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K-Heart Sports – 07/26/21

K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 072621 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Garrison is headed to the state tournament after winning the District 1 Class B Legion Baseball Tournament on Saturday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
Championship
#1 Garrison def. #4 Hazen
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MINOT, ND – The Class A West Region Legion Baseball Tournament finished on Saturday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Watford City
 
Loser Out
#2 Bismarck Reps def. #9 Watford City Walleye, 14-1
#3 Bismarck A Capitals def. #4 Mandan A’s, 6-4
 
3rd Place
#2 Bismarck Reps def. #3 Bismarck A Capitals, 4-3
 
Championship
#1 Jamestown Eagles def. #6 Minot Metros, 12-1
 
Top four teams adavanced to the State Tournament.
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SABRE DOGS-SUNFISH
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs split their series in Sioux Falls. The Dogs won 8-5 yesterday and also won 5-1 on Saturday after dropping the first two games on Thursday and Friday. The Dogs improe to 35-17 overall and 5 1/2 games ahead of Badlands in the Lewis Division standings. Souris Valley continues an 11-game post All-Star break roadtrip with the first of four against Wheat City tonight.
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TWINS-ANGELS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Shohei Ohtani hit his Major League-leading 35th home run and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2. Ohtani lasered a line drive into the right-field seats in the sixth inning for a solo homer that broke a 2-all tie. The Angels overcame an early two-run deficit to take three of four games in the series. Max Stassi added three hits and drove in three runs for the Angels. Max Kepler and Brent Rooker led off with back-to-back home runs for the Twins, now a season-worst 16 games under .500.
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VIKINGS-WESTBROOK
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Jacksonville wide receiver Dede Westbrook. He brings some needed depth at the position and another option for a punt returner. Westbrook’s agency announced the news on Twitter. The product of Oklahoma was a fourth-round draft pick by the Jaguars in 2017. He caught one pass and played in two games last year. The Vikings are set with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen at the top two spots, but there’s plenty of room behind them for another wide receiver to emerge as a solid No. 3 option.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – It was another comeback victory for the Boston Red Sox and another punch to the gut for the New York Yankees bullpen. The Red Sox broke up Domingo German’s no-hit bid to spark a five-run eighth in their 32nd comeback win of the season, 5-4 over the Yankees. German’s afternoon ended when Alex Verdugo led off the eighth with a double, igniting a string of five straight hits. Hunter Renfroe and Kike Hernandez delivered RBI doubles, Kevin Plawecki drove in the tying run with a grounder and Xander Bogaerts lifted a sacrifice fly. The fly ball allowed the Bosox to take three of four in the weekend series. The rally occurred after the Yanks carried a 4-0 lead into the eighth. Boston regained sole possession of the AL East lead, one game ahead of Tampa Bay.

 
Elsewhere in the Majors:
 
– Lance Lynn worked six strong innings and contributed a two-run single as the White Sox defeated the Brewers, 3-1 to avoid a three-game sweep. Lynn struck out six and allowed a run and six hits in his 10th win, blanking Milwaukee until Jackie Bradley Jr.’s RBI double in the fifth.
 
– The Indians had dropped 11 straight to Tampa Bay before Bobby Bradley’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning capped Cleveland’s comeback in a 3-2 win over the Rays. The Indians managed just one run in seven innings against Tampa Bay starter Ryan Yarbrough before rallying in the eighth off reliever Matt Wisler.
 
– Abraham Toro smacked a two-run homer and Zack Greinke allowed five hits over six-plus innings as the Astros handed the Rangers their 12th consecutive loss, 3-1. Greinke left with the bases loaded in the seventh before Cristian Javier got out of the jam without allowing a run.
 
– Kyle Seager hit a two-out, two-run single as part of the Mariners’ four-run third that carried them to a 4-3 victory over the Athletics. Gonzales allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings to help Seattle get within 1 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card.
 
– The Angels posted a 6-2 win over the Twins behind Shohei Ohtani’s Major League-leading 35th home run, a tiebreaking blast in the sixth inning. Max Stassi had three hits and drove in three runs to help Los Angeles overcome back-to-back homers by Max Kepler and Brent Rooker.
 
– Daniel Lynch pitched eight scoreless innings for his first major league win as the Royals downed the Tigers, 6-1. Jorge Soler homered twice and Salvador Perez added a three-run blast in Kansas City’s fifth consecutive victory.
 
– Ryan McKenna scored on a sharp grounder by Ramon Urias for the winning run to give the Orioles a 5-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Nationals. Trey Mancini, Maikel Franco and McKenna hit solo homers for Baltimore, which improved to 1-51 when trailing after eight innings.
 
– Pete Alonso smacked his fifth home run since the All-Star break and pinch-hitter Jeff McNeil furnished a tiebreaking, two-run double while the Mets scored four in the sixth to beat the Blue Jays, 5-4 and take the three-game set. Rich Hill looked good in his first start as a Met, leaving with a 1-0 lead and the bases loaded in the sixth before Seth Lugo allowed all three runs to score. The win keeps New York atop the NL East by four games over Philadelphia.
 
– The Phillies gained a split of their four-game set with the Braves as Aaron Nola allowed four hits with nine strikeouts over 8 2/3s to lead Philadelphia past Atlanta, 3-2. Jean Segura and Ronald Torreyes both had solo homers to support Nola, who was lifted after Austin Riley went deep for Atlanta with two out in the ninth.
 
– The Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep by erupting for seven runs in the fourth inning of a 10-6 win at Cincinnati. The big rally was highlighted by Harrison Bader’s three-run homer and Dylan Carlson’s two-run blast. Tyler O’Neill slammed a first-inning, two-run homer off Sonny Gray, who was torched for a career-high eight runs over 3 1/3 innings.
 
– Kris Bryant and David Bote blasted two-run homers and Anthony Rizzo supplied a solo shot as the Cubs topped the Diamondbacks, 5-1. Trevor Williams struck out six and allowed five hits with no walks over 6 1/3 innings, his first scoreless outing this season.
 
– LaMonte Wade Jr. homered twice and the Giants avoided a three-game sweep by defeating the Pirates, 6-1. Wilmer Flores and Thairo Estrada also went deep for San Francisco, which owns the majors’ best record at 62-37.
 
– Chris Taylor added a pair of home runs before Will Smith provided a tiebreaking blast in the eighth inning to send the Dodgers past the Rockies, 3-2. The Los Angeles bullpen worked five scoreless innings as the Dodgers stayed two games behind the NL West-leading Giants.
 
– Deven Marrero and Brian Anderson homered off Yu Darvish as the Marlins battered the Padres, 9-3 to gain a four-game split. Darvish was reached for four runs over five innings, leaving him 0-3 with a 7.32 ERA in his last four starts.
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PGA-3M OPEN

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) – Cameron Champ fended off dehydration and crisply putted his way to a 5-under 66, winning the 3M Open by two strokes for his third career victory. The 26-year-old Champ had five birdies in a bogey-free round to finish at 15-under 269 at TPC Twin Cities. Louis Oosthuizen, Jhonattan Vegas and Charl Schwartzel tied for second.

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GOLF-SENIOR BRITISH OPEN

SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) – Stephen Dodd birdied the final hole to win the Senior British Open by one stroke. The 55-year-old Welshman held off challenges from Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke to secure his first major title on Sunday. Dodd closed with a 2-under 68 at Sunningdale for a four-day total of 13-under 267.

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LPGA-EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) – Australian golfer Minjee Lee has won a sudden death playoff against overnight leader Jeongeun Lee6 to clinch the Evian Championship for her first major title. Lee6 had to take a drop shot when her second shot on the first extra playoff hole flew into a pond, while Lee’s superb second attempt landed near the flag. Lee6 ended with a bogey to give the 25-year-old Lee three putts for victory and a sixth LPGA title. Teenage American Yealimi Noh finished third at 17 under when she missed a birdie chance on the 18th. The day’s best round went to Ireland’s Leona Maguire. Her 10-under 61 tied the lowest round ever by a female or male in a major.

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MLB-PADRES-PIRATES TRADE

UNDATED (AP) – The Padres just bolstered their middle infield while trying to stay in the NL West race. San Diego has acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the Pirates for three prospects. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the deal who also says Pittsburgh is sending approximately $1.4 million to the Padres in the deal. The trade is pending a physical. Frazier was the National League starter in the All-Star Game. He leads the majors with 125 hits and is batting .324. Pittsburgh is receiving infielder Tucupita Marcano, outfielder Jack Suwinski and right-hander Michell Miliano in the trade.

 
Also around the Majors:
– The Dodgers have placed All-Star right fielder Mookie Betts on the 10-day injured list with right hip inflammation. Betts last started on July 17 at Colorado and last appeared in a game Monday when he made a pinch-hit appearance against the Giants.
 
– Jake Reed switched teams while his wife, Janie, is with the U.S. softball team at the Olympics. The 28-year-old reliever was claimed off waivers by the Rays from the Dodgers and optioned to Triple-A Durham.
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS-SEC

UNDATED (AP) – Texas and Oklahoma could move closer to membership in the Southeastern Conference within 24 hours. According to multiple reports, the first and very significant formal step of the process could come as soon as Monday. That’s when the two schools are expected to inform the Big 12 they will not renew the contractual agreement that binds conference members until 2025. The schools would likely negotiate an early exit that could cost the schools more than $100 million. But with the rich SEC on the horizon, the schools could leave the Big 12 early and change conferences in time for the 2022 college football season.

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NFL-TEXANS-WATSON

HOUSTON (AP) – Deshaun Watson plans to report to training camp with the Houston Texans, according to a person familiar with his thinking. The person told The Associated Press that the quarterback still wants to be traded and is reporting solely to avoid being fined. Watson would have faced fines of $50,000 a day if he didn’t report. Watson led the NFL in yards passing last season and signed a four-year, $156 million contract extension with the Texans last offseason. But he became unhappy with the direction of the team and requested a trade in January. His future was further clouded in March after 22 women filed lawsuits alleging that he sexually assaulted or harassed them.

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NHL-MOVES

UNDATED (AP) – Red Wings defenseman Marc Staal is staying put in Detroit, while Jake Virtanen is about to leave the Vancouver Canucks. The Red Wings announced reaching an agreement with Staal, and a person with direct knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press it’s a one-year deal worth $2 million. The Canucks have placed Virtanen and will buy out a player who has often underperformed during his six seasons with the team. Virtanen was placed on leave on May 1 after being accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a women four years earlier.

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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – The US swimming team was able to grab at least one medal in each event during Sunday’s schedule. Monday didn’t have the same feel until Caleb Dressel hit the pool. Dressel began his quest for six gold medals by leading off an American victory in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He gave the U.S. a lead it never relinquished as the quartet finished in 3:08.97, the third-fastest time in history.

 
Australia’s Ariarne Titmus defeated Katie Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle. Titmus trailed by nearly a full body-length at the halfway mark of the eight-lap race. She turned on the speed to touch in 3 minutes, 56.69 seconds, the second-fastest time in history. The defending-champion Ledecky had to settle for silver after finishing just under 7/10ths of a second behind, the fourth-fastest time ever.
 
The powerhouse US team won six of 12 medals on Sunday but was shut out of the medals in the first two finals Monday.
 
American teenager Torri Huske had to settle for fourth in the women’s 100-meter butterfly after being at or near the lead most of the race. She faded on her final strokes and just missed a spot on the podium, finishing one-hundredth of a second from a bronze medal. Maggie MacNeil won the event to give Canada it’s first gold medal at the pool.
 
Like Huske, American Michael Andrew was a fourth-place finisher in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke. The race was won by Britain’s Adam Peaty, successfully defending his title in the event.
 
In other Olympic events:
 
– Naomi Osaka has the hopes of the entire host nation resting on her. Novak Djokovic is attempting to accomplish something that no man has done before in tennis. Both players are after something special at the Tokyo Olympics and both produced convincing victories to reach the last 16 at Ariake Tennis Park. Osaka crushed winners off both wings seemingly at will in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 49th-ranked Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland. Then Djokovic dispatched 48th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-4, 6-3. Djokovic is attempting to become the first man to win a Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the same calendar year.
– The U.S. has rallied to beat Japan 2-1 and win their Olympic softball group stage. That gives them the right to bat last in the gold medal game. Kelsey Stewart hit a game-ending home run leading off the seventh inning. Stewart says it’s like you dream about when you’re a little kid, about hitting a home run at the Olympics. Stewart had been 1 for 12 with no RBIs at the Olympics before she drove the 98th pitch from Yamato Fujita (0-1) just over the glove of leaping right fielder Yuka Ichiguchi.
 
– Tom Pidcock has won the Olympic men’s mountain bike race. That extends Britain’s dominance from the road and track to the dirt. The course is the toughest in Olympic history. Pidcock left reigning champion Nino Schurter and his Swiss teammate Mathias Flueckiger behind on the fourth of seven laps. Flueckiger gave chase and was left with a silver medal. David Valero Serrano of Spain won a surprise bronze.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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KHRT ND News – 07/26/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 072621 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Fargo police say a 40-year-old man has been arrested for murder after a shooting Saturday night. Police responded about 11 p.m. to a report of shots fired on the city’s north side. A man was found with a gunshot wound and the suspect was located shortly thereafter. No further information has been released.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An effort to recall a Republican legislator largely over his vote to expel a fellow GOP lawmaker accused of sexually harassing women at the state Capitol is being viewed as a litmus test for party loyalty, the state GOP ‘s new chairman said. The move to recall Rep. Dwight Kiefert over his vote to oust former Rep. Luke Simons has fanned the flames of an intraparty fight that has a far-right faction seeking to control the party apparatus and replace Republicans they see as too moderate.
 
Perrie Schafer, who was elected chairman of the state GOP last month, has the task of repairing damage to the party’s image. “I don’t like this infighting,” he said. “My goal is to get people rolling in the same direction.”
 
North Dakota Republicans wield supermajority control in the Legislature and hold every statewide office. The party, however, began splintering in the past decade with the emergence of the loosely organized Bastiat Caucus, fervent supporters of limited government and spending and privacy and gun rights. Simons, who was expelled by the House in March, was one. The caucus has said 30 legislators paid dues in 2019, though the membership has not been publicly disclosed. Simons denied wrongdoing and complained that he wasn’t getting due process and was targeted for his political ideology.
 
Of 80 House Republicans, 55 voted to expel Simons. A few GOP lawmakers were formally condemned at the district level for backing the expulsion but Kiefert is the only one so far to face recall. Kiefert said he voted to remove Simons because of his alleged inappropriate behavior toward women. The recall petition accuses Kiefert of “failing to meet the standards of a Republican” representing the district. The party is now defending Kiefert, calling the recall “a misguided attempt by a select group of individuals to thwart the democratic process for their own gain.”
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JORDAN, Montana (AP) – Five federal firefighters remained hospitalized Sunday in stable condition after sustaining burn injuries when swirling winds blew a lightning-caused wildfire back on them in eastern Montana on Thursday. The five were building a defensive line at the Devil’s Creek Fire in Garfield County when the weather shifted, said Bureau of Land Management spokesman Mark Jacobsen.
 
Two USDA Forest Service firefighters who are engine crew members based at the Quemado Ranger District at New Mexico’s Gila National Forest were in stable condition and recovering at an undisclosed location, said Forest Service spokeswoman Punky Moore.
 
Three U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew members also were in stable condition and recovering at an undisclosed burn center, said Forest Service spokeswoman Kari Cobb. The three USFS employees are based at the Eastern North Dakota Wetland Management District Complex, Cobb said. Neither Cobb nor Moore released any addition details.
 
Fire crews hoped to keep the wildfire, which had grown to 3,500 acres Sunday, from approaching the nearby Fort Peck Reservoir on the Missouri River, Jacobsen said.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The federal government has denied a request by North Dakota leaders to allow ranchers struggling with drought to hay idled grassland while it’s still of good quality. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Agriculture Department is looking into the reasons why the request was denied.
 
The federal government is allowing limited emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program land, which typically is idled under a government program that pays farmers to protect erodible land and create wildlife habitat. North Dakota ranchers all summer have been seeking federal government permission to also hay that land. CRP typically doesn’t open until after nesting season ends, to protect wildlife populations. The season in North Dakota ends Aug. 1. Ranchers say that after that day, grass might not be of good enough quality to make it worthwhile to hay.
 
State officials and members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation this summer have pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture for earlier CRP haying. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring earlier this week made another plea. His department has received hundreds of calls from ranchers in recent weeks about the issue.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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K-Heart Sports – 07/24/21

K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 07241 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments continued in the area on Friday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
Semifinal
#4 Hazen def. #3 Hettinger, 3-1
 
Championship
#4 Hazen def. #1 Garrison, 3-0
 
Today’s schedule
 
Championship
#1 Garrison vs #4 Hazen, 10 am
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
Chamionship
#1 Renville County def. #2 Surrey, 8-2
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MINOT, ND – The Class A West Region Legion Baseball Tournament continued Friday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Watford City
 
Loser Out
#9 Watford City def. #5 Dickinson Volunteers, 10-7
#3 Bismarck A Capitals def. #7 Bismarck Senators, 7-4
 
Semifinal
#1 Jamestown def. #4 Mandan A’s, 10-2
#6 Minot Metros def. #2 Bismarck Reps, 5-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
#2 Bismarck Reps vs #9 Watford City Walleye, 11 am
#3 Bismarck A Capitals vs #4 Mandan A’s, 1:30 pm
 
3rd Place
Reps/Walleye winner vs Caps/A’s winner, 4 pm
Championship
 
#1 Jamestown vs #6 Minot Metros, 6:30 pm
Top four teams adavance to the State Tournament.
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MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs lost in Sioux Falls last night to the Sunfish 4-3.
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TWINS-ANGELS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Nick Gordon scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for Minnesota on a throwing error by catcher Kurt Suzuki as the Twins rallied past the Los Angeles Angels 5-4. Ryan Jeffers hit the tying RBI single off Angels closer Raisel Iglesias, who was summoned for what would’ve been a six-out save. The throw home on the single by Jeffers was way off the plate. Then Suzuki misfired to third to try to get Gordon, who hustled in for the lead. Angels starter Alex Cobb had to leave before the sixth inning because of a blister on his right index finger.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers won a battle of baseball’s Central Division leaders last night. Tyrone Taylor hit a grand slam to cap the Brewers’ six-run outburst in the seventh inning of a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Rowdy Tellez went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, putting the Brewers ahead for good with his bases-loaded single in the fourth off Lucas Giolito. White Sox manager Tony La Russa and outfielder Tim Anderson were both ejected by plate umpire John Libka in the opening game of this interleague series between division leaders.

 
Checking out yesterday’s other Major League action:
 
– Pittsburgh scored three times without a hit in the seventh inning to knock off the Giants, 6-4. Bryan Reynolds homered and Adam Frazier drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the seventh.
 
– Trevor Story homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Rockies outscored the Dodgers, 9-6. Charlie Blackmon added a two-run homer in the 10th as the Rockies took advantage of the Dodgers’ latest bullpen meltdown, keeping Los Angeles three games behind the NL West-leading Giants.
 
– Tylor Megill picked up his first major league victory and Pete Alonso provided the Mets’ offense with a pair of homers in a 3-0 shutout of the Blue Jays. Megill allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five over six innings, lowering his ERA to 2.10.
 
– Bryce Harper stole three bases, including home, to help the Phillies beat the Braves, 5-1 and stay four games behind the NL East-leading Mets. J.T. Realmuto hit his 10th homer and Jean Segura had a tiebreaking, two-run double to support Zack Wheeler, who returned to his All-Star form for seven innings.
 
– Joe Musgrove pitched six solid innings and received support from Tommy Pham’s home run in the Padres’ 5-2 victory at Miami. Trent Grisham had two hits and an RBI for the Padres, who have won the first two of the four-game series.
 
– Tyler Stephenson drove in Kyle Farmer with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to push the Reds past the Cardinals, 6-5. Farmer also homered and led off the eighth with a single to left for his third hit of the game.
 
– Robinson Chirinos homered twice and Javier Baez launched a three-run homer that put the Cubs ahead to stay in the first inning of an 8-3 pounding of the Diamondbacks. Zach Davies earned his first win since a combined no-hitter last month, throwing 107 pitches while limiting Arizona to two runs and seven hits.
 
– Pat Valaika homered twice and the Orioles won for only the second time in their last 11 home games by dumping the Nationals, 6-1. Ramon Urias drove in a pair for Baltimore.
 
– Rafael Devers homered twice, including go-ahead blast in the fifth inning of the Red Sox’s fourth straight win, 6-2 over the Yankees. Devers followed his two-run shot with a three-run blast in the seventh.
 
– Kyle Tucker belted a three-run homer in a five-run third to help the Astros hand the Rangers their 10th straight loss, 7-3. Robel Garcia had three of Houston’s eight hits while batting ninth in the lineup, helping the Astros restore a 3 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the AL West.
 
– Cal Raleigh and Luis Torrens hit back-to-back homers before Dylan Moore scored the go-ahead run on consecutive wild pitches in the Mariners’ 4-3 verdict over the Athletics. Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi struck out a career-high 12 and Oakland’s Frankie Montas fanned 10.
 
– Nelson Cruz homered in his Tampa Bay debut and Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead single in a six-run ninth inning as the Rays earned a 10-5 win over the Indians. Ji-Man Choi added a three-run homer off Nick Wittgren to break it open in the ninth.
 
– Catcher Kurt Suzuki’s throwing error allowed Nick Gordon to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Twins’ 5-4 downing of the Angels. Ryan Jeffers hit the game-tying RBI single to left, which led to Suzuki’s wild toss to third base.
 
– Detroit’s seven-game winning streak is over after Ryan O’Hearn slammed a three-run homer and Carlos Santana also connected as the Royals beat the Tigers, 5-3. Kansas City has won three in a row for the first time since June 4.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team has a new name. The team that’s been known as the Indians since 1915 will be called the Guardians, effective at the end of the 2021 season. The organization spent most of the past year whittling down a list of potential names that numbered 1,200 just over a month ago. But the process quickly accelerated, and the club landed on Guardians. The team’s incoming logo font will be similar to the current style, as will the look in the new uniforms. The road uniforms with Cleveland on the front will appear identical to the new ones, although there will be a new look to the “C” on the caps.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Mets have acquired starting pitcher Rich Hill from the Rays for right-hander Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer. Hill could be a valuable addition with starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco and David Peterson recovering from injuries. The 41-year-old Hill has pitched just 95 1/3 innings this year, going 6-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 19 starts.
 
– The Nationals have shut down Steven Strasburg again after he felt some discomfort in his neck following a recent bullpen session. Manager Dave Martinez says the Nationals are trying to figure out what to do next, which includes the possibility of finding another specialist to look at the right-hander. Strasburg has made just five starts this season due to neck and shoulder issues and has started just seven times since being named the MVP of the 2019 World Series.
 
– Nationals infielder Starlin Castro’s administrative leave was extended by Major League Baseball through July 29 under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. The leave began July 16 under the policy adopted by MLB and the players’ association in 2015 and can be the initial step leading to a longer suspension. Castro was placed on the restricted list June 16 due to what manager Dave Martinez at the time said were “family matters.”
 
– Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer appeared in court Friday to fight the extension of a protective order sought by a woman who says he choked and punched her during two sexual encounters earlier this year. Attorneys for both sides revealed in court that they intend to call witnesses and argue over the order in what amounts to a trial that is expected to last three days. Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman delayed the beginning of that hearing until Aug. 2.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres went with blueline help with the first overall pick in the NHL draft. The Sabres chose 6-foot-6 Michigan defenseman Owen Power, who scored three goals and 16 points in 26 games as a freshman last season. The Ontario native was second among all Wolverines defensemen with 13 assists and second in points. He later helped Canada win the world hockey championship.

The Kraken selected Wolverines center Matthew Beniers with the second pick, marking the fourth time teammates were chosen with the first two picks of the draft.
 
The Ducks used the third pick to take center Mason Mctavish of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes.
 
The Devils grabbed a Hughes brother for the second time in three drafts, selecting defenseman Luke Hughes.
 
Michigan became the first college program to have three first-round picks in the same draft when the Blue Jackets came away with center Kent Johnson. Hughes is committed to Michigan next season.
 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Blackhawks have landed star defenseman Seth Jones from the Blue Jackets, according to three people with knowledge of the move. Jones also has agreed to terms on a $76 million, eight-year contract extension that carries an annual salary cap hit of $9.5 million. It was not immediately clear what Chicago gave up to get the 26-year-old who could become cornerstone of the franchise’s blue line for years to come.
 
– The Sabres acquired an extra first-round pick in Friday’s NHL draft by sending defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres also picked up fifth-year defenseman Robert Hagg and the Flyers’ second-round selection in 2023.
 
– Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland have been shipped to the Canucks for the No. 9 selection in Friday’s draft, a 2022 second-round pick, a 2023 seventh-rounder and three veteran forwards. Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle and Loui Eriksson head to Arizona.
 
– The Blues acquired high-scoring forward Pavel Buchnevich from the Rangers for Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-round pick.
 
– The Rangers have put defenseman Tony DeAngelo on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The number of NFL players who are in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category. The league’s medical director said Friday that nearly all team employees who deal directly with players have been vaccinated. Five teams have less than 70% of players who have either received one vaccination shot or both.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – The first gold medal of the Tokyo Games has been handed out. China’s Qian Yang took the honors in women’s 10-meter air rifle. Yang had a 9.8 on her final shot and finished with an Olympic record 251.8.

 
In other Olympic news:
 
– China has sprinted to the lead in men’s gymnastics qualifying as it aims to return to the top of the sport. China’s total of 262.061 was fueled by four brilliant sets on parallel bars, allowing the country to edge Russia in the first of three qualifying subdivisions. China is attempting to bounce back after slipping to bronze in Rio de Janeiro five years ago and coming in second to the Russians at the 2019 world championships.
 
– Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura’s exceptional Olympic career is over. The 32-year-old Japanese gymnast fell during qualifying on high bar and will not advance to the event finals.
 
– Tokyo organizers say the total of Olympics-related COVID-19 cases in Japan is now 127, with one athlete added to the tally. German cyclist Simon Geschke’s positive test was announced Friday, one day ahead before the men’s road race. Athletes account for 14 of the 127 cases in Japan since July 1.
 
– An Algerian judo athlete is being sent home after withdrawing to avoid potentially facing an Israeli opponent. The athlete and his coach face punishment from Olympic officials following his withdrawal. He could have faced an Israeli athlete in the second round.
 
– The very first match of the beach volleyball tournament has been canceled because a Czech player tested positive for COVID-19. That allowed Japan to win by default.
 
– Two Georgian tennis players have been barred from the Games after officials in their home country told them they were entered but never actually sent the paperwork. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that it had to turn away the doubles players.
 
– About 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, according to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief. The IOC has estimated around 85% of residents of the Olympic Village are vaccinated. They base that on what each country’s Olympic committee tells them but have not independently verified the number.
 
– Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown has surprisingly withdrawn from one of her best events because of a busy schedule at the Tokyo Olympics. McKeown dropped the 200-meter individual medley, where she’s ranked No. 1 in the world and would have been a favorite to win a gold medal.
 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/23/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 072321 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s general fund should collect far more money than expected in the two-year budget cycle that ended last month. The state’s top budget writer says strong oil prices and a rebounding economy bumped general fund revenues to $5.7 billion for the 2019-21 budget cycle. Lawmakers forecast general fund revenues at $5.4 billion, with a positive balance of about $710 million. The additional revenues mean the general fund will now have an ending balance of more than $1 billion. General fund spending goes to many programs, including education and human services. It’s largely funded by taxes on income, sales, and energy.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill his girlfriend with a modified yo-yo string. According to the charges, the woman told police that the 32-year-old Bismarck man modified the yo-yo string to be used as a garotte because he believed it could sever a human head. A garotte is a wire or cord used to strangle someone. The charges say the woman was driving the man to the Bismarck Police Department on Tuesday so he could turn himself in on outstanding warrants when he threatened to kill her and wrapped the string around her neck. The string broke and she was able to leave.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A dominant health system in the Dakotas that bills itself as one of the largest health organizations in the country is making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all its employees, citing the spread of more contagious variants. Sanford Health is requiring all workers to get shots by Nov. 1. More than 90% of clinicians and 70% of nurses in the organization are already fully vaccinated. Sanford has 46 hospitals, 1,500 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. It is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has major medical centers in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota, and Bemidji, Minnesota.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Amid a deepening drought, North Dakota’s top agriculture official is asking the federal government to allow ranchers to hay idled grassland earlier than usual – while it’s still of good quality. The federal government is allowing limited emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program land. But North Dakota ranchers say if they aren’t allowed to hay that land until Aug. 1, the grass might not be of good enough nutritional quality to hay. The U.S. Drought Monitor map that came out Thursday shows all of North Dakota is in some form of drought, with more than 40% of the state in extreme drought.
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MINOT, ND – After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the North Dakokta State Fair is back and begins its 9-day run in Minot. Grandstand entertainment includes rock and country concerts, an enduro race, and freestyle motocross. The All Seasons Arena will house the Ranch Rodeo and NPRA Bull & Ranch Bronc riding. Another free stage has been added for a total of eight this year. Listen to our State Fair feature, Inside Look, four times each day of the fair, today through July 31st.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/23/21

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 072321 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments continued in the area on Thursday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
Semifinal
#1 Garrison def. #3 Hettinger, 8-1
 
Loser Out
#4 Hazen def. #5 Belfield/South Heart, 9-5
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#3 Hettinger vs #4 Hazen, 1 pm
 
Championship
#1 Garrison vs Hettinger/Hazen winner, 4 pm
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
Semifinal
#1 Renville County def. #2 Surrey, 8-4
 
Loser Out
#7 Burlington def. #4 Stanley, 11-0 (5)
 
Semifnal
#2 Surrey def. #7 Burlington, 9-8
 
Today’s schedule
 
Chamionship
#1 Renville County vs #2 Surrey, 5 pm
(if Surrey wins a second championship would follow)
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MINOT, ND – The Class A West Region Legion Baseball Tournament continued with first round play on Thursday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Watford City
 
First Round
#1 Jamestown def. #9 Watford City Walleye, 7-6
#4 Mandan A’s def. #5 Dickinson Volunteers, 4-1
#2 Bismarck Reps def. #7 Bismarck Senators, 13-0
#6 Minot Metros def. #3 Bismarck A Capitals, 2-1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
#5 Dickinson Volunteers vs #9 Watford City, 11 am
#3 Bismarck A Capitals vs #7 Bismarck Senators, 1:30 pm
 
Semifinal
#1 Jamestoswn vs #4 Mandan A’s, 4 pm
#2 Bismarck Reps vs #6 Minot Metros, 6:30 pm
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MINOT, ND – Other scores:
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
Dickinson Roughriders 12, Mandan Chiefs 1
Dickinson Roughriders 7, Mandan Chiefs 2 (cancelled after 4 innings due to lightning)
 
Expedition League
Sioux Falls Sunfish 8, Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 3
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TWINS-ANGELS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jack Mayfield hit a three-run homer and Andrew Heaney finished seven innings for his longest start of the season, leading the Los Angeles Angels past Minnesota 3-2. The Twins traded All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay before the game. Heaney gave up just four hits, two walks and two runs with seven strikeouts for his most effective appearance in six weeks. Heaney fell behind 2-0 in the fourth, but Mayfield picked him up with his big hit in the following inning against Twins starter Kenta Maeda.
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TWINS-TRADE
 
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays added a big bat for the stretch drive, acquiring slugger Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins. Moments before opening a four-game series at Cleveland, the Rays announced they got Cruz and minor leaguer Calvin Faucher from Minnesota in exchange for minor league right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. The 41-year-old Cruz has 436 career homers and will bring some pop to Tampa Bay’s lineup. He’s batting .294 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs this season. The Rays entered Thursday one game behind first-place Boston in the AL East
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have retained their lead in the American League East by rallying past the New York Yankees. The Red Sox trailed in the ninth and 10th innings before beating the Yankees, 5-4. Xander Bogaerts ended the game – and the Yankees’ four-game winning streak by lifting a sacrifice fly in the 10th. It came after Rafael Devers scored on one of four wild pitches by reliever Brooks Kriske in the inning. Kike Hernandez tied it in the ninth with a two-out, two-run double. The Sox continue to lead the AL East by one game over the Rays.

 
Austin Meadows hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to complete the Rays’ comeback in a 5-4 win over the Indians. It was the second straight game-winning hit for Meadows, who delivered a walk-off single to beat the Orioles on Wednesday. Tampa Bay trailed 4-2 in the ninth before Yandy Diaz led off with a homer and Brandon Lowe followed with an RBI double.
 
In other Major League action:
 
– The San Francisco Giants scored four times in the ninth inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Darin Ruf worked out a bases-loaded walk to tie it before LaMonte Wade delivered a two-run single. Kenley Jansen was one out from picking up the save before the Giants stretched their lead in the NL West to three games over the Dodgers.
 
– The Padres were 3-2 winners over the Marlins as Blake Snell allowed one run in six-plus innings. The San Diego left-hander scattered three hits, struck out eight and walked three in his longest outing since June 4. Jurickson Profar had two hits and two RBIs in the victory.
 
– Kwang Hyun-Kim earned his fifth straight win and the Cardinals homered twice in a 3-2 win over the Cubs. Kim allowed two runs on two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carlson provided the longballs as St. Louis moved a game over .500 for the first time since June. 20.
 
– The Braves rolled past the Phillies, 7-2 as Dansby Swanson launched his first career grand slam and Orlando Arcia added a solo shot. Charlie Morton is 9-4 after allowing two earned runs while striking out eight over six innings. The two teams are tied for second in the NL East, four games behind the idle Mets.
 
– The Athletics picked up a 4-1 win over the Mariners behind Sean Manaea, who struck out 13 while limiting Seattle to a run and three hits over seven innings. Manaea blanked the M’s until Tom Murphy’s solo homer in the seventh inning. Ramon Laureano supplied a pair of RBI singles and Sean Murphy doubled home a run as Oakland climbed within three games of the AL West-leading Astros.
 
– Eric Haase hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the Tigers’ seventh consecutive win, 7-5 over the stumbling Rangers. Zack Short and Victor Reyes also homered for the Tigers, who completed a four-game sweep and a perfect post-All-Star break homestand. Texas has lost nine straight, equaling its longest slide this season.
 
– Jack Mayfield smacked a three-run homer and Andrew Heaney went a season-high seven innings to the Angels’, 3-2 decision over the Twins. Heaney gave up just four hits, two walks and two runs with seven strikeouts in his best outing in six weeks. Mayfield was hitting just .170 this season before his fifth-inning blast.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Nelson Cruz will spend the rest of the major league season chasing a playoff berth. The Rays have acquired the slugging designated hitter in a four-player trade with the Twins. Tampa Bay also receives minor leaguer Calvin Faucher from Minnesota for minor league right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. The 41-year-old Cruz has 436 career homers and 1,202 RBIs. He’s batting .294 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs this season.

 
Also around the Majors:
 
– Yermin Mercedes has changed his mind and is back with the White Sox’s Triple-A affiliate, one day after posting that he was retiring from baseball. Mercedes apologized for his decision to leave the sport and was in the lineup Thursday for the Charlotte Knights against the Durham Bulls. The surprising rookie carried the White Sox with his booming bat early in the season and was sent to the minors following a prolonged slump.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The NFL had to reschedule several games last season due to COVID-19 outbreaks within teams. The league won’t be as willing to do that this year. The NFL has informed teams they could potentially forfeit a game due to an outbreak among non-vaccinated players and that players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week. In a memo sent to clubs that was obtained by The Associated Press, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league doesn’t anticipate adding a 19th week to accommodate games that can’t be rescheduled within the 18-week regular season. However, forfeits are among the consequences. For purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team will be credited with a loss and the other team will be credited with a win. The league says more than half its teams have COVID-19 vaccination rates greater than 80% of their players, and more than 75% of players are in the process of being vaccinated.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– All-Pro middle linebacker Fred Warner has signed a five-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers taking him through the 2026 season. The 24-year-old Warner has started all 48 games in his three seasons with San Francisco, making 79 tackles last season with a sack, forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
 
– Running back Saquon Barkley is starting training camp for the Giants on the active/physically unable to perform list. The NFL’s 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year suffered a torn ACL during the Giants’ second game last season and underwent surgery in October. Players on the Active/PUP list can be activated at any time during training camp.
 
– Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp has died at age 58 of injuries suffered in a bicycle accident near his home in California last Saturday. The family said in the statement that Knapp was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in the city of San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area and never regained consciousness.
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NBA-NEWS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach. Green is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years with Golden State and the Suns. He was a member of two NBA title-winning staffs with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

 
In other NBA news:
 
– Thousands of fans lined the streets of downtown Milwaukee Thursday to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bucks in a parade to celebrate the city’s first NBA championship in half a century. Open-air buses and flatbed trucks carried Bucks stars including Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, as well as the trophy they captured Tuesday night with a Game 6 victory over Phoenix.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Forward Barkley Goodrow has signed a six-year contract with the New York Rangers after helping the Tampa Bay Lightning win consecutive Stanley Cups. The signing comes less than a week after acquiring the rights to the unrestricted free agent from the Lightning for a seventh-round draft pick in 2022. Goodrow skated in 55 games with Tampa Bay this past season, collecting six goals and 20 points. He led the team with 111 hits and a plus-16 rating.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Sharks have re-signed forward Rudolfs Balcers to a two-year contract before he hit the market as a restricted free agent. The 24-year-old Balcers had eight goals and nine assists in 41 games last season after being brought back for a second stint with the Sharks.
 
– The Flyers have sent one-time cornerstone defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to the Coyotes along with second- and seventh-round picks in next year’s draft. Moving on from Gostisbehere gives the Flyers about $4.5 million in salary cap relief over the next two seasons, setting them up to continue a roster overhaul. The 28-year-old had a strong rookie season in 2015-16 but his play tailed off dramatically after that.
 
– The league has sent teams two versions of the schedule for the 2021-22 season. One includes an Olympic break to pause the season so NHL players can go to Beijing. The other is what the season would look like if the league, players and international officials cannot reach an Olympic agreement.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb is out of the Olympics after four positive COVID-19 tests. Tri Bourne will take his place as the partner of four-time Olympian Jake Gibb when the competition begins this weekend. Crabb confirmed his withdrawal Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press, noting that he was vaccinated and tested negative before he left the United States but tested positive when he arrived in Japan.

 
In other Olympics news:
 
– About 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated. This, according to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief. Medical director Jonathan Finnoff says some 600 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83% had replied they were vaccinated. The IOC has estimated around 85% of residents of the Olympic Village are vaccinated; they base that on what each country’s Olympic committee tells them but have not independently verified the number.
 
– Naomi Osaka’s opening match in the tennis tournament has been pushed back from Saturday to Sunday. Organizers did not immediately provide a reason for the switch, only saying that the move came from the tournament referee. Osaka was originally scheduled to play 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China in the very first contest of the Games on center court Saturday morning.
 
– The West African country of Guinea has reversed an earlier decision to pull out of the Olympics and will send a delegation of five athletes. The country’s Minister of Sports made the announcement Thursday after national and international outcries that followed an earlier declaration that Guinea would not send athletes to Tokyo, blaming the coronavirus and its variants.
 
– The World Anti-Doping Agency says several Russian athletes have been kept away from the Games because of doping suspicions based on evidence from a Moscow testing laboratory that was shut down in 2015. WADA’s director general says it intervened with sports bodies to ensure the handful of athletics were not selected. The team of 335 Russian athletes accredited for Tokyo is competing without a national flag and anthem as punishment for state tampering with the Moscow lab’s database.
 
– U.S. gymnast Kara Eaker is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, while teammate Leanne Wong is in quarantine. Both are alternates for the U.S. team. The U.S. delegation of Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner worked out on each event during podium training on Thursday. They’re staying in a hotel near the venue rather than the Olympic village, a decision made before they arrived.
 
– Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases a day before the Olympics begin. Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15. Japan’s prime minister placed Tokyo under a state of emergency on July 12, but daily cases have sharply increased since then.
 
– Six Polish swimmers have returned home before the Olympics even started, their dreams scuttled by the country mistakenly sending too many athletes to Tokyo. Only 17 swimmers from Poland qualified for the Tokyo Games. The country’s swimming federation put 23 athletes on the plane to Japan, sparking outrage among those who were denied a chance to compete.
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/22/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 072221 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – The City of Minot is hosting an open house today to present information about the project to renovate the former Wells Fargo building in downtown Minot into a new City Hall. The open house will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the current City Hall, located at 512 2nd Ave. SW. Officials from the City of Minot and JLG Architects will be in attendance to present information about the renovation project and to answer questions from the public.
 
“We want to provide an opportunity for the public to gather more information about this project, and to see where we are in the design process,” City Engineer Lance Meyer said. “City Hall is the centerpiece of our organization, and we want to keep the public up to date on what’s happen-ing with this important facility.” Renovation work on the former Wells Fargo building is expected to begin later this year.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed positive news regarding the state’s two-year budget cycle that ended June 30. Preliminarily figures indicate a positive balance of more than $1 billion in the general fund for only the second time in state history. The 2021 Legislature expected general fund revenues to total $5.4 billion for the 2019-21 biennium, but preliminary revenues show the state will likely collect $5.7 billion. As a result, the estimated ending balance of over $1 billion in the state general fund will be nearly $320 million more than projected in the legislative budget.
 
“Despite revenue disruptions caused by historic challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme drought and low oil and farm commodity prices, North Dakota made it through this last budget cycle with responsible fiscal management and is well-positioned for growth,” Burgum said. “These robust state revenues – including what’s expected to be a record-setting June with over $1 billion in general fund revenues – speak to the strength of North Dakota’s economy and our state’s conservative approach to forecasting and budgeting.”
Strong revenues have increased the state’s rainy-day fund, the Budget Stabilization Fund, to its new maximum balance of $749 million. The fund, which is capped at 15% of general fund appropriations, had already been replenished to its prior cap of $726 million in March 2020.
 
The Legacy Fund’s two-year earnings totaled $872 million for the biennium, exceeding the legislative forecast by $136 million and bringing the Legacy Fund’s net position to nearly $9 billion. Other revenues exceeded the 2021 session’s legislative forecast by nearly $160 million, including sales tax, which topped the legislative estimate by $39 million, or 2%; individual income tax, which exceeded the forecast by $60 million, or 8%; and corporate income tax, which exceeded the forecast by $42 million, or 22%.
 
“Federal stimulus payments in 2020 helped maintain strong consumer spending, which was reflected in state sales tax collections,” Office of Management and Budget Director Joe Morrissette said. “Final revenue figures for the 2019-21 biennium are expected in August.”
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum is not happy with the Biden administration who extended restrictions on nonessential travel at the U.S.-Canada border for at least a month, until Aug. 21. The decision came two days after Canada announced it would reopen its border to vaccinated U.S. citizens for nonessential travel on August 9.
 
“After months of harmful and unnecessary delays, these border restrictions have now crossed the line from precautionary to preposterous,” Burgum said. “Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rate has surpassed our own, yet the Biden administration continues to stand in the way of a long-overdue reopening of the border with our closest ally and trading partner. Even the co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus – a member of the president’s own party – called this decision ‘illogical’ and noted that the administration has failed to deliver on its promise in January to provide a border reopening plan within 14 days.
 
“Our best defense against the Delta variant is safe, effective vaccines, which remain free and available to U.S. and Canadian citizens alike,” Burgum added. “Keeping the border closed to travelers won’t substantially drive vaccination rates up, but it will continue to hold the economy down and hurt communities that depend on cross-border activity, including North Dakota’s retail and tourism industries as well as friends and family members separated by border restrictions for more than 16 months. It’s our hope the current administration pays as much attention to the actual security of the southern border as it does to the unnecessary restrictions at the northern border.”
 
The North Dakota Department of Health this week reminded the public of the importance of prevention measures and vaccinations to reduce the risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 has recently emerged as the dominant strain in the United States.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has been notified of a brine release from the Alfred Brown Saltwater Disposal owned by Bullrock, LLC. The spill occurred Tuesday evening resulting from a lightning strike approximately five miles south of Keene. Initial estimates indicate 820 barrels of brine were released. The spill occurred on private agricultural property. At this time, no surface water has been impacted. Personnel from the NDDEQ will be on site monitoring the investigation and remediation.
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FARGO, ND – Traveler confidence is soaring, according to a new AAA Travel survey, fielded in late June. According to the data, two-thirds of North Dakotans (68%) feel more comfortable traveling now than they did three months ago. Over the course of the past three quarterly AAA Travel surveys, residents’ comfort level has significantly increased as their concern about COVID-19 waned.
 
The top reasons North Dakotans feel more confident traveling include – received their COVID-19 vaccination (45%); less afraid of the dangers of the virus (34%); and more confident in safety measures being implemented (25%). Of those who are already or plan to be vaccinated, about half (48%) say travel was a motivating factor in doing so.
 
Two of every three North Dakotans (68%) have already traveled or plan to take a trip in 2021. Two-thirds of those (65%) will take their next trip sometime between July and September. Travel volumes have greatly increased from the 48 percent of North Dakotans who traveled in 2020.
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 072221 – 0700
 
WASHINGTON, DC (AP) – The United States government is extending the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico until at least Aug. 21. The move announced Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security came two days after the Canadian government announced it would begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 both the U.S. and Canadian governments restricted non-essential travel by land between the two countries, although Canadians have been able to fly into the United States. Until the Canadian decision on Monday, the two governments had extended the closure every month.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The former president of a Beulah bank has been barred from working at any financial institution in North Dakota because of bad business practices. The state Bank Board says the alleged transgressions occurred while Brady Torgerson worked at First Security Bank-West in 2020. Torgerson is accused of issuing loans above the lending limits, making loans at a reduced interest rate, and distorting the bank’s financial position on quarterly reports. The board says he made 91 loans totaling $12.7 million without securing liens or gathering financial information. Torgerson tells The Bismarck Tribune that he was caught off guard by the announcement. He says he had not decided if he will contest the order.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Three doctors who specialize in reproductive health appeared in a virtual town hall across North Dakota in an attempt to clear up misinformation about effects of COVID-19 vaccines on fertility and pregnancy. The online forum hosted Wednesday by state Health Officer Dr. Nizar Wehbi came down to a pair of common themes. The doctors vouched áfor the safety of vaccinations for couples who want to have a baby and urged people to seek out their doctors or nurse practitioners with any questions. Dr. Stephanie Broadwell of Sanford Health Fargo, Dr. Stephanie Foughty of Altru Health Devils Lake and Dr. Ana Tobiaz of Sanford Health Bismarck closed the 45-minute session with the same message: Go get the vaccine.
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WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) – The president of the North Dakota State College of Science says he’s retiring in December. John Richman was appointed president of the Wahpeton college 15 years ago. He has been at the two-year school since 1986, when he was named head football coach. He has been a physical education instructor, athletic director and vice president for academic and student affairs. Richman served as interim president for one year and was named the college’s ninth president in February 2007. North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott says Richman showed “unparalleled energy and dedication” in his numerous roles at the college.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/22/21

K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 072221 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments continued in the area on Wednesday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
Loser Out
#6 Washburn def. #7 Bismarck B Capitals, 19-10
#5 Belfield/South Heart def. #2 Beulah, 12-1
#4 Hazen def. #6 Washburn, 13-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#1 Garrison vs #3 Hettinger, 1 pm
 
Loser Out
#4 Hazen vs #5 Belfield/South Heart, 4 pm
 
Semifinal
Garrison/Hettinger loser vs Hazen/Belfield winner, 7 pm
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
Second Round
#2 Surrey def. #3 Makoti, 10-0 (6)
 
Loser Out
#7 Burlington def. #6 Crosby, 15-4
#4 Stanley def. #3 Makoti, 11-8
#7 Burlington def. #5 Kenmare, 4-3
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
#1 Renville County vs #2 Surrey, 2:30 pm
 
Loser Out
#4 Stanley vs #7 Burlington, 5 pm
 
Semifnal
Renville Co/Surrey loser vs Stanley/Burlington winner, 7:30 pm
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District 3 Tournament – Velva
 
Semifinal
Rolla def. Bottineau, 5-0
 
Championship
Velva def. Rolla, 3-1
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MINOT, ND – The Class A West Region Legion Baseball Tournament began Wednesday with two play-in games.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Watford City
 
Play-In
#7 Bismarck Senators def. #10 Williston Oilers, 8-7
#9 Watford City Walleye def. #8 Bismarck Scarlets, 12-0
 
Today’s schedule
 
First Round
#1 Jamestown vs #9 Watford City Walleye, 11 am
#4 Mandan A’s vs #5 Dickinson Volunteers, 1:30 pm
#2 Bismarck Reps vs #7 Bismarck Senators, 4 pm
#3 Bismarck A Capitals vs #6 Minot Metros, 6:30 pm
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Max Kepler homered in his second straight game, Jorge Polanco also went deep, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Wednesday night. The Twins beat the AL Central leaders for just the fourth time in 16 games. They bounced back after Chicago rallied late to win Tuesday’s game and came out on top after losing five of six. Michael Pineda (4-5) went five innings, allowing one run and four hits, in his first win since May 26.
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TIMBERWOLVES-OWNERSHIP
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The first increment of the $1.5 billion sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves to e-commerce mogul Marc Lore and former baseball star Alex Rodriguez has been approved by the NBA. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor issued a statement confirming the transaction and welcoming Lore and Rodriguez to the organization. The deal also includes the WNBA team Minnesota Lynx. It was structured to begin with an initial transfer of a 20% stake in the club this year. Lore and Rodriguez will then have the right to purchase additional 20% shares in 2022 and 2023, when they would become controlling owners.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers enjoy a large lead in the National League Central right now, but they were never able to beat the worst team in the AL Central this season. The Brewers put together a sloppy performance in a 6-3 loss to the Royals, allowing Kansas City to sweep the four-game season series. Milwaukee made a pair of errors that caused the Royals’ first five runs to be unearned. Nicky Lopez had the key hit, a tiebreaking, two-run double in a three-run sixth. Brad Keller won for the first time since June 4, allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Milwaukee still leads its division by 6 1/2 games over the Reds.

 
In other Major League action:
 
– Yadier Molina singled home the game-winning run off Craig Kimbrel in the bottom of the 10th to give the Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Cubs. Chicago tied it 2-2 in the ninth when pinch-hitter Eric Sogard doubled to right off reliever Giovanny Gallegos. Harrison Bader has five multi-hit performances in his last seven games after going 3-for-4 with an RBI double that put St. Louis ahead in the seventh.
 
– The Giants have restored their two-game lead in the NL West by scoring three times in the ninth inning of a 4-2 comeback over the second-place Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Dodgers owned a 2-1 lead and were on the verge of pulling into a first-place tie until Wilmer Flores slammed a two-run homer off Kenley Jansen. The Giants received four perfect innings from their bullpen after starter Logan Webb was reached for three hits, including Chris Taylor’s homer leading off the bottom of the first.
 
– Marcus Stroman was terrific in the Mets’ 7-0 win over the Reds, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out seven over eight innings. Stroman gave the bullpen a break after New York starters had worked just five innings over the last three games. Dominic Smith highlighted the offense with a grand slam for the Mets, who scored their other runs on homers by Luis Guillorme and Jonathan Villar.
 
– Fernando Tatis Jr. slammed his NL-leading 29th home run, a two-run blast that gave the Padres a 3-0 lead in a 3-2 win over the Braves in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The All-Star shortstop has eight hits, seven runs scored and six RBIs in his last five games. Chris Paddack reversed his recent struggles by limiting Atlanta to three hits over five scoreless innings.
 
– Game 2 of the Padres-Braves twinbill was suspended by rain in the middle of the fifth inning with San Diego leading, 5-4. The rest of the game could be played in San Diego when the Braves visit the Padres for a three-game series Sept. 24-26.
 
– The Marlins picked up a 3-1 win over the Nationals as pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro doubled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning. Miguel Flores padded Miami’s lead with a sacrifice fly before the Marlins ended a four-game losing streak. Andrew Stevenson had an RBI-double for Washington, which had its three-game winning streak halted.
 
– Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho hit consecutive home runs leading off the seventh inning of the Diamondbacks’ 6-4 downing of the Pirates. Madison Bumgarner allowed three runs over five innings for Arizona in his second start since coming off the injured list. The DBacks completed a three-game sweep and ran their winning streak to four games, tying a season high.
 
– Dom Nunez laced a three-run double while the Rockies scored five in the first inning of a 6-3 win against the Mariners. Austin Gomber pitched effectively for six innings in his return from the injured list, surrendering homers by Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger and Luis Torrens. Gomber didn’t allow any other hits in winning his fourth straight decision.
 
– The Blue Jays dropped their final home game in Buffalo as the Red Sox banged out five home runs in a 7-4 decision over Toronto. Kike Hernandez, Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, J.D. Martinez, and Hunter Renfroe all homered for Boston, which kept its one-game lead over Tampa Bay atop the AP East. Garrett Richards and three Sox relievers held Toronto to five hits.
 
– The Rays pulled out a 5-4 win over the Orioles on Austin Meadows’ two-out, two-strike, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth. Randy Arozarena homered twice and had a key single in the ninth as Tampa Bay won for the 10th time in 13 games. The Birds’ loss came after they announced that pitcher Keegan Akin and outfielder Anthony Santander were placed on the COVID-19 injured list.
 
– The Yankees coughed up a 5-2 lead before beating the Phillies, 6-5 on Ryan LaMarre’s game-ending single in the 10th inning. LaMarre’s clutch hit gave the Yankees their fourth straight win and ninth in 12 games heading into a four-game series with Boston. The Phils tied it with a three-run eighth with help from an error, four walks and a wild pitch that knotted the score.
 
– Max Kepler homered in his second straight game and Jorge Polanco also went deep for the Twins in a 7-2 downing of the White Sox. Polanco made it 6-1 with his sixth-inning blast. The Twins beat the AL Central leaders for just the fourth time in 16 games.
 
– The Tigers earned their sixth straight win as Matt Manning pitched six strong innings to lead a 4-2 victory over the Rangers. Robbie Grossman, Zack Short and Akil Baddoo hit home runs as the Tigers matched their longest winning streak since an eight-game run in 2016. Texas has lost eight in a row and has been outscored 47-5 in six games since the All-Star break.
 
– The Indians were 5-4 winners over the Astros as rookie Ernie Clement had a season-high three RBIs and Cesar Hernandez smacked a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning. Rookie starter Eli Morgan permitted three hits and three runs in five-plus innings. Jose Altuve and Kyle Tucker both homered for the second straight game, but Houston lost to Cleveland for the first time in seven meetings this year.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Mets have traded outfielder Billy McKinney to the Dodgers for minor league outfielder Carlos Rincon and cash. The Mets acquired McKinney from Milwaukee on May 25. In 39 games with New York, the 26-year-old batted .220 with five home runs and 14 RBIs. He was designated for assignment on July 16. The NL East-leading Mets also claimed right-hander Roel Ramirez off waivers from the Cardinals.

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NHL-KRAKEN-EXPANSION DRAFT

SEATTLE (AP) – Carey Price remains property of the Montreal Canadiens after the Seattle Kraken passed on the netminder in the NHL expansion draft. Instead, the Kraken selected Panthers netminder Chris Driedger and gave him a three-year, $10.5 million package. Seattle took on some big contracts, selecting Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and Islanders forward Jordan Eberle. Other notable players chosen by the Kraken include Lightning center Yanni Gourde and Maple Leafs forward Jared McCann. Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon was the first player taken by Seattle.

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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Fred Warner that makes him the highest-paid off-ball linebacker in the NFL. A person familiar with the deal said the extension that runs through 2026 is worth about $95 million with $40.5 million in guarantees. The package tops the $18 million a year average for Seattle’s Bobby Wagner, which had been the top at the position. ESPN first reported the deal.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Steelers linebacker Vince Williams has announced his retirement just months after taking a pay cut to return for a ninth season. The 31-year-old Williams appeared in 121 games for the Steelers after making the team as a sixth-round pick out of Florida State in 2013. He carved out early in his career as a special teams ace and then became one of the more physical inside linebackers in the NFL.
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SEC EXPANSION

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – The Southeastern Conference could be adding two marquee football programs in the future. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Big 12 powers Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the SEC about potentially joining the league. The report cites a source the paper did not identify, only to say it was a high-ranking official with knowledge of the situation. The paper said an announcement could come in the next couple of weeks. Adding two members would give the powerhouse SEC 16 teams, the largest in major college football. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey declined to comment on the report.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWDEN-DIAGNOSIS

UNDATED (AP) – Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden says he has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition. He did not disclose his condition in his statement Wednesday. The 91-year-old Bowden says he is at peace and is prepared for what is to come. The College Football Hall of Famer was hospitalized last October after he tested positive for COVID-19. The test came a few days after he returned home from a lengthy hospital stay for an infection in his leg. Bowden had 357 wins during his coaching career, most of them at Florida State. The Seminoles won 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and two national titles in his tenure.

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OLYMPICS-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday’s matchup against France. It’s the first game for both teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Zach LaVine has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus testing-related issue. He will fly to Japan and rejoin the team Thursday. Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker are expected to arrive in Tokyo on Saturday after competing in the NBA Finals. Middleton and Holiday just helped the Bucks beat Booker’s Suns.

 
In other Olympics news:
 
– U.S. gymnast Kara Eaker is doing well physically but remains in isolation three days after testing positive for COVID-19. A USA gymnastics official says Eaker is in isolation while teammate Leanne Wong is in quarantine. Both athletes served as alternates for the U.S. team. Wong continues to test negative but was put in quarantine due to contact tracing. The six-women U.S. delegation of Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner worked out on each event during podium training on Thursday. They’re staying in a hotel near the venue rather than the Olympic village, a decision made before they arrived.
 
– While it certainly wasn’t the Olympic start the U.S. women’s soccer team had anticipated, a rare loss didn’t skewer the squad’s hopes for gold. The United States fell to Sweden 3-0 in the team’s opener in Tokyo to snap a 44-match unbeaten streak. It was a surprising result for the favorites in the field. There’s still a good chance that the Americans make it to the knockout round. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the United States fell 2-0 to Norway in the first match, then went on to win the gold medal.
 
– The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has fired the director of the opening ceremony because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. His dismissal comes the day before Friday’s opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Games. Earlier this week, a composer whose music is expected to be used at the opening ceremony was forced to resign because of past bullying of his classmates.
 
– Four-time women’s basketball gold medalist Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez have been chosen as USA flag bearers for Friday’s opening ceremony. They are the first duo to share the honor of leading the delegation into the ceremony.
 
– Two athletes were among four residents of the Olympic Village who were added to the tally Thursday of people accredited for the Tokyo Games who have tested positive for COVID-19 this month. That brings the number to 91, including European swimming champion Ilya Borodin and a US volleyball player believed to be Taylor Crabb.
 
– Tokyo’s COVID-19 infections have surged to a six-month high with the Olympic host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games open. Tokyo is currently under its fourth state of emergency, which will last two weeks after the Olympics end.
 
– Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids. The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics.
 
– The International Olympic Committee says it will now include images of Olympic athletes taking a knee in its official highlights reels and social media channels. Players from five women’s soccer teams kneeled in support of racial justice before their games Wednesday. That was the first day it was allowed at the Olympic Games after a decades-long total ban on athlete protest gestures on the field. But the images were excluded from highlights package provided by the IOC to media that could not broadcast the games live.
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OLYMPICS-SCHEDULE

TOKYO (AP) – Sweden has once again stunned the United States women’s soccer team at the Olympics, this time with a 3-0 victory. The top-ranked Americans were the favorites to win in Tokyo and owned a 44-match unbeaten streak. The Swedes bounced the Americans from the 2016 Brazil Games in the quarterfinals. Then in April, Sweden played the United States to a 1-1 draw in Stockholm, which snapped a winning streak dating back to January 2019. Sweden now leads Group G heading into Saturday’s game against Australia, while the United States faces New Zealand. The top two teams in the group advance to the knockout round.

 
In other Olympic action:
 
– The U.S. is 2-0 in Olympic women’s softball following a 1-0 victory over Canada. Monica Abbott struck out nine in a complete-game one-hitter. Amanda Chidester singled home the game’s only run. Center fielder Haylie McCleney combined with second baseman Ali Aguilar to throw out the potential tying run at the plate following Canada’s only hit of the game.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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KHRT ND News – 0721/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 072121 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – The success of the CDBG-NDR Resilient Homebuyer program, which provides financial aid to low-to-moderate income Minot households affected by the 2011 flood, has resulted in the continuation of the program with the addition of another $1.5 million after the original $3 million was utilized.
 
The Resilient Homebuyer program works with Minot real estate brokers and financial institutions to provide gap financing in the form of a forgivable second mortgage up to $60,000 to cover costs needed by Minot LMI households that can demonstrate they were impacted by the flood. The funds can be used for any purpose associated with the purchase of a single family home outside the flood zone. The second mortgage is forgiven on the 15-year anniversary of the recipient living in the house. The first $3 million assisted 51 households in buying a single family home, with an average second mortgage of $57,000.
 
Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma noted the program’s success demonstrates that NDR funds can be delivered through innovative uses, which helps Minot residents impacted by the flood while supporting important elements in Minot’s private sector economy.
City Manager Harold Stewart said the program highlights the strategy of the NDR program, which is to make wise investments in the community to promote sustainable growth while addressing lingering effects from the 2011 flood. He also noted that it is an example of the value of collaboration with experienced agencies in the state.
 
The program is supported by the North Dakota Housing Financing Agency, which serves as underwriter for the second mortgages. It is projected that the additional $1.5 million will help another 25 to 30 LMI households buy single family homes outside the flood zone.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Oil production is flat in North Dakota due to a workforce shortage as the industry recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Companies say they are in need of workers to inject water, sand and chemicals down wells to crack open rock and release oil, a process known as hydraulic fracking. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says eight crews are currently working in North Dakota, down from at least 20 which would typically be working in the state at today’s oil prices. Helms says many workers went to Texas where activity was significantly higher than it was in North Dakota.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was recently notified of a brine release due to a pipeline break occurring approximately 6.5 miles south of Watford City. The pipeline is operated by Tallgrass Energy. The company first discovered the spill on Monday, July 19. Most recent estimates indicate 850 barrels of brine were released on private property. Brine or produced water, is a by-product of oil production. It is typically carried from an oil well by pipeline or truck to a disposal site, where it is injected back into the ground for permanent storage. Personnel from the NDDEQ are investigating the extent of the impact and will continue to monitor the remediation.
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MINOT, ND – After taking a break last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minot Police Department has announced that National Night Out will be back on Tuesday August 3rd from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Roosevelt Park.
 
In 1984, the National Association of Town Watch started National Night Out, which is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. The first event involved 2.5 million neighbors across 400 communities in 23 states. In its 38 years, National Night Out has grown to include 16,000 communities across the nation, reaching 38 million participants. National Night Out events have been held in 20 North Dakota communities including The City of Minot beginning in 2010.
 
Admission is free and includes games, food, prizes, educational booths, K9 demonstrations, vehicles and equipment from area law enforcement agencies as well as US Air Force Security Forces. Other area first responders will be on hand with vehicles and equipment including the NorthStar Crtiticare helicopter.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 072121 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – A Minot woman who was the subject of a Silver Alert was found safe. Minot Police issued the alert around 8:45 PM Tuesday as they searched for 73-year old Sharon Mardsen. She had last been seen Monday morning around 8 AM at her home in northwest Minot. Police said Mardsen suffers from onset dimentia and may need help. Officers cancelled the alert around 10:30 PM after receiving a tip that she was in the Grenora area and was being reunited with her family. No further information was released.
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MINOT, ND – A North Central District Court jury ruled in the City of Minot’s favor Tuesday in a dispute with Cypress Development, LLC involving a public-private partnership project that included the development, design, and construction of two downtown parking structures. The jury’s decision came after more than a week of testimony before North Central District Court Judge Gary Lee.
 
“We’re glad to have this issue behind us after investing so much time, money, and emotion into these structures,” said Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma. “Now we can focus on moving forward for the benefit of the City.”
 
The City’s relationship with Cypress began in 2011, when the City selected Cypress for a development contract following a Request for Qualifications process. The City and Cypress entered into a series of agreements pursuant to which Cypress agreed to develop, design, and construct two mixed use developments including parking, retail space, and apartment homes on City land; the City agreed to contribute $4,937,500 per structure from a combination of MAGIC Fund and federal funds towards the construction of the parking structures. The Renaissance and Central parking structures opened in 2016, but Cypress did not complete the retail space and apartment homes.
 
The City terminated its contracts with Cypress and filed suit for breach of contract in March 2018. At trial, the jury awarded the City $2,442,479.94. Those amounts included unpaid rent and excess costs the City incurred constructing the parking structures. They also include costs incurred by the City to install the exterior walls and roofs on the two structures, which were the obligation of Cypress but were completed by the City. The City has managed and operated the structures since March 2018. Cypress’ countersuit, which was denied by the jury in its entirety, sought more than $50 million in damages related to excess construction costs and lost profits.
 
Sipma said efforts will begin to find a partner to construct apartments on top of the two structures and complete the development of the existing commercial space. “We appreciate the hard work done throughout this lengthy process by Jocelyn Knoll and Kate Johnson from the Dorsey & Whitney law firm, who represented the City in Court, as well as the City Attorney’s office and current and former City staff,” Sipma said. “We presented a strong case to the jury, and we’re happy they agreed with us.”
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WYNDMERE, N.D. – A woman wanted in the robbery of the bank in Wyndmere on Monday morning has been arrested. Police say that 43-year old Tessa Jaksa of Moorhead was arrested after a tip from someone who recognized images released to the media. Jaksa is in the Cass County Jail in Fargo. Officers say the money taken in the robbery was recovered. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office says Jaksa will face federal charges.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health will host a live, virtual “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event at 1 p.m. CT today with four doctors from across the state to discuss COVID-19 vaccines and fertility. Those participating include:
 
Nizar Wehbi, MD, MPH, MBA, North Dakota Department of Health
Stephanie Foughty, MD, Altru Health System, Devils Lake
Christina Broadwell, MD, Sanford Health, Fargo
Ana Tobiasz, MD, Sanford Health, Bismarck
 
People can view the “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event live Wednesday at http://health.nd.gov/covidtownhall and submit questions to the doctors live during the “Q & A” panel on Microsoft Teams. Advance registration is not required to attend.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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K-Heart Sport – 07/21/21

K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 072121 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments began in the area Tuesday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
First Round
#4 Hazen def. #5 Belfield/South Heart, 6-5
#3 Hettinger def. #6 Washburn, 4-3
#2 Beulah def. #7 Bismarck B Capitals, 7-6 (8)
 
Second Round
#1 Garrison def. #4 Hazen, 8-6
#3 Hettinger def. #2 Beulah, 7-4
 
Today’s schedule
 
Loser Out
#6 Washburn vs #7 Bismarck B Capitals, 1 pm
#5 Belfield/South Heart vs #2 Beulah, 4 pm
#4 Hazen vs Washburn/Bismarck winner, 7 pm
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
First Round
#1 Renville County, bye
#5 Kenmare def. #4 Stanley, 3-2
#3 Makoti def. #6 Crosby, 5-3
#2 Surrey def. #7 Burlington, 11-1 (5)
 
Second Round
#1 Renville Couty def. Kenmare, 19-4
 
Today’s schedule
 
Second Round
#2 Surrey vs #3 Makoti, 12 pm
 
Loser Out
#6 Crosby vs #7 Burlington, 2:30 pm
#4 Stanley vs Surrey/Makoti loser, 5 pm
#5 Kenmare vs Crosby/Burlington winner, 7:30 pm
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District 3 Tournament – Velva
 
First Round
Velva def. Rolla, 9-1
Bottineau def. Cando, 7-2
 
Loser Out
Rolla def. Cando, 11-5
 
Semifinal
Velva def. Bottineau, 11-1
 
Today’s schedule
 
Semifinal
Bottineau vs Rolla, 1 pm
 
Championship
Velva vs Bottineau/Rolla winner, 3:15 pm
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Vistas were on the road in Williston yesterday. They will finish regular season play today in Dickinson.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
 
Minot Vistas 8, Williston Keybirds 4 (8)
Williston Keybirds 6, Minot Vistas 1
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CASPER, WY – The Clark Division won the Expedition League All-Star Game in Casper, Wyoming by a 5-3 final. Teams have the day off before resuming regular season play on Thursday.
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Jose Abreu doubled and tripled early, then homered to cap a five-run rally in the eighth inning that vaulted the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 9-5. Abreu hit his 18th homer, a three-run drive that sent the AL Central-leading White Sox to their fourth win in five games. Abreu connected off Hansel Robles shortly after the Twins seized their first lead in the top of the inning on a two-run homer by Jorge Polanco. Minnesota has lost five of six.
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NBA FINALS

MILWAUKEE (AP) – It had been been 50 years since the Milwaukee Bucks last won an NBA championship. Fittingly, their two-time NBA most valuable player scored 50 in last night’s clincher. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Bucks beat the Suns, 105-98 to win the series 4-2. He shot 16 for 25 from the field and made an unbelievable 17-of-19 free throws after entering the game shooting under 56% from the line in the postseason. The Greek Freak was named the NBA Finals MVP following his remarkable performance. Khris Middleton delivered 17 points and Bobby Portis had 16 off the bench for Milwaukee, which hadn’t won the title since

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson carried the 1971 squad.
 
The Bucks started strong and enjoyed a 29-16 lead heading into the second quarter. But the Suns dominated the reset of the half, outscoring Milwaukee, 31-13 to carry a five-point advantage into the locker room. The Bucks became the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after trailing 2-0 and the first to do it by winning the next four games since Miami against Dallas in 2006.
 
Chris Paul scored 26 points to end his first NBA Finals appearance in his 16th season. Devin Booker added 19 points but shot just 8 for 22 and missed all seven 3-pointers after scoring 40 points in each of the last two games.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros have maintained their 3 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. Jose Altuve celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Major League debut with homers in his first two at-bats to jumpstart the Astros’ 9-3 pounding of the Indians. Altuve smacked his seventh leadoff homer of the season to put Houston ahead to stay. Kyle Tucker added a two-run homer as the Astros broke the game open with a six-run fifth that made it 8-0. Luis Garcia continued his strong season, scattering three hits over six scoreless innings of the Astros’ third win in a row.

 
The Athletics completed a two-game sweep with a snappy 6-0 shutout of the Angels. Matt Olson homered for the second straight day and added an RBI single. The blast left him tied for fourth in the majors with 25. James Kaprielian had another strong performance, scattering five hits and striking out seven over six innings to lower his ERA to 2.65. Ramon Laureano hit a two-run double while the Athletics scored three times in the sixth inning to take control.
 
Also on the Major League schedule:
 
– Marco Gonzales got his first win in three months by allowing two runs over five innings of the Mariners’ 6-4 victory at Colorado. The Mariners started the inning with four straight hits, the last being Cal Raleigh’s two-run double that tied the game. Dylan Moore put them ahead with a two-out, two-run homer off German Marquez, who had his first home loss since May 4.
 
– Francisco Mejia drove in five with a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple to highlight the Rays’ attack in a 9-3 romp over the Orioles. Randy Arozarena also homered to help Tampa Bay climb within one game of the AL East-leading Red Sox. Baltimore ace John Means returned from a shoulder injury and allowed five runs and seven hits over five innings of his first start since June 5.
 
– The Yankees earned their third straight win by belting four home runs in a 6-4 downing of the Phillies. Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton and Estevan Florial each hit solo homers as the Yanks prevented the Phils from cutting their 2 1/2-game deficit in the NL East. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his first save in over a month despite allowing Andre McCutchen’s solo shot.
 
– Jose Abreu doubled and tripled early before his three-run blast capped a five-run eighth that sent the White Sox past the Twins, 9-5. Abreu’s 18th home run of the season occurred shortly after the Twins seized their first lead in the top of the inning on a two-run home run by Jorge Polanco off reliever Ryan Burr. Yoan Moncada clubbed a two-run home run, his third round-tripper in his last four games after going 26 games without one.
 
– The Tigers picked up their fifth straight win as Robbie Grossman and Eric Haase homered in a 4-1 decision over the Rangers. Tarik Skubal got the win, giving up one run on four hits in six innings. The Rangers have lost seven straight games and have been outscored 43-3 in their five games since the All-Star break, including three straight shutouts before Tuesday.
 
– Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Soler homered for the Royals in a 5-2 win over the Brewers. Mike Minor allowed one earn run and five hits in six innings, snapping a personal four-start losing streak. Manny Pina hit a two-run single for the Brewers, who moved up the start time four hours so fans could watch the Bucks host the Suns in the NBA Finals.
 
– Javier Baez laced a two-run single and Ian Happ added a two-run double during a six-run ninth that pushed the Cubs past the Cardinals, 7-6. Chicago was able to come back against St. Louis closer Alex Reyes, who converted his first 22 saves opportunities this season. Nolan Arenado, Jose Rondon and Tommy Edman homered for St. Louis, which had won three in a row.
 
– The Reds’ four-game skid is over after Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino went deep on consecutive pitches to power them past the Mets, 4-3. Jonathan India slammed his first career leadoff homer, a no-doubt shot to center that glanced off the batter’s eye. Wade Miley shook off Pete Alonso’s first inning home run to pitch into the seventh, giving up two runs and seven hits.
 
– Touki Toussaint allowed one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings of his season debut to pitch the Braves past the Padres, 2-1. Toussaint was back from a right shoulder strain and retired the first seven batters he faced before walking Victor Caratini in the third. Freddie Freeman smacked a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, giving him five round-trippers in his last seven games.
 
– Pinch-hitter Will Smith crushed a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Dodgers’ comeback in an 8-6 stunner against the Giants. Chris Taylor powered the rally with the third multi-homer game of his career belting a solo shot in the fifth and a two-run drive an inning later. Alex Dickerson, Mike Yastrzemski, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Thairo Estrada went deep for the Giants, who went ahead 6-1 before their lead in the NL West dropped to one game over Los Angeles.
 
– Josh Bell hit his 100th career home run and the Nationals picked up their third straight win by defeating the Marlins, 6-3. Miami led in the sixth before pinch-hitter Yadiel Hernandez Trea Turner and Juan Soto delivered RBI singles. Adam Duvall’s three-run homer gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth.
 
– Josh VanMeter had a triple and a double while the Diamondbacks erupted for eight runs in the seventh inning of an 11-7 win against the Pirates. Josh Reddick’s two-run single broke a tie with two out in the seventh before Arizona won its third in a row, the Diamondbacks’ longest winning streak since April. John Nogowski hit his first major league home run and Gregory Polanco also went deep for Pittsburgh, which led 5-1 after 4 1/2 innings.
 
– The Red Sox-Blue Jays game in Buffalo was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of an August 7 doubleheader. The makeup game will be played in Toronto.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Oakland City Council has approved preliminary terms for a new $12 billion waterfront ballpark project for the Athletics. However, it’s unclear if the vote will be enough to keep the baseball team at the negotiating table instead of leaving the San Francisco Bay Area city. A’s President Dave Kaval said the financial terms do not work for the team and isn’t pleased the ballclub has been kept out of the loop on negotiations. The Athletics have played at the antiquated Coliseum since moving from Kansas City after the 1967 season. They have made unsuccessful attempts to build ballparks in Santa Clara and San Jose, and are prepared to negotiate a move to Las Vegas if they can’t work out an agreement in the Bay Area.

 
In other Major League news:
 
– Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo says he doesn’t plan on having infielder Starlin Castro back with the team this season. Castro was placed on administrative leave July 16 by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. Rizzo didn’t say if his statement on Castro was based on the whether the process will play out in time or not.
 
– Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss much of the 2022 season. Turnbull threw a no-hitter against the Mariners on May 18 and was 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA in nine starts this season. He last pitched on June 4, then went on the injured list with a strained forearm.
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UNDATED (AP) – New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was in what’s described as a “horrific” bicycle accident over the weekend and is in critical condition. A Denver TV station (9News) reported Monday night that Knapp was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike in California. The nature of Knapp’s injuries was not immediately known. ESPN says the accident happened Saturday near his home in Danville, California. The 58-year-old Knapp was hired by Jets coach Robert Saleh in January as the pass game specialist. His focus is on the development of quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall draft pick.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– Tom Brady had some fun with President Joe Biden as he and his Super Bowl-champion Buccaneers were honored at the White House on Tuesday. Brady compared those backing former President Donald Trump’s false assertion that he won the 2020 election to people who couldn’t believe the underdog Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in February. Brady also played off Trump’s derisive “Sleepy Joe” nickname for Biden when talking about a time last season when he forgot what down it was.
 
– Rams running back Cam Akers is out indefinitely after tearing his Achilles tendon in an offseason training session. Akers was expected to be the Rams’ starter after coming on late in his outstanding rookie season. Akers had 272 yards from scrimmage in the Rams’ two playoff games last season.
 
– The Jets have signed rookie guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, the 14th overall pick in the NFL draft in April. He received a four-year, $15.9 million contract with an $8.9 million signing bonus.
 
– Veteran defensive end Alex Okafor has signed a one-year deal to return to the Chiefs. The 30-year-old Okafor has 30 sacks and 183 tackles in eight NFL seasons, including the past two with the Chiefs.
 
– The Steelers have added depth by signing linebackerMelvin Ingram and offensive lineman Chaz Green. The 32-year-old Ingram was a three-time Pro Bowler during his nine seasons with the Chargers. Ingram had 49 sacks with Los Angeles.
 
– Running back Travis Etienne, cornerback Tyson Campbell and left tackle Walker Little have signed four-year rookie deals with the Jaguars. The Jaguars now have their entire 2021 draft class under contract, including quarterback and No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence.
 
– The Pro Football Hall of Fame says the 19 members of those combined classes who will be giving enshrinement speeches this summer have been asked to limit their remarks to six minutes. An Academy Awards-style musical cue will end each speech at eight minutes if necessary.
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NASCAR-KESELEWSKI-ROUSH
 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR team owner Jack Roush has introduced driver Brad Keselowski as a new partner in Roush Fenway Racing. The 2012 Cup champion is leaving Team Penske because he wanted an ownership role in an organization as part of his legacy in NASCAR. With Roush Fenway, Keselowski will not only drive the No. 6 Ford next season but have a considerable role off the track.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – Sweden has once again stunned the United States at the Olympics, this time with a 3-0 victory in the women’s soccer tournament. The Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world and the favorites to win in Tokyo, were riding a 44-match unbeaten streak. But Sweden, ranked No. 5, has been the U.S. team’s nemesis of sorts in recent years. The Swedes bounced the Americans from the 2016 Brazil Games in the quarterfinals. Then in April, Sweden played the United States to a 1-1 draw in Stockholm, which snapped a winning streak dating back to January 2019. Britain opened the Olympic women’s soccer tournament with a 2-0 victory over Chile.

 
In other Olympic news:
 
– USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday’s matchup against France. It’s the first game for both teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Zach LaVine has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus testing-related issue. He will fly to Japan and rejoin the team on Thursday. And the plan is that the three players from the NBA Finals – Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday from the champion Milwaukee Bucks and Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns – will be in place on Saturday.
 
– Mexican Olympic baseball players Hector Velazquez and Sammy Solis have tested positive for COVID-19 and been isolated at their rooms in the team hotel in Mexico City. The Mexican Baseball Federation and the Mexican Baseball League issued a joint statement saying that the two had positive PCR tests when reporting on Sunday but are asymptomatic. The federation canceled Monday night’s training session at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium, and PCR tests were given to all players and team coaching staff. Velazquez, a 32-year-old right-hander, pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 2017-19. Solis, a 32-year-old left-hander, pitched for the Washington Nationals from 2015-18.
 
– USA Volleyball says an American beach volleyball player is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan, three days before the start of play at the Tokyo Olympics. The national federation did not identify the athlete, citing privacy concerns. But another player told The Associated Press that Taylor Crabb was in quarantine.
 
– Top-ranked shooter Amber Hill has tested positive for COVID-19 at home in Britain and will miss the Tokyo Olympics. The world No. 1 in women’s skeet says: “There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now.” Hill’s event is scheduled on Sunday and Monday and no shooter will take Britain’s entry as her replacement. She says she has no symptoms and will now isolate per Olympic guidance. Hill reached the semifinals in skeet at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
 
– A Chilean taekwondo athlete and a Dutch skateboarder have tested positive for coronavirus at the Tokyo Games. Chilean athlete Fernanda Aguirre says in an Instagram post she is “devastated” and says she feels “so much sadness, anguish, frustration.” The Chilean Olympic Committee says Aguirre tested negative before her flight but then positive at the airport in Japan. She’s asymptomatic but won’t be able to compete because she will have to spend at least 10 days in quarantine. Dutch Olympic skateboarder Candy Jacobs says she is “heartbroken” after being sent into quarantine.
 
– Tokyo’s COVID-19 infections have surged to a six-month high with the Olympic host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games open. Tokyo is currently under its fourth state of emergency, which will last until Aug. 22, covering the entire duration of the Olympics that start Friday and end Aug. 8. Fans are banned from all venues in the Tokyo area, with limited audiences at few outlying sites.
 
– Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids. The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne hosted in 1956. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia knows what it takes to deliver a successful Games. Brisbane follows 2028 host Los Angeles in getting 11 years to prepare for hosting the Games. Paris will host in 2024.
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COLLEGE SPORTS-NORTH CAROLINA

UNDATED (AP) – The University of North Carolina is believed to be the first school in the nation to launch a group licensing program for current athletes. Under the program, athletes will receive a cut of net revenue for merchandising opportunities pursued by The Brandr Group with products that include the school’s official trademarks and logos. Participating in the voluntary program won’t restrict individual endorsement deals.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/20/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 072021 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal appeals court panel has upheld a ruling that orders North Dakota to pay more than $450,000 in plaintiff’s attorneys fees and costs stemming from tribal lawsuits over state voter identification requirements. Last year, the state agreed to settle longstanding legal disputes with Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux tribes. The tribes sued over North Dakota’s requirement that voters have identification with a street address. The tribes said it creates a disadvantage for Native Americans who live on reservations where street addresses are hard to come by. An 8th U.S. Circuit of Appeals panel has upheld a federal judge’s May 2020 order that the state pay nearly $453,000.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum appointed North Dakota Game and Fish Department Deputy Director Scott Peterson to serve as interim director of the department today until a new director is named. Current Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand is retiring July 31 after more than 15 years as director and nearly 40 years with the department.
 
Peterson has served as deputy director of Game and Fish since 2014. He joined the department in 1986 as a Garrison Diversion habitat biologist and has also served as a wildlife resource management supervisor and wildlife resource section leader. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management and zoology from North Dakota State University. Game and Fish has a two-year budget of approximately $92 million and is authorized for 165 full-time team members.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health will host a live, virtual “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event at 1 p.m. CT Wednesday with four doctors from across the state to discuss COVID-19 vaccines and fertility. Those participating include:
 
Nizar Wehbi, MD, MPH, MBA, North Dakota Department of Health
Stephanie Foughty, MD, Altru Health System, Devils Lake
Christina Broadwell, MD, Sanford Health, Fargo
Ana Tobiasz, MD, Sanford Health, Bismarck
 
People can view the “Ask a Doctor” Town Hall event live Wednesday at http://health.nd.gov/covidtownhall and submit questions to the doctors live during the “Q & A” panel on Microsoft Teams. Advance registration is not required to attend.
 
Vaccination rates in North Dakota have not changed much in the past several weeks. Those adults fully vaccinated stand at 48.9% (291,455), while those who have received at least one dose is at 51.5%
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Public Library will no longer charge fines on items returned late, with the exception of items from the Tool Library. The decision by the Minot Public Library Board is intended to remove obstacles that may prevent people from using the Library.
 
People checking out items still bear responsibility for returning those items and with overdue items they will receive reminders and be unable to use Library services until overdue items are returned. The Library will begin automatically renewing checked out items the day before the due date with the exception of tools. Patrons are still responsible for the cost of lost or damaged items, and fines will be charged for overdue tools.
 
“The Library hasn’t been charging fines for children since July of 2019 and removed all fines in March of 2020 due to restricted hours caused by the pandemic,” Library Director Janet Anderson said. “Our staff used this time to collect and compare some data before making this recommendation to the Library Board.”
 
Anderson said the data showed the number of extremely long overdue items (up to three months past due) has decreased since staff first began tracking this information in 2013. In addition, the average length of time items have been overdue has decreased since 2019. “At our July Library Board meeting, we approved a new Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan,” Anderson said. “Our new mission is to be the center of information and exploration for the community while keeping our core values to connect, enrich, and inspire the people we serve.”
 
A major part of the Minot Public Library’s new Strategic Plan is to prioritize inclusion and the Library Board agreed that penalizing users does not promote inclusion, Anderson said. “The existence of overdue fines, and the fine payment interaction itself, is one of the most negative aspects of a patron’s relationship with the Library,” Anderson said. “We’re hoping to promote more positive experiences at the Library.”
 
 
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TORONTO (AP) – Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. Officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as of Aug. 9 for eligible travelers who are currently residing in the United States and have received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada.
 
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, who said he spoke with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday, said the U.S. has not yet indicated any plan to change current restrictions at the land border. Canadians are able to fly into the United States with a negative COVID-19 test. Asked in Washington if the U.S. would reciprocate, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “We are continuing to review our travel restrictions. Any decisions about resuming travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. … I wouldn’t look at it through a reciprocal intention.”
 
Canadian officials also announced that children who aren’t vaccinated but are traveling with vaccinated parents won’t have to quarantine, but will have to avoid group activities including schools and daycare centers. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra also said a ban on direct flights from India will be extended to Aug. 21 because of the delta variant. “The situation in India is still very serious,” he said.
 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that Canada could start allowing fully vaccinated Americans into the country as of mid-August for nonessential travel and should be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September. Canada leads G20 countries in vaccination rates, with approximately 80% of eligible Canadians vaccinated with their first dose and over 50% of those eligible fully vaccinated.
 
“This weekend, we even passed the U,S. in terms of fully vaccinated people,” Trudeau said. “Thanks to the rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, we are able to move forward with adjusted border measures.” Reopening to the U.S first is a “recognition of our unique bond, especially between border communities,” Trudeau said.
 
In the early days of the pandemic, the U.S. and Canadian governments closed the more than 5,500-mile border to nonessential traffic. With increasing vaccination rates and dropping infection rates, some were annoyed the two governments hadn’t laid out plans to fully reopen the border. Canada began easing its restrictions earlier this month, allowing fully vaccinated Canadians or permanent legal residents to return Canada without quarantining. But among the requirements are a negative test for the virus before returning, and another once they get back.
 
Pressure has been mounting on Canada to continue to ease the restrictions at the border, which have been in effect since March 2020. Providing exemptions for travel into Canada amid the pandemic is politically sensitive and Trudeau is expected to call a federal election next month. Canadian officials have said they would like 75% of eligible Canadian residents to be fully vaccinated before loosening border restrictions for tourists and business travelers. The Canadian government expects to have enough vaccine delivered for 80% of eligible Canadians to be fully vaccinated by the end of July. The U.S. only allowed for exports of vaccines into Canada in early May. Commercial traffic has gone back and forth normally between the two countries since the start of the pandemic.
 
The U.S. Travel Association estimates that each month the border is closed costs $1.5 billion. Canadian officials say Canada had about 22 million foreign visitors in 2019 – about 15 million of them from the United States.
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WYNDMERE, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota authorities are searching for a woman accused of robbing a Wyndmere bank Monday morning. Richland County Chief Deputy Gary Ruehl said the woman came into Lincoln State Bank shortly before 11 a.m. Her face was covered and she demanded money, Ruehl said. The woman left in a tan or beige GMC or Chevrolet pickup with a topper, KFGO radio reported. There were two employees in the bank at the time and no customers. No injuries were immediately reported.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A soon-to-be-vacant South Central District judgeship will stay in Mandan. The North Dakota Supreme Court made that decision following Judge John Grinsteiner plans to retire Aug. 20. When a district judge leaves, the Supreme Court determines whether to keep the judgeship in the present location, move it elsewhere or abolish it. The decision is based on statewide caseload data and comments from interested parties including attorneys and judges. Justices say the district has experienced a 23% population growth since 2000, and more than 80% of the population lives in Burleigh-Morton counties. Caseload trends project felony filings to increase significantly this year.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has picked five Republicans to sit on the new select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, signaling that Republicans will participate in the investigation that they have staunchly opposed. McCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump’s New Jersey golf club, to be the top Republican on the panel. The Republican leader also tapped Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls to serve on the committee.
 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must approve the names before they are final, per committee rules. An aide to Pelosi said she has received notification from McCarthy, but it is unclear when or if she will approve the GOP members. The aide was granted anonymity to discuss the Republican picks ahead of an official announcement.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/20/21

K-HEART SPORTS – TUESDAY – 072021 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Expedition League is in the All-Star break with festivities being held in Casper, Wyoming. Last night was highlighted by the Homerun Derby. Jordan Williams represented the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs. He hit three homers in the first round and moved on to the second round where he hit three more. Williams faced JT Waldon of the Western Nebraska Pioneers in the final where both men hit one homer. In the tiebreaker, Waldon hit a homerun to win it. The All-Star game will be played tonight in Casper. The Sabre Dogs have eight All-Stars and the coaching staff that will participate tonight.
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MINOT, ND – Both the Minot Vistas and Metros played against Grand Forks yesterday. The Vistas hosted the Royals at Corbett Field, while the Metros were on the road.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class AA
 
Grand Forks Royals 2, Minot Vistas 1
Minot Vistas 8, Grand Forks Royals 3
 
Class A
 
Grand Forks Blues 7, Minot Metros 6
Grand Forks Blues 9, Minot Metros 7 (5 due to weather)
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MINOT, ND – American Legion Class B District Baseball Tournaments begins in the area today.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class B
 
District 1 Tournament – Hazen
 
First Round
#4 Hazen vs #5 Belfield/South Heart, 8:30 am
#3 Hettinger vs #6 Washburn, 30 min after
#2 Beulah vs #7 Bismarck, 30 min after
 
Second Round
#1 Garrison vs Hazen/Belfield winner, 30 min after
Hettinger/Washburn winner vs Beulah/Bismarck winner, 30 min after
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District 2 Tournament – Minot
 
First Round
#1 Renville County, bye
#4 Stanley vs #5 Kenmare, 12 pm
#3 Makoti vs #6 Crosby, 2:30 pm
#2 Surrey vs #7 Burlington, 7:30 pm
 
Second Round
#1 Renville County vs Stanley/Kenmare winner, 5 pm
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District 3 Tournament – Velva
 
First Round
Velva vs Rolla, 11 am
Cando vs Bottineau, 1:15 pm
 
Loser Out
Velva/Rolla loser vs Cando/Bottineau loser, 3:30 pm
 
Semifinal
Velva/Rolla winner vs Cando/Bottineau winner, 5:45 pm
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
CHICAGO (AP) – Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a game-ending three run homer in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Chicago White Sox a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a doubleheader. Minnesota won the opener 3-2 in eight innings, but the White Sox avoided a sweep when Sheets turned on a 3-1 fastball from Twins ace José Berrios and drove it deep to right for his fifth home run. Berrios entered the seventh having allowed only two hits – solo shots by José Abreu and Yoán Moncada. Then Brian Goodwin led off with a single and Berrios hit Andrew Vaughn with a pitch. A wild pitch moved the runners up, and Sheets connected to win the game for Chicago.
 
Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after tying the game with a solo shot in the sixth, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Jorge Polanco added an RBI single in the eighth as Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak and beat division rival Chicago for just the third time in 13 games. Tim Anderson homered for the third straight game for the White Sox and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Jon Lester pitched seven scoreless innings and homered, Juan Soto hit two home runs and the Washington Nationals routed the Miami Marlins 18-1. Lester turned in his longest outing of the season, allowing six hits while striking out seven without a walk. Lester hit his fourth career homer and added a single for his fourth career multi-hit game. Soto continued his torrid post-All Star game pace, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs. He’s 10-for-17 (.588) with five homers, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored in four games since the break. Trea Turner drove in four runs with a homer and a triple as Washington began a stretch of six games against the last-place Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles.

 
In other Monday action:
 
– Caleb Smith pitched 6 2/3 stellar innings, Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer for the second straight game and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2. It was a nice bounce-back outing for Smith, who was rocked for nine earned runs in one inning during a 22-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the All-Star break. The left-hander even earned his first career stolen base, surprising the Pirates by getting a huge jump and swiping second. Escobar’s homer was his 22nd of the season.
 
– Ramon Laureano hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning as Oakland finally got on the board once Shohei Ohtani left the mound, and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1. Laureano connected against Steve Cishek after Ohtani left following six scoreless innings and eight strikeouts. It marked the two-way star’s second outing on the mound when he also had at least a share of the Major League home run lead. All-Star Matt Olson hit his team-leading 24th homer in the eighth for the A’s.
 
– Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, Thairo Estrada had a key double in the seventh and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in the opener of a pivotal four-game series between the NL West rivals. Posey had two hits and drove in two runs in his first game back after he missed two weeks due to a bruised left thumb. Estrada came through with a two-run double in the seventh inning as the Giants broke open a close game by scoring four times. Max Muncy and Justin Turner homered for Los Angeles, which was held to four hits.
 
– Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after tying the game with a solo shot in the sixth, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Jorge Polanco added an RBI single in the eighth as Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak and beat division rival Chicago for just the third time in 13 games. Tim Anderson homered for the third straight game for the White Sox and extended his hitting
 
– The game between the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres was postponed on Monday night because of rain and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. Wednesday’s first game will start at 12:20 p.m. as scheduled. The makeup game will begin at 5:20 p.m. Yu Darvish was supposed to start for San Diego, against Atlanta.
 
– Yordan Alvarez snapped an 0-for-22 slump with at two-run homer to help the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. The Astros were up by 1 with one out in the fifth inning when Alvarez connected off rookie J.C. Mejia (1-5) on his soaring shot to the second deck right field to make it 4-1. Houston starter Zack Greinke (9-3) yielded five hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Ryan Pressly walked one in a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.
 
– Dylan Carlson homered and drove in four runs, Jake Woodford pitched 5 2/3 strong innings in his first start of the season, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3. Woodford, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to the game, struck out six and didn’t allow a walk. Carlson’s four RBIs tied a career high set earlier this season on April 7 against Miami. Only one of the five runs allowed by Cubs starter Alec Mills was earned.
 
– Miguel Cabrera drove in five runs, including a bases-loaded double in a four-run fifth inning, and the Detroit Tigers went on to defeat the Texas Rangers 14-0. The Rangers have lost six straight, the last three by a combined score of 29-0. The last major league team to allow that many runs while being shut out in three straight games was the 1906 Brooklyn Superbas, who were outscored 31-0 between July 6-9.
 
– Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam, Kike Hernandez drove in three runs with two homers and the Boston Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays 13-4. Rookie Jarren Duran hit his first major league homer, Dylan Santana and Rafael Devers added blasts, and J.D. Martinez broke out of a slump with four hits as the Red Sox stopped a two-game skid. Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta allowed four runs on 11 hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
 
– Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a game-ending three run homer in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Chicago White Sox a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a doubleheader. Minnesota won the opener 3-2 in eight innings, but the White Sox avoided a sweep when Sheets turned on a 3-1 fastball from Twins ace Jose Berrios and drove it deep to right for his fifth home run.
 
– Rookie right-hander Spenser Watkins gave up one run in six innings as the Baltimore Orioles tied a season high with their third consecutive win, 6-1 over the Tampa Bay Rays. The 28-year old Watkins, making his third start and fourth career appearance, scattered four hits, walked two and struck out seven. His ERA dropped from 1.74 to 1.65 in 16 1/3 innings. Watkins was signed as a minor league free agent in February after not pitching in 2020 and spending 2014-19 in Detroit’s organization.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – New York Mets manager Luis Rojas has been suspended for two games and fined for excessive arguing with umpires. Rojas’ outburst followed a bizarre play at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Rojas started his suspension Monday night at Cincinnati. Bench coach Dave Jauss has temporarily taken over managerial duties. The argument followed a misplay by Mets starter Taijuan Walker that allowed the Pirates to score three runs. Walker swatted at a ball that he thought was foul, but it was called fair and no Mets players retrieved it. Rojas says he still believes the ball was foul.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– San Francisco’s injury woes have now hit arguably its best player during the first half of the season. The Giants placed All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford on the 10-day injured list Monday due to an oblique strain. The move came as they opened a pivotal four-game series against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Gabe Kapler said Crawford’s MRI revealed a mild strain, and he was hopeful it would be a short stint on the IL.
 
– The Miami Marlins have placed infielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. and infielder/outfielder Garrett Cooper on the 10-day injured list. The pair got hurt a day earlier at Philadelphia. Chisholm left in the first inning with a left shoulder contusion following a diving attempt on Bryce Harper’s single in short right field. Cooper departed in the eighth inning after a collision at first base with Travis Jankowski. He has a left elbow sprain.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Raiders team president Marc Badain has resigned just before the start of training camp after helping orchestrate the team’s move to Las Vegas. Owner Mark Davis announced Monday that Badain is leaving the organization and that executive vice president and general counsel Dan Ventrelle will take over on an interim basis. Badain went from being a ball boy for the team to a 30-year career with the organization. He eventually became the chief financial officer for the team and was an assistant to former CEO Amy Trask.

In other NFL news:
 
– Coming off an ACL injury that cost him most of last season, Saquon Barkley either doesn’t know or isn’t saying how much he will be able to do when the New York Giants report to training camp next week. Speaking during a break at a youth football camp Monday, Barkley said he is continuing to rehabilitate his right knee and he is taking things day by day. The Giants report to came July 27.
 
– The Dallas Cowboys are returning to California for training camp after staying home last year because of the pandemic. The Cowboys finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs. The offense is healthy again, led by Dak Prescott. The star quarterback signed a $160 million, four-year contract after a gruesome ankle injury ended his 2020 season in Week 5.
 
– Bill Cowher’s long road from journeyman linebacker to Pro Football Hall of Famer is complete. The former Pittsburgh Steelers coach will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next month, 15 years after his coaching career ended. Cowher guided the Steelers to victory in one Super Bowl and a berth in another after being hired to replace four-time champion Chuck Noll.
 
– ESPN has finally landed Peyton Manning as a “Monday Night Football” commentator. Walt Disney Company announced on Monday a partnership with Manning and his Omaha Productions company in which Peyton and Eli Manning will be part of a “Monday Night Football” MegaCast for 10 games a year the next three seasons. Manning, who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams won’t be playing for Nigeria in the Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their appeal. The WNBA players had asked the CAS to grant them a provisional allowance and add them to the roster until a hearing could occur. The pair had been notified last week by FIBA that their petition to play for the African nation had been denied because they played for the U.S. national program for too long.

 
In other Olympic news:
 
– Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says the world needs to see that Japan can stage a safe Olympics. He spoke to Olympic officials in a closed-door meeting in Tokyo. Events start Wednesday and the formal opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday. Tens of thousands of athletes, officials and workers are arriving in Japan amid a local state of emergency during the coronavirus pandemic. The postponed Olympics face opposition from many Japanese people. There will be no local or foreign fans at events. Suga says Japan “can bring success to the delivery of the Games” and this should be communicated to the world.
 
– An alternate on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19 in an Olympic training camp in Japan. Kara Eaker’s coach says she tested positive after being vaccinated against the coronavirus two months ago. Eaker and fellow alternate Leanne Wong have been placed in isolation. The positive test was the latest in a growing line of daily reports of athletes and others testing positive at the pandemic-delayed Olympics. The Games are set to open Friday with a state of emergency in force in Tokyo.
 
– Katie Lou Samuelson is out of 3-on-3 basketball at the Olympics after contracting COVID-19 while training in Las Vegas. She’ll be replaced on the roster by Jackie Young, who played for the U.S. in a 3-on-3 training camp in 2020 and also competed in the event in the 2019 World Beach Games. Young joins Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and her Las Vegas Aces teammate Kelsey Plum. Samuelson says in a statement that she’s fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and took every precaution.
 
– The Czech Republic beach volleyball team says it will try to postpone its opening game after one men’s player tested positive for COVID-19 at the Olympic Village in Tokyo. The player (Ondrej Perusic) was taken to isolation at a hotel, seven days before his opening game. On Sunday, two men’s soccer players from South Africa were reported positive. Their team’s first game is Thursday against Japan.
 
– Toyota won’t be airing any Olympic-themed advertisements on Japanese television during the Tokyo Games despite being one of the IOC’s top corporate sponsors. The extraordinary decision by the country’s top automaker underlines how polarizing the Games have become in Japan as COVID-19 infections rise ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony. Being a corporate sponsor for the Olympics is
 
– Michael Phelps will be part of NBC’s Olympics coverage as a correspondent and swimming commentator. Phelps will call selected swimming events with Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines and contribute features as a correspondent during primetime coverage. Phelps won the most medals and gold medals in Olympic history, swimming in five Games from 2000-2016.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NCAA FINANCES

UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA spent nearly $68 million on legal services during the fiscal year 2019-20, according to tax documents. NCAA revenue was down more than 50% over the previous year, from more than $1.1 billion to just over $520 million. That drop is blamed mostly on the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament in 2020 due to the pandemic. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA in the association’s appeal of a federal court’s ruling in an antitrust case. Nearly $35 million of those legal expenses were spent on defense of the so-called Alston antitrust case.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/19/21

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FARGO, N.D. (PNS) – North Dakota is reaching out to those who have fallen behind on their rent due to the pandemic and may not know there’s help. Application counselors are seen as a bridge in getting funds to those who need it. Most of the $352 million the state received this year in federal emergency rental aid is still unclaimed. The nation’s eviction moratorium expires July 31, creating concerns about a wave of people being forced from their homes.
 
Carmel Froemke, statewide outreach coordinator for the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota (CAP-ND), said her staff is getting new training to handle urgent cases, and those who still might see their situation worsen. “We know that the effects of COVID aren’t just going to go away. There’s long-term effects of that,” Froemke explained. “And so, we’re hoping to be able to provide a more sustainable assistance over the course of time.”
 
CAP-ND is contracted with the state through next February to carry out application assistance, with 30 counselors to provide one-on-one help from agency offices, to those unsure about navigating the online portal. They can help vulnerable populations who don’t have access or experience with technology. State officials say eligibility has been expanded to ensure program recipients have a less-rocky recovery from their hardship. Eligibility was boosted to 80% of area median income, and a person can now receive rental aid for up to 12 months.
 
Andrea Olson, executive director of the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota, said it suggests part of the issue in reaching households is people who have never relied on aid programs before may now need it, but do not know they exist. “They make just enough to survive,” Olson explained. “But when there’s something that happens like a global pandemic, they don’t have sufficient savings to carry them through.”
 
Froemke added once people get through the initial application stage, there is a lot of information to submit, including details from the landlord. “Once the rent is approved, the landlord will be paid directly through a vendor service process,” Froemke confirmed. She added that is why counselors will follow up with applicants, so aid is not pulled back over a key detail. They can also assist if a recipient is renewed for more funds.
 
Nationwide, Census Pulse Survey data show more than 6 million households are behind on rent. It is estimated the updated North Dakota program could serve up to 25,000 households.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A soon-to-be-vacant South Central District judgeship will stay in Mandan. The North Dakota Supreme Court made that decision following Judge John Grinsteiner plans to retire Aug. 20. When a district judge leaves, the Supreme Court determines whether to keep the judgeship in the present location, move it elsewhere or abolish it. The decision is based on statewide caseload data and comments from interested parties including attorneys and judges.
 
Justices said the district has experienced a 23% population growth since 2000, and more than 80% of the population lives in Burleigh-Morton counties, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Caseload trends project felony filings to increase significantly this year. “This Court determines the office is necessary for effective judicial administration in the South Central Judicial District,” justices said in their order.
 
The South Central Judicial District includes Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sioux and Sheridan counties. It has seven judges chambered in Bismarck, two judges in Mandan, and one judge in Washburn.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – With nearly half the cattle in North Dakota in extreme drought locations, ranchers are making some tough decisions on thinning their herds. At Kist Livestock Auction in Mandan, weekly sales are up by 1,000 head over a normal year, an increase of one-third.
 
Some cattle stay in the state, said Matt Lachenmeier, the auction barn’s field representative. But, there’s demand for cattle in nearby states as well, including Minnesota. “Now we’re starting to run out of homes for them,” he said. “There’s a lot of cattle moving.” Lachenmeier said ranchers are selling replacement heifers or older cows first and trying to hang on to younger cows. He said it’s hard to lose animals that have been part of a long-term breeding program, the Bismarck Tribune reported. “That’s been their life and their livelihood,” he said. “Selling feeder cattle is easy. You don’t fall in love with them.”
 
The span from October 2020 to March 2021 is the driest on record, said Janna Block, extension livestock systems specialist at North Dakota State University’s Hettinger research center. “We came into spring with no soil moisture,” she said. “Things haven’t picked up.”
 
It’s almost impossible to buy cattle back for the same price, Block said. Some more productive cows are worth more than their sale price.
The rancher loses the genetics along with the time and effort it took to build the herd. There could be income tax implications too, and other financial issues still exist after the sale. “They still have their fixed costs but fewer cattle,” Block said.
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 071921 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A change to the state constitution that would place term limits on the governor and members of the Legislature is a step closer to bringing the matter to a public vote. Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Friday announced he approved for circulation a petition for the proposed measure. Supporters have one year to gather 31,164 signatures to put the measure to voters next year. The initiative would add a new article to the state constitution imposing term limits of eight cumulative years each in the House and Senate. The governor could not be elected more than twice.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say thousands of North Dakota landowners have electronically posted millions of acres of private land in what is believed to be the first system of its kind in the nation. The 2021 North Dakota Legislature passed a law making electronic posting equal to physical posting and penalties and also defines a fence. It allows only lawful hunters and anglers to access fenced, unposted land for hunting and fishing activities only. The law takes effect Aug. 1. North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department opened the system for electronic posting in May. The deadline to post was Thursday, in advance of fall hunting. The Bismarck Tribune reports that about 7,000 landowners posted 3.75 million acres around North Dakota. That it about 8.3% of the state’s total area.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Mothers may breastfeed their children in public without having to do so discreetly. Citizens can stand their ground and use whatever force necessary to protect themselves or their home. Booze will be allowed to be sold much earlier on Sunday mornings and state officials may not mandate face coverings. These changes are among hundreds of new state laws that take effect Aug. 1, representing the work of the 2021 Republican-led Legislature.
 
Lawmakers passed legislation in 2009 that exempted breastfeeding from the state’s indecent exposure laws, as long as “the woman acts in a discreet and modest manner.” Bipartisan legislation signed by GOP Gov. Doug Burgum removed that language that backers argued was outdated. A nearly identical bill was rebuffed by the Legislature two years ago, even after a small army of moms with babies in arms descended on the Capitol to push for reform.
 
Beginning next month, legislation takes effect that eases restrictions on citizens’ rights to use deadly force in self-defense and allows someone to use deadly force without retreating in certain circumstances. Backers of the legislation said criminals have had an advantage over potential victims, who should not have to retreat in a life-threatening situation. The legislation doesn’t apply to someone who provokes someone and then uses deadly force.
 
Another new law allows alcohol to be sold beginning at 8 a.m. on Sundays. Currently, bars and restaurants can’t serve alcohol from 2 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays. And liquor stores can’t sell alcohol until noon on Sundays. Budget-writers estimate Sunday morning alcohol sales could raise $312,000 over the next two-year budget cycle in tax revenue for the state.
 
The Legislature overrode Burgum’s veto of a bill that would prohibit state officials from mandating face coverings beginning in August. Burgum called the legislation irresponsible. Backers of the legislation argued there was no proof that masks work to slow the spread of the coronavirus and they questioned the government’s role in mandating them.
 
Also beginning next month, underage booze drinkers will no longer face the prospect of jail time. Under current law, anyone under 21 who “consumes, purchases or possesses an alcoholic beverage” may be charged with a class B misdemeanor, carrying up to a $1,500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. The law makes it an infraction, that carries up to a $1,000 fine with no possibility of jail time.
 
People will also soon be barred from suing over asbestos exposure unless they’ve already been sickened by it. Backers argued the legislation was needed to guard against fraudulent claims. Labor unions and veterans groups are urged North Dakotans who may have been exposed to asbestos to get screened before a new law takes effect.
 
Another new law is aimed at shielding schools and teachers from lawsuits arising from posting the Ten Commandments in classrooms. Burgum signed the legislation despite warnings from attorneys and school officials that the legislation is unconstitutional and would spur costly and unwinnable legal fights.
 
Industry-backed legislation signed by Burgum reduces the amount of interest and penalties the state can charge companies for unpaid oil and gas royalties, from 30% to 15% beginning Aug. 1. The law, which sailed through the Legislature, also does not allow the state to collect unpaid royalties before August 2013. Officials estimate the legislation will cost the state about $70 million in royalty reimbursements, the bulk of which is meant to support public education.
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TOWNER, N.D. (AP) – A California man rode his bike to North Dakota to celebrate his mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. Brian Gonsalves, who lives in the San Diego area, isn’t new to long-distance bike rides. The X-ray technician rode to Georgia in 2018, a trip totalling 2,709 miles. The Minot Daily News reports he used that to celebrate his 50th birthday and raise money for Scripps trauma services, as a survivor of a 2016 bicycle accident. With his wife, Dorreen Drader-Gonsalves, providing his mobile support, he started the 2,143-mile trip from California on June 18 and made it to the International Peace Garden on July 11. From there, they drove the 65 miles to Towner for Beverly Lynch’s birthday party.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/19/21

K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 071921 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – In a battle of division leaders in the Expedition League, the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs win the series at Western Nebraska this weekend. Ethan Moore hit a grand slam yesterday as the Dogs won 11-3. Souris Valley also won on Saturday 10-8 after losing the opener on Friday 14-8. At the All-Star break the Dogs lead the Lewis Division with a record of 33-15. Western Nebraska lead the Clark Division at 32-14.
 
All-Star events will be today and tomorrow in Casper, WY. The Homerun Derby highlights today’s schedule. Jordan Williams will represent the Sabre Dogs in the competition. The All-Star game will be played on Tuesday.
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BISMARCK, ND – The Bismarck Senators and Williston Oilers finished the regular season on Sunday.
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
 
Bismarck Senators 11, Williston Oilers 7
Williston Oilers 9, Bismarck Senators 6
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
DETROIT (AP) – Jeimer Candelario homered, drove in three runs and started two double plays as the Detroit Tigers finished a weekend sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 7-0 win. The game was the seventh in a row between the teams. Minnesota swept a four-game series at home immediately before the All-Star break before losing three in Detroit. The series was originally scheduled for four games, but Friday’s doubleheader was rained out. The Tigers swept a doubleheader on Saturday.
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LOONS-SOUNDERS
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Robin Lod scored a late goal and Minnesota United beat Seattle 1-0 to end the Sounders’ MLS-record 13-game unbeaten streak to open a season. Lod’s one-touch finish of a cross by Niko Hansen gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the 81st minute. The Sounders were the first team to go unbeaten through the first 13 games of an MLS season, breaking a record set by the LA Galaxy in the league’s inaugural 1996 season and tied three other times. Minnesota United has just one loss in its last nine games.
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GOLF-BRITISH OPEN

SANDWICH, England (AP) – Whether it’s beginner’s luck or just solid play, Collin Morikawa has set himself apart in golf history. The 24-year-old Morikawa is the first golfer to win two different majors in his first attempt after rallying to capture the British Open at Royal St. George’s. He began the day one stroke behind leader Louis Oosthuizen before closing with a bogey-free, 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth. Morikawa made three straight birdies from the seventh hole to overtake Oosthuizen, who was seeking a wire-to-wire win. Morikawa played the final 31 holes without a bogey and finished at 15-under 265. That’s the lowest score in the 15 times the British Open has been played at Royal St. George’s. Sunday’s win follows his victory last year in his first PGA Championship. Oosthuizen shot a 1-over 71 on Sunday to finish in a third-place tie with Jon Rahm, another near miss for the 2010 Open champ. Oosthuizen was the runner-up at the last two majors.

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NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIRE

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) – Aric Almirola has earned the first NASCAR Cup win of the season for Stewart-Haas Racing, taking the summer race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Almirola raced to his third career Cup victory and first since 2018, a needed boost for Ford that also played havoc with the playoff setup with only four races left before the 16-driver field is set. The race was delayed nearly two hours by rain and NASCAR called it early due to darkness, leaving it eight laps shy of its scheduled conclusion. Christopher Bell was second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. Bell was the only non-Ford driver among the top 6.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Nationals were able to wrap up a disturbing weekend by splitting two with the Padres on Sunday. Alcides Escobar homered in the eighth inning and hit a game-ending single in the ninth to give the Nats an 8-7 win against San Diego. Washington blew a 4-0 lead and trailed 6-4 following Manny Machado’s seventh-inning blast. Escobar’s round-tripper and Juan Soto’s two-run homer put the Nationals ahead 7-6, only to have Brad Hand surrender an RBI single by Trent Grisham with two out in the ninth. Escobar’s final hit ended Washington’s six-game losing streak and came a day after a game with the Padres had to be suspended following a shooting outside Nationals Park. The Padres took the suspended game by a 10-4 margin after four San Diego relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings. Fernando Tatis Jr. had his third four-hit game of the season and scored twice for the Padres.

 
Elsewhere in the Majors:
 
– The Rockies pulled out a 6-5 win over the Dodgers on Charlie Blackmon’s solo homer in Colorado’s two-run 10th. Trevor Story hit a tying sacrifice fly and Blackmon followed with a drive to right. Will Smith and Justin Turner each homered for the Dodgers, who remain one game behind the NL West-leading Giants.
 
– Harrison Bader’s check-swing single went off the glove of first baseman Lamonte Wade Jr., bringing home the deciding run in the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ 2-1 downing of San Francisco. Paul DeJong homered for the Cardinals and Matt Carpenter sparked the go-ahead rally with a double. Darin Ruf homered for the Giants, who dropped two of three in each series with the Redbirds this season.
 
– The Brewers complete a three-game sweep and stretch their lead in the NL Central to seven games by slamming the second-place Reds, 8-0. Corbin Burnes struck out 12 while allowing five hits and a walk over 8 1/3 innings. He didn’t allow a runner past first until the Reds loaded the bases in the ninth. Christian Yelich hit a solo homer in the seventh and Willy Adames added a two-run shot in the ninth.
 
– Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer and the Diamondbacks avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-4 win over the Cubs. Merrill Kelly needed just 75 pitches to navigate the Cubs’ lineup through eight innings and threw 59 strikes. He was helped by two spectacular catches by Kole Calhoun and was pulled after allowing back-to-back hits to start the ninth.
 
– The Mets avoided a three-game sweep by storming back from a 6-0, first-inning deficit to beat the Pirates, 7-6. Michael Conforto crushed a two-run homer in the ninth to end New York’s three-game skid, all against the last-place Bucs. Pinch-hitter Travis Blankhorn got the Mets within 6-4 with a three-run blast in the fourth, his first major league homer.
 
– J.T. Realmuto had a big day at the plate, following a two-run walk-off homer in the completion of Saturday’s suspended game with a 3-for-5 performance and two RBIs as the Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-4. Realmuto’s two-run 10th-inning homer gave the Phillies a 4-2 win in the suspended game. Andrew McCutchen and Didi Gregorius also homered in Sunday’s scheduled game for the Phillies, who rallied from a 4-2 deficit to win for the 10th time in 14 games.
 
– The Yankees blew past the Red Sox, 9-1 as Gleyber Torres and Rougned Odor homered to back another strong start from Jameson Taillon. Taillon pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball in his 100th Major League start, improving to 4-0 in his past five outings. The Yankees won their second straight against rival Boston after dropping the first seven meetings this year.
 
– Yandy Diaz homered during a four-run seventh that sent the Rays past the Braves, 7-5. The Rays trailed 3-0 after four innings and 4-3 before completing their 28th come-from-behind win. Kevin Kiermaier doubled home the tying run and Austin Meadows lifted a sacrifice fly that put Tampa Bay ahead in the rubber match of the three-game set.
 
– The Blue Jays began a doubleheader sweep with a 5-0 shutout of the Rangers. Hyun Jin Ryu threw a three-hitter for his third career shutout and Danny Jansen homered. Toronto combined its double-shutout in a twinbill and became the first team to blank Texas twice in the same day since the franchise moved from Washington 50 years ago.
 
– Lourdes Gurriel Jr. launched a first-inning grand slam and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged his 31st homer of the season as part of the Blue Jays’ 10-0 assault on the Rangers. George Springer and Randal Grichuk also went deep to back Steven Matz, who combined with two relievers on a three-hitter.
 
– The White Sox won for the seventh time in eight games as Carlos Rodon allowed one hit over seven innings of a 4-0 shutout of the Astros. Abraham Toro’s third-inning single was the only hit off Rodon and accounted for Houston’s only baserunner. Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson hit solo homers, for the White Sox, who took the last two games of the series after dropping their first five meetings with the Astros.
 
– Bradley Zimmer had three hits, including a home run on All-Star Chris Bassitt’s first pitch to set the tone in the Indians’ fifth win in six games, 4-2 at Oakland. Daniel Johnson connected for his first career home run and made a sparkling defensive play to help Cleveland take the rubber match of the three-game set. Zach Plesac pitched six strong innings to win in his second start since breaking his right thumb while taking off his jersey in late May.
 
– The Mariners overcame Shohei Ohtani’s Major League-leading 34th home run to beat the Angels, 7-4. Ty France hit a three-run homer, Luis Torrens added a home run and Logan Gilbert struck out a career-high nine in Seattle’s fifth win in seven games. Angels second baseman David Fletcher went 0-for-5 to end his 26-game hitting streak, the second longest in team history.
 
– Jeimer Candelario homered, drove in three runs and started two double plays as the Tigers dumped the Twins, 7-0 for a three-game sweep. Wily Peralta (3-1) pitched seven shutout innings for the second time in three starts, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out four. Minnesota swept a four-game series at home immediately before the All-Star break before losing three in Detroit.
 
– The Orioles earned a 5-0 win over the Royals as Matt Harvey ended his nine-game losing skid with his best performance in years. The former All-Star allowed just three singles, walked one and struck out two against his former team. This was the first time since September 2018 that Harvey pitched at least six innings and didn’t allow a run.
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F1-BRITISH GP

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) – Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix by overcoming two early obstacles. The seven-time F1 champ roared back from a first-lap incident that sent championship leader Max Verstappen to the hospital. He also dealt with a 10-second penalty to earn his first victory in his last six races. The Mercedes driver cut the gap to Red Bull’s Verstappen from 33 points to eight.

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CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE

PARIS (AP) – Tadej Pogacar has won the Tour de France for a second straight year after a mostly ceremonial ride into Paris. The Slovenian rider with UAE Team Emirates successfully defended his huge lead of 5 minutes, 20 seconds over second-place Jonas Vingegaard. The 22-year-old Pogacar won his first title last September when he became the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years.

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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Mets are putting pitcher Jacob deGrom on the 10-day injured list with right forearm tightness. The right-hander first experienced the tightness before the All-Star Game and determined on Friday that he would be unable to make his scheduled start on Sunday at Pittsburgh. DeGrom underwent an MRI on Friday that confirmed the issue is in his forearm and that there is no structural damage to his elbow. DeGrom has also battled through back, lat and shoulder injuries this season, but has maintained a major league-best 1.08 ERA.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– Mariners outfielder Jake Fraley has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list after testing positive on Saturday. Fraley will be quarantined for at least 10 days from the day he first started showing symptoms.
 
– The fan who hit Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium stands has been banned for life from
attending big league games. Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field in the sixth inning Saturday night after Verdugo was struck in the back by a ball thrown from the left-field seats.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – U.S. tennis player Coco Gauff won’t get a chance to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. The 17-year-old American has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing her out of the Summer Games. Gauff revealed her positive test in a tweet on Sunday. She is No. 25 in the WTA rankings and is coming off a fourth-round appearance at Wimbledon.

 
In other Olympics news:
 
– The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee says an alternate on the United States women’s gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19 in a training camp in Japan. The USOPC did not say if Olympic champion Simone Biles or any of the other favorites to win gold are isolated because of contact tracing. The infected athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine.
 
– Three Olympic athletes inside the Olympic Village in Tokyo have tested positive for COVID-19. They are two men’s soccer players from South Africa and a Czech Republic member of the men’s beach volleyball team.
 
– Two people with knowledge of the situation have told The Associated Press former distance runner Tegla Loroupe has tested positive for COVID-19. Loroupe is the chief of mission for the IOC’s Refugee Olympic Team and is the reason the team has been stuck in Doha, Qatar.
 
– Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini has announced his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics due to a thigh injury sustained at the grass-court tournament. The 25-year-old Italian said on Instagram that he had an MRI scan the day before and “was informed I will not be able to compete for a couple of weeks.”
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/16/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 071621 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the murder sentence of a Minot man convicted in a fatal shooting outside a Williston motel. Alex Eggleston was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 30 years for the murder of Vance Neset, which took place in the Super 8 motel parking lot in 2017.
 
Eggleston appealed his sentence to the state Supreme Court, arguing the law was unconstitutionally vague as applied to him and a violation of his due process. In upholding the sentence, the high court found that Eggleston’s argument was not adequately presented to the district court, so it will not hear the issue for the first time on appeal, KXMB-TV reported.
 
During the trial, Eggleston argued that he acted in self-defense. He testified that he pulled a gun on Neset and another man after they’d threatened him and that he’d only shot Neset because he was afraid for his own life.
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BISMARCK, ND – The weekly COVID-19 report from the North Dakota Department of Health lists a 14-day rolling positivity rate of 1.6%. There were 157 positives from 8,534 tests processed in the last week. Active cases are up 43 to 190. Those hospitalized due to the coronavirus are up two to 10. Four more deaths are reported among those who tested positive increasing the overall total since the pandemic began to 1,536. Vaccination rates among adults include 51.4% (306,717) receiving at least one dose, while 48.7% (290,723) are fully vaccinated.

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BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is advising all North Dakotans to be on the alert for unlicensed contractor Stephen Webster Hill, who has pending criminal charges and appears to be continuing to defraud unsuspecting homeowners in Bismarck -Mandan and the surrounding rural areas. Hill was banned from acting as a contractor by court order in 2011 as a result of his fraudulent activities as an unlicensed contractor. At that time, Hill owed restitution to multiple consumers in an amount exceeding $19,000.

 
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division learned in July 2020 that Hill was again operating as an unlicensed contractor, in violation of the 2011 court order and state law. The Attorney General had received complaints indicating Hill had failed to pay two of his subcontractors approximately $11,000. Investigators notified Hill to cease his unlawful activities, but Hill has ignored efforts by the Consumer Protection division, which initiated another fraud investigation against him and his businesses, Renovation Solutions, Inc. and Colina Design Systems, Inc.
 
Hill also has been criminally charged in Burleigh County with four counts of “Contracting Without a License,” and on June 16, 2021, the court issued a warrant for Hill’s arrest. “Mr. Hill’s deliberate actions in continuing to operate illegally as an unlicensed contractor creates an unacceptable risk of further harm to North Dakota consumers,” said Stenehjem. “My office will take all necessary steps to hold Hill accountable.” Stenehjem reminds consumers to make sure a contractor is properly licensed before hiring them or giving them any money.
 
Parrell Grossman, director of the Consumer Protection division urged anyone who is aware of any current contracting by Hill to contact the Attorney General’s Office. “Mr. Hill’s past conduct has resulted in many thousands of dollars in unpaid restitution to homeowners,” said Grossman.
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BISMARCK, ND – Heavy rain and hail occurred across central North Dakota this morning. The National Weather Service reports that just over three inches of rain fell 13 miles south of Minot, in the South Prairie area. Two to two and a half inches of rain was reported in Minot along with one inch hail. Most of that rain came over a period of two to three hours and did cause some minor flooding. The storms slowed moved southeast along Highway 83 throughout the morning dropping heavy rain. Forecasters say sunshine and high temps in the mid-90’s are expected today.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 071621 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The same stronger-than-forecast oil prices that are swelling North Dakota’s treasury also could shrink dollars for road construction next year, officials said Thursday. Oil is used for road construction and making asphalt. The state Department of Transportation already has approved 174 contracts for road, bridge and other projects this year that total $350 million, agency spokesman David Finley said. Bids on those projects came in earlier this year before oil prices began surging, he said. Bids for next year’s construction projects will begin coming in November but most will come in spring 2022, Finley said.
 
Steve Salwei, DOT’s director of transportation programs, said none of the state-funded projects being done this year are affected by higher crude prices. Next year, however, things may be different. “We can only construct with money we have to pay for it,” he said. Contractors appear to be ample at present and bidding competition could lower project costs, Salwei said. The state typically is required to match 20% of federal funding used road construction, Salwei said. North Dakota’s share of the funding won’t be known until a new federal highway bill is passed, he said.
 
Oil prices are a key contributor to the wealth of North Dakota, which is neck-and-neck with New Mexico as the No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. North Dakota budget officials estimate every dollar that a barrel of oil either increases or decreases has a more than $40 million impact on the state treasury annually. Lawmakers this spring assumed oil prices at $50 a barrel when crafting their present two-year budget. Including federal funds, the spending plan is $17 billion, or about $2.1 billion more than the budget cycle that ended June 30. North Dakota oil has been fetching about $65 a barrel in recent weeks.
 
In 2015, slumping oil prices that forced North Dakota’s Legislature to trim some state spending also stretched road construction dollars further due to cheaper petroleum-based asphalt, allowing for more projects to be completed.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Police say an armed man has been arrested after a nearly five-hour standoff with police that started when he barricaded himself inside a Fargo motel room. Authorities say the 59-year-old, Moorhead man was armed with a knife. Other guests at the motel were evacuated and the Red River Valley SWAT team was called to help police during negotiations. The man is facing charges of terrorizing, preventing arrest and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also wanted on two unrelated warrants. No injuries were reported.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests continued economic growth in the region, even as nonfarm jobs in most of those states remained below pre-pandemic levels. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index dropped to 65.6 in July from June’s 70.0. Any score above 50 suggests growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says federal labor statistics show nonfarm jobs across the region came in at 55,000 fewer jobs than before the COVID-19 pandemic began. But three states – Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota – reported nonfarm employment levels above pre-pandemic levels. áBankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
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MINOT, ND- The Minot Park District is currently studying their indoor recreation facilities and are looking to the community for their feedback and opinions on the existing facilities and programs as a part of a long-term master planning effort. Ron Merritt, Executive Director of the Minot Park District said, “We believe planning for the future is an integral part of a successful community.” says, Merritt. “Planning for the future allows us to organize our communities wants and needs as well as plan our budget in a fiscally responsible manner.”
 
The Minot Park District is asking their community to take part in planning for the future by completing an indoor facility survey online to help develop future plans for Minot Park District and the community they serve. “Who better to ask about the future of the Minot Park District than our community members, who use our parks and facilities on a daily basis.” says Merritt.
The Minot Park District is working with JLG Architects on an indoor recreation facility study to analyze future uses of the Minot Municipal
 
Auditorium and the land adjacent to the MAYSA Arena. The target date for completion of the study is fall of 2021. “We want everyone to understand this study is part of a long-term master plan.” says, Merritt. “As a Park District this allows for us to plan projects, budgets and fundraising efforts to impact our community’s quality of life in the most efficient way possible.”
 
The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MinotParks or www.minotparks.com under “News”.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/16/21

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 071621 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – A handful of Legion Baseball games were played in the are yesterday.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class AA
 
Minot Vistas 20, East Grand Forks 1
 
Class A
 
Bismarck Reps 16, Minot Metros 4
Minot Metros 7, Bismarck Reps 5
 
Class B
 
Velva 2, Garrison 1
Garrison 5, Velva 1
 
Expedition League Baseball
 
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 14, Badlands Big Sticks 3
(Dogs begin a 3 game series at Western Nebraska tonight)
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MSU WRESTLING-CHAYSE JACKSON
 
MINOT, N.D. – Chayse Jackson has been named the Head Men’s Wrestling Coach at Southwest Minnesota State University. Jackson served as the Head Assistant Coach for the Minot State wrestling program the last three seasons under Evan Forde.
 
During his time at Minot State, the Beavers had a historic 2018-19 season with three academic All-Americans, four Super Region V place-winners, and a school record two national qualifiers. In 2019-20, the wrestling team recorded a DII era record six dual wins, as well as victories over three top 25 programs. The wrestling program also received its first ever DII National Ranking at #23.
 
Prior to Minot State, Jackson was a four-year starter and two-time team captain at Grand Canyon University. Following a season-ending injury during his senior season, Jackson became a volunteer coach for the Antelopes. He helped coach three National Collegiate Open All-Americans and one national champion during his tenure at GCU. During his two years at Dubuque, Jackson helped to coach the programs first NCAA Championship qualifier in five years when Quincy Kalkbrenner qualified at 157 pounds. He also was active in study hall and game management operations. Jackson, who is from Roseburg, Oregon, was a High School state champion and a two-time junior Greco-Roman state champion.
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MINOTAUROS-ENTRY DRAFT
 
MINOT, ND – The 2021 NAHL Entry Draft was held this week and the Minot Minotauros selected six players through seven rounds to reach the roster limit for the summer. Their top pick was #15 in the first round where they took Reid Pabich, a forward with four seasons of USHL experience. He spent three seasons with the Madison Capitols and then played last season with the Sioux Falls Stampede as the Capitols were not playing due to COVID. Over his last two seasons, Pabich has posted 23 goals and 29 assists in the USHL. The next step for these six new Tauros, and every other player hoping to report for training camp in Minot in just over a month is a good showing at Main Camp in Stillwater, MN in two weeks.
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BRITISH OPEN
 
SANDWICH, England (AP) – The rough at Royal St. George’s has claimed its first victim in Will Zalatoris. The Masters runner-up withdrew from the British Open with a back injury after opening with a 69. Zalatoris says the shot he tried to hit out of thick grass on the 15th hole Thursday sent a tingle down his left leg. He says he’s been advised not risk any further damage. Zalatoris says he thought about not not playing the final three holes but felt he should finish the round. He says he tried to hit balls Friday morning and do more work in the gym. His back didn’t get any better. He says he was gutted to have to pull out.
 
Louis Oosthuizen was the first-round leader at the British Open, one shot ahead of Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman. Oosthuizen opened with a 6-under 64, saving par from a fairway bunker on No. 18 to tie the Royal St. George’s record. The South African opened with seven straight pars and followed with six birdies in his next nine holes. Stewart Cink and Webb Simpson were at minus-4, as are Mackenzie Hughes, Dylan Frittelli, and Benjamin Hebert. PGA champion Phil Mickelson opened with an 80. That’s his worst start in 27 appearances at the British Open and it left him in a tie for last place.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were scheduled to be the first two teams playing after the All-Star break. Instead, they could be the last. The clubs were supposed to open a four-game series Thursday in the Bronx, the only game on the Major League Baseball schedule. But the game was postponed following positive COVID-19 tests among three Yankees pitchers. Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta were the players who tested positive. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said all three pitchers are fully vaccinated. Cashman expects three other players to test positive. Today’s game is also in jeopardy. This was the eighth COVID-related postponement this season but the first in nearly three months.

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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Seattle Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago’s 10-game suspension has been upheld by MLB special adviser John McHale Jr. Santiago will start serving the suspension today, when the Mariners open their post-All-Star break schedule at the Los Angeles Angels. Santiago became the first player suspended under MLB’s crackdown on unauthorized sticky substances. Santiago also was fined.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Braves have bolstered their outfield by acquiring Joc Pederson from the Cubs for minor league first baseman Bryce Ball. Pederson is batting .230 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 73 games this season. He comes to Atlanta less than a week after the Braves lost Ronald Acuna Jr. to a season-ending knee injury.
 
– Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale had an encouraging outing Thursday as he tries to return to the Majors for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2020. He threw three scoreless innings for the FCL Red Sox at the FCL Orioles Orange, his first competitive action in almost two years. The 32-year-old left-hander allowed four hits and struck out five.
 
– Canada’s deputy chief public health officer says the Blue Jays’ return to their home ballpark is “trending in a very good direction,” although he would not say when an announcement would be made about the Blue Jays’ return to Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays played their home games this year in Dunedin, Florida, and Buffalo, New York, while the U.S.-Canada border has been closed to nonessential travel. Canada plans to open the border to vaccinated Americans in mid-August.
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NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with offensive tackle Taylor Moton, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person told The Associated Press that the deal includes $43 million in guaranteed money. The deal was reached about an hour before the 4 p.m. league-wide deadline for signing franchise players to long-term deals. If a deal had not been reached, Moton would have had to play the season under a one-year contract worth $13.7 million under the franchise tag. Moton has started all 16 games in each of the past three seasons at right tackle and has been the team’s top offensive lineman during that span.

 
In other NFL news:
 
– A King County District Court Judge has ordered free agent defensive back Richard Sherman released from jail without bail following his arrest on suspicion of trying to break in to his in-laws’ home. The judge found probable cause that Sherman committed criminal trespassing, malicious mischief, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. A police report obtained by The Associated Press says Sherman’s father-in-law armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper-spray at the NFL cornerback to protect his family as Sherman tried to bust in the door of his in-laws’ home.
 
– Four NFL teams remain under 50% vaccinated less than two weeks from the start of training camp. That’s according to a person familiar with the vaccination rates who tells The Associated Press that Washington, Indianapolis, Arizona and the Los Angeles Chargers had the four lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the league as of Thursday. Pittsburgh, Miami, Carolina and Denver have the highest vaccination rates and are among seven teams that have achieved at least 85%. About 70% of players have been vaccinated.
 
– The Jets and Marcus Maye were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract. The star safety will now play this season under his franchise tag tender. Maye will make $10.6 million this season and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has waived his no-movement clause to be exposed in the Seattle expansion draft after approaching the team with the idea. The move allows Dallas to protect veteran goalie Anton Khudobin from the Kraken. Young goalie Jake Oettinger is exempt from the draft. Bishop missed last season recovering from right knee surgery. The 34-year-old Bishop is signed for two more seasons at an annual salary cap hit of $4.9 million.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Panthers have bought out the remainder of veteran defenseman Keith Yandle’s contract. Yandle was signed for two more seasons at a salary cap hit of $6.35 million. The 34-year-old holds the longest active ironman streak in the NHL at 922 consecutive regular-season games played.
 
– The Avalanche have sent veteran defenseman Ryan Graves to the Devils for forward Mikhail Maltsev and a second-round selection this year. With Graves gone and Erik Johnson agreeing to waive his no-movement clause, the Avalanche can protect defensemen Devon Toews, Cale Makar and Samuel Girard in next week’s expansion draft.
 
– Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks was hailed as a friend and hero during a memorial service for the player who died on the Fourth of July from an errant fireworks mortar blast. Authorities have said the firework at a private home northwest of Detroit tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby. Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and was trying to move out of the way of the firework when he was struck.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Today’s Olympic men’s basketball tuneup between the United States and Australia in Las Vegas has been canceled due to health and safety protocols. USA Basketball cited “an abundance of caution” in making the decision. The news followed word that Washington Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal would miss the Tokyo Games after being placed into health and safety protocols. USA forward Jerami Grant has also been placed in health and safety protocols. The Americans are still slated to play Spain on Sunday. Friday’s women’s game between the US and Australia will be played as scheduled.

 
In other Olympics news:
 
– An Olympic athlete and a staffer linked to the Tokyo Games tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan, according to organizers. The two people were not identified and were among six new cases reported by the Tokyo local organizing committee. That number includes four contractors who are residents of Japan.
 
– Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams have been notified by FIBA that their petitions to play for Nigeria in the Olympics were denied because they played for the U.S. for too long. That’s according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press.
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OBIT-DENNIS MURPHY

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dennis Murphy, a sports entrepreneur who co-founded professional leagues in basketball, hockey, tennis and roller hockey, has died at age 94. His son, Dennis Murphy Jr., says Murphy died Thursday in the Orange County city of Placentia, California. He co-founded the American Basketball Association, World Hockey Association, World Team Tennis and Roller Hockey International. Each of the leagues used ground-breaking marketing and promotional tactics, new rules and a style of play that forced the evolution of already established rival leagues. Murphy co-produced the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.

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KHRT ND News – 07/15/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 071521 – 1200
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Police have evacuated a Fargo motel as they deal with an armed man who barricaded himself inside. Authorities say the man has a knife and is contained to his room at the at the Super 8 Motel Thursday. Police have established a perimeter around the motel as they try to negotiate with the man. So far they have not been successful in communicating with him. The Red River Valley SWAT team has been called to the motel.
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BISMARCK, ND – An Ellendale man was seriously injured in a single vehicle rollover. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened Wednesday about 17 east of Ashley. A 23-year old man lost control of the pickup he was driving and it rolled in the ditch coming to rest in a slough. Troopers say the man was treated at the scene and then air lifted to the hospital in Aberdeen, SD. The crash remains under investigation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota has seen major growth in wind energy, but turbines help with more than just power supplies, according to new research measuring the industry’s economic footprint. Since 2002, North Dakota State University (NDSU) researchers showed wind energy production in North Dakota has gone from nearly five megawatts of production capacity to more than 3,600.
 
Dr. Nancy Hodur, director of the Center for Social Research at NDSU, said coinciding with that growth is the economic value, which the latest data pegs at $1.2 billion in total business volume for the state. She added the figures are concrete industry numbers. “You know, we’re not relying on estimates or secondary data, or some guess about what it looks like in some other state and applying it to North Dakota,” Hodur explained. She argued the figures are important as stakeholders evaluate investments in renewable-energy projects.
 
The report also showed direct property taxes paid by wind farms doubled from nearly $6 million in 2015 to more than $10 million in 2019. When measuring employment, researchers pointed out wind energy recently accounted for more than 3,400, including direct and non-direct positions. According to the study, land-lease payments from wind farms totaled $19 million dollars in 2019.
 
Dean Bangsund, research scientist at NDSU, said most of that went to property owners living in the state. “In other words, we’re not exporting value out of the state as the result of consuming land in North Dakota,” Bangsund reported.
 
Jon Baker, development director for the wind farm firm 0rsted North America, said while projects can still encounter pushback at the local level, they certainly help with budget stability. “Rural counties with lower population, if the wind farm comes in and pays tens of millions of dollars of property taxes over the life of the wind farm, that can be a substantive impact to local county budgets,” Baker contended.
He warned grid capacity remains a big challenge in the upper Midwest, which can stall development even when permits are approved.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 071521 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Grand Forks man has been convicted for killing his mother and a police officer during a shootout as authorities tried to evict the pair from their apartment last year. Authorities say 42-year-old Salamah Pendleton opened fire on Grand Forks police Officer Cody Holte and other officers in May 2020 while they were serving him and his mother with eviction papers. They say a stray bullet Pendleton fired killed his mother. He and a sheriff’s deputy were also wounded in the gun battle. In addition to two counts of murder with extreme indifference, the jury on Wednesday convicted Pendleton of two counts of attempted murder, terrorizing, reckless endangerment and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. He faces life in prison.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Burning wildfires in Canada are causing air quality issues in parts of the U.S., including Minnesota and North Dakota. Weather experts say the smoke sometimes stays aloft, but in this particular case it’s lingering closer to the ground. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert on Wednesday for much of the state including Moorhead, Bemidji, Roseau, and East Grand Forks out of concern for public health. Those with asthma, COPD, or other respiratory illnesses can be at risk.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Tribal and environmental groups opposed to Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline have asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision affirming the approvals of the project. The state Commerce Department, which was part of the earlier appeal, is not joining in the appeal this time. The legal move comes as protests continue along the route in northern Minnesota. More than 500 protesters have been arrested or issued citations since construction on the Minnesota leg of the project began last December. Line 3 comes out of Canada, across northeastern North Dakota, and then across northern Minnesota. Meanwhile, opponents are demanding more transparency from state officials about a spill last week of drilling mud into a river that the pipeline will cross.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum presented North Dakota’s highest citizen honor on Wednesday to the state’s first Olympic gold medal winners, officially inducting twin sisters and hockey stars Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson into the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame. Burgum presented the award and helped unveil the official portrait that will hang in the Hall of Fame at the Capitol in Bismarck during a public ceremony attended by over 150 family members, friends, state and local officials, and supporters at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, where the twins played for the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team.
 
Burgum noted that Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson are the first siblings inducted into the Hall of Fame and, at 32 years old, are also the second- and third-youngest individuals to receive the Rough Rider Award – only Roger Maris was younger.
 
“Throughout their careers, they have demonstrated the power of values that many North Dakotans hold dear – an incredible work ethic, a love of family and community, a dedication to continuous improvement and a focus on success,” Burgum said during the ceremony. “When they took their hard-won and well-deserved place on top of the podium at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the eyes of the world were fixed upon them, and all of North Dakota stood in awe of their accomplishment. Two athletes from North Dakota, from Grand Forks, from right here, realizing the dream they had been working so hard to achieve since childhood. They turned that dream into a platform for sharing their guiding principle, which is ‘cheering for the one behind.’ And they’ve used that platform in an increasingly impactful way, advocating for equity for all – in both sports and life.”
 
Burgum announced the Lamoureux twins as the 45th and 46th recipients of the Rough Rider Award on June 11, 2020. A formal presentation of the award in 2020 was postponed because of obstacles related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson rose to national and international prominence as members of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Each contributed game-changing moments in the gold medal game, with Lamoureux-Morando tying the game near the end of regulation and Lamoureux-Davidson scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout. Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson have further used their platform as gold medalists to promote gender equity and increased access for disadvantaged youth, forming the Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation in July 2019. Lamoureux-Morando said the sisters have always appreciated the support they have received from Grand Forks and the state of North Dakota.
 
“We have always understood that one day our hockey careers would be over and we would have to move on to other things,” she said. “While always being singularly focused during our hockey careers, we never lost sight of the bigger picture. Being good at hockey and winning gold medals and championships is great, but it’s how you treat others along that journey that truly matters.”
 
“If there is one thing that I have learned throughout our career, it is that there is no way to accomplish the things we have alone,” Lamoureux-Davidson said. “We have coaches, teachers, trainers, teammates, family and friends here today along with community members who have supported us throughout the years. We have traveled the world, accomplished sports’ most coveted prize, achieved our childhood dreams and, after all of it – the wins and losses, the plane and bus rides – we have always come back home to North Dakota.”
 
Guest speakers praised Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson for their work ethic, commitment to excellence and passion for ensuring equity for all. “Whether it’s on the ice as athletes leading hockey teams to victory at the very highest levels of competition, in the classroom excelling as students, or championing the cause of gender equity in sports and in society, their example has enabled girls and women to pursue their dreams,” UND President Andrew Armacost said.
 
Other speakers included Coach Gordon Stafford, director of girls’ hockey and head coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., where the Lamoureux twins played high school hockey; Dr. Colleen Hacker, mental skills coach for USA Hockey during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, in which the Lamoureux twins played; and David Cohen, senior advisor to the CEO at Comcast, who has worked closely with the Lamoureux twins in their advocacy efforts.
 
North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger and State Historical Society Director Bill Peterson, who concurred with the selection of the Rough Rider Award recipients, assisted in unveiling the official portrait of the Lamoureux twins. The portrait was painted by Minot-based artist Vern Skaug, who since 1970 has painted many of the portraits hanging in the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame at the North Dakota Capitol.
 
The Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award recognizes present and former North Dakotans who have been influenced by the state in achieving national recognition in their fields of endeavor, thereby reflecting credit and honor upon North Dakota and its citizens.
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/15/21

K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 071521 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Lots of Legion Baseball in the are yesterday.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class AA
 
Grand Forks 10, Minot Vistas 0
Grand Forks 3, Minot Vistas 2
 
Bismarck Governors 10, Dickinson Roughriders 6
Dickinson Roughriders 8, Bismarck Governors 7
 
Mandan Chiefs 15, Fargo Post 400 5
Mandan Chiefs 14, Fargo Post 400 2
 
Class A
 
Bismarck Reps 5, Mandan A’s 4
Bismarck Reps 8, Mandan A’s 5
 
Bismarck Scarlets 3, Dickinson Volunteers 2
Dickinson Volunteers 6, Bismarck Scarlets 5
 
Bismarck Capitals 6, Bismarck Senators 1
Bismarck Capitals 15, Bismarck Senators 0
 
Class B
 
Renville County 7, Velva 0
Renville County 7, Velva 6
 
Expedition League Baseball
 
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 3, Badlands Big Sticks 1
(they’ll play again tonight in Dickinson)
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NBA FINALS

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks have tied the NBA Finals at two games apiece through a lot of help from Khris Middleton. The Bucks trailed by nine in the fourth quarter before Middleton carried them to a 109-103 win over the Phoenix Suns. He drained the go-ahead basket while scoring 10 straight Milwaukee points before finishing with 40. Phoenix led by two with 2 1/2 minutes left before Middleton made the next two baskets to give Milwaukee a 101-99 edge with 1:28 to play. Giannis Antetokounmpo followed a pair of 40-point performances with 26 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and one huge block on Deandre Ayton with just over a minute remaining.

 
The only thing stopping Suns guard Devin Booker was foul trouble. He poured in 20 of his game-high 42 points in the third period but had to sit out 3 1/2 straight minutes after picking up his fifth foul early in the fourth. Chris Paul shot just 5-for-13 and finished with 10 points and five turnovers, including one big miscue in the final minute. Jae Crowder was the only other Suns player with more than 10 points, finishing with 15 and eight boards.
 
Game 5 is Saturday in Phoenix, where the Suns took the first two games of the series.
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NBA-PELICANS-COACH

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Pelicans are negotiating with Suns assistant Willie Green about taking over as head coach. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who added that no deal is in place and discussions could extend beyond the NBA Finals. The 39-year-old Green would become a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years. Green was a member of two NBA title-winning staffs with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018 before spending the last two years under Phoenix coach Monty Williams.

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MLB-DODGERS-BAUER

NEW YORK (AP) – The Blue Jays were expecting to learn from Canadian officials on Friday whether they could resume playing their home games in Toronto by the end of the month. But a government official familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that the ballclub won’t get that information this weekend. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel, causing the Jays to open their home schedule in Florida before heading to Buffalo.

 
In other Major League news:
 
– The Angels have signed veteran outfielder Adam Eaton two days after he was released by the White Sox. Eaton batted .201 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 58 games during his return season with Chicago. He is a career .278 hitter with 65 homers and 317 RBIs across a decade with Arizona, Washington and two stints with the White Sox.
 
– The television rating for baseball’s All-Star Game sank to a record low but viewers increased by 1%. The game got a 4.5 rating and 11 share, and was seen by 8,237,000 viewers ages 2 and up, Fox said Wednesday. The previous low rating was 5.0 for the 2019 midsummer classic.
 
– Former Major League pitcher Dick Tidrow has died at 74, according to the San Francisco Giants. Tidrow pitched parts of 13 major league seasons for the Indians, Yankees, Cubs, White Sox and Mets, going 100-94 with a 3.68 ERA over 620 appearances with 138 starts. He most recently served as the Giants’ senior adviser to the President of Baseball Operations,
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller announced his retirement on Wednesday in an Instagram post that he signed “Forever a Bruin.” The 33-year-old has played in just 28 games since breaking his kneecap in 2019. Miller played in 352 games over eight seasons with the Bruins, scoring 13 goals with 58 assists.

 
Also in Boston, the Bruins have signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to a six-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $4.1 million per year. The 24-year-old had three goals and one assist in 27 games last season, averaging 18:43 in ice time during his fifth year with Boston.
 
In other NHL news:
 
– Sabres forward Jeff Skinner has agreed to waive his no-movement clause, freeing the team from having to protect him during the Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft next week. The Sabres initiated the move, knowing it’s unlikely Skinner will be selected by the Kraken given the under-performing winger has six years left on an eight-year, $72 million contract. What the move does is allow Buffalo to keep an additional forward or defenseman upon submitting its protected list of players on Saturday.
 
– Penguins forward Teddy Blueger has signed a two-year contract with an average salary of $2.2 million. The fourth-line player tied a career high with 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists in 43 games for the Metropolitan Division champions this past season.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Ohio University says football coach Frank Solich is retiring after leading the program through 16 seasons of unprecedented success. The school announced that Solich was stepping down less than two months before the start of the season and his 77th birthday. Offensive coordinator Tim Albin was promoted to head coach. Solich is the winningest head coach in the history of the Mid-American Conference with 115 victories.

 
In other college football-related news:
 
– Nebraska has hired former star linebacker Trev Alberts as its new athletic director. Alberts has been the athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Omaha since 2009. He will fill the job that opened with the retirement of Bill Moos.
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OLYMPICS-NEWS

TOKYO (AP) – Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the coronavirus. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says it’s a “very significant change” to traditional medal ceremonies. Medals will be placed on a tray by a person wearing disinfected gloves and presented to the athletes, who will take them from the tray and place them around their necks. The tray will be presented to and athletes will take their medals from the tray. Medalists and ceremony officials will have to wear masks.

 
In other news related to the Olympics:
 
– Tokyo has reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in almost six months, climbing to 1,149. IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga both pledged that the Tokyo Olympics opening in just over a week would be “safe and secure.” That declaration came despite the games opening with Tokyo and neighboring prefectures under a national government-imposed state of emergency.
 
– Two Russian swimmers set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics have been provisionally suspended for anti-doping violations by world governing body FINA. Alexandr Kudashev and Veronika Popova Andrusenko were suspended based on evidence supplied by the World Anti-Doping Agency, according to FINA.
 
– The Team USA flag bearers in steamy Tokyo will likely be the coolest members of their packs. Ralph Lauren has built a personal air conditioning system into a roomy white jacket. The coats will be worn by the yet-unannounced athletes who will have that honor during opening ceremonies for the Olympics and Paralympics.
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TENNIS-OBIT-FRY IRVIN

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Tennis Hall of Famer Shirley Fry Irvin has died in Florida at 94. Competing as Shirley Fry, she completed a career Grand Slam by capturing three straight majors in 1956 and ’57 after coming out of retirement at age 28. Fry also won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/14/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 071421 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – Minot Police have released the name of the victim of a fatal shooting on Sunday. Officers say 29-year old Arnalyn Repalam of Minot was shot late Sunday afternoon and taken to the hospital. When police arrived at the hospital, Repalam had succombed to her injuries. 41-year old Eric Venn of Minot was arrested and charged with murder and other charges related to the incident. Police gave no details on a motive or on any relationship between Repalam and Venn. The investigation is ongoing.

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MINOT, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of a man killed in a single vehicle rollover near Ross. The Patrol says 19-year old Dayton Reynolds of Berthold failed to negotiate a curve, left the road, struck a signpost, and overturned in the ditch about 7 miles south of Ross on Monday morning. Troopers say Reynolds had moved to Berthold from Kemah, TX. He was pronounced dead at the Stanley hospital. The Patrol says investigation continues.

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BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning all North Dakota residents about another new twist to an old scam. The old scam – an email or text “notification” that a charge has supposedly been made to your Amazon or Apple account – has an updated twist. Victims are now being directed to send or upload a copy of their driver’s license to “verify” their identity. The driver’s license contains personal information that the scam artist can use to steal the victim’s identity and open new accounts in their name.
 
“Never, ever, provide a copy of your driver’s license in response to these types of notifications. If that’s what you are told to do, then you know it’s a scam,” said Stenehjem. “The real customer service people at Amazon and Apple don’t want your driver’s license and would never ask for it.”
 
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division reports that some victims have been directed to take a photo of themselves holding their driver’s license. There is also the possibility that the driver’s license photo can be used to sidestep multi-factor identification screenings, giving the scam artist direct access to the victim’s existing financial accounts.
 
Parrell Grossman, director of the Consumer Protection division, reminded consumers not to click on links in emails or text message notifications. “If you really think there might be a problem with your account, close the email or text message, open the App you usually use, and check your account that way,” said Grossman. Information about scams and preventing identity theft is available from the Consumer Resources page of the Attorney General’s website.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds people to take healthy precautions while enjoying summer activities and events such as fairs, festivals, carnivals and rodeos. Certain germs, like Campylobacter, E. coli and influenza, can be passed back and forth between humans and animals.
 
“Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities and gatherings,” said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the NDDoH. “Reduce the spread of germs at summer events by taking simple precautions such as washing your hands with soap and clean, running water before and after being around animals and staying home when you are sick.”
 
General recommendations:
 
– Always supervise children around animals.
– Wash your hands before and after petting or touching any animal or anything in the areas where animals are housed. You do not have to touch an animal to get sick. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
– Avoid contact with any animal or viewing animals in enclosed spaces, such as barns, if you are sick or if the animal looks sick.
– Do not take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, strollers or similar items into animal viewing/petting areas.
– Do not eat or drink around animals and keep food and drinks away from animal areas.
– Do not let children sit or play on the ground in animal areas.
– Avoid bringing your pet. Consider leaving your pet at home and never leave pets in vehicles.
– NEVER touch an animal unless invited to do so by the animal’s owner.
– Always adhere to posted instructions, notices, and warnings when visiting animal viewing areas.
 
Anyone at risk for serious complications from infectious diseases like influenza or E. coli should consider avoiding contact with live animals and their environments at fairs or similar events. High-risk individuals include young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older and those with long-term health conditions. People with respiratory conditions should consider avoiding enclosed spaces where livestock are present, such as barns and indoor arenas. Anyone who becomes ill after contact with livestock or other animals should contact a health care provider and should tell them about the animal contact.
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 071421 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The attorney for a man charged with killing his mother and a Grand Forks police officer during a shootout with law enforcement who were serving eviction papers says his client shouldn’t be found guilty of murder even though he caused both deaths. Defense attorney Steven Mottinger told a jury during his closing arguments Tuesday that Salamah Pendleton was experiencing “extreme emotional disturbance” because officers came to evict him and his mother from their Grand Forks apartment despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and later because he thought the officers had killed his mother. He says manslaughter convictions would be more suitable in the May 2020 killings. Jurors deliberated for about four hours on Tuesday and are scheduled to resume discussions today.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Facing criticism from small cities that feared losing status and funding, the federal government says that it won’t raise the population threshold for what qualifies as a metro area. The Office of Budget and Management said Tuesday that it will keep the minimum population needed in a community’s core city at 50,000 residents in order to be designated a “metropolitan statistical area.” The federal government had been considering doubling that threshold to 100,000 people. Leaders of metro areas like Bismarck, North Dakota; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Auburn, Alabama, had worried the change would prevent urban areas from getting designated federal funding.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials say North Dakota’s trust fund for oil taxes is realizing hefty earnings due to a rebounding economy and better-than-expected stock investments. Revenue from the Legacy Fund for the two-year budget cycle that ended last month was about $872 million. That’s up from the $736 million that budget writers and the Legislature had forecast. Nearly half of the extra revenue will be used to reimburse a constitutional fund that benefits schools but had been shortchanged in error for about a decade. Money from the Common Schools Trust Fund is distributed to North Dakota’s public schools.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said educators will review the progress of North Dakota’s Native American Essential Understandings school instructional project at the state’s annual Indian Education Summit this week. The summit is taking place Thursday and Friday at the State Capitol and the neighboring North Dakota Heritage Center. Lucy Fredericks, the Department of Public Instruction’s director of American Indian and multicultural education, said Tuesday that 169 people have registered to attend the event in person, the summit’s largest expected attendance ever.
 
It will include 27 group breakout sessions, about subjects ranging from literacy instruction, strategies for school improvement, encouraging use of the Lakota language, using Native cultural teachings in the classroom, and promoting good mental health among Native youth.
 
Fredericks said more than 10 percent of North Dakota’s K-12 enrollment is Native American. “Including curriculum in our classrooms that
speaks to the culture of our Native American students is essential to helping them learn,” she said. The summit will feature speeches by a representative of the North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy and by state Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, who will speak on “Native American Education for All.”
 
Earlier this year, the North Dakota Legislature approved a bill that requires North Dakota studies instruction in elementary school to include an emphasis on the state’s federally recognized Indian tribes: the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation; the Standing Rock Sioux; the Spirit Lake Nation; the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa; and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Nation. Breakout sessions will explore the progress of the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings initiative, which Baesler began in 2015. It provides information about the history, culture and traditions of North Dakota’s tribes, including a resource document for classrooms and a website with interviews of tribal elders.
 
“All of our North Dakota students should know the history of the Native people who came before us, and how they contribute to our state today,” Baesler said. “We continue to work to promote this awareness, and to provide our teachers with the materials they need to do this.”
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/14/21

K-HEART SPORTS – WEDNESDAY – 071421 – 0700
 
WEST FARGO, ND – The Lion’s All-Star Basketball series finished last night in West Fargo. Just like the night before, Class A swept both games.
 
The Class A girls won 66-50. Mo Hakim of Fargo Shanley and Jailynn Martinson of Devils Lake each tallied 11 points. Mackenzie Hughes of Thompson led Class B with a game high 12, while Carlee Sieben of Grafton added 11.
 
The Class A boys won 98-89, led by Gunner Swanson of Bismarck High and Jackson Moni of West Fargo Sheyenne with 19 points each. Carter Birrenkott of West Fargo added 16. Class B was led by Jase Crockett of Northern Cass with a game high 21. Aiden Rebel of New England tallied 16 and Alex Huber of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier added 13.
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MINOT, ND – In Legion Baseball, the Minot Metros split with the Senators.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class A
 
Minot Metros 5, Bismarck Senators 1
Bismarck Senators 8, Minot Metros 1
 
Class B
 
Surrey 2, Velva 0
Velva 6, Surrey 4
 
Renville County 12, Stanley 2 (5)
 
Garrison 11, Beulah 1
Garrison 12, Beulah 2
 
Expedition League Baseball
 
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 4, Pierre Trappers 0 (Dogs sweep two-games. Host Badlands tonight.)
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MLB-ALL-STAR GAME

DENVER (AP) – The American League has earned its eighth consecutive All-Star Game victory. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Mike Zunino hit solo homers and Xander Bogaerts had two of the AL’s nine hits in a 5-2 victory over the National League. Marcus Semien put the junior circuit ahead to stay with an RBI single in the second, one inning before Guerrero went deep. Guerrero also poked an RBI grounder and Bogaerts added a run-scoring single. Guerrero is the first Toronto Blue Jay to be named the MVP of the All-Star Game.

 
J.T. Realmuto put the NL on the board with a solo shot in the fifth. Jared Walsh made a sliding catch in left field on Kris Bryant’s tricky liner with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning, keeping the AL ahead. Angels star Shohei Ohtani made history as the first All-Star to be selected as both a pitcher and a hitter. He was the AL starting pitcher and worked a perfect first inning to get the win but finished 0-for-2 at the plate. Corbin Burnes took the loss, yielding two runs and four hits over two frames. The AL owns a 46-43-2 lead in the all-time series.
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MLB-MANFRED

DENVER (AP) – Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says banning or limiting defensive shifts would be an effort to restore Major League Baseball to how it was played before offense was suffocated by analytics. Speaking before the All-Star Game in Denver to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Manfred said seven-inning doubleheaders and starting extra innings with runners on second base likely will be dropped after this season. He said extending the DH to the NL could be possible. Manfred said MLB was considering having umpires explain video review decisions to fans at ballparks over the public-address system, similar to the procedure in the NFL. Manfred says the fate of the Athletics in Oakland will be determined in the next few months. A’s owners have proposed a new ballpark in the Howard Terminal area of Oakland. Manfred said if the stadium project is not approved, the team would move forward with either a move to Las Vegas or a wider relocation search.

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NBA-CLIPPERS-LEONARD INJURY

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It turns out that Kawhi Leonard’s knee injury was a lot more serious than the Los Angeles Clippers originally announced. The All-Star forward has undergone surgery to repair a partial tear of his right ACL. Leonard first got hurt in Game 4 of the team’s second-round series against the Utah Jazz. He was held out of the last eight postseason games, including the Clippers’ 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Suns in the West finals. The Clippers continued to announce that Leonard had a knee sprain as the team completed its playoff run. They never offered further details and he was ruled out on a game-by-game basis the rest of the playoffs. The Clippers said there is no timetable for his return.
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NHL-NEWS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has announced his retirement after 15 NHL seasons. The Finland native says he’s been on an incredible journey, with the Predators taking him to more places than he could imagine. Rinne says this decision wasn’t easy but the right one at the right time. The 2018 Vezina Trophy winner earned a 5-0 win over the Hurricanes in his last start on May 10. It was his 60th career shutout and tied him with Tom Barrasso for 19th on the NHL wins list with 369.

 
Elsewhere in the NHL:
 
– Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois has confirmed that star forward Nikita Kucherov played in the Stanley Cup Final with a non-displaced rib fracture. Kucherov was hurt on a cross-check during Game 6 of the conference final against the Islanders. Defenseman Victor Hedman played the entire postseason with a torn meniscus, which occurred March 30.
 
– Dominique Ducharme has been promoted to head coach of the Montreal Canadiens after leading the club to its first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 28 years. The Habs have announced that Ducharme has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season. The 48-year-old was promoted to the role of interim head coach on Feb. 24 after the struggling Canadiens fired former head coach Claude Julien.
 
– The Wild are buying out the contracts of veteran stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter with four years remaining on each. They signed identical $98 million, 13-year deals in 2012. The buyouts will combine to cost the Wild almost $15 million against the salary cap.
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NFL-OBIT-GIBBS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos say innovative offensive line coach Alex Gibbs has died at 80 following complications from a stroke. Gibbs was known for his zone-blocking scheme that powered the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories in the late 1990s. The no-nonsense Gibbs had three stints with the Broncos and coached six other teams while building a reputation as one of the best assistant coaches in the NFL.

 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/13/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 071321 – 1200
 
MINOT, ND – A 19-year old Berthold man has died in a single vehicle rollover. The North Dakota Highway Patrol the accident happened around 6:40 AM on Monday about 7 miles south of Ross. Troopers say the man failed to negotiate a curve, left the road, struck a signpost, and overturned in the ditch. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the Stanley hospital. Troopers say the accident remains under investigation.
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MINOT, ND – A new program to help businesses improve their exterior facades was recently by the Minot City Council. The program will provide public funds as part of a private/public partnership with building owners to improve exterior facades. The program is available to businesses located in the central business district.
 
“Downtown is a special asset in a number of ways,” Jonathan Rosenthal, economic development administrator for the City of Minot, told Council members. “It’s a special animal. It was built without a lot of parking. It was built before a lot of the current building codes were in place. There are some investments that go on in other parts of the city that aren’t the same as what happens in downtown.”
 
Rosenthal explained to Council members that the program has several key goals, including:
 
– Promote private redevelopment and investment in downtown properties (exterior and interior);
– Inspire local commercial development to address market failures;
– Encourage beautification in Minot, generally, and in the Central Business District, specifically;
– Revitalize downtown as a unique cultural and retail hub of Minot;
– Reduce vacancies in the downtown;
– Provide a unique experience that draws visitors and residents, and supports other economic development.
 
Several business owners from downtown voiced support for the program during the Council meeting before the council unanimously supported the project.
 
The program will operate as a forgivable loan program that will respect the historic nature of downtown buildings while updating their functionality and energy efficiency. A qualifying business owner with a building located in the central business district would be required to provide 25% of the necessary funding for a complete facade restoration, with the City providing the remaining 75% through reimbursements when the project was completed. Building owners would enter into a 10-year agreement to maintain the facade, among other conditions. The maximum amount of funding provided by the City on a single application would be $100,000.
 
Applications will be reviewed by City staff and submitted to the Renaissance Zone Review Board, which will forward recommendations for final approval to the City Council.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot, in conjunction with Minot Air Force Base and the Ohio Air National Guard, has scheduled aerial spraying for mosquito control in the Minot area for an evening between tonight and Friday, weather permitting. Crews will choose the day and time of the spraying depending on weather and wind conditions to spray when mosquitoes are most active. Updates on the timing of the spraying will be provided on the City of Minot’s social media platforms.
 
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered pesticide will be used. The active ingredient in the spray is Naled, which poses a minimal risk to the general population, pets and wildlife when applied in this method. Naled is toxic to insects, including honeybees. Beekeepers in the surrounding area will be notified of the scheduled spraying. More information about Naled is available from the Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/naled-mosquito-control.
 
Mosquito spraying is provided by the 910th Airlift Wing’s Air Force Aerial Spray Squadron from Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio. The application will be made using a C-130 cargo aircraft.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 071321 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) – A federal eviction moratorium ends July 31, but states like North Dakota are still flush with emergency rental assistance tied to federal relief packages. Aid groups and the state are ramping up efforts to reach anyone who might be having access issues.
 
This year alone, North Dakota has received $352 million from the federal government to distribute to people behind on their rent. But so far, a little more than $3 million has been used. Rich LeMay, executive director for Legal Services of North Dakota, said there appears to be a disconnect in reaching some populations. “We’re finding people that are contacting us, haven’t heard anything about rent help,” LeMay explained. “To me, that speaks that there is a serious problem.” He noted lack of internet connections, email addresses or cell-phone minutes are likely factors.
 
The Department of Human Services cites having to wait for the Legislature to sign off on spending the aid. It’s working with local agencies to set up application counseling services. Nikki Aden, housing stability administrator for the North Dakota Department of Human Services, said multiple factors are to blame for the federal funding still going largely unused, but agreed underserved areas face barriers in the application process. “Folks that did struggle sometimes with getting assistance to upload documents, or turn documents to PDFs or pictures,” Aden observed. In addition to providing specialized counseling in the coming weeks, Aden pointed out they also plan to streamline the web portal to apply for aid.
 
The Center for Public Integrity has reported that nationwide, a significant portion of CARES Act money last year didn’t make it to renters or landlords in need. With the federal eviction moratorium fast approaching, LeMay would like to see a greater sense of urgency. “This needs to really be put in full swing if we’re going to actually avoid people being evicted,” LeMay urged. He added Legal Services is devoting the bulk of its resources to connecting people with assistance or help with applications. In the past year, it has seen a 15% increase in requests for help with housing issues.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot has scheduled an open house to present information about the project to renovate the former Wells Fargo building in downtown Minot into a new City Hall. The open house will be held July 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the current City Hall, located at 512 2nd Ave. SW. Officials from the City of Minot and JLG Architects will be in attendance to present information about the renovation project and to answer questions from the public.
 
“We want to provide an opportunity for the public to gather more information about this project, and to see where we are in the design process,” City Engineer Lance Meyer said. “City Hall is the centerpiece of our organization, and we want to keep the public up to date on what’s happening with this important facility.” Renovation work on the former Wells Fargo building is expected to begin later this year.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder, providers and other interested stakeholders are invited to provide public comment on proposed amendments to the state’s Medicaid autism spectrum disorder waiver. The North Dakota Department of Human Services is seeking federal approval to amend the waiver to reflect recent state legislative changes. Comments will be accepted through July 30, at 5 p.m. Central Time.
 
The Medicaid autism spectrum disorders waiver provides services to eligible children and supports parents in their efforts to maximize their child’s development, while also preventing out-of-home placements. The waiver is being amended to increase the qualifying age of children who can be served from through age 13 to through age 15 and to add 54 more slots to serve a total of 150 children. The waiver is also being amended to add electronic visit verification requirements to respite services and to increase provider rates. The North Dakota Legislature granted providers a two percent increase in 2021 and a 0.25 percent increase in 2022. The services affected by these increases are service management and respite care.
 
The draft waiver amendment is online at www.nd.gov/dhs/autism/index.html. Copies will also be provided upon request. Individuals can submit comments by emailing dhsautismnd.gov, or calling 800-755-2604 or 701-328-4630, or 711 (TTY), or by fax at 701-328-1544. Comments can also be mailed to the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Medical Services Division, Attn: Autism Services, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 325, Bismarck, N.D., 58505-0250.
 
After the public comment period ends, the waiver will be submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Based on the CMS timeframes for review and approval, the waiver is expected to be effective in November 2021.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/13/21

K-HEART SPORTS – TUESDAY – 071321 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, ND – Night one of the Lion’s All-Star Basketball series at Bismarck Legacy High School saw Class A sweep both the boys and girls contests. The Class A girls won 75-54 as Ryleigh Wacha and Taylor Fey of Fargo Davies along with Ashley Holen of Watford City each tallied 10 points. Carlee Sieben of Grafton tallied a game high 11 points for Class B.
 
The Class A boys scored a 81-68 win. Jacksen Moni of West Fargo Sheyenne led the way with 18, while Brooks Carroll of Jamestown added 10. Class B was led by Alex Huber of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier with a game high 27 points while Aidan Rebel of New England added 10.
 
The Lion’s All-Star Basketball series will finish tonight at West Fargo High School.
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Vistas split, the Minot Metros were swept, and Dalton Bowling hit a 3-run homer as the Sabre Dogs doubled up the Trappers.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class AA
 
Mandan Chiefs 9, Minot Vistas 7
Minot Vistas 11, Mandan Chiefs 8
 
Class A
 
Bismarck Capitals 11, Minot Metros 1
Bismarck Capitals 10, Minot Metros 0
 
Jamestown Eagles 7, Bismarck Reps 0
Jamestown Eagles 12, Bismarck Reps 3
 
Class B
 
Surrey 31, Burlington 2 (5)
Surrey 14, Burlington 3 (3)
 
Crosby 18, Stanley 17
 
Expedition League Baseball
 
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 12, Pierre Trappers 6
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MLB-HOME RUN DERBY
 
DENVER (AP) – For the second straight time, Pete Alonso has won MLB’s Home Run Derby. He bested Shohei Ohtani, Trey Mancini and Juan Soto on a night of record long balls in the thin Rocky Mountain air of Coors Field. Alonso, a New York Mets first baseman, hit 74 total home runs and beat Mancini 23-22 in the final round, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Cespedes (2013-14) in winning consecutive titles. Batting second, Alonso trailed 22-17 after the first two minutes of the final round, then hit six homers on six swings over the first 28 seconds of his final minute.
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NHL NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship with a boat parade in downtown Tampa on Monday. Team captain Steven Stamkos set the tone with a T-shirt that read: “BACK TO BOAT.” Hundreds of boats and other watercraft, along with thousands of fans, lined the waterfront under mostly sunny skies. However, a post-parade rally in a downtown park was delayed because of a thunderstorm. Players later arrived and interacted with fans located behind barricades in a steady rain. This was the third boat parade in Tampa in 10 months. The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers also celebrated on the water.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– The Chicago Blackhawks have traded two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers for young defenseman Caleb Jones and a third-round draft pick. The Blackhawks also sent forward Tim Soderlund to the Oilers, who were looking for some help on defense after they were swept by Winnipeg in the first round of the playoffs. The 2022 draft pick becomes a second-rounder if Edmonton reaches next year’s Stanley Cup Final and Keith is among the top four Oilers defensemen in total ice time through three rounds. Keith has two years left on his contract at a salary-cap hit just over $5.5 million. He turns 38 on Friday.
 
– Police in Michigan have turned over their investigation into the fireworks death of Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivleniek to a prosecutor for review. Novi police Lt. Jason Meier says his department has not requested charges in Kivlenieks’ Fourth of July death. Meier also says Kivlenieks’ death still is considered accidental and the police investigation was complete unless otherwise directed by the Oakland County prosecutor’s office.The 24-year-old died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast.
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GOLF-BRITISH OPEN

SANDWICH, England (AP) – Zach Johnson is the latest player out of the British Open. The R&A says the 2015 British Open champion tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson played at the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Sunday and had to be tested before getting on a charter flight. The R&A says Louis de Jager also tested positive and withdrew. He was one of the local qualifiers from two weeks ago. Ryan Moore earned a spot as the highest finisher not already exempt from the John Deere Classic. Moore chose not to go. That makes 16 players who have withdrawn in the last three weeks.

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NFL-LIONS-FULL CAPACITY

DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Lions say Ford Field can be at full capacity this season, a year after the public did not have access to games during the pandemic. The Lions said the decision was made in large part because of Michigan’s steady COVID-19 vaccination rate. The team will follow the state’s reopening guidelines and will not require fans to wear masks. The Lions will not ask spectators for proof of vaccination status, but they will encourage unvaccinated fans to wear a face covering.

 
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KHRT ND News – 07/12/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 071221 – 1200
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A Minot man is being held on suspicion of murder in the fatal shooting of a woman. The Minot Police Department says it received a call just before 5 PM Sunday of a woman who had been shot in northwest Minot and was at the hospital. Officers arrived to find that she had died. A police department statement says the investigation led them to the suspect, 41-year old Eric Venn of Minot. Police say they spotted Venn in a vehicle and he attempted to flee, but was arrested in northeast Minot after a chase. Venn was charged with murder (AA felony), tampering with physical evidence (C felony), and fleeing in a motor vehicle (C felony). Police gave no details on a motive or on any relationship between the victim and Venn.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Police say an 18-year-old motorcyclist has died in a crash in Bismarck. Police say an SUV was turning left from Washington Street onto Slate Drive when the motorcycle crashed into the passenger side door around 11 AM Sunday. The driver of the motorcycle died. Police did not immediately release the person’s identity. The two people in the SUV did not request medical attention. Sgt. Dustin Miller says speed appeared to be a factor in the crash.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of fatally shooting his mother and a North Dakota police officer after authorities tried to serve him with eviction papers has told a jury he feared for his life and didn’t mean to kill anyone. Forty-two-year-old Salamah Pendleton is facing two counts of murder for the deaths of Lola Moore and Grand Forks police Officer Cody Holte in a May 2020 shootout at an apartment Pendleton shared with Moore. Pendleton said he wanted to surrender to authorities but was traumatized when he saw his mother’s body in the hallway. He said he was aiming for the legs of the officers but his vision was impaired because he wasn’t wearing his glasses. Closing arguments are scheduled Tuesday.
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DICKINSON, ND – The Stark County Sheriff’s office is attempting to locate a missing woman. 30-year old Lindy Ruth Blades of Gates, Oregon is described as 5 foot 8 inches in height and has brown hair and brown eyes. Blades’ 2006 Toyota car was located abandoned near Lefor, ND on a section line on Sunday. Officers say Blades has a history of some mental health issues and of going missing for periods of time. Law enforcement contacted her family and conducted a foot search and aerial search with a drone in the area of where the vehicle was located, but she was not found. If you have any information contact the Sheriff’s Office at 701-456-7610 or text a tip by texting keyword STARKND and your tip to 847411.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot is providing residents an opportunity to dispose of accumulated trash free of charge this week. Through Saturday Minot residents who use City of Minot sanitation services can bring unwanted items and trash to the City of Minot landfill free of charge. Residents must provide a current water bill as proof that they are a City sanitation customer. The landfill is open from 7 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday during the summer months. Residents can also drop off household hazardous waste at the landfill during the summer.
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 071221 – 0700
 
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected of killing a woman found in a burning car last month in Minot. Investigators say the man has ties to the victim, 33-year-old Domonique Kelly of Minot. Shortly after Kelly’s body was found June 3, a residence associated with suspect was intentionally burned. According to police, a stolen vehicle believed to have been taken by the man was found in the Minneapolis area and had also been burned. Police have gotten a warrant on charges of murder and conspiracy of murder. Authorities say 32-year old Kamauri Kennedy was last known to be in the Detroit, Michigan area. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kennedy should call their local police or the Minot Police Department at 701-852-0111 or Crime Stoppers at 701-852-7463 (701-85-CRIME). Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Reference Case #21-15675.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Wilton man is charged with corruption of a minor after police say his DNA sample matched those taken from the sexual assault examination of a teenage girl. Bismarck police in December started investigating an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between a teenage girl and a man later identified as 31-year-old Perry Toineeta. He also is charged with terrorizing stemming from a July 3 incident in which police say he pointed a BB handgun at two people. Court records show he is on probation after pleading guilty in April to corruption of a minor and luring minors by computer.
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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – The driver of a van involved in a crash that killed a Mandan woman and seriously injured two others is facing criminal charges. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the 23-year-old driver failed to yield the right of way before crossing Memorial Highway at an intersection Thursday. A pickup truck struck the passenger side of the van killing 42-year-old Heather Robbins, who was pronounced dead at a Bismarck hospital. The patrol says the van driver fled from the scene, but was later apprehended. Two others in the van were taken to the hospital for treatment.
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MINOT, N.D. (AP) – Police in Devil’s Lake have captured two men suspected of burglarizing a jewelry store in Minot last month. Police in Minot said someone broke into Knowles Jewelry on June 30 and made off with an undisclosed amount of jewelry. Police said in a news release Friday that police in Devil’s Lake captured two men suspected in the burglary following a pursuit. The release said the men possessed items taken in the jewelry store burglary.á
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/12/21

K-HEART SPORTS – MONDAY – 07121 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs couldn’t complete a three-game sweep of Wheat City as the Whiskey Jacks won 6-3 last night at Corbett Field. The Dogs won the first two games of the series taking a 4-2 road win on Friday and then winning 7-4 at home on Saturday. The Dogs host Pierre in a short two game series tonight and Tuesday.
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MANDAN, ND – The Mandan Mid-Summer American Legion Baseball Tournament wrapped up Sunday and it was the home town Mandan A’s that took the title. The A’s defeated the Bismarck Capitals 10-0 to win the tournament.
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jorge Polanco hit a game-ending three-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a wild 12-9 victory. Polanco hit a full-count pitch from Derek Holland to left field for his 12th homer of the season. Catcher Jake Rogers had given the Tigers a 9-8 lead with a grand slam in the top of the ninth, but Twins catcher Ben Rortvedt tied it with a solo shot in the bottom half. Tyler Duffey pitched a scoreless 10th to get the win.
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LYNX-SPARKS
 
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Napheesa Collier matched her career-high with 27 points and the Minnesota Lynx won their seventh straight with an 86-61 win over the Los Angeles Sparks. The Lynx shot 56% from the field and won their seventh straight, solidifying their fourth-place standing in the WNBA as the league heads into the Olympic break. Layshia Clarendon added 14 points and Sylvia Fowles had 10. Erica Wheeler and Brittney Sykes had 14 points each, and Amanda Zahui B added 10 for the Sparks.
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TENNIS-WIMBLEDON

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal now have company atop the list of men’s career Grand Slam titles. Novak Djokovic has equaled their record of 20 Grand Slams by capturing the Wimbledon championship, defeating Matteo Berrettini by a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 score. The No. 1 -ranked Djokovic earned a third consecutive championship at the All England Club and sixth overall. The 34-year-old from Serbia is now the only man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three major tournaments in a season. The U.S. Open awaits Djokovic as he aims for a calendar-year Grand Slam – something last accomplished by a man when Laver did it 52 years ago.

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NASCAR-ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) – Kurt Busch passed brother Kyle with 24 laps left and won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race to complete a sibling weekend sweep at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch raced to his first victory of the season, 33rd overall and the fourth of his career at Atlanta. He locked up a spot in the playoffs and possibly improved his chances of securing a new ride next season. Kyle Busch reclaimed the lead with 47 laps remaining, but couldn’t hold off his older brother on Lap 236. Martin Truex Jr. finished third after starting at the back of the pack. Alex Bowman was fourth, followed by Ryan Blaney.

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NBA FINALS

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks gave up an absurd number of 3-pointers while dropping the first two games of the NBA Finals. They seemed to figure things out. The Bucks held the Suns to 9-for-31 shooting from beyond the arc in earning a 120-100 win over Phoenix in Game 3. Devin Booker shot 3-for-14 overall and 1-for-7 from beyond the arc after draining seven of his 12 long-range attempts in Game 2. Booker finished with 10 points and Cameron Payne was held to seven on 3 of 10 from the field.

 
The Suns led by three until the Bucks outscored them, 35-17 in the second quarter. Phoenix eventually whittled its deficit to four, but Milwaukee closed the third period with 16 straight points to go up by 20. Giannis Antetokounmpo shredded through the Suns with 41 points on 14 of 23 shooting. Antetokounmpo also was 13 of 17 from the line, grabbed 13 rebounds and had six assists. Jrue Holiday finished with 21 points and Khris Middleton had 18 after both experienced shooting woes in Game 2 on Thursday.
 
Chris Paul had a team-high 19 points for the Suns, one more than Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton. Crowder was 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. The series stays in Milwaukee for Game 4 on Wednesday.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Yankees’ bullpen had another ninth-inning meltdown that cost them a three-game road sweep of the Houston Astros. Jose Altuve belted a three-run homer to cap a startling six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Astros past the Yanks, 8-7. New York led 7-2 after a three-run homer by Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning, but Houston started its winning rally by putting the first two batters on base against Domingo German. Chas McCormick hit a two-run double off Chad Green and Abraham Toro followed with an RBI double to make it 7-5 with no out before Altuve went deep.

 
Elsewhere on Sunday’s Major League schedule:
 
– Ronald Torreyes belted a three-run homer and the Phillies used six pitchers in a 5-4 triumph over the Red Sox. The game became a bullpen day for the Phillies after they had to scratch starter Aaron Nola and place the right-hander and three teammates on COVID-19-related injured reserve. Torreyes had three of Philadelphia’s six hits and J.T. Realmuto had an RBI single in the third.
 
– Matt Olson prepped for Monday’s Home Run Derby by hitting two of Oakland’s four homers in a 4-1 victory over the Rangers. Jed Lowrie and Sean Murphy hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for the A’s, who won consecutive games for the first time since mid-June. Chris Bassitt is 10-2 after limiting Texas to a run and four hits over seven innings.
 
– The White Sox completed a seven-game season sweep of the Orioles by getting a three-run homer from Adam Engel in the 10th inning of a 7-5 victory at Baltimore. Andrew Vaughn homered twice for the White Sox, who have won five in a row and 10 of 13 overall. It is the first time in franchise history Chicago has swept a season series of at least seven games against any team.
 
– Jorge Polanco hit a game-ending three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Twins a 12-9 victory and a four-game sweep of the Tigers. Catcher Jake Rogers had given the Tigers a 9-8 lead with a grand slam in the top of the ninth, but Twins catcher Ben Rortvedt tied it with a solo shot in the bottom half. Polanco had three hits and five RBIs, while Alex Kiriloff and Max Kepler each had two hits and drove in two runs.
 
– The Rays’ six-game winning streak is over after Robbie Ray took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Blue Jays’ 3-1 victory over Tampa. Ray’s no-hit bid ended with one out when Yandy Diaz was awarded a double after a fan reached over the left-field fence and tried to catch his drive. Ray allowed just the one hit over seven innings and joined Mets ace Jacob deGrom as the only hurlers with nine games of at least nine strikeouts this season.
 
– David Fletcher extended his hitting streak to 24 games by delivering four hits and four RBIs in the Angels’ 7-1 trouncing of the Mariners. Fletcher homered in the third inning, drove in two runs with a single in the fifth and added another RBI in the seventh to snap the Angels’ two-game losing streak. Shohei Ohtani went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk ahead of his big two days at Coors Field in Denver.
 
– Nick Castellanos smacked a tiebreaking, two-run single off All-Star closer Josh Hader with two out in the ninth inning to give the Reds a 3-1 win at Milwaukee. Hader came in to pitch the ninth after he surrendered a game-winning homer to Eugenio Suarez on Saturday. Cincinnati trails the NL Central-leading Brewers by four games after taking three of four in the series.
 
– The Pirates stormed back from a 5-0 deficit and beat the Mets on Wilmer Difo’s RBI single in the ninth. It was Pittsburgh’s largest comeback of the season as Rodolfo Castro and Michael Perez hit back-to-back solo home runs before Castro added a two-run blast in the sixth. The NL East-leading Mets had to settle for a four-game split despite a two-run homer by Francisco Lindor and a three-run shot by Michael Conforto, both in the first inning.
 
– Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez set a major league record by striking out the first nine batters to start a game, leading a 7-4 decision over the Braves. Lopez gave up three runs in six innings and failed to fan a batter over his final three frames. Jesus Aguilar smacked a three-run homer in the first inning as the Marlins ended a three-game losing streak.
 
– Kevin Gausman worked six-plus innings of one-run ball and Curt Casali hit a three-run homer as the Giants topped the Nationals, 3-1 for a three-game sweep. struck out nine and held Washington to four hits as he lowered his ERA to 1.73, second only to Mets ace Jacob deGrom among all big league hurlers. San Francisco heads into the All-Star break with the best record in the majors at 57-32, a huge surprise for a team that wasn’t expected to contend in the NL West.
 
– The Dodgers took a 7-4 decision over the Diamondbacks on Max Muncy’s three-run, walk-off homer in the ninth inning. The Dodgers tied the game at 4 with three runs in the eighth and stayed two games behind the NL West-leading Giants. Mookie Betts also homered for Los Angeles.
 
– Pinch-hitter Chris Owings hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to power the Rockies past the Padres, 3-1. Owings’ homer off Craig Stammen made a winner of Jon Gray, who has pitched well in four starts since a stint on the injured list with a right flexor strain. Gray held the Padres to one run and three hits in six innings.
 
– The Indians and Royals were rained out in Cleveland, creating a double-header slated for September 20.
 
– Rain caused the Cubs and Cardinals to be postponed in Chicago. The game will be made up as part of a September 24 twinbill.
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SOCCER-EURO 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP

LONDON (AP) – Italy has won the European Championship by beating England 3-2 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. Domenico Berardi, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi scored for Italy in the shootout. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made two saves at the end of the shootout. Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th minute with a tap-in. England had been leading 1-0 for most of the match after Luke Shaw scored in the second minute.

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-U.S. SENIOR OPEN

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Jim Furyk recovered from a rough start in the final round of the U.S. Senior Open to hold off Retief Goosen and Mike Weir by three strokes. Furyk played the first three holes in 3 over, but he righted himself with a birdie on the par-5 fifth hole. Furyk closed with a 1-over 71 to become the eighth player to win both the U.S. Open and Senior Open, joining the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper and Gary Player. Furyk finished at 7-under at Omaha Country Club.

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PGA-JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) – Lucas Glover has earned his first PGA victory in a decade by taking the John Deere Classic by two strokes. Glover birdied five of his last seven holes for a 7-under 64 that wrapped up his fourth career win and first since 2011 at Quail Hollow. Glover finished his run with a 12-foot birdie on the par-5 17th, and a 6-foot putt to save par from the bunker on the 18th. Ryan Moore and Kevin Na tied for second following 68s.

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LPGA-MARATHON CLASSIC

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) – Nasa Hataoka of Japan was declared the winner of the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio when the final round Sunday was washed out by relentless, heavy rain. Hataoka had a six-shot lead over Elizabeth Szokol and Mina Harigae. She won for the fourth time on the LPGA Tour, and her first LPGA title in two years.

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MLB-DRAFT

UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates went for a college catcher with the first pick in the Major League draft. Pirates selected Louisville catcher Henry Davis, who has big power and an even bigger arm. He threw out 46% of would-be base stealers to become a finalist for the Buster Posey Award as college baseball’s best defensive catcher. Davis batted .370 and led the Cardinals with 15 homers, and his .482 on-base percentage was best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

 
The Rangers grabbed Vanderbilt’s Jack Leiter with the second pick, landing a right-hander with a mid-90s fastball and two overpowering breaking pitches. The son of former big league All-Star pitcher Al Leiter has a repertoire that could play near the top of a big league rotation. He was 11-4 with a 2.13 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 110 innings for the Commodores.
 
The Tigers used the third pick to take high school pitcher Jackson Jobe. The Red Sox took high school shortstop Marcello Mayer with the fourth selection, one spot before the Orioles chose Sam Houston outfielder Colton Cowser.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – There’s a COVID-19 concern around the Phillies’ clubhouse. In addition to Aaron Nola being scratched from Sunday’s start due to a positive test, the Phils also had to shelve third baseman Alec Bohm and pitchers Connor Brogdon and Bailey Falter. Bohm also tested positive, while Brogdon and Falter were placed on the list because of contact tracing.

 
Also around the Majors:
– Mariners All-Star pitcher Yusei Kikuchi has been placed on the injured list, but it’s possible that he could still participate in the upcoming All-Star Game festivities in Denver. Manager Scott Servais said he couldn’t comment on Kikuchi’s status but said he wasn’t that concerned with where’s Kikuchi is at healthwise, adding that the hurler was still planning to head to Colorado.
 
– The Red Sox have signed reliever Matt Barnes to a two-year deal that runs through the 2023 season. The 31-year-old Barnes is 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA and has 19 saves for the Red Sox in 23 opportunities this season. He was one of five Boston players selected for the All-Star Game.
 
– San Diego infielder Manny Machado has replaced Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. on the National League All-Star roster. Acuna is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Saturday’s game against the Marlins. Also selected as replacements were Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto and Brewers backstop Omar Narvaez.
 
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/10/21

KHRT NEWS – SATURDAY – 071021 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot Police Department has sought and received an arrest warrant for 32-year old Kamauri Kennedy for the Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder, in the death of 33-year old Domonique Kelley. Kelly’s body was found in a burning vehicle in southeast Minot on June 3rd. Both charges are Class AA Felonies. Kennedy was last known to be in the Detroit MI area. Kennedy is described as a black male, approximately 6’1″ tall, weighing approximately 220 lbs. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kennedy should call their local police or the Minot Police Department at 701-852-0111 or Crime Stoppers at 701-852-7463 (701-85-CRIME). Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Reference Case #21-15675.
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Police Department has secured arrest warrants for 25-year old Trevon O. Anderson and 26-year old Jorge S. Mendoza, Jr. in connection to the burglary of Knowles Jewelry on June 30th. Both were apprehended by the Devil’s Lake Police Department after being led on a pursuit. Anderson and Mendoza were found to be in possession of items taken in the Knowles Jewelry burglary. Other evidence was obtained that connected them to the crime. As a result, Anderson and Mendoza were charged with Theft of Property (Class A Felony), Burglary (Class C Felony), Criminal Mischief (Class C Felony) and Wearing a mask during commission of a criminal offense (Class A Misdemeanor). Both are in the custody of Lake Region Correctional Center in Devils Lake.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The average price for gas in North Dakota has hit a six-year high. KFGO reports that according to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state is now $3. The last time drivers in North Dakota paid an average of $3 per gallon was Nov. 18, 2014. The current average is up 14 cents from a month ago and 90 cents from this time last year. It’s still 14 cents below the national average of $3.14, however. According to AAA, increases in the cost of crude oil spurred by robust demand are driving the price jumps.
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MEDORA, ND – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) will welcome veterans and active duty service members of the United States to attend the Medora Musical for free on Sunday, July 11th. Veterans Day In Medora is an annual summer tradition for TRMF. Military members past and present attend one of two performances of the Medora Musical free, as well as a social, and free rides on Manitou the Point to Point Zipline.
 
“The Medora Musical always features a salute to service members, but we’re so glad we can dedicate an entire evening to the brave men and women who defended our country,” says Kaelee Knoell, Marketing Manager for TRMF. “It’s a great gift the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation gets to give.”
 
Veterans Day In Medora is made possible by the TRMF Veterans Appreciation Day Endowment, which was initially funded by Mary Larsen, and has been substantially supported by philanthropy on the part of Van & Dee Larson and Guaranty & Title Co.
 

The schedule of events on July 11th is as follows:

– For all veterans – free Medora Musical tickets to the 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM MDT shows. Both shows include a special pre-show program.

 
– Social at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM MDT. Includes a special award ceremony by the Missouri River Quilts of Valor.
 
– Free rides on Manitou the Point to Point Zipline
 
Veterans and active duty service members who wish to attend the Medora Musical on Veterans Day are reminded to get tickets ahead of time at Medora.com.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/10/21

K-HEART SPORTS – SATURDAY – 071021 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Minot Vistas were at home yesterday hosting Fargo Post 400.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class AA
 
Minot Vistas 5, Fargo Post 400 2
Minot Vistas 12, Fargo Post 400 2 (6)
 
Class B
 
New Rockford 8, Renville County 6
 
Surrey 12, Makoti 1 (5)
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SABRE DOGS-WHISKEY JACKS
 
MINOT, ND – Souris Valley picked up a 4-2 road win over Wheat City last night. Games two and three of the series are back in Minot tonight and tomorrow. Tonight’s game will be Fuel The Fight Night. The Dogs will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off, there will be a raffle and other special things. Proceeds go to Trinity Cancer Care Center to aid patients with travel expenses as they come to Minot for treatment. Gametime is a 7:05 pm at Corbett Field.
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Max Kepler hit a two-run triple during a four-run sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins waited out another young Detroit starter, beating the Tigers 4-2. Like left-hander Tarik Skubal a night earlier, Detroit rookie Matt Manning didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings. Minnesota finally broke through with an RBI single by Trevor Larnach to start the scoring in the sixth. Left fielder Robbie Grossman tried for Kepler’s sinking liner, but it hit the ground and skipped past him. Twins starter Kenta Maeda pitched five scoreless innings.
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LYNX-ACES
 
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Layshia Clarendon had 18 points and nine assists and the Minnesota Lynx won their sixth straight game, beating the Las Vegas Aces 85-77 on Friday night. Minnesota did not attempt a free throw, the second time a WNBA team has finished a game without an attempt. The Lynx led 10-2, had a 37-18 advantage early in the second and led by at least 12 the rest of the way. Damiris Dantas and Sylvia Fowles added 14 points each, and Kayla McBride had 10. Kelsey Plum had 16 of her 18 points in the second half for the Aces, who lost their second in a row, handing Seattle a spot in the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup championship.
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TENNIS-WIMBLEDON

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Novak Djokovic is one win away from a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title. The top-ranked Djokovic has advanced to his seventh Wimbledon final by beating 22-year-old Denis Shapovalov in three tight sets. Djokovic will try to win his third consecutive title at the All England Club and sixth overall against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on Sunday. The seventh-seeded Berrettini used an 11-game run and 22 aces to beat Hubert Hurkacz in four sets to reach his first Grand Slam final. A victory Sunday would tie Djokovic with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most major singles trophies won by a man in tennis history.

 
Ash Barty will play Karolina Pliskova in the women’s final on Saturday. Barty will be trying to win a second trophy in her past seven Grand Slam tournaments, while Pliskova seeks her first major championship.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Bobby Bradley homered leading off the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians overcame some brutal baserunning that led to manager Terry Francona’s ejection for a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. Bradley drove a 1-2 pitch from Jake Brentz over the wall in right-center as the Indians got their second straight walk-off win, touching off a wild celebration in Progressive Field. The Royals had dropped 14 of 17.

 
In other Friday action:
 
– The Mariners beat the Angels 7-3 -Shohei Ohtani’s league-leading 33rd home run of the season put him in rare company in the history of the Seattle Mariners’ home ballpark. Ohtani’s solo shot in the third inning off Marco Gonzales soared into the top deck of right field at T-Mobile Park. Ohtani is the sixth player to reach the upper deck of the right field seats since the stadium opened in 1999. MLB’s Statcast projected the homer at 463 feet.
 
– Reliever Miguel Diaz rejoined the Padres for the fourth time this season and was part of a dominant performance by the San Diego bullpen in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. Trent Grisham drove in two runs. Four San Diego relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. The Padres have won nine straight against Colorado at Petco Park, their longest active home winning streak against any opponent.
 
– Curt Casali hit a two-run homer while filling in for injured All-Star catcher Buster Posey, late lineup addition Darin Ruf added a go-ahead drive and the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 5-3. Wilmer Flores also homered as the Giants debuted their all-white City Connect home uniforms with images of the Golden Gate Bridge along each sleeve. Posey is sidelined with a bruised thumb that will keep him out of the All-Star Game next week.
 
– Nestor Cortes and three relievers combined for a three-hitter and Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu drove in two runs each to lead the New York Yankees to a 4-0 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Cortes, making a spot start, permitted two hits, with two walks and two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings to lower his ERA to 1.05. Lucas Luetge struck out one in 1 1/3 innings. Chad Green gave up one hit in two innings and Jonathan Loaisiga threw a perfect ninth. It’s New York’s first visit to Houston since Game 6 of the ALCS.
 
– Adolis Garcia’s two-run single highlighted Texas’ three-run sixth inning after Oakland’s Cole Irvin took a no-hitter into the inning and Jordan Lyles won his third straight start as the Rangers beat the Athletics 3-2. Texas’ Andy Ibanez had an RBI single. Lyles allowed both runs on seven hits. Sean Murphy and Jed Lowrie drove in runs for Oakland, and A’s third baseman Matt Chapman extended his on-base streak to 24 games.
 
– Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer and Francisco Lindor clubbed New York’s first grand slam this season during a 10-run sixth inning, and the Mets embarrassed the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-4. A night after being postponed because of weather for the second time in a week, New York won for the fifth time in seven games. Friday’s matchup was delayed 41 minutes as lightning, thunder and heavy rain blanketed Citi Field with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Taijuan Walker allowed two runs over five innings and was told after the game by manager Luis Rojas that he’d been added to the National League All-Star team.
 
– Charlie Morton pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Ronald Acuna Jr. was restrained after being plunked by another Marlins pitcher and the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 5-0. Freddie Freeman homered and Austin Riley doubled and tripled for the Braves. Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson each had two hits and an RBI. The 37-year-old Morton struck out seven and walked two. Morton allowed one Miami runner to reach third base, but Joe Panik was stranded after Jazz Chisholm Jr. flew out to center field and ended the third inning.
 
– Max Kepler hit a two-run triple during a four-run sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins waited out another young Detroit starter, beating the Tigers 4-2. Like left-hander Tarik Skubal a night earlier, Detroit rookie Matt Manning didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings.
 
– Wade Miley pitched eight shutout innings and helped himself by doubling and scoring in the Cincinnati Reds’ 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Miley struck out four and allowed seven hits and three walks as the Reds snapped the Brewers’ seven-game home winning streak. The Reds also reduced Milwaukee’s NL Central lead to six games.
 
– Kike Hernandez led off the Red Sox first with a home run, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run shot and Rafael Devers also homered to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 11-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Hernandez’ homer was his fifth from the leadoff spot this season; only Kyle Schwarber (7) and Jose Altuve (6) have more. Martinez hit his 18th of the season in Boston’s three-run second inning and Devers hit his 22nd in the four-run fourth as the Red Sox bounced back from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits to pull away.
 
– Three Tampa Bay relievers combined on five more scoreless innings, Ji-Man Choi drove in three runs and the Rays won their fifth consecutive game, 7-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays. Andrew Kittredge and Jeffrey Springs each worked two perfect innings, with Springs striking out five. J.P. Feyereisen allowed a one-out single in the ninth to Randal Grichuk before completing a five-hitter.
 
– Baltimore-area native Gavin Sheets homered in his first trip to Camden Yards as a major leaguer, and Chicago White Sox routed the Baltimore Orioles 12-1. Sheets, whose father, Larry, played six seasons with the Orioles in the 1980s, said before the game it felt weird to arrive in Baltimore as a visitor earlier in the week. The White Sox, who have won three in a row and eight of their last 11. Dallas Keuchel allowed one run in seven innings.
 
– Eduardo Escobar hit his 20th home run of the season and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks pinned another loss on the Dodgers, beating Los Angeles 5-2. The Diamondbacks, with the worst record in the majors, have won three of four. They’re coming off a successful trip to Colorado, their first series win since May 2. The Dodgers have lost four of five. Los Angeles didn’t help its cause with a lackluster offense that produced just five hits, a shaky defense that made two errors and a combined pitching performance that issued seven walks and hit two batters.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got an MRI on his sore left elbow that showed inflammation but no structural damage, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. Roberts said Friday that Kershaw is scheduled to play catch Saturday and will then use next week’s All-Star break to rest. Kershaw hasn’t pitched since July 4. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 9-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 18 starts this season.

 
In other MLB news:
 
– San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has been put on the 10-day injured list with a bruised left thumb, costing him his starting spot in next week’s All-Star Game. Posey has been out since July 4, when he was hurt by a foul tip.The 34-year-old Posey was chosen for his seventh All-Star team. After opting out of playing last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the former NL MVP has been in top form this season, batting .328 with 12 home runs and a .968 OPS for the NL West leaders.
 
– Padres lefty Blake Snell has been put on the 10-day injured list with a digestive issue and fellow San Diego pitcher Yu Darvish will likely miss the All-Star Game because of back tightness. Darvish is 7-3 with a 3.09 ERA. He will probably attend the All-Star Game even if he doesn’t play Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver. Snell has gastroenteritis, an infection and inflammation in the digestive system. He is 3-3 with a 4.99 ERA.
 
– The Texas Rangers have put rookie left-hander John King on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation. The IL move was retroactive to Wednesday, the day after King threw 49 pitches in two innings of relief in his second consecutive win. He is 7-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 27 appearances.
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NHL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Documents show Canadian health officials wanted the NHL to take additional steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for this past season. The league introduced a number of protocols in a bid to get back on the ice, including the daily testing of players and staff, rules around physical distancing and masks, and limiting the contact teammates could have away from the rink. Still, documents released to The Canadian Press under the Freedom of Information Act show health officials “strongly” recommended the league adopt additional measures before green-lighting its return.

 
In other NHL news:
 
– Expect a fast and furious NHL offseason to unfold in the coming days and weeks. The Tampa Bay Lightning have not even had their Stanley Cup boat parade and the rest of the league is already deep into preparations for next season. The buyout window opened Friday. Some big trades could be finalized as soon as next week. Expansion draft protected lists are due next Saturday with Seattle revealing the picks four days later. The draft starts July 23, and free agency opens July 28. The hockey landscape will look very different all in the next three weeks.
 
– Former NHL defenseman Bryan “Bugsy” Watson has died. He was 78. Watson played 1,009 NHL games for six different teams from 1963-1978 before finishing his on-ice career in the World Hockey Association in 1979. Watson is known well in the Washington area for founding Bugsy’s Pizza in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1983.
 
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KHRT ND News – 07/09/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 070921 – 1200
MANDAN, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Mandan. It happened around 5:15 pm on Thursday on Memorial Highway at 3rd Street Southeast. Troopers say a 42-year old woman from Mandan died in the accident. She was a passenger in a minivan that moved into the intersection when an oncoming truck hit them. Authorities say the 23-year old man driving the minivan fled and was later arrested and charged. He had two other passengers, a 21-year old woman and a 24-year old woman, who were treated for serious injuries. The driver of the truck was a 16 year old male. The investigation continues.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Police say they’ve arrested a Grand Forks man accused of abducting a young girl. Authorities say the 52-year-old man forced the girl into his vehicle in Grand Forks about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The girl was found unharmed not far from where the kidnapping occurred. According to police, the victim and some friends who witnessed the crime were able to give officers a description of the suspect and his vehicle. He was located and arrested without incident. Police are recommending the man face a felony kidnapping charge. The Grant Forks County State’s Attorney’s Office will review the case.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Midwestern network and technology services provider says it plans to invest $200 million to upgrade and expand its fiber network in North Dakota. Midco says it’s part of a larger $500 million investment to its network in the upper Midwest that will benefit telehealth, education, government operations and remote working. Upgrading to 10-gigabit speed by 2030 is a goal that the cable provider has been working toward the past couple years. But, CEO Pat McAdaragh says the company now plans to do it sooner with the upgrade beginning in earnest next year.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot took a significant step toward implementing a curbside recycling program at it’s July 6 meeting. The Council approved the plans and specifications for a recycling transfer facility and a new entrance to the current City landfill, and authorized a call for bids.
 
City of Minot Assistant Public Works Director Jason Sorenson told council members a curbside recycling program could be operational in approximately two years. Before then, the transfer facility would need to be designed, bid, and built. Sorenson said the City would have to order and store about 7,000 containers to use in curbside recycling. “As we’ve been going through the process, delays have already pushed things back a bit,” he said. “As of now, I think our best decision would have curbside recycling starting the spring of 2023.”
 
The project will also relocate the entrance to the landfill to a location off 37th Avenue Southwest, which will move considerable truck traffic from the current road through a residential area. Recycled materials would be picked up curbside, then collected at the transfer facility before being shipped to an out-of-state location.
 
In a second vote, the council rejected using up to $370,000 that would have paid for continued exploration of locating, purchasing, and developing land for a new landfill.
 
“I understand the frustrations with some of the neighboring land owners, but I also understand that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to find a location for new landfill activities,” Council President Lisa Olson said. “I just don’t feel at this time it would be money well spent to search for those properties.” “I also think it will be clearer to our staff on what to focus on. I think they have put in a lot of time to find answers for us, and I would prefer they not have to work on that any longer,” Olson added.
 
Council members Paul Pitner and Stephen Podrygula voted against stopping the search for a new landfill location; Olson, Mayor Shaun Sipma, Tom Ross, Carrie Evans, and Mark Jantzer voted in favor of the motion to end funding.
 
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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 070921 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota has sued the Biden administration over its suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water, saying the move will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation’s public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Bismarck claims the move is unlawful. It seeks to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to reschedule two lease sales that were canceled and block the agency from revoking others in the future. The lawsuit said the two canceled sales this year have cost the state more than $82 million. The Bureau of Land Management declined comment Thursday on the lawsuit.
 
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in a statement that he sued “to protect North Dakota’s economy, the jobs of our hardworking citizens, and North Dakota’s rights to control its own natural resources”. Stenehjem said his office began working on the lawsuit immediately after the lease sales were suspended after Biden took office. The suspension of the lease sales in North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, could cost the state “billions in the coming months,” Stenehjem said. “This is a very significant proposition for the state of North Dakota,” Stenehjem said in an interview. Stenehjem said oil and gas production from leased federal and tribal land in North Dakota generates nearly $94 million in royalty revenue for the state annually.
 
A judge in Louisiana temporarily blocked Biden’s suspension last month, and said his ruling applies nationwide. But the administration continues to develop plans that could extend the ban or make leases more costly. Stenehjem said he expects other oil and gas producing states to join the lawsuit.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials in western North Dakota will not pursue plans to build a bridge over the Little Missouri River across the property of landowners who objected to the project. The Billings County Commission scrapped the plans on Tuesday after a long dispute. The Bismarck Tribune reports the county would have had to use eminent domain to carry out the effort at the site in the Badlands. The three-member county commission decided unanimously to stop pursuing the project across the Short family ranch. County officials have thought for years about building another bridge over the river.
 
Family members who opposed the bridge are descendants of former U.S. Rep. Don Short and his father who established the ranch north of Medora. Among their concerns is that the bridge would have drawn oil-related traffic through the property. Proponents of the bridge said it could help emergency responders gain better access to remote parts of the Badlands, as well as benefit the oil industry and tourism.
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TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (AP) – Prosecutors in La Crosse County have charged a North Dakota woman with fleeing from police at speeds of nearly 140 mph on Interstate 90. Online court records show 36-year-old Amy Torres of Fargo, North Dakota, was charged Wednesday with attempting to elude an officer, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by the La Crosse Tribune, a town of Campbell police officer was running radar checks on Interstate 90 and clocked Torres traveling west at 119 mph in a 70 mph zone. The officer tried to stop her but she sped away. A chase ensued with Torres reaching a top speed of 137 mph. She ultimately ran out of gas on an I-90 bridge over the Mississippi River linking Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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BISMARCK, ND – The fastest growing segment of North Dakota’s workforce is mothers of young children. With a majority of North Dakota mothers returning to work after having a baby, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is encouraging businesses to support this integral part of the workforce by earning their Infant Friendly Workplace designation. The Infant Friendly Workplace designation is awarded to employers who adopt breastfeeding support policies. These policies should include guidelines for adequate break times; a clean, private location for milk expression; and available resources for clean water and breast milk storage.
 
Research from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows businesses who implement these policies experience many benefits, including increased employee retention; reduced sick time for children’s illnesses; and lower health care and insurance costs.
In addition to these benefits, Brady Nash, CEO of BNG Team, a Fargo-based business solutions company, says becoming an Infant Friendly Workplace is one way businesses can show their employees they care. “You want your employees to care about your customers. You want them to care about your business. This is just one big example of how you can show that you care about them,” says Nash. “I think that can affect turnover…your morale, your culture, and whether people want to stay and whether they recommend people coming to work for you. It’s not the end-all be-all, but I think it’s a mindset.”
 
In 2019, over 80 percent of North Dakota babies started out breastfeeding. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this rate decreases significantly after their mothers return to work. By providing the right support at work, businesses can help sustain an employee’s decision to breastfeed, as well as increase their overall feelings of workplace satisfaction and well-being.
Kelly Mead, social media specialist at BNG Team, says having a designated room is “an exceptional thing to have.” “I feel very cared for working here. Especially this room – it was just like the cherry on the top,” says Mead.
 
Funding is available through the NDDoH Maternal and Child Health Program to support businesses pursuing an Infant Friendly Workplace designation. The primary focus of the funding is to assist workplaces with creating a private space for breastfeeding employees. Businesses may request up to $500. The 2021 application deadline is August 1.
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/09/21

K-HEART SPORTS – FRIDAY – 070921 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs lost their three game series to the Badlands Big Sticks. The Big Sticks were leading 2-0 in the sixth inning last night when the game was suspended due to weather and eventually called. The Dogs are back in action tonight with another home and home series. They will play Wheat City on the road tonight and then host the Whiskey Jacks on Saturday and Sunday.
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MINOT, ND – The Minot Metros were shut out twice on Thursday.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class A
 
Jamestown 5, Minot Metros 0
Jamestown 11, Minot Metros 0
 
Class B
 
Velva 14, Bottineau 4
Velva 10, Bottineau 0
 
Surrey 12, Kenmare 2 (6)
Surrey 15, Kenmare 3 (5)
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sanó homered, leading J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins to a win over the Detroit Tigers 5-3. Jeffers’ homer with one out in the fifth inning marked Minnesota’s first runner against Tigers starter Tarik Skubal. Sanó started the seventh with his 15th homer of the season, tying it at 3. Max Kepler beat out an infield single and Gilberto Celestino followed with another grounder. Detroit tried to turn a double play, but Kepler was called safe at second and Celestino beat the relay throw to first. The Tigers requested a replay review, and it showed second baseman Willi Castro pulled his foot off the bag too quickly, keeping Kepler safe. After a sacrifice bunt, reliever José Cisnero unleashed a wild pitch that scored the go-ahead run.
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MAYA MOORE-LYNX
 
NEW YORK (AP) – Maya Moore left the WNBA in 2019 to help her now husband Jonathan Irons get his conviction overturned and win his release from prison remains non-committal to returning to the league. Moore, 32, says she is not thinking about that at all right now. Moore said her husband’s story is unfolding and that right now they are living in the present. Irons was released last July and married Moore a few weeks later. A documentary of their story – “Breakaway” – that was produced by Robin Roberts will air next week on ESPN .
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NBA FINALS

PHOENIX (AP) – The Phoenix Suns find themselves two wins away from the first NBA championship in team history, and the first major league title for the city since the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks. Devin Booker pumped in 31 points and Mikal Bridges added 27 as the Suns downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-108 to take a two-games-to-none lead in the Finals. Chris Paul chipped in 23 points and eight assists for Phoenix, which took control by outscoring the Bucks, 30-16 in the second quarter to go up by 11. The Suns shot 20-for-40 from 3-point range, led by Booker’s 7-for-12 from beyond the arc. Paul, Bridges and Jae Crowder each added three treys.

 
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 42 points and 12 rebounds in his second game back after missing two games with a hyperextended left knee. But Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton combined to shoot just 12-for-37. Holiday finished with 17 points on 7 of 21 from the field. Middleton scored just 11 on 5 of 16 shooting while adding eight assists and six rebounds. Game 3 is Sunday in Milwaukee.
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TENNIS-WIMBLEDON

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Ash Barty will face Karolina Pliskova on Saturday in the first Wimbledon women’s final for both. Barty beat 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 7-6 to become the first woman from Australia to reach the title match at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong won the trophy 1980. Barty was two points from dropping the second set, 6-2 before holding serve and breaking Kerber twice to force a tiebreak.

 
Pliskova then advanced by coming back to eliminate second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Pliskova overcame Sabalenka’s 18 aces with 14 of her own. Pliskova finally broke for a 3-2 lead in the second set and again in the opening game of the third to take control.
This is the first time either player has advanced past the fourth round at Wimbledon. Barty owns the lone Grand Slam title between the two, taking the 2019 French Open.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – Julio Urias picked up his Major League-leading 11th win while helping the Los Angeles Dodgers avoid a four-game sweep in Miami. Urias allowed Jazz Chisholm’s leadoff homer, then pitched shutout ball through the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-1 win over the Marlins. He allowed just five hits and struck out nine in improving to 11-3. Urias also sparked the Dodgers’ five-run fifth with a leadoff single. Chris Taylor had two hits and two RBIs for Los Angeles, which owns the second-best record in the National League but is one game behind the West-leading Giants.

 
There was a great comeback win in another game involving the NL West. Rookie reliever Daniel Camarena hit a grand slam off Max Scherzer in the fourth inning as the Padres turned an 8-0 deficit into a 9-8 win over the Nationals. Trent Grisham hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth, allowing San Diego to match the largest comeback win in franchise history. Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. homered and stole a base to become the youngest player in baseball history to have 20 homers and 20 steals before the break. Tatis has 28 home runs.
 
Also on the Major League schedule:
 
– Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson collected RBIs in the first inning of the Athletics’ 2-1 win over the Astros. Frankie Montas fanned 10 while allowing five hits and a run over 6 2/3 innings, helping Oakland end a three-game skid and avoid a three-game sweep. The A’s halted Houston’s six-game winning streak and dealt Lance McCullers his first loss in 10 starts since April 14.
 
– The Mariners blanked the Yankees, 4-0 as Logan Gilbert pitched one-hit ball over seven innings in the best start of his young career. Gilbert set a career-high with eight strikeouts and retired his final 18 batters. Kyle Seager and Dylan Moore as Seattle salvaged the finale of the three-game set.
 
– The Indians ended their nine-game losing streak as Franmil Reyes slammed a three-run homer in the ninth inning to complete a 7-4 comeback over the Royals. Kansas City had a 3-1 lead in the eighth until Roberto Hernandez launched a three-run shot. Bobby Bradley also homered for the Indians, whose losing streak was their longest under manager Terry Francona.
 
– The Twins took advantage of a replay reversal to score three runs in the seventh inning of a 5-3 verdict over the Tigers. Detroit tried to turn a double play in the seventh, but Gilberto Celestino beat the throw to first and replay showed that second baseman Willi Castro pulled his foot off the bag too quickly. Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sano homered off Tigers starter Tarik Skubal.
 
– The Brewers beat the Reds, 5-3 on Avisail Garcia’s tiebreaking, two-run home run in the eighth inning. Milwaukee wasted an early 2-0 lead and tied the game on the first of Keston Hiura’s two doubles. The Brewers now lead the NL Central by seven games over the Reds.
 
– Brad Miller homered three times for the first time in his career to lead the Phillies’ 8-0 pounding of the Cubs. Miller hit a solo drive in the third inning and added two-run homers in the fifth to finish with five RBIs. Didi Gregorius added a two-run shot and All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto scored on a double-steal as the Phillies took three of four games at Wrigley Field.
 
– The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 40 road games as Dom Nunez doubled twice and singled in a 9-3 thumping of the Diamondbacks. Nunez scored twice, drove in a run and drew a walk after carrying a .159 batting average into the game. Winning pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez provided an RBI single and allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings.
 
– The Mets and Pirates were rained out in New York. The game has been rescheduled as part of a Saturday doubleheader and would be the Mets’ 10th twinbill already this season.
 
– The Blue Jays and Orioles were postponed with Tropical Storm Elsa expected to hit the Baltimore area during the game. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 11.
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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended by seven days through July 15 by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. MLB investigators continue to look into allegations of sexual misconduct against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher. Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave on July 2.

 
In other baseball news:
 
– Astros middle infielders Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa will not play in next week’s All-Star Game after being named reserves for the game in Denver. Altuve cited a left leg issue for his reason to skip the game, and Correa wants to spend time with his wife as they await the birth of their first child.
 
– Marlins manager Don Mattingly will return for a seventh season in 2022 after the two sides worked out a mutual option in his contract. Mattingly was the NL Manager of the Year after guiding Miami to its first playoff berth in 17 years, but the team is last in the NL East right now.
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TENNIS-NADAL

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rafael Nadal will return to competition by making his debut at the Citi Open in Washington later this month. Nadal hasn’t played since his loss to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the French Open last month. The 35-year-old Spaniard decided to sit out Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. The Citi Open is among the hard-court tuneup events leading up to the U.S. Open. Other players entered in the Citi Open include Wimbledon semifinalists Denis Shapovalov and Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer on Wednesday.

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NHL-BLUES-TARASENKO
 
UNDATED (AP) – Viladimir Tarasenko wants a change of scenery. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the St. Louis Blues forward has requested a trade. Tarasenko has been in and out of the lineup with shoulder injuries since helping the Blues win the Stanley Cup in 2019, scoring seven times in just 34 games. The five-time 30-goal scorer has two years left on his contract at a salary-cap hit of $7.5 million.
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TOKYO OLYMPICS-NO FANS

TOKYO (AP) – Fans will be banned from Tokyo-area stadiums and arenas when the Olympics begin in two weeks. The city’s governor made the announcement on Thursday after meeting with organizers of the pandemic-postponed games. The Japanese government put the capital under a COVID-19 state of emergency because of rising new infections and the highly contagious delta variant. It’s a serious blow for Japanese taxpayers and local organizers of the games, which already had been postponed from 2020 by the coronavirus. Hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket revenue will be lost, and that must be made up by the government. Olympic organizers are holding out some hope that the Paralympic Games, which open Aug. 24, might allow some fans.

 
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KHRT ND News – 07/08/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 070821 – 1200
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department has closed its nearly yearlong investigation into a suspicious death. Sheriff’s officials say the death of 68-year-old Florian Kiefer has been ruled accidental. Kiefer died at a Bismarck residence July 29, 2020 after suffering a head injury in a fall. Based on the initial findings at the scene and unexplained circumstances, deputies opened an investigation. Deputies were looking into a person of interest in the death, but that person was later ruled out as a suspect. Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Hulm says the investigation ultimately produced “no weapons, no suspects.
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MEDORA, N.D. (AP) – One of two wildfires burning in the Badlands of western North Dakota has closed roads and part of a recreational trail system. Rangers say the fire near the Elkhorn Ranch historic site has grown to about 4.7 square miles, but is about 75% contained. The U.S. Forest Service has closed land in the area, including roads and part of the Maah Daah Hey Trail. The closure spans parts of Billings and Golden Valley counties, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Another blaze, the Sand Creek fire, broke out nearby Monday. That fire, which is northeast of the Elkhorn fire, has grown to 320 acres and is 20% contained.
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FARGO, ND – For the first time in more than six years the average price for a gallon of regular gas in North Dakota has hit $3. Today’s $3 average is up 14 cents from one month ago and 90 cents from this time last year; however, it remains 14 cents below the national average of $3.14, according to AAA. The last time North Dakota motorists paid $3 a statewide average of $3 for gas was Nov. 18, 2014.
 
Fuel prices have moved higher on a sharp increase in the cost of crude oil. Crude oil prices (WTI) recently traded above $76, a level not seen since November 2014. The price for a barrel of oil has slipped below $72 today, bringing some hope that prices at the pump may soon peak.
 
“Robust gasoline demand and more expensive oil have pushed gas prices higher,” said Gene LaDoucer, regional public affairs director for AAA-The Auto Club Group. “An increase in crude oil production to meet growing global demand is needed to bring some relief to motorists.” A rebound in WTI back above $76 could increase gas prices by 10-20 cents or more, added LaDoucer.
 
As of today, North Dakota motorists can still purchase gas for less than $3 at 70 percent of gas stations.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot, in conjunction with Minot Air Force Base and the Ohio Air National Guard, has scheduled aerial spraying for mosquito control in the Minot area for an evening between July 12-16, weather permitting. Crews will choose the day and time of the spraying depending on weather and wind conditions to spray when mosquitoes are most active. Updates on the timing of the spraying will be provided on the City of Minot’s social media platforms.
 
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered pesticide will be used. The active ingredient in the spray is Naled, which poses a minimal risk to the general population, pets and wildlife when applied in this method. Naled is toxic to insects, including honeybees. Beekeepers in the surrounding area will be notified of the scheduled spraying. More information about Naled is available from the Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/naled-mosquito-control.
 
Mosquito spraying is provided by the 910th Airlift Wing’s Air Force Aerial Spray Squadron from Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio. The application will be made using a C-130 cargo aircraft.
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 070821 – 0700
 
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A local petition backs the idea of a ban on illegal immigrants and the notion of declaring Ward County a Second Amendment “gun sanctuary.” Language on the resolution led by county resident Nicole Egeberg offers support “to ban sanctuary cities, illegal immigrants, aliens, refugees in Ward County, North Dakota, and add Ward County, North Dakota, as a Second Amendment gun sanctuary county.”
 
Egeberg said the immigration issue on the southern border is relevant to Ward County. Undocumented immigrants stress the local law enforcement system, schools and tax dollars, she said at Tuesday county’s commission meeting.
 
“They have no respect for our laws, no respect for our border and it causes pressure. We have drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex trafficking, amongst many other things,” Engberg said. “We want them removed. We don’t want them brought here illegally. If they want to come here legally, appropriately vetted, they are more than welcome here in the county.” Enberg said about 5,000 people have signed the petition, the Minot Daily News reported.
 
The Ward County Commission did not object to banning illegal immigration and supporting gun rights, which they pointed out are current law. However, commissioners sought more specific resolution language than was included in petition.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Rep. Keith Kempenich was among the North Dakotans who never took the coronavirus seriously, skipping face coverings and the vaccine as an unnecessary hassle. But the longtime Republican lawmaker and rancher from the state’s southwest corner is now a believer after being infected with the virus, which he said nearly killed him in the waning days of the legislative session this spring. “I’ve changed my tune,” he said. “You’re not going to beat this on your own.”
 
The North Dakota Health Department is looking for testimonials from former virus skeptics like Kempenich as part of a planned public education campaign to boost the state’s vaccination rate. Kempenich, who could barely breathe while being emergency airlifted from his home in Bowman to a Bismarck hospital, says he’s willing to share his story. “I’ve never been so sick, so weak or wore out,” the 61-year-old Bowman rancher said. “I basically lost three weeks of my life.”
 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only 55.4% of North Dakotans 18 and older have been vaccinated, ranking North Dakota 34th among states. State Immunization Director Molly Howell said only one of North Dakota’s 53 counties – Dickey – has reached the immediate goal of a 70% vaccination rate. Nelson County is second at about 65%. The pace of the state’s vaccination drive has slowed to about a 1% increase or less weekly, which Howell called concerning.
 
There are many reasons some North Dakotans are choosing not to get the shot, but access to vaccination sites and vaccine supply aren’t among them, as the state has more doses than people willing to get them. Pushing holdouts into getting their shots is difficult due to vaccine hesitancy and a lack of trust in government, Howell said.
 
While some states have offered cash incentives or vaccine lotteries to get people to roll up their sleeves, North Dakota’s Constitution does not allow such giveaways. Instead, the state has relied on a campaign to dispel a wide variety of misinformation about vaccines, such as one claim that it can lead to infertility. The new campaign, which will be launched in a few weeks, will focus largely on vaccine skeptics-turned-disciples to try to reach resistant residents, Howell said.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot is providing residents an opportunity to dispose of accumulated trash free of charge. During the week of July 12-17, Minot residents who use City of Minot sanitation services can bring unwanted items and trash to the City of Minot landfill free of charge. Residents must provide a current water bill as proof that they are a City sanitation customer. The landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday during the summer months. Residents can also drop off household hazardous waste at the landfill during the summer.
 
 
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K-Heart Sports – 07/08/21

K-HEART SPORTS – THURSDAY – 070821 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Both the Minot Vistas and Minot Metros played games on Wednesday.
 
American Legion Baseball
 
Class AA
 
Minot Vistas 12, Bismarck Governors 4
Bismarck Governors 10, Minot Vistas 7
 
Class A
 
Minot Metros 11, Williston Oilers 1
Minot Metros 14, Williston Oilers 0
 
Mandan A’s 1, Bismarck Capitals 0
Mandan A’s 9, Bismarck Capitals 0
 
Bismarck Reps 5, Dickinson Vounteers 1
Dickinson Volunteers 9, Bismarck Reps 7
 
Watford City Walleye 7, Bismarck Senators 6
Bismarck Senators 11, Watford City Walleye 8
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SABRE DOGS-BIG STICKS
MINOT, ND – The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs scored a 10-3 win over the Badlands Big Sticks last night. The teams split the two games in Dickinson and finishes up tonight at Corbett Field here in Minot.
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Lance Lynn allowed one run over six innings in his first start since earning a berth on the AL All-Star team, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 after cutting outfielder Adam Eaton. Tim Anderson had four hits and Leury García hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the second inning and added a run-scoring triple and a single. Chicago is 10-2 against Minnesota this season, outscoring the Twins 91-47. Lynn gave up four hits and three walks, striking out six, lowering his ERA to 1.99. Four relievers combined for three scoreless innings of two-hit relief.
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LYNX-WINGS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kayla McBride scored 25 points, Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and 11 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Dallas Wings 85-79 to extend their win streak to five consecutive games. Napheesa Collier, Damiris Dantas and Bridget Carleton each scored 10 points for Minnesota (10-7). The Lynx, who trailed 65-60 at the end of the third quarter, opened the fourth with a 14-4 run to take the lead for good. Dallas trimmed its deficit to a point on four occasions in the final 3 1/2 minutes but each time Minnesota answered. Fowles had an offensive rebound and putback with 54.4 seconds remaining to make it 82-79. Allisha Gray led Dallas (9-11) with 13 points.
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LOONS-RAPIDS
 
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – Braian Galvan and Andre Shinyashiki scored and the Colorada Rapids beat Minnesota United 2-0 on Wednesday night. Galvan, a 20-year-old in his second MLS season, blasted a left-footer off the far post to open the scoring in the just prior to halftime. It was his first goal of the season, and second of his career. Shinyashiki scored for the first time since April 24 when he ran onto his own misplayed ball and chipped in a side-netter for Colorado in the 81st minute. Minnesota had its seven-game unbeaten streak snapped.William Yarborough had two saves for the Rapids. The 32-year-old from Mexico has five shutouts this season, one more than he had as an MLS rookie in 2020.
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NHL-STANLEY CUP FINAL

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The downside of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s high-powered offense is that it overshadows their excellent defense. It was the defense that allowed them to clinch their second consecutive Stanley Cup in a Game 5 win over the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy needed to make just 22 saves in his fifth shutout of the postseason, giving him a 1.90 goals-against average. He’s the first netminder in NHL history to record shutouts in five consecutive series clinchers. Vasilevskiy remains undefeated in games after a loss over the past two playoffs.

 
The lone goal was provided by Ross Colton in the second period off a feed from defenseman David Savard. Neither player was with the Bolts for last year’s Cup run. Nikita Kucherov had 32 points to join Mario Lemieux as the only players to lead the postseason in scoring two years in a row. Carey Price stopped 29 shots for the Canadiens, whose team-record Cup drought will enter its 29th consecutive year.
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TENNIS-WIMBLEDON

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – A potential Wimbledon men’s final between 19-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and 20-time Major champion Roger Federer has gone off the rails.

 
The seventh-seeded Federer was bounced from the tournament in straight sets, losing to 24-year-old Hubert Hurkacz, 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. The 14th-seeded Hurkacz had not made it past the third round at any major tournament until this one. The eight-time Wimbledon champion said afterward that he isn’t sure he’ll compete at the All England Club again. The 39-year-old Federer has played in 22 Wimbledons and remains tied with Rafael Nadal for the most career grand slams
 
Djokovic remains on course for a sixth Wimbledon title after knocking out unseeded Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The Serbian is attempting to become the first player since Rod Lever in 1969 to win all four slams in a calendar year.
 
Djokovic will face Denis Shapovalov, who reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by edging No. 25 Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
 
Matteo Berrettini became the first Italian man in 61 years to reach the Wimbledon semifinals by beating seventh-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.
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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays completed a doubleheader sweep by tossing a combined no-hitter that won’t count. Five pitchers worked on the seven-inning gem, with Pete Fairbanks recording the final out in a 4-0, 7-inning victory over the scuffling Indians. However, Major League Baseball only recognizes no-hitters that go at least nine innings. Oscar Mercado was one of the Indians’ three baserunners in the nightcap when Josh Fleming and Wander Franco collided on a third-inning grounder. Originally ruled a hit, it was changed to an error an inning later.

 
In Game 1, Kevin Kiermaier provided a two-run double and a three-run homer to finish with a career-high five RBIs in Tampa Bay’s 8-1 rout. Winning pitcher Michael Wacha allowed one run, four hits and struck out six in six innings. Cleveland has dropped nine in a row, its longest skid under manager Terry Francona.
 
In other Major League action:
 
– Shohei Ohtani broke the single-season big league record for home runs by a Japanese-born player, slamming his 32nd in the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Red Sox. Ohtani broke Hideki Matsui’s record with his 433-foot shot to right off Eduardo Rodriguez, putting the Angels ahead to stay in the fifth inning. Fellow All-Star Jared Walsh homered twice for the Angels, who won for the sixth time in seven games and took two of three from the AL East leaders.
 
– Vladimir Guerrero Jr. raised his major league-leading RBI total to 73 by providing three hits and driving in two runs in the Blue Jays’ 10-2 blowout over the Orioles. Bo Bichette drove in three runs and had three hits, including a two-run drive into the left-field seats. Matt Harvey was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings, leaving him 0-9 in 12 starts since May 1.
 
– Aaron Judge capped the Yankees’ early offensive outburst against All-Star Yusei Kikuchi with his 20th home run of the season before New York hung on to beat the Mariners, 5-4. Judge’s two-run shot landed in the second deck of the left field seats and gave the Yanks a 5-1 lead. Seattle’s Tom Murphy belted a three-run homer in the sixth inning, his first round-tripper since June 1.
 
– Lance Lynn is 9-3 after the All-Star allowed one run and four hits over six innings of the White Sox’s 6-1 win over the Twins. Tim Anderson and Leury Garcia led Chicago’s 15-hit attack on a day the White Sox cut outfielder Adam Eaton. Anderson had four hits and Garcia delivered a two-run homer, along with an RBI triple that helped the Sox improve to 10-2 versus the Twins this season.
 
– Miguel Cabrera had a go-ahead RBI infield single as a pinch-hitter in the Tigers’ 5-3 win at Texas. Jeimer Candelario hit a solo homer for Detroit, which tagged All-Star Kyle Gibson to five runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. Joey Gallo homered twice to become the first Rangers player ever with 10 in a 10-game stretch.
 
– Jose Altuve slammed a three-run homer, but the Astros needed Kyle Tucker’s tiebreaking solo shot in the seventh to beat the Athletics, 4-3. Altuve’s home run gave the Astros the lead in the third, but the A’s scored two in the sixth to tie it before Houston earned its sixth straight win and moved 5 1/2 games ahead of second-place Oakland in the AL West. The A’s lost for the fifth time in six games despite solo homers from Matt Olson and Elvis Andrus.
 
– Jacob deGrom’s ERA climbed over 1.00 for the first time all season, but the Mets rallied for two runs in the eighth inning to beat the Brewers, 4-3 in Game 1 of a twinbill. DeGrom struck out 10 and allowed four hits over seven innings, including solo homers by Luis Urias and Jace Peterson. Jose Jose Peraza tied it with a homer in the seventh and Jeff McNeil won it with a two-run single for the NL East leaders.
 
– Milwaukee won the second game 5-0 behind two-run homers by Manny Pina and Urias along with Willy Adames’ solo shot. Urias has 12 homers already this season after hitting none last year. Jake Cousins got his first big league win in the second game by pitching a perfect fifth in relief of starter Brett Anderson, who threw four innings for the NL Central leaders.
 
– The Cubs’ 11-game losing streak is over after Anthony Rizzo, Joc Pederson and Nico Hoerner each had two hits and an RBI in their 8-3 trouncing of the Phillies. Patrick Wisdom added a two-run double in Chicago’s three-run sixth inning after replacing third baseman Kris Bryant, who left in the fourth with right hamstring tightness. The Cubs raced to an early five-run lead off Zack Wheeler and avoided matching their longest skid since a 12-game slide in May 2012.
 
– Pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte had a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning and added a two-run home run as the Braves clobbered the Pirates, 14-3 to avoid a series sweep. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 24th home run for the Braves while going 3 for 5. Drew Smyly overcame a three-run home run by Jacob Stallings in the first inning to win his fifth straight start.
 
– The Reds rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and beat the Royals, 5-2. Jonathan India hit a two-run double that put Cincinnati ahead for good. Sonny Gray picked up his first win in four starts by allowing just two runs and scattering seven hits over seven innings.
 
– The Marlins pulled out a 9-6 win over the Dodgers on Jesus Aguilar’s three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Garrett Cooper had his first career multi-homer game for Miami with solo shots in the first and sixth. Zack McKinstry hit a one-out solo homer in the ninth to tie it before L.A. dropped its third in a row.
 
– Alex Wood pitched seven innings of three-hit ball as the Giants downed the Cardinals, 5-2 to avoid a three-game sweep. Darin Ruf homered for San Francisco, which also received RBI doubles from Mike Yastrzemski and Donovan Solano. The Giants had lost six of nine but still owns the best record in the majors at 54-32 with three games left before the All-Star break.
 
– Eduardo Escobar had a three-run homer among his three hits to push the Diamondbacks past the Rockies, 6-4. Escobar’s team-leading 19th home run broke open a 3-1 game in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Diamondbacks own the majors’ worst record at 25-63 despite winning back-to-back games for the first time since mid May.
– All-Star Juan Soto smacked a three-run shot just three batters into the Nationals’ 15-5 assault on the Padres. Starling Castro and Josh Bell drove in three runs apiece, while Bell and Harrison each provided three of the Nationals’ 17 hits. San Diego’s Chris Paddack was rocked for eight earned runs over two-plus innings.
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NBA-SARIC INJURY

PHOENIX (AP) – Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric will miss the rest of the NBA Finals and then some. Saric tore the ACL in his right knee during the first quarter of Game 1 on Tuesday night. The team confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday. Saric’s right knee appeared to buckle when he landed on a jump stop while trying to score against Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez. Shortly afterward, he limped off the court and into the locker room. The 6-foot-10 Saric is one of the team’s main contributors off the bench, averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in about 11 minues per game. The team has relatively thin depth in the frontcourt and turned to Torrey Craig and Frank Kaminsky to fill most of Saric’s minutes in the 118-105 victory in Game 1.

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MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) – Three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the Dodgers because of left elbow inflammation. Kershaw is 9-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 106 innings this season. The 33-year-old left-hander is tied for the NL lead in starts with 18.

 
Also in Los Angeles, the Dodgers have canceled Trevor Bauer’s bobblehead night and pulled his merchandise from their team stores. The decision comes in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct against the Cy Young Award-winning pitcher. Fans at Dodger Stadium had been scheduled to get their first bobblehead doll of Bauer on Aug. 19.
 
In other MLB news:
 
– The Cubs have placed struggling right-hander Jake Arrieta on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring tightness and recalled righty Cory Abbott from Triple-A Iowa. Arrieta matched the second-shortest start of his big league career on Tuesday, lasting just 1 2/3 innings for the second straight outing.
 
– Oakland closer Trevor Rosenthal will have season-ending surgery for a torn hip labrum. Rosenthal signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the Athletics this offseason but hasn’t played all year after having thoracic outlet surgery in April.
 
– The Indians have placed outfielder Eddie Rosario on the 10-day injured list with a right abdominal strain. Rosario was hurt running out a grounder in the second inning of Monday night’s 9-8 loss at Tampa Bay.
 
– The Tigers have placed rookie center fielder Daz Cameron on the 10-day injured list and transferred right-handed starter Spencer Turnbull to the 60-day IL. Cameron sprained his right big toe when he ran into the wall during pregame workouts before the series opener in Texas.
 
– Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is joining Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby at Denver’s Coors Field. The first-time All-Star has 11 home runs, including last night’s blast.
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TOKYO-STATE OF EMERGENCY

TOKYO (AP) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has arrived in Tokyo as Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihde Suga announced a state of emergency that could result in a ban on fans at the Tokyo Games as coronavirus infections spread across the capital. Bach’s arrival comes just two weeks before the postponed Tokyo Olympics are set to open. Government officials have proposed a plan to issue a state of emergency in Tokyo from Monday through Aug. 22. The Olympics are to begin on July 23 and close Aug. 8. The Paralympics open on Aug. 24.

 
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KHRT ND News – 07/07/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 070721 – 1200
MINOT, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in a crash between a pickup and a UTV near New Town. The crash happened just before 9 AM on Monday about 12 miles north of New Town. Troopers say that 23-year old Garrett Hoelscher of Ross was driving a Polaris Ranger UTV that was struck while crossing Highway 1804 by a pickup driven by 31-year old Geran Rick of Lignite. Hoelscher and a passenger, 16-year old Alex Ruud of Ross, were pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say neither was wearing a seatbelt or a helmet. Rick was not injured in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.
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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – The Mandan City Commission has agreed to equip the community’s police force with body cameras. The commission approved the cameras unanimously Tuesday with no discussion. The police department received a quote from Digital-Ally, which already has cameras inside the police vehicles. The package of 28 body cameras, upgraded in-car cameras, accessories, set-up, training and cloud storage would cost about $165,000 for a five-year subscription. The Lincoln Police Department began using body cameras in early 2020. The Bismarck Police Department and the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department do not use the technology.
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BISMARCK, ND – The Essential Worker Cross-Border Vaccination Initiative has reached a new milestone, with more than 2,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine given to Manitoba truck drivers in North Dakota, Premier Brian Pallister and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced today.
 
“Thanks to the generosity of our southern neighbors in North Dakota, we’ve been able to boost Manitoba’s vaccination efforts and protect truck drivers who are working tirelessly through the pandemic to deliver essential goods and services to Manitobans and across the border,” said Pallister. “Based on demand from Manitobans passing through North Dakota on their delivery routes, the successful partnership is extended through July and this strong cross-border cooperation will continue to benefit both our communities and our economies.”
 
“The success of this first-of-its-kind program between North Dakota and Manitoba is a testament to our strong commitment to protecting public health and providing safe, effective vaccines to those essential workers who transport goods and services across our border,” Burgum said. “By extending the program through July, we can continue to protect the health of our citizens and our economies as we move closer to the reopening of our shared border.”
 
Announced in April, the Essential Worker Cross-Border Vaccination Initiative has coordinated the opportunity for Manitoba-based truck drivers transporting goods to and from the United States to schedule immunization appointments on routine trips. The first clinic opened April 21 at a northbound rest area on Interstate 29 (I-29) near Drayton, N.D. To date, 2,523 doses have been administered to Manitoba truck drivers in North Dakota, with 1,719 receiving a first dose and 804 receiving a second dose. Pallister noted the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) and its members have helped the province identify and coordinate to recruit eligible individuals.
 
The state and province established a joint operations group to manage the initiative, with the North Dakota Department of Health providing nurses and other staff to administer first and second doses. There is no cost to the state or province as the U.S. government supplies the vaccine and reimburses the costs to administer.
 
The North Dakota Department of Health has extended the Drayton pop-up vaccination clinic through the month of July to accommodate Canadian traffic. The department noted an average of 45 to 50 Canadians are vaccinated each day at that site. It has also arranged a weekend pop-up site at the GasTrak off I-29 in Pembina, N.D.
 
Manitoban truck drivers are currently able to get vaccinated at two clinics in North Dakota:
 
– GasTrak at 700 W Stutsman St. in Pembina every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and
 
– Drayton rest area on I-29 near Drayton every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
These locations and hours will be effective through July.
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MINOT, ND – Habitat for Humanity Northern Lights is one of more than 220 Habitat organizations awarded a grant from Wells Fargo as part of its nationwide initiative to help low-to-moderate income families construct and improve homes across the country. Habitat for Humanity Northern Lights will receive $15,000 and use the funding to build wheelchair ramps and renovate a Habitat house in Minot. “Until we raise the funds to build a new house, we try help homeowners with items like building these ramps,” said Roxy Volk, Executive Director.
 
The grant is part of a $7.75 million donation Wells Fargo is making to Habitat for Humanity International through Wells Fargo Builds, an initiative that provides philanthropic financial support and volunteerism to create sustainable affordable housing. More than 340 homes will be constructed or repaired with Habitat in over 40states through the initiative this year. Wells Fargo Builds is part of Wells Fargo’s $1billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 070721 – 0700
 
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – Minot police say a woman has been arrested for leaving a 1-year-old child unattended in a vehicle and then leaving the scene when officers arrived. The incident happened Monday evening outside a Minot business. Police say the child had been alone for 30 minutes in a vehicle that was running but unlocked. The registered owner of the vehicle, 31-year old Loni Carpenter of Minot, lied to officers about her identity and left the area. Police say Carpenter returned to the scene about 90 minutes later and was arrested for child neglect, false information and previous warrants. The child is in the custody of relatives.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota National Guard says about 125 soldiers from a Bismarck-based unit will be sent to the U.S. border with Mexico later this year for an undetermined amount of time. The soldiers from the 957th Engineer Company are expected to begin the deployment this fall. Gov. Doug Burgum’s office says the request was made Department of the Army. Burgum says the soldiers will “support the efforts to secure our border.” The governor’s office says the deployment is being funded by the federal government. Burgum is among a growing list of Republican governors promising to send law enforcement officers to Texas. Republican governors from Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska and Iowa have all committed to sending law enforcement officers for border security.
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BISMARCK, ND – COVID-19 vaccination rates in North Dakota are holding steady. The Department of Health lists 45.1% (296,994) of residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. Of that total 73.1% (90,452) of those 65 and older are fully vaccinated. Those 12 and older who have received at least one dose stands at 47.9% (315,139).
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UNDATED (AP) – Those who have lost loved ones know that the grief never really goes away; it just lessens over time. But for some of the survivors of COVID-19 victims, even that is not happening. Deprived of traditional hospital visits, funerals or get-togethers with relatives, these people are suffering from what is known as prolonged grief. Experts say such grief can prevent people from moving beyond a death and beginning to function normally. Social media has become the place where many connect to share stories of loved ones and loss. One private Facebook page dealing with COVID-19 losses has more than 10,000 members.
 
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