with 15 points apiece. Garland had 12 points and 11 assists as the Cavaliers completed the season sweep of the Kings. Tyrese Haliburton had 21 points and eight assists for Sacramento. Buddy Hield added 19 points. The Kings have lost a season-worst five straight.
 
– Joel Embiid had 31 points and eight rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Houston Rockets 111-91 for their seventh straight win. Embiid turned in his seventh straight 30-point game and also had six assists. He was 9 of 16 from the field and made all 13 of his free throws. He’s the second player in NBA history to score exactly 31 points in four straight games. Bob McAdoo was the first to do it for the Buffalo Braves in November 1973. Embiid entered Monday averaging 26.8 points per game, sixth in the NBA.
– RJ Barrett scored 31 points in his first home game since hitting his first career buzzer beater, leading the New York Knicks to a 111-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Evan Fournier returned from a one-game absence with 18 points for the Knicks, who broke open a game that had been close throughout by outscoring the Spurs 18-2 to start the fourth quarter. Barrett had five straight points to open the final period, which started with the Knicks ahead just 82-75. By the time the Knicks hit three consecutive 3-pointers to end their spurt, it was 100-77.
 
– Cade Cunningham scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the third quarter to help the Detroit Pistons erase a 22-point deficit and beat the Utah Jazz 126-116 on Monday night. Saddiq Bey added 29 points for Detroit, which is 4-2 in 2022 after finishing 2021 with 18 losses in 19 games. Lead assistant coach Rex Kalamian took charge with coach Dwane Casey having entered COVID-19 protocol. Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points for Utah, and Hassan Whiteside had a season-high 21 points as well as 14 rebounds.
 
– Jaylen Brown scored 26 points and Jayson Tatum had 24, carrying the Boston Celtics to a 101-98 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers in the first of a home-and-home series between the teams. Robert Williams III had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, including a key block in OT. The Celtics won for the fourth time in six games. Torrey Craig led the Pacers with 19 points and Lance Stephenson scored 14 but missed a potential tying 3-pointer late in OT. Indiana has lost seven of eight. Pacers scoring leader Domantas Sabonis was held to 11 points.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLL

UNDATED (AP) – Baylor is once again the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, and fifth-ranked Southern California climbed to its highest ranking in nearly five decades. Gonzaga, UCLA, Auburn and USC rounded out the top five. The Trojans have their highest ranking since December 1974. No. 25 Illinois rejoined the poll as the week’s lone addition.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – College Football Playoff expansion talks remain stalled and the possibility of implementing a new format by the 2024 season have dimmed after three days of meetings failed to produce an agreement. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says it is looking unlikely that expansion would come before the end of the current CFP contract that expires in 2026, it was not ruled out altogether. Executive Director Bill Hancock says the talks are going into overtime and the conference commissioners are expected to meet again the coming week.

 
In other college football news:
 
– Late Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam of Colorado and two-time runner-up Andrew Luck of Stanford headline a list of 21 former players and coaches in this year’s College Football Hall of Fame class. The National Football Foundation announced the new inductees Monday. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 6.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Back-to-back winning seasons were not enough for Brian Flores to keep his job as coach of the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have fired Flores in a somewhat surprising move that came less than 24 hours after the team finished a 9-8 season. Flores went 24-25 in his three seasons in Miami, not making the playoffs in any of those seasons, but finishing this year with eight wins in the final nine games. Miami started 0-7 in his first season, 1-3 last season and 1-7 this season. But it always found ways to get better as the season went along, going 20-8 in games played in November, December and January under Flores.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– The Chicago Bears have fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy, hoping new leadership in the front office and on the sideline will lift a struggling franchise. Nagy’s fate seemed sealed as Bears struggled through a 6-11 season that ended with a loss at Minnesota on Sunday. Nagy went 34-31 in four seasons.
 
– The Minnesota Vikings have fired general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer. The move comes after a second straight absence from the playoffs. Owner Mark Wilf said the Vikings will first choose a new general manager who will have input into the head coach hire.
 
– Dave Gettleman is retiring as the general manager of the New York Giants after four losing seasons and ending this season with a record of 4-and-13. Coach Joe Judge’s future with the Giants also is in question. He’ll meet with ownership this week.
 
– The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 3-and-14 record this season earned them the top spot in April’s NFL draft, the second consecutive year they will pick first. The tentative order of the first round, not including teams in the playoffs, was announced Monday by the NFL.
– Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence following the team’s season-ending victory in Arizona. Smith just completed his third season with the Seahawks and had the most extensive playing time of his tenure in Seattle. He appeared in four games and started three when Russell Wilson was out due to finger surgery.
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NBA-NEWS

DENVER (AP) – The Denver Nuggets finalized a trade with Detroit that will send big man Bol Bol to the Pistons. The Nuggets acquired guard Rodney McGruder along with a 2022 second-round pick via Brooklyn in exchange. The 7-foot-2 Bol is the son of the late Manute Bol, who played 10 years in the NBA. Bol Bol played in 53 games over three seasons with the Nuggets and averaged 2.7 points. McGruder saw action in 17 games for the Pistons this season. He averaged 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds.

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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the NHL Players’ Association has filed a grievance against the San Jose Sharks for terminating the remainder of Evander Kane’s contract. The grievance was filed Sunday night and contends the Sharks did not have sufficient grounds to make the move. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the matter is now in the league’s hands. The Sharks placed Kane on unconditional waivers, saying the forward violated COVID-19 protocols while with the AHL Barracuda. Kane cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent.

 
Elsewhere in the NHL:
 
– The NHL has postponed Tuesday night’s scheduled game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers because of COVID-19 issues with the Flyers. A spike in infections driven by the omicron variant of the coronavirus has led to frequent postponements in recent weeks. Three games scheduled for Monday night were called off. The Hurricanes-Flyers game was the second scheduled for Tuesday to be postponed, and the 104th postponement this season. Philadelphia last played on Saturday night, an overtime win at home over San Jose. Several players sat out because of health and safety protocols.
 
– Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin could make his season debut Tuesday night when the Penguins face the Anaheim Ducks. Coach Mike Sullivan says he anticipates the four-time All-Star and 2012 Hart Trophy winner will be a “game-time” decision as Pittsburgh continues its West Coast swing.
 
– Dallas Stars coach Rick Bowness has been fined $25,000 for twice slamming a stick against the boards behind the bench seconds after his team’s 2-1 loss at St. Louis. The Blues scored two power-play goals in the final minute, the 11th time in NHL history that a team won in regulation after trailing by one with a minute left. The league announced the fine and said the money goes to the NHL Foundation.
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TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN-DJOKOVIC

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic has held a practice session, a day after he left immigration detention, as he focuses on defending his Australian Open title. The top-ranked tennis star hit the show courts of Melbourne Park Tuesday within hours of winning a legal battle that allowed him to stay in the country. But he still faces the prospect of deportation. At issue is whether he has a valid exemption to rules requiring vaccination to enter Australia since he recently recovered from COVID-19. A judge ruled Monday he could stay, but the immigration minister could still send him home. There were also new questions raised Tuesday over an immigration form, on which he said he had not traveled in the 14 days before his flight to Australia. Djokovic’s uncertain status didn’t prevent Australian Open organizers from listing him as the top seed for the Grand Slam tournament beginning next Monday at Melbourne Park. Homegrown talent Ash Barty was given the No. 1 seed in the women’s draw in line with expectations.

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NFL-OBIT-DON MAYNARD

UNDATED (AP) – Don Maynard, a Hall of Fame receiver who made his biggest impact catching passes from Joe Namath in the wide-open AFL, has died. He was 86. Maynard was the main target for Namath with the New York Jets, though a leg injury made him less effective in the team’s stunning upset of the NFL champion Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl. When he retired in 1973 after one season with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was pro football’s career receiving leader with 633 catches for 11,834 yards and 88 touchdowns.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 01/10/22

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 011022 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, ND – Drought conditions continue to improve for North Dakota. Today’s Drought Briefing from the National Weather Service lists a small area of extreme drought over northwest North Dakota. Much of the eastern half of the state has no drought or is listed as abnormally dry. Most of central ND is listed as moderate drought. Drought is expected to hang on in some form across most of western North Dakota, even as improvement is the current trend.
 
Since the start of the water year (October 1st), North Dakota has been almost entirely warmer than average. Precipitation amounts have been more consistent across the state, as much of the central and east have seen 150% to 200% of normal precipitation, but the far northwest corner is still below average. Drought conditions have improved across much of the state, with a large part of the east completely removed from drought designation.
 
La Niña conditions are ongoing, which is a major factor in what we are expecting during this winter. We have finally begun to see a pattern switch, with near-normal temperatures in December and a much more active pattern leading to above normal precipitation across most of the state. Below normal temperatures are expected for the month of January, and near to below normal temperatures are favored for the rest of winter and into the early spring. This is the second La Niña winter in a row, and there is some indication that the second of back-to-back La Niñas favors North Dakota for above average snowfall during the winter.
 
The latter part of December provided a lengthy shot of snowy and cold weather across most of North Dakota. While not everyone may appreciate shoveling snow in sub-zero temperatures, we now find ourselves with a normal to well above normal snowpack across most of the state. So even though we are just approaching the halfway point of our snow accumulation season, the trend (no matter how tenuous it may be) is of continued improvement in hydrologic conditions. If we receive the normal half of an inch of water equivalent in each of January and February, we will enter March with over 2 inches of snow water equivalent (SWE) on the ground. This, along with near normal moisture in March would be a great help in starting off the 2022 growing season with a fair amount of runoff and soil moisture replenishment.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is forcing North Dakota health officials to cut back on investigations and they are encouraging people who test positive to isolate on their own. The state Department of Health says it will continue to monitor virus cases for K-12 students, higher education students, people over age 55 and people in health care facilities, long term care and congregate settings. Others may not be contacted by case workers but should still follow isolation protocols. Johns Hopkins University researchers say the rolling average of daily new cases in North Dakota has increased by 291% over the past two weeks. One in every 97 people in the state tested positive in the past week.
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GRENORA, N.D. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say an oil well exploded and caught fire today in northwestern North Dakota. There are no reports of any injuries. The Divide County Sheriff’s Department says the oil storage tank that exploded held about 1,300 barrels of oil northeast of Grenora. KXNet News reports the fire has been contained at the site and officials are letting it burn out. The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Passenger traffic at North Dakota’s eight commercial airports in November nearly doubled from last year, despite the surging coronavirus. Year-to-date boardings in November were ahead of 2020 at all eight airports in Bismarck, Minot, Williston, Dickinson, Grand Forks, Fargo, Devils Lake and Jamestown. Statewide, they were up about 53%, but down 26% from 2019. According to the state Aeronautics Commission, 83,429 people boarded planes at the eight airports during November. Aeronautics Commissioner Kyle Wanner says additional travel demand during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend was reminiscent of pre-pandemic levels, and mild weather limited flight disruptions.
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BISMARCK, ND – Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) director, today announced Darin Hanson will serve as the state’s director of Homeland Security. In that role, he will provide vision, leadership and direction to a Homeland Security team of about 60 employees. The agency’s mission is to provide North Dakota with a central coordinating agency for public safety communications, prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery, including during emergencies and natural disasters.
 
“Darin brings a strong background to his new role as North Dakota Homeland Security director. In his previous position, Darin lead and coordinated the state’s programs and policies on critical infrastructure security. He has shown that he is able to work with a broad spectrum of partners across all levels of government, as well as nonprofit organizations and the private sector,” said Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general and DES director. “Even more importantly, Darin embraces a culture of collaboration and teamwork, the cornerstone of everything we do in emergency management.”
 
Hanson, of Mandan, North Dakota, has been employed with North Dakota Homeland Security and has worked within the State and Local Intelligence Center for more than eight years. As the Critical Infrastructure Program and security manager, he helped initiate a cyber security task force in North Dakota. He also was instrumental in founding the statewide CyberCon event, which is a cybersecurity and critical information conference held in partnership with Bismarck State College. Hanson has also forged relationships with school safety security partners in North Dakota, including with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. His duties also included routinely conducting site visits throughout the state to advise on critical infrastructure security measures.
 
Hanson succeeds former director Cody Schulz who accepted an appointment by Gov. Doug Burgum as the Parks and Recreation director on Oct. 11, 2021. Homeland Security has been guided by interim Debbie LaCombe since then.
 
“Darin has been a true asset to the agency over the years. I and the staff here at DES are thrilled that Darin has been named as our director of Homeland Security,” LaCombe said. “Darin has the energy and curiosity needed to successfully lead us in fulfilling our mission and vision and upholding the values of not only our agency, but the State of North Dakota, as well.”
 
A graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck, Hanson holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration. He served in the Montana Army National Guard for more than 20 years, achieving the rank of sergeant first class. He deployed to Afghanistan from 2012-2013, working at a tactical operations center while also leading an intel section within a military police unit. He also spent more than a year in Alaska working in law enforcement.
 
In January 2021, Hanson earned his master’s degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). While there, he joined Homeland Security officials from across the nation for an 18-month curriculum and authored a thesis titled, “Normalizing Cybersecurity: Improving Cyber Incident Response with the Incident Command System.”
 
“I am both excited and honored for the opportunity to continue my service to the State alongside a team of emergency management professionals that continue proving they are among the best in the nation,” Hanson said. “I am grateful for the opportunity and the confidence that has been placed in me. The Homeland Security team will continue our whole-of-community focus to ensure a safe and secure homeland for all North Dakotans.”
 
The Division of Homeland Security is part of DES, along with the Division of State Radio, which coordinates 9-1-1 services, as well as emergency medical, fire and law enforcement response. It is the primary dispatch service for the N.D. Highway Patrol and services 25 counties across the state. For more information, visit des.nd.gov.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 011022 – 0700
 
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that a Minot man should not have been convicted of child abuse for allegedly assaulting a woman in front of a young girl. Brent Castleman was found guilty last year of a Class B felony after the jury watched a recording of the assault and the girl crying after witnessing the attack. Castleman was sentenced in January 2021 to five years in prison. The Supreme Court said in an opinion released last week that the incident does not qualify as child abuse under state law because prosecutors did not prove that there was any lasting effect to the girl’s psychological, emotional, or mental health. Castleman will be released from the James River Correctional Facility in Jamestown.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge says defense attorneys cannot use intellectual disability as a factor in the second death penalty debate for a man convicted in the 2003 kidnapping and killing of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. Judge Ralph Erickson last year ordered a new sentencing phase for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., after ruling that misleading testimony from the coroner and other factors had violated Rodriguez’s constitutional rights. Defense attorneys then asked Erickson to reconsider intellectual disability as a defense. The judge said in an order last week that it cannot be used to consider Rodriguez’s eligibility for capital punishment. Rodriguez, a convicted sex offender from Crookston, Minnesota, is being held in a federal jail.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota environmental regulators are working to clean up a firefighting foam spill in Williston. The state Department of Environmental Quality issued a news release Friday saying 6,000 gallons of a foam and water mixture were released from a Polar Creek Industries US facility on Thursday. The spill was confined to a ditch but investigators are collecting samples to determine if the foam contains PFAS, synthetic chemicals that linger in the environment for years and can be harmful to human health.
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WASHINGTON, DC (AP) – The White House’s top official on environmental justice is stepping down a year after President Joe Biden took office with an ambitious plan to help disadvantaged communities and overhaul policies that have historically hurt them. The departure of Cecilia Martinez, senior director for environmental justice at the Council for Environmental Quality, puts a spotlight on both the administration’s successes and promises yet to be fulfilled.
 
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/10/22

K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 011022 – 0700
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kirk Cousins passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns in the second half to lead a Minnesota Vikings comeback to beat the Chicago Bears 31-17. The matchup of two eliminated teams with a head coach in danger of being fired saw the Vikings outscore the Bears 28-3 in the second half. Justin Jefferson caught the tying score and K.J. Osborn had the go-ahead touchdown for the Vikings. Darnell Mooney had 12 catches for 126 yards to pass the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the Bears. The Vikings finished 8-9. The Bears went 6-11.
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VIKINGS-JEFFERSON
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson finished 17 yards short of establishing a franchise single- season record for receiving yardage. Jefferson had five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings in a 31-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. That left him with 1,616 yards in 17 games this season. Randy Moss had 1,632 yards in 16 games in 2003. The Vikings took possession at the Bears 31-yard line with 1:08 left, but they ran the ball once and kneeled down to end the game. Coach Mike Zimmer said he wasn’t concerned about the record.
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WOLVES-ROCKETS
 
HOUSTON (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns scored a season-high 40 points, D’Angelo Russell added 22 points and 10 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves won their fourth straight, beating the Houston Rockets 141-123. Towns scored 22 in the first half as Minnesota built a 75-54 lead at the break. He finished 15 of 25 from the floor and added nine rebounds and seven assists. Jarred Vanderbilt had career-highs of 21 points and 19 rebounds, Anthony Edwards added 19 points and six assists and Malik Beasley scored 13 points for Minnesota. Christian Wood finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, Josh Christopher scored 19 points and Garrison Matthews had 14 points off the bench for Houston, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
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NFL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts won’t be playing next week. That’s great news only to the Titans. The Titans have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs and a first-round bye with a 28-25 win at Houston. Ryan Tannehill was 23 of 32 for 187 yards and four touchdowns as Tennessee finished 12-5 to edge Kansas City for the top seed. Tannehill threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter to put the Titans up 21-0 at halftime before Tennessee escaped with a win.

 
The Colts eliminated themselves from the AFC playoffs with a stunning 26-11 loss at Jacksonville. NFL rushing champ Jonathan Taylor was held to 77 yards and the Jaguars turned a pair of Carson Wentz turnovers into 10 points to improve to a league-worst 3-14. First overall pick Trevor Lawrence had his best game of the season, completing 23 of 32 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
 
Elsewhere around the NFL:
 
– The Buccaneers hammered the Panthers, 41-17 to secure the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. Tom Brady completed 29 of 37 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns before taking the last half of the fourth quarter off, finishing with a career-best 5,316 yards passing and a Bucs single-season record 43 TD passes. Mike Evans caught two of Brady’s TD passes, giving him a club-record 14 scoring receptions this year.
 
– The Bills clinched their second consecutive AFC East title after Devin Singletary scored twice in the final 8:21 in a 27-10 win over the Jets. The Bills limited the the Jets to a franchise-low 53 yards of total offense and four first downs, the fewest allowed by Buffalo in franchise history. Buffalo also sacked Jets rookie Zach Wilson nine times, the most by Buffalo since getting 10 in a 23-0 win over Washington in 2011.
 
– The Steelers and Raiders are going to the playoffs as AFC wild cards after Daniel Carlson drilled a 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime, giving Vegas a 35-32 win over the Chargers and eliminating Los Angeles. Derek Carr threw two scoring strikes to Hunter Renfrow and Josh Jacobs rushed for 132 yards and a TD. Justin Herbert threw for three TD’s, including a last-second scoring toss in regulation before the Raiders earned their fourth straight win. A tie would have put the Chargers in the postseason.
 
– The Steelers avoided elimination when Chris Boswell made a 36-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining in OT to complete their 16-13 win over the Ravens. Ben Roethlisberger threw for a touchdown and kept the winning drive alive with a fourth-down pass that moved the chains. Roethlisberger said it was likely the final regular-season game in a career that spanned 18 seasons.
 
– Jaylen Waddle had a touchdown grab and set the NFL rookie record for receptions in the Dolphins’ 33-24 victory against the Patriots. Duke Johnson rushed for 117 yards and a score to help Miami complete its first sweep of New England since 2000. Jones completed 20 of 30 passes for 261 yards for the Patriots, who are going to the playoffs as a wild card.
 
– The 49ers clinched a playoff spot by beating the Rams for the sixth straight time, 27-24 in overtime. Robbie Gould nailed a 24-yard field goal in OT before Ambry Thomas picked off a pass to secure San Francisco’s second postseason berth in eight years. Jauan Jennings caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo with 26 seconds left in regulation, salvaging the Niners’ playoff hopes.
 
– The Rams still claimed the NFC West title with the Cardinals’ 38-30 loss to Seattle. Russell Wilson threw for three TDs and Rashaad Penny ran for 190 yards and a touchdown. James Conner scored two touchdowns in the third quarter before Arizona lost for the sixth time in 10 games after a 7-0 start.
 
– The Saints were 30-20 winners over the Falcons, but San Francisco’s win knocked New Orleans out of the playoffs. Trevor Siemian led back-to-back scoring drives following two Atlanta turnovers late in the first half, and the Saints overcame the loss of quarterback Taysom Hill to an injury. The Falcons were hurt by three turnovers, including two fumbles by running back Mike Davis.
 
– Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes before sitting out the second half of the Packers’ 37-30 loss to the Lions. Backup Jordan Love threw two interceptions late in the game, dropping the NFC’s No. 1 seed to 13-4. Detroit took a 24-13 lead early in the third on a reverse flea-flicker with Jared Goff throwing a 36-yard touchdown pass to Brock Wright.
 
– Kirk Cousins passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns in the second half to lead a Vikings comeback in a 31-17 downing of the Bears. Justin Jefferson had the tying score and K.J. Osborn caught the go-ahead touchdown while Minnesota outscored Chicago, 28-3 in the second half. Darnell Mooney had 12 catches for 126 yards to pass the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the Bears, who may have played their final game under head coach Mike Nagy.
 
– Washington was a 22-7 winner at the Giants as Antonio Gibson ran for a career-high 146 yards, scored a touchdown and became the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2018. Bobby McCain returned the first of his two interceptions 30 yards for a touchdown, and Joey Slye kicked three field goals as Washington finished 7-10. The Giants are 10-22 in two seasons under coach Joe Judge, whose future with the team is believed to be tenuous.
 
– Case Keenum threw touchdown passes to Jarvis Landry and Demetric Felton as the Browns beat the AFC North-champion Bengals, 21-16. Keenum filled in for Baker Mayfield, who will undergo shoulder surgery on Jan. 19. Cincinnati played without starting QB Joe Burrow, who is nursing injuries heading into the playoffs.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Ohio State is 4-1 in the Big Ten after holding off Northwestern. E.J. Liddell scored a career-high 34 points as the 13th-ranked Buckeyes beart the Wildcats, 95-87. Liddell scored 17 points in the first five minutes, including a career-high five 3-pointers in that span. He set a personal best in field goals made, finishing 12 of 20 from the field.

 
Wisconsin also earned a Big Ten win despite blowing a 21-point lead in a 70-69 victory at Maryland. Tyler Wahl scored a career-high 21 points and Johnny Davis added 19 in the Badgers’ fifth win in a row.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets have ended their five-game home losing streak, though they struggled to do it. Rookie Cam Thomas drained a runner in the lane with 1.4 seconds left in overtime to push the Nets past the Spurs, 121-119. Thomas bailed out his team after Brooklyn coughed up a 10-point lead in the last four minutes of regulation. Kevin Durant scored 28 points for the Nets and James Harden

had 26 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.
 
Elsewhere around the NBA:
 
– Klay Thompson scored 17 points in his return from two devastating injuries that sidelined him more than 2 1/2 years, helping the Warriors earn a 96-82 win over the Cavaliers. Thompson was 7 of 18 from the field and 3 of 8 from 3-point range while playing 20 minutes.
 
– The Grizzlies earned their team-record ninth straight win as Ja Morant delivered 16 points and a breathtaking block in a 127-119 victory over the Lakers. Desmond Bane had 23 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 and Memphis won for the 12th time in 13 road games.
 
– The Bulls’ nine-game winning streak is over after Luke Doncic torched them for a triple double to lead the Mavericks to a 113-99 victory. Doncic had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season, while Josh Green and Maxi Kleber had season highs with 18 points each for Dallas.
 
– Pascal Siakam had 29 points and 10 rebounds to the Raptors’ sixth consecutive win, 105-101 versus the Pelicans. Fred VanVleet scored 32 points to help Toronto move three games over .500 for the first time since opening the season 6-3.
 
– The Clippers earned a 106-93 win over the Hawks as Amir Coffey tied a career-high with 21 points and Serge Ibaka added 16. Coffey
made 8 of 12 field goals and 5 of 8 3-pointers. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Trae Young led the Hawks with 19 points each.
 
– The Nuggets were 99-95 winners over the Thunder behind Nikola Jokic’s 22 points and 18 boards. Austin Rivers scored a season-high 22 points and Jeff Green added 16 points for Denver, which jumped out to a 22-4 lead.
 
– The Timberwolves earned their fourth straight win as Karl Anthony-Towns poured in a season-high 40 points to lead a 141-123 rout of the Rockets. D’Angelo Russell added 22 points and 10 assists for Minnesota, while Jarred Vanderbilt chipped in with career-highs of 21 points and 19 rebounds.
 
– Kyle Kuzma had 27 points and a career-best 22 rebounds for the Wizards in a 102-100 comeback over the Magic. Bradley Beal scored 20 points and Washington improved to 6-18 after trailing heading into the fourth quarter.
 
– Anfernee Simons had a game-high 31 points and Jusuf Nurkic just missed a triple double as the Trail Blazers handed the Kings their fourth straight loss, 103-88. Nurkic furnished 14 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in Portland’s first win in three games.
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NHL-SCHEDULE
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Blues picked up two points after being 47 seconds away from a regulation loss. The Blues stretched their home point streak to 12 games by scoring a pair of power-play goals in the final minute of a 2-1 win over the Stars. Jordan Kyrou won it with 29 seconds left, 18 seconds after Ryan O’Reilly tied the game with St. Louis on a 6-on-4 advantage. Jordan Binnington stopped 26 shots for the Blues, who are 11-0-1 in their last 12 in St. Louis.
 
Also on NHL ice, rookie Trevor Zegras had a goal and an assist before scoring again in the shootout to send the Ducks past the Red
Wings, 4-3. Lukas Dostal made 33 saves and won his NHL debut for Anaheim with two stops in the tiebreaker.
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PGA-SENTRY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) – Cameron Smith got the new year off to a record start at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He knocked in a three-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 65 and a one-shot victory over Jon Rahm. Smith shattered the PGA Tour record for 72-hole score under par at minus-34. The previous record was 31 under by Ernie Els at Kapalua in 2003. The conditions have never been more ideal for scoring in 24 years at Kapalua, and it showed. Three players in tour history had ever reached 30 under or better. Three players did it this week.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Vic Fangio has been fired as coach of the Broncos after going 19-30 in three seasons. The move comes one day after Denver’s season-ending 28-24 loss to Kansas City. Fangio had a fourth year left on his contract with a team option for 2023. Fangio got the job after more than three decades as an assistant, and he burnished his reputation as a defensive master during his time in Denver. The Broncos finished 7-10 this season. They went 7-9 in Fangio’s first year and 5-11 last season.

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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The NHL has postponed two games scheduled for Monday night because of COVID-19 issues. The league said Sunday that the Lightning’s game at New Jersey and the Senators’ game at the Edmonton Oilers were called off. The Devils and Oilers are the teams affected by COVID-19.

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CFP-PLAYOFF EXPANSION

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The administrators who manage the College Football Playoff will report on the progress of expansion talks to a presidential oversight committee on Monday. Executive Director Bill Hancock says the group made progress during two days of CFP management meetings, but he gave no indication on whether a consensus was reached on a new format. All the conferences support expanding the playoff from four teams, but the process has bogged down as the commissioners wrangled over how and when.

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TENNIS-DJOKOVIC

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – An Australian judge has reinstated tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa, which was canceled last week because he is unvaccinated for COVID-19. Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly also ordered the government to release Djokovic from Melbourne hotel quarantine within 30 minutes of his decision. The Australian government canceled the visa shortly after Djokovic arrived in Melbourne last week because officials decided he didn’t meet the criteria for an exemption to an entry requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Djokovic is in Australia to compete in the Australian Open, which he has won nine times. The judge noted that Djokovic had provided officials at Melbourne’s airport with a medical exemption given him by Tennis Australia.

 
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/09/22

K-HEART SPORTS – SUNDAY – 010922 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Saturday’s scores
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
Mandan 67, Williston 56
Jamestown 85, Dickinson 79
 
Class B
Hazen 70, #9 Bowman County 63
#10 Beulah 44, Des Lacs-Burlington 43
Our Redeemer’s 65, Kenmare 31
Minot JV 65, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 45
Beach 59, Williston Trinity Christian 45
 
McLean County Shootout
Center-Stanton 52, Richardton-Taylor 47
Garrison 53, Grant County/Mott-Regent 45
Trenton 51, Central McLean 35
Warwick 66, Max 52
Glen Ullin-Hebron 63, White Shield 50
Divide County 57, Washburn 48
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#4 Bismarck High 61, #3 Minot 55
Jamestown 107, Dickinson 64
 
Class B
Our Redeemer’s 44, Kenmare 36
Powers Lake 54, Nedrose 48
Hettinger-Scranton 55, Trenton 37
 
High School Boys Hockey
Fargo Davies 3, Minot 2 OT
Williston 3, Bismarck Legacy 1
Bottineau-Rugby 3, Mandan 2
Jamestown 7, Dickinson 1
 
High School Girls Hockey
Fargo Davies 6, Mandan 0
Bismarck 5, Grand Forks 2
Jamestown 7, Dickinson 2
Fargo North-South 7, Williston 0
 
High School Boys Swimming & Diving
 
Coyote Invite – Williston High School
1. Minot, 668
2. Bismarck Century, 417
3. Bismarck High, 407
4. Williston, 368
5. Bismarck Legacy, 199
6. Mandan, 170
 
High School Boys Wrestling
Class A
 
Bismarck Rotary (Top 10/WDA)
1. Watertown SD, 205.5
2. Rapid City SD Stevens, 203.5
3. Sidney MT, 187
4. Bismarck High, 172.5
5. Minot, 152
6. Bismarck Century, 135
7. Valley City, 133
8. West Fargo Sheyenne, 120
9. Aberdeen SD Central, 109
10. Glasgow MT, 107
11. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 106
12. Bismarck Legacy, 105
15. Dickinson, 80
16. Williston, 71
21. Mandan, 43
24. Watford City, 26.5
28. Turtle Mountain, 11
 
High School Girls Wrestling
Class A
 
Bismarck Rotary (Top 10/WDA)
1. Bismarck Legacy, 178
2. Bismarck High, 170
3. Minot, 158.5
4. Bismarck Century, 125
5. Mandan, 117
6. Fargo Davies, 86
7. Aberdeen SD Central, 74
8. Jamestown, 68
9. Sidney MT, 64
10. West Fargo, 56
13. Williston, 44
18. Turtle Mountain, 16
 
College Mens Basketball
Denver 93, North Dakota 74
North Dakota State 71, Omaha 67
 
College Womens Basketball
North Dakota 80, Denver 75
Omaha 68, North Dakota State 54
 
College Mens Hockey
Minot State 3, Arizona 2
Cornell 3, North Dakota 1
 
NAHL Hockey
Austin Bruins 1, Minot Minotauros 0
St. Cloud Norsemen 7, Bismarck Bobcats 1
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NDSU-FCS CHAMPIONSHIP
 
FRISCO, Texas (AP) – North Dakota State won its ninth FCS national championship in 11 seasons with a dominating 38-10 win over Montana State. Hunter Luepke had three rushing touchdowns in the first half for the 14-1 Bison, who had 380 yards rushing while piling up 506 total yards. The Bison are 9-0 in the championship game when making the trip from Fargo to Frisco since the 2011 season. Montana State played in its first title game since 1984. The Bobcats lost standout freshman quarterback Tommy Mellott to an ankle injury on the game’s opening drive.
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WILD-CAPITALS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Kevin Fiala and Frederick Gaudreau scored in the shootout as the short-handed Minnesota Wild took advantage of a Washington Capitals own-goal in a 3-2 win. Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves and stopped two attempts in the shootout for Minnesota, which put the game into overtime with a goal from Mats Zuccarello with 34.7 seconds left in regulation. Rookie Zach Fucale made 21 saves for Washington and set an NHL record for the longest shutout streak to open a career at 138 minutes, 7 seconds. Zuccarello snapped the streak. The Wild wouldn’t have been in position if the Capitals didn’t put the puck in their own net on a delayed penalty with Fucale on the bench.
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NFL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys have given themselves a chance to move up the NFL playoff seedings. The Chiefs can grab the top seed in the AFC, and the Cowboys could finish as high as No. 2.

Linebacker Nick Bolton’s 86-yard fumble return midway through the fourth quarter put the Chiefs ahead to stay in a 28-24 win at Denver. The Broncos led 21-20 and were driving for another touchdown when Melvin Ingram III darted into Denver’s backfield untouched and stripped the ball from Melvin Gordon. Patrick Mahomes was 27 of 44 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the 12-5 Chiefs with 54 yards rushing. Gordon ran for 110 yards for the 7-10 Broncos. Kansas City will take the No. 1 seed if the Titans lose to the Texans on Sunday.
 
The Cowboys geared up for the playoffs by blasting the Eagles, 51-20. Dak Prescott threw for five touchdowns, completing 21 of 27 passes for 295 yards. Dallas also ran for 175 yards, with Ezekiel Elliott providing 87 on 18 carries. Cedrick Wilson and Dalton Schultz each had two scoring receptions. Wilson had five catches for 119 yards for the Cowboys, who’ve scored over 50 points in two of their last three games. Dallas entered the game with the No. 4 seed and has a chance to climb to No. 2 depending on how the Rams, Cardinals and Buccaneers fare. The Eagles hold the No. 7 spot.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – It was a tough day for second-ranked Duke and No. 6 Kansas. Kameron McGusty hit a hanging layup in traffic with 22.8 seconds left and Miami survived a final-play shot to beat the Blue Devils, 76-74. Charlie Moore had 18 points and a career-high seven steals in the Hurricanes’ ninth win in a row. McGusty finished with 14 points for Miami, which shot 58% in the second half. Bryson Williams scored 22 points and Clarence Nadolny had a career-high 17 to send Texas Tech to a 75-67 win over the Jayhawks. Ochai Agbaji had 24 points with six 3-pointers for Kansas, which ended an eight-game winning streak and fell to 12-2.

 
In Saturday’s other Top-25 games:
 
– Top-ranked Baylor also survived a scare by turning a nine-point, second-half deficit into a 76-64 victory at TCU. Adam Flagler provided 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help the Bears stretch the nation’s longest current winning streak to 21 games. James Akinjo had 20 points and eight assists for the defending national champs.
 
– Trevion Williams provided 21 points and nine rebounds off the bench to carry third-ranked Purdue past Penn State, 74-67. Williams shot 9-for-12 from the field and scored 10 points in the final eight minutes after sitting out much of the second half in foul trouble.
 
– Anton Watson scored 19 points and Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren scored 18 each as No. 4 Gonzaga routed Pepperdine 117-83. The win extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 60 games.
 
– Tyger Campbell scored 17 points and Johnny Juzang made a clutch 3-pointer late as No. 5 UCLA beat California 60-52. Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 14 points as the 10-1 Bruins made a victorious return to conference play after missing nearly a month due to COVID-19 issues.
 
– K.D. Johnson scored 23 points and No. 9 Auburn extended its winning streak to 11 with a 85-73 victory over Florida. Jaylin Williams netted a season-high 14 points for the Tigers and Wendell Green Jr. added 13 for an Auburn team that outscored Florida 35-9 in bench points.
 
– Umoja Gibson scored 20 points and Oklahoma rallied in the second half to defeat No. 11 Iowa State 79-66. Tanner Groves scored 16 points and Elijah Harkless added 13 for the 12-3 Sooners, who took control with a 14-0 run spanning five minutes late in the second half.
 
– Josh Carlton had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead 12th-ranked Houston over Wichita State, 76-66. Taze Moore scored 17 points, Fabian White Jr. added 15 and Jamal Shead had 10 points and seven assists in the Cougars’ sixth straight win overall and 34th in a row at home.
 
– Keylan Boone came off the bench and scored a career-high 17 points, shooting 5 for 7 on 3-pointers and sending Oklahoma State past No. 14 Texas 64-51. Bryce Williams contributed nine of his 11 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes to help the Cowboys win for just the second time in their last six games.
 
– Missouri beat 15th-ranked Alabama, 92-86 as Kobe Brown scored a career-high 30 points and added 13 rebounds in the Tigers’ first win in three weeks. Jarron Coleman scored 18 points and Dajuan Gordon and Javon Pickett each had 15 for Missouri.
 
– Oscar Tshiebwe had a career-high 29 points and 17 rebounds for 16th-rated Kentucky in a 92-77 trouncing of Georgia. TyTy Washington Jr. added a school-record 17 assists with 17 points for the Wildcats, who pulled away by shooting 63% after halftime.
 
– Nate Watson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 16 Providence win for the ninth time in 10 games, 83-73 versus St. John’s. It was the 300th career victory for Friars coach Ed Cooley, including his five seasons at Fairfield.
 
– Tari Eason capped a 24-point, 12-rebound performance with a pivotal dunk in transition with 1:21 left to highlight No. 21 LSU’s 79-67 victory against 18th-ranked Tennessee. Darius Days scored 15 before fouling out in the final minutes and Brandon Murray added 13 points for the 14-1 Tigers.
 
– No. 19 Villanova was a 79-64 winner against DePaul behind Collin Gillespie’s season-high 28 points. Justin Moore scored 21 points and grabbed seven boards for the Wildcats.
 
– Matt Bradley scored 26 points and San Diego State handed No. 20 Colorado State its first loss of the season, 79-49.
 
– Kadary Richmond poured in 27 points, including 17 straight in the second half and the go-ahead bucket in overtime to push No. 24 Seton Hall past UConn, 90-87.
 
– Tenth-ranked Michigan State’s game at Michigan was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Wolverines.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have tied a team record with their eighth consecutive win. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 26 points and Desmond Bane added 23 in the Grizzlies’ 123-108 downing of the Clippers. The Grizzlies trailed by 12 late in the opening quarter and were down 44-35 before outscoring Los Angeles, 29-12 the remainder of the first half. It is the fifth time in Memphis’ history and first since 2015 it has won eight straight. The Grizzlies prevailed despite missing All-Star point guard Ja Morant, who sat out due to left thigh soreness.

 
Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:
 
– Tyler Herro scored a season-high 33 points, Duncan Robinson also had a season high with 27 and the short-handed Heat rolled to a 123-100 win over the NBA-leading Suns. The Heat shot 50% from 3-point range, tying a franchise record with 22 makes on 44 attempts from behind the arc.
 
– Domantas Sabonis poured in a career-high 42 points on 18-of-22 shooting to help the Pacers beat the Jazz, 125-113. Lance Stephenson added 16 points, 14 assists and four steals off the bench as Indiana snapped a six-game skid.
 
– Terry Rozier scored 28 points and Miles Bridges added 21 with rebounds as the Hornets sent the Bucks to their fourth loss in five games, 114-106. LaMelo Ball chipped in with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Hornets, who held Milwaukee to 38.9% shooting.
 
– Jaylen Brown recorded his first career triple-double and Jayson Tatum delivered 19 points as the Celtics bounced back from Thursday’s heartbreaking loss to the Knicks by stifling New York, 99-75. Brown had 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for Boston, two nights after the Celtics wasted a 25-point lead and lost at the buzzer.
 
– Trey Lyles scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 13 rebounds as the Pistons won for the third time in five games, 97-92 versus the Magic. Hamadou Diallo added 17 points, and Saddiq Bey had 16 points to help Detroit improve to 8-30.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

DALLAS (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 10-game winning streak has ended with a 3-2 loss at Dallas. The Pens led until Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski scored 75 seconds apart late in the third period. Hintz’s goal with 3:46 remaining sent the Stars to their fourth straight win. Denis Gurianov also scored and Jake Oettinger stopped 27 shots for Dallas. Jason Robertson assisted on all three goals. Brian Dumoulin and Kasperi Kapanen scored in a 25-second span early in the first period for the Penguins. Tristan Jarry made 29 saves for Pittsburgh, which is 18-1-1 when leading after two periods this season.

 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each scored twice to back Linus Ullmark, who turned back 27 shots in the Bruins’ 5-2 win at Tampa Bay. Pastrnak scored twice in the opening 6:10, giving him three goals in the last three games following a nine-game drought.
 
– The Panthers topped the Hurricanes, 4-3 on Anthony Duclair’s goal at 2:53 of overtime. Carter Verhaeghe had two goals and Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist as Florida extended its points streak to six games.
 
– Ryan Lindgren scored twice in the third period after Jarred Tinordi got credit for the tiebreaking goal in the Rangers’ 4-1 victory over the Ducks. Mika Zibanejad also scored and Alexandar Georgiev needed to make just13 saves in New York’s fourth win in five games.
 
– The Predators came away with a 4-2 win over the Coyotes as Roman Josi had a goal and an assist and Juuse Saros stopped 37 shots. Nashville played without leading scorer Filip Forsberg, who was placed in COVID-19 protocols just before the game.
 
– The Wild beat the Capitals, 3-2 behind shootout goals by Kevin Fiala and Frederick Gaudreau. Washington put a shot into its own net but led until Mats Zuccarello tallied with 34.7 seconds left in regulation.
 
– Tomas Hertl completed a hat trick 24 seconds into overtime to give the Sharks a 3-2 win over the Flyers. Brent Burns assisted all three goals and Timo Meier had two assists as San Jose finished 2-2 on its road trip.
 
– The Blue Jackets’ three-game skid is over after Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice in their 4-3 win over the Devils. Boone Jenner and Igor Chinakhov also scored for Columbus, while Jakub Voracek and Adam Boqvist each had two assists.
 
– Devon Toews scored 1:12 into overtime and the Avalanche rallied from a three-goal deficit to earn their team-record 11th straight home win, 5-4 against the Maple Leafs. J.T. Compher tied it at 4 with 8:18 left and Mikko Rantanen assisted on Colorado’s last three goals.
 
– Chicago ended a six-game losing streak as Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves against his former team to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-1 win at Vegas. Fleury has now beaten all 32 NHL teams after winning his first against the Golden Knights since being traded last summer.
 
– The Kings blanked the Red Wings, 4-0 as Cal Petersen stopped all 21 shots in first start in over a month. Phillip Danault and Drew Doughty scored in the first period to help Los Angeles win for the third time in four games.
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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson will make his long-awaited return Sunday against Cleveland as planned. Thompson has been cleared to play and will play in his first game in more than 2 1/2 years after being sidelined by two devastating injuries. Coach Steve Kerr wouldn’t confirm Thompson’s status.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Knicks star Julius Randle has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for what the league called an “egregious” use of profane language in interviews. The league cited Randle’s use of profanity in interviews with the media following a Jan. 5 practice and again the next night following a victory over the Celtics.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Edmonton Oilers placed five more players into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols Saturday. Forwards Kailer Yamamoto and Brendan Perlini, goaltender Ilya Konovalov and defensemen Evan Bouchard and Slater Koekkoek were added to the list. Star center Connor McDavid, defenseman Tyson Barrie and center Derek Ryan were already in the protocols.

 
Elsewhere in the NHL:
 
– The Sharks have placed forward Evander Kane on unconditional waivers with the intent to terminate the remainder of his $49 million, seven-year contract. The Sharks said they made the move because Kane violated COVID-19 protocols in the AHL where he is currently playing for the Barracuda.
 
– Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy says goalie Tuukka Rask could rejoin the team without playing games in the minor leagues. Rask signed with AHL Providence on Thursday and hasn’t played in the NHL since undergoing offseason labrum surgery on his hip. The 34-year-old Rask has spent 14 seasons with Boston and is the franchise leader in wins.
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TENNIS-NEWS

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Lawyers for Novak Djokovic have filed court documents in his challenge against deportation from Australia. The documents showed the tennis star contracted COVID-19 in the middle of last month. The world No. 1 men’s player was denied entry at the Melbourne airport late Wednesday after the Australian Border Force canceled his visa for failing to meet its entry requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. He has been confined to an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne ever since. Djokovic was given a medical exemption on Jan. 1 based on his recent infection. The exemption was backed by the Victoria state government and Australian Open organizers based on information he supplied to two independent medical panels. He will go to the Federal Circuit Court on Monday to challenge his visa cancellation and deportation.

 
In other tennis news:
 
– Top-ranked Ash Barty has has won her second Adelaide International title in three years with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Elena Rybakina. The win improved Barty’s record against top-20 rivals to 17-1 since the beginning of 2021. Barty also beat Coco Gauff, 2020 Australian Open champion Sofin Kenin and 2020 French Open winner Iga Swiatek en route to her 14th tournament win in Adelaide. Rafael Nadal also added another title to his illustrious career, capturing at lease one ATP title for the 19th consecutive year when he beat American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (6), 6-3.
 
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/08/22

K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 010822 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Velva outscored Nedrose 23-8 in the second half turning a three point halftime deficit into a 12 point win of 49-37 last night, in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. Payton Bodine led the Aggies with 14 points while Ben Schepp added 11. Joe Roberts tallied a game-high 15 points for the Cardinals with Mitch Heinert adding 12, including a perfect six of six from the freethrow line. Velva improves to 6-2. Nedrose drops to 1-6.
 
Other scores from the area on Friday:
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class A
#5 Minot 79, #1 Bismarck High 67
#2 Bismarck Century 74, Bismarck St. Mary’s 52
Bismarck Legacy 85, Mandan 67
Williston 63, Jamestown 61
Turtle Mountain 89, Watford City 52
 
Class B
Rugby 51, Harvey-Wells County 50
Stanley 77, Bishop Ryan 65
 
McLean County Shootout
White Shield 56, Max 49 OT
North Shore-Plaza 70, Richardton-Taylor 52
Garrison 61, Trenton 58
Central McLean 68, Warwick 56
Divide County 51, Grant County/Mott-Regent 45
Wilton-Wing 60, Glen Ullin-Hebron 47
New England 51, Washburn 43
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century 72, Bismarck St. Mary’s 31
Bismarck Legacy 68, Mandan 56
Watford City 54, Turtle Mountain 40
 
Class B
#5 Rugby 55, Westhope-Newburg 38
Our Redeemer’s 40, Berthold 27
Glenburn 31, South Prairie-Max 26
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 59, Surrey 37
Bishop Ryan 45, Des Lacs-Burlington 40
Bottineau 58, Drake-Anamoose 53
Kenmare 42, Divide County 26
Burke County 40, Ray JV 32
Parshall 72, White Shield 6
 
High School Boys Hockey
Mandan 3, Williston 2
Jamestown 6, Bottineau-Rugby 0
 
High School Girls Hockey
Bismarck 13, Devils Lake 1
 
High School Girls Gymnastics
Jamestown KC Invite
1. Jamestown, 142.450
2. Valley City, 138.850
3. Mandan, 128.650
4. Minot, 97.900
 
High School Boys Swimming & Diving
Bismarck Century 125, Mandan 57
Dickinson 113, Jamestown 67
 
College Mens Hockey
Minot State 3, Arizona 1
Cornell 4, North Dakota 3
 
NAHL Hockey
Austin Bruins 3, Minot Minotauros 1
Bismarck Bobcats 5, St. Cloud Norsemen 3
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FCS CHAMPIONSHIP
 
FRISCO, Texas (AP) – Montana State will face North Dakota State again in the FCS playoffs and this time it is for the national title. Today’s game in Frisco, Texas is the first championship game for Montana State since 1984. The Bison had lopsided victories over Montana State in the early playoff rounds on way to winning their last two national titles at the end of the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The Bobcats advanced this year with playoffs wins over the two teams that played for the last FCS title in the sprin. North Dakota State has won a record eight FCS titles the previous 10 seasons. Kickoff is at 11 AM.
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WOLVES-THUNDER
 
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – D’Angelo Russell had 27 points and 12 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 135-105 on Friday night for their third straight victory. Russell made 11 of 12 field goals and 4 of 5 3-pointers to help the Timberwolves beat the Thunder for second time in three nights. Minnesota won 98-90 on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Anthony Edwards scored 24 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points for the Timberwolves. Lu Dort scored 18 points for the Thunder. They have lost three straight.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Xavier was the only Top-25 men’s basketball team in action on Friday, and the Musketeers cruised to an 87-72 win over Butler. Adam Kunkel was 8 of 12 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range in scoring 25 points off the bench. Paul Scruggs was 9-for-9 from the line and finished with 16 points seven rebounds and six assists for Xavier.

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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – More than a few basketball experts would like to anoint the Brooklyn Nets the prohibitive favorite to win the Eastern Conference. The Milwaukee Bucks showed on Friday that the Nets won’t have an easy ride to the Finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton led the defending champs to their first win in three games, a 121-109 decision over the Nets in Brooklyn. Antetokounmpo provided 31 points after missing Milwaukee’s previous game with a non-COVID-related illness. He also had nine assists and seven rebounds, while Middleton scored 15 of his 20 in the third quarter to help the Bucks take a 24-point lead in the period. Milwaukee won without coach Mike Budenholzer and Jrue Holiday due to health and safety protocols. Kevin Durant had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Nets, who have lost five straight home games.

 
Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:
 
– It’s now a nine-game winning streak for the Bulls after Zach LaVine pumped in 27 points and Coby White added 21 in a 130-122 shootout over the Wizards. Lonzo Ball scored 18 points, hitting six of Chicago’s 15 3-pointers. Rookie Ayo Dosunmu also had 18 points, and coach Billy Donovan earned his 300th NBA win.
 
– Cleveland came away with a 114-101 win at Portland as Darius Garland had 26 points and Rajon Rondo scored 11 off the bench in his Cavaliers debut. It was the Cavaliers’ 22nd win, matching their total for all of last season when they finished 13th in the Eastern Conference. Rookie Evan Mobley added 18 points for Cleveland in the team’s first victory in Portland since January 2013.
 
– Dallas overcame the absence of Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and coach Jason Kidd to beat Houston, 130-106. Doncic has a sprained right ankle, Porzingis missed his fourth straight game in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, and Kidd who entered the health and safety protocols Friday. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 points and seven assists
 
– Fred Van Vleet’s first career triple-double carried the Raptors to a comeback 122-108 win over the Jazz. Van Vleet delivered 37 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Raptors, who trailed by 17 before earning their fifth straight win. He’s scored at least 30 in five of his last seven games. Eric Paschall had a career-high 29 points for the Jazz, who were without eight key players due to injury or COVID protocols.
 
– The 76ers ran their winning streak to six games as Joel Embiid furnished 31 points and 12 rebounds in a 119-100 win over the short-handed Spurs. Seth Curry and Tobias Harris each added 23 points for the Sixers. Dejounte Murray scored 27 points for San Antonio, which was without six players due to health and safety protocols.
 
– Nikola Jokic carried the Nuggets to a 121-111 win over the Kings, finishing with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Denver forwards Jeff Green and Zeke Nnaji were activated off the COVID-19 list while Aaron Gordon and Bones Hyland played after being sent home from Thursday’s film session due to non-COVID-19 illnesses. Green had 18 points, Hyland 13 and Gordon 10.
 
– The Lakers have their first four-game winning streak of the season after LeBron James and Malik Monk led a 134-118 victory against the Hawks. LeBron James scored 23 of his 32 points in the second half, Malik Monk added a season-high 29 points. Avery Bradley and Talen Horton-Tucker scored 21 points apiece for the Lakers, who have won five of six overall while remaining perfect on a five-game homestand that ends Sunday.
 
– The Timberwolves hammered the Thunder, 135-105 behind D’Angelo Russell’s 27 points and 12 assists. Russell made 11 of 12 field goals and 4 of 5 3-pointers to help Minnesota earn its third straight win and beat the Thunder for second time in three nights. Anthony Edwards scored 24 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points for the Timberwolves.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – A one-week layoff did little to shut down the Carolina Hurricanes’ potent attack. Andre Svechnikov scored twice and Brady Skjei had a goal and two assists as the Canes won for the ninth time in 10 games, 6-3 against the Flames. Derek Stepan, Jesper Fast and Tony DeAngelo also scored and Steven Lorentz had two assists for Carolina. Frederik Andersen stopped 36 shots while playing a full game for the first time in nearly three weeks.

 
St. Louis won the Friday’s only other NHL contest. Pavel Buchnevich had two goals and an assist for the Blues in a 5-1 thumping of the Capitals. Torey Krug, Oskar Sundqvist and Ivan Barbashev also scored to help the Blues improve to 8-2-2 in their last 12 games, and 10-0-1 in their last 11 at home. Ryan O’Reilly and Robert Thomas each added two assists.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals have announced that three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt has been designated to return from the injured reserve list, leaving open the possibility that he could boost the team’s defense during the playoffs. The Cardinals made the move on Friday and now have 21 days to elevate Watt to the 53-man roster. He can return to practice immediately. The 32-year-old Watt was initially expected to be out for the season because of a shoulder injury on Oct. 24, but has been working out at Arizona’s practice facility to try and be ready for the playoffs.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Titans coach Mike Vrabel says the team has some time to make the decision on moving Derrick Henry from injured reserve back to the active roster. Vrabel says he likes what he’s seen of the 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year in the three days Henry has practiced.
 
– Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is listed as questionable for the 49ers in their crucial season finale against the Rams after missing last week’s game with an injured right thumb. Garoppolo practiced on a limited basis all week and said Thursday that his thumb still hurts. Coach Kyle Shanahan says he knows whether he plans to start Garoppolo or Trey Lance on Sunday but is waiting until game time to make an announcement.
 
– Lamar Jackson will miss a fourth consecutive game for the Ravens because of his ankle injury. That likely ends the star quarterback’s 2021 regular season. That means Tyler Huntley will make his fourth start of the season. The winner of the Ravens-Steelers game can make the playoffs, but those chances are slim.
 
– Packers center Josh Myers is expected to play for the first time in over 2 1/2 months on Sunday against Detroit. The availability of fellow offensive lineman David Bakhtiari remains uncertain.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL

UNDATED (AP) – The Vancouver Canucks had another game pushed back when the NHL announced it was postponing Saturday’s matchup with the Ottawa Senators due to ongoing attendance restrictions. The league also postponed a Senators-Jets game originally set for Jan. 15. Current health orders in British Columbia limit attendance at indoor sports events to 50% capacity.

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COLLEGE SPORTS-MURRAY STATE

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) – Murray State will become the 11th member of the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1. University officials announced Friday the Board of Regents accepted an invitation from the Missouri Valley Conference and will be leaving the Ohio Valley Conference. The MVC does not include football or rifle. Murray State is working to join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in football, while the school’s rifle program will continue competing in the Ohio Valley Conference.

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MLB-ESPN

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) – Former players David Cone and Eduardo Perez are joining Karl Ravech to form a new broadcast team for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” telecasts. Alex Rodriguez will shift to eight Sunday night alternate telecasts on ESPN2 with Michael Kay, a mainstay on New York Yankees’ broadcasts since 1992. Ravech replaces Matt Vasgersian.

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TENNIS-NEWS

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Lawyers for Novak Djokovic have filed court documents in his challenge against deportation from Australia that showed the tennis star contracted COVID-19 in the middle of last month. The world No. 1 men’s player was denied entry at the Melbourne airport late Wednesday after the Australian Border Force canceled his visa for failing to meet its entry requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Since then he has been confined to an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne. Djokovic was given a medical exemption on Jan. 1 based on his recent infection and it was backed by the Victoria state government and Australian Open organizers based on information he supplied to two independent medical panels. He will go to the Federal Circuit Court on Monday to challenge his visa cancellation and deportation. That’s a week before the season-opening major starts.

 
In other tennis news:
 
– Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from her semifinal match at a WTA tournament in Melbourne with an abdominal injury. That allowed her opponent Veronika Kudermetova to advance to the final on a walkover. Earlier, American Amanda Anisimova advanced to her first final since 2019 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Daria Kasatkina.
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GOLF-US WOMEN’S OPEN

UNDATED (AP) – The USGA has announced a $10 million purse for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, nearly doubling last year’s total. The prize money will go up to $12 million over the next five years.

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OLYMPICS-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Mariah Bell put together a mesmerizing free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, edging Karen Chen on Friday night for her first gold medal and taking any drama out of whether she’s headed to her first Winter Olympics. Bell and Chen are locks when U.S. Figure Skating’s selection committee announces the three-woman team headed to the Beijing Games next month. The other spot is likely to go to Alysa Liu, the two-time national champion who was third after her short program but had to withdraw earlier Friday following a positive test for COVID-19. Fourteen-year-old Isabeau Levito, who is too young to compete at the Olympics, claimed the bronze medal.

 
In other news of Olympics hopefuls:
 
– Brittany Bowe has won the women’s 1,000 meters in a track-record time at the U.S. speedskating trials in Milwaukee to earn her third Olympic berth. The 33-year-old Floridian finished first in 1 minute, 13.63 seconds. Kimi Goetz was second at 1:14.89. Erin Jackson finished third in 1:15.88. Jordan Stolz won the men’s 1,000 in a track-record time of 1:07.61 to earn an Olympic berth at age 17. Joey Mantia qualified for his third Olympics by finishing second.
 
 
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KHRT ND News – 01/07/22

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 010722 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, ND – A Minot man injured in a vehicle accident on Christmas Day has died. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says they were informed by the family on Wednesday that 23-year old Matthew Melbarzdis had died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Troopers say the accident happened as Melbarzdis last control of his pickup on a slippery road while traveling from Minot to Burlington. The truck struck an approach and overturned on it’s roof pinning him inside. The Patrol says he was not wearing a seatbelt.
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BISMARCK, ND – There’s a big spike in COVID-19 cases as reported by the North Dakota Department of Health. The weekly report for the period of January 1st through today shows 6,503 new positives and a 14-day rolling positivity rate of 11.8%. Active cases for the week are up by 2,459 to 4,487. Hospitalizations are at 118, down nine. There have been 16 more deaths among those were tested positive bringing the total since the pandemic began to 2,028. Vaccination rates include 51.8% (389,880) of residents age 5 and up that are fully vaccinated.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The state’s oil and gas division says a produced water spill was reported 5 miles south of Epping. On Thursday, 270 barrels of produced water leaked at a well operated by Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation. The cause of the leak was because of equipment failure. Environmental experts say the leak has been contained and cleanup is underway, while an inspector will continue to monitor the cleanup.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The sale of Coal Creek Station to Rainbow Energy Center LLC cleared its final regulatory hurdle on Thursday. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the transfer of Coal Creek Station’s high-voltage direct current transmission line from Great River Energy (GRE) to Nexus Line LLC, a subsidiary of Rainbow Energy Center LLC. Rainbow Energy Center and Nexus Line are both affiliates of Bismarck-based Rainbow Energy Marketing Corp.
 
“This approval is a momentous step toward Rainbow Energy taking ownership of Coal Creek Station and providing a long-term future for the power plant, its workers and the communities supported by the hundreds of jobs at Coal Creek and the nearby Falkirk Mine,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. “It also offers North Dakota the opportunity to further prove that we can be a national and world leader in carbon capture, storage and utilization through our continued focus on innovation over regulation. Preserving the baseload generation that Coal Creek provides is critical to U.S. energy security and maintaining a strong regional power grid, and we’re grateful to the industry, the state Legislature and our congressional delegation for their collaboration on ensuring a viable future for North Dakota’s abundant lignite coal.”
 
Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford began working with GRE to facilitate a sale of Coal Creek Station to a third party operator even before GRE announced in May 2020 its plans to close the 1,151-megawatt generating plant in Underwood during the second half of 2022.
 
Burgum announced on March 25, 2021, that GRE was in exclusive negotiations to sell Coal Creek Station and GRE’s high-voltage, direct current transmission system that extends between central North Dakota and Minnesota. The pending sale to Rainbow Energy Center and Nexus Line was announced June 30. In July, GRE’s member cooperatives approved a related purchase power agreement under which GRE will buy 1,050 megawatts of power from Rainbow Energy Center for approximately two years, followed by 300 megawatts for approximately eight years.
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MINOT, N.D. – A figure skating pair with ties to Minot took top honors this week in at the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championship, Junior Ice Dance competition in Nashville, TN. Leah Neset of Minot and her partner Artem Markelov took the top overall spot with a score of 155.84. Neset is the 16-year old daughter of Chris & Cheri Neset of Minot. Markelov is originally from Volzhsky, Russia. The pair have their sights set on competing at the Olympic level one day, and they’ll be closely watching the winter games next month.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 010722 – 0700
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota regulators have approved the transfer of a key permit necessary for a financially troubled coal-fired power plant in North Dakota to be sold to a Bismarck-based marketer of wholesale electricity. Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 to transfer the permit associated with the power line that carries electricity from Coal Creek Station to Minnesota. The PUC in September had deferred a decision on the transfer as environmental groups, hoping to see the coal plant shut down, pushed against it. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum cheered Thursday’s approval, calling it “a momentous step” toward Rainbow Energy taking over to give the plant and its workers a long-term future.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Democratic Sen. Erin Oban says the Jan. 6 insurrection isn’t the reason she won’t run for reelection next year. She says it’s the increased divisiveness in politics that has followed. Oban announced last month that she would not seek a third term. It came a week after Bismarck GOP Sen. Nicole Poolman said she also won’t seek reelection, in part because of an eroding civility in politics. North Dakota U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong says there has been an erosion of civility in politics ongoing for a long time and parallels the advent of social media.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Dangerously cold temperatures enveloping North Dakota have pushed wind chill readings down to minus 59 degrees in at least one city early Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, Bowbells, the county seat of Burke County in northwestern North Dakota, recorded that wind chill temperature while Mandan was at minus 45 and Bismarck at 41 below zero. The arctic air surged into the Northern Plains on the heels of an Alberta clipper weather system that moved out of the Northern Rockies earlier this week. The weather service issued a wind chill warning for the entire state of North Dakota until noon Central Standard Time on Friday.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Conditions remain dry throughout the Missouri River basin, so officials are predicting that the amount of water flowing down the river this year will be below average again. The dry forecast reduces the chance of widespread flooding along the river this spring although some local flooding is still possible if chunks of ice block the flow of water or if heavy rains fall on an area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that last year was the tenth driest year on record in the Missouri River basin. This year, runoff is expected to increase somewhat but it is expected to be only 84% of of the long-term average.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House’s top official on environmental justice is stepping down a year after President Joe Biden took office with an ambitious plan to help disadvantaged communities and overhaul policies that have historically hurt them. The departure of Cecilia Martinez, senior director for environmental justice at the Council for Environmental Quality, puts a spotlight on both the administration’s successes and promises yet to be fulfilled.
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MINOT, ND – It was a record setting year for the KHRT Horn of Plenty. For the second consecutive year funds for food vouchers were raised instead of asking for non-perishable donations. Marketplace Foods joined in by asking for donations from customers at their four Minot locations. Today, Marketplace Food officials presented the Horn of Plenty with a check for over $58,000. The total was $24,000 more than they raised last year. Matt Wentz with Marketplace Foods says the generosity of the community resulted in a huge donation this year. Horn of Plenty administrator Roy Leavitt thanked Marketplace Foods management and staff, along with the community, for their partnership. Leavitt say about 260 families in north central and northwestern North Dakota received packages of food, toys, and ministry gifts at Christmas.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/07/22

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 010722 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Despite a slow start Stanley scored a 53-47 win over Our Redeemer’s in a boys basketball game we broadcast on K-Heart. The Knights jumped out to a 12-3 lead early, but the Blue Jays would fight back to improve to 6-1 on the season. Jack Hynek led Stanley with 19 points, 12 of those in the third quarter. Josh Hetzel added 15, including four 3’s. Our Redeemer’s was led by Zach Hendrickson with 37 points, including seven 3’s. Hendrickson was recognized prior to the game for breaking the school scoring record which had been held by Luke Sorum at 1287 points. The Knights fall to 2-4 on the season.
 
Other scores from the area:
 
High School Boys Basketball
 
Class B
Hazen 73, #10 Beulah 67
Bottineau 62, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 47
Kenmare 52, Westhope-Newburg 50
Berthold 63, Tioga 36
Powers Lake 62, New Town 33
Rolla 70, TGU 47
Rugby 54, Des Lacs-Burlington 41
Wilton-Wing 55, Garrison 47
 
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Class B
#2 Four Winds-Minnewaukan 61, Velva 43
#6 Linton-HMB 39, Central McLean 32
#9 Garrison 59, Wilton-Wing 11
New Town 55, Powers Lake 45
Trenton 67, White Shield 17
 
High School Boys Hockey
Minot JV 4, Hazen-Beulah 2
 
High School Girls Hockey
Jamestown 4, Mandan 3 OT
 
High School Boys Wrestling
 
Class A
Minot 57, Jamestown 18
Williston 60, Mandan 9
Bismarck Century 76, Turtle Mountain 0
Bismarck High 60, Legacy 15
Pierre SD, 39, Bismarck High 20
Pierre SD 51, Bismarck Legacy 18
Sidney MT 45, Dickinson 33
Fargo Davies 38, Bismarck St. Mary’s 36
 
Class B
Velva 48, Stanley 25
Bishop Ryan 40, Des Lacs-Burlington 33
 
High School Girls Wrestling
Minot 45, Jamestown 37
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UND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – The North Dakota Fighting Hawks (7-8) beat the Omaha Mavericks (5-8), 71-57, at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Thursday evening. UND ended the evening with four players in double figures. Kacie Borowicz led North Dakota with 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Claire Orth ended the evening with 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and one block. Olivia Lane was the third Fighting Hawks to end the night in the double-digits with 12 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Maggie Manson rounded out the four ending in double figures netting ten points. North Dakota will remain at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center as they host Denver on Saturday 1 p.m.
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UND MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
OMAHA, Neb. (UND) – In a game where Omaha shot 55.1 percent from the floor and 47.6 percent from deep to go with only five turnovers, North Dakota fell 98-82 inside Baxter Arena on Thursday night. Matt Norman worked his way back into the starting lineup and led UND (4-11, 0-2 SL) with 20 points for his second 20-point game at North Dakota. He also dished out two assists and accounted for one steal. Tsotne Tsartsidze was next in double figures for the kelly green and white with 13 points and four rebounds. Ethan Igbanugo chipped in 11 points and six boards, while Brady Danielson netted a season-high 10 points and cleaned the glass with a team-high seven rebounds. North Dakota will now turn its attention to Denver, with the Hawks and Pioneers set to square off at 3 p.m. inside Hamilton Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
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WILD-BRUINS
 
BOSTON (AP) – Kirill Kaprizov scored in his fourth straight game, Matt Boldy got a goal in his NHL debut and the Minnesota Wild snapped a five-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. áNico Sturm also scored for Minnesota and Kaapo Kahkonen had 36 saves. Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins, whose three-game winning streak was halted. Jeremy Swayman finished with 27 saves.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Fifth-ranked UCLA was able to ease back onto the basketball court after a 25-day absence caused by COVID-19. Jules Bernard scored 22 points and Johnny Juzang added 18 as the Bruins ripped Long Beach State, 96-78. Bernard’s points were one off his career high and his four 3-pointers tied his career best. The general public was barred from the hastily arranged game between two teams that already met this season. The Beach were beaten 100-79 at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 15.

 
Also on Thursday’s Top-25 schedule:
 
– No. 7 Southern Cal is 13-0 after Isaiah Mobley scored 19 points and grabbed nine boards in a 77-63 victory at Cal. Drew Peterson furnished 17 points and nine rebounds in the win.
 
– Trayce Jackson-Davis provided 27 points on 11 of 17 shooting to carry Indiana’s 67-51 win over 13th-ranked Ohio State. The Hoosiers pulled away down the stretch with a 13-0 run while holding the Buckeyes without a field goal for more than five minutes.
 
– No. 23 Wisconsin earned its fourth straight win as Johnny Davis provided 26 points and nine rebounds in an 87-78 decision over Iowa. The Badgers withstood a 27-point performance from Iowa’s Keegan Murray to snap the Hawkeyes’ four-game winning streak.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Knicks earned a wild win against the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Evan Fournier poured in 41 points against his former team, and RJ Barrett nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Knicks rallied to beat the Celtics, 108-105. Fournier was 15 of 25 from the field and hit 10 of his 14 3-point attempts. Julius Randle finished with 22 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who trailed by 16 at halftime before outscoring Boston, 61-42 the rest of the way. Fournier delivered 22 points in the second half. Jayson Tatum scored 36 points for the Celtics, who wasted a 24-point lead. Tatum tied it on a long step-back jumper with just over a second to play.

 
Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action:
 
– Chris Paul had a triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to help the short-handed Suns beat the Clippers, 106-89. Cam Johnson added a career-high 24 points, and Jalen Smith had another good game with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
 
– Brandon Ingram broke out of a shooting slump with 32 points and the Pelicans snapped a three-game skid with a 101-96 victory over the
Warriors. Ingram hit 12 of 20 shots after going 8 of 36 in his previous two games combined, helping New Orleans drop Golden State one game behind Phoenix for the league’s best record.
 
– The Grizzlies notched their seventh straight win as Ja Morant gave them 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists in a 118-88 thrashing of the Pistons. Dillon Brooks finished with 18 points, while Tyus Jones and rookie Ziaire Williams added 14 points apiece for Memphis.
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NHL-SCHEDULE
 
UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins are owners of a 10-game winning streak for the sixth time in franchise history. Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust each scored twice for the Penguins in a 6-2 thumping of the Flyers. Rust has keyed the recent surge with seven goals in the last three games since he returned from an 11-game absence with an undisclosed injury. Evan Rodrigues scored his 15th goal in the third and Brian Boyle also scored a short-handed goal in the period to turn this one into a rout. The Penguins won the second game of a back-to-back and haven’t lost since Dec. 1 against Edmonton.
 
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
 
– The Avalanche rolled over the Jets, 7-1 as Gabriel Landeskog notched his fourth career hat trick and had an assist. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and four assists, and Mikko Rantanen added a goal and two assists to give Colorado’s top line 12 points on the night.
 
– Nikita Kucherov had a pair of nifty assists in his return from a lengthy injury, sparking the Lightning’s three-goal third period in a 4-1 verdict over the Flames. Corey Perry, Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Alex Killorn scored to help Tampa Bay become the first NHL team to reach 50 points for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
 
– Kirill Kaprizov scored for the fourth straight game and the Wild halted a five-game skid by defeating the Bruins, 3-2. Matt Boldy got a goal in his NHL debut as the Boston College alum made it 3-1 midway through the second period.
 
– Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist for his third straight multi-point outing, sending the Predators to a 4-2 win at Los Angeles. Forsberg has a league leading 12 goals since Nov. 30 as Nashville has gone 11-2-1 in its last 14 games to grab the lead in the Central Division.
 
– Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Robin Lehner made 18 saves as the Golden Knights whipped the Rangers, 5-1 to end a two-game slide. Mark Stone, Mattias Janmark and Brett Howden also tallied for Vegas.
 
– Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist two days after coming out of COVID-19 protocols, guiding the Stars to a 6-5 shootout win against the Panthers. Joe Pavelski and Jason Robertson scored on the only two shots in the shootout for the Stars while Braden Holtby stopped both Florida shots to end the game.
 
– Johan Larsson scored his first three goals of the season for his first career hat trick as the Coyotes dealt the Blackhawks their sixth consecutive loss, 6-4. Dysin Mayo, Travis Boyd and Clayton Keller also scored in Arizona’s league-low seventh win.
 
– The Sharks ended a two-game skid as Adin Hill made 37 saves in a 3-2 decision over the Sabres. Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist for San Jose, which also received tallies by Matt Neito and Timo Meier.
 
– The Devils won for the fourth time in five games as Jesper Bratt furnished the go-ahead goal in the third period of their 3-1 win against the Blue Jackets. Jack Hughes had a goal and two assists to back MacKenzie Blackwood’s 31-save effort.
 
– Anaheim’s game against visiting Detroit was postponed to Sunday because of COVID-19-related issues affecting the Ducks. Anaheim placed center Sam Carrick, goaltender John Gibson, defenseman Hampus Lindholm and right wing Vinni Lettieri into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially severed ties with Antonio Brown. The Bucs have terminated the contract of the mercurial receiver who claimed on Wednesday that he was fired in the middle of last Sunday’s game against the Jets for not playing through an ankle injury. Brown removed his jersey, shoulder pads, undershirt and gloves, then left the field after a sideline exchange with coach Bruce Arians, who said afterward that the player was no longer part of the team. Brown has a long history of troubled behavior on and off the field.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater says he still wants to play football beyond this season despite suffering two concussions. His contract with Denver ends this winter but he wants to play a ninth NFL season, even if that’s for a fifth team.
 
– The Bears have placed quarterback Justin Fields on the reserve/COVID-19 list, likely sidelining him for the finale and ending his rookie season. The Bears expected Fields to start at Minnesota on Sunday after missing the previous two games because of an ankle injury.
 
– The Chiefs will likely be without running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the second straight week. Edwards-Helaire hurt his shoulder early in the second half of a romp over the Steelers on Dec. 26. Kansas City hopes to have him back for the playoffs.
 
– Former college and NFL coach Greg Robinson has died at 70 from a form of Alzheimer’s Disease. Robinson won two Super Bowl rings as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in the late 1990s and also served in the same role for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.
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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and team rebounding leader Draymond Green sat out Thursday’s game at New Orleans. Curry injured his left quad muscle when he banged legs with Dallas forward Dorian Finney-Smith during a loss at Dallas on Wednesday night. Green is nursing a left hip injury.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Jazz center Rudy Gobert has tested positive for COVID-19 again. The NBA shut down for months after he tested positive in March 2020.
 
– The Bucks have waived DeMarcus Cousins, a little over a month after signing the veteran center. The 31-year-old Cousins averaged 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 16.9 minutes in 17 games after signing with the Bucks on Nov. 30. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes during Wednesday’s loss to Toronto.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Goalkeeper Tuukka Rask is getting closer to returning to the Boston Bruins after signing a professional tryout agreement with Providence of the American Hockey League. Rask is currently a free agent, but he has spent 14 seasons with the Bruins and is the franchise’s leader in wins. He is coming back from offseason labrum surgery on his hip. He says he expects to play two games in Providence before working out a deal to join the Bruins.

 
Elsewhere around the NHL:
 
– The Kraken will be without forward Jaden Schwartz for at least a month due to a hand injury that will require surgery. Schwartz has not played since being injured on Dec. 29 against Philadelphia. He has six goals and 14 assists in 29 games for Seattle.
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TENNIS-NEWS

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic is spending one of his important religious holidays in an Australian detention hotel working on his challenge against deportation. The top-ranked tennis player has been receiving calls from Serbia, including from his parents and the president, hoping to boost his spirits. A priest from the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Melbourne sought permission from immigration authorities to visit the nine-time Australian Open champion to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas. The evidence that Djokovic was relying on to support a medical exemption to Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination policy was rejected by Australian border authorities when he arrived at the Melbourne airport late Wednesday, and his visa was canceled. He has been confined to the detention hotel since being moved from the airport. So, instead of preparing to defend his Australian Open title, and bid to win a men’s-record 21st major title, he’s preparing to go to the Federal Circuit Court on Monday to challenge his visa cancellation and deportation. That’s a week before the season-opening major starts.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS

UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA has updated its pandemic-related protocols for winter sports athletes and teams to reflect the latest CDC guidelines. The biggest recommendation is a booster for those who are beyond two months of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, five months of receiving the Pfizer or six months of receiving the Moderna vaccine. For those athletes and staff, a booster shot is required to be considered fully vaccinated. The NCAA also says five days of quarantine are suggested after a positive test instead of 10 days. That matches recent federal guidance from the CDC.

 
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KHRT ND News – 01/06/22

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 010622 – 0700
 

BISMARCK, ND – Drew Wrigley has formally announced his candidacy for Attorney General of North Dakota. The formal announcement comes one week after Wrigley publicly stated his intention to enter the race. Wrigley will seek the Republican nomination at the Republican state convention, April 1 and 2nd, in Bismarck. Wrigley aims to fill the seat held by Wayne Stenehjem, who will not seek reelection next year.

In his announcement video, Wrigley highlights his leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, including 17 years in law enforcement, years of private sector business experience, and his service as Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. The 56-year-old Wrigley was U.S. attorney from 2001 to 2009, and again from 2019 to 2021. He was lieutenant governor from 2010 to 2016 under former GOP Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Wrigley, his wife Kathleen, and their three children live in Bismarck.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has sentenced a Mandan woman convicted of child neglect to supervised release after she pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Hope Althoff neglected her children while using drugs and took part in a drug trafficking scheme. Federal charges of money laundering conspiracy and illegal use of communication facilities were dismissed. U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor on Tuesday sentenced Althoff to the time she had already served, more than 300 days, and ordered her to spend three years on supervised release. In August 2019, Althoff pleaded guilty to state charges of felony child neglect and misdemeanor animal neglect. She was sentenced to two years of probation.
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BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota’s State of the State address is set for January 19th. Governor Doug Burgum says that he will give the address from the Festival Concert Hall at the Reineke Fine Arts Center at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Burgum intends to review progress on issues such as infrastructure, workforce, and economic development, while also outline challenges such as the extreme drought and the ongoing pandemic. The address will be live-streamed through the Governor’s Office website.
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DICKINSON, ND – Two men are in custody and two are wanted in connection with a Dickinson shooting that happened early New Year’s Day in a parking lot. An area business was damaged by a stray bullet. Investigators say several individuals were involved in a shootout and left the scene before officers arrived. No injuries were reported to authorities.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 01/06/22

K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 010622 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – There’s a new #1 in Class A boy’s basketball this week. Following their 106-103 win over Bismarck Century fueled by Treyson Eaglestaff’s 52 points, Bismarck High takes over the #1 spot. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class A Boys Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)   Record    Points    Last Week
 

1. Bismarck High (13)      6-0           65         2
2. Bismarck Century        7-1           52         1
3. Fargo Davies                4-1           29         3
4. West Fargo                   6-1           21        4
5. Minot High                     6-1           17         5

Others receiving votes: West Fargo Sheyenne (6-1), Fargo North (5-2)

 
 
Class A Girls Basketball Poll
 
Team (1st place votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
 

1. Bismarck Century (12)  7-0           64         1
2. West Fargo (1)              7-0           53         2
3. Minot High                      6-0           32         4
4. Bismarck High               4-1           26         3
5. Fargo Davies                 4-1           18         5

Others receiving votes: Grand Forks Red River (5-0)
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TIMBERWOLVES-THUNDER
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 16 rebounds, while D’Angelo Russell struggled on 3-of-12 shooting in their return to the lineup for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 98-90 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Towns had missed six games and Russell sat out five while in health and safety protocols. Anthony Edwards scored 22 points for Minnesota. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 19 points in his return for Oklahoma City after missing one game in the protocols. Josh Giddey, one game after his first triple-double, had 14 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.
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VIKINGS-COUSINS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kirk Cousins has returned to the Minnesota Vikings from COVID-19 reserve. He missed the previous game while experiencing mild symptoms. That loss at Green Bay eliminated the Vikings from contention for the playoffs. They play Chicago on Sunday in a meaningless finale game. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer plans to play Cousins and all of the other regulars who are healthy enough. Cousins has one year left on his contract. He says he “certainly” wants to remain with the Vikings for the rest of his career.
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T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Michigan State is 4-0 in the Big Ten after surviving a first-half struggle against Nebraska. Freshman Max Christie scored a season-high 21 points and Gabe Brown added 14 in the Spartans’ eighth straight win, 79-67 versus the Cornhuskers. Michigan State led by just four before making three 3-pointers early in the second half to go ahead 47-39. Malik Hall chipped in 12 points and Tyson Walker had 10 to help the 13-2 Spartans overcome 19 turnovers, most coming in the first half.

 
Also on the Top-25 schedule:
 
– Izaiah Brockington’s four-point play with 1:52 left propelled 11th-ranked Iowa State past No. 25 Texas Tech, 51-47. Brockington led the 13-1 Cyclones with 14 points and nine rebounds.
 
– Josh Carlton poured in a career-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading 12th-ranked Houston to an 83-66 win over South Florida. Kyler Edwards returned from a sprained ankle to deliver 15 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the 13-2 Cougars.
 
– No. 15 Alabama opened the second half with a 22-4 run to an 81-70 win over Florida. Jahvon Quinerly and Juwan Gary furnished 19 points apiece for the 11-3 Crimson Tide.
 
– No. 18 Tennessee pulled out a 66-60 win against Mississippi as Santiago Vescovi scored 17 points, including a critical 3-pointer and two big free throws in overtime. Olivier Nkamhoua added 13 points for the Volunteers, who missed their first 10 shots and never led in regulation.
 
– Justin Moore provided 22 points and Jermaine Samuels added 18 to lead No. 19 Villanova to a 75-41 thumping of Creighton. Collin
Gillespie had 11 points and Brandon Slater chipped in with 10 for the Wildcats, who have steadied themselves with three straight wins following consecutive losses by a combined 41 points.
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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Kyrie Irving made his season debut on Wednesday and had a huge impact in the Brooklyn Nets’ 129-121 win at Indiana. Irving scored 22 points and sparked Brooklyn to a big rally in the second half. He played 32 minutes and helped the Nets storm back from a 19-point deficit. Irving was back after missing the Nets’ first 35 games of the season for declining to be vaccinated for the coronavirus. He is prohibited from playing home games and Brooklyn didn’t want to use him as a part-timer until a COVID-19 outbreak affected most of their regulars. Kevin Durant poured in 39 points and James Harden had 19 as the Nets ended a three-game skid. Durant also had eight rebounds and seven assists. The Pacers lost despite Domantas Sabonis, who had a triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Lance Stephenson scored 20 of his 30 points in the first quarter.

 
Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:
 
– Luka Doncic scored 26 points and the Mavericks celebrated before a ceremony to retire Dirk Nowitzki’s number by beating cold-shooting Stephen Curry and the Warriors, 99-82. Curry was just 5 of 24 from the field including 1 of 9 from 3-point range in scoring 14 points.
 
– Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 36 points and the Jazz stretched their road winning streak to 10 games by beating the Nuggets, 115-109. Rudy Gay had 18 points and Donovan Mitchell added 17 to help Utah overcome another triple-double by Nikola Jokic, who finished with 26 points, 21 rebounds and 11 assists.
 
– Pascal Siakam scored 33 points and OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. had 22 apiece to the lead the Raptors to a 117-111 victory over the Bucks. Milwaukee was without head coach Mike Budenholzer due to health and safety protocols and was minus Giannis Antetokounmpo because of a non-related COVID illness.
 
– The 76ers notched their NBA-best 14th road victory of the season and tied a season high with a fifth straight win overall, 116-106 versus the Magic. Joel Embiid dropped in 31 points, Tobias Harris contributed 22 and Seth Curry added 20 with a season-high 12 assists and seven rebounds.
 
– Gregg Popovich became the first to coach 2,000 NBA games with the same team as he watched Dejounte Murray provide 22 points in a 99-97 victory at Boston. Devin Vassell and Derrick White each had 17 points in San Antonio’s first win in five games.
 
– Max Strus had 25 points and the Heat snapped a two-game losing streak with a 115-109 victory at Portland. Tyler Herro finished with 16
points off the bench for Miami, which was tied at 90 before going on a 15-2 run.
 
– Kelly Oubre Jr. hit a career-high nine of the Hornets’ franchise-record 24 3-pointers in a 140-111 dismantling of the Pistons. Gordon Hayward and Miles Bridges each had 19 points to help Charlotte beat Detroit for the 14th straight time.
 
– Kevin Huerter scored five of his 25 points in the final 38 seconds to push the Hawks to a 108-102 triumph over the Kings. Huerter added 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, helping Atlanta to its third win in nine games.
 
– The Timberwolves were finally at full strength as they knocked off the Thunder, 99-90. Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 16 rebounds, while D’Angelo Russell struggled on 3-of-12 shooting in their return to Minnesota’s lineup.
 
– The Rockets pulled out a 114-111 win over the Wizards on Kevin Porter Jr’s, 3-pointer from the right wing with 0.4 seconds remaining. Christian Wood added 22 points and 11 rebounds to help Houston snap an eight-game losing streak.
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NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs won Wednesday’s only NHL games. The Penguins rallied for a 5-3 win over the Blues as Sidney Crosby and Evan Rodrigues scored third-period goals 12 seconds apart. Crosby scored his fifth, Rodrigues his 14th and Brock McGinn his ninth as Pittsburgh scored three third-period goals to erase a 3-2 deficit. Bryan Rust scored twice in Pittsburgh’s ninth straight win.

 
The Oilers lost for the 11th time in 13 games as Ilya Mikheyev scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play in the third period of the Leafs’ 4-2 verdict over Edmonton. John Tavares and T.J. Brodie also scored for Toronto, Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and an assist, and William Nylander had two assists. Jack Campbell handled 28 shots in helping the Maple Leafs improve to 20-4-1 in their last 25 games.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have made the easy move, opening the 21-day window for Derrick Henry to practice with the team. The next decision and the timing is much more challenging. Taking the 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year off injured reserve by Sunday means he could help beat Houston and clinch the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Waiting means hoping the Titans earn the first-round bye without Henry giving him more time from Oct. 31 when he broke his right foot. Henry was the NFL’s leading rusher with 937 yards when he was put on injured reserve. He still ranks sixth in the league despite missing eight games.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Wide receiver Antonio Brown says he was cut by the Buccaneers after refusing to play through an ankle injury that sidelined him for several weeks this season. Brown took off his jersey, shoulder pads and undershirt before walking off the sideline during a game Sunday against the New York Jets. He said in a statement released by his attorney that he was pressured to play and coach Bruce Arians fired him when the player told the coach he was not able to re-enter the game because of his ankle.
 
– The Bengals won’t play quarterback Joe Burrow this week to make sure he is healthy for the first round of the playoffs. Burrow is nursing aches and pains, including his right knee and sore pinky finger but said he could have played Sunday at Cleveland had it been necessary. Running back Joe Mixon and other key starters went on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week but are eligible to test out after five days if they are asymptomatic.
 
– Mixon and Dallas star rookie linebacker Micah Parsons are the latest big-name players added to the COVID-19 reserve list. If he can’t play Sunday against Philadelphia, Parsons will finish the season with 13 sacks, 1 1/2 behind the rookie record set by Tennessee’s Jevon Kearse in 1999. Mixon joins Bengals sacks leader Trey Hendrickson and a handful of other key players for Cincinnati on the COVID-19 list headed into Sunday’s finale against Cleveland.
 
– Jimmy Garoppolo has resumed throwing for the 49ers and took part in practice in a limited role, saying his sprained right thumb still hurts. Garoppolo tore a ligament in the thumb on Dec. 23 and was held out of practice last week. The Niners don’t know whether he or rookie Trey Lance will start. San Francisco makes the playoffs with a win.
 
– Kirk Cousins has returned to the Vikings from COVID-19 reserve. He missed the previous game while experiencing mild symptoms. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer plans to play Cousins and all of the other regulars who are healthy enough.
 
– Bears coach Matt Nagy insists he has not been informed by his bosses that the season finale at Minnesota will be his last game leading the team. Nagy could be on his way out after four seasons with the Bears owning a 6-10 record heading into Sunday’s game. Nagy expects rookie quarterback Justin Fields to start against the Vikings after missing the past two games because of an ankle injury.
 
– The NFL has looked into other potential sites for next month’s Super Bowl amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, though the league always develops contingency plans for the game. An NFL spokesperson says the league still plans to play Super Bowl 56 as scheduled in Los Angeles on Feb. 13 but adds the NFL has contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event the Super Bowl can’t be played as scheduled. The Cowboys’ stadium reportedly is one of the facilities contacted.
 
– The league has issued a warning to teams that they could lose a draft pick and face significant fines if club representatives conduct themselves unprofessionally in interviews with draft prospects. The league said a team would forfeit a draft pick between the first and fourth round and be fined a minimum of $150,000 if it’s determined a club representative displayed conduct that is “disrespectful, inappropriate, or unprofessional” during an interview. Fines and/or suspensions of individual club employees also could be imposed.
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NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Portland guard Damian Lillard will miss the next three games because of a lower abdominal tendinopathy. The Trail Blazers say Lillard will undergo further evaluation and consultation concerning the injury, which has bothered him since the Tokyo Olympics.

 
And the Pelicans have agreed to allow forward Zion Williamson to continue his rehabilitation from a broken foot away from team headquarters. Williamson averaged a team-high 27 points and was an All-Star last season. He was trying to return to practice in mid-December when imaging of his foot revealed a setback.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Edmonton captain and reigning league MVP Connor McDavid has been placed on on NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list. McDavid, forward Derek Ryan and defenseman Tyson Barrie went into protocols before the Oilers’ game Wednesday at Toronto. McDavid hadn’t missed any of Edmonton’s first 33 games. While McDavid was out, the Stars and their captain Jamie Benn were getting ready for their first game since December 20. They host Florida on Thursday. Benn is among 11 Stars players who have been through COVID protocols since Dallas last played.

 
Also in the NHL:
 
– The NHL postponed three more games in Canadian cities because of the current attendance restrictions in some provinces. Games affected are New Jersey at Montreal on Saturday night, New Jersey at Toronto on Jan. 17 and Chicago at Edmonton on Jan. 18. They will be rescheduled for later in the season when such restrictions may be eased or lifted.
 
– Vancouver center Elias Pettersson was placed into the protocols Wednesday. He’s is the fifth Canucks player added to the protocols in a week, following Brock Boeser, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Justin Dowling and Jason Dickinson.
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TENNIS-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has been denied entry to Australia in a visa dispute. Djokovic came within one victory of sweeping all four of last year’s Grand Slam tennis tournaments and entered 2022 needing one title to set the men’s record of 21 major championships. He might not get the chance to pursue that mark at the Australian Open when play begins in Melbourne on Jan. 17. That’s because Djokovic’s visa for entry into Australia was revoked in the early hours of Thursday after he was detained at the airport for about eight hours and then taken to an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne. The border authorities said his medical exemption to avoid needing to be fully vaccinated was not valid. Djokovic’s is facing deportation. His lawyers challenged the decision in court.

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IOC-BEIJING OLYMPICS

GENEVA (AP) – The International Olympic Committee has promised Olympic teams worldwide that the Winter Games in Beijing will go ahead as planned next month. Beijing organizers and the IOC are creating a health safety bubble for the Olympics with stricter testing and limits on travel and movement than were enforced at last year’s Tokyo Games. The rules include a 21-day quarantine for athletes, officials and workers not fully vaccinated, daily testing even for vaccinated people and also keeping local staff within the bubble. International fans are again being kept away though tickets to attend events in stadiums will be sold to people living in China.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 01/05/22

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 010522 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a man serving life in prison for kidnapping and killing another man in Burleigh County in 2012. John Clark Bridges argued in his appeal that mental illness prevented him from understanding the charges against him, aiding in his defense or filing a timely application for relief. The justices ruled in part that Bridges had not presented evidence establishing that he suffers from a mental illness. Bridges is serving a life sentence for the July 2012 murder of Lee Clay, along with 20 years for kidnapping Clay plus an additional 40 years for stabbing a correctional officer at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order on Tuesday granting a waiver of hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane. North Dakota faces extremely low inventories of propane as a result of market conditions impacted by severe seasonal weather and increased heating fuel demands, the order states. Waiving the hours of service requirement will help carriers avoid delays and deliver propane to meet the state’s needs. The 30-day waiver is effective today. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.
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BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota’s new tax commissioner has begun his tenure. Brian Kroshus began his new position Tuesday. He takes over for Ryan Rauschenberger who announced back in November that he would resign January 3rd. Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Kroshus to the position December 21st. In his announcement, Burgum cited 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.
 
The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner has announced the launch of its new website – www.tax.nd.gov. The website is redesigned to better serve the taxpayers of North Dakota. The design, layout, and functionality have been upgraded and provide taxpayers with better online services. With the launch of the new website also comes the release of the 2021 North Dakota income tax booklets and income tax forms, and the 2022 income tax withholding tables.
 
In 2021, 90 percent of North Dakotans filed their individual income tax returns electronically. Tax officials continue to encourage North Dakota taxpayers to e-file, as it is the fastest and most secure way to file.

Income tax booklets and forms can be found on the new website at www.tax.nd.gov/forms. Income tax withholding tables are also available on the new site at www.tax.nd.gov/IncomeTaxWithholding. If taxpayers need help locating forms, they can call 701-328-1243.

The 2021 North Dakota Legislature created a tax relief income tax credit for residents of North Dakota during its November Special Session. More information is available at www.tax.nd.gov/SpecialSession2021.

Taxpayers can stay up-to-date on North Dakota tax-related matters by visiting the Office of State Tax Commissioner’s website at www.tax.nd.gov or by connecting on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
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BISMARCK, ND – The city of Bismarck is getting some federal assistance to deal with an alarming growth in the number of opioid overdose deaths. The city has received a nearly one-million dollar grant from the Department of Justice meant to address the opioid epidemic causing destruction in North Dakota communities. Aggressive prescribing of opioids in earlier years has led to an epidemic where deadly fentanyl overdoses are rampant in the state. Law enforcement in the Bismarck-Mandan area are administering an increasing number of Narcan doses that save many lives, but aren’t always successful.
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WILLISTON, ND – No one is injured after fire damaged an industrial building in northwest Williston. The blaze broke out near the boiler room late Tuesday morning. Crews evacuated the building successfully before the building showed signs of collapse. The official cause of the fire is under investigation.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 010522 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Tokio, ND woman has pleaded guilty to murder and child abuse in connection with her 5-year-old foster child’s death. The Bismarck Tribune reported Tuesday that Tammy Longie, also known as Tammy Onebear, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, three counts of child abuse and child neglect. She’ll be sentenced in federal court in April. Agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI found the child’s body in the basement of a home on the Spirit Lake Reservation in May 2020. The child and a sibling were placed in foster care with Longie and her husband, Erich Longie, in July 2019.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of two women were injured in a rollover accident in McKenzie County. The accident happened about 10 miles north of Mandaree around 10 AM on Monday. Troopers say 25-year old Bai Shizhi from Plantation, FL lost control of her SUV on a slick curve in the road and the vehicle rolled in the ditch. Both Shizhi and a passenger, 62-year old Jiying Liu from Flushing, NY, were transported to the hospital in Minot. Shizhi had minor injuries, while Liu had possible serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An attorney general’s opinion says revenue distributed from an oil-tax agreement between the state and an American Indian tribe is being done correctly. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s opinion Tuesday came after an inquiry from state Treasurer Thomas Beadle. An agreement between the Three Affiliated Tribes and the state was first authorized by the 2007 Legislature after oil companies said it would help promote investment on the Fort Berthold Reservation by setting up stable tax rates and rules. To date, the state and the Three Affiliated Tribes each have collected about $2 billion in oil tax revenue from drilling on the reservation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A state judge has ruled that thousands of documents related to security during the construction in North Dakota of the heavily protested Dakota Access Pipeline are public and subject to the state’s open records law. The ruling by South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland is a victory for The Intercept news organization, which sued in 2020 to get access to the documents for investigative journalism. The documents relate to Energy Transfer, the Texas-based company that built the pipeline, and TigerSwan, the North Carolina company that Energy Transfer hired to oversee security during construction. Energy Transfer argued the documents are confidential.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Oil and gas leasing on federal land is expected to resume early this year in North Dakota and Montana after the Biden administration halted the process nationwide last year. The federal Bureau of Land Management is planning a lease sale for the first quarter of 2022, but has not finalized details. Oil and gas companies will bid to secure the leases and those that are successful will have a 10-year window to get a federal permit to drill. President Joe Biden halted the leasing process after he took office last January. A court ordered the federal government to resume the sales after several states sued.
 
 
 
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