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KHRT ND NEWS - FRIDAY - 11/09/18 - MORNING EDITION

The City of Minot is in the final stages of completing the environmental review process for the proposed downtown gathering place project....

    MINOT, ND - The City of Minot is in the final stages of completing the environmental review process for the proposed downtown gathering place project. Mayor Shaun Sipma has signed the required Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), which shows that no environmental related obstacles were identified during an assessment of the pro-posed site.

    A mandatory 15-day waiting period for public comment began Nov. 7 with a published legal notice. After the waiting period, the environmental review will be immediately sent to the Denver Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The final steps require HUD approval and issuance of a "Release of Funds" notice to the City. Once that notice is received, the City can proceed with offers to purchase property.

    "The City has worked to expedite the environmental review for this project and to meet our own deadline of submitting the completed review to HUD in mid-November," Sipma said. "We're pleased that this project continues to make progress."

    The National Environmental Protection Act, which governs all federal grant funds, stipulates that no project or activity can begin until an environmental review is completed and approved by the federal department or agency administering the grant.

    "We're looking forward to taking the next steps to make this project a reality as soon as possible," City Manager Tom Barry said. "We've proven that we are committed to this project, and we continue to work closely with HUD to accomplish our goal of bringing a new gathering place to downtown Minot."

    John Zakian, Disaster Resilience Grant Program Manager for the City of Minot, said he expects HUD to approve the environmental review fairly quickly. He said the City will be prepared to send out offers to property owners in the gathering place site footprint as soon as HUD approves the review.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum were joined Wednesday by more than 80 stakeholders, peer support specialists, people who have received peer support services and other individuals for the first-ever Peer Support Day at the Capitol.

    The event highlighted peer support services in North Dakota and recognized the important work of peer support specialists, who bring hope by sharing their experiences and promoting a sense of belonging. Peer support has existed in the behavioral health field for decades but has grown rapidly in recent years.

    "There is a substantial and growing amount of evidence for the effectiveness of peer support services, both in terms of quality of life and outcomes for individuals and in terms of cost savings to counties and states due to reductions in rates of hospitalization, and these efforts have the potential to make significant improvements to North Dakota's behavioral health system," Burgum said.

    "Peer support services play such an important role in the recovery process," Helgaas Burgum said. "The sharing of our stories can liberate not only ourselves but those who face similar struggles. Peer support capitalizes on this by channeling open communication and storytelling between the affected individual and the peer."

    Burgum said work will continue during the 2019 legislative session to enable access to peer support by providing pathways to certification for peer support specialists. The governor and first lady also thanked the Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division and its director, Pam Sagness, for training more than 100 peer support specialists so far this year. Three additional training sessions are scheduled in November and December. Learn more about the training at https://www.behavioralhealth.nd.gov/.

    Participants in the event learned about the essential role peer support plays in recovery and how to connect with trained peer support specialists and providers. Kristy Johnson, director of housing at the F5 Project in Fargo, which provides re-entry services to individuals coming out of the criminal justice system, shared her personal story of recovery and being a peer support specialist.

    The governor also signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 7, 2018, as Peer Support Day. Individuals can show their support by using the hashtag #supportpeersupport. Peer Support Day was announced during the second Recovery Reinvented event in September.

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    MILTON, Fla. - A Minot High School graduate and Minot, North Dakota, native completed naval flight school to receive the flight officer insignia known as "Wings of Gold" at a Winging Ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, today.

    1st Lt. Matthew Nilson, an aviator, received his "Wings of Gold" serving with Helicopter Training (HT) Squadron 18, the "Vigilant Eagles," a command with Training Air Wing Five (TW-5). This insignia is awarded to aviators who have qualified as flight officers based on successful flight training.

    HT-18`s primary mission is to transition student aviators through basic and advanced rotary wing pilot training. Basic training introduces and develops student skills in helicopter flight maneuvers as well as training in visual navigation and tactics. Advanced training completes an intensive curriculum of basic and radio instruments, advanced tactics, and shipboard landings.

    NAS Whiting Field is where the future of Naval Aviation begins. Their mission is to train the military's best "Aviation Warfighter." As the host of 21 tenant activities, they produce 1,200 pilots a year.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota licensed deer hunters are readying for the opening of the state's deer gun season today. The Bismarck Tribune reports that North Dakota allocated 55,150 deer gun licenses for the roughly 16-day-long season.
 
     Jeb Williams is chief of the state Game and Fish Department's Wildlife Division. Williams says the department modestly increased licenses but was conservative enough that hunters will likely have a successful season. He says anecdotal data and field reports suggest deer reproduction was good this year around the Bismarck-Mandan area. He notes that hunting units near Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, Dickinson and Williston also tend to be popular. Williams says western North Dakota has seen positive growth and harvests of white-tailed and mule deer, while the east has experienced more challenges.

 

 


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